As I have already written here, Microsoft released a lot of unwanted updates for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 recently to promote the update to Windows 10.
Now they want to get more data out of your system. By releasing a couple of "Telemetry" updates, they hope to get the same data from you as they get with Windows 10. In addition, these updates slow down your machine and use disk space. Here is the list you need to uninstall
KB3068708 - Replaces KB3022345
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On Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1, you might recently have got the update KB3035583. It installs folders and functions to promote the launch of Windows 10 and of course, it calls home to do that.
See more details in this article.
Luckily, you can un-install this update, or, if you have not installed it already, hide it in the "recommended updates" screen.
If you are on Windows 7 and don't plan to upgrade to Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 you can also uninstall:
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All 5 FSMO roles of Active Directory can be moved via script, but lets see how it works via GUI (MMC):
RID Master, Infrastructure Master, and PDC Emulator
Login to the target DC via RDP
Open "AD Users and Computers"
Right-click the Domain and choose "Operations Masters..."
Choose the appropriate tab
Click "Yes" to confirm
Make sure you are member of the "Schema Admins" group. Being in the "Enterprise Admins" group is not enough!
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Have you ever tried to configure something on a windows system as Administrator and still got a permission denied?
While the Administrator is powerful, he still can't do everything. There is an account that is even more powerful, it is called SYSTEM. So how could you run something as SYSTEM? Here is how:
Start a command prompt as Administrator
From Sysinternals, download psexec.exe and put it on the C: drive
In the command prompt, navigate to the directory with psexec.exe
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How do you restart the terminal services service? In MMC (services.msc), it is greyed out. It would be handy to be able to do it if you don’t want to restart the whole server.
The official word from Microsoft is: “The Terminal Services service is an integrated part of the core OS in Windows, that’s why it can’t be stopped or restarted as most other services (it is grayed out).”
The following procedure does the trick:
Open a command prompt
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Sometimes it is faster to access Control Panel items via command line than clicking and searching in the UI. To use a command, just press <Windows-Key>-R, which will open the Run window. Then just type the command and press <Enter>.
For the .cpl files, the "control" command can even be left out, so that is even less to type.
Control Panel Applet
control /name Microsoft.ActionCenter
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Sometimes it is convenient to cleanup some disk space by deleting unneeded files like service pack files, the temporary folder an so on. On Windows 7 workstation, you have the Disk Cleanup Utility to do this:
By default, this tool is not enabled on Windows Server 2008 R2. To enable it, there are two possibilities:
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When I updated my Windows 2008 R2 Servers to SP1 via Remote Desktop I lost my RDP session when the machines reboot (which is normal). But after they are up and running again, when I try to connect via Remote Desktop, they cancel my connection.
After some research I found that this happens if you install the Security Hotfix 2667402 before SP1. From the KB, under the “Known Issues” section:
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Many people prefer Google over Bing. But Internet Explorer just comes with Bing by default. You used to be able to add Google easily by choosing “Find more search providers …” within the Add-on page in Internet Explorer. But due to a recent change from Microsoft, you will now be presented with a page that contains all sorts of providers, but not Google: To solve this issue, just add the following keys to your registry, and Google will be there, including search suggestions and everything: Read more [...]
You can find many instructions on the Web on how to install WordPress on your own web server, but it might still be a complicated task. So I did my own instructions as per below:
Make sure you have MySQL installed on your server
Make sure, IIS 7 is installed
Make sure PHP is installed and php.ini is configured correctly
Download the latest WordPress version (2.9.2 as of this writing) from wordpress.org
Unzip the downloaded file into a newly created Inetpub sub-folder
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