Sep 292010

Its amazing how quickly we can forget small options in operating systems that we no longer normally use.  I came across one example tonight when working on an XP machine for a friend.  I had to do the song and dance of removing the old hard drive from the computer and putting it in an external drive.  I then hooked up to their old XP machine and quickly realized I did not have a security tab under folder properties.  This was essential in order to change security on the files in order to copy them over.  It took me a little bit to remember the below steps in XP to make the security tab visible on a home machine.

1.  Launch Windows Explorer
2.  Open up folder options under the tools on the menu bar.
3.  Click on the view tab.
4.  Under advanced settings uncheck “use simple file sharing (recommended).
5.  Click OK.

There is one last very important piece of information that you might over look.  In order to see the security tab you also have to be logged into the machine with administrator privileges.

Apr 112010

There are allot of things that can happen to your XP install when it gets infected with a virus.  The most common viruses usually disable the ability to run .exe files to cripple the operating system for the general end user.  If you run across this you can copy the below text into a .reg file and run it.  This will fix the issues of not being able to run .exe, but will not remove the root cause which is usually a virus.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"






@="\"%1\" %*"


@="\"%1\" %*"






[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\ShimLayer Property Page]