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Windows 8.1 Update: Improvements and Changes

As you are aware, the last few articles that I wrote about are regarding the Windows 8 Start Menu. I talked about creating new shortcuts and how to navigate easier with the start menu. On April 15, 2014, Microsoft released this software, which you could get the latest update from with Windows Update or from […]

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Adding Shortcuts to the Windows 8 Start Menu

One of the main concerns with the Windows 8 Start Menu is that it changed the end user experience and software behavior that people had gotten used to with Windows. Last week, my article discussed how you can navigate easier with Windows key shortcuts, like using the Windows+X. (As seen below) In addition to using […]

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Navigating easier with the Windows 8.1 Start Menu

Windows 8/Server 2012 changed the way, user interacted with the desktop and safe to say at this point, a lot of people were unhappy with the new design. Personally, I feel it is a shame, because I feel that Windows 8/Server 2012 is the best operating system that Microsoft has released to date. I am […]

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Hardware Changes in Windows 2012 RS VM’s

I have been reading a few of the latest Ebooks from Microsoft press lately: Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals In this book, I felt it gave one of the better summaries of the new changes with Hyper-V and I am just copying a section from them as seen below. […]

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Video: Installing Tracetcp, Tcping, WireShark and PortQry

The information provided in this video is meant as a tutorial. It is not the final word on security or setup for your particular case. In Simpler terms: USE at your own risk. That said, I hope it helps. Loading the player … This is the last of a four part series on networking troubleshooting: […]

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Video: WireShark Network Capture

The information provided in this video is meant as a tutorial. It is not the final word on security or setup for your particular case. In Simpler terms: USE at your own risk. That said, I hope it helps. Loading the player … This is part three of a four part series on networking troubleshooting: […]

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Video: Name Resolution and Port Queries

The information provided in this video is meant as a tutorial. It is not the final word on security or setup for your particular case. In Simpler terms: USE at your own risk. That said, I hope it helps. Loading the player … This is part two of a four part series on networking troubleshooting: […]

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Video: Using Tracetcp versus Tracert

The information provided in this video is meant as a tutorial. It is not the final word on security or setup for your particular case. In Simpler terms: USE at your own risk. That said, I hope it helps. Loading the player … This is part one of a four part series on networking troubleshooting: […]

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HOW TO: Deploy Windows 8.1 via WINPE USB Disk

Recently, I had to create a custom image and I was pleasantly surprised with the way it turned out. It allowed me to shave 3 hours off an installation, so I could deploy a standard image to workstations. This is part three of a three part series that will detail how to perform the following […]

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HOW TO: Sysprep with Windows 8.1

Recently, I had to create a custom image and I was pleasantly surprised with the way it turned out. It allowed me to shave 3 hours off an installation, so I could deploy a standard image to workstations. This is part two of a three-part series that will detail how to perform the following tasks: […]

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HOW TO: Create Windows PE Disk to USB Flash Drive

Recently, I had to create a custom image and I was pleasantly surprised with the way it turned out. It allowed me to shave 3 hours off an installation, so I could deploy a standard image to workstations. This is part one of a 3 part series that will detail how to perform the following […]

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How to Disable Screen Auto-Rotation in Windows 8.X

Windows 8 is strongly aimed at tablets and touch enabled devices, most of which will allow their use in both landscape and portrait orientations. Depending on your personal preference, you might want to disable this auto-rotating behavior, but had a hard time finding a way to do it. Well you are in luck today and […]

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HOW TO: Using MessageAnalyzer to export files to Wireshark

Sometimes you may get a file (usually from an open source system, such as Linux) that has network data. If you try to use notepad to open it in Windows, you will see that it is in binary. The text will be unreadable and you may also think that this file provides no value. (As […]

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Using Variables in PowerShell

In my last article, I talked about using variables in PowerShell. Today, I want to talk about a problem that I encountered and solved using a variable to help me present the data for analysis. Over the years, I have a lot of friends call on me for assistance when their computers stopped working as […]

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PowerShell Basics: Using Variables

Variables are a fundamental part of Windows PowerShell. They’re quite different from the variables in Cmd.exe. In Cmd.exe, all variables are environment variables, which you primarily access with the Set command. The environment variables can store only strings of text. (You can store a number in an environment variable, but it’s up to the program […]

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How does Instant File Initialization Help Your Databases?

In an earlier article, I spoke about a Best Practice called File Initialization. I walk you through setting it up I pointed you to a blog by Kimberly Tripp. Today, I want to show you how much time it will save you. I know this may seem like a silly question, but don’t you want […]

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List of Windows OS Version Numbers

I was watching a video and saw someone open a command prompt to issue a netstat to check on current TCP connections. I noticed the version number and suspected that this was Windows Vista: It turns out that I was correct with my guess that it was Windows Vista, but I decided to put together a […]

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Navigating the Start Menu in Windows 8 and Server 2012

Here is the new Windows 8 Menu that people are both not happy with and also trying to figure out how to use. I have written a few articles about the new start menu in Windows 8/Server 2012. (As seen below) Today I wanted to write another article to help people navigate through this new […]

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PowerShell Script to create a Shutdown/Restart/Logoff Windows 8 Tile for the Start menu

One of my more popular articles on this site, is the Finding the Start Menu in Windows Server 2012. It walks you through the basic changes of the new start menu. Most of the complaints that I have heard is that it hard to quickly reboot, shutdown or logoff a system or it is hard […]

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HOW TO: Enable Windows Key on Logitech G510 Keyboard

I switched to a new keyboard recently (G510 keyboard) and noticed that the Windows Key no longer worked. On Windows 7, this was not such a big deal, but on my Windows 8 installations it was starting to become very annoying. To make matter worse when I searched for it via Microsoft support forums none […]

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