Lenovo Laptop Bugs – System Update & Not Waking Up From Sleep Mode

Before we begin, I would like you to download this System Updater from Lenovo – you will have to use it later on: For Windows 7, Windows 8,  Windows 8.1 –   For Windows 2000, XP and Vista –  If you recently bought a Lenovo computer or laptop, you might as well know some of these […]

Category: Drivers, Home, Install Software, Operating Systems, Personal, Windows 7, Windows 8  |  9 Comments

Windows 10 Preview Start Menu not working in build 9926

A quick fix to the StartMenu issue in Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9926 During deployment of your Windows 10 image, you can fix this issue by prepping the default user profile, so that all users logging on to the device will benefit from the fix. In the registry key HKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced Create a REG_DWORD with the […]

Category: Configuration Manager 2012 R2, OS Deployment, Windows 10  |  Comment

Using Group Policy to Disable Proxy Settings in Chrome

Here is the download link for the Google Chrome Policy Template. You can save it where you want, just remember to save it where you can find it https://dl.google.com/dl/edgedl/chrome/policy/policy_templates.zip When it’s downloaded, follow the guide because you will need it later on. Problem: Error 130 (net::ERR_PROXY_CONNECTION_FAILED) Proxy server connection failed or Unable to connect to […]

Category: Operating Systems, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 R2  |  Comment

Unexpected Shutdown Managementpack

Earlier this year I was talking with a customer about Windows servers which unexpectedly shutdown and how to collect info and be able to see a pattern of the crashes. My very good friend Urban Österberg did a great job in doing a great management pack that save crash info and collect the info if […]

Category: Management Packs, Operating Systems, Operations Manager 2012 R2  |  2 Comments

Activate local Admin account – or why you need BitLocker!

While this is not a newly discovered hack, I feel that we can not stress the importance of using Bitlocker to encrypt our hard drives. If you like me encounter customers that still runs their computers unencrypted, and don’t see the need for encryption. just use the following guide to show them how easy it […]

Category: Bitlocker, Home, Operating Systems, OS Deployment  |  8 Comments

Change default Windows 8.1 wallpaper, color scheme and lock screen background

Changing default wallpaper, but still allowing user to set their own.

Category: Home, OS Deployment, Tips and Tricks, VBScript, Windows 8  |  17 Comments

Deploying Windows 8 with MBAM Used-Space-Only Encryption

Windows 8 comes with the option to pre-provision the disk for use with BitLocker, allowing only the used-space to be encrypted, thus reducing the encryption time a lot. Problem occur when enterprises want to use the Microsoft Bitlocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) toolkit from the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) to store BitLocker recovery keys, […]

Category: Bitlocker, MBAM, OS Deployment, Security, Windows 8  |  14 Comments

Dealing with Network Printers in Configuration Manager 2012

There are multiple ways how you can add a network printer to a PC and of course you can do that also with Compliance Settings in Configuration Manager. In PowerShell we can use Add-Printer cmdlet and if you don’t have the latest PowerShell version, then you can use Win32_Printer WMI class to add the Printer. […]

Category: Configuration Manager, Configuration Manager 2012 R2, Desired Configuration Management, Operating Systems, Powershell, Windows 8  |  3 Comments

Why I can’t convert my Windows Server 2012 R2 Core to GUI

Let’s assume that you installed some time ago one Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Core and you have installed also latest Windows Updates to that server and this server does not have an internet connection. Here are the updates that are installed In one day you discover that you need to add graphical user interface […]

Category: Operating Systems, Powershell, Windows Server 2012 R2 Core  |  17 Comments

Installing a Domain Controller on Windows Server 2012 R2 Core

In my previous post I showed how you can install Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server Core and in this post I´m going to show how you can add an additional Domain Controller to your environment because best practice recommends that you have at least two of them. To add an additional Domain Controller […]

Category: Powershell, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2 Core  |  2 Comments