Today's Tips 09/06/2006
Stop ZoneAlarm From Blocking Your Wireless
You can solve most connection problems by putting your home network into
ZoneAlarm's Trusted Zone. That will stop it from blocking your other
networked computers and your router.
In ZoneAlarm, click Firewall on the left-hand menu. Select the Zones
tab. You'll see a list including your home network. In fact, it might be
the only thing listed. Under the Zone column, click the row that lists
your network. Select Trusted. Then click the Apply button at the bottom
of the window.
Are you using Windows' Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) instead of a
router? According to Zone Labs, only the pay versions of ZoneAlarm have
full support for ICS. If you're using the free version, that may be the
source of the problem.
Otherwise, make sure it's set up for ICS. Open ZoneAlarm on the computer
that's directly connected to the Internet. Click Firewall on the
left-hand menu. Select the Main tab. Click the Advanced button at the
bottom of the window.
Under Internet Connection Sharing, select "This computer is an ICS/NAT
gateway." Then you'll need to enter the computer's IP address. To find
it, click Start>>Control Panel. Double-click Network Connections.
Right-click your network and select Status. Select the Support tab. The
computer's IP Address is appropriately labeled "IP Address."
Enter that address into the ZoneAlarm window and click OK. Now there's
just one more step for the computers sharing your Internet connection.
On other networked computers using ZoneAlarm, open ZoneAlarm and click
Firewall from the left-hand menu. Select the Main tab. Click the
Advanced button at the bottom of the window. Under Internet Connection
Sharing, select "This computer is a client of an ICS/NAT gateway" Then
Make A Used Computer Your Own! (Change Owner
To change the owner registration:
-Enter "regedit" (without the quotes) in the box and click OK
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-Close Registry Editor.
The correct name should now show. To check, go to Control Panel
(Start>>Control Panel or Start>>Settings>>Control Panel). Double-click
System. On the General tab, look under Registered To.
Windows XP also shows the user's name on the Start menu. This is simply
the name on the user account. Access the user accounts by clicking
Start>>Control Panel. Double-click User Accounts.
You can cancel old accounts here. First, create an administrator account
for yourself. Then, cancel all other accounts. Close out all windows and
reboot. When the computer comes up, your name should be on the Start
Rebuild The TCP/IP Stack In Windows XP!
There are times when a network snafu completely or partially corrupts
your IP installation, which causes your TCP/IP network connection to
fail or behave erratically. When this happens, the best solution is to
rebuild the TCP/IP protocol stack.
In previous versions of Windows, rebuilding the TCP/IP protocol stack
was a simple operation-you just removed and reinstalled TCP/IP. In
Windows XP, you can't remove TCP/IP because it's considered an integral
part of the operating system.
However, XP does come with a command-line utility-called NetShell-that
allows you to reset all TCP/IP-related registry settings to their
default values. The end result is essentially the same as installing a
brand-new TCP/IP configuration.
To reset all TCP/IP-related registry settings, open a command prompt and
type the following command:
netsh int ip reset <filename>
You must specify a log file in the <filename> placeholder for this
command to work. Details about which registry keys were modified will
appear in the log file.
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