eMail Archiving and Outlook

I have a number of email archives, in total about 5GB, stored as .pst files from Microsoft Outlook and going back to around 1998.

Without a copy of Outlook, the files have been pretty useless, just taking up space, but now I have an Office 365 subscription I can view and access them again.

A couple of points to note:

Using Outlook with your Microsoft account

My Microsoft ID account has 2 step verification enabled so that when I have installed Outlook on my laptop connecting to my Microsoft account requires me to generate an app password to use rather than my normal account password. This is because the app can’t prompt you to enter a security code when you try to sign in.

If you try to use your normal password you just get repeated requests to enter your password.

  1. Go to the Security basics page and sign in to your Microsoft account.(
  2. Select more security options.
  3. Under App passwords, select Create a new app password. A new app password is generated and appears on your screen.
  4. Enter this app password where you would enter your normal password.

Outlook blocked access to attachments

Some of the emails in the .pst files had attachments which Outlook refused to display due to security concerns.

I came across a method for enabling access to these attachments by making a change to the Windows Registry (Windows 7)

Only modify the Registry if you know what you are doing!! Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Before you modify it, back up the registry for restoration in case problems occur.

Add a new string value Level1Remove to the registry key


where the value(s) are the file extensions separate by ; eg: .exe; .url

To block specific file types add a new string value Level1Add instead.

Other Issues

On a separate issue, also came across an article on enabling the “Group Policy Editor” (gpedit.msc) in Windows 7 Home Edition – although the original article does include the following disclaimer.

DISCLAIMER: This tutorial has been shared for the sake of knowledge sharing. Patching system files or using 3rd party software might be dangerous for your computer. We do not recommend it and we’ll not be responsible if it harms your system.


5.1 Surround Sound in VLC Player

Using a Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Theater 5.1 DTT2200 sound systems with my PC (Windows 7).

Set up all speakers and check that they are all working at the system level

Instructions to set VLC media player to play through all speakers as follows:

Open VLC preferences (Tools…Preferences) and under the “Show settings” section, select All.

Under the Audio section expand the Output modules section and select DirectX (or Dolby Digital)

Pick the output device you’re using, which has been set up for 5.1 sound, and specify the Speaker configuration as 5.1

Save the preferences and restart the VLC player. Audio will be played using all the speakers.


VLC media player

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.


User guide available

DTT2200 User Guide (pdf)

(from )

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Connect from Windows 7 to Ubuntu – Part 2

This post shows how to connect from Windows 7 to Ubuntu using SSH specifically using the WinSCp and PuTTY tools available for windows.

WinSCp is available from

and is an opensource SFTP client, SCP client, FTPS client and FTP client for Windows. Its main purpose is to transfer files between a local and a remote computer.

PuTTY is available from

and is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Windows and Unix platforms.

  1. Install the OpenSSH Server on the Ubuntu machine

    Run the following command

    sudo apt-get install openssh-server
  2. Install WinSCP and PuTTY on the Windows Machine
  3. In WinSCP, create and save a session for the Ubuntu machine.

    Create a session using the ip address of the Ubuntu server, use SFTP as the file protocol, and the user name and password of a valid Ubuntu user

    In the Advanced Options … Environment … SFTP setting set the SFTP server to the location of the sftp server on the Ubuntu machine


You should now be able to login to the Ubuntu server and transfer files between the Windows and Ubuntu machines using the WinSCP application. You can also execute terminal commands using PuTTY directly or invoked from WinSCP.


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Connect from Windows 7 to Ubuntu – Part 1

I’m running Ubuntu on a Dell Inspiron 910, commonly known as the Dell Mini 9, which is being used to host my development/test node.js server.

It’s more convenient to use the keyboard and screen connected to my laptop so here’s how I set up the mini9 in order to use Windows Remote Desktop Connection.

  1. On the Ubuntu machine, install the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) Server xdrp from the Software Center.
  2. To enable Windows Remote Desktop Connection to connect to an ubuntu user , create a document called .xsession on the Users home drive containing
    gnome-session --session=ubuntu-2d
  3. Determine the ip address for the Ubuntu machine (e.g. using ifconfig)
  4. On the Windows 7 machine, run the Remote Desktop Connection program ( from All Programs… Accessories) using the ip address of the server.

Thats all there is…



Permanent Drive Mapping

The DOS command subst is used to assign a drive letter to a folder.

For example to use a drive letter M to access the folder c:\DATA you would enter

subst m: c:\DATA

If you want to make this assignment survive a reboot then you can modify the following registry key:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\DOS Devices]

and add a new string value



If you’d rather not mess around in the registry, you can use the Persistent SUBST command from

or Visual Subst available from