Category: Microsoft

How to remotely uninstall software?

There’s a lot of times when you just want to uninstall a piece of software without interrupting the end user, but unfortunately there isn’t an easy, out of the box way to do it. To uninstall software on a local machine without any user interaction, you would do something like this: msiexec.exe /norestart /qn /x {2902F983-B4C1-44BA-B85D-5C6D52E2C441} The last part, after /x is the GUID of installed software. To find out the guid on remote software, download this script from here and run this command: cscript /B SwInventory.vbs RemotePC > RemotePC.txt Open RemotePC.txt and look for GUID. Next you need PsExec from SysInternals. This tool will allow you to run commands on […]

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Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 transition / migration to Server Standard 2008 R2

(First appeared here) This is an action plan from Microsoft tech support.  I’m going to be testing this in my Lab over the next week or so.  I’ll post any significant notes or corrections that I find. 1.       Run ADprep on SBS 2008 with the Windows 2008 R2 disk. ·         Insert the media for Windows Server 2008 R2 into the Small Business Server 2008 server. ·         Browse to the following folder: ·         <DVD drive >:SourcesAdprep> Adprep /forestprep ·         Press C, and then press ENTER. Wait for the process to complete. ·         <DVD drive >:SourcesAdprep>Adprep /domainPrep ·         when this step completes, you should receive a message: “Adprep successfully update the domain-wide Information”

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After system repair, Windows Activation Wizard won’t run

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/itproxpsp/thread/b991ce21-db5b-46eb-8c9b-f8d4aa14a35a?prof=required HERE’S THE FIX… Download Internet Explorer 8 and Hotfix KB946501, burn them to disc Hotfix KB946501 http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/946501 Internet Explorer 8 http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/default.aspx Start your PC and repeatedly hit F8 to get the safe mode menu. Choose safe mode with command prompt only (if you are unable to enter safe mode otherwise) When the command prompt appears type “explorer” Should load the Windows GUI behind the cmd window Install the KB946501 hotfix from your disc (may not need if you’re not multicore) Install IE8 Reboot normally in to Windows, you should be able to activate as usual. Apparently the activation Window is dependant upon IE. Hope this works, let me know.

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New malware redirects all major search engine results to Gala search

If you are being redirected to galasearch every time you search for something it may be because this shitworm planted few manual hosts on the hosts file. First thing it does is hide the host file, so by going to C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32DRIVERSETC you will not see hosts at all. To show hosts, click on Tools from any open folder, and then go to Folder Options, switch to View tab and check “show hiden files and folders” and also uncheck “hide extension…” and ” hide protected operating system files”.

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Auto connect and authenticate to a mapped drive on Windows XP

Lately Windows XP Pro and Home is loosing connectivity to the mapped drive or sometime the user has to double click on on Z drive to initiate the authentication process. In some cases the “remember password” check box is not there either. Which means you have to type username and password every time you reboot. I have looked around for a solution and haven’t been able to find anything yet. In some cases it has been asking for authentication even if i give permissions to “Everyone” on the local and shared permissions. If you run the network setup wizard and enable file and print sharing at the end it may […]

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