A new vulnerability has been found in User Account Control feature of Windows 7 and Windows Vista. This still unpatched vulnerability could be used by hackers to bypass the UAC feature which was introduced in Windows Vista back in 2007. UAC is a feature that displays prompts before any unknown file tries to execute. Now with the help of this vulnerability, the hackers can bypass this feature. This vulnerability has been dubbed as “nightmare” but Microsoft still insists that hackers would need another exploit in addition to “nightmare” in order to launch remote exploits.
Offline Files is a great feature in Windows. If you are a network user, you can store the network shared files locally so that you can view the files when you’re not connected to the network. This feature is particularly useful in a networked office environment.
Changing or replacing Windows System Files is a difficult task especially in Windows 7. It requires administrative privileges in order to replace or change the system files in Windows 7. Even if you have administrative privileges, it’s not always possible to replace files as they’re in use and require the system to be restarted in order to replace them but there is no way we can replace the files when the system hasn’t started yet.
If you’re using Windows 7 then most probably you’ll be using Windows Media Player 12. WMP 12 can play DVDs. The problem arises when you want to enable the subtitles in Media Player 12 when playing a DVD. The subtitles begin flickering during movie playback.
Although power settings in Windows are quite simple and easy to manage but there are many things that are not included in the default Windows power settings. For example I can’t schedule when the system should hibernate itself and when it should wake up or if the internet or network is working, the PC should keep running and be turned off when the network becomes idle etc.
There are a few methods to delete files from the computer. In Windows, we can hit the delete button or right click any folder or file and select delete to delete the file or folder. By default, this will take the file to the recycle bin and then we can empty the recycle bin to delete the file permanently. But this will not completely delete the file from the computer. It remains on the hard drive until it is re-written by some other data.
A new worm has been discovered which propagates by inserting a link to a malicious website into the instant messages in many instant messengers and social networks including Messenger 2009. The malicious website in turn downloads the worm into the system infecting it and propagates into other contacts.
Microsoft has just rolled out a Release Candidate (RC) or Windows Service Pack 1. I have already given direct download links to Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RC. I have also given complete list of hotfixes and updates included in Windows 7 SP1. The only problem with Service Pack 1 installation is its expiration. I have already written about the problems that we may encounter after installing Windows 7 Service Pack 1.
Backup is absolutely a must have for any computer user. I have seen lots n lots of users who don’t even know what backup is or even if their system could crash. They only come to know that they must have regular backup just after their system has crashed. This is why network administrators wonder why Windows doesn’t include a simple backup solution.