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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500 error when accessing OWA after installing PHP web apps

After installing Joomla on one of my web servers recently, I discovered that I was no longer able to access OWA, being presented with a 500 error when trying to access the webpage. The cause of this problem was quite simple, but it took me a while to find. <add value=”index.php” /> had been added into my web.config file. Removing this value did not stop my php sites from working, but it did allow my OWA to start working again, so you might want to check it out!

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Installing certificates on Windows Phone 7

When I first got my Windows Phone, I wasn’t able to sync with my Exchange 2010 server. This is because my SSL certificate is not one of the trusted root certificates that come with Windows Phone. This is a simple issue to fix. When you install Exchange 2010, the system uses by default a self-signed certificate to secure the client communications (Outlook Web App, Outlook Anywhere or ActiveSync/EAS). It is a best practice to publish those services on Internet with a certificate that is delivered either by your own internal certification authority or a public certification authority. In both cases, the client that connects to the server has to trust […]

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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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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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