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Cannot access my control panel

I cannot access my control panel. I went to the start menu and it wasn't there i opened "my computer" it wasn't there i ran a search to find it tried to open it and i got the message "this operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator" I also tried to open "set program access and defalts" and gave me the same message. I only have one user account to log in as and I have tried a system restore as far back as i could go. I think some how the settings for this user name got changed from an administrator.

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Re: cannot access my control panel

GO run and typte "control" then do enter then you can go on control...

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Re: cannot access my control panel

You should be able to open another account in the users, to do this start the pc in safe mode F8 while booting,when in windows either open a new account or change your old one to administrator.

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Cant get rid of Ask

The eaiest method i have found to get rid of this pesky browser
Create Menu tab right click in the top of screen (toolbar) you will see a number of toolbar options select the menu bar
This will add to your screen toolbar File Edit View Favorites Tools and Help
Select Tools tab then from the drop down menu Mange Add - Ons you will see
Toolbar Extensions Search Providers Accelerators and Tracking protection
You can remove or disable them right click on them select disable or remove some don't have the option to remove.

Get Rid of as a Browser
Search engines come installed on Internet Explorer and Firefox.
These search engines take over as the default search engines.
Get rid of from the toolbar after opening your browser.
Interent Explorer

Open Internet Explorer.
Click on the arrow to the right of "Search." A drop-down box will open.
Click "Manage."
A window will open called "Toolbar Options."

Click "Search" on the left-side panel. A new page is displayed called "Search Options."
Click on the box that says "Set and keep Google as the default search engine."

Click "Save." Close the window.
Open Firefox.
Click the arrow on the left side of the address bar to open a drop-down menu.
The arrow is right before the white space where you type the search term.

Click "Manage Search Engines" from the drop-down menu.
A window opens, showing you the search engines installed.

Click "" to highlight. Click "Remove" on the right side of the window.
After the search engine is gone, click "OK" to close the window and delete "" from available search engines.

Rid of the Ask Toolbar is a search portal that attaches to your browser.
This toolbar is handy for quick access to the Internet.
If you do not use the toolbar often, you can remove it from your computer.
Click the "Start" button in the lower left corner of your desktop.
Choose "Control Panel."
Click "Programs" and then "Programs and Features."
Find the "Ask Toolbar" item in the list of items installed on your computer.
Highlight it and click the "Uninstall" button. Click "Yes" to confirm.
Wait for the application to be uninstalled.
Restart your computer.

Aug 17, 2013 | PC Desktops


Windows XP: How to link to the Control Panel from My Computer

The Control Panel is one of the most useful places in Windows XP to go when you need to change a setting or reconfigure a feature or function. It consists of a group of individual applets, and each applet deals with a specific part of your system.

Typically on most Windows XP systems, the Control Panel can be accessed directly from the Start menu, either as a submenu or as a link. However, you can also add the Control Panel to your My Computer folder, so that when you open My Computer, a link to the Control Panel will appear toward the bottom of the window. It will be displayed in the "Other" category (below "Hard Disk Drives" and "Devices with Removable Storage").

To enable the Control Panel to be displayed in My Computer, follow the steps below:

A. Open My Computer (or any other folder).

B. Click Tools on the menu bar.

C. Choose Folder Options.

D. In the Folder Options window, click on the View tab.

E. Scroll down the list of advanced settings until you see an option labeled "Show Control Panel in My Computer."

F. Put a check in the box next to that option.

G. Click Apply to save the change, or click OK to save and exit.

Now open My Computer -- you should see the Control Panel icon under your storage devices. If you ever want to remove the Control Panel icon from My Computer, follow the steps above but remove the check mark from the display option and then click Apply or OK.

on Aug 18, 2010 | PC Desktops


File names of common Windows applications

Windows operating systems have many useful programs that come built-in and ready to go. These programs can typically be accessed by navigating through the Start menu or opening the Control Panel (or by typing their names in the Search bar if you have Vista). But sometimes you may want to pin the program to your Start menu or create a shortcut on your desktop, so that you can access it quicker and not have to hunt it down every time you want to run it. In order to do that, you'll need to know the program's file name and where to find it (unless you're running Vista, in which case you can use the instant search feature).

Below are some common Windows programs and their respective file names. Each of these files can be found in the \Windows\System32 folder. (The locations may vary on a 64-bit system.)

