ToolTip – Fences

Do you remember the days where your desktop looked like on the picture below ? If you were using Windows in the late 80’s and early 90s you definitely will. The Windows Shell was called Program Manager. In Program Manager the various application shortcuts were organized in groups. With the introduction of Windows 95 Program Manager was replaced by the Windows Explorer as the shell. In simple words, that’s when Microsoft introduced the “Start Menu”. Read More …

Quick Access to installed QFEs

Instead of opening several windows, here’s an easy way to get a list of installed QFE’s. simply open a command prompt and type: WMIC QFE or WMIC QFE get caption,hotfixid,installedon or if you are looking for a specific update, enter the following command: WMIC QFE | find “958559” where 958559 relates to the MS KB number. If the QFE is installed, it will be listed. Related posts: 3 seconds to get system serial number

Accessing the BIOS in Windows Virtual PC

When setting up a Virtual Machine in Windows Virtual PC, You will see the following progress window when the VM is started. This indicates that the VM is running in Enhanced Mode which is the default. To better understand the different modes of Windows Virtual PC I recommend reading the “Three Modes of Windows XP Mode” article. The progress windows is being displayed until the OS running in the VM has started up, so you Read More …

Getting your OS Restore DVD to work with large image files

This week, we completed the Windows 7 x64 build for our internal Tech Community. During the testing of the OS Restore DVD we ran into a problem when attempting to restore the image from DVD. Our custom Windows 7 64 bit image has a size of approx. 4.8 GB. This because the 64 bit version of Windows7 has a larger footprint than the 32 bit version and because we had included some applications like Office Read More …

The confusion around Hyper-V

When talking about Hyper-V with customers or colleagues, I notice that there is quite some confusion around the definition of Hyper-V Server and Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V. Hyper-V Server 2008 / 2008-R2 The Hyper-V Server is a stand-alone product, which contains only the Windows Hypervisor, Windows Server driver model and virtualization components.  What’s important to know, the Hyper-V Server comes for FREE!. No, Hyper-V Server is not just Windows Server Core + Hyper-V, the Read More …

Windows 7 Commercial

Here’s one of the first official Windows 7 Commercial video’s. Nice.

BitLocker Deployment Sample Resources

During my weekly “let’s see what’s new”  search on some of my favorite websites, I found the “Bitlocker Deployment Sample Resources” on the MSDN Code Gallery. The Resource Page contains a lot of documentation and useful script samples for the deployment and management of Microsoft Bitlocker.

Installing Branded IE7 on Windows XP Service Pack 3

I’ve spend nearly 3 hours in troubleshooting today to find out the reason why a custom IE7 package, that worked fine on Windows XP SP2 would not work on Windows XP SP3. If you are using a custom Internet Explorer 7 package (created with the Internet Explorer Administration Toolkit) and plan to rebuild your enterprise image with Windows XP SP3, you might be interested in this article.

Microsoft Silverlight 3 Silent Installation

This morning I integrated Microsoft Silverlight 3 into our Windows 7 build. Since we use an automated image build process, i prepared the Silverlight package for a silent install. Here’s what you need to do to run a silent Silverlight 3 installation: 1. Download the latest Silverlight installation package from the Silverlight website. 2. You will get a silverlight.exe. Run silverlight.exe /x to extract the content 3. Now extract the silverlight.msp from the silverlight.7z file Read More …

Windows Server 2008-R2 Multilanguage Packs

When I recently browsed through the Windows Download Center I noticed that there is a download for “Windows Server 2008 R2 Multilingual User Interface Language Packs”. Having worked with Multilanguage Packs for the Windows Client operating system since these were introduced with Windows 2000, I was astonished to see these in the public download center, because for Windows Clients you must have a Software Assurance or other Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft to use Multilanguage Packs. Read More …