If you are an Internet Explorer user like me, be warned! Microsoft Corp discovered a bug in Internet Explorer (all versions) that makes your Operating System vulnerable to attacks by hackers. They released the warning on 17 Sept 2012 and urged all customers to download the security update available on Microsoft’s website.

There are millions of Internet Explorer users around the world that might be affected so rather be safe than sorry and run your Windows Updates to get the Security Update. Microsoft also released a free tool, known as Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit or EMET, which is available from Microsoft’s website. You will have to configure it manually.

Alternatively you can download Security Update MS12-063 (KB 2744842) and install it manually. This Update was released by Microsoft on 21 Sept 2012 and don’t need any configuration. Make sure you download the correct Update for the version of Internet Explorer that you are using.

Take the following security measurements to protect yourself against hackers:

–          Make sure Automatic Windows Updates is enabled on your PC.

–          Make sure you have a good Anti-Virus and that it is updated with the latest Anti-Virus definition.

–          Check in your Add/Remove Programs that you don’t have any malicious software installed.

–          Stay away from websites that asks you to install browser add-ons.

–          Alternatively you can use another Internet Browser like FireFox, Google Chrome and Opera.


To ensure your Windows Updates is enabled, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 294871.

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Telnet is a very useful tool that shipped with Operating Systems since the MS-DOS days. It always came installed by default and was always ready to be used. Then came Windows 7 and Microsoft decided to make it an add-on feature. The reason for that I’m not sure of, but that it’s always been a very useful tool is certain. Here is how to Install and Enable Telnet in Windows 7.

If you go to START -> RUN in Windows 7 and you type telnet, you will receive an error message that looks like this.
Telnet Error Telnet could not be found on Windows 7





Let me show you how to Install and Enable Telnet in Windows 7 as this is a tool that I use almost daily.

Click on START and go to CONTROL PANEL

Then on the top left menu, click on TURN WINDOWS FEATURES ON OR

Install Telnet on Windows 7 - turn Windows Features on off






A Window will open with all the installed Windows Features and also the additional Features that you can install. Scroll down to the Feature TELNET CLIENT. Tick the box next to it and click OK

Install Telnet Windows Features List












Windows will start to install this Feature for you.

Installing Telnet for Windows 7 Making Changes








When the installation is done, you can test Telnet by clicking on START -> RUN and type telnet.

Telnet should open like this and you will be ready to use it.

Telnet Installed on Windows 7 Telnet Windows

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In this article I will show you how to Configure the Backup and Restore Feature in Windows 7. In Windows XP we had Windows Backup, which worked great at the time, but Microsoft managed to include a much more “complete” backup solution with Windows 7.

Configure New Backup Schedule: 

Click on START and COMPUTER.
Then Right-Click on your Local Drive (C:) or other drive or folder that you want to backup.
From the menu, Click on PROPERTIES and click on the TOOLS tab on top.

Backup and Restore Tools













When the BACK UP AND RESTORE YOUR FILES window opens, click on SET UP BACKUP

Set up backup window









Windows 7 will then display all the available drives that you can use as a destination for your backup. You can also browse to a network share by clicking on SAVE ON A NETWORK.

After you selected your backup destination, click NEXT.

Backup destination window











A Window will appear with two options where you choose what you want to backup.

     1.  Let Windows Choose (Recommended)
          (This is probably the safest option if you are not sure what to backup as Windows 7 will then backup all

           necessary user files and also create a System Image.)

     2.  Let Me Choose
          (Here you have more control over what gets backed up. You can manually select the folders and files that

           you want to backup and you still got the option to include a System Image.)

What to backup window







I will go with the LET ME CHOOSE option to show you how it works.

After you clicked NEXT the window where you can select the Folders and Files that you want to backup will appear.
Remember to select “INCLUDE A SYSTEM IMAGE” if you wish to include it in your backup. Then click NEXT.

What files to backup window











On the next window review your selections and click NEXT.

Review window











The next window will allow you to schedule your backup. You can choose how often you want Windows 7 to make a backup for you and at what time.

Backup schedule window











When you done with the scheduling, click .

You will then see a window with your configured backup set on. You can then choose to back up your selected folders and files right away by clicking on BACK UP NOW, or you can close the window and Windows 7 will then backup your folders and files on the scheduled date and time you have configured.

Backup now window












While your backup is running, you can click on VIEW DETAILS to see the progress of your backup.

Restore the files you backed up:

When you want to restore files from your backup, you can either double-click on the backup file in your destination folder or go to the BACKUP AND RESTORE CENTRE and select RESTORE MY FILES.

Restore my files window






The next window will allow you to select the files and folders that you want to restore. Click NEXT when you are done selecting your restore files. The restore wizard will then ask you to select a manual restore destination or you can restore the files and folders to their original locations.

Restore destination window












Then click on RESTORE and you restore will begin.


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