Share Files and Folders and Printers Over a Network


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If you have more than one computer, and the computers are networked, you probably want to share resources like files, folders, and printers over the network. As a rule of thumb it makes no difference if the network is wired, wireless, or both, or even if the computers connect through a router or access point, the computers only see network devices.

There are now printers that have an ethernet port, or a radio to wirelessly connect to an access point, but you may also have an old fashioned printer that connects directly to your computer through a USB or some other cable connection. Sharing a printer is simple.

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Clone or Copy My Hard Drive with Norton Ghost


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When upgrading your hard drive to a bigger faster hard drive the Norton Ghost utility called Copy My Hard Drive can make the upgrade quick, easy, and painless. Copy My Hard Drive used to be referred to as cloning the hard drive.

First we’ll need to prepare the new hard drive. Click the Windows Start button -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management.

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  • Jamie Harding
    Thanks , why Nortons site couldnt post this, your instructions are clear and to the point. good work
  • Uffbrock
    Same problem as Bob - after copying, removing the original drive and and rebooting, I was presented with the \"preparing ...



Short Link - http://ngurl.me/3p Posted on October 17, 2009 at 11:22 pm (PST)
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Share a Printer Files and Folders Over a Wired or Wireless Network Through a Firewall


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On my home network I have a Cisco Linksys Simultaneous Dual-N Band Wireless Router that has a built-in firewall, and I run McAfee Security Center that also includes a firewall for each machine it is installed on. I tried sharing files and folders, and printers, between a wired PC and a wireless PC, but was denied. It makes no difference on a network if the PCs are wired or wireless, because they all look the same on the network, and use the same protocols.

Since I could see the other PC on the network, but I could not see any printers, or shared files and folders, I suspected the McAfee firewall was blocking the ports needed to share.

Let’s setup sharing between these computers.

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How to Enable Administrative Tools


Some installations of Windows Vista and Windows 7 hide the administrative tools so they don’t appear on the All Programs menu list, forcing you to go to Control Panel -> Administrative Tools. There’s an easy way to unhide the administrative tools so they appear in your All Programs menu list.

First right click on the Windows Start button, and click Properties.

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    Thanks:-)



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Stop Indexing Service in Windows Vista and Windows 7 and Windows XP


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This article will help computer users who have found their computer getting slower and slower over the years. It’s when a person’s computer starts to slow down that they notice ads, like the example below, asking if their computer has slowed down, and then tries to sell them software to remove worms, viruses, spyware, malware, and to optimize your computer, whatever that means, but most often the problem is just a bloated Windows index database.

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As the years go by, and you add more and more files and programs to your computer, it slows down incrementally until one day you start considering purchasing a newer faster computer, or start to become concerned that the computer has become infected.

Before buying a new computer, adding RAM, buying a faster hard drive, or purchasing software to clean infections that can waste time and slow your computer down even further, turn off the indexing service first and see if that fixes the problem, and restores your computer back to its old fast self.

The indexing service is supposed to speed up a search for files on the hard drive, which is rarely done by most people, so it’s not like there’s much to lose by turning indexing off.

This tutorial will walk you through turning off the indexing service in Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Window XP.

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How to Format an External Hard Disk or Thumb Drive in Windows Vista


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Newly purchased external hard disk drives, and thumb drives, usually come already formatted with a FAT32 file format that can be universally read by any operating system. Reformatting the drive to use a more reliable and faster file format that matches what you are already using may be desirable. These directions apply to Windows Vista.

First click the Windows Start button -> All Programs -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management, select Storage -> Disk Management, and finally select a external hard disk drive, or thumb drive to format.

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How to Partition a Hard Drive in Windows Vista


Microsoft included a disk partition tool in Windows Vista, which can be handy when you want to create a partition to boot another operating system from.

To partition a hard drive click the Windows button → All Programs → Administrative Tools → Computer Management. If the User Account Control window pops up click Continue. Select the Volume to work with, then right click the Volume, and left click Shrink Volume.

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How to Wipe Your Hard Drive Clean


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Whether you’re trying to destroy or erase data from your hard drives when the FBI knocks on your door, or just want to securely, and permanently do emergency data destruction to protect yourself from identity theft, before you sell or recycle your computer, there’s an easy solution.

