Observations for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Error 0x800f0a12

During the past days I have been manually updating a few Windows 7 clients and on two of them I received the error 0x800fa12. When clicking on the Go online link Microsoft mentions the several reasons that could lead to this error. The system partition isn’t automatically mounted, or made accessible to Windows, during startup. A hard disk containing the system partition was removed prior to beginning SP1 installation. Windows is running on a storage Read More …

Microsoft Open Specifications Documentation for Group Policy

If you want to learn more about Group Policies then I suggest that you download and read the following documents: MS-GPSOD]: Group Policy System Overview Document http://download.microsoft.com/download/C/6/C/C6C3C6F1-E84A-44EF-82A9-49BD3AAD8F58/%5bMS-GPSOD%5d.pdf MS-GPOL]: Group Policy: Core Protocol Specification http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc232478(v=PROT.13).aspx MS-GPDPC]: Group Policy: Deployed Printer Connections Extension http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc232156(v=PROT.13).aspx MS-GPEF]: Group Policy: Encrypting File System Extension http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc232218(PROT.10).aspx MS-GPFR]: Group Policy: Folder Redirection Protocol Extension http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc232290(v=PROT.13).aspx MS-GPIE]: Group Policy: Internet Explorer Maintenance Extension http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc232356(v=PROT.13).aspx MS-GPIPSEC]: Group Policy: IP Security (IPsec) Protocol Extension http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc232415(v=PROT.13).aspx Read More …

Podcast: The Proper Fit for Desktop Virtualization

Last week I had a week off and went snowboarding with my family. Meanwhile my kids go too fast that I could follow them and my wife is a bit more fanatic in skiing than I am with snowboarding, so this leaves me with some time where I can listen to all those podcasts one downloads but never finds the time to listen to. Since I am rather a newbie within the Citrix space, it Read More …

Removing Backup Files Created during Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Installation

For the Windows Vista Service Packs there was vsp1cln.exe (SP1) and compcln.exe (SP2) to cleanup the backup files created during the Service Pack installation. For Windows 7 Microsoft did not provide a separate cleanup tool, but instead leverages the windows-build-in DISM tool. To remove the backup files created during the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 installation run the following command from an elevated command prompt. dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded After successful completion you should get Read More …

ToolTip: CaptureScreen

Here’s another FREE Screen capture utility. Just download and run, no installation needed. Download and documentation can be found here

Exporting Windows Driver Store Information into Excel

To obtain detailed information about a particular driver that is prestaged within the Windows 7 driver store, you can run the following command. Dism /online /get-driverinfo /driver: <path to driver inf file> Now there is quite a lot of interesting information in here, imagine you are working on a Windows 7 project and you want to know if a particular device is supported by the Windows 7 build in drivers. Of course you can do Read More …

Managing Wireless Configuration with NETSH

Today when I was using the netsh command to configure some firewall settings, I noticed that it also has options for WLAN. (Yes you never stop learning). When opening a command prompt and executing NETSH Wlan Help you get the following options. add            – Adds a configuration entry to a table. connect        – Connects to a wireless network. delete         – Deletes a configuration entry from a table. disconnect     – Disconnects from a wireless network. dump           Read More …

ToolTip: Office 2010 Resource Kit Technical Library in Compiled Help format

For those that frequently need access to the Office 2010 Resource Kit, here’s an offline version available as downloadable CHM file. Download from here In case you can’t open the CHM file, select file properties and Unlock the file.