MSE Update Utility
MSE Update Utility is a simple app that updates Microsoft Security Essentials when Windows Update is disabled. Windows Update service is responsible for frequently updating MSE. But once it is disabled via Group Policy Editor, MSE won’t update anymore.
Microsoft’s idea for merging the MSE update with Windows Update is perhaps the biggest downside of MSE and the only workaround until today was to manually grab the latest virus definitions. Since MSE virus definitions are updated almost daily, the manual route was quite tiresome. This is where MSE Update Utility comes in.
From the main window you can select the update intervals, there are four options given – Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or Startup. I would recommend going for either Daily or on Startup.
Updating the virus definitions during startup is the best way to keep the system secure. It will automatically update the definitions and notify you when they are complete.
By default it is checked to run on startup, you can always uncheck this option later. MSE Update Utility is not for everyone, but if you fall in any one of the category below then it will come surely handy:
- Users in corporate office environment where the network administrators have disabled the Windows Update.
- Those having difficulty updating MSE using Windows Update due to some problem.
- When Windows Update is disabled by a virus.
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Open a command prompt at any folder
Command prompt fans will welcome this tip. With it, when you’re in Windows Explorer, you can open a command prompt to any folder. This tip does exactly what the Windows XP PowerToy “Open Command Window Here” does.
To use it, hold down the Shift key and right-click a folder, then choose “Open command window here” from the context menu that appears. (Note that this tip doesn’t work in the Documents folder.)
Understanding System Restore for Windows 7
Using System Restore in previous versions of Windows has been something of a gamble. There’s no way of telling which applications or drivers it might affect – you just have to try it and see.
Windows 7 is different. Right-click Computer, select Properties > System Protection > System Restore > Next, and choose the restore point you’d like to use. Click the new button to ‘Scan for affected programs’ and Windows will tell you which (if any) programs and drivers will be deleted or recovered by selecting this restore point.