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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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