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Guide: How to delete Windows.old in Windows 8.1

If you have upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 you might have noticed that there is a directory under the System Drive called Windows.old. This folder contains the contents from the previously installed Operating System, and can safely be removed if you haven’t placed anything in the Windows directory that you need to retrieve. Here is how you remove it: 1. Open Windows Explorer 2. Right-click C: and select Properties 3. Select Disk Cleanup 4. In order for you…

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Issue with mounting new ISO files from TechNet in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Preview

Yesterday, I downloaded Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview, so I could install it on my Surface Pro. I went to TechNet, downloaded the ISO, everything seemed fine, but then I tried to mount the ISO. This is the error that I received: “Sorry, there was a problem mounting the file.” I thought that it might have been my download that was corrupt, so I downloaded it once again, tried to mount it, but still with the same error. My conclusion was…

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Bitlocker, Blog, Powershell

How To Check Bitlocker Status using the Command Line

INTRODUCTION Bitlocker is Microsoft’s encryption method and was introduced with Windows Vista. Enabling encryption in your environment is generally recommended to increase security. This blog post describes how to check Bitlocker status in Windows 10. After enabling Bitlocker in your organization, you might want a simple command for checking the encryption status of a client. SOLUTION With the help of this simple command, you can see the encryption status. This command can also be run remotely on a client.

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Work Smart Guides for Windows 8

Microsoft has a series of guides called the “Work Smart Guides”, which cover some of their products such as: – Forefront Identity Manager – Office – Sharepoint – System Center Configuration Manager – Windows Vista – Windows 7 – Windows Phone They have now added guides for Windows 8 as well. Check them out! Work Smart: Backing Up Your Data and Settings This guide provides information on how to set up and use the new File History feature in Windows…

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How to force specific sites to always run in Compatibility View using Group Policy

Add a site to Group Policy setting - Compatibility view GPO

INTRODUCTION If you have specific sites which do not work in newer versions of Internet Explorer, you can force them to always run in Compatibility View, meaning that they will run as if they were run in Internet Explorer 7. There are GPO settings to force specific IE Zones to always run in Compatibility View, but here’s how you set it for specific sites. SOLUTION Open Group Policy Management Create or edit the GPO that will be used to force…

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New Microsoft certification: MCSA Windows 7

Today I received an e-mail from Microsoft congratulating me on the new certification MCSA: Windows 7. MCSA stands for “Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate” and these are entry-level certifications in the new Microsoft certification structure. Turns out that everyone that has had either the “MCITP: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator” or “MCITP: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician” certifications will receive this new certification automatically. If you have received the MCSA: Windows 7 certification, you will only need to take another upgrade exam for the…

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How to create a bootable Windows 8 USB using Diskpart

I definately prefer to create a bootable USB for my Windows 8 media instead of using a CD-ROM, due to a number of reasons. First of all, some of my devices don’t have a CD-ROM player. Second, the installation will be much faster if run from a USB compared to a CD. A 56x CD-ROM player has a theoretical maximum speed of 8.6 MB/s, compared to 625 MB/s on a USB3 connector. On my home server I installed Windows 8…

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How To Enable PXE in Hyper-V for Legacy Boot

Add Legacy Adapter Step 1

INTRODUCTION Today, I wanted to virtualize a client that I’ve previously had as a seperate machine. So, I thought that I would just do a clean installation of the system via PXE-boot. This is a guide for how to get PXE to work in Hyper-V for Legacy Boot (not UEFI). SOLUTION CREATE VIRTUAL SWITCH First you need to create a virtual switch. This is needed for the Virtual Machine to be able to communicate with the network. If you already…

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Don’t forget Windows Update in Windows 8!

  Today I’ve been having some serious keyboard issues with my Windows 8 client and I just realized that I had never updated my Windows 8 Release Preview. When doing a check for updates, I found that there were a bunch of vendor specific drivers for my laptop (Lenovo) that were made available for Windows 8. I’ve been trying to get the Windows 7 drivers for these devices to work on Windows 8, but with no luck, so that’s great…

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