Separating Windows 7 machines by platform

If you need to separate your Windows 7 machines into device collections separating them into 64-bit and 32-bit collections, this can be done using the following rules. First, create two collections, one for each platform. Please be aware when copy and pasting this code you may need to replace the quote marks, as this can cause a syntax error. For the x64 collection use the following incremental query rule: select SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name,SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client from SMS_R_System inner join SMS_G_System_COMPUTER_SYSTEM on SMS_G_System_COMPUTER_SYSTEM.ResourceID = SMS_R_System.ResourceId inner join SMS_G_System_OPERATING_SYSTEM on SMS_G_System_OPERATING_SYSTEM.ResourceID = SMS_R_System.ResourceId where SMS_G_System_COMPUTER_SYSTEM.SystemType = “x64-based PC” and SMS_G_System_OPERATING_SYSTEM.Caption like “Microsoft Windows 7%” For the x86 collection use the following incremental query rule: select SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name,SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client […]

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How to make your Windows 7 with Office 2010 desktop more accessible

Setting custom text size Adjusting fonts in Outlook Using the accessibility functions of Internet Explorer Ease of Access keyboard shortcuts Magnifier Magnifier keyboard shortcuts High contrast Setting custom text size   One of the first things that people tend to do when trying to make their desktop accessible is to change their desktop resolution using the classic control panel > display menu. This is not ideal, in fact, for a lot of applications, it’s about the worst place to start. Programs will not display properly and any applications that have been designed with large window sizes will hang halfway off the screen. A much more suitable way of doing 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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Restore the Unread Mail Folder in Outlook

The “Unread mail” folder is a Default Search folder present in Microsoft Outlook. It contains a count of the number of mails that are unread in a particular E-mail account. Sometimes, this search folder might not be displayed along with the favourite mail folders or it could have been accidentally deleted. If this is the case, don’t panic, you can easily restore the “Unread mail” folder and make it display with the rest of the favourite mail folders. Here are the instructions on how to get this done. In Outlook, click on ‘Folder’ tab and then under the ‘Folder’ tab, in the ‘New’ category, click on the ‘New Search Folder’ […]

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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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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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