How to Run a Program Elevated via the Right-Click Menu in Windows 7/Vista?

In the Windows 7 Taskbar, you can start a program elevated by holding the CTRL & SHIFT keys and then clicking on a Pinned shortcut. Unfortunately there are no keyboard shortcuts available to start a program elevated via the context menu. To launch a program elevated from the right-click menu, you can add custom entries and launch it using a script or using the NirCmd utility. Earlier we wrote about the new "elevate" command-line argument in NirCmd, which you can implement in the context menu.Read more

Fix Event Log Service Error 4201 The Instance Name Passed Was Not Recognized

One of our readers faced a problem where the Windows Event Log failed to start, and as a result, a couple of other services failed as well. Attempting to start the Windows Event Log service manually via the Services MMC resulted in error 4201. The complete error message is provided below:

Windows could not start the Windows Event Log service on Local Computer.

Error 4201: The instance name passed was not recognized as valid by a WMI data provider.

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How to Fix Sidebar Crash “Windows Desktop Gadgets has Stopped Working”

Is your Windows Sidebar (Windows Desktop Gadgets) crashing after adding a third-party gadget, with the error "Windows Desktop Gadgets has stopped working" or "Windows Sidebar has stopped working" (Windows Vista) at every start? You can stop the offending gadget from loading by editing the Windows Sidebar Gadgets settings file. Here are the instructions, which apply to Windows 7 and Windows Vista.Read more