The free open-source boot disk utility, called Darik’s Boot and Nuke (DBAN), automatically and completely deletes the content of every hard disk it can find on, or connected to, your computer when you run it.

The bootable DBAN can run from CDs, DVDs, thumb drives, and floppy disks.

The process is easy:

How to automatically wipe all hard drives

WARNING: THIS WILL PERMANENTLY ERASE ALL DATA ON ALL HARD DRIVE HOOKED TO THE PC!!!

  1. Boot from the DBAN floppy or CD image.
  2. Enter ‘autonuke’ at the boot prompt.

Darik’s Boot and Nuke website is here.

Click here to download the exe to write the image to a floppy disk.

Click here if you don’t have a floppy disk, and would like to create a DBAN CD image instead.

Keep the disk in a safe place. If it falls into the wrong hands your system could be toast, or just a big toaster.


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Expose Wi-Fi Network Passwords with WirelessKeyView on Windows


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By default Windows hides WEP and WPA keys stored on your PC to connect to various Wi-Fi networks, but freeware utility WirelessKeyView lists them for you. When you’ve forgotten that Wi-Fi network key, run WirelessKeyView to see all the networks your Windows PC has ever connected to using its default Wireless Zero Configuration mechanism. This utility doesn’t reveal keys stored by third-party network connection software. Delete keys from old networks that you no longer need, and easily copy keys to the clipboard to send or save. WirelessKeyView is a free download for Windows XP and Vista. Click here to download WirelessKeyView.


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Speed Up Windows Vista Network Performance with TCP Windows Tuning


Microsoft KB article 929868 describes a problem which will cause you to experience very slow browsing on certain websites when using Internet Explorer 7 on Windows Vista, and eventually the website might even drop the data completely. The cause is that by default, Windows Vista Enterprise fully supports RFC 1323 and supports a Windows Scaling factor of 8. This issue occurs when a Web site does not fully support RFC 1323 or when a Web site does not support the default scaling factor.

THE QUICK FIX

To work around the slow browsing issue change the Windows Scaling to a factor of 2. First open and Administrator command line prompt. Click Start –> All Programs –> Accessories, right click Command Prompt, then left click Run as administrator. As an alternative you can click Start then type into the Start Search box, or the Run box, cmd, then use the shortcut keys Ctrl-Shift-Enter. (NOTE: After you set a new autotuninglevel you will need to reboot in order for the changes to take effect.)

Type, or copy and paste, into the Administrator command prompt window:

netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=highlyrestricted

This will set the autotuninglevel to "Allow the receive window to grow beyond its default value, but do so very conservatively". In this mode, Vista will by default use RWIN of 16,384 bytes with a scale factor of 2.

MORE AUTOTUNING OPTIONS

To restore the autotuninglevel back to the default setting type, or copy and paste into the Administrator command prompt window:

netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal

There have been reports that disabling the autotuning feature will speed up threaded network downloads, mostly used with downloading agents and per-to-peer networking, along with great improvement to file copying on your network. Vista has issues where it will hang to a file copying task, but Service Pack 1, which is coming out in less than a month, is expected to fix this issue. There have been other reports that say disabling the autotuning of TCP can also fix other Vista specific issues related to slow file transfer between Outlook 2007, and Exchange server connections.

You can disable autotuning with the following command:

netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disable

When autotuning is disabled, the RWIN receive window defaults to a value of 65536 bytes.

There are two more settings. First restricted:

netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=restricted

Restricted allows for the receive window to grow beyond the default value, but limits such growth in some scenarios.

Second is experimental:

netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=experimental

Allows for the receive window to grow to accommodate extreme scenarios. Note The experimental value can decrease performance in common scenarios. This value should be used only for research purposes, and is not suitable for most common uses like general web browsing.

NOTE: Vista may have autotuning disabled by default, unless you use Diagnose and repair for a network connection, which will cause Vista to enable autotuning using the "normal" autotuninglevel.

To read a more technical description about tuning the TCP receive window size (RWIN), click here.


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