Posted by essjae on November 15, 2016
Need your serial number? Laptop’s docked, or workstation not easily accessible?
Here’s an easy way to get your vendor serial number:
- Start a command prompt, click start, type “cmd”, hit enter
- type “wmic bios get serialnumber”
This will return your Dell, Lenovo, etc serial number.
Note: If you have a custom or home built system, you’re not likely to get an serial number, you’ll probably see something like “system serial number” or “to be filled in by o.e.m”
Posted in Computers, Windows | Tagged: Dell, Hardware, Microsoft, Win7, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 8 | 1 Comment »
Posted by essjae on March 29, 2016
There are apparently a lot of people that don’t know about this, (or maybe google)?, so here’s a little publicity for Dell.
You can download the Windows recovery image for your Dell computer here:
All you need is your service tag…and having purchased your Dell with Windows.
Here’s the full text of the site:
Recovery Image of Microsoft Windows
Download the recovery image
Download a recovery image of Microsoft Windows Operating System customized for your Dell product. Dell customization of the Windows image includes:
- Updated patches that address common issues for Dell systems.
- Dell support information.
The image provided in this download was configured to be bootable from either a DVD or USB.
Note: The recovery image contains the version of Windows that came installed on your computer. If you have upgraded your operating system, you will need to reinstall the upgrade after you have restored your system to the factory settings.
Identify your Dell PC
To ensure that we provided the correct image available for your Dell PC, provide the Service Tag of the system to which the image will be installed.
Dell’s Hosted Recovery Image is designed to work with Dell systems. It is not designed to be supported on non-Dell PCs.
Posted in Computers, Dell, Hardware, Windows | Tagged: Dell, Hardware, Recovery Image, Win7, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 | 1 Comment »
Posted by essjae on March 7, 2016
Note: This assumes you’ve already got the RSAT tools installed. RSAT for Windows 10
Building on my post here for Hyper-V manager:
You can use the same method to get Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) and DNS MMC admin consoles working if you’re logged in with your Microsoft account versus your domain account:
C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /savecred /user:domain\username "cmd /c Start /B %SystemRoot%\system32\mmc.exe %SystemRoot%\system32\dnsmgmt.msc""
C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /savecred /user:domain\username "cmd /c Start /B %SystemRoot%\system32\dsa.msc""
When you double-click, you’ll get prompted for the password (if you haven’t already) and also for UAC
DHCP is a little more involved as the RSAT doesn’t include the DHCP manager. NOTE: this is not currently supported by MS
- 1. copy dhcpmgmt.msc and dhcpsnap.dll.mui from %windir%\system32\system32\en-us on the 2012 server to the same location on the w10 pc
- copy dhcpsnap.dll from %windir%\system32\ on the 2012 server to the w10 pc
- From an admin cmd prompt run: regsvr32.exe dhcpsnap.dll
- Create the short-cut: C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /savecred /user:domain\username “cmd /c Start /B %SystemRoot%\system32\mmc.exe %SystemRoot%\system32\dhcpmgmt.msc””
- Change Icon path: %SystemRoot%\System32\dhcpsnap.dll
You’ll need to manually add your DHCP server each time you run this. I haven’t found a way to save the config.
*This was done with Windows 10 Build 1511 and Windows Server 2012.
For additional snap-ins, just modify the last part of the short-cut with the correct mmc path for the add-in you want.
Posted in Sysadmin, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 2012 | Tagged: ADUC, DHCP, DNS, RSAT, Windows, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2 | Leave a Comment »
Posted by essjae on January 10, 2016
(this is an updated repost of an article I have on my deprecated http://www.essjae.com website)
One thing I really had grown accustomed to is the Quick Launch menu and easily opening multiple Windows Explorer windows across my 2 and 3 monitor setups and seeing the Drives view.
Both of these have been noticeably missing since Win 7.
Step 1: Get back the Quick Launch menu
- Right-click the Taskbar, select Toolbars–>New Toolbar.
- In Folder text box copy and paste the following: %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
- Right-click the Taskbar, uncheck Lock the Taskbar, and right-click on the new Quick Launch toolbar. Uncheck Show Text and Show Title, click View–>Small Icons
- Drag the toolbar divider all the way to the left of the taskbar to position it next to the Windows Orb, adjust the spacing on the taskbar as necessary
- End result: (minus the Explorer icon)
- Step 2:
- Add Windows Explorer in Win 7
- Click the Orb, then All Programs–>Accessories
- Right-click to select and drag Windows Explorer () to the Quick Launch toolbar, then release
- Select Copy Here from the pop-up menu
- Right-click the Windows Explorer icon (), then click Properties
- In Windows 10
- select and copy %SystemRoot%\
- Click the Win icon or press the Win key and then paste %SystemRoot%\
- Press Enter
- Find explorer.exe, right-click and drag it to the Quick Launch bar
- Right-click the Windows Explorer icon (), then click Properties
- Add the following to the end of the command in Target: /e,
- The command should look like this: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,
- Click OK
- Now, when you click on the Windows Explorer icon you’ll see this:
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Posted by essjae on December 17, 2015
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Posted by essjae on December 1, 2015
If you’re running Pro or higher, you can use Group Policy to disable Aero Shake instead of a Registry edit.
