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Windows / Re: Slip stream sata drivers into your xp set up cd
« on: January 31, 2009, 05:22:12 PM »
The details that page does not give you is to create a folder on your c: or on your desktop.
Put the windows CD in your CD ROM, when the auto play box opens, close it out.
next go to my computer. right click on the CD ROM drive and choose the option "explorer"
when the window opens.. go to file, select all. then drag and drop the files to the folder you created.
then use the steps on that link.

It work for me on the first time. It seems that dvd work the best.

Windows / Slip stream sata drivers into your xp set up cd
« on: January 31, 2009, 04:29:06 PM »
this web site is good about walking you through this process, it forgets to tell you to copy your cd to your hard drive first.

Server / setting up roaming profiles
« on: January 25, 2009, 09:18:17 PM »
Configuring Roaming User Profiles
Updated: March 28, 2003

Before you create a roaming user profile, you need to create each user account. Then, log on to a server as an administrator to create a network share to store the roaming user profiles, designate the groups of users to receive the roaming user profiles, and grant all users Full Control permissions.

Use the following procedures when you create and manage roaming user profiles.

Creating Roaming User Profiles
To perform the following procedure, you must be a member of the Account Operators group, Domain Admins group, or the Enterprise Admins group in Active Directory, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. For enhanced security, consider using the Runas command to perform this procedure.

To create a roaming user profile
Open Active Directory Users and Computers.

Click the domain and the OU where the user account resides.

Right-click the user account for which to set a roaming profile, and then click Properties.

Click the Profile tab, and then type the profile path information in Profile path. (Use the full path in each user account. For example, type \\Server\ShareName\UserName.)

Another way to populate the profile path is to use an Active Directory® Service Interfaces (ADSI) script. ADSI provides a single set of interfaces for managing resources on the network. You can use ADSI in combination with Microsoft® Visual Basic® Scripting Edition (VBScript) or JScript scripts to manage Active Directory resources such as users and services.

For information about ADSI and ADSI scripts, see the Microsoft Platform SDK link on the Web Resources page at

Changing User Profile Type from Local to Roaming
Typically, a large organization has many users with local profiles. For ease of management, you might want to change many of the local profiles to roaming profiles. Moving user’s data and settings from the workstation to a server reduces the user’s dependence on the workstation’s availability, simplifies user data management, and allows centralized account management.

To create a roaming user profile for a user that has a local profile
Open Active Directory Users and Computers.

Click the domain and the OU where the user account resides.

Right-click the appropriate user account for which to set a roaming profile, and then click Properties.

Click the Profile tab, and type the profile path information in Profile path (for example, type \\Server\ShareName\UserName).


To change a user’s local profile to a roaming profile for a user who uses multiple computers simultaneously, the user must log off last from the computer that has the profile that the user wants to use.

Disabling Roaming User Profiles on Certain Computers
You can prevent computers from receiving roaming profiles by enabling the Only allow local user profiles policy setting, which blocks roaming profiles from being used on a computer. By default, when roaming profile users log on to a computer, the user’s roaming profile is copied to the local computer. If the user has previously logged on to this computer, the roaming profile is merged with the local profile. Similarly, when the user logs off from this computer, the local copy of the profile, including any changes the user made, is merged with the server copy of the profile.

If you enable the Only allow local user profiles policy setting, the following occurs on the affected computer: When the user first logs on, the user receives a new local profile instead of the roaming profile. At logoff, changes are saved to the local profile. All subsequent logons use the local profile.

If you enable both the Prevent Roaming Profile changes from propagating to the server setting and the Only allow local user profiles setting, roaming profiles are disabled for that computer. These policy settings are in the Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\User Profiles node.

Creating Accounts That Possess roaming user profiles
You can save time and reduce the chances for error by scripting many repetitive tasks, such as creating user accounts. A script to automate the creation of user profiles for roaming user might look something like the sample script Listing 7.1, which shows a script for creating user accounts that have roaming profiles.

Listing 7.1   Creating User Accounts That Have Roaming User Profiles

 set Args = Wscript.ArgumentsouName = Args(0)
usrName = Args(1)
RUProot = Args(2)

RUPpath = RUProot & " \"  & usrName

'Get the domain
Set dse = GetObject(" LDAP://RootDSE" )
Set domain = GetObject( " LDAP://"  & dse.Get(" defaultNamingContext" ))

set ou = domain.GetObject(" organizationalUnit" , " OU="  & ouName )

wscript.echo " Creating user in "  & ou.Name

set usr = ou.Create(" user" , " cn="  & usrName )
usr.Put " samAccountName" , usrName
usr.Put " userPrincipalName" , usrName
usr.Put " Profilepath" , RUPpath


wscript.echo "  User "  & usrName & "  was created successfully in "  & ou.Name & " with a RUP Path of: "  & RUPpath

Every Windows Server 2003 user has a profile. If the operating system does not have a profile to apply to the user when the user logs on, a new local profile is created for the user, based on the defaults in place. Windows Server 2003 applies a generic user profile format by default.

Configuring a Default Profile
You can create a default profile to ensure that all users within a domain receive an identical profile the first time they log on. This option simplifies administrative control over the users’ desktops and settings.

