Receiving Windows 7 File In Use Errors or File Locked By Process Errors

For some reason I’ve been getting issues with applications trying to update themselves, file lock errors will occur. Today it started happening with Steam, it downloaded an update and tried to run but was unable to remove the Steam.exe file stating that it was in use.

I did a bit of googling and found that this may occur if the Application Experience service is disabled, of which it was. Once I set it to “Manual” and started the service, Steam could update correctly with any file lock errors.

As for how this was disabled, I have no idea but I believe it may have been an SSD guide or a guide on how to disable non-essential Windows 7 services.

Dual or Triple Monitors and Multiple Taskbars for Windows 7

If you have a dual or a triple monitor setup, and you wish to have a taskbar on the second or second and third monitor. Then you should take a look at Dual Monitor Taskbar.

It’s a free opensource program for Windows 7 that puts a taskbar on your second monitor if you have dual monitor setup or on your second and third monitor if you have a triple monitor setup. I haven’t tried a quad monitor setup or beyond, please let me know if you have in the comments.

Here is a list of configuration options.

  • General
    • Automatically start with Windows
    • Check for Updates
  • Taskbar Appearance
    • Show lables
    • Show clock
    • Mirror mode
    • Use small icons
    • Show notification area
    • Show start button
    • Use custom font
    • Auto-hide the taskbar
  • Taskbar location
    • Mutliple display support
    • Options for Bottom, Left, Right, Top

Below is a screenshot of the settings, and notepad on a second monitor. As you can see, it’s hard to tell the different from a normal Windows 7 taskbar.


If you have a program running on your second or third screen, it will show on the taskbar for that monitor, so it makes it easy to locate your programs windows.

There is similar software that you can purchase, however Dual Monitor Taskbar seems to get the job done and is free.

Dual Monitor Taskbar Homepage

How to Combat Conficker on a Large Network

The following is information and tools for dealing with a Conficker Outbreak on a Large Enterprise Network with lots of clients.

How to unlock all of your Active Directory Accounts with a script.


Set objRootDSE = GetObject(“LDAP://rootDSE”)
strDNSDomain = objRootDSE.Get(“defaultNamingContext”)

Set objCommand = CreateObject(“ADODB.Command”)
Set objConnection = CreateObject(“ADODB.Connection”)
objConnection.Provider = “ADsDSOObject”
objConnection.Open “Active Directory Provider”
objCommand.ActiveConnection = objConnection

StartNode = strDNSDomain
SearchScope = “subtree”

‘Filterstring = “(&(objectCategory=Person)(objectClass=User)” _
‘& “(userAccountControl:1.2.840.113556.1.4.803:=16))” ‘find locked out accounts (bitwise)

Filterstring = “(&(objectCategory=person)(objectClass=user)(lockoutTime>=1))”   ‘not sure which is better

Attributes = “adspath”

LDAPQuery = “<LDAP://” & StartNode & “>;” & FilterString & “;” _
& Attributes & “;” & SearchScope

objCommand.CommandText = LDAPQuery
objCommand.Properties(“Page Size”) = 100
objCommand.Properties(“Timeout”) = 30
objCommand.Properties(“Cache Results”) = False
Set objRecordSet = objCommand.Execute

If NOT objRecordSet.eof Then
While Not objRecordset.EOF
Set objuser = GetObject(objRecordSet.Fields(“AdsPath”).Value)
objUser.IsAccountLocked = False
End If

Set objRootDSE = Nothing
Set objConnection = Nothing
Set objRecordSet = Nothing

msgbox “All users are now unlocked!”