Control mlcfg32.cpl-When the Control Panel Crashes

I was just in a desperate situation where I needed to open the Mail application in the Control Panel on a Windows XP machine. Every time I opened the Control Panel it crashed Windows Explorer and restarted.

After a quick bit of research I was able to open the Mail application and skip the Control Panel by opening Run on the Start Menu, typing in control mlcfg32.cpl, and hitting OK.  CRISIS AVOIDED!

64-bit systems would use the command control mlcfg64.cpl.

A few other helpful commands from the Run interface to open Control Panel items are:

control timedate.cpl for the Date/Time properties
control main.cpl for Mouse, Fonts, Keyboard, and Printers properties
control password.cpl for Password properties
control appwiz.cpl for Add/Remove Programs properties
control netcpl.cpl for Network properties
control sysdm.cpl for System properties and Add New Hardware wizard

Kaspersky – There Are Unprocessed Objects

When managing client computers through the Kaspersky Administration Kit, a status and description for one or more of the client computers may show that there are unprocessed objects. Running a virus scan does not seem to fix this. So how do you make the computer status go back to OK?

In the left navigation pane of Kaspersky Administration Kit, expand Repositories, located at the bottom. Then, select Unprocessed Files. kasperskyFrom there you can view the objects in question and the action that Kaspersky took to protect against them. You will have the option to Disinfect Files or Delete them from the client computer. After the file(s) are processed, the computer status should go back to OK. To be cautious, it would be best to run another virus scan on the client computer in question.

Hiding, Encrypting, and Password-Protecting Folders and Files

Sharing a computer with other users means that any files or folders that should be kept private are vulnerable to prying eyes. Maybe you have important work documents, or maybe you have a few inappropriate photos and your mother would be appalled if she ever laid eyes on them. Either way, we all have items that we want kept private.

Unfortunately, Windows does not have this feature directly built in. I realize that it is 2013, and by now they should have something so trivial integrated into their operating systems, but they must not have gotten that memo.

-The first option to prevent other users from opening your private folders would be to deny permissions for other users. This option is only viable when more than one login is used on the computer. If another user is logged in and tries accessing the folder they will get an error stating that they do not have permission to view said folder.

To do this, right-click on the private folder and click Properties. Go to the Security tab, and click Edit. Make sure that your account is listed and the box is checked to Allow full control. Click Add to add the other users to the list, and check Deny for the full control settings. Deny full control for the Everyone and Users groups as well. Click OK when finished.

 

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-Another, less secure option would be to hide the folder. However, if other users are able to see hidden files, folders, and drives they will be able to see your folder as well. To find this setting you must be logged into the computer as the other user. Type Folder Options in the search in Windows 7. In Windows XP, open up any windows explorer folder (i.e., My Computer, My Documents, My Pictures, etc.). Click Tools, Folder Options, then click the View tab. Make sure that Show hidden files, folders, and drives is not selected for this user.

folder optionsYou will need this setting turned on while you are logged in to view the hidden files, but it does not do any good for this setting to be turned on for anyone else. This is why it is less secure.

To hide the folder, right-click on it and go into Properties. Check the box next to Hidden at the bottom of the General tab.
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-Encrypting folders is another option. Go back into the General tab in the folder’s properties. Click the Advanced button at the bottom. This opens the Advanced Attributes window. Check the box at the bottom to Encrypt contents to secure data.

encrypt folderEncrypting folders is the strongest protection to keep information secure that is offered by Windows. After encrypting a folder or file for the first time, back up your encryption certificate. If you lose the certificate and key you won’t be able to access the encrypted folders or files.

To decrypt the folder or file, clear the check box to Encrypt contents to secure data.

-Alternatively, you could use external software to password-protect folders and files. Free versions of the software sometimes require you to zip the folder. Zipping and unzipping the folder to access the files every time can be tedious but may be worth it to protect those files and folders. Some free versions of software are Folder Protector and Free Folder Hider.

