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LinkSys Router’s Password

All LinkSys router passwords are normally set up at the same time as the initial router setup but may be changed at any time. For security purposes the default password “admin” should be updated. It is important to reset the password in order to avoid unauthorized users from accessing the router’s web page. Updating the password from the default password is also an important step in enabling the remote management option. Again, the Linksys router’s default password is “admin”. All Linksys routers have a built-in web-based setup page where users may customize settings and set up advanced properties. Password details are included in these setting options.

The easiest method of resetting your Linksys router’s password is to reset your router back to the default factory settings. This is done by simply holding down the reset button located on the back of the unit for at least 30 seconds. Once the router has been reset, it must be reconfigured. Using your web browser go to URL address You will then be prompted to login to your router. A log-in screen asking for the password will automatically appear. At this time enter the default password “admin”, in lower case letters into the password field. The username field may be left blank at this time. (Note: both the default username and default password are set to “admin” on some of the newer Linksys router models). Once logged in you may reconfigure your router settings accordingly. You should also be given the option to remember the password in your “keychain”. To simplify future logins simply check the “YES” box and proceed.;

For additional privacy, you may continue reconfiguring the Linksys router by clicking on the “Management” tab and updating the administrator password as well. This will help to prevent others from using your router. Further precautions may also be taken by enabling the WEP or WAP security settings.

NOTE: Before accessing the router’s web-based setup page, the router must be powered on and the computer should be wired to one of the Ethernet ports on the router (1, 2, 3 or 4 ).

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Hide Drives & Partitions

Do you have data on a partition or hard drive that you don’t want tampered with or easily accessible to other users? Well, you can hide any drive/partition in Windows XP, NT, and 2000. That means that they won’t show up in Explorer or My Computer.

If you want access to that drive from your user account you should create a desktop shortcut before proceeding. Once hidden, you can still access by typing the drive letter and a colon in Start/Run—for example, “D:” will bring up a folder of the contents on your D drive.

The easiest way with Win XP is to use the TweakUI power toy from Mcft. Go to Start/Run and type in “tweakui” (without the quotes).

Go to My Computer/Drives and uncheck the drive/partition(s) you want hidden. Click “Apply” or “OK” when finished.

If you have XP but not Tweak UI you can download it here…

For Win NT, 2000, and XP you can use the following Registry edit:

*Be sure to back up the Registry before proceeding

Open the Registry Editor by going to Start/Run and typing in “regedit” (without the quotes). Find your way to…


Click on “Explorer”.

Double-click the “NoDrives” key in the right column. If you don’t find a “NoDrives” registry key, just right-click in the right pane and choose “New/DWORD Value” then name the key “NoDrives”.

You’ll see a value like “0000 00 00 00 00″. This is where the fun starts. The four sets of double zeros (after the “0000″) are where you’ll enter the values for the drive/partitions. Now, stay with me on this—it’s not as complicated as it sounds:

The first column is for drives A-H, the second for I-P, the third for Q-X, and the fourth for Y-Z.

The values for each drive are as follows:

1 – A I Q Y
2 – B J R Z
4 – C K S
8 – D L T
16 – E M U
32 – F N V
64 – G O W
80 – H P X

So, let’s say you want to hide drive D. In the first column you would put “08″. For drive K you would put “04″ in the second column.

But what if you want to hide more than one drive in a column? Simply add the values together: D+E = 8+16 = 24. So in the first column you would put “24″.

Still baffled? If you have XP then go get TweakUI and save yourself the math.

Whichever method you use, you can rest easy knowing that the files on that drive or partition are less accessible to other users.