SOLVED: How to Slipstream / Inject Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 Into An Existing Offline RTM Build .WIM

Wow, there is a lot of misinformation out there.  Here is how I did slipstreamed Service Pack 1 into Windows 7 (and this should be the same process for Server 2008 R2). These instructions require you to have WAIK – Windows Automated Install Kit, which you can get HERE. PREWORK – Prepeing the SP1 To Be Used In OffLine Mode: Note that some of this pre-work can apparently be done using THIS script file, but…

SOLVED: Your Searches Might Be Slow Because The Index Is Not Running

Windows Server 2008, R2, SBS 2008, R2 and SBS 2011 do not install the indexing service by default so you end up with very slow searches and errors / alerts that look like: and your desktop searches from Windows 7 and Vista, of network shares will be very slow.  You want something that will connect your desktop search to the servers index of files (and their contents) so that searches of the network are near…

Windows 95 Could In Theory Install on the Memory that is Integrated On The CPU!

New CPU’s have between 4MB and 8MB of Cache Memory on them and that is all that Windows 95 required to run (and you did not even need a CD rom): System requirements for installing Windows 95: 4 megabytes (MB) of memory (8 MB recommended) 386DX or higher processor (486 recommended) Typical hard disk space required to upgrade to Windows 95: 35-40 MB The actual requirement varies depending on the features you choose to install.…

SOLVED: What is the 100MB System Resevered Partition on All Windows 7 Boot Disks?

If you look at your “DISK 0” in DISK MANAGEMENT on Windows 7 you will see a hidden 100MB NTFS partition.  This partition is created early in Windows 7 installation process and it contains Boot Loader and system tools.  The idea being that if the partition you are using for data and programs becomes corrupt or damaged your machine will still be able to boot up and you can use the tools to recover or repair…

How to EASILY Create Videos From Still Pictures and Video Clips

I recently completed a Lunch & Learn on how to EASILY take any number of still photos / graphics and add it to video clips to make a single video using just FREE Microsoft software. The primary tool is Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 and this course covers: preparation adding and editing still pictures and video’s finding free music, adding it to the video and editing the background music pushing the resulting video to YouTube.com The…

SSD and RAID, What You NEED to Know

Originally, this post was titled:  “If you are planning on putting a couple of SSD drives in a RAID 1 (Mirror), don’t.” but after many more hours of calls to Intel and pages of reading I can safely say: “If you are planning on putting a couple of SSD drives in a RAID 1,5,6,10…, go right ahead!” THE PROBLEM WITH ‘TRIM’: SSD’s perform two writes for every one you ask them to do.  The first write, wipes…

Performance Improvements Between Old and New Netbooks (as Compared to a Standard PC)

Intel recently released the new NM10 chipset which enables the newest Atom CPU’s, the dual core + dual hyperthread N550, which support 64 bit Windows.   I already own an LG x110 with a very nice Atom 270 (roughly the same performance as the Atom 450) and I wanted to know the performance improvements between the old and the new netbooks.  Sooo, I downloaded www.passmark.com ‘s free and easy benchmark software and this is what I…

Cannot Adjust Power Settings on Your Samsung Laptop?

To be direct the answer is disable Samsung FAST START program. Samsung’s own software overrides Windows 7 POWER OPTIONS settings and greys out several options, including: REQUIRE A PASSWORD ON WAKEUP POWER BUTTON AND LID LID CLOSE ACTIONS POWER BUTTON ACTIONS SLEEP BUTTON ACTION FAST START is enabled by default and it claims to ‘enable’ the laptop to enter sleep mode whatever the power settings. In fact it forces sleep mode by hard setting all the power-off options…

How To Disassemble Seagate 3TB GoFlex Drive and Use it Internally

Seagate does not sell a 3TB external drive (as of December 2010) but I needed one. The only other drive today is Western Digitals 3TB but it is slower, and I am not a fan of Western Digital… oh ya, and the Seagate 3TB EXTERNAL was $40 LESS expensive that the 3TB WD INTERNAL.  This made my decision to rip appart a brand new Seagate 3TB GoFlex drive an easy one. Check out our video —————–…

Windows 7 Versions / Editions Compared

Win 7 comes in many different flavours but in North America there are only 5. Quick Notes: If you are using Windows 7 Starter, about the only things you will find annoying is the inability to change wallpapers and that lack of Aero (the glass like window frames in 7) Ultimate and Enterprise are the same product however Windows 7 Enterprise is a corporate license only SKU which allows the user to access some additional software…

How to Disable Windows 7 ‘ Aero Snap ‘ Feature

Aero is the name for the Windows 7  interface (GUI) and Snap is the feature which resizes windows when you drag them to the edge of a screen.  Personally I like most of the AERO SNAP features but I don’t like the one that kicks in when you drag a Window to the left or right edge of the screen.  However, without a registry entry there is no way to turn off only a part…

How to Clean / Remove and Recover from a Virus From Your PC

This is the complete virus cleaning guide.  There are many ways to clean a virus from your computer and I will list them in from the easiest to the most complex.  Contrary to commonly held beliefs, there are MANY nasty virus’ for Apple Mac’s, iPhones, Linux and Unix, however this document is only intended to be used by Windows machines. By Ian Matthews, Up & Running Technologies Inc, Feb 10, 2010 NOTICE: This information is…

How to Install Windows 7 Group Policies on a Windows 2008 R1 Domain

by Ian Matthews – September 13, 2010 REQUIREMENTS: This will only work if your domain is running at Server 2008 R1 (with any service pack).  If you have R2 of 2008, then you already have this policy templates and so this is a waste of your time.  If you have 2003, I think you are toast (but I am not certain). As always these instructions are provided without warrenty or support so be careful. PROCESS:…

How To Disable UAC Elevation Prompt for Point and Print Printer Driver Installs By Restricted Users on Windows 7

By Ian Matthews  – September 13, 2010 BRIEF HISTORY: Under XP there was limited security on print driver installation by restricted users.  Under Vista there were serious limitations put on Restricted Users which you could resolve easily via Group Policy.  Under Windows 7, the same restriction applied but the security was moved from USER SETTINGS to COMPUTER SETTINGS.  This is a pain in the butt to figure out. GROUP POLICY: To have Group Policy manage printers…

How to Legally Image Windows PC’s With an OEM License

By Ian Matthews   January 22, 2009    NOTE: The author will not accept responsibility for damages as a result of following the suggestions below.  They are provided “as is” and you need to verify these facts with your Microsoft licence in your country  Since the new licencing model release in January of 2007 (about the time Vista was released) Microsoft has had several public articles which state you must own an OEM licence AND an Open…