How to remove/disable the Shut Down option from the Windows Welcome Screen!

by mtecheasy on August 31, 2011

This has been tested with windows xp/vista/7

1. Control Panel –> Administrative Tools –> Local Security Policy
2. Expand Local Policies –> Security Options
3. Open “Shutdown: Allow system to be shut down without having to log on” –> simply disable the option

This is a great function if you are running task and do not want a random user shutting down your computer while you have it locked. But there is always the power button!

Simple batch (.bat) file to re-start Synergy+

by mtecheasy on June 22, 2011

Well I’ve been running Synergy+ for a long time now, and sometimes it gets sluggish when it’s been running for a while, so I simply double click on this useful batch file and voila, back to light speed!

@echo off
REM – File: synergyrestart.bat
REM – Description: Restart Synergy Plus Client
REM – Author: XXX
REM – ADD REM comments if you don’t want to restart any
REM – of Services
echo Restarting Synergy Client…
echo ======================================================
net stop “Synergy Client”
net start “Synergy Client”
echo ======================================================
echo Synergy Client Restarted

Disabling/Changing network throttling in Windows Vista/7

by mtecheasy on June 21, 2011

Are you having or have had lag issues since going to vista or 7 while playing online games? I have, and here is how to fix it.

1. Open regedit
2. Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionMultimediaSystemProfile
3. Open NetworkThrollingIndex and change the value data to FFFFFFFF to disable the network throttle
4. Reboot

If you do not want to disable it but change the value, you can pick anything from 1 to 70. The default is 10.

Microsoft Support Article KB948066

Converting dynamic disk to basic disk

by mtecheasy on June 5, 2011

For whatever reason your disk is in dynamic mode and you’d like to change it to basic without formation, do the following:

1. Get yourself a HEX editor, I recommend “HxD – Freeware Hex Editor and Disk Editor”
2. Open HxD (Version 1.7.7.0), make sure you run it as an administrator
3. Extras –> Open Disk –> Select the Physical disk in question –> Untick “Open as Readonly”
4. This is what you should see at this point

5. You should already be in Sector 0, locate 1c2 and change it from “42” to “07”, save the changes and reboot your computer! Voila!

Turn your computer into a multimedia frontend for your tv!

by mtecheasy on February 15, 2011

There are a lot of multimedia system out there, but I l believe the following 3 to be the best!

We like to think of MythTV as the ultimate Digital Video Recorder and home media center hub. Think of it as a Free and Open Source alternative to Windows Media Center or Tivo. It started out in 2002, the open source community quickly made it grow into a powerful tool for watching and recording television. With its plugin architecture, it has been transformed from a mere TV viewing application into a full home media center suite, capable of managing your personal photo, video, and music collections, as well as keep you up to date with the weather, a ZoneMinder home security system, and much, much more.

XBMC is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media. XBMC is available for Linux, OSX, Windows, and the original Xbox. Created in 2003 by a group of like minded programmers, XBMC is a non-profit project run and developed by volunteers located around the world. More than 50 software developers have contributed to XBMC, and 100-plus translators have worked to expand its reach, making it available in more than 30 languages.

Boxee is the best way to watch movies, TV shows and clips from the Internet on your TV. You can buy a device powered by Boxee or build your own Boxee using a new or used computer. If it’s available on the Internet, then you can probably watch it on your Boxee – there are more than 40,000 TV show episodes and movies currently available through Boxee. Plus, you can play personal stuff from your network or hard-drive.