Restore Active Desktop Recovery Fix

Active desktop recovery is one of those errors you wish never existed.  It’s not a showstopper but definitely annoying.   I’ve run across this issue various times throughout computer tech career.  I’m not sure what causes this error but it could be virus or spyware related.  It could also be one of the weird Microsoft errors that…

Shadow Windows 2003 Console Session

Did you know you could shadow the console session in Windows 2003 using RDP?  Well it’s possible!  There are far and better programs out there that allow you to do this but it’s possible with RDP.  Log into server you want to shadow and issue gpedit.msc from command prompt. Go to Computer Configuration Adminstrative Templates…

Force WSUS client to check WSUS Server

Ever want to know how to force a WSUS client to check for updates?  Open the command prompt and type wuauclt /detectnow.  I came across this when I first started using WSUS over a year ago.  It sure beats waiting for some random time or for your group policy settings to kick in.  You can…

Windows 2003 SP2 Install Blues

What an interesting day it was yesterday at work.  I installed Windows 2003 SP2 on a server, rebooted it, and guess what….BSOD.  It made my heart sink.  Out of the 6 years I’ve been doing this type of stuff for a living….this was the FIRST time I ever had a BSOD after a Windows SP…

http://runonce.msn.com/runonce2.aspx

Recently I started updating workstations to use Internet Explorer 7 and began noticing a common error on most of them.  After the IE7 install, IE7 kept trying to go to http://runonce.msn.com/runonce2.aspx.  It also bypassed the Home Page within Internet Options. After searching the Internet for about 15 seconds, I found the solution! ******************************************** Add or…

Annoying Print Notifications in Windows XP

Are you tired of seeing these annoying print notifications in Windows XP? Here’s how to stop them! Start Printers and Faxes File Server Properties Advanced tab Uncheck Show informational notifications for local printers Uncheck Show informational notifications for network printers Click Apply Click Ok