How to Inject Drivers into Windows PE 2.0 in 5 Minutes (or into a Windows Vista Image)

Prepared by Ian Matthews Sept 6, 2007, Last Updated Dec 15, 2008   MARCH 2014 SEE: https://www.urtech.ca/2014/03/solved-how-to-add-drivers-in-wds-windows-deployment-services/  This is the shortest documentation I could create on how to inject drivers into Win PE2.0 (or Vista WIM file).  The screenshot beside STEP 5 displays the 3 critical commands I used to load nVidia nForce 4 ethernet drivers to my WinPE boot.wim. Create a folder called C:\TEMP.  Then create two subfolders; one called DRIVERS and the other…

Windows Vista, 7 & Office 2007 Training Videos

by Ian Matthews  December 28, 2008    Last Updated December 29, 2008 I created the following two courses for some of my clients in 2007 and revised them in 2008 and recently decided to make them available for free.  Note that I am not a professional trainer although I have provided dozens of semi-formal “lunch and learn” type courses since the mid-1990’s. All of these videos are larger than 100MB and in 1024×768 resolution, although I…

How to Troubleshoot SVCHOST.EXE 100% CPU Usage Problems

By Ian Matthews December 10, 2007 If you have noticed that your Windows 2000, XP or Vista PC is running slowly and that SVCHOST.EXE is taking 100% of your single core CPU system (or 50% of your dual core CPU system), this is the article for you! SVCHOST.EXE is a generic “host” or holder of services which run from .DLL’s.  Basically .DLL’s are small programs that other programs use, as opposed to .EXE programs which…

HOW TO SOLVE VISTA “ACCESS DENIED” WHEN TRYING TO “POINT AND PRINT”

Written by Ian Matthews November 7, 2007 PREAMLE: Because it is theoretically possible to disguise a Trojan as a print driver, Microsoft has configured Vista to block domain users (or any standard, non-administrator users) from installing new or updated printer drivers.  After more than 11 hours of work with Microsoft techs and 6 hours on my own over the course of four months, I finally stumbled on the answer. PROBLEM:  A non-administrator user attempts to…

How to Make an Intel Network Card PXE Boot

By Ian Matthews, September 20, 2007 Getting an modern motherboards integrated network card to PXE boot is usually as easy as entering the BIOS, enabling the BOOT ROM and setting the boot order to LAN first.  Getting an add in card to PXE boot is a whole other matter. In this brief, I explain how to get Intel network cards (i.e. PRO/100, PRO/1000 and PRO/10GB) to PXE boot. The first thing you need is to…

Windows Vista Tips, Tricks & Facts

by Ian Matthews Written May 23, 2007  Last Updated May 23, 2007 The purpose of this article is to provide a 20 minute guide to Windows Vista’s new features and functions.  There is a lot to learn so we also have three other articles you may want to read: Windows Vista Must Have Addon’s Windows Vista Corporate & Advanced User Facts & Tips Windows Vista User Access Control Explained Hardware Requirements:  Any PC with an…

Windows Vista Advanced Tips, Tricks & Facts

by Ian Matthews Written April 10, 2007 Last Update Feb 22, 2008  The purpose of this article is to provide a 15 minute guide to Windows Vista’s advanced features and functions.  There is a lot to learn so we also have three other articles you may want to read: Vista Must Have Addon’s Vista Standard User Facts & Tips Windows Vista User Access Control Explained How to SlipStream SP1 into Vista RTM?: Ya, you can’t. …

Demystifying User Access Control in Windows Vista

by Ian Matthews Update April 1, 2007 WHAT IS USER ACCESS CONTROL (UAC)? User Access Control is likely the most controversial new feature in Windows Vista.  In addition to beta testing Vista since Beta 1, I have attended several MS sponsored webinars, read Microsoft white papers and asked MS staffers many direct questions.  The purpose of this article is to distill the information into a brief. Since the Windows NT days, Microsoft has (correctly) told…

MICROSOFT RELEASES VISTA 2006 BETA 1 (FORMERLY “LONGHORN”)

Update August 31 2005 by Ian Matthews of Up & Running Technolgies Inc Here are the quick facts and screen shots of Windows Vista. RELEASE DATES: Beta 1 was released in August to MSDN and TECHNET subscribers. Beta 2 is should be released in January 2006 to anyone is wants it. Beta 3, RC1, RC2, and Gold should be released in quick succession through spring and summer 2006. Release to Manufacturing is expected in the…

How to Create a Bootable Windows CD after Slip Streaming a Service Pack

written by Ian Matthews June 3, 2005 There are many articles which reference slip streaming and many of them provide the basic instruction.  However, most of them do not tell you how to make the resulting Windows + SP CD bootable; the process below will: copy the entire Windows CD to a folder on your PC (i.e. c:\origdisk )   extract the contents of the service pack to a different folder (i.e. c:\spack (see below…

How to Make a USB Drive Bootable in 5 Minutes

Prepared by Ian Matthews April 23 2007 – Updated July 1 2007 There are many ways to make external devices bootable. USB/Flash/Pen/Thumb/Memory Sticks and even real external hard drives are now commonly used as boot devices.  The process detailed below can be understood and successfully completed by anyone with basic knowledge of DOS disk commands. The most famous and easiest to use USB boot software is a free Hewlet Packard tool but the most we…

Invisible File Extensions in Windows

Invisible file extensions on Windows By Floydman, Bachelor in Computer Sciences [email protected] [email protected] May 7th, 2001 You can distribute this document freely, as long as no changes are made to the file, or as long as credit for it is not pretended by someone else. All comments and suggestions about the material presented here should be directed at [email protected] If future versions of this document include add-ons coming from other people than me, then proper…

Windows 7 – Lesser Known Interesting Features

These are taken from “77 Windows 7 Tips” http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2009.10.77windows.aspx 6. Shift to and from Explorer and CommandPrompt. The classic Windows power toy Open Command Prompt Here is now an integral part of Windows 7 Explorer. Hold down the shift key then right-click a folder to add this option to the property menu. While you’re in a command prompt, if you want to open an Explorer window with the focus of the window on the current…

Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 Shortcut Keys

WINDOWS 7 KEYBOARD SHORTCUT KEYS http://blogs.technet.com/jeffa36/archive/2009/04/07/windows-7-shortcut-keys.aspx Win+UP Arrow Maximize the current window Win+Down Arrow If the current window is maximized, restore it; if the current window is restored, minimize it Win+Up Maximize Window Win+Down Minimize Window Win+Left Snap Window to left Win+Right Snap Window to right Win+Shift+Left Jump to left monitor Win+Shift+Right Jump to right monitor Win+Home Minimize / Restore all other windows Win+T Focus the first taskbar entry, similar to ALT +TAB Win+Shift+T Same…