How to Disable “Read-Only” Protected View in Office 2010

Protected View is a new security feature in Microsoft Office 2010 to enhance protection of computer against risky Outlook email attachments, files originated from or downloaded via Internet, files that fail validation or files that are located in potentially unsafe locations. Protected View integrates seamlessly with the enhanced file-blocking controls to reduce potential desktop attach surface, allowing users to safely view any Word, Excel or PowerPoint files without worrying about malicious binaries infection.

The only problem is that Protected View will remove support for legacy document formats, and cause documents and files deemed unsafe to be opened in read-only mode. For some Microsoft Office 2010 users, the protection may not be necessary, especially for people who knows what’s the origin and source of documents, worksheets, presentations, email attachments and other legitimate files.

Here’s how to turn off and disable Protected View of MS Office 2010:

  1. Run one of the Office 2010 application (e.g. Word 2010).
  2. Click on Office button to go to Office Backstage view menu, and select Options.Office 2010 Options
  3. In the “Options” dialog, select Trust Center in the left pane.
  4. Click on Trust Center Settings in the right pane.Trust Center Settings
  5. Select Protected View in the left pane of “Trust Center” dialog.
  6. Disable any of all of the protected view options as below by unticking the check boxes:
    • Enable Protected View for files that fail validation
    • Enable Protected View for files originating from the Internet
    • Enable Protected View for files located in potentially unsafe locations
    • Enable Protected View for Outlook attachments

    Disable or Enable Office 2010 Protected View

  7. Click OK when done.

The above procedure has to be repeated for each and every Office 2010 apps that implement Protected View, namely Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010 and Outlook 2010.

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How to Upgrade from Windows Vista Home Premium or Home Basic to Windows 7 Professional

User with Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Home Basic (regardless whether already installed with Windows Vista SP1 or Windows Vista SP2) cannot in-place upgrade to Windows 7 Professional edition. According to Windows 7 upgrade paths document or Windows 7 available upgrade paths chart, user must perform custom clean install on existing Windows Vista Home Premium or Home Basic system.

When trying to in-place upgrade from Windows Vista HB or HP to Windows 7 Professional, the upgrade installation will stop after compatibility check with a warning notice that the upgrade is not supported. User must wipe clean the existing partition or hard disk drive with Windows Vista Home Premium or Home Basic before able to continue installing Windows 7 Professional onto it.

The restriction means that user has to take additional steps to backup the data files and application settings, and has to re-install the software programs after installing Windows 7 Professional. Theoretically, the direct in-place upgrade from Windows Vista HomePremium or HomeBasic should be allowed, workable and doable as Professional edition of Windows 7 is superset version.

For users who want to save time when upgrading to Windows 7, here’s a workaround that allows user to easily perform in-place upgrade from Windows Vista Home Premium or Home Basic to Windows 7 Professional, retaining all user’s data, favorites, programs’ settings and other user files.

Method 1: Activate Windows 7 Professional with Windows Anytime Upgrade

  1. Upgrade install Windows Vista Home Basic or Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Basic or Home Premium without entering any product key.Tip: For user with a non-HP or non-HB Windows 7 DVD media, copy all installation files to hard disk drive, and modify or delete ei.cfg to select the edition of Windows 7 to install. User with ISO image can use Windows 7 ISO Image Edition Switcher to change edition of Windows 7 ISO, or ei.cfg Removal Utility to make all Windows 7 editions available for selection during setup.
  2. After the in-place upgrade installation is completed, boot up and log on to Windows 7 desktop, and run Windows Anytime Ugrade (which initially means to user who purchase WAU license pack).
  3. Select “Enter an upgrade key” and When prompted at the WAU wizard, enter the Windows 7 Professional product key.Windows 7 Anytime UpgradeTip: Both product key from retail channel and OEMSLP is accepted. So if your original Windows 7 Pro serial key number is not accepted, tentatively use a Windows 7 Pro OEM:SLP product key to perform WAU upgrade.
  4. Windows Anytime Upgrade will take around 10 minutes and a reboot to complete the upgrade process. After it’s completed, the fully upgraded Windows 7 Professional is running and ready to be used.Note: User has yet to enter the legitimate genuine Windows 7 product key can change the product key with the following command as an elevated command prompt:slmgr.vbs -ipk <product key>

User who faces problem where cannot or unable to use a Windows 7 upgrade version product key to install or activate installed Windows 7 can try the solution to clean install Windows 7 with upgrade license.

