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.
The Windows System Control Center is an all in one tool that offers a ton (hundreds) of features. These features are compatible with Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
The installation can be made to a portable drive or installed on a computer. During the installation, new software can be installed allowing features to be added or updated.
During this installation process, you may get virus alerts but the software is safe. These alerts are false positives (the software accesses key areas that control Windows).
Click Allow or Safe in your anti-virus control panel.
Initially you will have 264 software installs.
Once the features are installed (This can initially take a few minutes), The control center opens to dozens of categories and hundreds of features allowing you to tweak Windows or to correct problems.
In its Beta release, FancyCache offers a simplex program that uses unused memory to boost the speed of your hard drive. But does it work? Yes. My Dell Inspirion is already fast, but with FancyCache, programs do open quicker and the computer is even more responsive. With the ability to tweak how I wanted to cache, I used 2gb of the 6gb of RAM on board in the settings.
The default settings alone were convincing enough to show how my computer sped up after a few minutes of use. Although my computer is a 64bit laptop, the caching methods used and the read/write cache algorithms did boost performance.
FancyCache is certainly beneficial for 32 bit users who are locked in at 3gb of RAM. FancyCache can take advantage of memory above this limit to speed up your computer. And whether you do or don’t elect to install FancyCache, at least tweak your settings in a 32 bit computer to tweak your memory. (See our Link)
The only problem I had was once I downloaded the software, it said it was expired. A quick check on their website and keys can be obtained here. The latest key is valid until July 2013.
Will I buy this product? I’m not sure yet, time and use of Fancycache will tell.
If you are video conferencing from one computer to another, QoS plays an important role. By default, QoS has a priority of 20%. So how do you increase this? Easy. This applies to Windows Pro and above.
Expand “Computer Configuration”-
Select the “QoS Packet Scheduler.”
Double click the “Limit Reservable Bandwidth” key,
Now check the “Enabled” item on the Settings tab.
Change the “Bandwidth limit %” to 30 or above depending on how much you need to reserve
(test this during busy hours on your network to tweak this number), then click Apply and exit gpedit.msc. Now go to a cmd prompt as an administrator and type gpupdate/force.
Don’t forget to enable Traffic Shaping in your router if it has the option (Dir-655 shown – DLink) and WMM.
(Enabling WMM can help control latency and jitter when transmitting multimedia content over a wireless connection)
Remember, these settings also help with VoiP applications.
You’ve probably used IPConfig to get your IP address and have even used IPConfig /all. So what is another way to see your configuration?
netsh interface ip show config
This command gives your NIC card information
What if you wanted to open a port quickly on your client computers? You can write a quick script and use -
netsh firewall set portopening tcp 445 smb enable (Replace the 445 with the port number you need to open)
What rules have you set on your firewall?
netsh advfirewall firewall show rule name=all
The rules will ‘fly’ by so you can use the following command to ‘capture’ all of the rules to a text file
netsh advfirewall firewall show rule name=all >c:\text\firewallrules.txt
Or you can use these to turn it on or off -
netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state on
netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state off
When accessing component services, if you receive an error related to MSDTC.
Click “Start”, then “Run”, then enter “Services.msc”, then press “Enter”.
Navigate to the “Startup” column, then change the following services to “Manual”
COM+ Event System
Distributed Link Tracking Client
Logical Disk Manager
NT LM Security Support Provider
Plug and Play
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator
Security Accounts Manager
System Event Notification
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
Windows Management Instrumentation
Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensions
Restart your computer.
Click “Start”, then “Run”, then enter “%WINDIR%\System32\msdtc.exe -uninstall”
Click “Start”, then “Run” the enter “Regedit”
Delete the following registry keys:
Click “Start”, then “Run”, then enter “%WINDIR%\System32\msdtc.exe -install”, then allow for MS DTC to install.
Open regedit again, expand “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
Enter the following registry key: “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSDTC\XADLL”, then close regedit.
Click “Start”, then “Run”, then enter “regsvr32 mtxoci.dll “, then click “OK”, then restart your computer.
Click “Start”, then “Run”, then enter “WINDIR%\System32\msdtc.exe -resetlog” to complete the operation.
If this fails to work, run Tweaking.com all in one repair tool
Ever get a cryptic error with a Microsoft product and you don’t know what it is? Use Microsoft’s Event and Error Message Center.