ReadTip: Life After Windows XP: Windows Vista and Windows 7

A nice presentation highlighting the key technology and feature improvements from XP to Windows 7. Download the presentation from here

Microsoft Product Lifecycle – The year 2014 is not that far away anymore

The countdown has started in less than 1000 days Windows XP will definitely go end of life. However note that not only Windows XP reaches its end soon, Office 2003, Windows Server 2003, Exchange 2003, SCCM 2003 and some other products are about to reach their end of life within the same timeframe. For my personal reference and yours if you like, I have put together a short overview of the end of life dates Read More …

ToolTip: Webcam Diagnostics

Webcam Diagnostics is a simple assistant which gathers many system and webcam-related information in a single place. It makes it easy to identify driver installation problems or USB issues: red circles will signal serious issues and yellow triangles will signal minor issues. Right-click a reported issue to access the context menu and click the Fix menu (if available) so that the program attempts to fix the issue or shows you a possible way to fix Read More …

Windows 8 – How to check if your system can run Hyper-V

Many articles refer to the Sysinternals Coreinfo utility to check whether your system can run Hyper-V on Windows 8 or not. But just this morning I found out that the systeminfo command that is included in Windows provides some additional Hyper-V related information. More Information about Hyper-V on Windows 8 Bringing Hyper-V to “Windows 8” How to Check if Your CPU Supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)

Windows 8–Why you don’t close a Metro Style application

One of the first things I noticed when playing with the Windows 8 preview build was that you can’t close metro style applications. Almost instinctively I pressed the Alt+F4 keys when I wanted to close a running application but nothing happened, I then tried to find an option within the application to close it but couldn’t find an exit button there neither. Well after some reading and watching the Fundamentals of Metro style apps: how Read More …

Windows 8 – New GPO stuff

I have just compared the C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions folder on the Widows 8 preview build with a Windows 7 Enterprise build. And unless I missed one, the below ADMX/ADML files are new. AppxPackageManager.admx dam.admx DeviceCompat.admx EAIME.admx EarlyLaunchAM.admx EdgeUI.admx ExternalBoot.admx msched.admx ProximityCommon.admx srm-fci.admx UserState.admx WindowsHistoryVault.admx WinStoreUI.admx wlansvc.admx WPN.admx WPN.Provider.admx wwansvc.admx When you open the related ADML files stored under C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US you will find some interesting hints about what these new policies are supposed to do. You will find Read More …

Windows 8 – How to disable the Metro logon screen

When starting Windows 8 you’ll see the Metro logon screen as shown in the picture below. The user logon then looks like this. If you prefer to get the Windows 7 style logon screen back, set RPEnabled to 0 the key is stored under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer The next time you logon the Metro style will be gone and you get back the classic logon screen. By the way if you want the classic start menu back Read More …

ToolTip: AmiProject–online MS Project Viewer

Today I received a project plan with the request to review it. Since I haven’t installed MS project yet on my new notebook that I just got last week, I replied that I would look at it as soon as I have installed MS Project. I thought I had a good excuse…… well it just took a few minutes until another colleague pointed me to AmiProject, an online viewer for MS Project files. AmiProject supports Read More …

Group Policy Settings for Microsoft Lync 2010 Client

Just in case you missed this one, Microsoft released documentation and an ADM template for the Microsoft Lync 2010 client. The following settings can be configured. Specify transport and server Enable strict DNS naming for server name Configure SIP security mode Configure SIP compression mode Prevent users from running Microsoft Lync Allow storage of user passwords Require logon credentials Disable HTTP fallback for SIP connection Disable server version check Additional server versions supported Enable using Read More …

ToolTip: FTPStats for FileZilla

FTPstats is a log analyzer and stats compiler for FileZilla FTP Server. It generates usage statistics from log files and presents them in a user-friendly fashion. FTPStats can be downloaded from here