Category Archives: Windows 7

Add-WindowsFeature Alternative for Client OS

Waiting for the add remove features dialog populate on my client OS computer is slow.  Since I started using Add-WindowsFeature wither Server 2008, and Install-WindowsFeature beginning with Server 2012, I was disappointed by the lack of a similar cmdlet for … Continue reading

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How to Create Single SCCM Bootable Media for both X32 and X64

My friend, Nick Miller, has gone to work with another company, and is involved in a Windows 7 image standardization project.  He recently told me that he had figured out how to have a single bootable USB WinPE disk to … Continue reading

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That VbScript worked in XP, Why Not Now?

Do you have a script that worked with your x32 XP computer, but no longer works in Windows 7 or 8 x64?  I am finding that some of the scripts I wrote have this problem.  Somethings may rely on an … Continue reading

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Win32_ReliablityRecords, PowerShell and ScriptoMatic

I was reviewing my blog stats today and found a link from a site in UK to my version of ScriptoMatic.hta.  I have upgraded my home laptop to 8.1, and decided to see whether it still works (it does).  If … Continue reading

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Get User’s Email Address from SmartCard with PowerShell

Someone asked me whether I could pull the email address of a user from an inserted SmartCard.  I knew I could dump the information in Windows 7 using the CertUtil command and wanted to experiment with parsing information with PowerShell.  … Continue reading

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Who logs onto this computer?

One of the questions that is frequently asked in a large organization is, “Who uses computer XYZ123?”. Many tools will report the current user, but the current user may or may not be the the person who usually works on a given computer.  … Continue reading

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Scriptomatic on Windows 7 Solved

I have been writing HTA files for a years as a way to improve the appearance of some of my scripts.  MSDN has a good article from May of 2011 about the power and utility of HTA files.  After moving … Continue reading

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Floppy Drive Settings for Virtual PC

Earlier I wrote about using WinImage to preserve floppy disk data.  In my continuing adventure with Windows 7 x64, I found that DOS programs will not run under x64.  What DOS program do I like to use?  The WordPerfect Editor … Continue reading

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RunAs context menu item for scripts and HTAs

I have consolidated a couple of registry files that enable a RunAs context menu item for VbScript, JScript, and HTA files.  Scripts_HTA_Runas_reg.txt

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Upgrading to Windows 7

We have been slow at work in our adoption of Windows 7.  I use my laptop as my primary workstation, and I had “cheated” when I upgraded from XP to Vista and then Window 7 32 bit.  My new OS was … Continue reading

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