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Deleting Stubborn Files

www.aumha.org/a/stubborn.php --- This page is aimed primarily at manual removal of virus-infected files that resist deletion. Whether you want to delete stubborn files for that reason or others, the approach described here should prove helpful.

Disable Desktop Cleanup Wizard

About.com's Tip 711: Windows XP has an automatic wizard called the Desktop Cleanup Wizard that will pop up and offer to help you remove icons from your desktop that are seldom used. It doesn't actually remove them; it just moves them to a folder called Unused Desktop Shortcuts. If you're like me, though, I only keep shortcuts on my desktop that I want to use, and I don't need some smarmy wizard telling me differently. To disable it right-click the desktop, and choose Properties. In the box that opens, click the Desktop tab, Customize Desktop button, and then uncheck the box next to "Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard every 60 days." After you click OK, the pesky wizard will never bother you again.

Remote Desktop Via Internet

This could be quite useful and doesn't require any special software on the client machine: Set Up Remote Desktop Web Connection with Windows XP. Unfortunately, it does require setup on the host machine and with the host machine's router port forwarding.

Windows: The Network folder specified is currently mapped using a different user name and password

You try to map a drive and you get this:

    The Network folder specified is currently mapped using a different user name and password.

But you check and it isn’t. There probably isn’t anything mapped from that computer at all; however, you did try to access it in Network Neighborhood since the last time you logged in.

Open a command window and type net use. It will list a connection to that network folder.

So now enter the command net use \\networkcomputer\networkresource /delete (where I hope networkcomputer and networkresource are obvious placeholders for the network computer and folder name you are having trouble mapping).

Now try and map the drive. Thanks to the Random Things in IT blog for this tip.

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