Fix: After installing Windows XP SP3, the Address Bar is Removed from the main taskbar

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From the Windows XP General newsgroup, edit for French to English translation issues and brevity: I just installed SP3 using Windows Update (I had XP SP2 Pro fully updated). Everything went fine, I restarted the PC and apparently everything fine after the desktop showed up (no error messages, etc). But after examining my system I […]

Windows XP SP3 and Associated Resources

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Windows XP SP3 is now available for download.  Before you manually update your machine, check out KB936929, Release notes for Windows XP Service Pack 3.  It has links to vaious other KB articles that discuss items such as troubleshooting installation problems.  You can also read the Overview of Windows XP SP3. Please be aware of […]

Howto: Fix Windows XP Updates Installation Problem for KB945185, KB943973, and KB947355

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My Windows XP SP2 machine has once again decided to stop automatically updating itself.  I have Automatic Updates (AU) set to download updates automatically, but to prompt me to install them.  When I initiated the installation procedure AU would run and try to install the updates, but would ultimately fail with error 0x80070643 for KB945185, KB943973, and […]

Windows Server Firewall Exceptions for Remote Administration Tools

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Microsoft has a web page that lists the various tools you can use to remotely administer a Windows Server system. The page lists each remote administration tool and the steps that are required to successfully use the tool with the Windows Firewall service enabled on the local or remote machine. Firewall configuration details for the […]

Using CheckSUR to repair Windows Vista update problems

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The Windows Vista Check for System Update Readiness (CheckSUR) tool will try to fix certain Windows Update installation failures. System resources, such as file data, registry data, and even in-memory data, can develop inconsistencies during the lifetime of the operating system. These inconsistencies may be caused by various hardware failures or by software issues. In […]

Using vsp1cln.exe to clean up your hard drive after installing Windows Vista SP1

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The Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) Files Removal Tool (VSP1CLN.exe) can be used to remove the files that are archived after Windows Vista SP1 is applied. Running this tool is optional. Installing Windows Vista SP1 increases the amount of disk space that is used by the operating system. This space is used to archive files so that SP1 can be […]

Mark’s Windows 2008 DNS Server Command Line Cheat Sheet

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If you’re a command line type administrator like myself you’ll want to check out Mark’s Mark’s DNS Server command line cheat sheet. He’s summarized the Windows Server 2008 CLI commands relating to DNS administration. Function DNSCMD option Example Comments Do any dnscmd command on a remote system dnscmd servername command dnscmd /zoneprint   […]

A Dell PowerEdge Server, Windows 2003 x64, and the Battle Over SAS RAID Drivers

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It seemed like a simple enough task – Install Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x64 on a Dell PowerEdge 2950 x64 server that is about a year old. The server contains three 500GB SATA drives plugged into an internal PERC 5/i SAS RAID controller. The server also lacked an internal floppy drive, and there was […]

Howto: Install VMware Tools on Windows 2008 Server Core

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I had just performed my first Windows 2008 Server Core installation on VMware Workstation, and wanted to install the VMware tools to see if the VMs performance would increase. Logged in as Administator I started installing the tools the normal way – from inside VMware Workstation I selected VM – Install VMware Tools. Nothing happened. […]

Windows Server 2008 Password Complexity Requirements

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I finally got around to installing Windows Server 2008 Standard today.  I performed a Server Core installation, and was suprised how little interaction I had to have with the installer.  It seemed like I answered three or four questions, went to get a Diet Coke, and when I came back the server was at the logon […]