You can enable PUA or adware protection in Windows Defender using different methods explained in the article How to Enable PUA, PUP or Adware Protection in Windows Defender. But, if you’re still using Windows 7 and relying on Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) for real-time antivirus protection, this post has the info on how to enable adware, PUP or PUA protection in MSE.Read more
The Photos screensaver that comes in-built in Windows Vista and higher, can be used as the logon screensaver as well. The logon screensaver kicks off after the specified wait time in the logon screen when no user is logged on. There are instructions all over the web on how to apply the screensaver settings to the logon desktop in Windows 2000 and XP systems. The steps meant for Windows XP don’t work in the latest Operating Systems, and if you apply those steps for Windows Vista/7 and higher, all you get is a blank screen in the logon desktop after the wait time.
For Windows Vista and higher, implementation of the logon screensaver setting is slightly different. This post guides you through the process.Read more
When you start your computer, the user accounts listing in the Welcome Screen may show up with an empty frame. Result would be the same if you open the User Accounts window in the Control Panel. Also, the user accounts icon may be missing in the Start menu.
A desktop theme contains various settings such as cursors, icons, wallpaper, screensaver, and other UI settings. It’s obvious that when one of those theme parameters is changed, Windows saves the customized setting in a separate theme file named Custom.theme, which is displayed in the Personalization window as “Unsaved Theme”. RELATED: Windows can’t find one of … Read more
If you’re receiving the following error when trying to clear an event log file using Wevtutil.exe CLI tool, then you’re most likely using an incorrect log file name parameter: Failed to clear log <logfile>. The specified channel could not be found. Check channel configuration. For example, the event log file name and the display name … Read more
In Windows XP, to recover registry hives from a System Restore snapshot, you need to gain access to the System Volume Information folder in the root and copy the hives from one of the restore point folders. The procedure is different in Windows Vista and Windows 7, where the System Restore tool uses Volume Shadow … Read more
After deleting the IsShortcut registry value in order to remove the shortcut arrow overlay in shortcuts (.lnk) files, you may notice that the "Pin to Taskbar" and the "Pin to Start Menu" context menu items go missing when you right-click on a shortcut. Also one or more of the context menu items may appear twice, as in the image below.Read more
Did the Currency, Stock or the Weather Gadget got stuck and stopped updating in your Windows 7/Vista computer all of a sudden? Clearing the Sidebar Gadgets cache using the following steps might help. Clear the Windows Sidebar Cache Folder Press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to bring up the Task Manager. Exit Sidebar.exe process via Task Manager. Instructions for … Read more
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.