Delete the Windows.old folder from a server

When performing an in place upgrade of your server, you are left with a folder called windows.old which you are unable to delete, even if you take ownership of it. Whereas in a client version of windows, you can remove this using the disk cleanup tool, this is not possible on Windows Server. For this you will need to follow the below procedure. From the start menu, type CMD into the search facility or run box, and then right click on it and “run as administrator”. Type the following at the command prompt, type the following and run then in sequence: takeown /F <DriveLetter>:\<FolderName>\* /R /A cacls <DriveLetter>:\<FolderName>\*.* /T /grant […]

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Device Collection by Internet Explorer version

Microsoft often release security bulletins that are specific to certain versions of Internet Explorer, or you may want to target machines running a specific version for a software update such as upgrading from that well loved favourite, IE6. SCCM allows you to arrange your machines into device collection automatically according to which Internet Explorer version they have installed. Please be aware when copy and pasting this code you may need to replace the quote marks, as this can cause a syntax error. You need to create a device collection that describes how you want the machines arranged. For instance, if you want to target machines that are not running Internet […]

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Configure the default keyboard layout during login

This article is a recreation of an original post by John Savill which can be found at http://www.windowsitpro.com/article/configuration/how-do-i-configure-the-default-keyboard-layout-during-login–14867. You can change the keyboard layout using the keyboard control panel applet (start – settings – control panel – keyboard – Input Locales) however this does not affect the layout used during logon (which is by default English (United States). Make sure you select a country code that has been installed via the control panel or your system will not boot. To change this perform the following: Start the registry editor  (regedit.exe) Move to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Keyboard Layout\Preload Double click on 1 and change the number to your local layout (you could get this […]

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Setting a default user logon picture

As the person who is responsible for building deployment images, you may decide that you want to force the users to have a default user logon picture for the Welcome screen, both on their local desktop and on Remote Desktop Services. There is a Group Policy setting in Windows Server 2008R2 and Windows 7 that allows you to do this. 1. Click Start, type gpedit.msc and press ENTER 2. Go to the following branch: Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | Control Panel | User Accounts 3. Double-click Apply the default user logon picture to all users 4. Set it to Enabled 5. Exit the Group Policy Editor. This policy setting […]

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Word track changes bubbles are too small

When using Office 2003/2007/2010 in compatibility mode you may find the the bubbles for tracking changes are too small to be read. Here’s how you fix it: 1. Open the Styles Pane by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Shift-S 2. Click on the Manage Styles button in the bottom of that pane 3. In the Manage Styles dialog > Edit tab, set the sort order to Alphabetical and select the style called Balloon Text and click the Modify button 4. Change the size to something much larger eg 12 and click OK and OK to return to the document.

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The Outlook double spacing when using stationary issue

Are you using Outlook stationary but are being driven absolutely mad because no matter what you try, you still get double spacing when typing in the email body. I’ve finally figured out a solution. Navigate to: XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Microsoft\Stationery Vista/Win7: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Stationery Find your stationary file (<stationaryfile>.htm) and then right click on it and choose edit. In the styles section of the ribbon, right click on the “normal” style and choose modify. Click on the reduce line spacing button, highlighted: The select the new documents based on this template radio button and once you click OK and save, this should fix your problem!

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Outlook Favourite Folders disappearing

If your Outlook favourite folders have disappeared and you can’t get them back again, there are three ways you can fix it: 1.You can create a new mail profile. This resets everything you’ve customized unfortunately, so it is, in my opinion, a last resort. 2. You can close outlook and then go to Start > Run > OUTLOOK.EXE /resetnavpane 3.You can navigate to the folder that Outlook stores settings in. In Windows XP it defaults to: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook and in Vista and Win 7 it is found at: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook In this folder you will find a file called Outlook.xml. You should exit Outlook completely then rename the file. […]

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Repeating “backup your file encryption key” notification

The past couple of days whenever I booted up I was getting a notification telling me I needed to backup my file encryption key. It turned out that this was being caused by a file I had downloaded. If you are getting this notification, its fairly simple to fix, if not immediately obvious. You need to find the files or folders which are encrypted. You can do this by using the following procedure: 1) Type “Command Prompt” in the search box and right click to run as Administrator. 2) Type the following command: cipher /u It will then list any encrypted folders and files that are on your system. 3) You can […]

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Printing blank pages on a Deskjet 5550 from a 2003 Terminal Server

One of my users has been having a problem with their local Deskjet 5550 whilst using terminal services on a 2003 server. They can print fine locally but when printing from the terminal server they are just getting blank pages. Here’s how I fixed it. Log off from the terminal server. Go into your printers and faxes window, and right click on the Deskjet 5550 and choose properties. Go the the advanced tab and click “new driver”. When presented with the driver selection box choose HP Deskjet 990c, and then OK through the rest of the installation. When your user logs back into terminal services they should be able to […]

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Windows Vista Server Service Won’t Start

When trying to start Windows Vista Server Service you get the error code: Error 1068: Dependency Failed to Start 1. Disable security software such as Windows Firewall, anti-virus software and manually start Server service in Services window. Please visit the following website for detail steps: How to Disable or Enable Vista Services http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/59910-services.html 2. Try to start Computer Browser service to call for Server service. Computer Browser service is dependent on Server service. 3. Since the Server service supports file, print, and named-pipe sharing over the network. You can try to reinstall File and Print Sharing for Microsoft Networks to start the Server service. 1) Click Start, click Run, type […]

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