Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Configuring Windows Firewall Group Policy

Contact your network administrator to determine if a Group Policy setting prevents programs and scenarios from running in a corporate environment. This post provides step by step technical support to configure Windows Group Policy.

Windows Firewall Group Policy settings are located in the following Group Policy Object Editor snap-in paths:
• Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Network/Network Connections/Windows Firewall
• Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Network/Network Connections/Windows Firewall/ Domain Profile
• Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Network/Network Connections/Windows Firewall/ Standard Profile

From these locations, you can configure the following Group Policy settings:
• Windows Firewall: Allow authenticated Internet Protocol security (IPsec) bypass
• Windows Firewall: Protect all network connections
• Windows Firewall: Do not allow exceptions
• Windows Firewall: Define program exceptions
• Windows Firewall: Allow local program exceptions
• Windows Firewall: Allow remote administration exception
• Windows Firewall: Allow file and print sharing exception
• Windows Firewall: Allow ICMP exceptions
• Windows Firewall: Allow Remote Desktop exception
• Windows Firewall: Allow Universal Plug and Plan (UpnP) framework exception
• Windows Firewall: Prohibit notifications
• Windows Firewall: Allow logging
• Windows Firewall: Prohibit unicast response to multicast or broadcast requests
• Windows Firewall: Define port exceptions
• Windows Firewall: Allow local port exceptions

Thursday, April 23, 2009

How to activate Windows XP by using the Internet

Windows XP uses software-based product activation technology. Therefore, you must activate your copy of Windows XP to use it.Some original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and select installations of Windows XP that use a volume license agreement are pre-activated and require no additional steps to activate. To check your activation status, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Activate Windows. this post provide windows xp support to activate via Internet.

To activate Windows XP by using an Internet connection, follow these steps:

1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Activate Windows.

Or, click the Windows Activation icon in the notification area.
2. Click Yes, let's activate Windows over the Internet now.
3. Click Read the Windows Product Activation Privacy Statement, click Back, and then click Next.
4. Use one of the following methods:
  • If you want to register and activate Windows at the same time, click Yes, I want to register and activate Windows at the same time, click Read the Windows Registration Privacy Statement, click Back, click Next, type your contact information in the appropriate boxes in the registration form, and then click Next. An asterisk (*) appears next to required information.
  • If you only want to activate Windows, click No, I don't want to register now; let's just activate Windows, and then click Next.
The wizard establishes a connection with an activation server, and then processes the activation request.
5. When activation is completed and you receive the following message, click OK:
You have successfully activated your copy of Windows.

Monday, April 20, 2009

How To Delete Annoying Multiple Entries in Boot Screen

I am going to discuss in this post how to delete multiple entries in boot screen in windows. this post provides computer support to delete multiple entries in boot screen.Suppose you have multiple copies of Windows XP installed in your PC in different drives or installed Windows XP on top of another operating system like Windows 98 or Windows 2000. Now, though you may have removed some or all of the older versions, still the boot screen continues to show the old operating system entries. Isn't it annoying and confusing to remember and select every time the only right option? Don't worry, here is how you can get rid of the problem forever:

1. Load windows and login if required
2. Go to Start menu, click on Run and then type cmd. This open up the command window.
3. Type this command:
bootcfg /delete /id x
where x is the number of the option you want to delete. Say, for example, you want to delete 2nd boot option then you will type bootcfg /delete /id 2 and so on.
4. Now reboot the machine to check that you have only the correct option(s) available.

  • Please be careful in step 3 and don't delete the correct operating system because that will prevent you from booting.
  • Repeat step 3 to delete all unnecessary operating system menus.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

How to setup the McAfee Parental Controls

This post explains how to set up the Parental Controls in 2008 McAfee Privacy Service.

Watch tutorial on how to Setup McAfee Parental Control

McAfee Parental Controls consists of three sections:

User Settings: Contains settings for Image Filtering, Content Filtering, Allowed Web Sites, and the Web Browsing Time Limits schedule.
Filtered Web Sites: Allows you to block or allow specific web sites.
Keywords: Allows you enable or disable Keyword filtering and to define a list of Keywords by which you can filter web sites.
Configure User Account Settings

Set User Account Information

After the Windows User Accounts have been created, you must set some basic information about each user:

Right-click the McAfee icon in your taskbar and select Open SecurityCenter.
Click Parental Controls.
Click Configure in the right pane.
Click Advanced.
Select the User Account you want to change and click Edit.
For each Limited User Account, you can define:
Whether Image Filtering should be enabled or disabled.
The Content Rating for the User Account, based on the age of the user.
The hours and days that you want that user to be able to access the internet.
NOTE: The options for Administrator User accounts are limited to enabling or disabling Image Filtering.

Image Filtering
Image Filtering can be enabled or disabled for each account, and allows you to filter websites based on whether the images are inappropriate.

Setting a user's content rating group
A user can belong to one of the following content rating groups:

Young child
Younger teen
Older teen
Setting a user's Web Browsing Time Limits
Green portions of the grid represent the days and times during which the user can access the Internet. Red portions of the grid represent the days and times during which access is denied.
Each grid denotes 30minutes time interval.

Click OK to save your changes and close the Edit User Account screen.

Create a list of Filtered Web Sites

The Filtered Web Sites list allows you to choose which websites you wish to explicitly block or allow sites.

Click Filtered Web Sites on the left pane.
Type the URL of website to add it to the list.
Select Allow or Block as required.

To change a URL on the Filtered Web Sites list, highlight the URL, then type the updated URL into the text box at the bottom of the screen and click the Update button.

For websites which have already been added to the Filtered Web Sites list, you can highlight the URL on the list and use the Block or Allow buttons to change the status of that URL. To remove a website from the list, highlight the URL and click the Remove button.

Create a list of keywords:
The Keywords screen allows you to enable or disable the keyword filtering for the McAfee Parental Controls and define a list of keywords to filter websites. Use the radio buttons to turn keyword filtering On or Off.

To add words to the list of keywords:
Type the word of your choice in the box called Look For.
Select the age category for the new word, and it will appear on the Word List.
Click OK to save your configuration changes.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Windows Vista Boot Configuration Data

This post provide technical support for Windows Vista and later versions of Windows, boot options are stored in the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store on BIOS-based and EFI-based computers.

BCD replaces the traditional Boot.ini text file in BIOS-based systems. Storing boot parameters in a text file, however simple, was considered to be too vulnerable to malicious attacks to justify its use. On EFI-based computers, where boot options are stored in NVRAM, you use the same BCD methods to edit boot options as you would use on a BIOS-based computer, instead of accessing NVRAM directly using Windows APIs or specialized tools.

BCD provides a common, firmware-independent boot option interface for all computers running Windows Vista. It is more secure than previous boot option storage configurations, because it permits secure lockdown of the BCD store and lets Administrators assign rights for managing boot options. BCD is available at run time and during all phases of setup. You can even call BCD during power state transitions and use it to define the boot process for resuming after hibernation.

You can manage BCD remotely and manage BCD when the system boots from media other than the media on which the BCD store resides. This feature is extremely important for debugging and troubleshooting, especially when a BCD store must be restored while running Startup Repair from a CD, from USB-based storage media, or even remotely.

Most importantly, BCD is easy to use. The BCD store, with its familiar object-and-element architecture, is easy to use. It uses GUIDs to precisely identify boot-related applications.

This new data format for BCD uses a new set of boot options. Most of the Windows boot options that were used in previous versions of Windows, such as /debug, /maxmem, and /pae, have been preserved; however, in some cases, the names of the options might have changed to better suite their function. For more information about these boot options, see BCD Boot Options Reference.

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