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Sat, Dec 31, 2011 10:13 pm

Reorganizing Items under All Programs for Windows 7

If you want to add or reorganize programs and folders under All Programs, which you see when you click on the Windows Start button, you will first need to log into an account that has administrator privileges then display hidden and system files and folders. Once you've done that, use the Windows Explorer to navigate to the location for the ProgramData folder, which will, typically, be C:\ProgramData. Navigate to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. Within this directory you will see the folders and programs that appear when you view the items within All Programs after you click on the Windows Start button.

You can then move folders and shortcuts about or right-click and choose New to create a new folder.

Some entries you see under All Programs may be under C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs, where Username is the relevant user account, instead. E.g., if you are logged into the account Jane, some of entries may be under C:\Users\Jane\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs . These are entries that appear under All Programs just for that account, whereas those under C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs apply to all accounts on the system.

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Fri, Dec 30, 2011 9:27 pm

Transferring Live Messenger Winks

I set up a new laptop for a user who uses Microsoft's Live Messenger for chatting with friends and relatives. In addition to transferring her documents and pictures, she also wanted me to transfer winks, which are Flash-based animated files used by Live Messenger to display short animated clips of actions, such as blowing a kiss, throwing a snowball, etc., which a user can pick from when sending a mesage to someone.

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Thu, Dec 29, 2011 5:50 pm

Viewing Hidden and System Files and Folders Under Windows 7

To see the location of hidden and system files and folders under Windows 7, you need to take the following steps to make them visible.
  1. Click on the Windows Start button Windows start button 50x50 at the lower, left-hand corner of your screen.
  2. Select Computer.
  3. Click on Organize.
  4. Select Folder and search options.
  5. Click on the View tab.
  6. Under the Hidden files and folders entry, check "Show hidden files, folders, and drives".
  7. Below the above entry, you will see an entry for "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)"; uncheck it. You will see a warning that "These files are required to start and run Windows. Deleting or editing them can make your computer inoperable. Are you sure you want to display these files?" Click on Yes.

    Windows 7 - displaying hidden files warning

  8. Click on OK to apply the changes.

    Windows 7 - display hidden and system files

You can follow a similar process to reverse the changes to hide the files again after you've accessed the files you need to access to protect yourself from accidentally modifying any system files.

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Tue, Dec 27, 2011 6:14 pm

Spbyot - You are missing administrator rights

After installing Spybot Search & Destroy 1.6.2 through allmyapps, I started Spybot and attempted to peform an immunization, but saw the following error, even though I was logged into an account in the administrator group when I started Spybot.


You are missing administrator rights to perform this action.
If you need to do this, please run this application elevated as an administrtor.

When I started Spybot by right-clicking on its shortcut and choosing "Run as administrator", the immunization performed successfully.

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Mon, Dec 12, 2011 11:03 pm

Configuring a Mac OS X 10.6 System to Provide VNC Access

Note: These notes have been tested on systems running OS X 10.6, aka "Snow Leopard", but may apply to other versions as well.

I needed to configure a Mac system running OS X 10.6.3 to support remote access from a Virtual Network Computing (VNC) client on a Microsoft Windows system. VNC is a graphical desktop sharing system that uses the RFB protocol to remotely control another computer. It transmits the keyboard and mouse events from one computer to another, relaying the graphical screen updates back in the other direction, over a network. There are many free VNC clients, such as TightVNC, the free edition of RealVNC, etc.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard (version 10.6) comes with AppleVNCServer software. To configure the Mac OS X system for VNC access, take the following steps:

  1. Click on the Apple icon at the top left of the screen.
  2. Select System Preferences.
  3. Under Internet and Wireless, select Sharing.
  4. Ensure Remote Management is checked.

    Note: if the lock icon at the lower, left-hand corner of the screen is showing a locked padlock, you will need to click on the padlock to unlock it, which will present you with a window where you can provide the account name and password for an account with adminstrator access for the system.

  5. For "allow access for", select either "All users" or "Only these users. If you select "Only these users", click on the plus sign, i.e., "+", and click on a user account which should be granted remote management access, then click on the Select button. You will then have the opportunity to grant specific permissions from among the following:
    • Observe
      • Control
      • Show when being observed
    • Generate reports
    • Open and quit applications
    • Change settings
    • Delete and replace items
    • Start text chat or send messages
    • Restart and shut down
    • Copy items

    Pick the permissions you wish to grant, then click on OK.

  6. Click on Computer Settings.
  7. In the "VNC viewers may contrl screen with password" field, place a password to be used for VNC access.
  8. Click on OK.
  9. You will be prompted for the password of an account with administrator privileges to complete the changes. Provide an appropriate account name and password, then click on OK.

    Set VNC password under OS X

Information on the service can be obtained from the command line by obtaining a shell prompt by running the Terminal program under /Applications/Utilities then issuing the command launchctl list

$ launchctl list
	"Label" = "";
	"LimitLoadToSessionType" = "Aqua";
	"OnDemand" = true;
	"LastExitStatus" = 0;
	"TimeOut" = 30;
	"Program" = "/System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/AppleVNCServe
	"EnableTransactions" = true;
	"TransactionCount" = -1;

If you don't see it listed try launchctl list | grep -i Screen.

The program listens by default on TCP port 5900.

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