Posts tagged Windows 7

Bitlocker Pin and Software Patching

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In the last number of years many businesses have started rolling out Full Disk Encryption software throughout their IT Environment’s enabling piece of mind and security to prevent Data Loss / Theft, but this introduced many different issues for IT Administrators in general. Later iterations of Encryption products allowed “Maintenance” windows to be implemented as apart of policies so pc’s could have software updates installed and rebooted to complete.

 

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Forgotten Tools: Altiris DS

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As consultants we always have the challenge of migrating from one Desktop OS to a Newer Version and normally we stick to the same products: USMT, SCCM and Radia CAE; Its rare that we deviate from this because we know that USMT + SCCM or Radia is bullet proof, millions of desktops have been migrated this way with much success.

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Windows + BootCamp (Mac)

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Mitch Garvis has a great article on running Windows 7 with BootCamp on Intel Based Macs.

See here: Click Here

GPO Central Store Update for Windows 7 (External)

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My Colleague Alex Verboon has a great article on updating your Group Policy Central Store with your Windows 7 ADMX templates, a must for any GPO Administrator.

http://www.verboon.info/index.php/2009/11/updating-the-central-store-for-windows-7-group-policy-administrative-templates/

Michael

Way cool feature in Windows 7 with Bing

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Thanks to one of my colleagues for showing me this, its really cool!

Daily Bing search engine images consist of awesome collection of photos from amazing nature photos to holiday sensitive events. If you  really don’t have time to change desktop wallpaper then you can use this great feature in Windows 7 to grab images via RSS feed and set them as wallpapers.

How to Set Bing Images as Daily Desktop Wallpapers
  1. Download file Bing.theme (Right Click “Save as”)
  2. Double Click the downloaded Theme File.
  3. Select Download Attachments option so that Images are downloaded automatically when Bing RSS updates.
  4. Done! You can select from the available images to show and configure Picture Position.

Windows 98, Where it all started for me

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With all the stuff in our modern operating systems its easy to take the small things for granted. Booting your Windows 7 install off your USB Key, watching videos on youtube, RSS’ing up your Favourite news / comic feeds, listening to your favourite music over Spotify or finishing your Engineering Diagrams for college on your tablet PC. It was certain key Operating systems from Microsoft that allowed you to get to this point.

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8 Things To Think About For Windows 7

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Great article on some things to think about with Windows 7

http://www.informationweek.com/news/windows/operatingsystems/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=220301670&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_Security

Windows 7 Skype Bug

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So you’ve got Windows 7 and Skype installed; Your browsing your sites and suddenly you get a “Internet Explorer has stopped responding” message… Odd It hasn’t crashed ? All my tabs are the same….

Good news, its just the Skype ActivX addins, for some reason crashing or terminating abnormally.

To fix simply disable them by Clicking tools > manage add-ons > Disable

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Windows 7 Version Breakdown (Engadget)

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From www.engadget.com

Remember that screenshot we saw of all those different Windows 7 versions (pictured above)? Well guess what? It’s worse than you could have possibly imagined. The following will be the actual new SKUs for the OS:

  • Windows 7 Starter (limited to three apps concurrently)
  • Windows 7 Home Basic (for emerging markets)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (adds Aero, Touch, Media Center)
  • Windows 7 Professional (Remote Desktop host, Mobility Center, Presentation mode)
  • Windows 7 Enterprise (volume license only, boot from virtual drive, BitLocker)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (limited availability, includes everything)

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