Use Command Prompt to return the logged in user of a remote computer

If you need to determine the user account that is logged into a computer with a known IP address or computer name you may use the following command. This command is confirmed to work with Windows 7 but should also work the same on Windows 8 +.

You will need to make sure the Windows Firewall on the remote computer is configured to allow access inbound for “Remote Administration (RPC)” and/or “Remote Service Management (RPC)”

Open the Command Prompt and run:

“wmic.exe /node:(computer name or IP address) computersystem get username”

If you are returned an error of RPC server unavailable make sure the Firewall is open as described above.

Install Windows 7/Vista from USB flash drive

Here is a great article on how to install Windows 7 or Vista from a USB flash drive. It actually works as described.

http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-install-windows-7vista-from-usb-drive-detailed-100-working-guide/

Windows Small Business Server – TS Gateway Authentication issue

We recently implemented a new SBS 2008 server for one of our clients.  A user was going to be working from home and wanted to utilize thier corporate office desktop to get some tasks done.  They were able to authenticate to the Remote Web Workplace webpage successfully,  but were unable to connect to their Windows 7 desktop computer.  Every time they attempted to do so, their account was rejected with an error message: “The logon attempt failed”

I discovered the problem was due to an incorrect setting within IIS.

Here’s what I did to correct the problem:
I went to IIS Manager → Sites → SBS Web Applications → Rpc → Authentication.  There I found only “Basic Authentication” was enabled.

Enabled “Windows Authentication” then ran an IIS reset. When IIS came back online, I was able to connect via TS Gateway to the server and at least one workstation. I connected and disconnected multiple times and it had no problems. The end user verified they were also able to authenticate without error, and gained remote control of their Windows 7 computer.

Change default behavior for unidentified network in Vista/Windows Server 2008/Windows 7

I ran into an issue with a Hyper-V server with 6 NIC’s, some of the NIC’s in Network and Sharing center were being categorized as ‘unidentified network’ and giving the public designation. I could change it to private, but every reboot it would revert back. The issue with public network was that network discovery and file sharing was turned off, so even the NIC that was joined to the domain had little connectivity. Below fixed the issue.

You can change the security setting so that the network is not made public in the first place.

To do this on your local server or Vista/Windows 7 desktop , follow these steps:

1. Start –> run –> MMC –> press enter

2. In MMC console , from menu file select Add/Remove Snap-in

3. Select Group Policy Object editor –> Press Add –> select Local computer –> press OK –>press OK

4. Open Computer configration –>Windows Settings –>Security Settings –>select Network list manager policies
on the right Side you will see options for :

double click –>Unidentified networks

  Then you can select the option to consider the Unidentified networks as private and if user can change the
location

Find out what Windows Updates have been installed by using command prompt

To find out what Microsoft/Windows Updates have been installed, open command prompt and type:

wmic qfe list

This will work in Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7. You can also pipe it a text file if you needed to print it off or document it.

Windows 7: The Default Gateway is not Available

I encountered a problem affecting a Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit) system,  where the Internet connection was randomly disconnected, often while downloading a large file or streaming media across the network.  The Windows network troubleshooting wizard was able to correct the issue temporarily by performing a reset of the Network Adapter (Manually doing the same also restored connectivity).  Oddly enough,  the Local Area Network connection remained active,  but the Internet link was show as disconnected.  The network troubleshooting wizard identified the problem as being that the “Default Gateway was not available” even though the Broadband router was online and working fine for other computers.

After running some searches on the issue, I discovered that there were a large number of Windows 7 users who had been experiencing a similar problem.  The common factor was often the use of an NVidia NForce onboard network adapter,  however in this case the computer in question was using an Atheros 10/100/1000base-t controller (Onboard an ASUS motherboard).

The initial recommendation provided was that affected users should acquire updated NIC drivers from the manufacturer of their network card,  however there were no update drivers available for the Atheros card.

