Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a key part of the Windows 7 operating system. It is used to gather system statistics, monitor system health, and manage system components. To work properly, WMI relies on the WMI service. This service must be running and properly configured for your environment.
You control the configuration of the WMI service through WMI Control, which can be accessed on a local or remote system by using the following steps:
1. Click Start, type administrative tools, and hit Enter.
2. Then click Computer Management.
3. To connect to a remote computer, right-click Computer Management in the console tree and then select Connect To Another Computer. You can now choose the system that has the services you want to manage, provided you have the proper administrative privileges. More »
Whether you’re dealing with users in your work environment or kids at home, being able to control what applications a user can use can prevent a lot of hassle and headaches. Windows 7 includes a new tool, called AppLocker, that lets you do just this by creating a policy to specify exactly what applications a user is allowed to run.
To access this feature, click start and enter Gpedit.msc. Then navigate to Computer Configuration | Windows Settings | Security Settings | Application Control Policies. Expand the Application Control Policies node and highlight AppLocker.
Here you can configure Executable Rules, Windows Installer Rules, and Script Rules. For example, highlight the Executable Rules node and right-click to select Create New Rule. You can then create a rule allowing or denying access to an executable based on such criteria as the file path or publisher.
And in case you’re in a hurry, AppLocker will let you apply default or automatic rules. There are a lot of options exposed in AppLocker—too many to cover in a short tip—so you’ll have to play around with it some to get a better idea of just how much this tool can do. More »
It’s time once again for another episode of our Windows XP optimization series. In the past few months, you’ve seen tweaks that helped you change the Start Menu, Desktop, Display Properties, Control Panel, Folder Options, and so on. Most optimizations could not be made the old-fashioned way (from the Control Panel or any other native Windows configuration utility). As you might have guessed already from the title, this article isn’t any different: today, you’ll find out how you can easily customize the way your Internet Options window looks. So, if, for one reason or another, you need to remove a few tabs from Internet Options and have no idea how to go about in order to accomplish this, you’ve come to the right place.
If this is your first encounter with the Microsoft Windows XP registry tweaks saga, here’s a quick tour on all the highlights: we provide an absolutely free, easy tutorial on how to activate hidden tweaks inside your XP operating system, just by using good-old Notepad. You can start by reading the first article that not only provides a full insight into the highlights, but clearly specifies the few steps that must be taken before heading on. More »