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How to Disable Autorun in Windows XP

How to disable autorun in Windows XP

There are times when its a good idea to have the Autorun function in Windows disabled, it could be because you find it annoying or you may be using CD’s that have been given to you and are not yet scanned for virus or malwere. You might also come across CD’s from recording companies which use copy protection from SunnComm called MediaMax which apparently forces the user to install software on their computer to listen to the music and restrict what you can do, for instance, you can’t make MP3′s from the disk.

There are a few methods to disable the AutoRun, this one involves modifying the registry. Later I will add the other methods but hey are simple to find on the web if this seems a little to difficult.

Please follow this method very carefully and make a backup of your registry before you begin. Editing the registry can get you in all sorts of trouble, You have been warned!!

Do not use quotation “” marks as shown, they are for clarity only.

1.) Click “Start”.

2.) Select and click “Run”.

3.) In the dialog box type“regedit”. Then click “OK”.

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You will notice the registry is very similar to Windows Explorer, and operates in the same way. Clicking the “+” next to a folder will expand that subtree and you will see folders inside.

4.) Expand “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” then “SYSTEM” then“CurrentControlSet then “Services” now scroll down until you find“CDrom” and open it. On the right hand side you will see the name“AutoRun” you will also notice it has a value in the Data field of “1″, you will need to change this Data value to “0″ (zero).

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5.) Right hand click on the name “AutoRun”, from the menu select“Modify” and left click to open.

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6.) In the Value data box change the “1″ to a “0″ (zero).

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7.) This is what it should now look like, the Value data should be a“0″ and nothing else should have been changed. when you are satisfied, click “OK”.

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8.) To close the registry just go to the top menu and select “File”, then select “Exit” to close it down. Reboot your computer and now your AutoRun should be disabled.

To enable the AutoRun, just follow all the steps again and replace the “0″ with a “1″ and you will have the AutoRun feature again.

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How to move Microsoft Outlook PST Files to a New Location

How to move Outlook PST files to a new location.

This article will guide you on how to move a Microsoft Outlook PST file to a new location. Most time this will not be necessary but it is a good idea to have the PST file moved to a different drive or partition for easier backup or for space reasons.

For Outlook accounts that reside on an Exchange server, this will not apply as far as the user mailbox is concerned as it is already in a remote location being your company server, BUT guess where your archive file is??? You guessed it, on your LOCAL computer, very dangerous if your HDD crashes or you laptop get stolen. So this article really is about moving your archive PST file to a safer location, may it be a server of just another partition on your computer which incidentally wont solve the stolen computer scenario.

Anway, I am sure you are getting the idea on what I am on about.

  1. In Outlook, make a note of the file location and name.

In the Navigation Pane, right-click Personal Folders or the name that appears for your .pst file, and then  click Properties for folder name.

Note This folder will always be a top-level folder in the Navigation Pane, in Mail.

  1. Click Advanced.
  2. In the Filename text box, make a note of the complete path and file name of the .pst file.
  3. Close Outlook.
  4. Move the file.
  • Use Windows Explorer to copy each .pst file from its default location of the <drive>:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook folder to any folder on your computer that you want.

Note The default location is a hidden folder. To use Windows Explorer to navigate to this folder, you must first turn on the display of hidden folders. In Windows Explorer, on the Tools menu, click Folder Options. On the View tab, under Advanced Settings, under Files and Folders, under Hidden files and folders, click Show hidden files and folders. If you want to see all file name extensions, clear the Hide extensions for known file types check box under Files and Folders. Hidden folders appear dimmed to indicate they are not typical folders.

  1. In Control Panel, open Mail.
  2. In Control Panel, click User Accounts, and then click Mail. Note If you are using Classic view in Control Panel, double-click Mail.
  3. Click Show Profiles, and then select the profile that contains the .pst file.
  4. Click Properties, and then click Data Files.
  5. Select the data file from the list, and then click Settings.
  6. When an error dialog box appears notifying you that the data file could not be found at the old location, click OK.
  7. Browse to the new folder location, select the data file, and then click Open.
  8. Click OK, and then click Close twice.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Restart Outlook.

