Microsoft Windows Service Pack Blocker Tool Kit

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A blocking tool is available for organizations that would like to temporarily prevent installation of Service Pack updates through Windows Update. This tool can be used with: Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (valid through March, 2008) Windows XP Service Pack 3 (valid for 12 months following general availability) Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (valid […]

Howto: fix CLR20r3 error in SyncToy.exe on Windows Vista

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I was trying to use Microsoft’s SyncToy utility to backup some of my data on my Windows Vista 64-bit pc, but the program kept crashing with the following error: Problem signature: Problem Event Name: CLR20r3 Problem Signature 01: synctoy.exe Problem Signature 02: Problem Signature 03: 453f990b Problem Signature 04: SqmManagedWrapper Problem Signature 05: […]

Howto: Enable Windows Vista UAC quiet mode

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I love the idea of Vista’s User Account Control (UAC), but I hate Microsoft’s implementation of it. I was getting ready to deploy our first Vista Business lab and I found that when starting 75% of the lab’s software , the user would get the “Windows needs your permission to continue” prompts. I understand the […]

Howto: Disabling Driver Signing in Windows Vista 64 bit

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A security feature of Windows Vista 64 bit version is that unsigned drivers will not load. I’m all for increased security, until I run across a piece of hardware that does not have signed drivers. It was easy to disable driver signing before two updates were released. From an elevated command prompt I ran bcdedit […]

Solved: “The connection has been lost. Attempting to reconnect to your session…” when attempting to access a Windows 2003 server from a Windows Vista Remote Desktop Session

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“The connection has been lost. Attempting to reconnect to your session…” had almost made me scrap Vista on my home PC. Ever since my hard drive died and I committed to Vista, I’ve received this error message when attempting to access my Windows 2003 SBS Server. I’ve had no problems accessing Windows XP based machines, […]