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!


This method works without Safe Mode, without backups, without System Restore, without DISM, and without a Windows 7 DVD repair disc.


01. Reboot your computer while it’s starting up.

02. When your computer starts up again, choose the option “Launch Startup Repair”
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03. When the Startup repair starts, click cancel.

04. After you click cancel it will show a box. Click “Don’t Send”
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05. Click the link “View advanced options for recovery and support”

06. In the new window click Command Prompt at the bottom.
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07. In Command Prompt type this and press enter: %windir%\system32\notepad.exe

08. Notepad will open. In notepad go to File–>Open.

09. Change the type of files notepad views from .txt to All Files (see pic)
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10. Now in Notepad, go to C:\Windows\winsxs\ (or whichever drive Windows is installed on)

11. In that folder, find pending.xml and make a copy of it

12. Now open the original pending.xml (it will load really slow because the file is huge)

13. Press CNTRL+F and search for the following exactly: 0000000000000000.cdf-ms

14. Delete the following text (yours will be a little different):

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Your PC might not have all 3 sections of code (, , ). Just make sure you delete section “Checkpoint” and whatever other sections have “000000000000000.cdf-ms”. They will be right next to eachother.

15. Save the file, close notepad, close command prompt, restart your computer.

How to allow blank passwords for Vista Remote Desktop

Two methods:

1. Using regedit:



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
    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)