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  1. As usual, I sort of fix the problem, but never take the final step! When "Full Control" was grayed out on some Keys related to an uninstalled app, I did add a tick next to "Replace permission entries on all child objects . . . " What I didn't do was tick that same item for an entire Registry Hive. That's why I was having so much trouble! GrofLuigi, I can never wreck any of my systems. (No, I'm not crazy either!) Since I was kid, I've been involved with electronics. I've been a partner in two electronics related businesses. My main desktop at home (a multi-boot computer) is protected by huge piles of full image backups and several other things. I want full control of the Registry, because anything I accidentally damage can be reversed from outside the system in five minutes or less. If I really want total control of the Registry, should I also tick this item under Advanced -> Permissions: "Inherit from parent the permission entries that apply to child objects . . ."
  2. OK. I'll reply to both topics. After several days of system crashes when I inserted a USB stick, I finally noticed the XP AutoPlay feature was going nuts! I opened Sysinternals Autoruns and removed the tick from this item: ShellHWDetection -- Provides notifications for AutoPlay hardware events. I also disabled AutoPlay in the Group Policy Editor. That was it! I could fill my desktop hub with flash drives and the system remained quiescent. The problem was gone forever. jaclaz, I downloaded and installed CleanAfterMe a few weeks ago. I also have MRU-Blaster, CCleaner, and CyberScrub Privacy Suite. When I don't have a problem at home or my business I forget about this monster collection of documents I've got all related to "system problems and their solutions." You're right, of course. USB Registy Keys can become bloated over time. I just didn't remember. NirSoft's great scripting program NirCmd, may be the most useful app I've ever downloaded! That's why I usually trust everything from NirSoft. Well, I could always run CleanAfterMe with a tick next to "Installed USB Devices" before rebooting or shutting down. No harm is done and the keyboard is always restored to Device Manager. I just wish I had read that darn version history before installing the app.
  3. XP Pro_SP3 If I select any Registry Hive and go to Edit -> Permissions there is a tick next to "Full Control." That means all the sub-keys under each Hive should allow me to modify, rename, delete, etc. I'm suppose to have complete control over the Registry, but I don't. Dialog boxes are appearing when I try to delete some Keys. I have to right-click for the Context Menu and select Permissions -> Full Control. Sometimes, "Full Control" is grayed out and I'm forced to change or edit the "Advanced" settings. These Keys are not System related! They're junk that should be deleted from the Registry. I've been working in the Registry since it was introduced by Microsoft (Windows 3.1). I know what I'm doing. If you're a "Reg Hacker," which I suppose describes me, then you know how to safely edit the Registry. Many years ago I stopped using all but the most conservative Registry Cleaners. Remember some of those cleaners with names like "Drill" or "Blaster?" If you didn't have a backup your System was toast! How can I fix this "Permissions" problem? Maybe I should change something in the Group Policy Editor?
  4. I may have posted on a couple of forums about my keyboard suddenly vanishing from Device Manager. Someone suggested that it might be defective, but it worked fine when plugged into other computers. Because I like almost everything created by NirSoft, it never crossed my mind that a NirSoft app was the cause of my keyboard trouble. I ran CleanAfterMe side-by-side with Device Manager. The moment I selected the "Yes" button for "Do you want to clean the selected items?" my keyboard vanished from Device Manager. Unfortunately, I failed to read the version history!! The author writes: "Made another change in cleaning the 'installed USB devices', and Hopefully, this change will fix the problem of disconnecting the USB mouse/keyboard in some computers." Can someone explain why anything related to "Installed USB Devices" needs to be cleaned? I've never seen this option in any other Windows Cleaner, unless the name changes with different apps.
  5. I'm sure you've seen those classic Warner Bros. cartoons created by the brilliant Chuck Jones. I remember a Jones cartoon that showed a firing squad in a circle. Naturally, they shoot each other! jaclaz, I'm guilty of using circular logic, like the cartoon. I'm describing how much I like an old app that's still working, while almost asking for a newer version that doesn't exist. Sorry for my dumb post.
  6. Many apps created for early versions of Windows continue to function normally, even with the latest Windows systems. I'm always surprised when "stone age" apps keep puttering along with no problems! I continue to use my favorite search app called MicroPlanet Registry Studio. See attached jpeg. As far as I can tell, there was only one version. It was never updated. It's simple and completely intuitive. Just type anything into the search box. Select an item from the resultant list and the Registry instantly opens to that Key or Value. How many authors have created Registry search apps? A million or two, at least. Can someone recommend an app similar to the old Registry Studio?
  7. I FINALLY FOUND THE CORRECT DESKTOP DRIVERS FOR MY KEYBOARD! THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY NOT LISTED AT THE KENSINGTON SITE! I'M NOT GOING TO PHONE OR EMAIL KENSINGTON, SO IT WILL REMAIN A MYSTERY! Here they are at helpdrivers.com: http://www.helpdrivers.com/keyboards/Kensington/KeyboardWorks/ Scroll down the page until you see Kensington KeyboardWorks for Desktops. Filename: Kensington-K64356.exe (About 1MB) Installed app. It works perfectly.