Command Prompt = cmd.exe
Computer Management = compmgmt.msc
Device Manager = devmgmt.msc
Disk Defragmenter = dfrg.msc
Disk Management = diskmgmt.msc
Services = services.msc
Task Manager = taskmgr.exe

Another useful file to be able to find is the explorer.exe file. Sometimes when the system locks up or a program freezes, your taskbar and/or desktop shortcuts will disappear. Rather than reboot the computer, you can run the explorer.exe file and "refresh" the Windows desktop. The explorer.exe file is located in the \Windows folder.

You can find these files by opening My Computer, selecting the C: drive, and then going to the Windows folder and then the System32 folder (unless you're looking for explorer.exe). Once you've located the file you want, you can right click on it and select either "Pin to Start menu" or "Create shortcut" to make it easier to access in the future.

on Jul 08, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Werfault.exe -application error\r\n

You can try to disable this service by following the below steps:
Step 1: Open your computer's Control Panel by selecting "Start" > "Control Panel" from your computer's Start menu.
Step 2: Choose the "System and Maintenance" > "Problem Reports" menu option from the Control Panel menu.
Step 3: Select "Change Settings" > "Advanced Settings" from the Problem Reports program menu and turn off the automatic problem reporting feature in Windows.
Step 4: Exit the Problem Reporting application by selecting "File" > "Exit" from the File menu. Werfault.exe will now only run on your computer in the event of a catastrophic application problem.

If disabling the application does not work, y
ou should keep in mind that many malware programs can show up on your system as seemingly legitimate files by using file names that are very similar to those of legitimate files. Whenever you are in doubt about a particular file, always scan your system for viruses.

Jun 10, 2010 | Dell Dimension 4400 PC Desktop

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Admin account on Vista pc locked out, forgot admin password

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May 09, 2009 | E-Machines eMachines W2686 PC Desktop


Speed/tune up windows vista

Not all steps are mandatory !!!

1. Turn off Windows Search Indexing
Windows Vista search indexing is constantly reviewing files on your system to make their contents available for quick searching. This is handy, but can severely impact system performance.
To disable this constant indexing:

Click Start then Computer
Right Click the C: Drive
On General Tab, Uncheck Index this drive for faster searching
On the subsequent dialog box, Select Include subfolders and files

2. Turn off Remote Differential Compression
Remote Differential Compression measures the changes in files over a network to transfer them with minimal bandwidth rather than transferring an entire file that has previously been moved. By constantly checking for file changes, this service can hinder system performance.
To disable this service:

Open Control Panel
Switch to Classic View
Select Program Features
Choose Turn Windows features on and off
Scroll down and uncheck Remote Differential Compression

3 Turn off Automatic Windows Defender Operation
Windows Defender real-time protection against malware continues to run despite having Automatic operation disabled.
To disable this feature:

Open Control Panel
Select Windows Defender
Choose Tools from the top menu
Select Options
Uncheck Auto Start at the bottom of the window

5. Turn off Automatic Disk Defragmentation
Windows Vista and its always-on defragment feature isn't really that necessary and can cause system slow down. Just remember to run a defrag manually every week or so.
To disable this:

Click Start then Computer
Right Click the C: Drive
Select the Tools Tab
Uncheck Run on a schedule

6. Add a 2GB or higher USB Flash drive to take advantage of Windows Ready Boost (Additional Memory Cache)
Ready Boost is Microsoft's name for using a USB thumb/flash drive to provide some quick access memory the operating system can use as extra RAM. The Ready Boost system can significantly improve system performance.
To set this up:

Insert a USB Flash Drive (preferably 2GB or more)
Click Start then Computer
Right Click the USB Drive in My Computer
Select the Ready Boost Tab
Choose Use this device
Select as much space as you can free up for RAM usage vs. Storage

7. Turn off Windows Hibernation
Windows hibernation background services can use a large amount of system resources. If you don't use the Hibernate feature on a regular basis you may want to disable it to give Vista a performance boost.
To disable Hibernation:

Select the Control Panel then Power Options
Click Change Plan Settings
Click on Change Advanced Power Settings
Expand the Sleep selection
Expand the Hibernate After selection
Crank the selector down to zero
Click Apply

8. Turn off System Restore
Analysis and restore point creation by Windows Vista can eat a fair amount of system resources. Disabling this service will obviously mean the system restore feature in Vista will not be available in the event of a system crash. Change this at your own risk.

