Finding the Microsoft File Transfer Manager

This is really just a reminder blog post for me. Way too often I find that I have closed the Microsoft File Transfer Manager for one reason or another, and I want to start it up again to resume some download from my MSDN Subscription. Like today, I need to grab the latest version of SQL Server 2008 R2, which includes built-in Split, RegEx and Fuzzy matching features for T-SQL (something I’ve wanted for a long time, and that I’ll blog more about later, once I’ve had a chance to try it out). It’s a large download, and not something … Continue reading Finding the Microsoft File Transfer Manager

Non-Administrators couldn’t log in, and Admins couldn’t Run As Admin

One of the Windows 7 machines in my house had a problem recently. Non-admins couldn’t log in, and there was a message saying that the System Event Notification Service wasn’t running. I could log in as admin, but couldn’t escalate to run things as Administrator. The error “The system could not find the environment option that was entered” would appear. The standard web searches weren’t my friend, but I eventually found that if I started in Safe Mode, I could run a Command Prompt as Administrator and disable UAC. Then I could log in as me (with admin privileges), and … Continue reading Non-Administrators couldn’t log in, and Admins couldn’t Run As Admin

Book review: Windows 7 Inside Out

Perhaps it’s because I keep finding new things about Windows 7 that I really like… Today’s one was that you can drag the top (or bottom) edge of a window to the edge of a screen and have that window fill the screen vertically, but keeping the left and right edges still (great for when you don’t want it maximised, or docked to the left or right). Another favourite of mine is that you can Shift+Right-click on a file and see “Copy as Path”, which is great when you want to paste the full path into a textbox, or PowerShell, … Continue reading Book review: Windows 7 Inside Out

Hey Microsoft – let me restrict my network connections better!

I’m sure you know the feeling… you jump online by tethering to your mobile because you want to check a particular website, and all of a sudden you find your connection is being flooded by a Windows Update, or Live Mesh download, or a Sync Framework thing. Perhaps even Outlook is downloading your Junk Mail folder for you. But all you wanted was to check what the weather was – but it’s just cost you a fortune in download fees. Situation is that running applications will check for an internet connection, and then take advantage of it – with no … Continue reading Hey Microsoft – let me restrict my network connections better!

Disabling the beep

I thought I’d blogged about this before, but when talking about with Simon Sabin just now, I couldn’t find it. Simon’s just blogged a couple of ways of stopping the beep from the command line. Here’s one using a User Interface. Go to Device Manager, and make sure that “Show Hidden Devices” is checked in the View menu. Now you can find the Beep in the “Non-Plug and Play Drivers” section and edit its properties (setting it to Disabled).