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How to solve: No value could be found for (AllowHotkey) that satisfies all lockdown requirements. The lockdown requirements in force may be conflicting error in Citrix
Have you ever loged on to Citrix and just when your about to start one of the published applications you get this fancy “latin” error message?
Citrix Receiver Configuration Manager: No value could be found for (AllowHotkey) that satisfies all lockdown requirements The lockdown requirements in force may be conflicting.
Earlier you had to delete a whole bunch of registry keys from the computer.
But we feel that this way is so much better!
So, what you do is to click on “start”. If you have Windows 8, just go into the Metro.
Just start typing regedit and click enter.
if your not familliar with this, it’s not something you should play with on your own unless you have a guide, or really know what you’re doing.
Go to the top and navigate to this location:
- ICA Client
- Lockdown Profiles
- All Regions
Here you will find a registry key called: EnableLockdown
Double click this key, and you will see that the value is set to “1″.
Simply change this to “0″ and click “OK”.
Now close your web browser, and reopen it.
You should now be free of anoying AllowHotKey errors.
Have you ever experienced leaving the computer at the end of the day thinking “i’ll finish this tomorrow”, and realize the next day that everything you worked on is gone and the computer has rebooted? Well, this is usually caused by windows update and it’s annoying! Want to fix it? We tell you how to end it.
Windows is actually not that stupid. As we have experienced, it seems that over the time MS windows learns when you are at the computer and when your not. This way it can start doing stuff that takes alot of resources when your not using it. This is actually a really a neat feature. We are not sure if this is avalible in “Vista” and XP, but it seems to be doing this in 7 and 8. (We might be wrong about the feature as we haven’t confirmed this).
Unfortunately this also goes for the updates that is released by MS.
Updates are important and solves alot of stuff. Either in the back of the system or visually for you. So we do not recommend that you disable the windows update.
So how do we solve this?
There are 3 ways to solve this.
This is probably the easiest way is to download a computer registry file. Save it to the desktop and double click on it to make the change in windows update. This will change the behavior on the windows updater and stop the rebooting. (To activate the change you need to reboot the machine yourself to allow the change to be loaded).
We know that there are many sites out there that tells you to NOT click on unknown registry files (*.reg) that you find on the net. And we understand this.
That’s why we provide you with an option number 2. Instead of using the automatically registry file you can enter the registry yourself and make the change. This way you can be sure of what is being written to the system’s registry.
Click on start button (or enter the metro view if you have W8). Start typing “regedit” and hit enter. Navigate to this location;
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows
Here you need to create a Key (right click -> new key) and name it “WindowsUpdate” and a new key in here as well and call it “AU” (No, it has nothing to do with Australia). Now in this AU key, you need to create a “32-bit DWORD“. Name it “NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers”, and double click on it. Change the value “0” to “1” (Tip: 0 means Disable, and 1 means Enable).
The last and third option is a more visual way to do it.
Instead of typing in regedit as you did in option 2, simply type in “gpedit.msc“. This will open the Local Group Policy editor. Here you need to navigate to;
Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update
Find the entry “No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled Automatic Update installation“, and double click on it. Normally it will be set to “Not Configured” meaning windows makes all the decisions. Set to “Enabled” and click “Apply“.
All your update reboot problems should now be gone.
Many people have a back and forward button on their keyboard or mouse that they use in web browsers and file explorer windows.
If you are one of them people missing this, here’s a tip for you!
You might have noticed (and many people already use this) that the backspace button on the keyboard works like a back button, but what about a forward button?
Well, if you did not know this here’s what you do;
Simply hold down the “Alt” button, and click either left or right arrow on your keyboard.
Left arrow will send you back a step, and right arrow will send you forward a step.
This will work in any browser and explorer that you use.
It even works on Linux systems if this is what turns you on.
We have not been able to test this on apple as we do not have this kind of product, but if you can confirm this please feel free to leave a tip.
Ever got the message “Operation Failed” when you hit the send button i outlook?
Many have, and many have given up and reinstalled outlook or even better, the whole Office package.
Yes, this looks to solve the problem in most cases, but then again wou will lose all your email.
As this error is far from informative, and there are a lot of things that could cause this one to appear.
We have seen this error occur a lot, and the best solution that has solved this issue in most of our cases, is simply to see if Exchange Cache is enabled. If it is, clear it and restart outlook.
