Category: "Windows 7"

Spend a minute for animal charity and your effort will be doubled

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As you may be aware I have been very involved with an animal charity. It is called House of Tails ( ) and is about taking care of abandoned dogs in Thailand. This is also the reason why the volume of my tech blog posts went down for a while. I will however pick up the pace again, I promise! Lots of ideas here. Because the dog sanctuary has a very hard time to make things happen this has taken a lot of time. We have setup an official Foundation (Stichting in Dutch language) with bank and email and PayPal and so on and we are working on a fresh website.

Yesterday a dear friend Pete Zerger wrote a blog posting about our story and he has taken it upon himself (and his friends and family) to bring a challenge. Any donation given to our House of Tails charity within a 72 hour period (starting last evening, so for the coming 52 hours or so still) will be DOUBLED. So any donation you make will get a double effect for the animal charity and all of it will go to the wellbeing of these dogs!

Please read how you can help too:

Also I will include a link here to the PayPal/Creditcard possibility of the charity Stichting House of Tails.

Take a minute to check it out through that post and through the House of Tails website.

Seeing how my geeky family and my online families are willing to help out a good cause is truely heart warming. It means soo much for us and for the dogs!

a truely gratefull Bob Cornelissen

How to customize the default local user profile when you prepare an image of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2

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I always copied the changed profile to the default profile, also in Vista. But in Windows 7 it is simply greyed out so you cannot do this anymore.

After some research I found out it is not even supported to do it this way.

This article describes how you can do it correctly:;EN-US;973289

Briefly it tells you to run a sysprep with a answer file attached where the parameter Copy Profile is set to true. In the article you also find links to create the answer file in SIM (System Image Manager). I only couldn't find the right component you have to you use in the Specialize pass of the answer file. To save you some time the component is named “Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup”.

Bastiaan van Onselen

Outlook anywhere automatically changes proxy settings

Uncategorized, Windows 7 2 feedbacks »

We had something "funny" happing at one of our customers.
We wanted to configure Outlook 2010 to use Outlook Anywhere and use the RPC over HTTP proxy settings to connect to a mail server outside the domain. The workstation was a windows 7 and part of an SBS 2008 domain, but the mailbox was located on a server on the outside.

So simple enough you would say. Add account, set the option "Connect to Microsoft Exchange using HTTP" and define the proxy settings to use the email server and SSL and Authentication.

outlook exchange proxy settings

Two seconds later and the mailbox was syncing.

However when Outlook was closed and started again... No connection! :'( So going into the settings again. Normal account settings were OK. However the Exchange proxy settings had changed! To another domain name for the proxy server and its principal name.
We could try this again and again. changing it and closing outlook just to see it changed back again.|-|

After looking around internet I saw a few people having the same thing. Always with domain workstations. The problem does not appear when using workgroup machines. However a few people seemed to have the problem sometimes, while we had it every time on this machine.

So, it seems we need some way of forcing settings. In this case the user was only using this mailbox. So I set my eyes on forcing settings through Group Policy and applying it for this user.

So lets jump to that part.
In order to create the group policy we need to download the right templates.

Office 2010 Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool. Download one of these and run it in order to extract the files in it.

And after finding out I still could not change the right settings I found a template file that has to be imported on top of the admin template in the previous download so also pick up the template mentioned in this KB article and follow the instructions (when adding the template also add the outlook template file included in the previously mentioned download).
Outlook Anywhere (RPC/HTTP) settings are unavailable in the Outlook 2010 Group Policy template.

So create a new Group Policy. Give it a name etc. Now Edit the policy. Add the templates for outlook and the template mentioned in the second download mentioned above. You will see the settings as shown in the screenshot in the KB article above. A screenshot of the 4 settings I had to configure:

The first setting as it applies to our situation:

In my case I specfied flags 1+2+3+4+6 and set the other options as well for the mail server and principal name and authentication.

We linked the polciy to the user - in this case I simply created an OU and placed the user in it and linked the policy to the OU, but there are multiple methods for that. Logged off the user and logged back on. Checked the outlook settings and they were set and greyed out as expected.

If you ever run into this you can use the group policy to force the settings the way you wnat to.

Bob Cornelissen

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1 just released

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From the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team good news on an update to the MDT 2010:

Deploy Windows 7 and Office 2010 quickly and reliably—while boosting user satisfaction

Microsoft® Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1 is now available! Download MDT 2010 Update 1 at:

As you prepare to deploy Windows® 7, Office 2010, and Windows Server® 2008 R2, get a jump start with MDT 2010 Update 1. Use this Solution Accelerator to achieve efficient, cost-effective deployment of Windows 7, Office 2010, and Windows Server 2008 R2.