Paid software versions do not always require you to zip the folder, but the price may not be worth it. My Lockbox, Password Protect Folders, and Kruptos 2 Professional are examples.

– One last option would be to create a batch file. The link shows you how another user created the batch file. This option is for advanced users only.

Moving Signatures in Outlook

We all know how annoying it can be to open Outlook on a computer that we don’t normally use and find that our default signature is not available. If you will be using this computer more often or it is your replacement computer, it might be handy to copy the signature file from your old computer to your new one.

File locations:

Windows XP, C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures

Windows Vista and 7, C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Signatures

Copy the three files with the name of the signature and extensions .htm, .rtf, and .txt to the new computer in the same location.

You may have to turn this signature on as the default on the new computer. This is found in the Signature settings. From there you can e-mail away.

Creating a Rule in Outlook

Below are the steps to create a rule in Outlook to auto forward mail from one folder to another.

First, Outlook 2010:

At the top of the screen on the Home tab in the Move category is the Rules drop-down menu.  From the drop-down, select Create Rule.

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In the dialog box that opens select the conditions you would like to apply to the rule. In the example below, any message that is delivered to my Inbox with the subject line Hello World will automatically be forwarded to the sub-folder named Keep.  There are other options that you can select, for instance, playing a sound.

outlook3Several other conditions can be found by clicking the Advanced Options… button. Click OK when finished. A message will appear asking if you want to apply the rule to mail already in the folder.

 

Second, Outlook 2007:

Click on Tools on the menu bar, and select Rules and Alerts…

In the window that opens click on New Rule…

The Rule Wizard will open. Select the template for your new rule, and click Next.

outlook4Now check the box or boxes for the conditions of the new rule. Once the boxes are checked the conditions have to be added to the description. Click on the highlighted words in blue to set the descriptions.

outlook5Once the descriptions are added to the conditions, click Next. This will bring up the window to select actions. Select any actions, and click Next.

From there you can add any exceptions to the rule. Then click Next.

outlook6Finally, specify a name for the rule. You can also run the rule for messages already in the Inbox. Then click Finish.

 

 

Outlook Will Not Open Hyperlink Due to Restriction

outlookHere are a couple fixes upon receiving the Outlook error “This operation has been canceled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator” after clicking on a hyperlink. The steps shown below are in Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 9. Other versions may not be exact but will be similar.

(Option 1) In Internet Explorer:
Click on Tools, then Internet Options.

Click the Advanced tab, and click the Reset button at the bottom. This will reset IE to default settings.
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Click Reset again when prompted, then Close.

Restart Internet Explorer.

Go back into Tools, Internet Options, and click on the Programs tab.

At the bottom, click on Set programs. Click Set your default programs, and choose Microsoft Outlook, then set it to default.

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Click OK, and close that window.

Additionally, make sure that Internet Explorer is set to the default browser. This is under Tools, Internet Options, Programs, and at the top is the Make default button. Click OK, and restart IE.

Try opening the link in Outlook again.

 

(Option 2) Copy the registry key from another computer. (Note:  This option is for advanced users only.)

On a computer that is not receiving the aforementioned error click Start, then click Run.

Type regedit, and click OK.

Path to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\htmlfile\shell\open\command.

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On the File menu, select Export.  Save the registry file to a location that can be opened on the computer receiving the error, like a USB drive.

Now, save the registry key to the desktop of the computer receiving the error. Double-click the registry key, and select Yes, and then OK when you are asked if you are sure you want to add the information to the registry.

Restart your computer, and try opening a hyperlink in Outlook.

 

The Importance of Backing Up Your Work

I cannot stress enough the importance of backing up your files and creating system images or restore points.  Also, DO NOT lose the installation discs that came with your computer. You will be kicking yourself later when your computer crashes, you get a virus, forgot your password, etc. It is almost inevitable that at some point you will need to recover your information. Make sure that you are able to access it.