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How to see what users are currently logged into a Windows system

BeinBeing able to determine who is currently logged into a particular Windows system – such as a server can be useful for identify performance problems and notifying the relevant users of an impending restart.

Method 1

  1. Open a command prompt on the machine
  2. Type in: quser
  3. This will list the users currently logged in and what type of session are they using.

 

Note: If you have opened an elevated command prompt you can use: quser /server:Servername to show logged on users on remote machines.

Method 2

  1. Open Task Manager (by clicking CTRL+ALT+DEL) on the PC
  2. Click on the Users Tab – up the top.
  3. This will list the users currently logged in and what type of session are using.

Unable to Remote Desktop into Computer

There can be various reasons why people are unable to Remote Desktop into a Computer – one of the reasons could be they are not in the Remote Desktop users group on the local machine or the necessary services – for Remote Desktop connectivity aren’t enabled. Follow the guide below to make sure the services are fully enabled and up and running you can test one at a time.

  1. Open Run
  2. Type in: services.msc
  3. Click Action
  4. Click Connect to another computer
  5. Type in the hostname of the PC you are connecting to and press Enter to connect
  6. In the Services list navigate to the following and make sure they are started by double clicking to open the Services Property box –changing the Start-up type to Automatic and select Start:
    •    Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
    •    Remote Access Connection Manager
    •    Routing and Remote Access
  7. Once those have been changed navigate to the: Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service and change Start-up type to: Disabled and stop the service.

Windows cannot connect to the domain

  1. Open Active Directory Users & Computers
  2. Right click Computers
  3. Search for the computer name you would like to remove and right click and select Reset
  4. Now on the computer logon using a local computer account.
  5. Right click Computer/My Computer
  6. Select Properties
  7. Click Computer Name tab and select Change
  8. Click on Member of – and change from Domain to Workgroup and click Ok
  9. Windows will prompt you to restart your Computer – select Restart later
  10. Select Domain and enter in the domain name you wish to reconnect to and click Ok
  11. Enter in your domain credentials to add the workstation back to the domain and click Ok to restart the computer.

 

Note: The benefit of doing the Reset in Active Directory first – allows you to maintain the computer groups and security identifier without loosing it.

 

You can also use the following Powershell command on the local PC to restore the secure channel to the domain: Test-ComputerSecureChannel -Repair

How to re enable gadgets in Windows 7

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Control Panel
  3. Click Program and Features
  4. Click Uninstall a Program
  5. This will now launch the installed programs list
  6. Click “Turn Windows Features On and Off” on the left hand menu
  7. Check Windows Gadget Platform
  8. Press Ok
  9. Your PC will restart and gadgets will be re-enabled.

Note: Although originally enabled in Windows 7 – Microsoft had deactivated the gadgets due to unstable/malicious code that allowed unsavoury individuals remote access to the PC. If re-enabled make you are running the latest Windows Update and the Windows Firewall service is enabled.

My thoughts on Razers Project Christine

Razer – a company well known for its PC gaming peripherals.

With its sleep black and green designs Razer has captivated many a gamer – including myself as I type this using my Razer Blackwidow keyboard.

Now – out of nowhere the company has released concepts for two products – the Razer Nabu a digital wristband that connects to your mobile phone offering various options – and Project Christine the modular PC design.

Computer components themselves are of a modular design – as soon as they are compatible with each other you can swap and upgrade most parts – Project Christine takes this modular design further in a fashion that reminds me of lego.

Simplicity

  • The design like all of Razers products is simple yet aesthetically pleasing.
  • Modular – pick & part parts – want another CPU or SSD? Simply plug it in.

Future proof(ish)

  • Razer are claiming that when technology changes so do the modular modules.
  • Up to date technology with the latest brand GFX & CPU chipsets.

Silent & Cool

  • Each modular component will feature inbuilt water cooling.
  • The water cooling will allow the components to be cool and quiet.
  • As an added note – the water cooled components will most likely make purchasing the modules already overclocked easier.

The Downside

  • It is only a concept and prototype at the moment – usual Razer product lines seem to take 1 year to hit the shelves. This will probably be a 2015 product.
  • Even though the modules will connect via the PCI-E BUS this will depend on manufacturers reselling Project Christine part “modules”.
  • No pricing has been released yet.

All in all – I quite enjoy the look of Project Christine and may well see it in my office space next year.

 

Borderlands 2 XINPUT1_3.dll

“Missing file XINPUT1_3.dll” error while trying to load Borderlands 2 on PC?

 

  1. Update your DirectX to the latest version
  2. Install Steam (if not installed, it will install XINPUT1 and dependencies)

How to completely remove Microsoft Groove

Follow the guide below to remove Microsoft Groove from your PC.

  1. Click Start (windows Orb)
  2. Click Control Panel
  3. Click Add/Remove Programs/Uninstall a Program
  4. Right click Microsoft Office
  5. Select Change
  6. Deselect the Groove component and next Next

Power Calibration Error when attempting to burn CD/DVD

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Control Panel
  3. Click Administrative Tools
  4. Click Services 
  5. Look for the “IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service
  6. Right click on it and click properties.
  7. Change Startup Type to Disabled.
  8. Click Apply 
  9. Restart the PC to apply changes.

You will have to switch to another Burning application, such as Nero or CD Burner XP, and not rely on Windows XPs built in Burning function.

Speedometer for your Android Mobile

Need a Speedometer with Acceleration and GPS info? The Sub Speedo app by AutoRad Industries is what you are after. This is how you can acquire this little nifty app.

Using your PC

  1. Click on this Google Play link
  2. To the left, click Buy (at time of writing it costs $2.70NZD)
  3. Enter in your payment details, click Ok
  4. Choose the Android device you want it installed to
  5. Your Android device will then start downloading the app immediately.

Using Android

  1. Click on Google Play (previously Android Market)
  2. Search for: Sub Speedo
  3. Select the Sub Speedo (written by: AutoRad Industries)
  4. Click Install/Buy  (at time of writing it costs $2.70NZD)

At time of writing there is currently no idevice app available.

Canon IP1200 and IP1600 Cartridge Not Recognized

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Control Panel
  3. Click on Printers and Faxes
  4. Right click on your printer (Canon IP1600)
  5. Go down to properties
  6. Then click on maintenance
  7. Click on ‘View Printer Status…..
  8.  Click on Option
  9. Click on enable status monitor (This will turn off the monitor and allow you to use the refilled ink cartridges)
  10. If at any time you get the ‘Ink out’ message on your PC a light under your power button on the printer will flash.
  11. To continue printing press the button and click the close button on the warning (marked X). (You may need to do a few things)