Archive from July, 2004
Jul 14, 2004 - General    No Comments

How can I stop Windows Messenger from sending Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP) discovery messages?

Windows XP and later OSs include the following services to support Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) devices:

the SSDP discovery service, which discovers UPnP devices on your network
the UPnP device host service, which provides support to host UPnP devices

Disabling these services doesn’t guarantee that SSDP discovery messages will stop, and you might still see traffic on UDP port 1900. This problem can occur if Windows Messenger uses SSDP to identify upstream Internet gateway devices because Windows Messenger formats and sends its own SSDP traffic instead of using the built-in UPnP services. To stop this SSDP discovery traffic, perform the following steps:

Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftDirectPlayNATHelpDPNHUPnP subkey.
From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value.
Enter a name of UPnPMode and press Enter.
Double-click the new value, set it to 2, then click OK.
Close the registry editor.

Jul 13, 2004 - General    No Comments

How can I always win at Minesweeper?

You can configure Minesweeper to display either a white or black pixel on screen, depending on if the cursor is over a mine (black) or not (white) by following these steps:

Start Minesweeper.
Type xyzzy, then press Shift+Enter.
Minimize all windows and begin play.

The pixel in the top left-hand corner of the desktop will be black if the cursor is over a mine square or white if the cursor is over a safe square. This trick works on all versions of Minesweeper supplied with Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 3.1.

Jul 13, 2004 - General, Windows 2000    No Comments

How can I suppress the standard machine beep noise in Windows 2000 and later?

Even if you mute your system, certain events will still trigger the system beep. To suppress these system-level beeps, perform the following steps:

Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelSound subkey.
Double-click Beep, set the value to “no”, and click OK.
Close the registry editor.
Log off and log on for the change to take effect.

Jul 12, 2004 - General    No Comments

How do I get ANSI support on the command line?

To get ANSI support, perform the following steps:

Create a shortcut to command.com.
Create a file called ansi.nt.
Include the following lines in the ansi.nt file:

dosonly
device=%systemroot%system32ansi.sys
device=%SystemRoot%system32himem.sys
files=40
dos=high,umb

Under Properties for the command.com shortcut, go to the Programs tab. In the Config Path field, enter the path to ansi.nt.
Now when you open the shortcut, any DOS applications you run will have ANSI support.

Jul 11, 2004 - General    No Comments

How can I install the Microsoft Java Virtual Machine (JVM) without having to restart the computer?

A typical JVM installation requires that you reboot your machine and alerts you to any problems the installer encountered. However, you can use the /q and /qq switches to control the reboot requirement and the reporting of any problems. To prevent the installation from rebooting the system but still have it notify you of any problems, you would add the /q switch. For example,

msjavx86 /c:”javatrig.exe /exe_install /l /q” /q:a /r:n

To prevent the installation from rebooting the system and from notifying you of problems, you would add the /qq switch. For example,

msjavx86 /c:”javatrig.exe /exe_install /l /qq” /q:a /r:n

Jul 11, 2004 - General    No Comments

Why can’t I use the CD command to change directories to a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path in a command window?

When you attempt to use the CD command to change directories to a UNC path, you receive the following error:

CMD does not support UNC paths as current directories.

Although you can map a drive, use the CD command to change to the new drive, then disconnect after you’re done working in the UNC location, this approach is cumbersome. A better approach is to use the Pushd command. For example,

pushd raptorshareshare

The Pushd command automatically maps a drive and navigates to it. If you run the “net use” command after you run Pushd, you’ll see a new drive mapping. After you’re done working in the UNC location, use the Popd command to navigate back to your original network location before you ran Pushd.

Jul 11, 2004 - General    No Comments

How can I configure Notepad to remember Page Setup settings?

Notepad lets you configure document-specific settings (e.g., margins, page orientation, header and footer), which you access by selecting the Page Setup option from the File menu. However, Notepad reverts to using default Page Setup settings every time you restart the program. To configure Notepad to remember your Page Setup settings, perform the following steps:

Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftNotepad registry subkey.
From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value.
Enter the name fSavePageSettings, then press Enter.
Double-click the new value, set it to 1, then click OK.
Log off and log on for the change to take effect.

Jul 10, 2004 - General    No Comments

How can I configure a services start-up type from the command line?

You typically use the Services GUI in Windows to configure a services start-up type, but you can also use the SC command to set the start-up type from the command line:

“sc config [service name] start=[mode]”

For example,

sc config msexchangeimc start=auto
automatically starts the exchangeIMC service when you boot the system.

Jul 10, 2004 - General    No Comments

How can I prevent Windows Media Player (WMP) 8.0 and later from maintaining a recent-files list?

The WMP File menu lists your most recently played files. If you don’t want WMP to maintain this list, perform the following steps:

Start a registry editor (regedit.exe).
Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftMediaPlayerPreferences registry subkey.
From the Edit menu, select New, Binary Value.
Enter a name of AddToMRU, then press Enter.
Double-click the new value, set it to 00 to disable the list or 01 to enable it, then click OK.
Close the registry editor.

You can clear current entries from the most recently played files list by either deleting the HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftMediaPlayerPlayerRecentFileList registry subkey or deleting individual entries under this subkey. To clear streamed media entries, delete the HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftMediaPlayerPlayerRecentURLList registry subkey.

Jul 10, 2004 - General    No Comments

How can I disable the F3 key search capability for Windows Explorer and Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE)?

To disable the F3 key search capability, perform the following steps:

Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftInternet ExplorerRestrictions registry subkey. If this subkey doesn’t exist, open the Edit menu and select New, Key to create it.
From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value.
Enter the name NoFindFiles, then press Enter.
Double-click the value, set it to 1, then click OK.
Log off and log on for the change to take effect.

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