Category Archives: Windows

Windows 7: Enable BitLocker on the System Drive

If you have got Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise Edition, you can use BitLocker to encrypt your drives. Here is how to enable it for the system drive (c: drive): Click on Start and type bitlocker, press Enter Before you Start the encryption, you should enable TPM (Trusted Platform Module), which is used to store the BitLocker encryption key. To go there, click TPM Administration Let the computer restart Follow the instructions to enable IMS, and then choose Automatically create the Read more [...]

Unlocking shared files on Windows 2008 R2 Server

In enterprise environments, documents and other file types are often located on central file server and users open their documents directly from there. Sometimes, server administrators need to update such files, but can’t because at least one user is using it and locking the file. You could of course just reboot the server and the file would be unlocked, but that might be overkill as you are throwing everybody out. Luckily, there is a tool on the server, that lets you selectively unlock files, Read more [...]

MS KMS Licensing Server Setup on Win2008 R2 over the phone

For Enterprises, Microsoft has created a central licensing system to avoid the need of every company PC to connect to Microsoft Servers on the Internet to activate the software. One or more KMS Servers can be used inside the company to activate all clients. You cannot only activate Operating Systems such as Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2, but also other applications from Microsoft such as Office 2010 with a Volume License. The KMS server is the only server that needs to connect to Microsoft Read more [...]

How to create a WinPE Bootdisk for Win7 Deployment (x86)

To be able to create an image for Windows 7 mass deployment, you need a boot media (a CD in my case) to be able to create and restore the image. In earlier days, you created a DOS bootable disk, nowadays the OS of choice is WinPE. Here is how to create such a disk: Download the "Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) for Windows 7" (English). It is freely available on the Microsoft web page. Burn the downloaded WAIK ISO file to a DVD. On a Windows 7 PC, start "StartCD.exe" Choose "Window Read more [...]