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…


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…


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…


Capturing network traffic in Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2

Previously a capture filter driver had to be loaded in order to intercept and record all the packets passing through network interfaces (think WinPcap & NetMon filter drivers). Now, the ability to create a network trace is in-box with Windows 7 & Server 2008, without even a reboot required! It is covered in detail over…

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Network layer tweaks in Windows Server 2008

KB article 951037 describes some of the new features in the OS related to the network layer, some similar to the “Scalable Networking Pack” released for Windows Server 2003 (included in SP2). Some environments (NICs, switches, routers) do not behave well with these new features and unpredictable symptoms can crop up with no apparent pattern…


Windows Server 2003 (x86) tuning for performance based on role

Yes, this is rather late in the day to start talking about W2K3 as we’ve had 2 new versions of Windows Server since then, but it’s still a widespread OS and it might be interesting to understand how to make some subtle tweaks to tailor the system resources and behaviour to suit your needs. The…


Installing Windows 7 from a bootable USB memory stick

During the beta testing of Windows Vista I used DVD-RW discs to burn daily builds every few days to put onto a 32-bit laptop and a 64-bit desktop machine, as there are some things you just can’t see in a virtual environment – I was impressed then that the clean system to desktop time was…

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Invisible Windows

This is a quick tip on how to resolve what can be a totally baffling experience, at least the first time you encounter it, it’s been around since day 1 and I just had it occur again on Windows 7 with a RemoteApp .NET application… You launch an application and you can see it on…


Windows NT History

As it has just turned 16 years since the release of the first “NT” version of Windows, I thought it would be interesting to have a quick overview of the major releases and service packs to show the evolution of Windows up to today. I have deliberately omitted some variants to avoid it being too…


Managing a standalone R2 Hyper-V from domain-joined Windows 7 client

After doing an in-place upgrade of my Windows Server 2008 SP2 Hyper-V host to bring it up to Windows Server 2008 R2, I decided to have a bash at setting up the Hyper-V management tools on my Windows 7 client. My setup is as follows: w2k8 – Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 – Standalone server…