Sunday, June 22, 2014

Windows 8/Windows 8.1 Showing up as Windows 6.3 in WSUS on Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

I upgraded two computers and they came with Windows 8 on them.  I updated them to Windows 8.1, but I noticed something odd in Windows WSUS.  It was showing up as Windows 6.3.  I followed all the Microsoft Steps:

Step 1:
An update for Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 is available (KB2734608)

Step 1a:
Additional note on KB2734608 regarding WSUS, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 (Link)

Even after all that, still not showing patches, but also still reporting at Windows 6.3.

Here is how to change the Windows 6.3

Log on to the WSUS server and open notepad.  Paste in the following text:

UPDATE SUSDB.dbo.tbComputerTargetDetail
SET OSDescription = 'Windows 8.1 Pro'
WHERE OSMajorVersion = 6 AND OSMinorVersion = 3 AND OSBuildNumber = 9600

Do file save as Add-W81-to-WSUS.sql and save it to C:\temp

Now run this in an elevated windows command prompt:

sqlcmd -I -i"C:\temp\Add-W81-to-WSUS.sql" -S \\.\pipe\MSSQL$MICROSOFT##SSEE\sql\query

It will say X number of rows affected.  The X should match how many Windows 6.3 machines are showing up in WSUS.

Now just as aheads up... if you aren't getting any Windows 8/8.1 patches double check that you are synchronizing them haha!

Source: Link

UPDATE:  I just noticed that it reverted back.  Will look more in to this.  From past experience you might have to commit the update.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Send to Mail Recipient not showing up when right clicking a file

It worked just fine but was not associated with anything.  After trying to set defaults, this is where things went bad.  I did figure out at least how to bring it back to a working.

Other posts I've read talked about grabbing it from the default profile and copying it over but it still never changed.  To get to the sendto folder click start and in the search box type shell:sendto.

Other posts talked about deleting it and creating your own through note pad by type Mail and saving it as Mail Recipient.MAPIMail.  I tried that also and that didn't work.  No matter what, it looked like something wasn't linked.

I then found this page -> Link which has all the default reg keys.  I downloaded and installed the mapimail reg key.  My icon though still was white file that didn't look right.  I then deleted the extension .MAPIMail. Nothing happened.  I then typed mapimail all lower case and hit enter and the icon switched back to an email looking icon.

Now to set this program to use this feature, go to Start -> type in the search box: Default Programs -> Click it.  Now select Set your default programs.  Select your email program and look for the MAPI section and make sure it is checked.  Click Save and now it should be working again.

I did find one problem.  If you are using AOL Desktop 9.7 there isn't a MAPI box to check.  AOL support on their site says their should be but there still isn't.  I found this page here -> Link that tells you to do the following:
  1. Click the "Settings" button on the toolbar
  2. Click the "A-Z" tab
  3. Click the "AOL as Default" link
  4. Click OK
After doing that, clicking the Mail Recipient context menu would open in AOL.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Toshiba Satellite S855-S5378 won't boot from CD/DVD or USB

This is actually because of a BIOS setting.  Start the computer and press F2.

Navigate to Advanced

Go down to System Configuration and press enter

You will see something called Boot Mode.  It is probably set to UEFI Boot.  Select and Press Enter.

Choose CSM Boot.

Press ESC and then Exit with saving changes. You computer should now boot again from the Disc/USB.

When done you must set it back to UEFI or Windows 8 will not boot.

Source: Link

Friday, May 23, 2014

How to Obtain USB Removable Disk Drive Letter Automatically with a Batch Script

Purpose of this script is to determine the drive letter of a USB thumb drive.  Depending on the hardware and drive partitions, every computer you plug a thumb drive into is different.  This will give you the drive letter assuming it is the only removable disk.

for /F "tokens=2 delims==" %%i in ('wmic logicaldisk where "drivetype=2" get name /format:value') do (

    set "usb=%%i"
    call :BREAK
)

:BREAK
echo Your USB Drive is %usb%


NOTE:  The "do" must be on the same line.

Source:  Link Link

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sysprep does not remove product key

So I was given a disk by our purchasing group, Windows 7 install disk.  After installing it, I realized that the key was baked in some how. No big deal.  Well when it came to sysprep time, it was a big deal.

Here is the problem.  When trying to sysprep in general, not yet using an unattend file, it never asked for a product key.  I needed it to ask for one because I had some individual keys I had to manually enter.

Here is what I figured out.

First run the command -> slmgr.vbs /dlv

This will give you information about the way it's licensed.

Mine said Microsoft Windows 7 VOLUME_KMSCLIENT channel.  That was odd.  It should say Microsoft Windows 7 Professional.

