How to create a Windows Vista / 7 installation disc (bootable) using ImgBurn

This guide was originally posted here. ImgBurn is an invaluable and free tool for anyone planning to deploy Windows 7 Enterprise via bootable DVD to remote offices. As the Enterprise DVD comes as an upgrade only disk, you will need to create a bootable version to be able to install from DVD without being in Windows. Using a double layered DVD you can deploy Windows Vista and 7 images that require barely any user input. You can download ImgBurn here. This guide will take you through the steps in burning a pre-prepared Windows Vista / Windows 7 installation source directory to a disc. Note: Instructions wise, Windows 2008 should be […]

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Deploying Office 2010 Custom Ribbons and Settings via Group Policy

Deploying Office 2010 Custom Ribbons and Settings via Group Policy. This post will detail the process of pushing UI changes out to your Office 2010 clients. It will cover default fonts, margins and changes to the ribbon. I couldn’t find a great deal of information on this subject when I first looked, so hopefully this will help those struggling to find a solution. Custom Ribbons Configurations made to the ribbon in Office 2010 are stored in .officeUI files, these aren’t created until you modify the default ribbon. Start with a vanilla office install and make the desired changes in the applications you use. Once completed, head over to ‘C:\Documents and […]

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Installing the Exact E-Synergy Office Add-in on Windows 7 with IE8 or IE9

Download the Office Integration Tools MSI from your synergy installation. Extract the MSI using a tool such as uniextract. This procedure must be done with the user logged in.  Give the user admin rights on their pc.   Turn of User Account Control in the Users part of Control panel.  Copy the following files from your extracted package  to c:\windows\system32. You will be asked if you want to replace MSFilter.dll. MSFilter.dll SynergyOfficeAddin.dll MSCAL.OCX mapiprop.dll eSynInt.dll  Open an administrative command prompt (right click on command prompt and run as administrator)  Enter the following commands:  regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\synergyofficeaddin.dll regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\mscal.ocx regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\mapiprop.dll regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\esynint.dll Turn on User Account Control again.  Remove the users admin rights.

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How to load drivers for CanoScan Lide scanner in Windows 7

Have you plugged in the scanner and installed it to find that it doesn’t work? You will first need to download the driver deletion tool from here.   Then you will need to download the Lide 60 drivers,  canoscan toolbox and winrar: CanoScan Toolbox Lide 60 32-bit Driver Lide 60 64-bit Driver Winrar  For 32-bit machines: – Use Winrar tool to extract lide60vst11110a_xpen.exe file. – Open the folder create names lide60vst11110a_xpen – Looking for SetupSG.exe you can find inside the folder – Extract it the same way again and you will find the driver – Right click Computer – Select Manage – Now choose Device Manager – Plug in the scanner so […]

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How to change an optical drive

1. Make sure that the PC is turned off and disconnected from the mains. 2. Unscrew the side panel and remove it. 3. Discharge any static by either touching the metal side of the machine casing, or use a static discharge mat. 4. Locate the optical drives positioning in the cage. 5. Remove the front fascia panel using the clips to be found at the front of the cage. 6. Disconnect the power cable and IDE/SATA connector cable from the back of the optical drive. 7. Depending on the make and model of the machine, you will need to either unscrew the drive, or unclip it (these clips are often green […]

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Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

Managing windows is probably one of the most fertile areas for keyboard shortcuts because otherwise, you manipulate them solely with the mouse. Here’s my top-20 list of must-know shortcuts for taming your windows; you’ll never have to move your hands from the keyboard. For completeness, I’ve included many keyboard shortcuts you might already be familiar with; skip down the list to see the ones you don’t know. Switch between open windows Alt + Tab Minimize/restore all but the active window Windows key + Home Minimize all windows Windows key + M Maximize window Windows key + up-arrow Minimize/restore window Windows key + down-arrow Make all windows transparent so you can […]

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Windows Live Messenger Error Code 80072ef3

OVERVIEW Are you using Windows Live Messenger in a corporate intranet, and experiencing the error code 80072ef3 when trying to sign in? CAUSE Changed port configurations in the latest version of Windows Live Messenger (2009) cause this issue SOLUTION Solution 1: Add Messenger servers to exception list Click Start, Control Panel, Internet options. Switch to the Zones tab. Mark the entry Trusted sites, and click the Sites… button. Add the following entry to the list of trusted sites: https://*.contacts.msn.com Click OK, and switch to the Connections tab. Click the LAN settings button. If the Advanced button is active, click it and add *.contacts.msn.com to the Exceptions list. Click OK to […]

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Alternative key strokes for terminal services

I can never remember what the terminal services equivalent key strokes are for the local key strokes, i.e. CTRL+ALT+DEL. Key combination Function Similar local keys CTRL+ALT+END Opens the Windows Security dialog box CTRL+ALT+DELETE CTRL+ALT+BREAK Toggles the Terminal Services client display from window to full screen NONE ALT+INSERT Cycles through running programs on the remote computer ALT+TAB ALT+HOME Displays the remote computer’s Start menu ALT+DELETE Displays the remote window’s Control menu ALT+SPACE BAR CTRL+ALT+NUMBER PAD MINUS Places an image of active window onto the TS clipboard ALT+PRINT SCREEN CTRL+ALT+NUMBER PAD PLUS Places an image of the entire Terminal Services client on the Terminal Services clipboard PRINT SCREEN

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How To Change Windows 7 Logon Screen

Before Windows 7 users had to use third-party tools like Tune-Up-Utilities in order to change the logon screen background. Windows 7 now supports customization of Windows 7 logon screen. Replacing the old logon screen is just another task like changing wallpaper (Desktop background). Thanks to withinwindows for finding out this excellent feature, and intowindows where I found this article. Follow the procedure below to change the Windows 7 logon screen. 1. Download the registry file from here. Extract the file and double-click on the file to enable this feature (Alternative method: right-click, select Merge). 2. Now, head over to the following folder: C:\Windows\System32\oobe (“C” is your Windows 7 Installation drive) […]

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