Add the IE8 ADM file to available GPOs

This little utility installs the IE8 GPO settings on your domain controller so that the IE8 GPO settings are available for you to populate throughout your hierarchy.  Distribute it using your favorite software distribution app, or install directly on the domain controller that houses the GPMC.

Download: IE8 GPO Installation

Installation developed with SMS Installer.

Fixing remote redirect downloads in IE8

When you click a link on some web sites to do things like create reports, generate stats in file formats (Excel, PDF, etc.) the link redirects to a generated download, i.e., the download doesn’t come from the specific site where the link resides.  This can cause the download or report generation to fail.  And, there will be no error message – IE8 will act like its working, even open a pop-up window briefly, but then just return to the original web site screen.

You can add the site to the list of for Compatibility View, turn off the pop-up blocker, but the link will still fail.

Users will curse IE8, saying that IE8 broke their favorite web sites but there’s a quick fix.

In IE8:

  1. Click Tools-Internet Options.
  2. Click on the Security tab.
  3. With the Internet zone selected, click the Custom Level… button.
  4. Navigate down to the Downloads section and find the Automatic prompting for file downloads option.
  5. Enable this option and the web links will start working. You may have to close IE8 and reopen it in some cases.

Upgrading to Windows 7 RC – your Windows Mobile device will not install

If you’re upgrading to Windows 7 RC on your computer (instead of the recommended “start from scratch and migrate data and apps”) you may find that your Windows Mobile device will no longer connect after the upgrade.  This was a reported problem during Windows 7 beta, but it looks like the issue still exists in the RC of Windows 7.

To fix the problem…

  1. Disconnect your device for your PC.
  2. From the Start Menu open the Control Panel.
  3. Select Hardware and Sound and then Device Manager.
  4. Connect your device to you PC.  The associated driver will show up (appear before your eyes) under Network adapter.
  5. Right-click on the driver and select Uninstall.
  6. After the driver uninstalls, disconnect your device.
  7. After about 5 seconds, reconnect your device and WMDC will now recognize your device and the driver installation will be successful.

Upgrading to Windows 7 – the All Programs fix

For any move to a newer Windows operating system, you’re are going to want to do a clean installation and then migrate your files and apps.  That’s the recommendation.

However, some may be inclined to just do an in-place upgrade.  It happens.

I did an in-place upgrade yesterday from Windows Vista to Windows 7 RC and all of the items in START-All Programs disappeared!

Apparently, there’s a bug or limitation to how many Program items can be displayed in the Windows 7 RC All Programs spot.  If you have over 80 items prior to the upgrade none of them will show up afterwards.

The fix is to consolidate or delete Program items from the list until it is under 80 items.  But, how do you get to the Program items to do this?

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Right-click on All Programs.
  3. Choose Open All Users.
  4. Open the Programs folder.
  5. Move listed items into other folders, or delete items in the list until the number of items is under 80.

Allowing PowerShell to Query Remotely through a GPO

If you want to query remote computers' WMI properties on your network using PowerShell, this quick GPO setting can open the proper ports on the remote workstations.

Creating a new GPO at the domain level:

  1. Under the Local Computer Policy heading, double-click Computer Configuration.
  2. Double-click Administrative Templates, Network, Network Connections, and then Windows Firewall.
  3. If the computer is in the domain, then double-click Domain Profile; otherwise, double-click Standard Profile.
  4. Click Windows Firewall: Allow remote administration exception.
  5. On the Action menu, select Properties.
  6. Click Enable, and then click OK.

PowerShell Script to Retrieve the Laptop’s Battery Status

Use this PowerShell script to learn about a laptop's battery status.

Copy and paste from between the lines.


$computer = "LocalHost"
$namespace = "root\WMI"
Get-WmiObject -class BatteryStatus -computername $computer -namespace $namespace


Information retrieved:


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