Luckily I came across information posted by a user suffering from the same problem on a similar system using the same onboard NIC (Atheros).  The recommendation that corrected the problem permanently was to:

Open Device Manager

Locate the Network Adapter

Right click, Properties

Go to Advanced tab

Locate the Task Offload (aka TCP offload) property on the list and set it to Disabled

After setting this property and applying the changes,  the Internet connection remained stable and no longer dropped out when transferring large amounts of data.

For more information see:
http://www.sevenforums.com/network-sharing/5787-problems-atheros-l1-ethernet-adapter-win7-x64.html
http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7hardware/thread/59bcb7f5-fcca-44a4-b1db-787b1d269825

Windows 7 GodMode

You may have come across news of a hidden feature in Windows 7 that was posted about on Cnet.com called Windows 7 GodMode.  It’s a little know feature of Windows that has been around since Vista, though few were aware of it’s existence until now.

GodMode is a feature that lets users access all of the Windows Control Panel options from a single window. No hidden Control Panel options are exposed,  but all the various options for the different Control Panel applets are shown.

To create your own GodMode folder where you can easily modify your computer settings, try the following:

Create a new folder (right-click and click on “New Folder”). Right-click on the folder and click on rename, copy and paste this: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

The GodMode section at the front of the string can contain any name you like,  GodMode was chosen for dramatic effect I’m sure.

Windows 7 Godmode

By creating a new folder in Windows 7 and renaming it with a certain text string at the end, users are able to have a single place to do everything from changing the look of the mouse pointer to making a new hard-drive partition.

To enter “GodMode,” one need only create a new folder and then rename the folder to the following:

 

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Credit to Ina Fried:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10423985-56.html?tag=TOCmoreStories.0

Windows 7 Launch

Windows 7, Microsoft’s newest desktop operating system, will be available to the public in less than two months. Starting October 22, you will be able to purchase a copy of Windows 7 or a PC pre-installed with Windows 7 from PC manufacturers and retailers. Windows 7 was designed to be simpler and easier to use than previous operating systems. Preliminary tests have shown that Windows 7 is about 20% faster than both Windows XP and Windows Vista.

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Windows 7 has some great new features:

  • Improved Taskbar:  In today’s working environment, you may have multiple documents open at once.  Instead of having to cycle through them, Windows 7 has a nice feature where you can click on the taskbar and receive a miniature preview of all the associated windows.  If you have similar documents and would like a larger preview, you simply mouse over the miniature window and you will be presented with a full screen preview of the current document.
  • Aero Shake: Aero Shake is a cool new feature that takes a windowed application and minimizes all of the other windows. Simply click and hold on the selectable area of any floating (non-maximized) window and shake your hand side to side vigorously. All of the windows behind it will minimize. Just repeat the action to restore those applications.
  • Jump lists: Jump lists are built into the taskbar and give you access to recently used items such as documents in Microsoft Word, music playlists, or recently browsed websites. Just right-click the application icon in your taskbar and that application’s jump list will appear.
  • Windows XP Mode: This is a new optional, free feature that Microsoft has added to bridge the gap between legacy applications and Windows 7. It allows previously-installed applications to run under Windows XP mode directly from your Windows 7 desktop.

For purchases made between June 29, 2009 and January 31, 2010, Microsoft is offering a free upgrade to Windows 7 to customers who purchase a copy of Windows Vista, or a PC with Windows Vista pre-installed.

With the increased simplicity and functionality of Windows 7, this fall is a great time to replace older and slower PCs, or to upgrade your operating system.

Contact KTS today for more details and to learn how to increase your users’ productivity with Windows 7.

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Burn .iso files to CD/DVD with Windows 7…. natively

Windows 7 allows you to burn ISO files (images) directly with no third-party plug-ins. All you have to do is right click on an ISO, and click “Burn Disk Image”.

My experience was a bit different, had to click “open with” then choose “Windows Disk Image Burner”, but it works as advertised. Too bad there isn’t a way to mount an ISO without 3rd party software, I guess we will have to wait until Windows 8, or W7 SP1??