Tonight I experienced a strange network problem,
I found myself unable to connect to my Win7 Media Center, from anything I tried.. all the remote management tools I used didn’t work and not even remote desktop. The machines IP responded to ping fine but I could not resolve the DNS name of the machine which was weird, what was weirder was that I had just been using the machine few hours before without a problem. I couldn’t sleep anyways so I grabbed the extra keyboard and mouse I have on hand and started debugging the problem.
So there I was, installing Windows on my nephews computer for the umpteenth time and I thought to myself : what if I do it correctly this time and see how long it will last. Usually I had just thrown windows on it, updated it, installed the bare essentials and thrown it back to the wolves. This time I was going all in I thought, doing all the standard BOFH (Bastard Operator From Hell) things; revoking his admin privileges, enabling remote access, automatic updates and so much more. The biggest pro being that without him having admin privileges he/or whoever is using his computer can’t stop the antivirus from running hopefully preventing his computer from getting bloated with bunch of crap. This will most assuredly result in him bothering me more (to type in the administrator password) but in the long run I think it’s for the better.
As you may or may not know then Windows does not allow you to pin individual Control Panel Applets to the Task Bar or Start Menu, you can however pin the control panel itself but that may not necessarily help you much.
If you frequently need to access a specific Control Panel Applet like I do then you may not think too much of Microsoft and their habit of unilaterally deciding what’s best for you and want to save yourself bunch of extra clicks in the longterm by pinning what you want to where you want. Luckily for us there is a workaround for this, creating a shortcut using the CLSID for the path instead of the plaintext name.
So for an example let’s take the Sound applet,
I have found FastStone Image Viewer to be the best and most versatile freeware image viewing program available for Windows, in addition to viewing images you can also perform basic editing task with it.
You can resize, crop, flip, rotate and apply effects and do many other things with it, and for creating or rather resizing wallpapers it is an excellent tool.
Here’s an example on how we can use this program to resize an image so we can use it as a background for the Windows 7 Login Screen. First we need an image that we need converting to use as a background, I used this screen capture from the CG Movie Appleseed Ex Machinima.
Small tutorial on how you go about changing the login background in Windows 7 without using 3rd party programs which may or may not be trustworthy to edit system preferences. Most of the time you don’t have to muck around in the Registry since there is a GUI tool that you can use to enable this option.
Jóhannes H. Laxdal is a specialized humanoid carbon unit whose field is computers and telling lousy jokes, it has a tendency to put "well" before every sentence it utters. In here you will find its ramblings about computer-related stuff.
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