Office 2007 Trusted location configuration

When opening an Excel file that contains macros, Microsoft Excel 2007 shows a security warning as shown in the picture below and disables the macros. To continue using the Excel sheet and its macros, you must first enable then by clicking on the "Options…” button and selecting the “Enable this content” option. This is quite annoying if you must use that same file on a regular basis. You could of course completely disable this security Read More …

ToolTip: SpeedFan

SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. Michael Pietroforte author of the 4SysOps blog wrote a review of the SpeedFan utility. Read the entire article here

Microsoft Office 2010 Beta Silent Install

Being one of the lucky ones who was able to sign-up to the Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview program, I have started looking at the deployment of Microsoft Office 2010 today. My first observation was that unfortunately the provided documentation seems to be ahead of the Office Installation sources that have been made available for download. I noticed this when making an attempt to run the setup.exe /admin command which would normally launch the Office Read More …

XP Mode vs. Med-V

Here’s another great article from Stephen Rose, explaining XP Mode vs. MED-V. Read the entire article here

ToolTip – Forgotten Attachments Detector

You probably all know this one. You write an e-mail that mentions an attachment and you send it out. Then a few minutes later, one of the recipients who actually did read your mail properly replies, telling you that there was no document attached. So you end up replying to all with the document mentioned attached and apologizing for not having it attached in your first message. Today when I was actually searching for something Read More …

Upgrade your existing KMS Service to support Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2

If you are already running an existing KMS Service within your environment, and you do not plan to install a new KMS Service, the following information might be of interest if you have plans for deploying Windows 7 or Server 2008-R2 systems. Update for Windows Server 2003 (KB968915) Update for Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition (KB968915) An update is available that installs Key Management Service (KMS) 1.2 for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack Read More …

Fundamentals of Volume Activation

If you are looking for a very easy 5 minute video that explains Volume Activation for Windows 7, then click here Additional sources TechNet Volume Activation Volume Activation changes in Windows7 Windows 7 Activation Improvements

Adding Games on Windows 7 Enterprise

When you run a default Windows 7 Enterprise installation, you will notice that by default no games are being installed. System administrators using the Windows Automated Installation Toolkit can use the image manager to enable games within their customized Windows 7 Enterprise installation, but here’s another trick how you can get the games enabled. Open a command prompt with elevated Administrative privileges and execute the following command: dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:InboxGames when completed, you should Read More …

Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM Dates

Now that Windows7 RTM is available on MSDN, some might wonder when the 2008-R2 bits are being made available. Then read this article on the Windows Server Division WebLog.