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How To Increase Color Depth and Quality of Windows XP Accessed Via Remote Desktop or Terminal Services

When a Windows XP system is accessed via Remote Desktop or Terminal Services connection, the default maximum color resolution (color depth or color quality) is set to 16-bit on Windows XP. The color depth is limited in order to improve connection performance especially on slow link, and reduce server load.

In Windows XP era, high quality of video display of remote computer or remote virtual machine over a Remote Desktop or Terminal Services connection is probably not important or makes no difference. However, with the advance of high definition graphics display, connect to a Windows XP system on 16-bit color quality will make some colors to appear strange, or not properly drew.

It’s possible to increase and up the limit on the color depth of any connection to a Terminal Server or Remote Desktop Server via Remote Desktop Services session. Changing the color depth or color quality allowed over Remote Desktop or Terminal Services connection is useful especially in the case of Windows XP Mode which can be used to run virtualized apps such as IE6 natively on Windows 7 host desktop, where Windows 7 host connect to the virtual machine via Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).

Tip: If you’re trying to change the color depth limit on Windows XP Mode, click on Tools menu of the virtual machine window, and select Disable Integration Features before continuing with the procedure. After changing the maximum color depth limit, re-enable the integration features.

1. In the Windows XP operating system (remote system), click on Start menu, then Run.
2. Type GPEdit.msc to open Group Policy Editor.
3. Navigate to Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Terminal Services.
4. In the right pane, double-click on the Limit Maximum Color Depth setting.
5. In the Properties dialog, select radio button of Enabled, and then set Color Depth value to 24 bit or Client Compatible.

Limit Maximum Color Depth on Terminal Services
6. Click OK when done.
7. Restart the computer.

The steps to allow Remote Desktop and Terminal Services connection to connect at higher color depth is basically done. However, for users who are connecting to Windows XP in virtual machine (such as Windows XP Mode) should check that the Color Quality setting should be set to 24-bit or 32-bit color in high screen resolution.

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Workaround to Install Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 Home Premium and Home Basic

Windows XP Mode (XPM) is a pre-installed and pre-activated licensed copy Windows XP SP3 as guest OS virtual machine package for Windows Virtual PC. Microsoft provides Windows XP Mode as a mean to provide backward compatibility for legacy productivity software. In Windows XP Mode, a pre-installed RemoteApp integration components allow guest applications running within the virtualized environment to be integrated into host Windows 7 desktop, and appear as if running directly on the host, sharing the native desktop and Start Menu of Windows 7 as well as participating in file type associations.

Unfortunately, Windows XP Mode is only available free of charge to users of Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions, as it’s widely considered as buy one free one deal, with a free licensed copy of Windows XP comes with Windows 7. However, Microsoft does provide Windows Virtual PC for every editions of Windows 7 except Windows 7 Starter edition.

Good news is that, according to MDL forum thread, in order to ensure that Windows XP Mode can be run properly without activation worry, Microsoft has embedded the necessary OEM:SLP (System Locked Pre-activation) string in the Windows Virtual PC’s BIOS so that offline OEM activation automatically activate Windows XP Mode. Thus, with the necessary OEM:SLP product key and OEMBIOS files, Windows 7 Home Basic and Windows 7 Home Premium users can manually install Windows XP on Windows Virtual PC guest virtual machine, and perform the steps in the hack below to create a Windows XP Mode with full integration features and functionality.

Tip: The guide can also be used any any editions of Windows 7 to create and install multiple or more than one activated Windows XP as Windows XP Mode with full integration features including seamless application publishing to host.

Hack to Manually Create and Install Windows XP Mode in Windows 7

  1. Ensure that the computer is capable of running Windows Virtual PC, as Windows Virtual PC (and hence Windows XP Mode) required hardware-assisted virtualization. Microsoft also provides Hardware-Assisted Virtualization (HAV) Tool as free download to check the CPU capability.Tip: Hardware-assisted virtualization is supported on most CPU processors, but may have disabled or locked in BIOS. In this case, reboot into BIOS to change the setting.
  2. Download and install Windows Virtual PC.Note: It’s impossible to download Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode from Microsoft Virtual PC homepage if user selects the operating system as 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic or Windows 7 Home Premium.
  3. After installing Windows Virtual PC, browse to Windows Virtual PC folder by clicking on Start menu -> All Programs -> Windows Virtual PC -> Windows Virtual PC.Create and Manage Windows Virtual PC

    A Windows Explorer window showing “Virtual Machines” folder will be opened.

