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System Restore disabled by Group Policy & Regedit disabled by Group Policy

I had a customers computer in the store today which was a simple windows XP home edition desktop and they wanted to restore the PC to a earlier time. This is normally a simple task however when I went to system restore I recieved the error “System Restore Disabled by Group policy”. Since this was just a normal persons desktop I found this very odd. Next I tried to edit the policy values via the registry and was greeted by another error saying ” Registry Editing has been Disabled by Group policy”. This was starting to get a little annoying so I decided to document my steps to fix this issue.  Now before I get a hundred comments with people saying there is a better way remember there is more than one way to do things and this is just my way.

Below I document the few simple steps to fix this error.

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Get The BIOS Version For A Windows 7 Computer

Getting the BIOS version for a Windows 7 computer can be completed by checking Windows System Information or by verifying it using the Registry Editor. Below we first describe how to open the Windows System Information window to verify your computers BIOS version which includes an example image so you know what to look for. After the System Information method we then describe how to check the Registry Editor to verify the BIOS version.

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CentOS Gnome Dekstop Environment: Keyboard Shortcut To Open A Terminal Window

I rarely use CentOS as a desktop but purehate and myself set up a development box the other day to test some things. We needed the computer to not only function as a Linux server but also as a Desktop for some of the items we wanted to test. In doing so I have been playing around with various items and I find myself needing to open terminal windows on a regular basis so I wanted to know what the keyboard shortcut was to open a terminal window. The quick answer is that there is not a keyboard shortcut to open a terminal window by default on CentOS running the Gnome desktop environment. Below are some quick steps to add a keyboard shortcut to open a terminal window on a computer running the Gnome Desktop environment.

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iPhone 3.X Firmware With Cydia Installed Running Out Of Disk Space

If you have installed Cydia on your iPhone or iPod Touch running 3.X firmware there is a good chance that after instaling a bunch of applications you could get to a point that you are running out of disk space on the root partition. By default the root partition is going to only be 500MB and so far I have not found a great way to resize this so it is much easier to resolve using the below method. Cydia does a pretty good job of relocating a lot of the folders from the root (mounted at /) partition to larger var partition (mounted at /private/var).