Control Panel>System
Click System Protection on the left panel
Uncheck the main system drive
Agree to the confirmation

9. Disable User Access Control (UAC)

10. Disable excess Windows Services that Auto-Launch at Startup
Just like Windows XP, Vista ships with all kinds of services enabled that load at startup and may never be used by most users.
To see what loads at startup and disable the ones you likely won't be needing (they can always be started manually later):

Click Start then Control Panel
Select Administrative Tools
Choose System Configuration
Click the Services Tab
You can safely deselect:
Offline Files (unless you're using Offline File Sync)
Tablet PC Input Service (unless you have a tablet PC)
Terminal Services
Windows Search (If you have already disabled indexing)
Fax (unless you're using a fax modem)

11. Disable Excess Windows Features
Windows ships with other features that are listed separately in the Vista operating system from the startup services.
You can view and disable these features by:

Clicking Start then Control Panel
Select Program Features
On the left panel, select Turn Windows Features on or off
You can safely deselect:
Indexing Service
Remote Differential Compression
IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules (Disable) VPN service stuff
IP Helper (Disable) Until IPV6 is commonly being used----it's worthless
IPsec Policy Agent (Disable) Not many Internet Providers require this---mine doesn't.
KtmRm for Distributed Transaction Coordinator (Disable) High level networking
Remote Registry (Disable) I really don't want someone else in my Registry, remotely!
Secondary Logon (Disable) No need----I'm the only logon----ever!
Security Center (Disable) No need if you are running another Security Program
Tablet PC Optional Components
Tablet PC Input Service (Disable) I don't have a tablet PC!
Windows Error Reporting Service (Disable) I don't want to inform MS of errors.
Windows Media Center Extender Service (Disable) Unless you hook to an X-Box.
Windows DFS Replication Service
Windows Fax & Scan (unless you use a modem for faxing)
Windows Meeting Space (unless you use the Live Meeting Service)
Windows Firewall (As long as you are running another Firewall)
Windows Search (If you never search the internet without your browser)

12. Stop Security Notifications
You must do this BEFORE you disable the Security Center Service. In the Notification Area which I call systray (bottom-right where the time is), right-click on the Security Shield and choose Open Security Center. On the left choose Change the way Security Center alerts me, then choose Don't notify me and don't display the icon. The shield will disappear.

13. Disable Windows Vista Sidebar and prevent it from running at Start-up
Right-click in the Sidebar area and choose Properties. Then uncheck Start Sidebar when Windows starts. If you want it back for some reason---You can start it any time by simply typing "sidebar" in the search bar of the start menu. This one is a big memory user and WILL slow things down on a normal machine. I found it fairly useless.

14. Speedup Start Menu Search
Start Menu Orb >>>>Run>>>>type in regedit
Find and right click on Start_SearchFiles and select Modify. Set the Value to 0.
Don't reboot yet till you have done Step 6

15. Speedup Menu Display
Start Menu Orb >>>>Run>>>>type in regedit
HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Control Panel/Desktop
Select MenuShowDelay from the settings on the right
Set Value to 200 (I find 0 way to fast...)

16. Do an Advanced Disk Cleanup
Start Menu Orb >>>>>Run, type: cleanmgr /sageset:50
Select the options you want, I think it is fine to choose them all. Click OK and close out the window. (there is a space between the r and the /)
Start Menu Orb >>>>>Run, type: cleanmgr /sagerun:50 (there is a space between the r and the /)

on May 03, 2010 | PC Desktops


Windows 7 Tips and Hacks

You have upgraded to Windows 7, love the new taskbar, and enjoy the power of using the cool Libraries feature. But now you want more. You want the cool tips and tricks that make Windows 7 fun! So here are the best ones to help you get the most out of your new OS. We will focus on the Windows 7 interface to get you started on the road to becoming a Windows 7 Power User.

1. Use Keyboard Shortcuts Using the mouse, you can drag-‘n-dock windows to either side of the screen, or drag it to the top to maximize it. These keyboard shortcuts are even faster:
  • Win+Left Arrow and Win+Right Arrow dock the window to the left and right side of the screen
  • Win+Up Arrow and Win+Down Arrow maximize and restore/minimize
  • Win+M minimizes everything
  • Alt+Up, Alt+Left Arrow, Alt+Right Arrow navigate to parent folder, or browse Back and Forward through folders in Explorer
  • Win+Home minimizes/restores all open windows except the active window
  • Alt+Win+# accesses the Jump List of program number ‘#’ on the taskbar

2.Rearrange System Tray Icons
You can rearrange icons on the taskbar as you wish and start new (or switch to running) instances of the first ten taskbar programs using Win+1, Win+2, and so on. The cool thing is you can also rearrange system tray icons. Reorder them on the tray or move them outside or back in the tray. Take control of what you want to always keep an eye on, and from which apps you’ll require notifications.

3. Access Jump Lists with the Left Mouse Button Jump Lists usually show up when you right-click on a taskbar icon. However, they can also be accessed by holding the left mouse button and dragging upwards. If you’re using a laptop touchpad or a touch screen, this is convenient because you do not have to click any button to access a context menu.

