Archive for January, 2010

To Take Ownership of a System File In Vista.

Monday, January 25th, 2010

If you are trying to tweak or modify your Vista system, you will run into a barrier when it comes to replacing or changing system files. You can take ownership of the file and then grant your username full control of the file. After you have made your changes and/or modifications, you can then remove the permissions.
First you will need to access an elevated command prompt, to do this:

1. Click the Start button.

2. Click All Programs.

3. Go into Accessories.

4. Right-click on Command Prompt.

5. Select Run as administrator.

6. When the UAC Prompt appears, click Continue.

Once you have your elevated command prompt, follow these steps:

For our example, I am going to use the Bubbles screensaver file (Bubbles.scr)

1. At the command prompt, input takeown /f filepath (takeown /f c:\windows\system32\Bubbles.scr).

2. Press Enter on the keyboard.

3. A message will be displayed that this completed successfully.

4. Now input icacls filepath /grant yourusername:f (icacls c:\windows\system32\Bubbles.scr /grant gcham01:f).

5. A message will be displayed that this completed successfully.

You will now be able to modify or replace the file. When you are done, simply remove the permissions to keep the file secure.

Using System File Checker In Vista.

Monday, January 25th, 2010

System File Checker checks that all Windows files are where they should be and that they’re uncorrupted. If you’ve done all your virus and spyware checking, error checking and defragging, and Windows is still doing strange things, then SFC can avoid a reinstall.
1. Open a Command Window in Administrator mode:

- Click Start
- Click All Programs, then Accessories
- Right click on the Command Prompt option,
- On the drop down menu which appears, click on the Run as Administrator option.
- If you haven’t disabled User Account Control you will be asked for authorization. Click the Continue button if you are the administrator or insert the administrator password.

2. Start the System File Checker

- In the Command Prompt window, type: sfc /scannow,
-Press Enter.
- You’ll see “the system scan will begin”.

The scan may take some time and windows will repair/replace any corrupt or missing files. You will be asked to insert your Vista DVD if it’s needed.

Close the Command Prompt Window when the job is finished.

You need a Windows DVD to enable SFC to make repairs.

Using Your Column Headers In Windows Vista.

Monday, January 25th, 2010

In Microsoft Windows Explorer, you can use column headers (Name, Size, and so on) to sort files. Savvy users may right-click on a column head to remove items or add some—say, Dimensions for images. There are around 45 such columns available in Windows XP. Windows Vista has well over 250, covering a multitude of metadata.

Restore Internet Explorer in Windows 7.

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Restore Internet Explorer in Windows 7.
Toolbars, add-ons and malware can be removed from Internet Explorer in Windows 7 – a useful feature given how easy it is for browsers to become sluggish.
To reset your browser, go to the Tools menu and open Internet Options. On the Advanced tab click the Reset… button and a small screen will ask you to clarify what you wish to reset. You can Delete personal settings as well as toolbars, add-ons and so forth.

Start Windows Explorer From My Computer In Windows 7.

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Windows Explorer opens in the Libraries directory by default. Most of us are used to see the My Computer page instead. To change it to My Computer, press the Windows Key, then type “explorer”, select Properties and in the Shortcut tab type “%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /root,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}”. Now you have to right-click the Explorer icon in the Taskbar and hit “Unpin this program from the taskbar” and then drag it back from the Start Menu.

That is just a single space between explorer.exe /root above.