Students in virtually all of my classes ask about the wmpnetwk process. They see it running on client computers running Windows 7 and Windows XP, they see it on Windows Server… they see it everywhere! It usually isn’t taking up much memory or processor time, but they want to know what it is, how it … Continue reading What is wmpnetwk.exe and Can I Kill It?
Has your NetBIOS based network applications stopped working? Have you recently upgraded your operating system to either Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008? Are you using an LMHosts file to resolve the NetBIOS Name to an IP Address? If so, there is a simple solution to your problem. First, what is causing the problem; Windows … Continue reading How to get NetBIOS based network applications working in Win7 or Server 2008
Windows automated installation tools afford the opportunity to customize the Windows 7 (and Windows 8) image files prior to deployment. Building and capturing a reference computer image affords the opportunity to deploy an image that not only meets customer needs, but also enables premeditated feature deployment and security decisions. Both feature control and security are … Continue reading Tips for Using Local Group Policy in your Windows Pre Deployment Image Windows 7 & 8
Just installed Windows 8 Release Preview to see if game play is any better or easier. Yes. And NO. It is clear that the infrastructure is taking shape. The Release Preview provides more depth and stability than the Developer and Consumer Previews. In order to install the Release Preview, I had to throw away all … Continue reading Windows 8 Release Preview – Back to the Drawing Board
In a previous blog Windows 8 Consumer Preview, I discussed the significant challenge learning curve navigating through Windows 8. One response asked for a table of shortcut keys or mouse movements. Windows 7 provides some very useful keystrokes. Powerful tools for the user and the IT professional. Microsoft provides a link to Windows 7 keyboard … Continue reading Windows 7 versus Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts
The Cipher.exe command line tool was originally released with Windows 2000, commensurate with the release of NTFS V5.0 and the ability to use the Encrypting File System (EFS). Microsoft continues to upgrade the tool as Windows Operating System security solutions evolve. With the release of Windows 7, the Cipher command becomes a critical component of … Continue reading Windows 7 – How to use Cipher.exe – A Critical Win 7 security Tool
With the advent of customizable Microsoft .wim files, students often ask if there is a best file structure for gathering and maintaining drivers and images. The textbook answer is ‘develop a structure that supports your environment’, effectively another way to say ‘it depends’. After providing varied examples, I wondered if there might be a related … Continue reading Best Practice – Folder Structure for Building Windows Images and Maintaining Drivers in Win7 Server2008 & Server 8
Learn how to manage BitLocker in Windows 7. Once a data drive has been encrypted using BitLocker on Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate, what does BitLocker Management entail? A brief overview of BitLocker iconography, management menu, password reset and recovery using a 60 GB data partition that has previously been protected with BitLocker on a … Continue reading Video: Windows 7- Managing BitLocker in Win7 and working with Recovery Key encryptions