Category: Windows General

How to configure Windows Time Synchronization (w32tm.exe) on a Windows Server 2008 R2 PDC

This article explains how to configure your Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory Primary Domain Controller to syncronise time with an external time source. Note: In an active directory, all member computers will sync time with the PDC, so you only need to setup an external time source on the PDC. Open an elevated command…




Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Release Preview

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Release Preview enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server 2012 from a remote computer that is running Windows 8 Release Preview. Overview Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Release Preview includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console…




Use PowerShell to Back Up System State Prior to Making Changes

Did you know you can use PowerShell to back up the system state? Understanding the Computer Restore cmdlets One of the easiest ways to ensure system reliability is to create a restore point prior to making potentially damaging changes. In this way, if a problem arises, it is rather simple to roll back the changes….




Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX in Windows 7 64bit

Today I bought a Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX. I didn’t expect, that it can be so complicated to install and configure that mouse. Well, it was the so called USB Receiver which made problems – The Windows 7 64bit System didn’t find a suitable driver for that micro-device….




WerFault.exe – Windows Error Reporting Shortcomings

Today I’ll write about Windows Error Reporting on Windows Server 2008 R2 / Windows 7, a set of Windows technologies that capture software crash and hang data from end users. See this post as a summary of what I’ve learned when analyzing Windows Error Reporting feature and it’s ‘shortcomings’…




Disable “No Internet Access” notification on Windows Server 2008 (R2)

The “No Internet Access” notification on the network connection icon usually appears when you’re not connected to the Internet or you probably behind a proxy server. However, when you setting up your servers in an isolated environment without Internet access and you want to disable this notification then:…




Modify the Computer icon text to show logged on username in Windows Server 2008 (R2)

Changing the text on the Computer icon on your Remote Desktop Services Session Host is handy when a user calls you and you want to know which Session Host the user is logged on. The procedure to do this has changed since Windows Server 2003….



Finding process that locks a DLL

You want to replace a dll on a system, but you get access denied, although you’re admin, have the necessary rights.. so which process is locking the particular file/library. I know, there is handles.exe from Sysinternal Suite, and plenty other tools that do the trick.But, you don’t need third-party tools to get the answer, just…




Installing Windows to a new bootable VHD with no host OS

I love the performance gains I get by using bootable VHDs. I’ve always enjoyed using VHDs but I generally had a host OS first, then installed a bunch of VHDs that I made bootable. Recently I’ve changed all of this on my computer after a spent some time reading a post from John Papa. This…




Windows Thin PC Release Candidate Now Available

I’m pleased to announce the Release Candidate (RC) for Windows Thin PC (WinTPC) is now available for download from the WinTPC RC site. It’s been a busy month for the Windows Thin PC team. Since the launch of the Windows Thin PC Community Technology Preview (CTP) program on March 28 we have seen tremendous interest…


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