Tag Archive: system


Often I will stroll into my office, drop my gear and power up my computer. Then I’ll buzz around taking care of the normal mundane stuff to start my day. I have Windows set to auto login my password secured main user account using netplwiz.exe which is kind enough to start all the processes that don’t start until a user is signed into the system. Gets my system all ready to go so when I sit down my system is as ready to get to work as I am. I also have my PC and HTPC setup to boot up after a power failure state to make sure my servers are running when the power returns. With the autologin in place it leaves my system open to mischievous co-workers to put pictures of grown men in diapers on my desktop. So I have an event setup in Task Scheduler that gets triggered when any user logs on C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe with the arguments user32.dll, LockWorkStation to lock my desktop immediately to keep my systems safe from outside influence. So I get the benefits of the auto logon, and the security of the password prompt to login.

So here’s the rub. Windows 10’s ( and apparently Windows 8 & 8.1, yuk) Lock Screen has a 1 minute timeout where if you don’t interact to the screen it powers off your display. I don’t know how much strain is put on my monitor powering up, then powering it back down, and then powering it backup if I bump something while sitting down, and then powering down a min later because I still haven’t logged in yet, and then powering back up when I finally log back in. On an almost daily basis, I just don’t think that can be good on the guts, and I can’t be plunking down $$$ on a whim for a new monitor. I want it to power up and stay up for a decent amount of time, and then if I still haven’t logged in yet, then go ahead and save the whales and power down.

Windows doesn’t by default give you a way to adjust the power down wait time at the lock screen. After digging around the net, I found a some gents had shared what I needed. You have to really dig down there into the guts of the registry to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\7516b95f-f776-4464-8c53-06167f40cc99\8EC4B3A5-6868-48c2-BE75-4F3044BE88A7

and set Attributes to a value of 2.

Add Option to Adjust Lock Screen Timeout In Power Settings

Once that’s set, open your Power Options, and under Display you should have a new power option ‘Console lock display off timeout’.
Lock Timeout

 

Current User Paths: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

System User Folder Paths : HKEY_USERS\(User SID#)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders\

Here is my collection of fonts from around the net.

Download Fonts.zip

Just stumbled with my fat fingers and found that the Windows Key + a number key (1,2,3 etc.) will switch you to the corresponding window in the taskbar. So if the first window shown in your taskbar is Datacad (yea Datacad!) then you can hit Win+1 to switch to that window. If that window is already your active window, then it will minimize that window. This works in Windows 7 – Win XP or 8, who knows? The Shadow Knows!

taskbar

Go from IDE mode to AHCI mode for your SATA devices by running the Microsoft Fix It tool to enable AHCI driver support. Worked Flawlessly on Windows 7 SP1. After running the MS Fit It Tool, reboot, enter the BIOS, change your controller mode to AHCI, save the BIOS settings and reboot back into Windows. With any luck you should not see the BSOD :p

Microsoft Fit It Tool – Enable Sata AHCI mode

Open an admin level command prompt and type
“powercfg –h off”
and hit enter. That’s it. This will disable hibernation and automaticly remove the hiberfil.sys file.

Newegg.com – My favorite online retailer for Computer  Hardware. When my local shop can’t get it they are who I go to. Fast and great  prices. Great customer service.

Tweakguides.com – A collection of system & application tweaking guides. Lots of good stuff here.

Tech ARP  (Formally Adrian’s Rojak Pot) – Great comp. tech site. Have to check out their CPU, Video Card & other comparison charts.

Free BIOS Optimization Guide – Brought to you by TechARP a great guide covering almost every BIOS setting I’ve seen around with good descriptions and dismisses some of the myths and legends with facts.

Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows – Probably the best overall Windows site out there.

Old Version –  Find old versions of your favorite shareware. Because newer is not always  better.

Silent PC Review – Learn how to make your PC or HTPC as quite as possible. Remember no CAPS (shouting) allowed.

Startech – Startech has hard to find custom tech tools and equipment. From cables, switches & adaptors to testing and creation tools.

TinyUrl – Make super long url’s into small simple urls.

Jinx – Clothing for gamers & geeks.

Think Geek – Stuff for gamers & geeks.

Windows Sysinternal – Great system apps created by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell recently bought by Microsoft

Twit Netcast Network – Great group of tech netcast staring Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, Kevin Rose, John C. Dvorak and other tech bigleaguers.

MonoPrice.com – Cheap, High Quality Audio, Video, Tech cables & converters, and many hard to find specialty items.

Interfacelift – Fantastic desktop wallpapers.

http://www.videohelp.com – All around computer audio / video guides, apps and methods.

http://www.doom9.net – DVD backups & other encoding

If you’re sick of a single Windows Explorer windows crashing and then bringing down the rest of your OS with it, follow this tip: Open My Computer, Click Organize, Folder & Search Options, View tab, then scroll down to ‘Launch folder windows in a separate process” and enable this option. Just be aware that you’ll have to reboot your machine for this tip to take effect.

Windows 7 is a great operating system so far, and it’s new User Folders have some nice features to help you organize your data. But one little problem I’ve had is that it has hard locked the user folder (previously known as Documents & Settings) location to the system drive, which if your like me you like to keep your data off the system drive so you can quickly reload your OS whenever you want and not worry about loosing your data. Microsoft officially allows you to specify the path using a big mess of tools to create installation images, but it’s more trouble than it’s worth. Below is what I did to change the location of the User folder and all of it’s contents. It has a few side effects.

1. You may not be able to upgrade to another version of Windows. Which if your like me you always want to do a fresh install anyway.
2. Microsoft does not support moved system folders (even using the above mentioned method using their own tools), so don’t call them with related issues. It’s seems to be working great here though. This is recommended to be done right after a fresh installation. As you will have to delete your first administrator account (install account). Proceed at your own risk.

1. Install Windows as normal.
2. Once windows is installed, locate the registry key

Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

3. Revise the ProfilesDirectory value to the path you desire. I have chosen D:\Users.
4. Now all NEW user accounts will be created at this location.
5. Reboot your system for the changes to take effect. DO NOT try to just end task on Explorer and start a new shell in any of these reboots.
6. Once rebooted, create a new Administrator account, I’ll call mine CptKemo. This will be a temporary account so you can call it what ever.
7. Log Off and log into your temporary account (CptKemo). Delete your original administrator account created from the install (Mine was called Josh)and reboot.
8. Log back into your temporary account (CptKemo), and create a new Final, administrator account, I’ll call this one Josh once again. Log off and log into your new account (Josh). Delete your temporary account (CptKemo).
9. You should now see your account folder at your specified location ready to transfer all your files to. Make a image of your harddrive once you have your apps installed and you will be all set for quick OS reloads.

The Sysinternals web site was created in 1996 by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell to host their advanced system utilities and technical information. Microsoft acquired Sysinternals in July, 2006. Whether you’re an IT Pro or a developer, you’ll find Sysinternals utilities to help you manage, troubleshoot and diagnose your Windows systems and applications. If you have a question about a tool or how to use them, please visit the Sysinternals Forum for answers and help from other users and our moderators.


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