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11 Aug 11 A Simple Download Manager from Microsoft

Microsoft Download Manager is a lightweight and easy-to-use tool that you may use to download files from the Internet. There are no complicated settings to configure and all you need to do is paste the file URL to begin the download process.

It can run minimized in the system tray and pops-up a unobtrusive notification every time a file download is complete or if the program has trouble downloading a particular file.

The software can only handle files that are served over the HTTP protocol (no FTP) but it does support downloading of files that require authentication. It was originally designed to help users download files from Microsoft sites but there’s nothing stopping you from using this program with any other site.

Microsoft Download Manager is compatible with all recent versions of Windows including XP, Vista and Windows 7.

11 Aug 11 How to Remove Personal Information from your Digital Photos

The iconic Situation Room photograph, captured by offical White House photographer Pete Souza, has now been viewed more the 2.5 million times on the web.

The corresponding photo page on Flickr says little about the photograph but if you download the full-size version, you can get details about the camera model, the camera settings and even the software that were used to edit this picture before it was published online.

This information is stored in every digital image, in the form of EXIF tags, and you can extract it using Windows Explorer or with the help of even the most basic image editing software. In the case of mobile phones, your pictures may even include location information thus giving others an idea of the exact geographic coordinates where that shot was taken.

How to Remove Camera and GPS Data?

If you are planning to share your personal photographs over email or on a public website (like Tumblr), it may sometimes make sense to remove the camera data and the location information from the images before putting them online.

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28 Mar 11 Searching Group Policy Settings

Very often you spend a lot of time searching for the right Group policy setting. You can use the filter function in GPMC or you can download the excel sheet from Microsoft:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=18c90c80-8b0a-4906-a4f5-ff24cc2030fb&displaylang=en
But this often ends up with you not finding the setting right away. And it also takes a lot of time downloading the Excel sheet and searching it. You end up trying Google and at last you find something.

But Instead of using Google I suggest to take a look at this url.
http://gps.cloudapp.net

It is an online search application for Group policy settings created in Windows Azure. They have also included the option to add it as a search provide for Internet explorer. This is really a great tool for finding Group policy settings.
From now on this will be my first place to search.

 

28 Mar 11 Outlook 2010 (Focus on name cache/NK2)

One of the big things with Outlook 2010 is that they have remove NK2 files completely.Not exactly remove of course it is stored somewhere else.So where is it stored now when the NK2? The answer to that is that it is stored inside the mailbox in a special folder called “suggested contacts”. To see this you first have to change your view to “folder list” :

Then you will see the “suggested contacts” folder: (more…)

02 Sep 10 Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V rolü için önemli güncelleme!

Windows Server 2008 R2 üzerinde Hyper-V kullanıyorsanız ve işlemciniz de Intel Xeon 5500 serisi Nehalem ise CPU’ ya biraz yük bindiğinde aldığınız mavi ekran ilk anda sizi çok şaşırtmış olabilir. Aylar önce bu hatayı önemli bir production sunucusunda almam oldukça heyecanlı vakit geçirmeme neden olmuştu.

Microsoft bu hatayla birlikte Intel Westmere CPU kullanıcılarının aldığı bir hatayı ve özellikle Hyper-V üzerinde Forefront TMG kullanan adminleri ilgilendiren network bağlantısının gitmesiyle ilgili problemleri gideren KB2264080 güncelleştirmesini yayınladı.

Unutmadan, Intel Xeon CPU kullanıcıları bu hatadan kurtulmak için eğer KB975530 makalesindeki registry kaydını girdilerse sunucularının enerji tasarrufu özelliklerinden tekrar faydalanmak için güncelleştirmeyi yükledikten sonra aşağıdaki komutla ilgili registry kaydını kaldırabilirler.

reg delete HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Processor /v Capabilities /f

An update rollup package for the Hyper-V role in Windows Server 2008 R2: August 24, 2010

28 Dec 09 Fix Stop Error Messages After Resume in Windows 7

Microsoft has released a patch that is fixing a bug that some Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 users are experiencing after resuming their operating systems from hibernation or sleep state. These users experience stop error messages when resuming the system, to be precise one or multiple of the following stop error messages:

  • STOP 0×0000007A
  • STOP 0×00000077
  • STOP 0×000000F4

The cause for those error messages are SATA hard drives that require more than 10 seconds. The timeout of the SATA driver in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is set to ten seconds and the error message is produced as a result of this timeout.

Only large SATA hard drives are affected according to Microsoft. Large hard drives seem to be those with a capacity of 1 Terabyte or larger.

Consider the following scenario:

* You have a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
* The computer has a Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) hard disk.
* The size of the SATA hard disk is large. For example, the size of the SATA hard disk is 1 terabyte (TB).
* You put the computer into the Sleep state or into the Hibernate state.
* You try to resume the computer.

In this scenario, you receive one of the following Stop error messages:

  • STOP 0×0000007A
  • STOP 0×00000077
  • STOP 0×000000F4

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 users who are experiencing these difficulties are asked to install the patch that Microsoft has relased on their support website.

Other users do not need to install this patch which will be integrated into Windows 7 Service Pack 1 which Microsoft aims to release in 2010.

20 Nov 09 Windows 7 as an wi-fi access point

Now with Windows 7 you can share your internet connection as an access point with the the drivers that came with Windows 7, Windows also installs the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter

connections

To configure it use the Command Prompt in Administrator elevated:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=itgeekdiary key=typepassword

This configures a Wireless Lan network with SSID “itgeekdiary” and protected with the key “typepassword”

Enable Internet sharing on your internet connected network card, in my case that is the Wireless Network Connection modem card. Select the virtual Wifi as home networking connection, (more…)

14 Nov 09 Increase the service timeout period

Event ID 7011 – Timeout (30000 milliseconds)

The Service Control Manager will generate an event if a service does not respond within the defined timeout period (the default timeout period is 30000 milliseconds). To resolve this problem, use the Registry Editor to change the default timeout value for all services.

  • In the Registry Editor, click the registry subkey HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control
  • In the details pane, locate the ServicesPipeTimeout entry, right-click that entry and then select Modify.Note: If the ServicesPipeTimeout entry does not exist, you must create it by selecting New on the Edit menu, followed by the DWORD Value, then typing ServicesPipeTimeout, and clicking Enter.
  • Click Decimal, enter the new timeout value in milliseconds (i prefer 120000), and then click OK.
  • Restart the computer.

13 Nov 09 Windows Vista getting IP problem for wireless adapter

Windows Vista cannot obtain an IP address from certain routers or from certain

non-Microsoft DHCP servers

Everyone writes something about Windows 7 in these days but i want to talk about a problem of Windows Vista.To get an ip address for wireless adapter from certain routers or from non-microsoft DHCP servers if you use Windows Vista operation system.

Our DHCP server is a linux ubuntu in our company and when i got the first windows vista i realized that I cannot get an ip address from DHCP.This issue occurs because of a difference in design between Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2).Specifically in Windows XP SP2, the broadcast flag in DHCP discovery packets is set to 0 (disabled). In Windows Vista, the broadcast flag in DHCP discovery packets is not disabled. Therefore, some routers and some non-microsoft DHCP servers cannot process the DHCP discovery packets.

To resolve this issue, disable the DHCP broadcast flag in Windows Vista locate and open the following registry key:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\

You can use “getmac” command at the command prompt to find right network adapter.

  • Create a Dword (32-bit) value and type DhcpConnDisableBcastFlagToggle
  • And set this registry key to 1

In these registry key you should also see another Dword value DhcpConnForceBroadcastFlag

set this registry key to 0 and at the command prompt type “ipconfig /renew”