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Category: Solved Issues



Background:

I faced this issue a year ago and now just realized that there can be guys out there struggling/looking for the solution. Basically the problem is: We are not able to reach any Terminal/Remote Apps hosted on our Terminal/Remote App Server or any services are explicitly failing to reach via network.

Note: This applies to Problems with Firewall getting  disabled by GPOs automatically.

Situation 1:

Well, that basically narrows down us to Firewall, but even if we enabled/Disabled firewall with Rules defined, the applications are not getting connected or Remote desktop fails too.

Situation 2:

We see that Firewall is getting disabled or enabled as per Domain GPO Policy and for this we were not getting succeeded even if the firewall rules were defined, but able to get through firewall for sometime after the firewall is enabled/disabled manually on the server.

Resolution:

For this kinda problem we are very sure that Firewall is to be blamed here, but we have put our efforts on Firewall and still not getting us through because of GPO policies. The solution is to look at the Firewall policies Profiles that’s defined on the server:

We have to configure Firewall Profiles that will explicitly coordinate with the GPOs. For this you have to configure Windows firewall from SECPOL.MSC or WF.MSC and configure the Windows Profiles as below listed.

 

For the Organisation, since it would have Domain Network and possibility of Private you can configure these both profiles, and if your Organisation has Public network configured configure the same as well.

WINDOWS-FIREWALL

You configure Domain, Public and Private Profiles and enable Traffic to flow through Firewall enabled for Inbound and Outbound connections. You do the same for three profiles and say it okay, as per requirements. Now even if the Domain GPO forces this server to get the Firewall disabled, the applications and services can be reached out without any problems.

 

This applies to Problems where Firewall is getting  disabled by GPOs.

 

 

 

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I knew lot of patrons are looking forward for this post, however at the same time some were already educated about this.  But, this post will be real benefit for patrons who are keen to improve their Windows performances and increase system response time and decrease system load timings.

Lot of general Windows users tend to delete temp, %TMP% and PREFETCH files to see if that action does anything they were expecting. Well, the news is, that really doesn’t help much, but I must admit that, it is the Real First Step you should consider doing, when you felt that your Windows is slow. What really that does is: deleting the tmp, %TMP%, and Prefetch files frees up the some portion of your RAM Cache Memory and Windows Partition Disk space. You can start with these approaches, but you should continue the remaining steps to control your Windows completely about it’s performance.

You type the below commands and Delete the Items listed there. Use SHIFT+DELTE Combinations to delete permanently items from your computer.

temp tmp prefetch prefetch2Remember that to Access Prefetched Items in your Windows, You need Admin Rights. And as you can Imagine, this deletes the temporary files and files those were ready to access files for some applications will be cleared off. But that really does no help in performance improvement, where in some cases the Applications those relying on temp files and prefetched files will load up slow to get all the DATA again from the applications data from hard disk and put on into RAM for access.

So, to get the real benefit from performance improvement, follow the rest steps below.

You really should use MSCONFIG to suppress some of the Applications and services those put System Start-up pressures and eventually runs in the background unnecessarily eating much of your Valuable RAM. So, what MSCONFIG really does is, it will give control to handle, which applications are allowed along with system starts and which will not.

msconfig

Once you hit Enter in your Command prompt with MSCONFIG typed, this Dialog Box opens up. The Services Tab in there will list the services which will be started up whilst Windows Boots up!. Remember that, the Dialog box initially loads with Normal Startup as the Startup Selection, what you need to do is, you should select the Selective Startup Radio Button and Navigate to Services and Startup Tabs in Dialog Box presented.

msconfig 3msconfig services

Here, the Services which were presented are allowed to start at Windows Load times. What you really need to do is, Untick the services which were not part of Microsoft Services; tick the Hide All Microsoft Services and Isolate the services to start at System Loads. Remember this window is representing the Windows 8 settings and Windows 7 or xp or vista are real similar, except the Startup Items are moved to Task manager in Windows 8 and 7 and previous Windows Versions remain same, having control in the same MSCONFIG settings.

msconfig 2

Look at the above Picture, I have hidden all the Microsoft Services, to not to accidentally disable any Windows sort of Services, allowing myself to not to boot into system with required services disabled. :0 Here I have disabled lot of services except Apple Bonjour and Apple Mobile Device; where These are required for iTunes to detect your iPhone or iPad when you connect to your Computer. Other Few services I allowed here are ExpressCache, where cache improves my startup times and ESET is my antivirus programme, which shall not be disabled; any antivirus program shall not be disabled to protect PC.
msconfig startupThe above image tells that to handle the startup items, we need to use task manager and restrict the applications from starting up. See the below images.

win8 startupSo, I have navigated to Windows 8 task manager to handle the Application startup restrictions. In Windows 7 and Vista, 7 the MSCONFIG will present you the same options there. Here you need to carefully disable the Applications those were not really useful. For example, here in the above image I have disabled all the applications except Windows Host Process, Realtek HD Audio Manager and igfxtray applications, however you can disable the Igrfxtray as well, but remember to not to disable the Windows required applications.

