Need help on Help?

For the record, I think Microsoft is brilliant! Brilliant as a star in another Galaxy… The key point being that sometimes they are in another galaxy. I cannot open Help files that require the Windows Help (WinHlp32.exe) program. On computers that are running Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2, you may be unable to open Help files that require the Windows Help (WinHlp32.exe) program. This article contains information about a download that helps you fix this problem. Microsoft stopped including the 32-bit Help file viewer in Windows releases beginning with Windows Vista and Windows … Continue reading Need help on Help?

Using Windows 7 Godmode to create administrative shortcuts to wizards and common functions.

In a previous post I described what is popularly know as Windows 7 Godmode. Some administrators like to find shortcuts that make their life easier and so leveraging the functions of “GodMode” this post talks about how to create shortcuts to common administrative tasks. In this example I will show you how to create a shortcut to the “View Network Connections” windows, a commonly used administrative folder which has been isolated a bit in Windows 7. Create a folder any where on your computer named :JeffLoucksAdministrativeFolder.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} Open the folder you just created. In the search dialog in Windows Explorer type … Continue reading Using Windows 7 Godmode to create administrative shortcuts to wizards and common functions.

Windows 7: What to do if you can’t find a driver

I am not one to plug companies I wouldn’t use. So know this first, I have used Driver Detective. Some people out there will be upgrading to Windows 7 and will run into problems finding a driver. Now when I ran into the this problem in the early betas of Windows 7 I spent time looking for drivers online. I used some pretty specific techniques that everyday users would find impressive but I say are just plain time consuming. And I don’t have time for it. So for that reason I would like to introduce you to one of the greatest … Continue reading Windows 7: What to do if you can’t find a driver

Windows 7: Display settings – how to make your monitor display perfect for you

I started out troubleshooting my Logitech Webcam software which is not perfect and low and behold I stumbled across the Display Color Calibration Wizard. Now I had used this wizard with Vista 64bit but somehow and it might be DirectX11, Windows 7 is better. First the wizArd can be triggered by going to Start and typing Display Color Calibration in the search and choosing the wizard from the results. Here is what the first page of the Display Color Calibration looks like: Stepping through the wizard and the subsequent Cleartype Wizard which is trigger automatically, I found that text clarity and color … Continue reading Windows 7: Display settings – how to make your monitor display perfect for you

How to Determine If You have a 64bit version of Windows 7

So your new Windows 7 box just arrived and they said it is 64bit. Cool. Now how do you check. Here are some tips which IT Pros have used for years but first the fastest way to find out: #1 Way to determine if you have 64 Bit Windows. Using DxDiag. Click the Start Button Type dxdiag in the search and press Enter The DirectX Diagnostic Tool will open. On the System Tab  locate the Operating System Row and Check for 64 bit Also note at the bottom you have the ability to run the 64-bit version of the DxDiag tool. … Continue reading How to Determine If You have a 64bit version of Windows 7

First Windows 7 OEM box arrived by courier today

My father’s new desktop arrived today by courier and it has Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit edition on the box. This marks the official launch of Windows 7 a product that really has treated me well for nearly 6 months now. When the Release to Manufacturing announced 2 months ago I upgraded my Vista Ultimate 64 bit to Windows 7 and boy it has been great ever since. My father has been using Windows 7 Ultimate since July for their media center and Windows 7 Home Premium on his netbook and he was excited to get a replacement for his XP workstation … Continue reading First Windows 7 OEM box arrived by courier today

Creating bootable USB using Diskpart and using it to install Windows 7

There has got to be a way to create a bootable USB drive using Windows! In this article I will describe how to do it with nothing more than the Windows DVD and a separate Windows workstation. First of all, I hate that HP utility that needs a floppy. What the tarnation is that? If you don’t have a DVD of a floppy drive you need this method. Before we begin you will need to know a few things. You will need to know the drive letters of your drives such as the DVD drive with the Windows 7 media, the drive … Continue reading Creating bootable USB using Diskpart and using it to install Windows 7

Hyper-V: Disk2vhd Free Physical Disk Conversion tool

Well dual boot just went obsolete. At least installing to two different directories it did. Now you can achieve true isolation. Mark Rusinovich wizard extraordinaire and the Microsoft Sysinternals team launched a great new tool. Disk2VHD excerpted from the Sysinternals site:  Download Disk2vhd (704 KB) Introduction Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk – Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online. Disk2vhd uses Windows’ … Continue reading Hyper-V: Disk2vhd Free Physical Disk Conversion tool

Hyper-V 2008 R2 – Gotcha #1 – How to install Windows Server 2003 SP2 without a network card

Well I am deep into using Hyper-V R2 and I have probably forgotten a dozen things that caught me off guard at the beginning. I have resolved to just blog about them as they come up rather that put them in order of importance. In order for Hyper-V 2008 R2 Integration services to be installed on Windows Server 2003, SP2 needs to be installed. Now in most circustances this would not be a problem because you could use slipstreamimng to make another ISO image with the SP2 or SP3 install files. For more information on slip streamimng look here: How … Continue reading Hyper-V 2008 R2 – Gotcha #1 – How to install Windows Server 2003 SP2 without a network card

The Windows 8 Task Manager? – GPU Usage monitoring becomes a requirement

Over the past 2 weeks I have been conducting performance testing on Autodesk Inventor using three different Operating Systems. Essentially the results of the testing revealed that unless applications are optimized for specific hardware much of the horse power we buy goes unused and wasted. One has to wonder if the inherent monitoring tools we see in Windows are really giving us the full picture. Perhaps the easiest thing to point at is Windows 7 current lack of GPU monitoring. Diagram of a possible Windows 8 Task Manager. Essentially the next Windows version after Windows 7 will be tackling new hurdles … Continue reading The Windows 8 Task Manager? – GPU Usage monitoring becomes a requirement