Tip 49: How Do You Set Default User Profile Registry Settings

This tip is for Windows 2000 and up. Instructions for Windows NT 4.0 can be found at; http://support.microsoft.com/kb/146050. The following instructions are based on Windows 7. The steps may be different in other versions of Windows. Since the instructions in this post will show how to edit the Windows registry I will post the standard…

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Tip 51: Cleanup on Isle 3! Get Back Disk Cleanup Wizard on Windows Server 2008 & 2012

This tip is for the server administrators out there with messy disks on Windows Server 2008 and 2012. I just finished upgrading all of my lab infrastructure to the newest coolest and cloudiest server OS, Windows Server 2012. I did an actual upgrade also, not a custom installation. The difference being that an upgrade will…

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Current Windows Server 2012 / R2 & Windows 8 / 8.1 Update Rollups

This list is current up to January 2015. *Edit* Never say never, there is a May 2016 update for Windows Server 2012 R2, check below for details. Fixed notes for post Windows 2012 R2 April 2014 updates. There are some wikis also being maintained by MVPs: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/23820.list-of-rollup-updates-for-windows-8-and-windows-server-2012.aspx, http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/23823.list-of-rollup-updates-for-windows-8-1-and-windows-server-2012-r2.aspx. I wanted to get them all on…

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Tip 34: Adding a SharePoint 2010 Search Suggestion

This tip is for SharePoint Server 2010, Search Server 2010 and Search Server 2010 Express. SharePoint Server 2010 and Search Server 2010 Express include a new feature for search called Search Suggestions. Search suggestions are listing below the search box that suggests search terms while you are typing your search query. They have been around…

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How to use Sysinternals Process Monitor and Process Explorer to Troubleshoot SharePoint

Sysinternals Process Tools Descriptions and Information The Sysinternals web site was created in 1996 by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell to host their advanced system utilities and technical information. Microsoft acquired Sysinternals in July, 2006. These tools are not loaded on Windows operating systems by default. They can be downloaded from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/default.aspx or http://live.sysinternals.com/. The…

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Installing SharePoint 2010 RTM Over Previous Versions

Before even writing on how this can be done I have to state that I would not recommend this be done on a production system. Previous versions of any software is going to leave traces of itself even after an uninstall so, while everything may seem to be working fine at the time, issues may…

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Tip 45: WBEMTEST, the underappreciated tool

This tip is for all versions of Windows, Windows NT and up. One of my favorite built in tools in Windows is Wbemtest.exe. It is not the prettiest program ever created, but the power to find out information on your computer and other computers on the network is second to none. This tool should be…

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Tip 48: Setting Up and Installing Printers in Windows

This tip is for Windows XP SP3, Vista, 7 and possibly 8. This is going to be a long post, but is not meant to be all inclusive. There are definitely other ways to setup and install printers, but the ways below are a good practice to follow as they do not rely on any…

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Tip 33: Branch Cache and SharePoint 2010, or How to Make SharePoint Fast over Slow Networks

This tip is for SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 when running on Windows 2008 R2 and browsing SharePoint on Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 and up. My internal training in the next version of SharePoint has sparked some intriguing thoughts around what will be possible in the near future to help our…

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KB929852 Disabling IPv6 Update

An issue was found in the way that KB929852 was directing users to disable IPv6 in Windows. If using the Fix-it from the article to disable IPv6 globally or if the manual steps were followed; the change could cause up to a 5 second delay in boot up time for Windows. The registry value HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip6\Parameters\DisabledComponents…

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