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How to Clear a Stuck Print Job in Windows XP and Vista

How to clear a stuck print job on Windows XP and Vista.

Have you ever had the annoying problem of a print job that will not print?  You then decide to delete the print job only to find that it will not delete?

Well the good news is that it’s not difficult to fix the situation.

The first thing we will do it to stop and then start the print spooler, which is in simple terms a place where your print job is stored by your computer and then sent to your printer.

Starting and stopping the print spooler.

The following instructions will guide you through the print spoolers starting and stopping process, make sure you do NOT include the quotation marks; they are there for clarity only.

1.) Click the “Start” button on the lower left corner of your screen.

2.) Select “Run” from the menu.

3.) In the Run box, where it says Open: Type “CMD”. You will now have a black window appear, this window is a CLI, which stands for Command Line Interface.

4.) What we are going to do now is stop the print spooler, to do this, in the CLI type “Net Stop Spooler”, press the “Enter” key. You will see a message stating that the spooler has now successfully stopped.

5.) Now we need to restart the print spooler, to do this, in the CLI type “Net Start Spooler”, press the “Enter” key. You will see a message stating that the spooler has now successfully started.

Manually deleting the files in the spooler.

If what you just did was not successful, we can actually go to the folder where the print jobs are stored and manually delete them from there.

To do this, follow my instructions very carefully.

1.) Click the “Start” button on the lower left corner of your screen.

2.) Click on “My Computer” (If you have Vista it’s just “Computer”).

3.) Double click “C:” drive.

4.) If you see a blue screen stating that the files are hidden, click on the line “Show the contents of this folder”.

5.) Double click the “Windows” folder.

6.) If you see a blue screen stating that the files are hidden, refer to step 4.

7.) Locate and double click the “Sytem32” folder.

8.) If you see a blue screen stating that the files are hidden, refer to step 4.

9.) Locate and double click the “Spool” folder.

10.) Locate and double click the “Printers” folder.

11.) Inside this folder you will see some files that look something like the following, they may have be numbered if there are more than one print job.



12.) Select the files and delete them. This has now emptied the printer spooler and all should be back to normal.

I hope this simple guide has helped.

Cheers and have a great day.

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Disable Data Execution Prevention DEP Completely on Windows XP.

What is DEP (Data Excecution Prevention) And How to Disable it Completely on Windows XP.

Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is a set of hardware and software technologies that perform additional checks on memory to help prevent malicious code from running on a system. In Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, DEP is enforced by hardware and by software.

The primary benefit of DEP is to help prevent code execution from data pages. Typically, code is not executed from the default heap and the stack. Hardware-enforced DEP detects code that is running from these locations and raises an exception when execution occurs. Software-enforced DEP can help prevent malicious code from taking advantage of exception-handling mechanisms in Windows.

Above explanation from Microsoft Support KB.

This guide will disable DEP completely.

1.) Click “Start”.
2.) Click “Control Panel”.
3.) Double click the “System” icon.
4.) Click the “Advanced” tab.
5.) Click the “Settings” tab under “Start up and Recovery”.
6.) Click “Edit” under System Start-up. This will launch the Boot.ini file in to Notepad.
7.) Locate “/noexecute=Optin”.
8.) Edit this entry with “/noexecute=AwaysOff” without the quotation marks.
9.) In the notepad tool bar click “File” and then “Save”.
10.) Click “Ok” to close the dialog box
11.) Click “Ok” to close the Systems Properties box.
12.) Restart your computer. You may find the computer will take a while longer to start the first time and may even restart automatically.

You now have disabled DEP completely.

Verifying DEP is disabled.

1.) Click “Start”.
2.) Click “Control Panel”.
3.) Click the “System” icon.
4.) Select the “Advanced” tab.
5.) Click the “Settings” tab under Performance and Maintenance.
6.) Click “Data Execution Prevention”.
7.) The DEP settings should now not be available to you.
8.) Keep selecting “Ok” to close all boxes.

I do not advise you to do this procedure as disabling DEP is not recommended.
Disabling DEP would be the last alternative, I would prefer to find and fix the problem you are having without disabling DEP.


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