Windows 7 is the Microsoft PC operating system released in October 2009. It is the successor to Windows Vista and has been succeeded by Windows 8. It shared the same UI style as Windows Vista, but was based on an incrementally newer version of the NT kernel (6.1, from 6.0) and was released in 6 ...

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Make windows 7 client compatible with windows 2003 server

I am sysadmin for a small business with 30 clients. We have a server running windows 2003 and all the client-computers run windows XP. Now this is not an important issue, but it would be nice if it ...
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What parts of a Roaming Profile get uploaded in Windows 7?

In previous versions of Windows, the Roaming Profile is uploaded only when the user logs off. However, in Windows 7, a Group Policy setting can allow the registry file to be uploaded in the ...
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How do I turn windows features on or off using powershell or commandline in windows 7?

I have scripted against sysocmgr in windows xp, servermanagercmd in server 2008, and now I find that I have to use a new powershell module servermanager to install features on Server 2008 R2 and so I ...
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Connect to Linux-based VPN Using Windows 7's Native VPN Connection Wizard?

Does anyone know if I can run a Linux-based VPN server on my Ubuntu server and connect to it using Windows 7’s native VPN connection wizard? If this is possible, which VPN server should I use? ...
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Windows Event Log Forwarding

I am currently prototyping a setup, in which a Windows Server 2008 is configured as a central logging instance for Windows XP and Windows 7 clients via source initiated event forwarding. All computers ...
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Mass delete mapped & local printers

Is there any way to mass remove all local and network mapped printers from all workstations on a domain via group policy or a batch file? I need to remove local Windows 7 printers such as Fax, ...
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Win7-Server2008 RDP connection hangs on “Securing Remote Connection” for 20-30 seconds

I have a problem that googling has turned up nothing, except this question on experts exchange which I borrowed most of the text from. :) When I connect via Remote Desktop to a new Windows 2008 R2 ...
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Remote Desktop - remote computer that was reached is not the one you specified

We just setup some new Windows 2008 R2 servers and we are unable to Remote Desktop into them from our Windows 7 desktops. Remote desktop connects, but after we provide credentials we get: The ...
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Is there a Windows 7 compatible IPSec VPN client that allows protocol and port specific rules?

I'm looking for a Windows 7 compatible IPSec VPN client that allows protocol and port specific rules as well as an aggressive mode. On Windows XP and Vista we've used SafeNet SoftRemote in which you ...
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Enable offline file sync for computer owner only

At the school I am interning at, all students and faculty have a mapped home folder known as the "M:" drive for storing files that they can access from all computers. For faculty who have laptops, we ...
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VPN Connection causes DNS to use wrong DNS server

I have a Windows 7 PC on our company network (which is a member of our Active Directory). Everything works fine until I open a VPN connection to a customer's site. When I do connect, I lose network ...
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Can I modify a Windows 7 environment to allow a .NET program to always run as Administrator?

We are about to roll out several hundred new machines running Windows 7 x64, with the OS installed via WDS so at the moment we can make changes and sysprep them into the build. The problem is a ...
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Query schtasks using Powershell

On a Windows7 machine I am trying I can run a query to view all the scheduled tasks using schtasks.exe This is fine but I would also like to filter the result set using something like schtasks ...
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How to Install an executable as a Windows Service

I have an executable that doesn't require any interaction with the user and I want to install it as a Windows service; what do I need to have and do to make that happen? I didn't write the app; I ...
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Roaming Profiles: Simultaneous Logins of Same User

I am administering a Windows Server 2008 R2 environment that is using roaming profiles and folder redirection. The client machines are running Windows 7. Due to the nature of the business, users ...
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Logging onto Windows local computer without local or network account

I have a Windows 7 Professional machine that has accidentally been removed from the active directory on the domain controller. Therefore the network does not recognize this machine and the machine ...
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OpenVPN over TCP, terrible latency but only on Win7 x64

I know TCP encapsulated over TCP is a terrible idea in general, but I can deal with the occasional decreased performance and MTU issues, and the snowball effect TCP within TCP provides where error ...
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Environment Variables in PATH Not Expanded for non-Admin Command Prompt?

I have a Windows 7 machine which, when Command Prompt is run by a normal user, fails to expand environment variables in the %PATH%. If command prompt is instead run as administrator (right click, Run ...
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Enabling Multiple Monitor Support from Terminal Services/Remote Desktop over Citrix

Our Remote Desktop/Terminal Services solution where I work relies on Citrix for machines not connected via the VPN. We're using Citrix Xen server (I'm pretty sure) and I'm going to try to connect to a ...
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repetitive errors on user machines - DC migration from a windows XP based to a windows 7 based network

I'm replacing all the old windows XP machines in my network to new machines running windows 7. I hoped it would be an easy task, but apparently it isn't: all the machines I've installed (using WDS) ...
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Force logoff of idle users on Windows 7 workstation with fast user switching enabled

We have mission-critical Windows 7 workstations on our network that must be available to any user at any time, even when it has been locked by a prior user. Thus, we have fast user switching enabled. ...
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What is needed for 'Previous Versions' to be visible on the client OS?

I have servers with Shadow Copies enabled taking snapshots a couple times a day. From the server, if you look at the local devices you can see the Previous Versions being populated reliably. But ...
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Windows 7 network performance tuning for LAN

I want to tune Windows 7 TCP stack for speed in a LAN environment. Bit of background info: I've got a Citrix XenServer set up with Windows 2008R2, Windows 7 and Debian Lenny with Citrix kernel, ...
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Windows 7 “Cryptographic Operators”

This TechNet blog states that: Cryptographic Operators: FIPS 140-2 defines a “Crypto Officer” role, which is represented by the Cryptographic Operators group in Windows, first introduced in ...
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Troubleshooting Website problems within the local network

Have an external website which opens fine on some PC's, yet seems to time out (or symptoms of timing out, but never actually does) on others. Seems to only affect (some) of our newer HP Pro 3305 MT ...
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How can I run an application from a network share without prompting for Admin password?

