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Tips & Tricks : Disable Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry Service

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In case Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry process takes a lot of your processor, you can easily remove it:

  1. Run Command Prompt as Administrator.
  2. Execute following commands in Command Prompt:
  • sc delete DiagTrack
  • sc delete dmwappushservice
  • echo “” > C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Diagnosis\ETLLogs\AutoLogger\AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener.etl
  • reg add “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection” /v AllowTelemetry /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
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Tips & Tricks : HP TouchSmart tm2 : Screen Rotation

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When upgrading drivers on HP TouchSmart tm2 tablet important is to keep in mind that HP Quick Launch Buttons package might disable screen auto-rotation. In order to restore that functionality remove HP Quick Launch Buttons and install older version of that package from here. Full information about package is available on HP Quick Launch Buttons web page availabel here.

Another option might be registry settings adjustment. Parameters which control screen orientation and bahevior are located under:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Hewlett-Packard\HP Quick Launch Buttons\Schemes\Default\8526

There are two important parameters:
Notebook_Docked_DisplayOrientation = 0
Tablet_UnDocked_DisplayOrientation = 3

Available values for those parameters:
0 – primary landscape
1 – seconday portrait
2 – seconday landscape
3 – primary portrait

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Tips&Tricks : How to skip Autologon in Windows XP

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As I had to fight with WIndows XP Autologon (we have it on many computers which are used for example for CCTV), I think can write down one more quick tips how to skip Autologon feature and use different account to access computer (for example to install Windows Updates).

So, situation I was dealing with was computer with Windows XP, connected to Active Directory domain with Autologn feature enabled. After computer started I’ve seen welcome dialog and after pressed ctrl-alt-del autologn procedure kick in and login to computer with restricted account. How to skip autologon process and be able to enter different username and password?

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Windows Registry : Autologon in Windows XP

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Again one of those things which I forget when is needed. Autologon in Windows XP. Funny enough is the fact that each time I’m looking for this information is when I want to prevent Windows XP from auto logon and trying to disable that in registry using remote access from Registry Editor.

Fortunately Microsoft prepared full detailed description, so now I can write down in my scratchpad for future reference instead of using Google each time I need that 😀

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Windows Registry : How to change background on Windows logon screen

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Background image on logon screen os common issue with pre-installed servers, for example from Dell. That makes accessing those systems via Remote Desktop painful and slow (it happenes that serer is shipped to location, racked and stacked, and then whole configuration take place remotely). By default background bitmap from logon screen is sitting in C:\Windows\System32\oobe\info\backgrounds, so you can put your own logon screen background or if you don’t want to have any (just system default) you can follow instructions below and remove background from logon screen.

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