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Easy (lazy) way to get your serial number for your Dell, or other OEM system?

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:

  1. Start a command prompt, click start, type “cmd”, hit enter
  2. 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”

wmic

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Dell Windows Recovery Images via the web

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:

http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/Drivers/OSISO

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.

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Running DNS, DHCP, ADUC, etc, MMC Admin consoles with Windows 10 Microsoft Account

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:

https://smudj.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/running-hyper-v-manager-as-a-different-user-in-windows-10-runas/

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:

admin-tools

DNS shortcut:

C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /savecred /user:domain\username  "cmd /c Start /B %SystemRoot%\system32\mmc.exe %SystemRoot%\system32\dnsmgmt.msc""

Icon path:

%SystemRoot%\system32\dnsmgr.dll

ADUC shortcut:

C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /savecred /user:domain\username  "cmd /c Start /B %SystemRoot%\system32\dsa.msc""

Icon path:

%SystemRoot%\system32\dsadmin.dll

When you double-click, you’ll get prompted for the password (if you haven’t already) and also for UAC

uac

dns

DHCP is a little more involved as the RSAT doesn’t include the DHCP manager.  NOTE: this is not currently supported by MS

  1. 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
  2. copy dhcpsnap.dll from %windir%\system32\ on the 2012 server to the w10 pc
  3. From an admin cmd prompt run: regsvr32.exe dhcpsnap.dll
  4. 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””
  5. 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.

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Restoring the Quick Launch Menu (and Windows Explorer) for Windows 7 and 10

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: quicklaunchicons  (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,

we-props

  • Click OK
  • Now, when you click on the Windows Explorer icon you’ll see this:
    • display

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Troubleshooting with users…I saw this and couldn’t pass it up

Posted by essjae on December 17, 2015

write_click

IT told me to write click on the desktop, it’s not helping!

From Spiceworks (http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/1345507-what-has-been-your-face-palm-moment-working-for-an-msp?page=2&pos=19&source=topic)

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Disabling Aero Shake via Group Policy

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.

aeroshake

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Enabling or Disabling Aero Shake on Windows 10

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:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

NoWindowMinimizingShortcuts DWORD

Set to 0 = Enable
Set to 1 = Disable

 

This should work on Home and Pro versions.

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VirtualBox 5.0.10 (released 2015-11-10)

Posted by essjae on November 11, 2015

5.0.10 maintenance release is now available: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Changelog:

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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Windows Update fix for corruption errors like 0x80070002

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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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Windows XP Support is ending soon! MSE for XP ending too!

Posted by essjae on January 9, 2014

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/end-support-help

After April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC.

Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date

 

Update: Microsoft has changed their mind. http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2014/01/15/microsoft-antimalware-support-for-windows-xp.aspx

Microsoft will continue to provide updates to our antimalware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015.

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