This latest release offers something for everyone. Benefits include:

For System Center Configuration Manager 2007 customers:

New “User Driven Installation” deployment method. An easy-to-use UDI Wizard allows users to initiate and customize operating system and application deployments to their PCs that are tailored to their individual needs.

Support for Configuration Manager R3 “Prestaged Media.” For those deploying Windows 7 and Office 2010 along with new PCs, a custom operating system image can easily be preloaded and then customized once deployed.

For Lite Touch Installation:
Support for Office 2010. Easily configure Office 2010 installation and deployment settings through the Deployment Workbench and integration with the Office Customization Tool.

Improved driver import process. All drivers are inspected during the import process to accurately determine what platforms they really support, avoiding common inaccuracies that can cause deployment issues.

For all existing customers:

A smooth and simple upgrade process. Installing MDT 2010 Update 1 will preserve your existing MDT configuration, with simple wizards to upgrade existing deployment shares and Configuration Manager installations.

Many small enhancements and bug fixes. Made in direct response to feedback received from customers and partners all around the world, MDT 2010 Update 1 is an indispensible upgrade for those currently using MDT (as well as a great starting point for those just starting).

Continued support for older products. MDT 2010 Update 1 still supports deployment of Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista®, Windows Server 2008, and Office 2007, for those customers who need to be able to support these products during the deployment of Windows 7 and Office 2010.

Next steps:

Download Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010:

Learn more by visiting the MDT site on Microsoft TechNet:

Get the latest news by visiting the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team blog:

Provide us with feedback at

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The case of the ghost clock gadget

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Has been a bit quiet here, but I am back on the blogging trail.
Starting off with a strange case.

A nephew of mine had a new desktop and got Windows 7 home premium on it. All good and nice.

Suddenly he had a problem with the Clock gadget in the windows sidebar. It's settings seemed to change. After restarting the computer the clock disappeared. When placing it back and configuring the configuration also did not want to work and after a restart it was gone again. Also I saw a "ghost" gadget appearing sometimes and it was staying on top of other screens at times. Drove me crazy for a bit (and drove my nephew even more crazy actually).

So now on how to solve this issue:

It seems the settings are kept in c:\users\some-user-name\appdata\local\microsoft\windows sidebar
Something there probably did not work correctly.

So what I did was to first go into configuration screen. Programs. Turn windows features on or off. Windows Gadget platform. I uninstalled it from there and restarted the computer.

After the restart removed the settings from the directory named above (I moved it away first just to be sure).

After this install the Windows Gadget Platform again in the same way. I added a few gadgets and made some changes in the config and restarted the machine. All working fine.

To be honest I think only removing the ini file from that directory should be enough to fix the problem in stead of removing the whole directory and contents. If you have downloaded and installed gadgets the first method would also remove those files. We did not have those in our case, so it did not matter.

Good luck if you encounter this.

Bob Cornelissen

Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) Administration Video Series

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Posted on the Microsoft download site is a series of videos on administration of MED-V. The download can be found here.

The Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) video series is designed to help IT professionals wishing to learn more about the administrative and management tasks in MED-V. This series provides step-by-step guidance around common tasks that would be performed by IT professionals to deploy MED-V. Intended to be consumed sequentially, these videos will help you get up to speed with key MED-V administrator tasks and accelerate the deployment of MED-V in your organization. This series covers the following topircs:

1 - Preparing a MED-V Image - Learn how to prepare a virtual PC image for use with MED-V.
2 - Testing, Packing, and Uploading a MED-V Image - After completing the preparation, an image will be tested, then packaged, and finally uploaded to the MED-V Server for distribution.
3 - MED-V Workspace Walkthrough - See how to configure a MED-V workspace (policies for the virtual machine) and watch a demonstration of the key features so that you can evaluate and learn the key capabilities of MED-V.
4 - Publishing Different Applications to Different Users of the Same MED-V Image - This demonstration will show you how to use a common MED-V image to serve multiple users or groups while presenting different applications.
5 - Creating a MED-V Installation Package - Deploying MED-V packages can be streamlined by creating an installation package that includes all of the prerequisite technologies (Virtual PC, VM Additions update, and MED-V client) as well as a MED-V Workspace.
6 - MED-V First Time Setup with Domain Join - Taking workspace images and configuring them to join the organization Active Directory domain is a critical part of managing, controlling and updating the virtual machines deployed, and is easy with MED-V first time setup.
7 - Monitoring and Troubleshooting Tools in MED-V - Having the right tools to gain status, detect errors, and analyze problems is important when planning a MED-V infrastructure.
8 - Updating a MED-V Image - MED-V workspaces will require updates as any other machine on the network, this walkthrough of updating the master image and distributing to users can be used if machines are not joined to the domain and managed by typical system management tools.

