Monday, June 27, 2011

How to Build WinPE

Prepare the USB stick

Open a command prompt:
list disk
select disk 7
create partition primary
select partition 1
format quick fs=NTFS

1) Build the media using the Deployment Workbench.
2) Browse the deployment share, Advanced Configuration, right click on media.  Accept the defaults for everything.
3) Select the rules tab and add at the end of the default selection, _SMSTSORGNAME=org identifier.
4) Click on Edit Bootstrap.ini and add the same line.
5) Browse using Windows Explorer to the folder containing the media files. Copy the ISO file to the root of the USB key. Copy the contents of the Content folder to the root of the USB key.
6) You can refer to this link for more clarification.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Just found this on my work computer while trying to solve the popup isse. Malware Bytes didn't find it, but MacAfee 8.8 Enterprise with AntiSpyware did.  I'm suprised McAfee found anything.

Popup video in Firefox

I have this video window that links to that pops up every once in a while when I am browsing in Firefox. It only started yesterday and it is very annoying.  With the help of a colleague, finally figured out what it was.

It’s Windows Live Messenger.  There is advertising on the bottom. Whenever it turns to video, it pops a window out.  My main messenger window is on my 2nd monitor, but the popup shows up in my primary monitor, only when I am viewing Firefox.  Probably a bug in Microsoft’s programming.  Close the main Window and it goes away.

I used #2 from the following page to fix it.

Friday, June 10, 2011

TightVNC slow on Windows 7

When using TightVNC on Windows 7, I find that the screen refresh can be a little slow.  To remedy, in your client, use 8 bit color. Also choose high speed mode if you are on a LAN.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Quicktime Problems

Having an issue with Quicktime where it will not work for a standard user unless an Administrative user has used the plugin first. Deleting HKCU\Software\Apple Computer, Inc.\QuickTime\LocalUserPreferences should help

One can also put the following in a login script.

reg delete  "HKCU\Software\Apple Computer, Inc.\QuickTime\LocalUserPreferences" /f

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Windows 7 Temporary Profile - Part 2

I discovered that both of my local admin accounts' profiles had the machine name appended on the end.  The original profile folder still existed with just the apps folder.  To fix, I did the following:

1) Logon to another account with local admin priveleges.
2) Remove the orginal users folder, should be empty.
3) Remove the target users folder's machine name extension.
4) In regedit, go to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
5) Find the SID that contains the old user's profile path.   Remove the users folder's machine name extension.
6) Close all apps, reboot and login as the target user.

The user profile should now be back in the correct folder.  This isn't a case of folder corruption as it is Windows deciding that it didn't like the orginal folder.