Archive from March, 2005
Mar 31, 2005 - General, Windows XP    No Comments

How can I prevent Internet Explorer from prompting users to save User Names and Passwords?

To prevent Internet Explorer from prompting users to save User Names and Passwords, you can enable the Do not allow AutoComplete to save passwords Group Policy at User Configuration Administrative Templates Windows Components Internet Explorer.

When you enable this policy, it disables the automatic completion of user names and passwords in forms on Web pages, and prevents users from being prompted to save passwords. The User Names and Passwords on Forms and Prompt Me to Save Passwords check boxes are dimmed on the AutoComplete dialog of the Internet Options / Content tab.

How can I enable Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 to display filenames that have no extension?

Although the ability to display file that have no extensions was available by default in IIS 5.0, Microsoft has removed that default option from IIS 6.0. To re-enable the ability to display file types that have no extensions, follow these steps:

1.Click Start and select Programs, Administrative Tools, Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
2.Expand the Web Sites branch, right-click the Web site for which you want to enable no-extension files, and select Properties.
3.Select the HTTP Headers tab and click MIME Types.
4.Click New. You’ll see the MIME Type dialog box, which the figure at Figure shows.
5.In the Extension text box, enter a period followed by an asterisk (.*). In the MIME type text box, type


and click OK.
6.Click OK, then click OK again to display the Web site’s main properties page.
7.When you restart the Web site, you should be able to see and open files that have no extension. (To restart the server, right-click the Web site in IIS and select Stop, then select Start.)

Mar 22, 2005 - General    2 Comments

How can I quickly search for shared folders that are published in Active Directory (AD)?

To quickly search AD for published shared folders, you can run the command

rundll32 dsquery,OpenQueryWindow

Executing this command opens the Find dialog box, which provides in the drop-down lists the option to find Shared Folders and where to search. The Figure shows search results displayed in the Find dialog box. In pre-Windows XP versions, you could access this dialog box fairly easily via Explorer or My Network places. However, accessing the Find dialog box is a little more complicated in XP, so you might want to create a shortcut to the previous Rundll32 command.

Mar 22, 2005 - General    No Comments

How can I configure my pagefile size to be “system managed” for Windows XP and later versions?

You can specify pagefile location and size by modifying the PagingFiles value under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerMemory Management registry subkey. If you want the system to manage pagefile size, simply set the initial and maximum pagefile sizes to 0, as the following example shows:

C:pagefile.sys 0 0
You must reboot the machine for the change to take effect.

Mar 22, 2005 - General, Windows XP    1 Comment

How can I set the default browser on my computer back to Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE)?

By default, IE checks whether it’s the default browser each time it starts. If you disabled this check, you can reenable it by performing these steps:

Start IE.
From the Tools menu, select Internet Options.
Click the Programs tab.
Select the “Internet Explorer should check to see whether it is the default browser” check box and click OK.
When you restart IE, you’ll be given the option to make it your default browser.

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