Windows 7

Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel

Finally Microsoft has released a utility for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 that will mount ISO disk image files as virtual CD drives. What does this mean for most. No more third-party ware riddled with instability problems. Did I say it was ‘free‘. So systems admins such as myself can get one more install off of production systems.

This utility is what you need when you need it to get the job done and at 60KB in size, a total win.

Search: Vitual CD-ROM Control Panel in the Download CenterOr Click this Link while it still works.

Link Address above:  http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38780

Cannot allocate memory Issue

There has been a few times I have seen this message. Each time it had to do with my moving files in and out of a mounted network share from my Linux box. Tonight while moving files around and doing some scanning. I found myself with the error above.

After rebooting my Windows 7 host I am able to once again access files, only to have the issue all over again after moving a large number of files. I guess someone doesn’t want a Windows 7 desktop acting as a server. Well I have a quick fix that has worked for that.

On the Windows 7 host open the registry editor and set the following: 

Locate the following registry key: 
HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerMemory ManagementLargeSystemCache and set its value to 1

Then locate the following registry key:
HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesLanmanServerParametersSize and set the value of 3

Then *reboot*

Windows 7 Power Report

Do you have a laptop, are you running Windows 7, and most of all, does your battery seem like its running low faster than it should be?  If so perhaps running the following command from the command prompt will give you more information about what’s going on:

powercfg -energy

This will run for about 1 minute, more on a slower system. The report will be placed in the following location: C:Windowssystem32energy-report.html

– jermal

Windows 7 ‘GodMode’

I remember this little trick from back in my Windows Vista days, it seems that this also exists in the Windows 7 world. The trick is simple to execute, just enter the following commands::

up up down down left right left right b a select start

By creating a new folder in Windows 7 and renaming it with a certain text string:  GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} you are able to have a single place to do everything from changing the look of the mouse pointer to making a new hard-drive partitions.  This is more like a control panel #2 for Windows 7, and I suggest you give it a try and see how you like it.

Windows 7: Auto Login to Domain Account and lock the desktop

For some of you that like to play with automation tools, or just want to auto login and have your programs start up, and well don’t necessarily want your desktop open to the world.

Tech Warning!  You need to play in the registry, so know what your doing or don’t do.

 

  1. Open Registry Editor (Start Orb –> type Regedit.exe)
  2. Browse to this location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon
  3. Edit DefaultUserName key and type your domain user name (domainuserid)
  4. If doesn’t exist, Create DefaultDomainName (string or REG_SZ) key and edit it with your domain name
  5. If doesn’t exist, create DefaultPassword (string or REG_SZ) key and edit it with your password
  6. If doesn’t exist, create AutoAdminLogon (string or REG_SZ) key and edit with “1”.
  7. Close Registry Editor
  8. Open Notepad
  9. Type this:
    On Error Resume Next
    DIM objShell ‘sleep(“1”) Set objShell = CreateObject(“Wscript.Shell”)
    objShell.Run “%windir%System32rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation”

    Sub Sleep(strTime)
    strTime2 = (strTime * 60) * 1000
    wscript.sleep strTime2
    End Sub

  10. Save it as “LockDesktop.vbs”
  11. Click Start –> All Programs. Right click on Startup and select Open.
  12. On Startup Folder, right click on empty space and select New –> Shortcut.
  13. Select your script (LockDesktop.vbs) on your saved location and create a shortcut.
  14. That’s it. Reboot your computer and watch your computer auto login with your account and locks the desktop right away.

If you change your password, remember to edit the registry (DefaultPassword)