  4. Start the new virtual machine wizard by clicking on Create virtual machine button on the toolbar.Create New Virtual Machine
  5. Enter a name for the new virtual machine, such as Windows XP, Windows XP SP3 or simply Windows XP Mode, and then click on Next button.Virtual Machine Name
  6. Specify a value for RAM setting, which allocate size of memory for the virtual machine. By default, it’s 512 MB, but a 256 MB should be enough for Windows XP. Then, click on Next.Virtual Machine RAM Memory
  7. Click on Create button to create the new virtual machine.Create Virtual Machine
  8. Insert a Windows XP setup installation CD into the CD/DVD drive disc tray (by default, Windows Virtual PC captures the physical drive for virtual machine to access).Capture ISO Image for Virtual Machine

    Alternatively, download Windows XP SP3 ISO, then right click on the VM, select Properties. Go to DVD Drive tab, select Open an ISO image and then browse to locate or specify the full path to the Windows XP ISO image. Click OK when done.

    Note: It’s recommended to use Windows XP Professional, which Windows XP Mode is based of.

  9. Start the virtual machine to start the setup installation of Windows XP. Follow the screen instruction of the setup wizard to install Windows XP.Tip: It’s possible to bypass and skip entering a product key during installation of Windows XP SP3. Just leave the product key field blank, and continue with next step of installation after confirming the decision.
  10. After installing Windows XP, click on the Tools menu on VM window, and select Install Integration Components to install Virtual PC Integration Components.Install Virtual PC Integration Components

    Click on Continue if prompted with dialog to confirm action to install or update Windows Virtual PC Integration Components. Then follow on-screen instructions of the setup wizard to install the integration components.

  11. Restart the virtual machine after installing integration components.
  12. At the virtual machine’s Tools menu, and select Enable Integration Features, and then specify a user name and password as Windows Security credentials. Click Remember my credentials to let Windows Virtual PC saves the credentials for auto login.Enable Integration Features

    Note: User is required to specify a user account with a password set as the credentials to automatically log on to the virtual machine. To set a password for a user account, go to Control Panel -> User Accounts, select the user account that wants to use for integration components, and then click on Create a password to set the password.

  13. In order to seamless application integration feature (which allow user to access and run virtualized program installed on virtual machine from host desktop) to work, KB961742 RemoteApp RAIL QFE update package need to be installed. Download and install KB961742 RemoteApp update package inside the Windows XP guest operating system in the virtual machine.
  14. Virtual machine powered with Windows Virtual PC already has OEM:SLP string required for activating Windows XP with OEM activation. Unless you have a Windows XP OEM CD which allows converting Windows XP between retail, volume licensing and OEM channels, download the following package and program:Windows XP OEM BIOS Files for Microsoft: Microsoft-B4FFCA38.rar (Source)
    VLK and OEMBIOS Changer: OEMBIOS changer installer.exe (Source)
  15. In the Windows XP guest OS, unpack the content of VLK to OEM Conversion Program (run OEMBIOS_changer_installer.exe) to a folder.
  16. Then unpack the Microsoft-B4FFCA38.rar, and put the four files (oembios.bin, oembios.cat, oembios.dat, oembios.sig) into Uncompressed Oembios Folder of OEMBIOS changer.
  17. Start the VLK to OEM Conversion Program (VLK_to_OEM) by running oem.exe.Note: Despite the name, the utility program supports changing of OEMBIOS files in retail, VLK and OEM version of Windows XP.
  18. Press any key to continue from splash screen, then press 5 followed by Enter key to enter “OEMBIOS changer dialog” menu.Retail, Volume and OEM XP OEMBIOS Changer
  19. Press 3 and followed by Enter key to install the convert the installed Windows XP to OEM version, and install the required OEMBIOS files into the system.OEMBIOS Changer
  20. Depending on the edition of Windows XP installed, select the appropriate Windows XP edition to convert by pressing the corresponding number key, followed by Enter.Convert Windows XP to OEM Channel
  21. On the last screen, press Y followed by Enter key to start the OEM conversion.
  22. Answer Y followed by Enter key to restart the computer after the XP system is converted to OEM channel and OEMBIOS files are installed.
  23. After Windows XP system is restarted, it will be automatically activated via OEM activation, as the VLK to OEM converter has also installed a generic Microsoft OEM product key into the system. However, for user who wants the new virtual machine to as identical to Windows XP Mode as possible, change the Windows XP product key to the following product key, which used in Windows XP Mode:K49H2-RPR94-QBGG4-DBCTM-YT64G

A virtual machine running Windows XP with full functionality and features of Windows XP Mode is now ready to be used. Here’s the method to check the activation status in Windows XP.

