General Installation Options

The settings on this page are all related to registry settings that will be set by the installer for the current user. The current user is the user who is logged into Windows when the setup program is run.

These are simply the initial values that will be in place after running setup on a new machine. Users can subsequently change any of these preferences using the SafeHouse system tray utility. Setup will not change these values on an update or re-install since we don't want to change users' personalization choices.

Enable the system tray utility to launch at startup.

When checked, the SafeHouse system tray utility (padlock icon) will be run each time Windows starts up. The utility's tabbed dialog will not be shown. This option only causes the utility to install its icon into the system tray where it is easily accessible to users.

Display files in Explorer window after opening volumes.

When this option is enabled, each time users open a volume, SafeHouse will launch an Explorer window to show the root-level contents of the newly-opened volume.

Enable power management sleep detection.

When this option is enabled, whenever SafeHouse volumes are open, SafeHouse will look for power management events from Windows and restrict access to the volumes when it detects your PC is going into an extended sleep or hibernation mode. Users will need to re-enter their SafeHouse passwords in order to regain access to these open volumes.

This feature is intended to protect you from situations such as when people close laptop lids with Windows running and volumes open, thus causing Windows to go into a hibernation state. Although this is certainly a convenient feature for laptops to have, the down side is that without taking specific steps to lock down your volumes, anyone who later comes along and opens the lid to the laptop would otherwise have full access to your sensitive files.

Play sounds when opening and closing volumes.

When sounds are enabled, SafeHouse will play its trademark opening and closing volume sounds when users interact with the software. You must have some kind of sound card and speakers to hear these sounds. It is perfectly okay to enable this feature on machines without the required sound support; they simply won't play the sounds.

Enable smartcard auto-detection.

SafeHouse supports a variety of smartcards which make using SafeHouse just a little bit easier. When this option is enabled, SafeHouse will automatically attempt to detect a supported smartcard each time it is run. The first time a supported device is found, SafeHouse locks in on it and that device becomes the default smartcard used by SafeHouse from there on, until otherwise changed by users.

The advantage of auto-detection is that it does not matter which smartcards may or may not be installed at the time setup is run. SafeHouse will remain on the lookout for a compatible device and immediately start using it when found. There is no harm in letting SafeHouse stay in this mode forever; even if a smartcard is never installed.

When this option is disabled, SafeHouse will not look for compatible smartcard devices and it will not display smartcard-related information throughout its wizards.

Users can change their smartcard preferences at any time using a drop list found on the system tray utility's Options tab. This droplist will allow users to choose from a list of detected devices, or completely disable smartcard support throughout the product.

Open volumes as removable media.

Windows treats fixed hard drives slightly differently than it does removable media such as memory sticks and USB drives. One of the noticeable differences is that removable media drives do not get recycle bins. Other more subtle differences can be found in the way Windows caches file information in memory.

SafeHouse can work in either mode. Most people prefer the work in the fixed drive mode because they like the recycle bin feature.

Suppress open files warning when closing volumes.

SafeHouse can detect when users attempt to close volumes which have open files on them. Normally, it is never a good idea to close a volume with open files since it could lead to loss of data. However, in effort to accommodate as many environments as possible, we leave it up to you to determine if you would like SafeHouse to skip this check and not display any warnings when closing volumes.

Preferred drive letter for primary volume.

Most people spend most of their time working with files contained in a single SafeHouse volume. If your organization has a preferred drive letter that you would like to have associated with users' primary SafeHouse volumes, here is where you would specify it. Otherwise, when left set to ANY, SafeHouse will simply choose the next available drive letter when opening a new volume.

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