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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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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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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