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Block PC Outbound Connections on Router Level (All but RDP)

2017/06/27
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Modified: 2017/06/25
Router-Open-Ports-for-RDP-3389

This article applies to a scenario, when you already can establish RDP to a machine on your internal network from a remote network.  Now you’ve decided to tighten security screws and close all external access to and from that machine except for RDP on the router level. Inbound connections to a server you can block easily using firewall on the machine itself.  This article deals with a situation, when you need to block access for any process or application running on your server to the external resources.  Other machines on your network still would be able to make external connections through the router. Note: It is good a practice to change…

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How to Reset Win XP Admin Password

2017/06/21
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Modified: 2017/04/30

There are two ways to reset forgotten Administrator password. Method one – Reset During Repair Reinstall: Use Win XP installation disk Run Recovery (not Recovery Console) Press Shift+F10 during GIU portion of repair / install Run LUSRMGR.MSC to reset any user password to whatever you want During my tests, this method always ended up in freeze  during a late install stage on “Deleting Temp Files” Method Two – Use LUNIX bootable CD: Download free boot CD software from http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/ It might be called Offline Registry Editor, but this utility main purpose is to reset Administrator passwords to blank. Burn a bootable disk (only 4MB) Boot from this CD. Blank Administrator password…

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Moving Win XP from RAID to RAID Machine

2017/06/18
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Modified: 2017/04/30

After several days of heavy exhausting battles and sleepless nights, after testing dozens of options, after browsing many proposed Internet solutions, I finally was able to move an old instance of Windows XP on a new machine with new RAID drivers. That happened at 13:23 on December 12, 2010.  I moved Win XP from old RAID machine to a new RAID machine. O boy! I found  a clear and clean way to do this task.  I will also use the same technique to move any Microsoft operating system from a Single drive to a RAID machine.  And this also works great, if you simply switching your PC controller from IDE to…

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Process **\MCSHIELD.EXE contains signed but untrusted code …

2017/05/25
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Modified: 2017/04/30
mfehidk-EventID-516

This fix was tested with Windows XP Pro SP3 with Office 2003 SP3 and McAfee AntiVirus Plus. Finally.   Finally I found a solution for this really scary-looking error message that was bugging me since 12/24.  Marry Christmas! Description of a Problem Every time you restart you PC you see a very unpleasant Warning Event ID 516 in your system event log from mfehidk. This is the very last system message before computer reboots or goes to sleep. Process **\MCSHIELD.EXE pid (864) contains signed but untrusted code, but was allowed to perform a privileged operation with a McAfee driver. What is Causing it? It appears that most people (and I join them) …

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Cisco VPN Client Error 51 – Open Your Firewall

2017/05/23
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Modified: 2017/04/30
Cisco Error 51

Annoying!  How Annoying! This very simple, very typical error message, but it is so hard to find a quick solution. Symptoms: You are starting a Cisco VPN Client and immediately you are getting this error message: Error 51: Unable to communicate with the VPN subsystem. Please make sure that you have at least one network interface that is currently active and has an IP address and start this application again.     Most of Internet discussions on this error message revolve around MAC OS.  But this error I was able to fix on Windows XP. Quickly – What to Do? Quickly – Open your firewall.  Each firewall solution is different, but…

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Invisible Files in Windows 7, 8 and 10 Program Files

2017/05/19
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Modified: 2017/04/30
Program Files in Windows Explorer

Summary First of all – it is not a virus! It is not a bug either. It is a feature, that doesn’t allow legacy applications to write files inside Program Files directory.  This feature allows legacy applications think that they are writing to a system folders. Symptoms You can see your custom files inside one of the Program Files directory folder through your application.  You can open them and view them and modify them..  However, if you open the same directory in Windows Explorer, your files are not there.  You can’t see them, even if your a super administrator of all administrators.  What is the Mystery? You can see your custom…

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Extremely Slow Windows XP Shutdown – Fixed

2017/05/01
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Modified: 2017/04/30
WinXP-Slow-Shutdown

Several years I had this problem in one particular instance of Windows XP Professional – an extremely slow shutdown upon clicking on Shutdown button.  For several minutes system would completely freeze, and then Shutdown/Restart dialog box would finally come up. What did I know about the problem.  It was extremely annoying.  It was persistent.  And it was happening only on one  instance of XP, so that excluded the possibility of a faulty hardware. It was so bad, that I came up with a workaround.  I would open up a Task Manager and end one after another svchost.exe processes running under SYSTEM name.  A counter and warning would appear saying that your…

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Save and Restore Registry Security with Microsoft SubInACL

2017/04/29
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Modified: 2017/03/03
SubInACL-Utility-in-Action

Problem You need to search and replace large registry databases with a set of new values.  You have a third-party utility to do the job, but this utility can only update values writable by administrator.  Thousands of registry keys are owned by NT Service\TrustedInstaller and protected even for Administrators.  What to do? If you simply use REGEDIT to take ownership and add full rights to Administrator to all registry at once, you will definitely achieve the goal, but you will ruin the intricate security permissions for dozens of system service accounts that populate registry security.  Windows will run but many features like Windows Update will become broken. Solution The plan of…

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Stuck in MSCONFIG Diagnostic startup? – Steps to fix

2017/04/23
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Modified: 2017/04/26
MSCONFIG - Diagnostic Startup

XPS12 is back online. I experienced a mini-crisis of my own creation.  My 3-year old Dell XPS 12 laptop with latest Win 10 Pro build started to misbehave here and there, and I used MSCONFIG and set computer to Diagnostic startup – the option in the middle. That locked laptop from starting up properly.  Laptop will boot normally, but will never show the login boxes.  Only my default picture and some language, disability and power button in the lower right corner. To fix the problem I had to fight for a solution for a little bit.   I was very close to reinstalling the whole Windows 10, and lose my Oracle JDE…

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Windows 7 – How to Copy and Delete Massive System Directories

2017/04/17
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Modified: 2017/03/03
2007-07-07

Problem: You have an old discarded instances of failed Windows 7 installs.  You can rename the directories, but they still clutter your hard drive, and they are very hard to get rid of. I simply can’t take this painful and slow process of deleting huge system directories under Windows 7.  Remember this endless stream of errors, and warnings, and skips.  The same task in Win XP only takes a few seconds.  But under Windows 7, it  is a project of its own.  Pain! Finally, my patience ran out.  I decided to write a script.  And it it worked!   Delete Windows System Directories Here is a fantastic way to delete huge Windows 7…

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How to Install WordPress 4.X on Windows 10 and IIS 7.5

2017/03/10
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Modified: 2017/03/03
Pick-IIS-FastCGI-Option

This article is written for those who need to test/evaluate features of new WordPress release on a local machine before rolling it out to all the serves. This article describes running PHP on IIS 7.5 through FastCGI. For best results, reader is required to be able to start and stop services, understand registry manipulations, be comfortable with copy and paste inside a command prompt (Alt+Space, E, P). To achieve better portability, try to match your test machine directory structure as close as possible with your server. Other IIS Features to Pick If you are planning to test old ASP sites on the same machine, you also need to pick: - ASP…

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