February, 2015

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How to Backup and Restore Signatures in Outlook 2013



You’ve created several signatures that you use for various types of emails. Then, you get a new machine and have to set up Windows and all your programs again. However, you can easily preserve your signatures in Outlook and restore them to the new machine.

Signatures are not stored in the .pst file Outlook uses for email messages. They are stored in the following location:



There is an easy way to open this location from within Outlook. Click the File tab.


On the Account Information screen, click Options in the list of menu items on the left.


Click Mail in the list of menu items on the left side of the Outlook Options dialog box.


In the Compose messages section, press Ctrl while clicking on the Signatures button.


The Signatures folder opens in Windows Explorer. To backup your signatures, simply copy all the files in this folder to another location.


To restore your signatures, copy them from your backup location back into the C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Signatures location. The next time you open Outlook, your saved signatures will be available. If you had signatures selected as default signatures for new emails and for replies and forwards, you’ll have to define those again.

NOTE: Each signature you create in Outlook exists in three formats: Plain Text (.txt), HTML (.htm), and Rich Text (.rtf). You need to backup all these formats for each signature.


Refer to: http://www.howtogeek.com/175632/how-to-backup-and-restore-signatures-in-outlook-2013/

Disabling various third-party Wireless Card Utilities in Windows


Some wireless applications and installation utilities require that the computers wireless connection be managed by the Microsoft Windows Wireless Connection Manager.

However, many computers are pre-loaded with different wireless connection managers, usually supplied by the manufacturers of their wireless cards,  which prevents the applications installing or working correctly.

If this happens, you will need to do two things:

  1. Disable your default wireless utility
  2. Enable the Microsoft Windows Wireless Connection Manager

Note:  Any wireless profiles or connections that were previously saved by your computer’s wireless connection utility will have to be set up again once you switch to the Microsoft Windows Wireless Connection Manager.

To disable the default wireless connection manager, right-click on its icon in the Task Bar and select Disable.  However, as each laptop manufacturer uses its own proprietary wireless connection manager, the method of disabling it is likely to vary.

Below are instructions on how to disable five of the most common wireless utilities:

  • Disabling the Dell Wireless Utility
  • Disabling Intel PROSet Wireless Utility
  • Disabling the Acer eNet Management Wireless Utility
  • Disabling the Odyssey Wireless Utility

If you are using a different wireless utility, refer to your computer’s documentation for details about disabling the default wireless connection manager.  You may also contact your device’s manufacturer’s technical support for assistance.

Disabling the Dell Wireless Utility

Step 1:
Locate and right-click on the utility icon in the Windows notification area, and then click Open Utility.  If the icon is not available, open Dell Wireless WLAN Card Utility in the Control Panel.

Step 2:
Uncheck the Let this tool manage your wireless networks box.  Click OK to confirm.

Disabling the Intel PROSet Wireless Utility

Step 1:
Locate and right click on the Intel PROSET Wireless utility icon located at the lower right corner of your Windows Desktop.

Step 2:
Select Use Windows to manage WiFi on displayed on the menu options.

Disabling the Acer eNet Management Wireless Utility

Step 1:
Launch the Acer eNet Management utility.  There are two ways to do it:

  1. From the Start menu, go to Start > All Programs > Empowering Technology > Acer eNet Management
  2. Click on the Empowering Technology icon from your desktop, or press the  key to launch the Empowering Technology user interface.  Select the Acer eNet Management icon as shown below:

Now, you will see the main page of Acer eNet Management:

Step 2:
Right-click on the eNet Management icon on the Empowering Technology toolbar and select disable.


Disabling the Odyssey Wireless Utility
Step 1:
Double-click the  icon on the system tray.

Step 2:
The Odyssey Access Client User Interface will then appear.  On the Navigation pane, select WiFi.

Step 3:
On the Content pane, uncheck Connect to the network.


Enabling the Windows Zero Config Wireless Connection Manager 

After disabling your laptop’s wireless connection manager, you now need to let Windows manage your wireless connection :

Step 1:
Locate and double-click the Windows Wireless icon that can be found at the bottom right corner of your desktop, which is also known as the Windows Notification Area.

Step 2:
The Wireless Network Connection Status window should now appear on your screen.  Click on the Properties button located at the bottom left corner of this window.

Step 3:
A new window will appear displaying your computer’s Wireless Network Connection Properties.  Click the Wireless Networks tab.

Step 4:
Click on the Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings checkbox.

Step 5:
Click OK to apply your new settings.  Windows should now be managing your wireless connection.


Refer to: http://kb.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/20701/~/disabling-various-third-party-wireless-card-utilities-in-windows