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Solutions for Microsoft's Vista Problems

A. Difficulties downloading files using the Firefox browser


If you have trouble downloading files using Firefox on Vista, try this solution:

A1.   Type into the browser:     ABOUT:CONFIG

A2.   On a blank part of the display panel, right click and select:     NEW - BOOLEAN

A3.   Type in:     browser.download.manager.skipWinSecurityPolicyChecks

A4.   Select:     TRUE

A5.   Click:     OK

A6.   If you make a spelling mistake, it is easy to remove the wrong key. Highlight the wrong key; right-click and select RESET. Re-start Firefox, enter ABOUT:CONFIG and you will happily see the wrong key has disappeared.

B. Difficulties running downloaded .exe files


If, when trying to run (execute) a downloaded file, you get this message:     Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.     then try this . . . . . .

B1.   Highlight the file name. Right-click. Select:     PROPERTIES

B2.   At the top of the opened panel, select the tab labelled:     GENERAL

B3.   At the bottom right corner click on:     UNBLOCK

B4.   Click:     OK

C. Restoring plain Windows Explorer right-panel headings


To get rid of all the Windoze crap that gives ratings and other rubbish you really don't want:

C1.   Run     RegEdit

C2.   Locate     HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Classes \ Local Settings \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Shell

C3.   Delete     Bags   and   BagMRU

C4.   Right-click on     SHELL     and click on   NEW   KEY   and  type   bags

C5.   Right-click on     bags     and click on   NEW   KEY   and  type   allfolders

C6.   Right-click on     allfolders     and click on   NEW   KEY   and  type   shell

C7.   In LEFT panel click on     shell     and in the RIGHT panel right-click and select   NEW   STRING VALUE   and  type   FolderType

C8.   Double-click on     FolderType     and enter   NotSpecified  

C9.   Locate     HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Shell

C10.   Delete     Bags   and   BagMRU

C11.   Locate     HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ ShellNoRoam

C12.   Delete     Bags   and   BagMRU

C13.   Close RegEdit and re-boot the computer.

Details obtained from www.brighthub.com/computing/windows-platform/articles/9629.aspx

D. Preventing Vista Calling Home When Connecting to Wireless Networks


When Vista connects to WiFi, Vista calls-up Microsoft and transfers unknown information about your Vista activity.

This secret disclosure of your computer usage is not widely known and Microsoft does not advertise its actions.

Vista connects to Microsoft on IP and appears to use DNS server dns.msftncsi.com and web site www.msftncsi.com.   Also mentioned is Known Proxyless Gateway 00-1f-9f-42-48-e8 followed by numbers like 149393 or 149417.

Advice from Microsoft is to turn-off Vista's 'Active Probing' (sounds sinister) by setting the following registry key to 0 (zero).

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NlaSvc\ Parameters\Internet\EnableActiveProbing

source: http://forums.forefrontsecurity.org/default.aspx?g=posts&m=993

With Microsoft bugs galore, Microsoft gravely serious security holes and Microsoft spying on its users, Windoze is no longer fun to use, so try Centos Linux, a free desktop and free heavy duty server derivative of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. www.centos.org

10 February 2010