You can also, increase your System Performance by moving you SWAP file aka PAGE file from your Windows Disk to Another DIsk (I said Different Disk, not Different Partition. Remember, moving to another partition doesn’t help you). See the below Screenshots on how to change the SWAP file settings. Here i have not moved the Page File to different Disk, because I don’t have any, rather I manually controlled the Virtual Memory of Windows Drive, where you can increase the Virtual Memory as you desire instead of Windows handling it to 2 Times RAM. These VM settings can be accessed through System Properties-> Advanced System Settings-> Advanced Tab-> Performance settings -> Advanced Tab then on and Selecting the Virtual Memory Settings in the Advanced Window Opened. And then Untick the Automatically Manage Paging file Size for all drives and select Drive you were interested and select Custom Size and increase the value as you desire.

VM Settings

And once these steps are implemented, the next steps to Do is to handle the Windows System Settings to disable some Graphical settings to get most out of our PC.

Go to your Computer and Select system Properties. – Right click on Windows and Select Properties from the Context Menu, which will take you to the System Info Dialog Box. See the below Screenshot:

System Settings screenAnd then Click on Advanced System Settings here in this Windows and Go to Advanced Tab from the Window Opened. From there, Click on Performance Settings Button, which will take you to the Performance Options Windows with Visual Effects Tab selected. Click on Adjust from best Performance from there and select those you were really interested. What this does is, discouraging the Windows to use Graphical Representation and saves some RAM for us. Here I have not changed anything, because my Windows is Perfectly A-OK with 16 Gigs of RAM and Tuneup UP and running for me (oh! what is tuneup? Look at this post finish lines)

performance settings

Now, Finally these steps will put you in lot better standings than earlier. Reboot and See if these changes have improved your Windows performance.

You can/might use CCCleaner sort of things for improvements. But My favorite part is here it comes… The Tuneup Utilities Application. I love this literally and I really encourage to use it for real performance improvements.

tuneup

tuneup 2

Remember to Answer all the Tuneup Asked questions to best improve the performance. It will handle all the Registry cleaning, Defragmenting,  Disabling Application background processes and Hell lot of others… It will really pull out all the potential your Windows Has.

Thank you for your real Patience, going through all these hell lot of wordings.

Cheers! CHALADI


Hi All, Yet another Blog post about solving the Obtaining IP Address and Authenticating issues with the Mobile phones, that’s keep looping the same error whilst connecting to Connectify Hotspot On your Laptop/Desktop.

The First basic thing is to allow Firewall to accept the Program traffic. For example Connectify Services like Connectifyd, ConnectifyNetworkService and Connectify service programs has to be allowed though Windows Advanced Firewall settings. This can be achieved as seen in the below screenshots.

You access Advanced Firewall Properties using Control Panel, and then System and Security and then Firewall Settings, there in the Left hand Panel you see advanced settings like shown in the below screenshots.

advancedfirewall connectifyinbound

As you can see the program is allowed in the inbound properties, and the same has to be done with the Outbound traffic as well. If your Firewall is being managed by thirdparty softwares like My Application do, then you have to configure settings at the Thirdparty software side.

I am using ESET Smart Security 6 for the firewall Protection, so, if yours is of same, watch this Video, on how to create new Zone Rules to allow Connectify or any other program or service or network that is explicitly Being rejected by ESET for communication.

So, watch this video and solve your connectify issues or related network issues with the ESET Smart Security.

Hope this helps!


[UPDATED POST with New Software Links]

Quick way around for recovery:

1. Copy “media” folder that contains all the folder, which contains all the .slm and .slt files, in “gallery_lock” folder in your sd card.
2. open application in your phone.
3. go to settings.
4. select “recovering locked media”.
5. select “detail recovery”.
6. tap on “recovery”.
7. you’ll find all the files recovered in “locked/safe photos”.

———————-Original Post ——————————–

Note: This also Applies to corrupted Photos and any Image File extensions. You can easily recover Corrupted, Damaged Photos with this Method.

Credit: Thanks to Rahul Mahawar for sending across the SLM and SLT files to work on them.

SLM Files

I was asked by many of my Blog Visitors about the SLM file recovery methods. I am very much sorry that I took so much long time to respond with the solution, just because I was bit busy and out of station, to be able to see comments and work on this much demanding Post.

First off, SLM stands for Media File, SLT stands for Thumb nail. So, Thumb nail can be recovered easily with the File extension change technique, however the original Photo; SLM cannot be recovered with the simple File extension changes. So, follow this awesome method to recover all your SLM files to revert back to Original Photos.

[UPDATE – 17-09-2015] Better alternative to PIXRECOVERY Software. Use Stellar Phoenix JPEG Recovery Software to recover multiple SLM Images at once. Test it using below Torrent link. Ensure you buy software once happy with the test results.

Stellar Phoenix Torrent Link

Alternatively you can use old PIXRECOVERY method if interested.

