It’s easy to switch from a network account to a local account on Windows XP Professional. The logon screen provides a Log on to dropdown box where you can select (this computer). However, this feature has changed in Windows 7: There is no longer a dropdown box on the logon screen anymore. If you want to logon using a local account, you will have to specify the computer name by typing it manually. For example, if the computer name is COMPANY-GROUP-COMP1 and the local user name is LOCAL-USERNAME, you need to enter user name in this format: COMPANY-GROUP-COMP1\LOCAL-USERNAME. This could be a problem since most people do not know their computer names, and entering a long computer name is prone to errors.
I just found this out a couple of weeks ago, and I wish I could have learned of this earlier. Instead of entering the computer name, you can just enter a period (.). So, you can enter .\LOCAL-USERNAME in the logon screen if you want to logon to the computer using a local user account. You do not need to know the computer name, and it’s much easier to type. This also works for the user account control when you run a program as an administrator.
We just got an Asus Eee Slate EP121. It came pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Premium edition. Since it was going to be used in an Enterprise environment, I wiped the hard drive clean and installed the Enterprise edition of Windows 7. When the tablet booted up the first time, I noticed a problem. The machine required me to press Ctrl+Alt+Del to log on. I had to connect a USB keyboard and use that to log on. Fortunately, the Eee Slate comes with a wireless keyboard, so it will not be a problem if you have the keyboard paired and ready to use. However, it can be a problem if you are out in the field without either a wired or wireless keyboard handy.
There is a way to disable the pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del requirement, through the Local Security Policy. Here are the steps:
- Click on the Windows logo.
- Enter secpol.msc and press Enter.
- Local Security Policy shows up. Expand Local Policies and then Security Options.
- Scroll down on the pane and double click on Interactive logon: Do not require CTRL + ALT + DEL.
- Click on Enabled and click on OK.
- Reboot the computer. You do not have to press Ctrl + Alt + Del on the log on screen any more.
After I installed Acrobat Professional 9 on one computer, I tried to run the updater. I got this message: A new version of the Adobe Updater is available for installation. Click on OK to install it now.
If I clicked on OK, it downloaded the new version and tried to install it. However, the installation of the new updater failed, and I got this message: Adobe Updater Install Manager has stopped working.
This happened on two computers, and both computers were running Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit. I went to Adobe’s web site and found the Adobe Updater 6.2. I downloaded the updater manually and installed it. The new updater fixed the problem. The download link is
I have a popular post about fixing Any Video Converter’s profile problem by copying one file from one directory to the other directory. A few readers have responded saying that they do not know how to browse the file system and copy files. In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to browse the file system under Windows 7.
By default, there are a lot of hidden directories on Windows 7. The first part of the tutorial shows you how to enable viewing of hidden files and directories. The second part of the tutorial shows you how to browse a directory.
- Click on the Windows Explorer icon on the task bar to invoke it.
- Click on Organize -> Folder and search options.
- Click on the View tab and click on Show hidden files, folders, and drives. Uncheck Hide extensions for known files types and Hide protected operating system files (Recommended). You will be prompted with a warning. Just click on Yes to continue. When done, click on OK.
- Now the Window Explorer is ready for you to browse. Here is our example directory: C:\Users\amida\AppData\Roaming\AnvSoft\Any Video Converter\ . Note that this is just an example; your machine does not have this directory. The first letter of the directory path “C:\” denotes the drive. We need to first get to this drive. Click on Computer to show all the drives available. Then, double click on Local Disk (C:) to browse the C drive.
- The first level of the directory is Users, so we double click on Users to browse to C:\Users .
- The second level of the directory is amida, so we double click on amida to browse to C:\Users\amida .
- You can follow the same procedure for the 3rd to 6th levels of the directories, and you’ll finally be able get to your destination directory: C:\Users\amida\AppData\Roaming\AnvSoft\Any Video Converter\ .
To avoid accidental deleting of system files, you might want to repeat step 1 ~ 3 and restore the default viewing settings when you are done browsing.