Q: When is System32 not System32?

A: When the question comes from a 32-bit process on a 64-bit version of Windows.   In 32-bit Windows there is just one "System32" folder which contains many native binaries (or hard links), and there is no way to execute 64-bit code on 32-bit Windows. With 64-bit Windows, however, we have "Windows On Windows 64"…

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Windows 8 Developer Preview

If you head on over to the Windows Dev Center, you can download the Developer Preview version of Windows 8 (Client) in 32-bit and 64-bit flavours. If you have an MSDN subscription, you will find additional ISOs for the Server version and goodies like the development kits and symbols packages too. Over at http://www.buildwindows.com/ you…

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How does Last Known Good work?

There are a few places (including Windows Internals) which loosely describe the “Last Known Good” feature of Windows, but as I wasn’t familiar with the specifics I decided to dig into it a bit with a Windows Server 2008R2 SP1 virtual machine in my lab environment. Here is what I found, not relying on source…

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Internet Printing Protocol (IPP), Legacy Windows & 64-bit Windows Server

The Internet Printing role service in Windows Server 2008R2 is under the Print and Document Services role, and has a requirement of the IIS service (with ASP) to function. What it provides is a method to install "web printer connections" on client machines via HTTP, including pacakging the print driver and downloading it from the…


Post-SP1 hotfixes recommended for W2K8R2 Hyper-V hosts

Here is a quick round-up of post-SP1 hotfixes that it is good to know about, if you are running Hyper-V – I have summarized the file(s) updated and their version details for quick reference so you can see if they are applicable for you.   KB2263829 The network connection of a running Hyper-V virtual machine…

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RSAT Tools for Windows 7 SP1 now available

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) can now be downloaded so you can use Hyper-V Manager from a Windows 7 SP1 client to administer Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V hosts properly.


XP clients using RDC 7.0 & RD Gateway = no SSO

I have summarized in a previous blog the requirements for getting SSO to work on XP clients, but there is something to be aware of which many people miss, regarding Single Sign-On (SSO) and Windows XP clients connecting through an RD Gateway to an RD Session Host. If using Remote Desktop Client 7.0, you will…


Service Pack 1 Has Landed (W2K8R2 / Windows 7)

Announced yesterday (2011-02-09): ”Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 SP1 will Release to Manufacturing (RTM) today.” What this means for availability to download: ”On February 16, both will be available to current customers of the Windows Volume Licensing program, as well as subscribers to Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) and TechNet.  On February 22, both…


User Profiles – Location, Location, Location

When a user logs on, regardless of whether they have a local, roaming, mandatory (or even no) profile, they will have a folder created in the location specified under HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\ProfilesDirectory – by default this is %SystemDrive%\Users. For the majority of cases this will be C:\Users, and there are a couple of things to note…