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Fix for Windows Server 2003 Setup error: “Setup could not find a floppy drive on your machine to load OEM driver from floppy disk”

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Windows Server 2003 R2 32-bit setup error when specifying additional storage drivers:   “Setup could not find a floppy drive on your machine to load OEM driver from floppy disk   Press ESC to Cancel loading OEM Drivers Press F3 to quit setup”   This error occured when trying to install Windows Server 2003 R2 onto […]

Fix: Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 losing drivers

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My Windows Vista PC has experienced all sorts of weirdness, but the most frustrating thing it has done is lose drivers.  These aren’t OEM drivers, but drivers included with Windows.  To address this problem, Microsoft has released hotfixes for the following operating systems: Update for Windows Vista (KB953631) Download the Update for Windows Vista (KB953631) […]

Microsoft has finally fixed their methodology for disabling Autorun on Windows operating systems

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Technet article 91525 describes a registry key that can be set to disable the Autorun feature in Windows operating systems.  The registry key is NoDriveTypeAutoRun, which can be found at HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer This key disables the Autoplay feature on all drives of the type specified.  Autoplay begins reading from a drive as soon as media is inserted […]

Slipstreamed Windows XP SP3 Remote Web Workplace Active X problems

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Yesterday I wrote about problemswith license keys on Windows XP SP3 installations performed on media slipstreamed on Windows Vista machines.  Today I found Susan’s postthat describes how to fix RWW issues associated with an XP SP3 slipstreamed install – Specifically, not having the ability to enable in Internet Explorer the Terminal Server Redistributable Active X control that […]

Problems with license key after slipstreaming Windows XP SP3

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A co-worker forwarded me this link to a post that describes the problems with Windows XP license keys not working after XP SP3 is slipstreamed into the installation media.  The problem stems from the API calls made by the slipstream program when run from a Windows Vista machine. He was using a volume license key in […]

Howto: Restore the Recycle Bin icon to a Windows Vista Desktop

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One of my co-workers somehow deleted his Recycle Bin icon from his Windows Vista desktop this morning.  This is what I had him do to restore it back to the desktop: Right click on the Desktop and select Personalize On the left hand side select Change Desktop Icons Select the Recycle Bin icon and click OK Your […]

Howto: Fix Remote Web Workplace not working with XP SP3

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After applying Windows XP SP3 you may receive the following message when trying to access Remote Web Workplace (RWW) on a Windows Small Business Server (SBS): This portion of the Remote Web Workplace requiresthe Microsoft Remote Desktop ActiveX Control.  Your browswer’s security settings may be preventing you from downloading ActiveX controls.  Adjust these settings, and […]

Running Powershell On Windows Server 2008 Core

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While being an unwilling participant in an excessively long conference call I was able to get Powershell up and running on my Server Core box, thanks to Dmitry’s detailed instructions. Of course this is an unsupported configuration, which means Microsoft won’t help you if you experience problems.

Updated Sysprep.exe now available for Windows XP SP3

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If you plan on deploying Windows XP SP3 machines through imaging, you’ll need the updated SP3 deployement tools, which includes sysprep.exe. Check out David’s post regarding changes to profile behavior in SP3’s sysprep where the default profile is no longer being copied. David has also updated his sysprep.inf reference. See KB 302577 for additional details […]

Windows Server 2008 Installation Error: Windows installation has encountered an error and needs to be restarted

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I was installing Windows Server 2008 Enterprise x64 on Monday, and the installation kept bombing out with the following error message after I entered my volume license product key: Windows installation has encountered an error and needs to be restarted I tried re-burning the .iso image, thinking I had a bad burn or defective media, […]