How to get rid of conime.exe

Conime.exe (C:\WINDOWS\system32) is “Console Input Method Editor” which is used if you have more than one input language configured. Under Windows Vista it tends to multiply itself and take lots of CPU and memory resources. Microsoft refuses to fix this bug (or probably it’s a feature?)

One method to get rid of this annoyance is to enable only one language (Control Panel – Regional and Language Options – Keyboard and Languages)

Another one is to remove/rename the binary:

takeown /f %windir%\system32\conime.exe
icacls %windir%\system32\conime.exe /grant %UserName%:F
rename %windir%\system32\conime.exe conime.bak

Crash recovery after updating Win7 x64

Not sure if it’s a problem of VirtualBox, but when trying to install Win7x64 SP1 Windows stuck with the following message:

Fatal error C0000034 applying update operation 282 of 117809 (_00000…)

This method helped!

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How to allow blank passwords for Vista Remote Desktop

Two methods:

1. Using regedit:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Lsa
“LimitBlankPasswordUse”=dword:00000000

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa
“LimitBlankPasswordUse”=dword:00000000

2. Using Local Security Policy:

Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Local Security Policy (run as system administrator)
Local Security Policy -> Local Policies -> Security Options
Set “Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only” to Disable

Useful links:

How to change MTU (Windows)

Two possible scenarios:

  • You are using VPN, but some of your applications time out (MTU is too big)
  • Your OS is preconfigured for VPN by your employer, but the transfer rate can be better (MTU is too small)

In both cases the MTU needs to be adjusted:

  1. Start regedit
  2. Check all interfaces under HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces and find the one with the IP corresponding to the problem interface (e.g. the VPN tunnel interface). For example:
    IPAddress REG_MULTI_SZ 192.168.12.1
    MTU REG_DWORD 0x000005DC (1500)

    As you can see the MTU is set to 1500 what is too high for a VPN tunnel

  3. Double click on MTU
  4. Click on Decimal
  5. Enter 1400 (or 1300 to be on the safe side, or 1500 if you are not using VPN)
  6. Click OK
  7. Reconnect (if you are connected to the VPN)

Also see:

Windows 2000/XP Registry Tweaks
How to change the PPPoE MTU size in Windows XP
Change the Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) Size (Windows NT/2000/XP)