OZLAN Technical Services

Windows 7 Remove Homegroup

  1. Open Computer and right-click on "Homegroup" icon present in Navigation pane and select "Change HomeGroup Settings".
  2. Now click on "Leave the homegroup..." link given at bottom.
  3. It'll ask for confirmation, click on "Leave the homegroup" button.
  4. After that, close Explorer window. Now type services.msc in RUN or Startmenu Searchbox and press Enter. It'll open "Services" window.
  5. Here look for following 2 services: HomeGroup Listener and HomeGroup Provider. Once you find them, double-click on each and change the "Startup type" to Disabled. Apply the changes and exit from Services window.
  6. That's it. It'll permanently disable "HomeGroup" feature and its icon will also be removed from Windows Explorer:

Wake the Computer to run a Microsoft Security Essentials Scan

Editing the Scheduled Task
Open the Task Scheduler as shown in our First steps in Working with the Task Scheduler. Within the Task Scheduler expand the Task Scheduler Library and then expand Microsoft. Below the Microsoft folder you should see another folder called Microsoft Antimalware/Windows Defender. Select it.
In the right pane you should see the task for your scheduled scan: 'MP Scheduled Scan'. Next you need to access the task properties. To accomplish this, you may right click on the task and choose Properties or select the Properties link from the Actions menu.
Within the task properties select the Conditions tab. Enable the option to 'Wake the computer to run this task' by selecting the checkbox.

Reset Windows Password

To reset a forgotten administrator password, follow these steps:
Boot from Windows PE or Windows RE and access the command prompt.
Find the drive letter of the partition where Windows is installed. In Vista and Windows XP, it is usually C:, in Windows 7, it is D: in most cases because the first partition contains Startup Repair. To find the drive letter, type C: (or D:, respectively) and search for the Windows folder. Note that Windows PE (RE) usually resides on X:.
Type the following command (replace “c:” with the correct drive letter if Windows is not located on C:):
copy c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe c:\
This creates a copy of sethc.exe to restore later.
Type this command to replace sethc.exe with cmd.exe:
copy /y c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe
Reboot your computer and start the Windows installation where you forgot the administrator password.
After you see the logon screen, press the SHIFT key five times.
You should see a command prompt where you can enter the following command to reset the Windows password.
net user you_user_name new_password
If you don’t know your user name, just type net user to list the available user names. You can now log on with the new password.
I recommend that you replace sethc.exe with the copy you stored in the root folder of your system drive in step 3. For this, you have to boot up again with Windows PE or RE because you can’t replace system files while the Windows installation is online. Then you have to enter this command:
copy /y c:\sethc.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe

How to disable the Windows Live mail sign in Window

To disable the sign in window, open Windows Live Mail and go to: The Windows Live Mail drop-down menu icon
(top left above 'Email Message' icon).
Select 'Options', then click on 'Mail' from the selection offered.
In the mail 'Options' property pages, select the 'Connection' tab and click 'Stop Signing in' from the 'Connecting to Windows Live Services' section.
Click 'stop signing in' to any warning messages. Click 'OK' to exit the 'Options' Property pages

Change the default spacing in Word 2010

To fix the line spacing and paragraph spacing in Word 2007 so that it is the same as in earlier versions of Word, you have to change the Style Set option.
To do this, follow these steps:
Click the Home tab.
Click Change Styles in the Styles group, point to Style Set, and then click the style set that you want to use.
To change the default formatting of your document, such as the line spacing and paragraph spacing, to the default formatting that is used in earlier versions of Word, click Word 2003.
To set the style set as the default style set in Word 2007, click Change Styles in the Styles group, and then click Set as Default.

Purge Windows Update Cache - Windows 7 Failing to Update

  1. Open Command Prompt by Start -> type “cmd“; right-click and Run as Administrator
  2. On the Command Prompt, type “net stop wuauserv“. This is done so that you will terminate the windows automatic update service to allow you to delete the cache files
  3. Type “cd /d %windir%” This takes you to the Windows directory
  4. Type “rd /s SoftwareDistribution“ This command deletes the directory and all sub files and directories. Wait a few seconds… and the cache has been purged.
  5. Type “net start wuauserv“ This restarts the windows automatic update service.
  6. Close the Command window
  7. Reboot and try to run your updates again.

Rebuild Master Boot Record (MBR)

Boot the computer with a 'Windows Rescue Disk' or 'Recovery Environment' (Windows RE)

Select a language.
Select 'Repair Your Computer'
Select the operating system that you want to repair, and click 'Next'
In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
At the Command prompt type the following three commands in order hitting 'Return' after each command:

bootrec.exe /fixmbr
bootrec.exe /fixboot (may return an 'Eliment not found' message)
bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd

Exit command prompt and restart the computer.