There are many different solutions out there, but this one has given us the highest solved rate.
How you do this is simply by going onto “Account settings” and doubble click on your exchange account.
Here you will see an option called “Cached Exchange mode”. If there is a tic here, remove it and click “apply”.
Hope this solves your problem as well….
Have you ever had a dream about having a fancy Media Center in your living room attached to the big 50″ TV, but was really not sure on where to get one? Well do not fear, as this easy step-by-step tutorial shows you how easy it is to create one from scratch! This fancy Center also has a full featured Spotify module built into it as well as it’s being remote controlled using only an Android smart phone.
This is probably the second hardest thing to set up. What we will be needing first is the main building blocks of the machine. For this part you can use old computer parts if you like. This is NOT going to be a gaming PC so it doesn’t need to be all powerful. If you don’t have any spare parts, it means that we need to go out and do a bit of shopping.
“It’s cheaper to build one, than buy one!”
What we need:
- Motherboard (with integrated audio and video output)
- Power Supply (PSU)
- Processor (CPU)
- Memory (RAM)
- Hard drive
- Case (to put everything in)
- Optical Drive like DVD rom or Blu-ray rom (Optional)
- Cooling paste (optional)
- Bluetooth radio or Remote Control antenna (USB)
If you do not have sound and video integrated into the motherboard you will be needing:
- Sound card
- Graphic card (GPU card)
After digging through our spare parts we only had a Power supply and a hard drive, so we had to do a little bit of shopping. To minimize the volume inside the box we got a motherboard with integrated sound card and video card. By doing this, we increase the amount of air flow inside the box and prevent the hardware from overheating.
The motherboard’s sound card had a built in S/PDIF module which is most known as an optical audio connector to be able to transfer high definition/5.1/7.1 audio to your home theater. This is an easy way to turn on surround sound instead of using 6 or 8 single cables that you need to connect to an external box before entering the home theater system. Also the built-in video card had a HDMI connector which makes it easy to connect the media center to your fancy big TV without using an adapter plug. If you do not have a home theater sound system, the HDMI cable is also built to transfer sound to your TV.
The last thing that is worth mentioning is the box itself. When you think about what computer parts are stored in we often think about a gray ugly computer box, and we DO NOT want that standing in our lovely living room. A neat trick is to go out and buy a box called HTPC. These boxes are available in various discrete shapes and will be a life saver when it comes to avoiding conflicts with the rest of your family. Also make sure that the box you get has good ventilation.
“The less heat you get, the quieter it gets!”
Make sure that you are using an anti-static wrist band to avoid damage to the hardware.
Now, the first thing we need to do is to clear out everything that may be in the way. The HTPC box usually has a metal bar that goes from one end to the other at the top of the box. This could be an idea to remove before we start, as this will only be in the way. The reason this is mounted in the box is because it support the structure, and prevent it from bending/twisting. Once this is removed we place the motherboard into it. Make sure that you use safety screws if there isn’t installed any rubber points on the bottom of the box to prevent the metal of the hardware to get in contact with the metal of the box.
The next thing we install is the processor (CPU). This goes into the socket of the motherboard. This computer chip will only fit one way, so DO NOT use force if t won’t fall into place right away. Remember to lock the socket with the socket “key” handle.
Now we install the hard drive. If you have more than one hard drive, we strongly suggests that there is room for airflow between the drives to prevent overheating. Make sure that the hard drive is mounted properly to minimize the vibrations on the disk. This may increase the life time of it! This also applies to the optical drive if you choose to install one of these as well.. By mounting it properly you may reduce the noise from it when it spins, and we sure want to make it as quiet as possible.
After installing the hard drive(s) and optical drive (if we choose to have one of these), we install the memory chips (RAM). These will also fit one way only, so avoid using the force. You may need to push a bit to slide them into place, but just remember to be careful.
Now comes the tiny stuff. What we do now is to connect the front panel to the motherboard. These are the small connectors that is built into the box and leads to the back of the front panel buttons. Make sure to consult with the hardware manual as these tends to be different from each motherboard manufacturer. Also we want to make sure that the connectors are inserted in the correct way, as a reverted connection may cause problems starting up or even shutting down the machine.
After completing the front panel connectors we install the power supply. Make sure that you mount it properly to avoid vibrations from the spinning fan inside. Connect the main power cable to the mother board (it’s the biggest of them all). then connect any additional power cables. There should be at least 2 more of them, but it depends on the brand of the motherboard. After doing this, you provide power to the hard drive and optical drive.
