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Install Windows 8.1 Preview on an Australian Surface RT

If you have tried to install the Windows 8.1 Preview on an EN-AU Surface RT, you will have encountered this error: Follow these steps to set your Surface to EN-US so that you can install the Preview. This has been tested on 2x Australian Surface RT’s but it should work on other languages too.

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Send to Notepad as Admin

As an administrator, how often do you open a config file located in a protected directory, like \Windows or \Program Files, edit it, then hit save and get this lovely message? There is a pretty easy workaround for this, however it will require you to think about how you open the file before you actually open it. Type “shell:sendto” into an explorer address bar. You will end up at “%appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo”

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Manage 2008 from 2012 Server Manager

NB. Don’t install this on Exchange or SharePoint servers – see comment from Chris below One of the biggest improvements to Windows Server 2012 is the (almost) all encompassing Server Manager. From any 2012 server you can now manage any other 2012 server through WinRM – but if you add a 2008 or 2008 R2 server to Server Manager, you will get a manageability warning of “Online – Verify WinRM 3.0 service is installed, running, and required firewall ports are open“. To get this working, there are 3 main steps to perform: Install Windows Management Framework 3.0 Allow remote server management through WinRM (preferred method is via Group Policy) Create firewall rules 1. Install Windows Management Framework 3.0 Go and get the appropriate .msu from here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34595 Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 WINDOWS6.1-KB2506143-x64.MSU Windows Server 2008 SP2 64-bit versions: WINDOWS6.0-KB2506146-x64.MSU 32-bit versions: WINDOWS6.0-KB2506146-x86.MSU As you can see, there are some slight caveats. 2008 … Continue reading

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Windows – Mouse shortcuts

This will be a quick post in my current series of Windows tips and tricks – this time detailing a couple of Mouse “shortcuts” – some exclusive to Win7, others more universal. Keyboard shortcuts: detailed here The tips I find most useful: detailed here Double clicking different parts of a window DoubleClick the top left corner of a window to close it (very useful for those used to OSX and it’s close button being in the top left. I use whichever corner my mouse is closest to at the time) DoubleClick the top/bottom border of a window to vertically maximise (the window will auto expand only up and down to hit the edges of your desktop) DoubleClick anywhere on the title bar of a window to maximise it (I don’t remember the last time I actually went to the top right to click the maximise button instead of just doing … Continue reading

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Windows – Keyboard shortcuts

Here you will find a large collection of my oft used Windows keyboard shortcuts. Some are specifically for Windows 7, while others are more universally useful. Apologies in advance if you know most of these. NB. Win is the WindowsKey Using Windows itself, and Applications within it Alt+Tab Tab through open windows Alt+Shift+Tab Tab through open windows in reverse order Alt+D Focus Address Bar Alt+Enter Show Properties of the file/folder selected Alt+Prt Scr Put a screenshot of the currently selected window into clipboard (explained) Shift+Del Delete forever, bypassing Recycle Bin Alt+F4 Close Application Ctrl+F4 Close Tab Ctrl+Shift+Enter Launch as elevated user (explained) Ctrl+Shift+Esc Show Taskmanager Win+D Show Desktop Win+L Lock Workstation Win+E Open Explorer Win+R Open Run Dialog Win+F Search Win+P Cycle through display mode/output devices (explained) Win+Down Minimise Win+Up Maximise Win+1/2/3 etc Switch between pinned apps according to number Win+type search term Search index for item (explained) F2 Rename F5 … Continue reading

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Windows 7 – the most useful tips

Below is a small collection of the Windows 7 tips I find the most useful, and most likely to be adopted by staff. Cycle through display mode / output devices (WindowsKey+P) Laptop users rejoice – there is now a super easy way for you to cycle through output modes, whether it be to run just the laptop screen, extend to a secondary monitor, or output to a projector. You no longer need to rely on knowing each manufacturers function key combo. I personally use this at home daily to switch between using my monitor and TV. Open another instance of anything on the taskbar (MiddleClick or Shift+LeftClick) Already have a browser windows open and want another? Simply MiddleClick (or Shift+LeftClick for those without a middle mouse button) the icon in the taskbar to quickly launch another instance. This works for any app that allows multiple copies to be open (windows explorer, … Continue reading

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