Deploying Windows 8 Tablets via SCCM

Recently I need to deploy some HP ElitePad 900 tablets. These come partitioned and full of HP’s usual bloatware, so we wanted to start with a clean “slate” as it were. I’ve always found the posts at www.windows-noob.com to be a bit of a godsend. This post by @ncbrady was particularly helpful. With a few minor adjustments, you can make this work for the ElitePad too, and presumably any other windows tablet. Firstly, make sure you are deploying the correct architecture. The ElitePad is 32-bit, so make sure you are using the x86 Windows 8 image. Secondly, you don’t need to add any of the HP WinPE drivers to the boot […]

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View a list of newly received e-mails

The New Mail Desktop Alert only shows for the last e-mail received so when you’ve received multiple new e-mails across folders it still might be a bit hard to immediately locate them. This has actually always been the case with any version of Outlook. Outlook 2003 has a new action rule for this; display a specific message in the New Item Alert window. As an example we are again going to create a generic rule with no conditions and just the action to display the New Item Alert window. You can of course set conditions and exceptions as desired and note that, since Outlook 2003 SP1, rules get executed after […]

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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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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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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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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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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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