How to Stop All of Those Unwanted Programs that Automatically Run at Startup!

  Download AutoRuns here. One of the things about being an IT guy is that everyone asks for technical support.  I have worked out a general understanding with my neighbors and friends that I will gladly help them with their technical support challenges, even making house calls, as long as they are willing to pay…

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How To disable the Shutdown Tracker in Windows Server 2008 R2

I use a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine that is installed on my Lenovo W510 laptop to do demonstrations almost every day.  Normally I would recommend that you leave your servers running all the time, however in this case I have a limitation of battery life that does not allow that practice and so I…

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Windows XP Mode

In our last Virtualization 101 discussion we introduced you to Windows Virtual PC and discussed some of the basics of that particular type 2 hypervisor with its associated Virtual Machine Manager (VMM.)  We also introduce the topic of Windows XP Mode.  Today I want to spend some time highlighting what I believe are some of…

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"I’m just not cool enough to be a Mac person"

Last night while watching an amazing basketball game between Memphis and Missouri I saw the commercial I have been dreaming about making for a long long time.  So here’s the deal, I hear all the time how “cool” Apple is, and no one seems to bat an eye at the outlandish cost of Apple hardware. …

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Thrive

 “In tough times, the good will survive, but only the best will Thrive!  Are you thriving?  Visit the Thrive site and learn how to enhance your technical skills, advance your career, and elevate IT as the business leader.  These strategies and skills will not only help you succeed now, but place you in a position…

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ADMX Central Store

We have talked before about some of the cool new features of Active Directory in Windows Server 2008.  John Baker has recorded a great video on how to configure the central store for ADMX files.  He actually walks through step by step the process of creating and populating the store.  It’s a great video!  …

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ImageX Demo

Since I published the video on creating custom WinPE images I have received a whole bunch of questions centered around deployment tools.  Many of you have asked how to customize the contents of the actual .wim image.  I recorded a quick video segment on using Image X to mount and customize the contents of a…

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Custom Win PE Images

Ever since the release of Windows Vista folks have been asking me about the details of creating custom Windows Pre Installation Environment (Win PE) images.  There is some great information on the subject that is available at the TechNet web site, and to the Windows Automated Installation Kit guide.  I realize the process can be…

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Printer Operators Permissions

I went to a neighborhood picnic this week.  After a delicious T-bone steak and some home made chocolate ice cream I had some time to talk with a friend that I have know for a number of years.  Brian works in IT and manages a fairly sizeable piece of an enormous network.  He asked about…

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Amazing TechNet Plus Direct Deal

This is the best deal in the Microsoft World!  TechNet Plus Direct is the subscription of choice for the IT professional. TechNet Plus Direct offers full version non time bombed Microsoft software.  Windows Vista, Office 2007, Exchange 2007,SQL, ISA, Windows Server, and so much more.  Subscribers can download ISO images of the software, burn them…

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