Register and Unregister DLLs Elevated via Right-click Context Menu

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This post tells you how to add register and unregister commands to the right-click menu for DLL and OCX files in Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10.

To register a DLL or OCX file, you usually need to run regsvr32.exe from an elevated Command Prompt. Registering system DLLs from a non-elevated state may cause an error. For example, try to register the system module JScript.dll from Start, Search box (i.e., without elevating it). You’ll see the error 0x80004005 or 0x80007005 (“ACCESS IS DENIED”) when you do so.

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How to Save and Restore Desktop Icon Layout Automatically in Windows

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When testing various display resolutions or after completing a remote desktop session, the desktop icons may go out of order. Another case is that when you accidentally use the Ctrl+ Scroll button (mouse) on your desktop, the Desktop icon size changes. But reverting to the original icon size may not restore the custom icon positions on your desktop. You can quickly undo the icon rearrangement by terminating explorer.exe forcefully, but that works only in certain circumstances.

In this article, we’ll see how to automatically save and restore desktop icons layout using different methods in Windows.Read more

Fix for Windows Security Center Service Error 1075

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

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When you open the Services management console (services.msc), 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.

This article tells you how to configure the Task Scheduler service using a couple of methods.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 nonresponsive task. Also, Task Manager can be an extremely valuable tool to troubleshoot processes, monitor disk I/O rates or other system performance issues.

Task Manager’s Details tab lists all running processes. By default, it doesn’t display the complete path of the running processes and the command-line arguments used by those processes. This article tells you how to enable this critical bit of information in Task Manager.

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Serious Disk Cleanup Problem in Windows caused by Broken Registration

Reader’s Query:   I have a 160GB Western Digital Hard Drive partitioned into a 40GB Operating System partition and the other 120GB for my files. However, when I run Disk Cleanup utility from within Vista Ultimate, it shows multiple 131GB options for me to clean up. After I clicked OK to clean up the selected entries, it erased everything on the 40GB partition. I then had to reinstall Windows Vista, but the problem seems to be recurring.

(Information in this post applies to Windows Vista, 7 & Windows 8 systems.)Read more