Now it’s time to attach the CPU cooler. The process may vary depending on the brand you are using. This should be documented in the user manual. Now everything should be in place, and we can close the box.
Now it’s time to choose which operating system we want. In this guide we tried out both Windows 7 and Ubuntu Linux 11.10. Both have their pros and cons, let’s have a look..
- Very easy to use to set up and configure.
- Usually has all the drivers needed to run the hardware. (In our case, we manage to get the surround sound 5.1 to work)
- Very few things to configure.
- Slow startup.
- Use a bit of resources.
- Not open source ware, and cost a lot of money as we do not recommend the “Starter edition”.
- FREE!! As it is an open source ware.
- Very fast startup.
- The ability to set the Media Center as a stand alone session without loading the desktop. (Very useful as this reduce loading time and startup time)
- Could be hard to configure as some things needs to be configured through the terminal. (Thou it looks really cool setting it up)
- Lack of device drivers. (These could in some cases be hard to track down, like the support for optical audio connection S-PDIF which will provide us with 5.1 surround sound)
- Lack of Bluetooth remote control software.
Finally, we decided to go for Windows 7. We will post the Ubuntu version later i think..
Since the system is clean and with no system on it, we should now install the operating system. Usually this would be installed using a DVD disc using the DVD-ROM. Since we here at NV.net didn’t mount one, we had to look for other options to install the OS. A quicker way is if you have the OS on a USB stick. The OS doesn’t usually come out on sticks, but there is an easy way to create one if you have the Windows files on a disc.
“It’s not illegal if you do this for personal purpose. As long as you have a legal product key you have nothing to worry about!”
If you need to install using the USB and don’t have the USB OS stick, you should head use another computer and download the ImageWriter application “IMGburn“. This is a Freeware application and free to use. Once installed, you should insert the Windows 7 disc and start up IMGburn. What we want to do now is to create a image file of the Windows DVD, and make is as an ISO file. Save it someplace nice that you will be able to remember (NOT on the desktop). Once this is done we are ready to create the USB OS stick. To do this we need the application “Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool”. This is an official application by Microsoft and will make the creation very easy. Install it, and run it! Now select the ISO image file we just created, and click next to get to “step 2″. Agree the term and follow the instructions. Once it’s done, you will have a fully working booting USB stick with Windows 7 on it.
Bring the USB stick over to the media center and plug it into one of the USB connectors. Here’s a tip!:
You may need to hit the selected BIOS button during startup to enter the computers BIOS. Go to BOOT section and select the USB as first boot device. If you plugged it in before turning it on it should list it. Select it and save the new BIOS setting.
Here’s another trick that took us a while to figure out. If it won’t boot from the USB, it may be because the motherboard only allow one of the USB ports to be bootable. Try to change the USB stick to another connection port to find the bootable port.
When this is found remember it for later use. Now install the OS as normal and install all the updates.. We recommend that during the installation splits the HDD in two, leaving about 100 GB to the OS files, and the rest to the media resource.
When the OS is ready, make sure that the graphic card driver has been installed. Now we need to make sure that the media center will be able to play all kinds of media files. If you have a favorite codec pack, go get it and install it. If not we recommend the “K-Lite Mega Codec Pack” (Standard or FULL).
The next step is to set up the media center to store any media file that is being pushed to it. There is three ways of doing this.
- Set up a lite ftp server to manage the files on the system.
- Set up shared drives/folders which is accessed from main household computer.
- Simply just drop the whole thing and instead map up the main computer as a network drive so that you stream media directly from this one.
We prefer option number one. Option one and two will make it possible to play media without relying on other computers in the house. Imagine the traffic going through the router when one family member is using skype, another member is downloading full speed on P2P, and the third is playing online on PS3/XBOX, and you trying to stream play a 1080p video on 15 GB over the network. Who will suffer the most?
Well.. YOU! (to make it even worse, the computer you stream from is at the moment being used to run Battle Field 3)
Feel free to use any FTP server application. We tried using “Golden FTP Server“, as this comes as a free version and is quite lite. We closed down the open for all option and set up one logon account as this is the only account you are allowed to create in the free version. Then we mapped up the area that involves in the media resource (in our case Drive D:\resources\). A tip here is to check the IP address the media center has received and set it as static. This way you won’t have the router changing the IP address each time you reboot, forcing you to track it down to update your media library. Make sure that you add a shortcut to the startup folder on the start menu to have it activated all the time.
