This tiny powerful utility can sniff your network for security, DNS Resolving, Whois, and dozens of other options. Network Stuff is free.
These tips work on Snap Servers and NAS devices that say they are NOT Vista, 7 and 8 capable and XP workstations that will not connect.
When connecting Vista, 7 or 8 to XP, if you have problems, make sure the time is correct on both machines
On the Vista, 7 or 8 Computer
select Administrative Tools->Local Security Policy.
Select Local Policies->Security Options->Network security->LAN Manager authentication level.
Select this and use the drop down to change it to:
Use the setting “Send LM & NTLM – use NTLM v.2 if negotiated”
If you go to the UNC Path \\yourcomputer, you will have to use the username:
thecomputeryouareconnectingtoname\usernameonthatcomputer then enter your password.
Many times I have met people who have almost filled their C drive with a ton of programs. I personally prefer purchasing a new hard drive and cloning it to gain space. However, it often gets risky or you don’t have time to do this. Have you ever cleaned your hard drive and wanted more space? One of the things that takes so much space is your programs. By default programs go to the program files folder and often take a lot of room after you install several programs.
One thing you can do is simply put in a second drive and copy the programs over. Well, it doesn’t work exactly like that. Steam Mover allows you to move programs off of your main drive and load them on a secondary drive. Putting in a second drive for storage is easy. Pretty much you open your computer (when off of course). Insert the drive. Plug in the SATA cable (making sure the controller is on in the BIOS). Boot into Windows. Right Click my computer, go to Manage. Click on Disk Management and activate and format the new drive. Now Steam Mover seems to work with all programs I tried it on. The <2 mb file can be downloaded here. After downloading, select the programs you want to move and they will move to the D: drive (or whatever drive you have). This now frees up space on your drive and your computer will speed up. Be sure to defrag afterward.
This is a great alternate solution for freeing space. While there is no guarantee by the author of the program, it is a solution that is long overdue. (Windows 7 and Vista Only)
Want to further optimize your network settings? Use this little known settings in Windows. (Directions are for Windows Vista and Windows 7 – settings apply to Windows XP also).
- Open the Network and Sharing Center
- Click on Change Adapter Settings
- Hit the Alt Key
- Click Advanced
- Advanced Settings
- Under Adapters and Bindings, Move the Network you use to the top
- Under the Provider Order, Move Microsoft Windows Network to the Top
Want to download the updates you need for your computers’ operating system and download updates for installed software such as Adobe. You can use AutoPatcher to provide the updates and check what you need to download. Why choose this way to update? You can download the patches and updates for multiple computers and install these in one update -preventing the constant reboots.
Program will first come to this site and download a manifest list of available scripts. Each script is a targeted OS that we support or other software… JAVA, MS office, Adobe, and so on. Then once you make your selections it will download each script and then parse them for the downloads to retrieve. Once done you may then run AutoPatcher.
This program will make sure the downloads are official according to our script and allow you to install them. Any changes in the MD5 of a file will be flagged unofficial(this can happen if MS changes a file without warning/reason.
Thanks Mick for the link!
You may have devices on your network that you can no longer connect (Vista/Windows 7) to or you may not be able to network to Windows XP (for whatever reason, this works). Actually this changes settings to accept NTLMv1 and NTLMv2 so that you can connect to Samba Servers, Snap Servers, Older Windows Computers or whatever….
1. Go to Run, Type Regedit and open this key:
2. If it doesn’t exist, create a DWORD value named
3. Set the value to 1
Rick over at What’s on My PC has found a great link for everyone that show’s an animated guide to building a computer. This GEM will be used in class. Excellent Find! The graphics are just unreal. If you select a processor, it zooms to the case, into the case, removes the heatsink and fan and shows the processor flipping out. Awesome.
It has to be fellow blogger week…Rick at What’s On My PC gives a tip at a command line you can run to get information from your hard drive and/or system. Working in IT, we are pulling drives or chasing vendor utilities that give back the data you need (serial number, bios info). Rick gives an excellent command line that helps you find out this information.
The following may or may not work for you; however, I found it to work on Windows XP Pro, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Did you ever run into the situation where you needed the serial number on your computer? The serial number is often required when you contact the vendor for support. Read more at What’s On My PC.
I recently ran into the error MMC class not registered error when right clicking Computer and going to manage this also happened when trying to get into the device manager. The internet including Microsoft’s Fix-it Utilities and several forums did not produce a solution. Ironically I had forgotten about a post I made less than 48 hours ago that featured a link to Bill Mullins’ review of Tweaking.com’s repair utility for Windows. In order to fix this error on a known virus free computer, I simply let the program perform a SFC / scannow and went to Start Repairs (skipping the other steps), Custom and selected to register system files. Once I let the utility finish and rebooted, the MMC’s worked great. The utility currenty registers the 1000+ files thus fixing many problems.