Download PIXRECOVERY SOFTWARE from torrent sites: Full version is available there at KAT.PH Click the left hand Link to visit torrent site . Please Note, I am not encouraging you to use Pirated software, Just navigating you to Use the software before you buy it, for confidence on Software you purchase it prior. If happy with purchase prior testing, you can navigate to this website and Buy it or download a Demo version as well: http://www.officerecovery.com/pixrecovery/

Once downloaded DEMO, or Installed FULL version of PIX RECOVERY. OPEN the PIX recovery and Click on Recover Menu. See below images:

In Either Stellar software or Pixrecovery software recovery methods, you’ll have to rename the SLM File to .JPEG to get image loaded into software. Please Change the View options from Windows Explorer settings in case you have difficulty renaming the file extension – shown below:

Folder Options - Show File Extensions

Folder Options - Full

—-> Must Do – Change the SLM file extensions to JPG   <—- and then open it up in PIX recovery software and it will process automatically the images with individual folders created for IMAGES recovered. The safest way and fastest way recovering corrupted or encoded Images.

Note: SLT is not required to recover SLM files, You can copy and paste all the SLM files to computer and change the SLM file extensions to JPG and start recovering process then on…

PixRecovery_Success_1

Open Pix Recovery Files 1

Change the SLM files to JPG extension and play accordingly, as seen in above images. only JPG, TIF, GIF extensions are supported with 1.0 version of PIX recovery software.

Congratulations on recovering your most valuable images with this technique.

Still facing issues. contact me.

Thanks


 

You Can Always Disable AutoPlay for a USB or CDs or Portable Hard Disks Manually, by Holding Down the Shift Key and Inserting the Media. But some find it useless, tired, irritated or wanted to Get rid of AutoPlay Completely for the Sake of Simplicity, Avoiding Autoplay Popup Windows or To Avoid Auto-executing the Scripts those were in Media.

 

To Apply this Permanent Solution, getting rid of AutoPlay, Simply Deselect the AutoPlay Feature from Control Panel; Follow this Navigation in your Windows to achieve this settings visible from Below Screenshot

Goto Start Menu-> Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound-> AutoPlay” and there you can Deselect the use AutoPlay for All Media and Devices, or You can Manually input settings for Individual Media types to act accordingly by the Media Type. Suppose for CDs to AutoPlay, but USBs to not, You can tell the Same here in settings.

 

Thanks! chaladi

 


Hey Guys, When you are trying to Sleep On Bed, But Your Laptop or PC is not Ready to Sleep When idle, Then there are Couple of Options we should try to Let it Accept to sleep As usual. First off, You should try the Procedures Mentioned in Microsoft KB (Knowledge Base) to Put Windows 7 Into Sleep Mode again, and If you have done them and Still not successive, then Try the below Simple Tweak to Let your Laptop/PC Sleep As Usual.

Regular Steps at Microsoft KB Recommends these: If not Done, Click This Link

If tried above all, and still not successed Follow this Simple Step, in Hope of Success

All You have to do is, set Computer to Require Password on Wake, and voilà! Sleep Policy is working Hopefully, which worked for me.

See the below Screenshots:

Thanks!


Hey! Guys, Previously I wrote a Post about on How to Recover Gallery Lock Files, that were Locked with the Password and Password is Lost. The Old Post Saved Some of the Irated Patrons by Recovering Files on Moving to a new Location when Extension of the locked files has been changed from .glk to .jpg or user defined Image Extension. Now in this Post I will push you much needed Information on How to Get the Lost Gallery Lock (pro) Password, so that You Don’t have to move Files or play with the Extensions to Recover Locked Media Files.

For this Trick to Work, Your Device Should Be rooted to Access the Sensitive Root Data Location. The Password and Security Question Answer is saved in an XML File in Preferences Folder of Gallery Lock Application, so we will go and open it up and Will Learn Our Own Password Once again from the XML File. Okay! Straight to the Solution;

Go to root Location of your Device, from File Explorer: Use either ES File Explorer or Root Explorer; but be sure the File explorer has the ability to see the Root folder; Means It is Granted root permissions. The recent versions of ES File Explorer has the Root access when You Change the Settings From ->Other Settings in The ->settings Menu and Then -> Root Settings and then Enabling -> Up to Root and -> Root Explorer Options. Or you can use Root Explorer Application alternatively. But here I have used EX File Explorer, So the Interface Options vary If you choose to use Root explorer, However the Navigation and  File Locations Remain Same throughout Procedures.

See the Below Screenshots:

Once You got Rooted Capable File Explorer -> go to -> “/data/data/com.morrison.gallerylock/shared_prefs” folder and then Find the Preferences.XML File naming “com.morrison.gallerylock_preferences.xml” file  Open this XML file as Text and Then Choose Either ES Note Editor or Any Notepad editor If you have installed Separately and scroll down to find the Password you have forgot in there next to “pwd”> and Your Security Answer too.

Note, You cannot change the Password here in XML file and then Put there in Application for newly changed Password, you have to input the Password that has been saved in XML file and Has to input the same into application and then Have to change the Password from the Application, because of Database Interference.

Thanks, Hope this Helps someone in Need.

Chaladi

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