If you choose to be using an IR receiver/remote control antenna, this section should be fairly easy as you only need to plug in the USB.
Should you choose to use your Android smart phone, we can recommend the application Unified remote. What you need to do is to go to the market and download it. Then click here to download the receiver server. Set it up on the media center and make sure it auto starts with windows. Then set it up on your Android to be able to communicate with the media center.
It’s Time to choose a Media Center
There is several media center systems available for us to use. Especially if you run Windows 7. We have tried most of them and narrowed it down to two. Here is the list of the ones we tested (We only tested the free ones):
The ones we found most useful for windows was MediaPortal, but XBMC could also be an option for this OS. For Ubuntu we found XBMC most useful.
Boxee was good too, but found this one a bit messy once you started it. One thing that Boxee had that the others didn’t have was the ability to enjoy TV series on demand. But once you start up the series database, it analyses which country your IP address comes from, and you will be stuck with only weird unknown TV series. After suspecting that the IP address had to be from either US or Canada, we tried setting up a proxy that gave us a US IP address. This worked like a charm!. YAY you may think, but unfortunately no. Almost 99% of these free proxy’s are to slow to be able to stream series on demand, and you will be left with alot of buffering pauses during the show. We know there are some paid proxy services out there to provide us with the speed we need, but we do not see the point in this right now.
In this tutorial, we choose to use MediaPortal as this proved us with the best experience.
We went to their homepage and downloaded the software. After the installation is done, you need to configure the software. This is done by clicking on the start menu, and then find it in the programs section. In the MediaPortal folder you will see the actual software and an entry called MediaPortal Configuration. Start this one and set it up. It’s important that you set up the location of the music, pictures, and video files. What you also should do after the import of files is to run the video scan to identify all the video files. Make sure that you use the English “IMDB.com” as the german version is set as startup. Be adviced that the scanner doesn’t always match the correct movie, but it will be at least 90% accurate. (If you have those files titled correctly without all those “_” characters.)
Now is also the time to build in Spotify if this is a feature you want. Click here to download the build. Make sure you save the configuration and quit the configure application. Now install the file you just downloaded. After the installation, you should open up the configuration again and set up your Spotify account that should be used with the Media Center. Go to the plug-in section and look for “Rockstar”. click configure and find the box where it says username and password.
Now you should be all set up. To make it start up automatically, just put the Media Portal shortcut in the startup folder of the start menu. This should make the application start on it’s own when the computer starts.
We have not checked if it’s possible to build in Netflix, but we will assume that this is possible as Netflix uses the Silverlight feature. This is one of the reasons why it won’t work on Linux. (YET)
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Have you suddenly been receiving popups from a Windows 7 Home Security 2013 application, which is preventing you in
opening different applications you click on? If you do, we hope you understand that this is only a hoax.
Should you be one of it’s victims, we have the solution for you to solve the problem. EVEN if it has completely locked
down your computer. A lot of people turns to the easy way out and just format the system and then re-installs it. But this takes a lot of time.
So what to do??
“Lets fight criminals with cyber piracy!”
After all they started it, and want’s to steal money from you by telling you that your healthy computer is infected. It would be the same as walking into a bank and tell them that you come from the money colour inspection company “Deluxe Money Colours” and needs the money they have to inspect the colours.
So what you do is:
First, you need to say that you want to buy the application.
When it asks you for a serial you provide it with this pirated serial:
This will register the product. (It’s like stealing from the thief).
Then you scan the computer with the hoax application and it will partly remove itself. It will at least let you use the computer as normal. We guess that after a while it will start asking you for money again as a “NEW” virus has arrived, and you need to upgrade the application.
So what you do next after it has removed itself is to visit this site as they have explained it very detailed and easy how to remove the rest completely from the system.
We hope this helps you, and stay safe on the internet..
Need to stay safer?
We have listed a few companies that protects you from these kind of attacks, feel free to try them out.
- AVG Internet Security
- Norton Symantec (We provide you 15% off, use this coupon code at checkout: SYMANTEC15US)
- Kaspersky Lab
- Norman ASA
The new Microsoft Windows 8 has been set to be released on October 26th, but what is the difference between all the different versions this release have?
