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  1. ICT Tip #31 - Searching Windows 7 Folders by filename

    by , 5th February 2013 at 04:39 PM
    Yes, number 31. Number 30 was a tip specific to our school about using the new headed paper by going to My Templates in Word 2010, because group policy preferences lets you do really cool stuff these days.

    Anyway, number 31 is a brief guide on searching folders in Windows 7 using the built in search. No, it's not perfect. No, it's not quick. But it does the job most of the time and it's right there. It'll meet the needs of most people most of the time and, in theory, save you all ...

    Updated 6th February 2013 at 01:03 PM by sonofsanta (tags & category)

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  2. ICT Tip #29 - Recent Documents in Windows 7

    by , 31st January 2013 at 03:18 PM
    Apologies for the lateness on this one, real life rather got in the way this end. I've just managed to send out a tip round here, so it's time I posted another one up here for your pleasure.

    This one follows on quite closely from last week's tip on pinning shortcuts to the Start Menu; this week it's ICT Tip 029 - Recent Documents in Win7.doc. The thinking being that you can pin your most used applications, then pin the most used documents in that application.

    We noticed that a number of ...

    Updated 6th February 2013 at 01:03 PM by sonofsanta

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  3. ICT Tip #28 - Pinning Items to the Windows 7 Start Menu

    by , 22nd January 2013 at 12:43 PM
    This being a new blog series I figured I was meant to update on time and stick to my promises for at least another three weeks

    So, following on from last week's introduction and tip on searching the Windows 7 Start Menu, this week is about pinning shortcuts to the Start Menu for quick access: ICT Tip 028 - Pin to Start Menu.doc

    It's quick, it's easy, it's worth showing people. As ever you are free to steal, borrow, adapt and re-use, without attribution, so long as you make no ...

    Updated 6th February 2013 at 01:04 PM by sonofsanta

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  4. ICT Tips - an introduction & first of many free resources

    by , 15th January 2013 at 03:37 PM
    For the past couple of years, barring a hiatus when I was too damned busy getting 2008R2 set up on a Hyper-V cluster with System Center, I've been writing up brief weekly tips and emailing them round to all our staff. Less than a page of A4 (usually), pointing out one small but useful tip for using a computer. It's a friendly way of reminding people we're here and slowly training staff without them realising I'm on a secret campaign to make them all more IT-literate.

    It suddenly struck ...

    Updated 6th February 2013 at 01:04 PM by sonofsanta (link to XP/2003 tips)

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  5. 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 ...
  6. XP to Windows 7 Migration in Schools

    by , 3rd April 2011 at 08:11 PM
    I've been doing a fair amount of rolling out of new systems recently, both OS X and Windows based. While the OS X based stuff has been an interesting look at a reasonably recent and up to date operating system (10.6), it occurred to me that the Microsoft side of things was the same old irritating process of fighting with Windows XP that I've been doing for God knows how long. With Windows 7 now at nearly 2 years old and boasting a full service pack, is it not time for us to ditch an increasingly ...
  7. Windows 7 SP1 Fails to Install (and causes a Blue Screen system halt)

    by , 10th March 2011 at 09:42 PM
    Microsoft Recently released a Service Pack for Windows 7 and it has worked fine until it has been made available via WSUS/Windows Updates for Automatic Install. It has been known to cause a few problems where the system has halted upon startup with a Fatal Error as shown below:

    Fatal Error C0000034 applying update operation (Update 282 of 103814)

    Many people have turned to re-building the system but there is a fix to getting the system back up and running and it is ...
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  8. Windows 7 Updates which break things...

    by , 24th February 2011 at 04:05 PM
    OK - I know SP1 is now out - but in case you havent applied it yet, and arent going too - watch out for these two...

    Note - These are supposed to be rolled into SP1, supposed to be!

    Issue 1: If your Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 stops responding at the “Please wait” screen before you are requested to press Ctrl+ALT+DEL.

    Lets say you try to start a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

    However, the operating ...
  9. Windows 7 Bitlocker Pins

    by , 10th February 2011 at 08:10 PM
    So, time to rack up my blog writing a bit more! As you may have read, we have deployed (well still deploying) Windows 7 with Bitlocker as the encryption for all our Staff Laptops. We are using Toshiba Tecra A10s by the way.

    While we were testing, we came across some things that were a real pain. The first being that unless you are a local admin, you cannot change the Bitlocker pin. Problem - big problem. Under XP, we did used to have Staff as local admins - but used GPs and Software ...
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  10. SCCM, Windows 7 and Bitlocker - Part 3

    by , 8th February 2011 at 01:36 PM
    Hello again everyone! Here is ther final part of my wee guide on getting SCCM, Windows 7 and Bitlocker all done together...! Sorry its taken a bit longer to get this updated, been busy on another project which I will blog about next

    6. Well - Part 5 from the last post really - explaining the "fancy stuff" that happens after the build and main software drop...

    The main thing going on here is the auto log in. This is needed to run a load of a load of first ...
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