Hide the Unused Updates

When opening Windows Update, you might see a number of Important and optional updates that are available to your system. But what to do if you are not interested in installing one of these updates? Over time the list will keep growing as new updates will be released and it becomes quite an annoying job to go over the entire list over and over again. When you click on the “optional updates are available” link, Read More …

ToolTip: AppTimer

Just found this nice little FREE Utility. AppTimer from PassMark Software will run an executable a number of times and time how long it takes for the application to reach a state where user input is being accepted before exiting the application. AppTimer can be downloaded from here

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer with support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2

With the launch of Windows 7 Microsoft also released an updated version of the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer also known as MBSA. The version is 2.1.1 which is indicating that this is basically just a minor revision of the previous MBSA 2.1, and that is exactly what it is . MBSA 2.1.1 does not appear to bring any new features other than adding support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Hoping to find Read More …

Windows XP Mode Deployment Sample Scripts

if you have watched the Windows XP Mode IT Pro Deployment Video, you might be interested in the scripts they’ve used to automatically install XP Mode and create virtual machines. You can download them from here

Windows Licensing Fact Sheet

Has your organization ever acquired PCs without operating systems preinstalled, and then used its Volume Licensing agreement to install the full operating system on those PCs? Download the Windows Licensing Fact Sheet to learn more about Windows Licensing.

Windows XP Mode IT Pro Deployment Video

If you consider using XP Mode, then I recommend watching this video. This video contains a good tutorial on how to install and configure XP mode including a lot of additional hints. Furthermore the video explains how to create a customized XP Mode VHD for deployment on multiple clients. The video can be downloaded from here

Splitting and merging image files with ImageX

ImageX is a command-line tool for capturing, modifying and applying file based disk images. ImageX is included within the Windows Automated Installation Kit. In this post I want to focus on the functionality provided by ImageX to split and merge image files. So why would you want to split and merge image files? Well think of the following scenarios: Your image is too big to fit on one DVD and using Dual Layer DVD media Read More …

Scripting HP Wireless Device State

An old colleague called me up this week (well in fact it was my old boss who has left our company), and told me about an issue they had when deploying an ISP specific Software Package that interacts with the Wireless Devices on their HP notebooks. The problem was that if the WWAN device has been turned of via the quick launch button by the end user, the software would not install. What many don’t Read More …

VMware Workstation 7 RC available

Finally, after a long waiting time, VMware has released a release candidate for VMware Workstation 7. Aero support for Windows 7 and Vista Guests! Windows 7 support (as a Host and Guest OS) OpenGL and Shader Model 3.0 support for Windows guests Create guests with Multi-core or 4-way CPUs and up to 32GB of Memory Download VMware vSphere 4 and install ESX as a guest OS to try out the latest features. Dynamically Download the Read More …

Windows 7 support for HP desktops, notebooks and workstations

HP has started publishing device drivers and software for Windows 7 for their desktops, notebooks and workstations. A complete overview of Windows 7 eligible models can be found here Business Desktops HP Compaq dc7900 HP Compaq dc7800 HP Compaq dc7700 HP Compaq dc5800 Business Workstations HP Z400 Workstation HP Z600 Workstation HP Z800 Workstation HP xw8600 Workstation HP xw6600 Workstation HP xw4600 Workstation Business Notebooks HP EliteBook 2730p Notebook PC HP EliteBook 6930p Notebook PC Read More …