To create a default user profile, you must be logged on as Administrator or a member of the Administrators group. Create a default profile for all new user accounts in a domain. Include any domain-specific customizations that you want in the profile. To create subsequent profiles, you can create a new user account as a template.

Before creating a new user account to use as a new user’s profile template, perform the following tasks:

Log on to the domain as the new user, and then customize the desktop if appropriate.

Optionally, install and configure any applications to be shared by user accounts made from this template.

Log off, and then log on as the administrator.

For more information about creating a new user account, see "Create a new user account" in Help and Support Center for Windows Server 2003.

To configure a new user account to use as a new user’s profile template
After you create a new user account template, in Control Panel, click System.

On the Advanced tab, under User Profiles, click Settings.

Under Profiles stored on this computer, select the user that you created in step 1, and then click Copy To.

To create the default user profile for the domain, type the path to NETLOGON\Default User on the domain controller.

In the Copy To dialog box, under Permitted to use, click Change.

In the Select User or Group dialog box, enter the object name to select, and then type: Everyone.

Troubleshooting: Creating a Log File for User Profiles
User profiles log events in the Application event log. To aid in troubleshooting, administrators can also create detailed log files by using the following procedure.


Do not edit the registry unless you have no alternative. The registry editor, regedit.exe, bypasses standard safeguards, allowing settings that can damage your system, or even require you to reinstall Windows. If you edit the registry, make sure to back it up first and see the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Registry Reference on the Windows Server 2003 Deployment Kit companion CD or at

To create a detailed log file for user profiles
In the Run dialog box, type regedit, and then click OK.

Locate the following subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon.

Create a new entry named UserEnvDebugLevel of data type REG_DWORD, and set its value to 0x30002.

The log file is stored in this location: %windir%\Debug\Usermode\Userenv.log

Internet Explorer / re-enable a browser add-on
« on: January 16, 2009, 09:15:55 PM »
 How can I re-enable a browser add-on?
 You might want to re-enable a browser add-on if you disabled an add-on but want to go to a site that requires it, or if disabling the add-on caused general display problems with webpages or Internet Explorer.

 To re-enable an add-on
 1.  Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Internet Explorer.
2.  Click the Tools button, click Manage Add-ons, and then click Enable or Disable Add-ons.
3.  In the Show list, click Add-ons that have been used by Internet Explorer to display all add-ons.
4.  Click the add-on you want to enable, and then click Enable.
5.  Repeat step 4 for every add-on you want to enable. When you are finished, click OK.

xbox 360 / Re: red ring of death
« on: January 05, 2009, 06:05:05 PM »
I found out today, after waiting 4 days for my box to come in the mail so I can get my Xbox replaced or repaired, that if you register the repair on their website, that your only shipping option is to print out the shipping label and box it up yourself. This option is fine if you have faith that ups wont smash your gear while it is in the mail. I however work with ups often in my I.t. business and I have had issue with ups in the past destroying a $1200.00 ups (uninterruptible power supply) for a server.
So the option I want is to have Microsoft ship me a box with their own idea of secure packaging that way if ups smashes it, I don’t have to prove that I shipped it in appropriate packing martial. For his option you must call Xbox on the phone and set up the repair...


xbox 360 / red ring of death
« on: January 05, 2009, 06:04:42 PM »
7 months after I got my Xbox 360 for my birthday, I got the red ring of death....
Thank god MS is going to fix or replace it (hopefully the latter).
I like the games and all the extras you get with Xbox, but as a long term investment I’m not sure... perhaps I should have got a ps3

works every time..

Windows / Windows Start up Disclaimer
« on: December 31, 2008, 06:27:50 PM »
If you need to set your computer up to have a disclaimer at start up. here is how.

 start / run/ type gpedit.msc press enter

in computer configuration>Windows settings> security settings> Local Policies> security options.

Locate the policies that say
Interactive logon: message text for users attempting to log on
Interactive logon: Message title for users attempting to log on.

You could set your disclaimer there.

Drivers / Re: Acer drivers
« on: December 11, 2008, 07:08:29 PM »

Cd rom issues / device manager cant load cd / dvd rom
« on: December 03, 2008, 05:41:40 PM »
Restore Missing CD or DVD Drive
Reports have filtered in that CD or DVD drives will suddenly cease to exist in XP systems. Most often this has been reported in conjunction with program installations and Windows upgrades, but it has also happened for no apparent reason. This tweak will restore the missing drives after a reboot.

[Start] [Run] [Regedit]
Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class
Key Name: {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
Value Data: [Delete All Value Data from UpperFilters and LowerFilters]
Note: Do not delete the Key or the Multi-String Values. Delete only the data values.
Exit Registry and Reboot


Outlook Express / path to outlookexpress files
« on: November 19, 2008, 03:54:16 PM »
How OE stores files on your hard disk
All of your OE mail folders and messages, local IMAP and Hotmail folders and messages, and all of your subscribed newsgroups and messages are stored in one folder called the store root, or store root folder, or store folder, and in at least one place in OE, the Store root directory. It's default location is

C:\Windows\Application Data\Outlook Express\{GUID}
C:\Documents and Settings\<User>\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{GUID}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

where {GUID} is the Global Unique IDentifier (technical jargon for a unique long number) used to specify an Identity. Depending on your operating system and upgrade history, your store folder might be located elsewhere. To determine the location of your store, click Tools| Options| Maintenance| Store folder.

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