How to completely disable DEP in Windows Server 2003

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To completely disable DEP in Windows Server 2003, perform the following with administrative credentials: 1. Open Windows Explorer 2. Tools > Folder Options > View 3. Uncheck Hide Protected operating system files (Recommended) and Hide extensions for known file types 4. Click apply > OK 5. Browse to C:\ 6. Right click on boot.ini, select […]

Howto: Disable the clicking sound in Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer

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The clicking sound that Windows plays when you click on a link in Internet Explorer or open a folder in Windows Explorer can get annoying.  Here’s how to disable the sound in Windows XP: Click Start > Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices Click the Sounds tab Scroll down the list under Program Events. Under […]

Howto: Use msizap to remove orphaned cached Windows Installer Data Files to increase free disk space

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Msizap is a command-line tool that can delete the configuration data that Windows Installer maintains for products that it installs, including the directories, files, registry subkeys, and registry entries in which Windows Installer stores configuration data. Running msizap.exe with the G parameter removes orphaned cached Windows Installer data files for all users. Running this command […]

Howto: Edit network card bindings in Windows Server 2008

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Figuring out how to edit the order of NIC bindings on a Windows 2008 Server took quite a bit of Googling. It seems that you need to know a secret key combination to be able to view the Advanced tab, where the option to edit the NIC bindings is located. To edit the network card […]

The deltree command equivalent for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and beyond

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Good old DOS and versions of Windows prior to Windows 2000 included the deltree.exe command. The deltree command could remove a directory and all the files the directory contained. Subdirectories could also be deleted when the /s option is used. This was extremely helpful for removing a directory structure that contained many files and folders. […]

Howto: Move the Windows Server 2003 Inetpub directory from default directory c:\Inetpub to another drive letter

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Here’s how to move the Windows Server 2003 Inetpub directory from default directory c:\Inetpub to another drive, d:\Inetpub in this example. 1. From a command prompt type: xcopy c:\inetpub d:\inetpub /O /X /E /H /K This will copy the IIS Inetpub directory, it’s contents, and the file permissions to the new drive. See KB 323007 […]

Fix for Windows Vista Black Screen of Death, aka KSOD

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Found this solution on the LogBlog after another failed Vista boot up. This issue is being referred to as the blacK Screen Of Death (KSOD), and is described as: “KSOD Defined: Where after a reboot the Windows Vista PC boots up to a black screen with a white mouse cursor and nothing else ever loads […]

Windows XP firewall service is enabled after installing XP SP3 – even if it was previously disabled

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If Windows XP SP2 firewall service is set to manual or disabled when Windows XP SP3 is applied, the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service and Security Cetner service will be changed to automatic startup.  This behavior is by design, for the purpose of increasing the security of Windows XP. This setting will remain in effect […]

How much free disk space do I need to install Windows XP SP3?

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Various Microsoft resources have different answers to the amount of free hard drive space needed to install Windows XP SP3.  You’ll see that the amount of free disk space required to install XP SP3 depends on where you’re installing from, as well as other factors. According to KB950717    We recommend that you have a […]

Howto: Use DiskPart.exe with BartPE and Windows Server 2003 to align the boot disk partition before Windows Server setup runs

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You can’t run DiskPart to align the boot partition during Windows setup, so we’ll need to create the partition prior to starting setup.  We’ll need the Windows Server CD/DVD and a copy of BartPE to accomplish this. 1)  Download the BartPE Windows live CD/DVD and extract the contents.   2)  Follow the instructions found at […]