Windows 8 – Script for customizing WinPE 4.0 – Part 2 – Customizing the Wallpaper

As a follow up on my earlier post Windows 8 – Script for customizing WinPE 4.0 – Part 1 I want to share with you how to customize the WinPE wallpaper. Credits go to blog reader “Max” who responded on a question from reader Carl H. In WinPE 4.0 the wallpaper is not called winpe.bmp as in previous versions of WinPE but winpe.jpg. Also the winpe.jpg has special permissions so overwriting the file would require Read More …

ToolTip: Microsoft Download Manager

If you’re looking for a simple to use Download Manager, have a look at the Microsoft Download Manager. It does not have that many specialized features as many other download managers out there, but it’s a nice FREE and simple to use tool. You must install the software, but it only uses about 1.3 MB. The Microsoft Download Manager can be downloaded from here

Windows 8 – Troubleshooting Licensing with licensingdiag.exe

Should you encounter problems with activating Windows 8 or Server 2012 then have a look at the new added command-line tool licensingdiag.exe. To run licensingdiag.exe open a command prompt and enter the following command: licensingdiag.exe -report c:\data\licensing\licenserep.xml -log c:\data\licensing\license.cab This will create a log file and a CAB file. The log file is an XML type file that contains various information about the client, the OS and its licensing status. The CAB file contains a Read More …

ToolTip: Port Listener

Today I want to share with you a nice FREE tool I’ve just used recently while troubleshooting some networking issues on one of our customers network. The problem I had was that I couldn’t get my backend infrastructure talk to the client and vise versa. To keep this post generic I won’t use any products name, but both the backend and client that has an agent require that some ports are open in either one Read More …

Windows 8 the Comeback of 3rd Party DVD Player Software?

Microsoft recently confirmed that Windows Media Center will not be included by default within Windows 8 but will be available as an economical “media pack” add-on to Windows 8 Pro. One of the reasons for not including it anymore as a build-in feature is because according to the data Microsoft has collected via it’s Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) only a small percentage of users are actively using Media Center on Windows 7. Another reason Read More …

Script for finding Executables that are command-line programs

I recently came across a FREE utility called IsCommandLineApp from Helge Klein,  a little command-line tool that can be used to determine whether a specific executable is a command-line program. To run this against multiple executables manually is a kind of a pain, so I decided to write a PowerShell script that runs IsCommandLineapp against a defined Folder and all it’s subfolders. To run the script, first download the IsCommandLineApp from here and then edit Read More …