We know windows Vista and 7 came in several versions, ranging from Starter edition to Enterprise edition. But will the difference be the same as in the previous editions? Well, no. As this version of windows has more features and new layout it will be a bit different from what we previously know.
|Windows 8||Windows 8 Pro||Windows 8 RT (ARM)||Windows 8 Enterprise|
|Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium||YES||YES||NO|
|Upgrades from Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate||NO||YES||NO|
|Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles||YES||YES||YES|
|Apps (Mail, Calendar, People, Messaging, Photos, SkyDrive, Reader, Music, Video)||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote)||NO||NO||YES|
|Internet Explorer 10||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Installation of x86/64 and desktop software||YES||YES||NO||YES|
|Updated Windows Explorer||YES||YES||NO||YES|
|Enhanced Task Manager (Metro)||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Switch languages on the fly (Language Packs)||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Better multiple monitor support||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Windows Media Player||YES||YES||NO||YES|
|ISO / VHD mount||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Mobile broadband features||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Remote Desktop (client)||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Reset and refresh your PC||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Touch and Thumb keyboard||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|BitLocker and BitLocker To Go||NO||YES||NO||YES|
|Boot from VHD||NO||YES||NO||YES|
|Encrypting File System||NO||YES||NO||YES|
|Remote Desktop (host)||NO||YES||NO||YES|
|Windows To Go||NO||NO||NO||YES|
And of course, Every version comes in x86 (32-bit) & x64 (64-bit) editions.
We are really looking forward to try out the full version.
We are very happy for this reward and hope to be able to develop more applications like this to you in the future.
Does my hard drive have an ID number? Yes, actually it does. This is a hardware ID number that the computer uses to identify your hard drive. For many people this is useless because hey, whats the use of knowing that?. Well many people does.
Well!? What is it then?
In short, the serial number of a (logical) drive is generated every time a drive is formatted. When Windows formats a drive, a drive’s serial number gets calculated using the current date and time and is stored in the drive’s boot sector. Regardless of which operating system you run, the operating system uses this number to separate two or more disks.
Why would someone need to know this number?
You could use the volume serial number to enforce a weak form of application protection. If you create an application, you can make your application refuse to run if the current disk (from where the application is executed) has a volume serial number that is different from the number of the hard disk it was first installed on.
Basically, if your a programmer or a file engineer, these numbers are vital.
We had to use these numbers a couple of times and got tired of searching for them the hard way, so we created an application that finds them for us.
We here at NV.net therefor wish to share this FREE application with our readers just in case there are some of you who really need to know these numbers, or just got curious and want to try it out. This is only a viewer and will not change anything on your computer. It is also a standalone software so you will not need to install this one.
We will try to create an ID changer that will be released in not to long we hope.
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YES! Backup is just something we think about doing, but never does.. We have all heard stories about people or
companies that encounter massive computer crash where everything has been lost, and there is no way to retrieve it.
We here at NV.net have encountered this twice, and yet we didn’t learn after the first time. First time we lost all of our online articles and had to start up NV.net from scratch. The second time one of our head staff lost several years of personal photos.
But how do i backup?
It’s easy.. We tested a free online backup service called Mozy.
Mozy is the online backup service for consumers and small businesses with more than 3 million customers, 70,000 business users world wide and 70 petabytes of information stored on their servers. Mozy is very secure and has alot of interesting features to use. Home computer users may sign up for a free 2 GB account with the “MozyHome Free” plan, but you can also select a larger account size by signing up with the “MozyHome” plan with 50 GB or 125 GB for only £4.99 per month.
Business backup is also available via the “MozyPro” plan which has customizable licenses and storage space. Both the MozyHome and MozyPro plan provide unlimited restores via your personal web account and the Mozy software (We didn’t try this one but assume it’s a built-in FTP application that is able to sync folders to your online account). They also offer physical DVD restores, and mobile apps for iOS or Android operating systems.
As a home user, the 2 GB free edition would have plenty of space to store the most precious photos. We used the free edition and recommend it as it works GREAT!
Can’t i just buy a external HDD?
Yes, you can always go out and buy a half expensive external USB hard drive and use this as a backup plan (A lot of people do this which is good). But what if there was a fire? or any other accidents in your home?
Wish to give it a try? Just click here, or on the Mozy Logo image. Mozy is also avalible for Apple users.
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