4. Add Any Folder to FavoritesYou can add any library or folder to the Favorites section in Windows Explorer. To add a folder, navigate to it in Explorer, right-click Favorites in the left navigation pane, and select Add current location to Favorites. Now you get quick access to your favorite folders in all File->Save As dialogs!

5. Pin Frequently Used Folders to the Taskbar Right-click, drag, and pin your favorite folders to Windows Explorer on the taskbar. They will now show up in the Jump List when you right click on Explorer giving you quick access to your favorite folders.

6. Pin Control Panel to the TaskbarYou cannot pin the Control Panel to the taskbar via the Start Menu or by drag and drop. Open the Control Panel and right-click its taskbar icon to pin it to the taskbar. An advantage of this is that Control Panel’s Jump List allows quick access to recently used functions.

7. Create Keyboard Shortcuts for Programs You can create keyboard shortcuts for any program in Windows 7. Right-click the program icon and select Properties. Select the Shortcut tab, click in Shortcut key, to set the keyboard shortcut for that program.

8. Open Command Prompt in Any Folder Like the command prompt? Miss the ‘Open Command Window Here’ Windows XP power toy? Press ‘Shift’ when right-clicking on a folder to get that option in the context menu. This also works on the desktop. No power toy required!

9. View Expanded ‘Send To’ MenuPress Shift when right-clicking on a folder to get an expanded Send To menu.

10. Adjust Screen Text with Clear Type Use Clear Type Tuner for the best look on your LCD monitor or laptop screen. Run ‘cttune.exe’ from the Start Menu search box, or go to the Control Panel Display applet, and select Adjust ClearType Text from the left.

11. Get Exact Colors On Your Screen If you are an artist or you work with colors, use the Calibrate Color option in the Control Panel Display applet or run dccw.exe from the Start Menu search box. You can adjust gamma, brightness, contrast, and color balance, ensuring that colors are displayed correctly on your screen.

12. Customize the Power Button If you restart your computer more often than you shut it down, change the default Shutdown power button to Restart. Right-click on Start, select Properties, and choose the Power button action that you use the most.

13. Customize Number of Items in Jump Lists & Start Menu google_protectAndRun("ads_core.google_render_ad", google_handleError, google_render_ad);Right-click Start, select Properties, click Customize and choose the number of recent programs to be shown in the Start Menu and the number of items displayed in Jump Lists from the Start Menu Size section below.

14. Search Internet from the Start MenuEnable Internet search from the Start Menu using your default browser. Run GPEDIT.MSC from the Start Menu search box to start the Group Policy Editor. In the left pane, go to User Configuration->Administrative Templates->Start Menu and Taskbar. In the right pane, right-click to Edit and Enable Add Search Internet link to Start Menu.

15. Add Videos to Start Menu Windows 7 does not place a link to your videos on the Start Menu by default. To add a link to your videos on the Start Menu, right-click Start, select Properties, click on Customize. In the Videos section at the bottom, choose Display as a link.

on Jan 19, 2010 | PC Desktops

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I have no sound. My audio controller,"this device cannot start.[code 10]"

Hi Empressandi. Have you recently updated your audio driver? If so try rolling back your driver. If your operating system is Windows XP goto start menu, control panel, system, device manager, locate your audio controller and click on roll back driver Likewise under Vista goto start menu, control panel and in the search box, top left, type device manager.
If this audio controller has never worked try searching for an updated driver.
Hope this helps.

May 01, 2009 | Dell OptiPlex 170L PC Desktop

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When I log on my computer it will restart

Reboot to Safe Mode and select "Last known good configuration"
To go to Safe Mode: while rebooting keep tapping on F8

From within Safe Mode, you also can access the System Configuration Utility. In WinXP, click Start and Run, type sysedit in the Open field, and press ENTER. In Vista, click Start and then type sysedit into the Start Search bar. Press ENTER or click sysedit.exe when it appears in the Programs menu.

You can also uninstall programs that you installed which probably caused the issue to happen in Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs or do a System Restore.

Jan 04, 2009 | PC Desktops


How to Decrease Menu Show Delay Time in Windows Operating Systems.

Go to Start--> Run and type "regedit" without quotes, Then Registry Editor will open, Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER--->Control Panel---> Desktop. Look to right pane and search for "MenuShowDelay", Change the value (default=400) by modifying it to "10". Then restart your computer and you can find the Start Menu items accessible very fast.

on Dec 07, 2009 | PC Desktops

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