Security Center not reporting Anti-virus or firewall status correctly

Windows Security Center uses Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) to acquire information about the installed Anti-virus and Firewall applications, and their current status. In some cases, the Security Center may show outdated or misleading information due to problem in WMI repository. Here is a case where the Windows Vista Security Center reports incorrect information.

Fig 1: Security Center incorrectly reporting anti-virus/firewall info.

In the subject computer, the McAfee firewall was already uninstalled, but the Security Center still lists it. In some cases the Windows Vista Security Center may not detect installed Anti-Virus or firewall. (REF KB944175)Read more

You can defrag individual drives in Vista SP1

After installing Windows Vista Service Pack 1, you’ll note a change in the Disk Defragmenter GUI. There is a new button added that allows you select the drives that you want to defragment. Note that in Windows Vista pre-SP1, you can use the command-line defrag tool (defrag.exe) to defragment individual drives.

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Unable to rename or move folders in Windows Vista

When you use Windows Explorer to rename folders on a Windows Vista-based computer, nothing may happen, or the error The file or folder does not exist occurs. In addition, the following symptoms may be observed: Unable to move folders to a different location, nor be able to restore deleted items from the Recycle Bin. Unable … Read more

How to disable Windows Parental Controls reminder

Q:  I enabled Parental Controls in all of the standard user accounts in my Windows Vista computer. Whenever I logon to Windows, I’m always getting a balloon popup in the Notification area which tells me to look at the Parental Control activity report. How do I disable this notification?Read more

Fix for Windows Security Center Service Error 1075

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Here is a question from one of our readers: When i access the Security Center in my computer, it says The Security Center is currently unavailable because the "Security Center" service has not started or was stopped. I ran the Services.msc command from Start – Run. but I can’t get the service started. I got the following error:

Error 1075 The dependency service does not exist or has been marked for deletion

What should I do to get my security center started again?Read more

Task Scheduler Service Grayed Out in Services MMC

When you open Services MMC, the Task Scheduler service may be in a disabled state. In the Task Scheduler properties page all the options may be grayed out, and the service Startup Type cannot be changed. In Windows Vista and higher, the Task Scheduler service is non-configurable using the GUI. To reset the Startup Type … Read more

Configure Task Manager to Display Full Path and Command Line of Running Processes

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Out of all the built-in troubleshooting tools in Windows, Task Manager is probably the most useful tool. Almost every end-user knows what to do when an application stalls. They just fire up Task Manager using Ctrl + Shift + Esc and end the non responsive task. Also, Task Manager can be a extremely valuable tool for advanced users who want to troubleshoot processes, monitor disk I/O rates or other system performance issues.Read more