Press the Windows key and enter “gpedit.msc” to launch the Local Group Policy Editor
Navigate to “User Configuration–>Administrative Templates–>Desktop”
Double-click “Turn off Aero Shake window minimizing mouse gesture” and select “Enabled” to disable it.
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Posted by essjae on November 30, 2015
Has this happened to you? You’re moving around one window, trying to position it just right and all your other windows just minimize? You’re a victim of the Aero Shake minimize.
This seems to get me more often than I’d like. There’s a simple way to disable it via the Registry.
Keep in mind that messing with Registry can cause bad things to happen to your system. Make a backup before you mess around. If you’re uncomfortable, maybe you don’t change this.
The Registry key you need is here:
Set to 0 = Enable
Set to 1 = Disable
This should work on Home and Pro versions.
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Posted by essjae on November 11, 2015
5.0.10 maintenance release is now available: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:
- VMM: improved support for certain Intel Atom CPUs (bug #14773)
- VMM: system register emulation fix (5.0 regression; bug #14515)
- GUI: fixed immediate screenshot issue (bug #14108)
- GUI: fixed another 3D overlay window reparenting issue when the VM is switched to fullscreen mode on X11 hosts
- GUI: fixed help index (bug #14722)
- GUI: fixed state synchronization issue in the VM manager window when VM was paused from its runtime window
- Audio: fixed suspending/resuming audio streams on VM pause/unpause (bug #14784)
- Audio: properly reset AC97 audio streams, otherwise there is silence until a non-48 kHz stream is played
- Audio: fixed a small emulation quirk of the AD1980 codec of the HDA device to make recent linux guests work (bug #14653)
- USB: serveral fixes for the xHCI controller
- USB: fixed a crash under certain conditions on hosts with Linux kernels older than version 3.3
- USB: better identification of certain USB devices
- NAT: support TCP in DNS proxy (bug #14736)
- NAT Network: fixed sporadic crashes on Windows hosts (bug #13899)
- API: when creating differencing images (e.g. as part of a snapshot or cloning a VM) use the same disk image variant as the parent image if possible, which means that e.g. a diff image for a VMDK image split into 2 GB files will also be split (bug #14764)
- API: event queue handling fixes preventing loss of certain events at runtime (e.g. new webcam attached), particularly important on Mac OS X hosts
- Webcam: passthrough fix for certain devices (Windows hosts only)
- VBoxManage: don’t crash on snapshot restorecurrent / edit if the VM has no snapshots
- VBoxManage: don’t crash on controlvm addencpassword (bug #14729)
- Mac OS X hosts: use the correct kernel on certain hosts
- Windows hosts: fixed VRDP external authentication
- Windows hosts: allow to use a shared folder path with extended-length path prefix (5.0 regression; bug #14651)
- Windows hosts: fix a crash in the netfilter host driver under certain conditions (bug #14799)
- Windows host installer: documented and fixed public properties which can be used to control the installation to some extent
- Windows host installer: fixed not starting the actual installation when showing the version information or help dialogs
- X11 Additions: added basic support for X.Org Server 1.18 (3D requires additional fixes)
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Posted by essjae on February 21, 2014
Microsoft KB 947821 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947821)
If you’ve gotten one of those cryptic 0x800xxxxxx Windows Update errors, Microsoft finally has a fix for Vista and higher, no XP solution.
Fix Windows Update corruption errors such as 0x80070002 and 0x80070057
Windows Update corruption errors prevent Windows updates and service packs from installing. For example, an update might not install if a system file is damaged. If the error you see is in the following list, try the solution in this article.
0x80070002 | 0x8007000D | 0x800F081F | 0x80073712 | 0x800736CC | 0x800705B9 | 0x80070246 | 0x8007370D | 0x8007370B | 0x8007370A | 0x80070057 | 0x800B0100 | 0x80092003 | 0x800B0101 | 0x8007371B | 0x80070490
Windows 8.x and Server 2012 Rx
To resolve this problem, use the inbox Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool. Then, install the Windows update or service pack again.
- Open an elevated command prompt. To do this, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. Or, if you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then click Search. Type Command Prompt in the Search box, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
- Type the following commands. Press Enter after each command.
Note It may take several minutes for each command operation to be completed.
- DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth
- DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
- Close the command prompt, and then run Windows Update again.
DISM creates a log file (%windir%/Logs/CBS/CBS.log) that captures any issues that the tool found or fixed. %windir% is the folder in which Windows is installed. For example, the %windir% folder is C:\Windows.
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008
See the KB link for the download you need. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947821
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