From the monthly archives:

October 2007

Set the default email client across your network

October 30, 2007

When I first started doing the groundwork for this article I incorrectly assumed that the default mail client was a setting that each user could change in Windows. What I mean is – I thought if ‘USER A’ logged in, set the default email client…then ‘USER B’ could login to their account and set their […]

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Enable Windows XP File Sharing from the command line

October 30, 2007

Windows File and Printer sharing is used for a wide variety of services in windows. If it is disabled, you can’t do many things remotely…such as: -Access the admin$ share -Stop and start services -Access the registry -Shutdown, Logoff, or Reboot Also, without it – our product Remote Control LAN edition cannot connect to a […]

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More on backing up Auto Complete URLs in IE

October 29, 2007

I got a an email from Ivan at in response to this article.Hi Steve, Another useful Reg Key is the following: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Ftp\Accounts This key holds all the FTP accounts used if you accessed an FTP via Internet Explorer.I decided to check it out, and sure enough…if you backup Auto-Complete as I described in the […]

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Generate a report of installed drivers

October 26, 2007

I came across this built-in command that works under XP, 2003, and Vista. From the command line you can type:driverquery And it will immediately come back with a complete list of drivers Better yet, the program is loaded with options. If we look at the help screen for it:Parameter List: /S system Specifies the remote […]

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Adobe finally releases fix for reader flaw

October 25, 2007

Adobe has released a fix for the flaw I wrote about a few weeks ago. The patch fixes a bug that exposed Windows XP users to attackers sending PDF files containing viruses and maleware. If you search across the net, you will find that numerous exploits are running in the wild. Here is the short […]

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Terminal Server has reached maximum connections – Never again

October 24, 2007

I have a few different servers I remote into all the time using Microsoft Remote Desktop. One of the big problems I have is that I use a wireless phone to connect, and often the Remote Desktop session is lost in mid stream. After a few reconnects, and lost connections you will get this error […]

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Backup auto complete URLs in Internet Explorer

October 23, 2007

When I move a user to a new machine I like to move everything. Yes it sounds obvious. But I like to get down to that last detail, that others seem to pass off as unimportant. For example, I explained a few weeks ago on how to backup and restore the auto complete data in […]

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Recover deleted items in Outlook

October 22, 2007

One of the things I like about Exchange is its ability to retain messages – even after you delete them. One way you really can be a hero in IT is to restore that very important message your boss “Stored” in deleted items (See note at bottom)…and then accidentally emptied the folder. Worse yet, is […]

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The admin$ share explained

October 19, 2007

Over the past few years I have received many emails asking what the admin$ share is used for, and what are the security implications when using it. This share has been present in all of the “NT” versions of windows. This means Windows NT 3.1, 3.5, 4.0, 2000, XP, 2003 and Vista. The share is […]

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More ideas for the 1 click shutdown

October 18, 2007

The one click shutdown article has gotten a lot of attention. A reader named John, has sent me a nice email with a few good tips in it…so I thought I would share it with you. Here it is:Hi, Just wanted to see if you were aware of the fact that you can actuallymake it […]

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