I have a company internal application placed in a network shared folder on a Windows Server 2003 server. Users who need to access this folder have proper permissions in place and can list the ...
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Windows 7 unattended install

I've created a simple answer file for an unattended install, but when booting from USB, it still asks me what language, and requires that I click the 'Install Now' button before it starts. Everything ...
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See network computer description in Explorer

When viewing the list of network computers in Windows Explorer on a Win 7 machine there appears to be no way of readily seeing the description field, which makes that pretty well useless. I believe ...
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Hardware reserved memory issue

I've seen lots of folks having problem with hardware reserved memory issue in Windows 7/Server 2008 R2. I have it myself but not as huge as others have. Problem description When you install Windows ...
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Skip new Windows 7 user selection and go to login prompt

We've begun our migration to windows 7 and we ran into an interesting issue. When we hit "CTRL+ALT+DEL" we are brought to the "User selection Screen". Normally, this screen will have an icon for every ...
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SVN Checkout error on large repositories

I wonder if anyone can help me. We have recently migrated our Subversion repository from a VisualSVN Server on Windows to a subversion server on CentOS. The migration was succesfull however we are ...
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Make apache only accessible via 127.0.0.1, is this possible?

I've set up my Apache server, and the PHP/MySQL works well! But the issue is, how do I keep this private, since it's a development-only server? The only reason for keeping the content private is if a ...
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How do I (robustly) remotely execute tasks on Windows workstations in a domain?

I'm not even sure if "robustly" is a word. Anyway. Context: We have a few hundred Windows 7 workstations on a LAN. We use AD/GPO management pretty heavily, but there are a lot of periodic and/or ...
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Why my laptop sends ARP request to itself?

I have just started to learn about protocols. While studying the packets in wireshark, I came across a ARP request sent by my machine to my own IP. Here is the details of the packet : No. Time ...
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How to copy a large file effectively?

I am copying a small number of large files between a Vista x64 SP1 workstation and a Windows 7 RC workstation. Windows says it will take 7 hours to copy 117GB of data from one computer to another over ...
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Windows 7 x64 - free virtual machine host applications running headless

Given a machine configured with : Windows 7 64 bit a CPU that DOESN'T support the Intel hardware virtualization Are there any free, non-time-sensitive virtual machine hosts that can host either 32 ...
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Why would a program require a server operating system versus a workstation operating system?

A vendor is stating that their software requires Windows Server 2003/2008 versus Windows 7 Professional because it doesn't perform well on a non-server OS. The specific reasoning was that the number ...
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Activating windows virtual machines for testing? good/bad?

I am being asked to set up a battery of windows 7 flavours for a guy over in QA using VM's so that his office isn't filled with boxen. Is the common practice to activate these temporary machines or do ...
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Process Monitor fails to start on a 64 bit computer

When I try to start Process Monitor from SysInternals on some 64 bit windows 7 machines,the process fails to start. There is no error message. I double click and nothing happens. Other 64 bit windows ...
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With no password expire notification at logon in Windows 7, how are you configuring password expire notification?

To my understanding, Windows 7 users do not receive password expiration notification during the logon process - it occurs strictly from the system tray. We currently have tray balloon notifications ...
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Install .NET 3.5 SP1 on Windows 7 RC

While attempting to install .NET 3.5 SP1 on a fresh install of Windows 7 RC, nothing happens. The machine gives a UAC prompt. When selecting Yes, nothing happens. Using the full redistributable ...
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Windows 7 Command Line Prompt

From a regular windows 7 command line, how do I launch the admin command prompt?
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SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise database has unexpected 4GB database size limit

I have SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise installed on a local Windows 7 x64 workstation. When I create a database on the server, it unexpectedly has a 4GB size limit (Database properties in SQL Server ...
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Difference between “Windows Virtual PC” and “Microsoft Virtual PC”

What is the difference between "Windows Virtual PC" (RTM released today) and "Microsoft Virtual PC"?
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Should I install antivirus in Windows 7 RC XP Mode?

I've just finished installing the new Windows Virtual PC/XP Mode Betas on my Windows 7 RC. I'm seeing the windows security warnings in the virtual environment, and also when I launch a virtual ...
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Find out which Group Policies take forever to complete at boot

I want to analyse which group policies are inflating the bootup time. What's the best way to do so? Something like gpresult including timestamps/periods would be really helpfull!
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ADUC Exchange tabs - Windows 7 & Exchange 2003

I have the admin tools install on a Win 7 64 bit machine but would like to see the Exchange tabs in ADUC. Googling shows this is a popular request and the most common solution (and the only one which ...
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Why can I access only the security tab on a server's printers?

Context: Win7 64-bit client, Windows Server 2003 I log into the server using MSTSC. The server is running Windows Server 2003, 32bit. I call up the list of Printers and Faxes from the Start menu. I ...
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How do you force an update to a user's group membership in Windows 7?

I am writing a web application that uses .NET Windows Authentication and relies on a user's group membership to Authorize them to various areas of the website. Right now I'm on a dev machine that IS ...
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Convert Hyper V images to Virtual box

I need to change my client OS from Windows 2008 to Windows 7. I therefore need to convert all of my HyperV images to Virtual Box. What is the best way to do this? Or is there a way to run HyperV on ...