NicolTIP#018: How use ION acceleration with XBMC 10.0 and Windows 7

Starting from version 10.0 XBMC can use hardware acceleration to render video (DXVA 2 support for H.264, VC-1, and WMV9) on Windows 7 too(http://mirrors.xmission.com/xbmc/releases/10.0-Dharma-changelog.txt). This is very useful if you have, like me, a ION based media center with a ATOM processor or similar that is not able to manage 1080p movies. you can find…

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NicolTIP#011: Boot Windows Server 2008 R2 from VHD within Windows 7

Bare in mind that I already have Windows 7 installed. Physical disk that will hold VHD file must be formatted (does not have to be empty, can not be USB) Boot from Windows Server 2008 R2 DVD When first installation dialog box appears pres SHIFT + F10 to open command prompt Launch diskpart At diskpart…

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NicolTIP#009: How to Sysprep a machine with Windows 2003, Windows 2008 / 2008R2, Windows 7

I’m writing here because every time I need to set up a bunch of virtual machines, I have to go back and look up where to find the Sysprep tool and how to use it.   Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 7: C:\Windows\System32\sysprep\sysprep.exe     Windows 2003: Open <DVD>:\Support\Tools\Deploy.cab and extract setupcl.exe, setupmgr.exe, and…

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NicolTIP#008: Windows 7 *God* mode

God Mode is a secret Windows 7 Feature (If you can call so!!), which provides you an extended control panel to control your machine. Here are the Steps to invoke the God Mode: Create a new folder (right-click and click on “New Folder”). Right-click on the folder and click on rename, copy and paste this:…

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NicolTIP#004: seven new keyboard shortcuts for Window 7

I love keyboard shortcuts and W7 add some new really cool… Managing Your Windows. Windows 7 simplifies document and program management by allowing you to “dock” a window or manipulate its size with one mouse maneuver or a simple keystroke. To dock your window on one half of the screen, drag it to the left…

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