Dec 202008
 

This technique works on Windows XP Professional SP1 and above for sure.

If you do update your windows regularly, and are annoyed with the ‘Do you want to restart now’ prompts which keeps recurring every 20 minutes, read on.

This is a nuisance while playing games, and while watching movies (for me :) )

There is a simple solution for this :

1) Go to Start –> Run

2) Type gpedit.msc . This is the Microsoft’s  group policy editor.

3) You should see a screen like the one below

gpedit

Select Administrative Templates under Computer configuration then

windows components > Windows Update

In the right pane look for Re prompt for restart for scheduled installations. Double click.

In the options. Select disabled.

Now play or watch movies in peace.

Errata : Disabled prompts every 10 mins! Use enabled and make the interval 1440. Thats the maximum interval between prompts.

Dec 152008
 

Whenever I use my pen drive in a public place like in college lab or an internet cafe and then try to use it on my computer, I will find atleast 1 virus infection, which is later dutifully cleaned by Kaspersky. Alas, it deletes the virus and leaves the autorun file as it is. You will know you have a problem when you try to open the drive contents and you are presented with a ‘open with’ window.

Solution :

1. Type WindowKey+R or go to Start -> Run

2. Type cmd and click enter

3. Identity your drive letter by looking in the explorer window

4. Type it in the command prompt e.g., j:

5. type attrib -r -h -s autorun.inf 6. del autorun.inf

7. Try opening now, if it still doesn’t work try renaming the drive name.

Hope this works..