It’s not what you’ve got, it’s how you use it that counts…

Soapbox time. ”If it ain’t broke, fix it until it is.” Tuning, tweaking, trimming, optimizing… however you refer to it, you should approach it the same way. This is not specific to Windows, software or even computers – in order to improve performance of “a system” you must first observe it to identify where the…

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Booting from USB to install Windows 7 (take 2)

Previously I have mentioned a method to make a USB memory stick bootable in order to install Windows, and now we’ve reached General Availability of Windows 7 I can let you know of a free tool to do just this job 🙂 Over at the Microsoft Store there is a great walkthrough along with the…

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Patches – now served hot and cold

Maintenance (updates, bugfixes) for Windows has typically been through hotfix packages, but these are not as “hot” as one might expect – very often we see prompts to restart the computer after a package is installed. The reason is fairly simple – the update replaced a file on disk but does not have any control…

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Terminal Services roaming profiles & password change at logon

NOTE: The issue described below has been subsequently fixed in KB971388 for Windows Server 2008 SP2 (x86 and x64) and Windows Server 2008 R2. The blog entry has been left for reference. “If I am forced to change my password at logon, then log onto a Terminal Server, I lose all my settings.” This is…

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