Before you install Windows 7 Service Pack 1…

…make darn sure you have already installed the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 (if you want to use them, of course). Otherwise, like me, you’ll likely resort to nuking your desktop and starting over. Earlier this week, I posted about how I rebuilt my Windows 7 desktop while installing a new solid-state drive…

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Windows 7 SP1/SSD Rebuild (and MaxPatchCacheSize = 0)

I spent a few hours last night (and another hour this morning) rebuilding my Windows 7 desktop that I use as my primary workstation (WOLVERINE). In case you haven’t heard, Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 was released a few weeks ago. Note that I certainly don’t rebuild my computers…

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What’s in your Jump List?

Nearly three years ago, I wrote a post that described the BackedUp and NotBackedUp folders I use on almost every computer I ever log on to (my laptop, desktop, a handful of servers, and more than a dozen VMs). I also showed how I created taskbar shortcuts to quickly access my NotBackedUp and Toolbox folders….

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Script to Clear (and Save) Event Logs

As I was writing my first post earlier this morning, I wondered if I had previously shared the script I use to quickly clear the event logs on a server (but saving them first — just in case I need to go back and retrieve something from the “archive”). I did a quick search on…

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Soluto and Antivir Solution Pro Virus

Update (2010-08-05) Note that I was unable to reproduce the virus infection after installing Soluto on a different environment. I encourage you to read my next post instead of — or in addition to — this post. In one of the sessions I attended last week at TechReady (an internal training conference at Microsoft), the…

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Removing Downloaded Program Files (e.g. ActiveX Controls) in Windows 7/IE 8

In the latest sprint on my current project, we are adding yet another major feature to a customer service portal — specifically, the ability to view live video feeds from security cameras. The vendor this particular customer has selected for providing the camera functionality utilizes several ActiveX controls to implement video feeds. Consequently, one of…

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