I then thought this might work. If you were to update it with a product key that is on the computer, it might get rid of the KMS configuration and reset it back to a standard client.

So I did -> cscript slmgr.vbs /ipk <insert product key here> (one time it worked with cscript the other it didn't)

I then reran slmgr.vbs /dlv and now it says Microsoft Windows 7 Professional.

Now it was time to try just sysprep, no unattend file.

I ran c:\windows\system32\sysprep\sysprep /generalize /oobe

It rebooted and went through the sysprep process.  And voila! it now prompted me to enter my key!

Source:  Link

Thursday, April 17, 2014

How to build your own virtual LAN network on one machine with VMware Player

I have one laptop here that I am trying to test out some configurations on.  The problem is that the one VM can't see the DHCP server.  They weren't on the same network.  How could they be?  The laptop isn't plugged in to any network at all.  There is no network cable plugged in to it.  Here is how you configure it to work.

After creating your virtual machine edit the virtual machine settings.

Next locate the Network Adapter.

You are looking for the setting "LAN Segment".  Select LAN Segment and choose "LAN Segment 1".  Make sure you remember if you choose 1 or 2 because you have to set all of them on the same. 

If you want you can also create your own and name it whatever you want if it is easier.  You just have to click the LAN Segment button.  Click Add and name it whatever you want.  After clicking Ok it should show up in the drop down box.

VMware Player version: 5.0.2 Build - 1031769

Sunday, April 6, 2014

My computer boots and Windows Boot Manager asks to select an operating system

After installing Windows 7, I started to get this....


To fix this, boot into windows and Click the start button -> Right click Computer and select Properties.

Select Advanced System Settings.  Look for the part that says Startup and Recovery.  Click Settings.  You will see a check box that says Time to Display list of operating systems.  You want to uncheck that and make sure the box above it says Windows 7.  Click Ok twice and reboot.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

How to turn off the password requirement when Windows 8 awakes from sleep

From the Metro interface (this is the one with all the different titles)

Scroll up to the right hand corner to bring up the charm bar

Click Settings

Click Change PC Settings

Click Accounts

Click Sign-in Options

Look for Password policy

Under that there is a change button.  Click that.  It'll change it so that every time the computer goes to sleep, it won't require you to login.  I would recommend though having it lock when the screen saver comes on for at least some protection.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Hackintosh Asus Rampage Formula (UPDATED: NOW INCLUDES 10.9 MAVERICKS)

Asus Rampage Formula

Nvidia 6800GT

Audio: SupremeFX II (Chipset:AD1988B)
Source:  Link  Link  Link

http://lifehacker.com/5841604/the-always-up+to+date-guide-to-building-a-hackintosh

Go to http://www.tonymacx86.com/. It is the place for everything.

Network Driver I found here

Download driver and put in /Extra/Extensions

Reboot and go into Network Preferences and it will say it found a new network device.

10.8
boot with flags:  PCIRootUID=0

How to install:  Link

10.9
boot with flags:  GraphicsEnabler=Yes -v

Took a couple of minutes but eventually booted.

How to install:  Link

After install was complete rebooted off USB selected the Mavericks Install Drive and booted with the flags again GraphicsEnabler=Yes -v

To get the network drivers to work was a little bit more tricky.  I first needed to download this utility.  It's called KW.zipI downloaded it to a USB drive and copied it over.  Unzipped the file and ran Kext Wizard.  Then click Installation -> Browse and then select the drive you downloaded from the above link.  The destination is important because it seems like the only way this will work is if you put it in System/Library/Extensions.  If you don't do it correctly, it will keep popping up with error messages.  This utility does it the right way.  Reboot and open Network Preferences.  It will say it found two interfaces.  For what ever reason it was saying that neither was connected.  I removed both by hitting the minus sign and readded en1.  I have the cable plugged into port 2 on the pack which is the top ethernet port.




Tuesday, October 22, 2013

How do I turn off 3D in Google Earth

Recently I downloaded the newest version of Google Earth.  By default it was in 3D because my video card supported it.  I didn't want it that way and I wanted it turned off.  Here is how I did it.

You are looking for an option called Stereoscopic 3D.  It is in the Nvidia Control Panel.  If this is enabled, uncheck it and save it.  Now close and reopen Google Earth.  It should now be fixed.

I also had a bigger issue.  If you can't find the Stereoscopic 3D option, here is how to enable it.

Stereoscopic 3D Missing in Nvidia Control Panel

OS:  Windows 8.1
Video Card:  Nvidia Quadro NVS 295

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