Disable System Restore through WMI

If you are sure about what you are doing and you want to speed up the installation of multiple security patches or applications, you can use the following WMI command to disable Windows XP system restore. on error resume next set sr=GetObject(“winmgmts:\\.\root\default:SystemRestore”) e=sr.disable(“”) To turn on System Restore again, use the following command: on error resume next set sr=GetObject(“winmgmts:\\.\root\default:SystemRestore”) e=sr.enable(“”)

Scripting XP quicklaunchbar

I posted this a couple of years ago into the MyITforum site and received plenty of replies on this, as at that stage it was an unknown trick. Below the trick how to enable the Windows XP quicklaunch bar by using a registry hack. copy the reg key “HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Streams\Desktop\Default Taskbar” to: “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Streams\Desktop\Taskbar” (for XP RTM) “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Streams\Desktop\TaskbarWinXP” (for XP SP1) (to be safe copy it to both locations)

Altiris anounces CMS 7 Beta II

In the coming days, Altiris 7 Client Management Suite and Server Management Suite Beta II will be available for download from the beta portal. http://betanew.altiris.com/

A blog post about the blog

Since i have moved the blog content from my previous blog site to this site, i’m using WordPress. I’m not going to loose much words now, but all i can tell you for now, it’s great !!! Thanks to Steve who has been kind enough to setup this up for me.

Blocking Live Mesh within corporate networks

When i wrote about Live Mesh back in May, I asked myself what corporate security administrators would thnik about having their users starting meshing their private and business systenms. In Microsofts KB951861 you find more information on how IT Administrators can block Live Mesh on their networks. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/951861/en-us

InstallShield Setup Parameters

On www.AppDeploy.com you find an excellent document describing all Installshield setup parameters, very helpfull if you want to install applications in silent mode. http://www.appdeploy.com/articles/InstallShield%20Setup%20Parameters.pdf

Live Sysinternals

For those that need quick access to the famous sysinternals tools, direct access to the executables is now available through: http://live.sysinternals.com/ On Microsoft Technet, the tools can be found here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/default.aspx

Reducing energy consumption

Everybody can help a little bit, turn off your TV from standby, and why not shutdown your home computer completely ? On HPs latest client hardware, you’ll find a nice little tool that helps you reduce energy costs as well, it’s called the HP Power Manager. The tool lets you select a power saving scheme and dows display as well the potential cost and energy savings, and most important how much you help saving the Read More …

Looking for HP Drivers ?

Usually when you would need a specific driver you go up to the vendors website and search for the driver download area. Since a while, HP provides a more convenient way to find latest drivers for your HP hardware. It’s called the HP Softpaq download manager. The HP Softpaq download manager allows you to easilly navigate to your device and get a list of all availabble drivers and related software, view the release note, and Read More …

BIOS Boot delay on VMWARE

Ever had that issue that you wanted to enter the VMWARE BIOS, but you simply don’t made it because the VMWARE session boots too fast ? Add the following line to your *.vmx file. bios.bootDelay = “3000” http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-1201ยจ