Office 2010 Beta Activation - part 2

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Was funny after my last post I discovered what the installer was doing after entering the key. It was removing Outlook :roll:

In the end it was just the broken office 2007 underneath it that caused the whole mess.
And removing office 2007 the normal way was not possible. So... I followed the procedure for manually removing the whole office 2007 installation.

This also took care of the 32 bit office programs stuff. SO I cold go for Office 2010 64 bit now.

After installation just start up MS Word. Go for File - Help. There is a link there to change the product key and activate the product. This time this worked! It was just the broken office 2007 that kept everything from working.

Anyway, was happy for the manual removal procedure for the 2007 version to solve all problems.

Bob Cornelissen

Office 2010 Beta activation

Uncategorized, Windows 2008, Exchange, Windows 7 3 feedbacks »


I was soo happy with my new Office 2010 beta that I installed immediately yesterday. And of course had some set-backs. If you are looking for the conclusion for all of this it is at the bottom of the post.

Started out with the 64 bits version. That did not like the fact that there was a 32 bit version of office 2010 CTP beta and office 2007 32 bit on there. SO had to switch to 32 bit version installer.

The 32 bit installer told me to remove the CTP beta of office 2010 first. So I did (same for Project and Visio). After that (and a reboot) it asked me if I wanted to upgrade office. Great. I can not get rid of the old office 2007 somehow, so go ahead. It did finish without problems, but it seems to have left the references to ofice 2007 intact. Hmmm. Ah well, as long as it works first right?

So I started up Outlook and Word. Seemed to work fine. But it asked me to register/activate. Well no problem, but I haven't written the key anywhere yet. Lucky there was a button saying "Change key". However that gave me an error. Actually it looked like the activation just crashed.

I do not have a KMS setup on the network (too small), so there must be a way to manually activate. Yes there is:
open an elevated command prompt and
slmgr -ipk xyxyx-xyxyx-xyxyx-xyxyx-xyxyx

Should be as easy as that.
Next error!
error 0xC004F050 The Software Licensing Service reported that the product key is invalid

Tried this several times.

How to activate this Office 2010 beta?

Next try. Perhaps I have to Repair it or something like that. So go to the control panel and find the programs and go to the uninstall programs part. Find Office 2010 and click the Change button.

What????? Check this screen :D

Change Office 2010 beta screen

It has 4 options (add/remove features, repair, remove, Enter a product key). This must be what we want!
So I went for the last option to enter a product key and enter it there. Next next and a long wait. Argh, it asks me to reboot. No time! I just open Word.

Great an activation wizard! But this one is different from the old one. This one gives me possibility to activate over the internet now. Yes! This one does not complain. Have to restart Word though. After restarting Word... no more popups and problems. It works!

So conclusion:

  • remove early CTP beta versions from your machine before installing this beta version released yesterday 16 nov 2009).
  • Make sure to use the right number of bits for the installer (32 or 64)
  • Install office
  • Try to activate from the wizard that pops up
  • If that fails go to control panel - programs - uninstall programs and find office 2010 and click the Change button
  • Enter the product key and go through the wizard and reboot when asked
  • Open a program (I used Word) and find anotehr activation wizard and choose to activate over the internet now
  • When success it will ask for a restart of the office program, so close the program
  • start the office program again and it should be activated


Bob Cornelissen

Office 2010 beta MSDN availability

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I just a message in my rss feeds from the MSDN site that Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta has been posted in the English language.
Also Visio Premium 2010, Sharepoint Designer 2010, Project Professional 2010 have been posted. All in 32 and 64 bit versions.

The Office Professional Plus version contains:
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, Publisher, Infopath, Communicator, SharePoint Workspace, and Office Web Apps.

I am sure the public downloads at will be enabled today or tomorrow.

Microsoft Security Essentials for home computers

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A few days ago Microsoft released the final version of Mmicrosoft Security Essentials. This is an anti-virus and anti-malware product designed for the home-pc market. It is free to use! Check out the website for more details, documentation, videos and more.

Bob Cornelissen

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