Saturday, August 28, 2010

How to turn windows features on or off in windows 7

Believe it or not Microsoft is letting you run free with the features of windows 7 and by that I mean you have the option to turn each and every one of them on or off although I would never recommend that you turn a feature on or off unless you have some good reason to do so or unless you are a tech who like to experiment - like me :-).

Note: Turning windows features on or off is different from installing or uninstalling programs. When a feature is turned off it simply means that the files associated with that feature won’t be loaded when the operating system loads. The windows feature however is still on your computer in a dormant state, you can easily turn it back on at some point in the future and what is also really great about this is that you would not be prompted for your windows 7 disk while you are doing so – remember what we said earlier?. The feature is actually still on your computer.

Windows features I’ve had to turn on
  1. Internet Information Services
  2. Telnet Client
  3. Telnet Server
Here are the steps for turning windows feature on
Log on to the computer as an administrator
Click the start button>control panel and choose programs.
Click Programs and features and choose turn windows features on or off

Windows features window

To turn a feature on check the box next to it, to turn one off uncheck the box next to it then click OK.

When you see the + sign it means that that feature contains sub features, click the plus sign, the folder collapses and the + turns to a – sign, you can choose from the sub feature you want to affect if you want to affect all the sub features simply click the check box next to the parent folder.

OK that’s it. Hope this helped.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

How to configure windows server 2008 password complexity

As an administrator you may run into this as you aim to make a secure user environment. Password complexity should be turned on By default but you may want to make changes for example you may wanto increase or decrease minimum password lenght and or maximum password age.

Note: Turning of password complexity is not recomended.

1. logon as a domain administrator

2. click start administrative tools>Group Policy Management

3. find the policy that deals with the password settings most likely the "defualt domain policy" right click then left click edit on the menu that comes up

4. Computer configuration>windows Settings>security settings> Account Policies>Password Policy

make the changes you need to make exit then click start>run and type gpupdate, this make sure that the changes take effect.

Note: Do not Click Start > Run, type gpedit.msc > click OK

this deals with local policy settings and configuration options for password complexity will be grayed out since it is a domain group policy setting and cannot be configured using the local group policy editor.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

How to edit windows 7 Hosts file

If you are already familiar with the hosts file in winXP and vista then editing the win7 host file will be a breeze if not continue reading and by the time you are done it will be a piece of cake.

You may or may not know this but the Hosts file is where you can manually enter a hostname and an IP address pair in order to bypass the DNS server. Knowing how to edit the Hosts file can save you some headache especially if you are in the field of IT.

The path for the Hosts file

C: windows/system32/drivers/etc/hosts

If the files do not show up they may be hidden to show hidden files click the down arrow next to organize (top left) then choose Folder and search options.

Click view and then click the Show hidden files, folders and drives radio button.

To start editing the your hosts file click start button, type notepad in the search field, right click on notepad and click Run as Administrator.

From here go to the location of the hosts file click the down arrow next to Text Documents (*.txt) and choose all files. If you don’t do this you will not see the hosts file.

After editing the host file save you changes and everything should work just fine.

Hope this helps.

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