- Click "Start", the choose "Run" and- in the box that appears- type cmd.exe; a little black box should appear on screen; type in the following command to this box:
- xcopy *.* X:\ /E /V /C /Y /Z > e:\filestore.log
- Firstly download and install both pieces of software; File Splitter is fairly simple to use but TrueCrypt can be tricky- see http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/?s=tutorial to get an overview (note that the developers recommend at least a 20 character password !).
- The idea behind this is that you use file splitter to break a file into an even number of files (with an additional file to put the pieces back again).
- Dump all the odd-numbered file segments + the re-piecing program into one TrueCrypt file; all the even-numbered segments onto another TrueCrypt file (you could even “zip” them up + password protect this file- or create TrueCrypt files within TrueCrypt files…)
- Ensure both TrueCrypt files have very different passwords, otherwise this will reduce the security of the system.
- Dismount both TrueCrypt files, put each file on a different CD + then- if using a third party courier- arrange for the CDs to be transported on different days (preferably through a trusted courier that offers parcel tracking).
The end result of this is that you have two (or more) CDs being shipped independently of each other (reducing the chance of them being stolen by the same person) both containing a heavily encrypted file; even further, each CD contains only half the data being transported and this data isn’t even contiguous, so should be less useful (hopefully undecipherable) even if one of the CDs is stolen.
It’s not perfect (nothing is) but should make any highly confidential data a bit safer.
- Log on as an admin user
- Choose the option to buy a new key- this opens Internet Explorer
- In the address bar of IE, type C:\- wait for the windows to open
- Navigate to cmd.exe (%systemroot%\system32)
- Open compmgmt.msc through this command windows
- Enable, and reset the password for, the local administrator user
- close computer management
- run cmd as the local admin: runas /user:administrator cmd.exe
- at the command line, type:
- followed by
- then type
- set proxy *.*.*.*:??? (this should be the ip address + port of your proxy server)
- switch (alt-tab) to the Vista activation screen, then try to “Activate over the internet now” (or similar)- this should now work as the activation program can now use the WinHTTP proxy (it doesn’t use Internet Explorer’s proxy by default) + you should receive an “activation successul” screen.
- Disable the local admin user, restart your PC and it should be fine.
The same fix can also be used for Windows Live Messenger, which (for some reason) also uses the WinHTTP proxy and so can fail to install properly if there’s a proxy server between the PC and the Internet (of course it doesn’t tell you that it needs WinHTTP to be given a proxy server, it just fails)