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Windows 7 Network Share Trust

Windows 7 improved various aspects of security over previous version of the Microsoft operating system, while improvements are usually well received some of the new security aspects resulted in Windows no longer trusting my network share despite being in my LAN which is already trusted and not in the Internet where I have no control.

While is not the end of the world, the changes do make it annoying if you have to download multiple files from a network share. This is what I have to put up with every time I have to download a file:

The Solution

Fortunately, the fix is an easy one, and it only requires adding the IP address of the network share as a trusted one.

Start by going to the Control Panel.

And click on Internet Options.

In the Internet Properties window select Local intranet.

Click on Sites.

And in the Advanced button.

Enter the IP address of your NAS or network server and click on Add.

Click on OK.

One last time click on OK.

From now on the network share will not be treated as an untrusted source and you will not be presented with the warning any more. However, if you add another network share with a different IP address you will need to follow the same steps all over again.

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Clean-up The Temporary Folder In Windows 7 With CCleaner

The Temporary folder in your windows machine is not something that comes to mind very often. While the Temporary folder is used by various programs to create temporary files if left unchecked the folder could grow to occupy a considerable amount of space.

The Temporary folder size is only limited by the amount of available disk space.

To remove or flush the Temporary folder you can make use of two options:

  1. Disk Cleanup – tool built in to Windows.
  2. CCleaner – Freeware and optimization and cleaning tools

WHERE IS THE TEMPORARY FOLDER ?

For this tutorial I am using Windows 7 and the Temporary folder for my user is located at C:/Users/username/AppData/Local/Temp. You can use a free Windows tool called TreeSize Free to find out the exact size of of the Temporary folder. In my case the Temporary folder has grown to occupy a total of 25.6GB.


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Before starting the cleaning process I thought it would be a good idea to know that my C drive has a total of 397 GB of free space.

LET’S CLEAN THE TEMP FOLDER

My first tool of choice is a free third party tool called CCleaner which among the many things it can do is clean all temporary files found around your Windows installation.

You can download CCleaner at the following address free of charge http://piriform.com/ccleaner/download. After the download is complete, install, and start the application.


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By default the application assumes you want to use the Cleaner which removes temp files, what you need to do is click on the Analyze button located at the bottom of the window. Any discovery will be reported back along with the total size of the files used by the temporary files.


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If you wish to proceed and erase the files click on the Run Cleaner button.


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You will be asked for permission before erasing the Temporary files.


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Depending on the size of the files to be erased, CCleaner may take anywhere from a few seconds to minutes. After the application is done close it and check your drive to see how much space you have gained.


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CONCLUSION

Previously, the available disk space was 397GB after running CCleaner the number increased to 423GB. While it takes time for the Temporary folder to grow, it would not hurt to clean it every few months. While hard drives in the Terabytes of storage are now common, SSD’s are still expensive and come in smaller sizes so wasting space in temporary files is out of question.


Software: CCleaner
Software: TreeSize Free

Disable Windows Error Reporting In Windows 7

It’s nice that Microsoft wants to know the reason behind why a piece of software fails to function like it should with the help of Windows Error Reporting. The problem is that after a while WER or Windows Error Reporting can become annoying, and in some cases you will see frequent alerts prompting you to take action. While the software works just fine WER will assume it was an error, if you have to use software that triggers frequent alerts then you know what I am talking about.

Windows Error Reporting 1

Don’t blame Windows Error Reporting, instead developers should make the necessary changes to comply

While I don’t believe in disabling Windows Error Reporting by default, in some cases you will have no other option but to disable it all together.

How-To

First you need to start the Windows Group Policy Editor by running the command gpedit.msc


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With the help of Group Policy Editor search on the sidebar for Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Systems > Internet Communication Management > Internet Communication Settings


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The next step is to right click on Turn off Windows Error Reporting. And select Edit.

Edit-WER

Select Disabled and click on OK to save. From now on you will not be bothered.


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I hope this tutorial was of some use, if you have any questions leave a comment. Thank you for reading.