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October 21, 2002—In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY

2. FAQS

Q. Why do I receive an ngina.dll error when I use Windows XP's Remote Desktop feature to attempt to connect to a remote machine running Lotus Notes 5?
Q. How can I disable Windows 2000 Server's Web Printing feature?
Q. Why are the network shares still active in Windows 2000 after I unbind the "Client for Microsoft Networks" service?
Q. How can I prevent regedit from remembering the last registry key location I accessed under Windows XP?
Q. How can I configure the automatic update feature in Windows Media Player (WMP) 7 and later?
Q. How can I configure Notepad to remember Page Setup settings?

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1. COMMENTARY
(contributed by John Savill, FAQ Editor, jsavill@winnetmag.com)

This week, I explain why you might receive an error when you use Windows XP's Remote Desktop feature, how to disable Windows 2000 Server's Web Printing feature, and how to bind and unbind the "Client for Microsoft Networks" feature. I tell you how to prevent regedit from storing the last registry key location you accessed, how to configure the automatic update feature in Windows Media Player (WMP) 7 and later, and how to configure Notepad to remember Page Setup settings.

Taking a look around the industry, it's been a quiet week. Microsoft released a new patch (Windows XP Security Patch: Flaw in Windows XP Help and Support Center Could Enable File Deletion) for XP that closes a security gap in the Help and Support module (you can download the patch at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/release.asp?releaseid=43681). The company has also released new pictures of its Bluetooth-standard wireless keyboard and mouse set (having just purchased the Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop Pro keyboard, I now want one of these). On a personal note, I'm also happy to report that I finally got my NTL 1MB broadband connection to talk to my Linksys broadband router going into a 11Mbps Linksys wireless hub, and it all works great!


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2. FAQS

Q. Why do I receive an ngina.dll error when I use Windows XP's Remote Desktop feature to attempt to connect to a remote machine running Lotus Notes 5?

A.
Lotus Notes 5 includes a Client Single User Logon option that lets a user access Lotus Notes without entering a password. Systems that use this feature run the Lotus Notes version of ngin
A. dll. When you attempt to connect to such a system, an incompatibility with the XP Remote Desktop version of ngin
A. dll results in the following error:

"You cannot initiate a Remote Desktop Connection because the Windows logon software on the remote computer has been replaced by incompatible software ngin

A. dll.

To correct this problem, please have the administrator of the remote computer contact the program vendor for a version that is compatible with Windows."

Lotus Notes always installs its own version of ngin

A. dll but only enables this file when you use the Client Single User Logon option. This option is set in the registry at the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\GinaDLL registry subkey.

To resolve the error, uninstall then reinstall Lotus Notes 5 without enabling the Client Single User Logon option. Although you might be tempted to simply delete the GinaDLL registry value, this action will corrupt the Lotus Notes single user logon feature.

Q. How can I disable Windows 2000 Server's Web Printing feature?

A. By default, Win2K servers display printers on a Web page at http://<server>/printers . To disable this Web-based display (and thus the Web Printing), perform the following steps:
  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers registry subkey.
  3. From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value.
  4. Enter the name DisableWebPrinting, then press Enter.
  5. Double-click the new value, set it to 1, then click OK.
  6. Exit the registry editor.
  7. Restart the server for the change to take effect.

Q. Why are the network shares still active in Windows 2000 after I unbind the "Client for Microsoft Networks" service?

A. Unbinding the "Client for Microsoft Networks" service disables the remote procedure call (RPC) service but doesn't disable the Lanman Server service, which serves shares on your computer. To stop serving shares, either delete the shares or unbind the "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" service.

To unbind the "Client for Microsoft Networks" and "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" service s in Win2K, perform the following steps:

  1. Start the Control Panel Network applet (go to Start, Settings, Control Panel, Network and Dial-up Connections; right-click Local Area Connection; and select Properties from the context menu).
  2. From the General tab, clear the "Client for Microsoft Networks" check box and clear the "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" check box. (To bind these services, select both check boxes.\}
  3. Click OK.

Q. How can I prevent regedit from remembering the last registry key location I accessed under Windows XP?

A. In a previous FAQ, I explained how to write a script to automatically reset the last key location every time you log on to the OS. Another option for clearing the last registry key accessed is to use registry permissions to disable Write access to the key. To do so, perform the following steps:
  1. Start the registry editor.
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Regedit registry subkey.
  3. Select LastKey.
  4. If you're working in XP, open the Edit menu and select Permissions; if you're working in Windows 2000, open the Security menu and select Permissions.
  5. Remove Full Control access and grant Read-only access.
  6. Click OK.

You'll need to repeat this process for all users who don't want regedit to remember the last key location they accessed.

Q. How can I configure the automatic update feature in Windows Media Player (WMP) 7 and later?

A. You can configure WMP to automatically check for updates once a day, once a week, or once a month. To configure this setting, open the Tools menu, click Options, then select the Player tab. To turn off the automatic update feature, perform the following steps:
  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsMediaPlayer registry subkey, or create this subkey if it doesn't exist.
  3. From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value.
  4. Enter the name DisableAutoUpdate, then press Enter.
  5. Double-click the new value, set it to 1, then click OK.
  6. Close the registry editor.
  7. Restart WMP for the change to take effect.

Q. How can I configure Notepad to remember Page Setup settings?

A. Notepad lets you configure document-specific settings (e.g., margins, page orientation, header and footer), which you access by selecting the Page Setup option from the File menu. However, Notepad reverts to using default Page Setup settings every time you restart the program. To configure Notepad to remember your Page Setup settings, perform the following steps:
  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Notepad registry subkey.
  3. From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value.
  4. Enter the name fSavePageSettings, then press Enter.
  5. Double-click the new value, set it to 1, then click OK.
  6. Log off and log on for the change to take effect.

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