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  1. Wireless and Power settings

    by , 8th May 2014 at 03:07 PM
    Background info

    Wireless has, for the most part, been the bane of my existence as a Network Manager. It's flaky, it's unreliable and it can ruin your otherwise lovely day. Combined with some odd behaviour with Windows 7 and domains, student logins tend to be a bit of a lottery, with around a 1% chance of getting an error "there are no logon servers available..." and another 1% chance of logging in fine, but having no My Documents or Start Menu as they haven't mapped properly ...
  2. The User Profile Service failed the logon

    by , 13th February 2014 at 02:59 PM
    If you've worked with Windows 7 for any length of time, you're sure to have come across this error sooner or later. Most of the time it's relatively easy fix involving the registry, which you can find here (this works for Vista, windows 7 and 8:

    User Profile Service failed the sign-in - Fix in Windows 8

    However this one laptop was not playing ball. I'd ran through all of the above steps, and nothing, no new accounts could be created, the guest account wasn't working ...
  3. Server 2012 can really ruin your day

    by , 24th September 2013 at 12:10 PM
    When it announces that it's going to restart in 15 minutes to complete windows updates. at 10:15. And it's the server that hosts the virtual server with SIMS installed.

    I had thought I had prevented disaster using this guide:

    http://www.redmondpie.com/how-to-sto...rting-your-pc/

    and then running gpupdate /force

    However, this turned out to be a false hope, as a phone call from reception to tell me that SIMS ...
  4. Windows 8, Disk Usage, and the MSI GE60 Laptop

    by , 25th June 2013 at 01:33 PM
    I rarely buy hardware as a complete package, preferring to build my own PCs, however when it comes to Laptops, I felt I ought to play it safe and buy from a brand. I wanted a laptop that was powerful enough to handle the odd game (think UFO: Enemy Unknown rather than Crysis) and wasn't going to break the bank. After much deliberating, I decided on the GE60 by MSI. On paper, it had the right specs, a decent graphics card, fast processor combined with 8GB RAM. The only drawback was the hard drive, ...
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  5. Disable spell and grammar check for Office 2010

    by , 10th December 2012 at 11:30 AM
    It's that time of the year again when I have to start looking at disabling spell check on Word for various Mock Exams. If only Wordpad had headers and footers, I wouldn't need to go through this every year...

    Anyway, having updated to Office 2010 over the summer, my previous group policy objects aren't going to work with Office 2010, so time for a new way of doing things.
    First of all, I'll credit the website where I got the info, and feel free to follow them rather than my ...
  6. Windows 7 shutdown through Group Policy Preferences

    by , 6th December 2012 at 06:20 PM
    Shutting down Windows 7 has been a bit of a bug bear, with some PCs refusing to shut down, or settings not quite working the way I wanted them to. In an ideal world, I wanted a situation where computers would attempt to shutdown at 3.15, and only stay on if someone was using it. The PC would then wait until 10 minutes after it had gone Idle, then shut itself down. In reality, the first part usually worked fine, the second part, not so much.

    My preferred method of shutting down is ...
  7. Codeacademy and Google Chrome Frame

    by , 14th November 2012 at 11:32 AM
    After reading last months PC Pro, I wanted to investigate www.codeacademy.com and see if it would work with our teaching.

    First issue with codeacademy is that it doesn't like IE and flatly refuses to play ball with it. One option is to install Chrome across the site, but I'd had issues getting Chrome to play ball with my network before, and wasn't too keen on trying again. So I choose option 2, install Google Frame. Installing it locally was easy, but a network install could prove ...
  8. Adding printers to Windows 7 machines via GPO

    by , 31st January 2011 at 01:12 PM
    As I've just spent a few hours getting this sorted, I thought I would share my experience in blog form in the hope that someone finds it useful.

    First up, I should point out that much of this blog can be found at the following link, and it also adds a cool way of adding printeres to specific Active Directory components, such as Groups, OUs or even specific users...

    http://www.msserveradmin.com/the-one...y-preferences/

    In ...

    Updated 23rd March 2012 at 10:14 AM by simpsonj (Updated method)

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