How to Use BitLocker Recovery Passwords

Anyone who has tried enabling BitLocker has been greeted with a friendly dialog box insisting that you create a recovery password. At this point, you probably are thinking to yourself: “what is this recovery password, and what am I supposed to do with it?”    First, let’s take a look at the BitLocker system.  BitLocker…


Self-Signed Certificate issue when connecting to the exchange server

– Installing a Self-Signed Certificate as a Trusted Root CA in Windows Vista If your exchange server is using a self-signed certificate, using either Outlook or OWA to send or receive e-mail, you must install the certificate into the Trusted Root Certification Authorities store in order for RPC over Http to work. This article will…


Missing NTUSER.DAT in default user folder causes Windows Update Error

Symptom ======== You may receive 0x8007003 errors when installing windows updates. From Windows Update.log file, you can find the error information as below: 2007-03-17 12:14:47:639 6128 a54 Handler Post-reboot status for package Package_for_KB932246~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.2: 0x80070003.2007-03-17 12:14:47:639 6128 a54 Handler WARNING: Got extended error: “POQ Operation LoadDefaultUserHive”   Cause: ======= This error can happen if the ntuser.dat…

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How does Performance Rating in Windows Vista Work?

Windows System Assessment Tools (WinSAT) is a new set of tools in Windows Vista that run tests on the processor, memory, hard disk, general graphics, and gaming graphics and convert results into the system’s performance rating. You update components and expect to get a higher rating, you may get confused when the numbers do not…

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Use "USMT and Easy File Transfer" to migrate your system to Windows Vista if profiles are outside the system drive

When you are trying to upgrade the system to Windows Vista, and the profiles are outside the system drive (example, profiles are in Drive D:), you will see the Upgrade option is grayed out, only ‘Clean Install’ is available.   This behavior is expected and by design, Vista upgrade is not designed to support profiles…

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CAPI2 Diagnostics Introduction

CAPI2 Diagnostics is a feature in Windows Vista that utilizes the event logging and Event Viewer to provide better logging and troubleshooting capabilities for PKI applications based on the CAPI2 API set. With CAPI2 Diagnostics, it is easier to identify the root cause of most PKI problems. The tool can reduce the time required to diagnose…

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Known issues with User Account Control (UAC)

Known Issues and Resolutions Known issues and resolutions Problem Resolution Unable to install some ActiveX controls in Internet Explorer Launch Internet Explorer elevated by clicking the Start button, and then pointing to All Programs. Right-click Internet Explorer and select Run as administrator. Next, perform the ActiveX installation. Exit this instance of Internet Explorer and start…

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Configure UAC settings via policy

After we understand how UAC works and realize the importance of enabling UAC to prevent potential problems that may arise during your Windows Vista deployment inyour environment, we can move on to discussing how to configure UAC to optimize security and ease of use. The consent UI behavior as well as some other UAC features…

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Introduction to User Account Control

Can a popup put you in prison?   You love it, you hate it….ok, you may hate it, but….   You’ve seen it, or at least heard about it in Windows Vista: User Account Control or UAC (formerly known as LUA or Least Privileged User Account). With the release of Windows Vista, we hope that…

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Introduce Network Monitor 3.0

Network Monitor is a very useful tool to troubleshoot Network related issues. Microsoft has released the new Network Monitor 3.0 which is supported on Windows Vista.   Here are some of the key features of Network Monitor 3.0:   l          A completely new user interface l          Real time capture and display of frames l          Simultaneous…

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