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How to Disable and Stop Windows Live Messenger from Loading at Startup Automatically (Auto Start)

After installing Windows Live Messenger (WLM), which previously known as MSN Messenger, the messenger instant messaging client will automatically start and load itself on Windows startup. Autostart of Windows Live Messenger allows frequent users or IM addicts to quickly sign onto the WL Messenger service to chat with friends and contacts.

Loading and starting the Windows Live Messenger when Windows starts slow down the startup process, and for people who seldom or rarely uses the Windows Live Messenger client, letting the program runs at the background waste valuable system resources. Here’s how to disable and turn off auto-start of Windows Live Messenger to forbid, prevent and stop Windows Live Messenger to automatically starts up.

  1. Open Windows Live Messenger window (sign into Messenger if you haven’t do so).
  2. Press Alt key to reveal menu bar, then click on Tools and select Options. It’s also possible to click on Show menu icon after the “Search contacts or the web” box.Alternatively, click on the logged on contact’s name on the top of the Messenger client window, and select Options.
  3. Select General (earlier version of WLM) or Sign In (current latest version of WLM) on the left pane.
  4. Deselect and uncheck the Automatically run Windows Live Messenger when I log on to Windows check box.Disable Windows Live Messenger AutoStart
  5. Click OK.

Windows Live Messenger will not start itself automatically from next system boot up. User will need to start the program manually from Start Menu.

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Windows 7 ISO x86 and x64 Official Direct Download Links (Ultimate, Professional and Home Premium)

Many licenses of Windows 7 operating system is now been sold purely online, with the software product delivered entirely via Internet through electronic software distribution (ESD) channel. Customers can digitally download the Windows 7 installation files from online store from which they purchased Windows 7 to clean install on blank PC or upgrade existing installed OS.

Previously, the electronic downloads of Windows 7 setup files are available in a “box” format, which comprised of an starter executable, setup1.box and setup2.box (32-bit Windows 7 installation files and 64-bit Windows 7 installation files), which cannot be burned to DVD disc directly or mount to a virtual DVD-ROM drive. User must first goes through the process to create a bootable Windows 7 DVD ISO image from these downloaded Windows 7 installation files.

Microsoft has been providing Windows 7 ISO (disc image of Windows 7 DVD) to its customers with a time-limited ever-changing dynamic download links. And various online stores such as Amazon and Digital river have started to provide much sought after Windows 7 ISO downloads for their customers. The direct download links provided by various online stores are static, so it becomes the only publicly available official direct download links and sources for Windows 7 ISO which can be used to download by everybody.

Thanks to Ken and REZ, My Digital Life has complete listing of Windows 7 ISO direct download links, as listed below. The Windows 7 ISO image is of RTM build 6.1.7600.16385, and should be the same with leaked Windows 7 ISO image from MSDN/TechNet subscription download.

Hint: It’s recommended to use a download manager to download Windows 7 ISO as the file size typically more than 2GB and some download server terminates connection after a period of time. If you’re a customer, just login to your account to trigger the built-in download manager or file transfer manager.

Windows 7 ISO Direct Download Links
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32-bit Windows 7 Ultimate x86 ISO

Amazon.com: http://174.129.85.117/data/Windows7Ultimate32bit.iso

64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ISO

Amazon.com: http://174.129.85.117/data/Windows7Ultimate64bit.iso

32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium x86 ISO

Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65732/X15-65732.iso

64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium x64 ISO

Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65733/X15-65733.iso

32-bit Windows 7 Professional x86 ISO

Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65804/X15-65804.iso

64-bit Windows 7 Professional x64 ISO

Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65805/X15-65805.iso

The ISO images above are in English language. Download Windows 7 MUI language packs (x86 or x64 versions) to convert and translate installed Windows 7 to another language.

To create a universal Windows 7 any edition installation DVD ISO, follow the guide to delete ei.cfg with ei.cfg Removal Utility.

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Beda KB dan kb

KB=Kilo Byte
kb=kilobit

8 kilobit = 1 KiloByte
1024 kbps = 128 KBps
384 kbps = 48 KBps

Satuan bit digunakan untuk kecepatan transfer data.
Satuan Byte digunakan untuk besar ukuran data.

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