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Windows XP Support is ending soon! MSE for XP ending too!

Posted by essjae on January 9, 2014

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.

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

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Removing the status bar and standard buttons tool bar from the Remote Desktops MMC

Posted by essjae on May 14, 2012

Two things that have always bugged me with the Remote Desktops Administrative Snap-in was that there were no options on the menu to customize the view, specifically, the status bar and standard buttons toolbar. 

I’ve googled around trying to find a fix, then it dim 20W bulb went off in my head.  Look at a standard MMC console and make one how I want it and copy the config to the TSMMC file.

It was pretty simple.  The key line from the tsmmc.msc is:

<ViewOptions ViewMode="Report" ScopePaneVisible="true" NoStatusBar="true" NoStdButtons="true" DescriptionBarVisible="false" DefaultColumn0Width="200" DefaultColumn1Width="0"/>

By adding NoStatusBar=”true” and NoStdButtons=”true” I was able to get more remote desktop “desktop”.

On my secondary monitor, my TS screen is now 1768×1000 vs. 1768×953.  Not a big deal on a 1920×1080 monitor, but 47 pixels on smaller screens makes a big difference.

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How to access XP Mode’s Network Settings

Posted by essjae on January 3, 2012

Changing the Networking settings from Shared Networking (NAT) to the host’s physical network card (NIC) comes up a lot in the forums for XPmode-WinVPC, here are a couple ways to do it.  The XP Mode settings or any WinVPC virtual machine are accessed from Windows 7.  When selecting the NIC you want to use, make sure you select your active NIC.  Your active NIC is the one that is connected to your local network and is how you access your network.  The active NIC can be wireless or wired, or in some cases both your wireless and wired connections may be active.

1. Goto the virtual machines directory on physical computer via explorer, or paste the path below in run or search:

C:\Users\%username%\Virtual Machines

Click once to select XP Mode.  Next, click Settings from the menu bar.    Select Networking.  From the Adapter 1 drop list you can select the host’s active  NIC to allow XP Mode to be on your local network.  You will need an available IP address for XP Mode. 

2. From the XP Mode window, click the Tools menu on the XP Mode window menu.  Select Networking. From the Adapter 1 drop list you can select the host’s active NIC to allow XPMode to be on your local network. You will need an available IP address for XP Mode. 


In this case, the active NIC is a Broadcaom NetXtreme 57xx Gigabit controller.  Your NIC may not be the same.

Click OK to close the window.

Once the setting is changed, you need to trigger XP Mode to release the old IP address can get a new one. If you have DHCP you can: simply reboot XP Mode or drop to a command prompt in XP Mode and do the following commands

ipconfig /release

ipconfig /renew

If you do not have a DHCP server, then you will manually need to enter a unique IP address for XP Mode in the same way you did on your Windows 7 computer.


If you get a 169.x.x.x IP address in XP Mode, there are several things that could be the issue:

1. The network card selected is not the active NIC

2. There are no DHCP servers available to lease an IP address or there are no available IP addresses on your network.

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Enable ClearType in XP Mode

Posted by essjae on October 19, 2009

This follows along with the XPMode post for 24-bit color.

ClearType in Remote Desktop with XP

If you want ClearType over RDP with XP SP3, add the following registry key:

 Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations]

Thanks ytechie!

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XPMode and 24bit color

Posted by essjae on October 8, 2009

The default for XP mode is 16-bit color, but everyone “needs” 32-bit color.

But what about 24-bit color?  That’s easy in XP Mode, just a reg edit:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services]

(thanks JPC)

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Toshiba M400 Recovery Partition Access

Posted by essjae on August 11, 2008

I needed to restore my Toshiba M400 Tablet to it’s factory build at work today, but I’d forgotten to bring in my Restore DVDs.  Fortunately, I found a short-cut that allows you to restore the system directly from the hard drive.

Hold down ‘0’ (zero) during boot and you’ll go into the Toshiba recovery console.  About 30 minutes later I was running through the Windows XP initial boot questions.

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Windows XP SP3 and failing Windows Updates

Posted by essjae on July 14, 2008

On my work notebook running XP I ran into the issue of WU failing after applying XP SP3.  I found that this solution:

Worked for me.  You’re re-registering the following DLL-files.

Click Start, Run, and enter these commands individually:

regsvr32 /s wuapi.dll
regsvr32 /s wuaueng1.dll
regsvr32 /s wuaueng.dll
regsvr32 /s wucltui.dll
regsvr32 /s wups2.dll
regsvr32 /s wups.dll
regsvr32 /s wuweb.dll

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