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Windows 8: Enable .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0) i.e. (NetFx3) feature in Online & Offline mode!

I have been using Windows 8 for last few months. When Windows 8 CP released I installed CP & subsequently RP too. When I wanted to install some 3rd party application in my Windows 8 VM, I realized that these applications require .NET Framework 2.0 or 3.0 in few cases. Apparently my virtual machine does… Read more

How to find a machine serial number from command prompt using WMI

Ever wonder how can you find laptop serial number using command prompt??? Here is a quick command that you can use to find the Serial Number of your machine. To find the serial number, open command prompt (cmd) and type the following command. c:>wmic bios get serialnumber This will give you your machine’s serial number… Read more

Windows 7: Boot from VHD First Impression: Part 2

Hello, In my previous post i.e. Windows 7: Boot from VHD First Impression: Part 1 we seen creating and attaching the VHDs. Using the Disk Management or Diskpart utility we can attach the existing VHDs. In this part we will actually cover the boot from VHD feature. We will cover the different ways by which… Read more

Installing Windows 7 using usb thumb drive

Hi everyone, Those days gone when we used to carry floppy disks to copy small documents, text files here and there. Now, we prefer USB thumb drives or pen drives for copying documents, multimedia files. Over the last few years USB drives have been quite cheap to buy. And these days when we have operating… Read more

System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager (SCCM 2012) Installation: SQL Server Database Error when using Named Instance…

Hi All,   Last week one of our customers was trying to install System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager. During the installation customer encountered an issue with SQL Server when using Named Instance instead of Default Instance. MSSQLSERVER. I decided to try out the scenario on my own test environment to simulate the same issue… Read more

Windows Server 2012: Install & Configure Windows Server 2012 using VHD Boot

Hi IT Professionals, Often I receive lot of queries on evaluating Windows Server on their test environment or on some spare machines. Most of the times users want to carry a laptop to try/test evaluate Windows Server on their laptop. Well during our recent IT Camps, we delivered the same experience using Boot from VHD… Read more

Windows 7: installing and configuring tata indicom huawei EC321 v-data card

Lot of people over here have shifted to Windows 7 Beta Build 7000. But most of them saying they are not able to use the Tata Indicom Huawei V-Data Card. And therefore they are not able to surf the net when they are on the move. Basically TATA Indicom Data card given to the users… Read more

Windows Phone: Internet Sharing Feature Now Available on HTC Mozart after Firmware Revision.

Last week I blogged about the firmware update I received for my HTC Mozart running Mango RTM. Here is the quick summary. I received 2 updates. First it updated Firmware from 2250.21.40600.707 to 2250.21.50001.707 on 8th Oct. http://blogs.technet.com/b/aviraj/archive/2011/10/08/htc-firmware-update-for-windows-phone.aspx?ocid=aff-n-in-loc–aa And Second updated Firmware from 2250.21.50001.707 to 2250.21.51001.707 on 21st Oct http://blogs.technet.com/b/aviraj/archive/2011/10/21/htc-update-for-windows-phone.aspx?ocid=aff-n-in-loc—aa UPDATE After installing this firmware… Read more

Windows 7: Boot from VHD First Impression: Part 3 (Booting VHD from Vista SP1 or later)

Hello All, In last 2 parts we have seen how easily we can create/attach VHD files in Windows 7 and how easy it is to boot from VHD. In this part we will see booting the VHD file from PC running Windows Vista operating system. We have native support for VHD in Windows 7 and… Read more

Dual Boot: Windows 7 with existing Windows Vista

Most of our users are using Windows Vista as the primary operating system and a lot many of them now looking forward to upgrade to WIN7 Beta. The Windows Vista image loaded on the laptop often creates only a single big partition that has all the Windows files/folders and users data. Now, if a user… Read more