Clear Pagefile at Shutdown

There are times when Windows will store a password in plain text or other information on your PC in it’s paging file. Here is how to clear the paging file when you shutdown your PC. Note: It does increase your shutdown time a small bit.

1. Start Regedit. Start > type regedit and press enter.

2. Navigate to HKLMSystemCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerMemory Management.

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3. In the right pane, right click ClearPageFileAtShutdown and select Modify. Change the Value data to 1 and click OK.

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When you shut down your PC, the page file will now be deleted giving you an extra little bit of security.

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Disable Hibernation

There are times when you want to disable hibernation for your PC, either for speed reasons or to make it do a complete shutdown. Here’s how.

1. Open a Command Prompt with Administrator privileges. Start > All Programs > Accessories. Right click Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.

2. Type powercfg /hibernate off and press enter.

Your PC will not go into hibernation mode from now on. To reverse this, use the same command but replace off with on.

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Enable Verbose Output on Startup & Shutdown

There are times when Windows takes a long time to start up or shut down, with nothing to show what it’s doing. With a simple registry hack, you can enable verbose output which will let you know what the system is doing when it is starting up or shutting down. Here’s how.

1. Open Regedit (Start, type regedit and press enter).

2. Navigate to HKLM > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > System.

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3. On the right pane, right click and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

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4. Name the new value VerboseStatus and press enter.

5. Double click the new VerboseStatus key and change the value to a 1. Click OK.

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6. Exit Regedit and restart your PC to see the changes.

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Windows 8 M1 Leak Features Unlocked Via Registry Hacks

The recent leak of Windows 8 Milestone 1 Build 7850 has been given more features via registry hacks. The features are still under development, so I am sure they are not 100% stable and ready for release.

Here is how to enable the following features:

To unlock webcam.exe

Navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionGRE_Initialize”
create a DWORD value called “RemoteFontBootCacheFlags“, set its value to “0x100f (4111)”

To unlock Modern Reader

Navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurr entVersionAppletsPaintCapabilities” create a string value named “CLSID”, set its value to “{D3E34B21-9D75-101A-8C3D-00AA001A1652}” , then run glcnd.exe.

To unlock the new Task Manager UI

Navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionTaskUI”, and create a 32bit value “TaskUIEnabled“, set its value to “1”.

And finally, to unlock the ribbon UI in Windows Explorer

Create this key in the registry: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{4F12FF5D-D319-4A79-8380-9CC80384DC08}

Create a string value  called “AppID”, set its value to “{9198DA45-C7D5-4EFF-A726-78FC547DFF53}

Restart Explorer and you should have the ribbon UI unlocked.

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Error 0xC0000034 During SP1 Install

There are some people that are having issues with the latest Service Pack for Windows 7 and Server 2008R2. You may get the error: !! 0xc0000034 !! 142/53007 (_0000000000000000.cdf-ms), even upon a restart. Microsoft has come up with a fix to uninstall the Service Pack:

Option 1 (Win7 client only):  Use a system restore point to recover the system

  • This one is pretty self explanatory.  Boot your machine into WinRE and pick a restore point before the service pack was installed.  This should get you back up and running. 
  • This doesn’t work on server

Option 2 (Win7 client and 2008 R2 server):  Delete the poqexec entry

  • Boot into WinRE and choose a command prompt then run the following commands and restart the computer:
    • Reg load HKLMBaseSystem C:WindowsSystem32configSYSTEM
    • Reg Delete "HKLMBaseSystemCurrentControlSetControlSession Manager" /v SetupExecute
    • Reg add "HKLMBaseSystemCurrentControlSetControlSession Manager" /v SetupExecute /t REG_MULTI_SZ
    • Reg unload HKLMBaseSystem
  • If you’re more graphically inclined, you can use this method:
    • Boot into WinRE
    • Open Registry Editor using regedit.exe 
    • Now you will have the WinRE registry loaded so you need to load the “ System ” hive
    • To do that : Highlight HKLM then  Click on File > Load Hive > Browse to C:windowssystem32config (assuming C: being the system drive )
    • Name the Hive as TEST 
    • Browse to HKLMTESTselect and check the value for “ Current “
    • Assuming the value as (1) browse to HKLMTESTControlSet001ControlSessionManager
    • Locate and double click the key “SetupExecute ” at the right panel 
    • Delete any value inside the key and click OK
    • Highlight TEST and then Click on File > Unload hive
    • Type exit at cmd
    • Reboot the machine and choose to start the machine normally
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Change Processor Name in System Properties

Using a registry hack, you can change the name of your CPU to what you desire? Want the latest and greatest, or at least bragging rights to claim so? Check this out.

CPUName

Open Regedit, navigate to HKEY_Local_Machine > Hardware > Description > System >Central Processor. If you have multiple cores, you will need to choose 0. You can modify the “Processor Name” string to the name you choose.

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Create a desktop shortcut to lock your workstation

Some may know about the Windows Key + L to lock your workstation, others may not. To keep your PC secure, it is a good idea to lock it when you are away from your desk. Many times, you just want a simple click to lock your PC. Here is how.

1. Right click the desktop and select New and Shortcut.

2. Type C:WindowsSystem32rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation in the box.

3. You can name it anything you would like.

And that is it! You now have an icon on your desktop to lock your workstation! You can also change the icon to whatever you’d like using this knowledge base entry.

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Launch multiple instances of an application

In Windows, it is easy to run more than one instance of an application, with each running in it’s own memory space. If you wanted to run two versions of Notepad and have both open at the same time, or FileZilla in this example, this is how to do it.

1. Start the first instance of the program. It’s as simple as launching the program. You may already have it running.

2. Hold Shift and Left click the program icon in the Taskbar.

3. A new instance of the program will start, running as it’s own task and in it’s own memory space.

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How To Flush DNS Cache

There are times when you need to flush the DNS cache of Windows. This may be you changed hosts, and it takes a while for the DNS cache to query the DNS server again. Here is a quick and easy way to flush the cache.

1. Open an elevated Command Prompt by going to Start, All Programs, Accessories. Right click the Command Prompt icon and select Run As Administrator.

2. Type IPCONFIG /FLUSHDNS and press Enter. You will get the message: Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache. Then, you can visit sites again, and it will re-query the DNS server for host names.

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Assign Keyboard Shortcut To Any Application

There is a way to assign a shortcut keystroke to applications. This is handy for a lot of us that were from before the mouse, and prefer the keyboard over the mouse. It seems faster.

Here is how to create a keyboard shortcut for an application.

1. Right click the program icon and click Properties.

2. Click the Shortcut tab.

3. In the middle of the box, under Shortcut Key, click the empty box.

4. Enter the keyboard shortcut that you would like to use (CTRL/ALT/SHIFT and a letter/number work great).

5. Press OK.

From then on, you can use the shortcut keyboard strokes to launch the application. For a lot of most-used apps, this can be handy.

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