  8. System: XP Pro_SP3 Kensington Pro Fit USB/PS2 Washable Keyboard Model Number: M01067 Part Number: K64407 Heres is the Kensington list of software/driver downloads: http://www.kensington.com/us/us/3693/software-drivers#.V4bh-oGOCho I think this is the only logical download on the list for a basic corded keyboard: Kensington KeyboardWorks For Desktops_v1.2 Filename: 62kkw_desktop.exe There is a listing for multimedia keyboards, but the washable model is definitely not multimedia! I've installed MouseWorks many times for corded mice. There is nothing else except KeyboardWorks for a corded keyboard plugged into a desktop. I used Revo Uninstaller Pro to remove the old software. I also deleted all remaining remnants from the System and Registry. I didn't want anything to screw up the smooth transition from old to new keyboard. After plugging in the new keyboard I installed the Kensington software and rebooted. Something is wrong. It's like the software was never installed. XP does not recognize the new keyboard or drivers. I reverted the system back to a previous image before the old keyboard was uninstalled. (I'm not using Windows System Restore.) My computer at home is kind of a hybrid cross between a server and a desktop. A huge number of clean image backups allows me to undo almost anything. I performed a Google search for Kensington model M01067. Look at this page from the popular PC Driver site: http://www.pcdriverdownload.com/driver_info/kensington_pro_fit_usb_ps2_washable_keyboard It says, "Unfortunately, the publisher of this driver has not submitted any valid download links. If you know where we can find it, please notify us here." Guys, I need to know if KeyboardWorks_v1.2 is the correct download for model M01067. If not, which package should I download? One last thing. jaclaz had to upload the KeyboardWorks file to an alternate location. I had a very strange problem when I tried downloading directly from the Kensington site. This post explains what happened: http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/175789-help-cannot-download-kensington-keyboardworks/ If you know which package I should download for model M01067, please upload the file to an alternate location. I don't think the problem I had a few days ago has been fixed.
  9. Got the file. Thank you jaclaz. Two days ago I was about to order some new computer hardware. I always download the software and/or drivers before buying hardware. The hardware is worthless if you don't have the proper software. jaclaz, I agree with you about the size of KeyboardWorks. I should not have said, "This file is only 8.7MB."
  10. This seems impossible, but it's happening to me! Here is a direct link for Kensington KeyboardWorks For Desktops_v1.2: http://accoblobstorageus.blob.core.windows.net/software/58e775d9-672b-420b-8523-f4d3c52af9a2.zip I've tried three browsers. They all stopped downloading at 92%. My favorite download manager, FlashGet, announced "ALL DONE" at 92%. I have no idea why this is happening! It reminds me of the internet in the early days. Downloads were frequently erratic and unpredictable. I'm amazed that I can't find an alternate link for this app at huge software sites like Majorgeeks, CNET, etc. For example, Majorgeeks has Kensington MouseWorks. Why don't they have a link for KeyboardWorks? If you can find an alternate link, that's what I need. This file is only 8.7MB. If no alternate links are available, maybe one of you could download a copy and send it as an attachment to my email address. (I'll provide my email address in a private message.)
  11. Except for this crazy Start Menu glitch, I haven't noticed any other system problems. Believe me, if I was forced to tinker with Start Menu everyday I would definitely consider a clean install. Occasionally rebooting the system before making changes to the Start Menu is a lot easier than a fresh install! This is almost too simple, but I just thought of a possible solution. Why not create two Desktop shortcuts directly to the Start Menu folders? C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu AND C:\Documents and Settings\YourNameHere\Start Menu I know what you're thinking. If the Start Menu cannot be accessed directly without a reboot, the contents of the folders are probably screwed up too. I'll add those two shortcuts and see what happens. It won't hurt anything to try.
  12. XP Pro_SP3 I've got the "classic" Start Menu. Creating, deleting, or moving a folder or shortcut simply doesn't work without a reboot. The problem is really bad after installing or removing an app. Occasionally, shortcuts appear in random locations, or you'll find duplicates after dragging a shortcut to a different folder. Since you don't make Start Menu changes very often, I decided to accept this reboot as "normal" which was a mistake. Just a guess, but it seems like one or more background processes is hanging, that's why rebooting always fixes the problem. I'm probably wrong, that's why I'm asking for a "real" solution.
  13. I've got a huge collection of documents about how to fix an uncountable number of Windows bugs. Until a few days ago, I never saw this tool-tip problem with any version of Windows. Just lucky I guess!! NirCmd is one of my favorite apps. That simple shortcut listed at the Raymond.CC blog seems like the best solution. I guess ToolTipFixer 2.0 is a more permanent fix, but we all have so many processes running in the background, I'm reluctant to add another. Thanks dencorso.
  14. The icon tool-tip bubbles are appearing behind the Taskbar. I know they're still there, because I can see part of the tool-tip peeking out above the Taskbar. The Taskbar is set to auto-hide. I've never seen this happen with any version of Windows. Can it be fixed?
  15. jaclaz, if I used a scripting language created by my dog it wouldn't matter in this case. This script allows me to enter insanely complex passwords many times each day without going crazy. I can certainly enter these lengthy password manually. If I was forced to do that, I would abandon encryption altogether. The point is, this script is doing its job perfectly. How can I debug something that has no detectable problems? dsCrypt has the problem, right? Entering a password manually, as opposed to simulated keystrokes from a script is causing some glitch in dsCrypt's coding. dsCrypt and my script are sympatico. Finally, this script has hidden traps or backdoors. If you open the script in a text editor it looks very mundane. To protect the passwords, certain mouse and keystroke operations must be performed before the code will execute. MSFN has some of the brightest people on the web. My "big secret" would be quickly decoded. I hope you can understand why I can't do that! The truth is, I hate encrypting files. My business partners threatened to shoot me if I didn't start encrypting sensitive documents. (They were joking. Don't get upset!) I guess my only option is to search for a dsCrypt replacement.