Windows 7 Device Installation Without Administrative Rights

This year I have had the opportunity to speak with many customers about Windows 7. One topic that came up in almost every discussion was about how mobile users can install their local devices without having to grant them local administrator rights. With previous versions of Windows (NT 4, Windows 2000 and XP) many companies ended up in granting their mobile users local administrator or power user rights, just because they needed to have the Read More …

Prevent the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool from formatting the USB flash drive

If you want to install Windows 7 from USB you can use Microsoft’s Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool which you can download from here. By default the tool requires that the USB disk is being erased before copying the Windows 7 installation media, hence you get the following messages.   This is a bit laborious, because sometimes you might want to store some additional files on your installation media, instead of having to store it Read More …

Additional Windows 7 Search Connectors

One of my favorite features of Windows 7 is Federated Search allowing users to search remote data sources from within the windows Explorer. I wrote about this feature earlier in Windows 7 Search Provider and Finding Group Policy Settings through Windows 7 Search Connector. Today I created and found some additional Search Connectors for sites and blogs that I read frequently. You can download the Win7SearchConnect_collection1.zip from here The following Windows 7 Search Connectors are 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 …

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 …

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.

What you should know about Windows 7 and using the WAIK

Many of you have probably already considered installing the 64 bit version of Windows 7 if not done already. I just found a “must read” article on the Deployment Guys blog about the WAIK and creating unattends for x32 and x64 images.  Click here to read the entire article.