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I am adding a Windows 7 x64 computer system to a 2012 R2 Essentials domain via the connector (http://server/connect) and it just sits and spins forever. Some digging around, I found that removing items in HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\ControlSessionManager\PendingFileRenameOperations and rebooting then reattempting to add the computer works.

Windows 7 Convenience Rollup

Before installing the Convenience Rollup, install the two prerequisite updates:  KB3102810 and KB3083710
When installing the Windows 7 Convenience Rollup (, I had to disable Windows Updates because WUSA kept sitting there spinning for an hour Searching for updates.
net stop wuauserv
That did the trick, restarted the Convenience Rollup installer and it ran right on through it.
So after a reboot, it is checking for updates... going on about 30 minutes Continue Reading...

The task image is corrupt or has been tampered with.

I have been fielding a few calls very recently where a computer was upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 automatically to a user's surprise, so they then downgraded back to Windows 7.
Mostly things work after the revert to Windows 7, however I'm seeing so many issues with Task Scheduler corruption.
The task image is corrupt or has been tampered with.
It is a long and tedious task to fix these problems, but it CAN be done. Follow the Microsoft KB article. DO NOT delete all the tasks in the Subkey Continue Reading...

Windows Update Error 800B0001

I got the following error attempting to check for updates against my WSUS server from a Windows 7 system.

Looking closer at the WindowsUpdate.log file (C:windowsWindowsUpdate.log), I see the following:
2014-07-17 17:10:00:141 936 e28 Agent * Search Scope = {Machine}
2014-07-17 17:10:00:141 936 e28 Setup Checking for agent SelfUpdate
2014-07-17 17:10:00:142 936 e28 Setup Client version: Core: 7.6.7600.256 Aux: 7.6.7600.256
2014-07-17 17:10:00:173 936 e28 Misc Validating signature for
2014-07-17 17:10:00:179 Continue Reading...

Change Forgotten Windows 7 Password

I have not tried these steps outlined below, so use at your own risk.

Boot from a Windows 7 or Windows 8 DVD
Select Language
Select repair computer
Select Windows 7 or Windows 8
Open Command Prompt in advance option
copy c:Windowssystem32utilman.exe c:
copy c:Windowssystem32cmd.exe c:Windowssystem32utilman.exe
Press "y", Enter
Restart Computer
On Logon Screen click "Ease of Access" button at the bottom left of the screen
This will open Command Prompt
net user username Continue Reading...

Cisco VPN Client Slow To Launch

A Cisco VPN Client (5.x) on a Windows 7 system began to exhibit slow loading behavior. Slow in a sense of 2-3 minutes to load the interface to connect the VPN endpoint. I noticed the status window indicated it was loading the cert store.
Investigating further, I determined the slowness was due to the Personal cert store having a lot of certificates. These were created by the Fiddler tool. In this particular case there are 290 certificates in the Personal store.

Removing these certs created by Continue Reading...

Playing with Local Group Policy Objects

I'm working on locking down a Windows 7 Embedded thin client lately and have a need to restrict some Internet Explorer settings. I have to do this on a handful of thin clients.
The first thing I do is create a Local Group Policy for NON ADMINISTRATORS.
This is important because I do not want my administrator account to be all screwed up and locked down when I need to connect for administrative work.
I also export the settings so that I can apply them to other computers as needed.  Initially, I will Continue Reading...

Windows 7 Saved Theme Location

When you customize your Windows 7 theme and save it, you can access the saved theme by navigating to: %LOCALAPPDATA%microsoftwindowsthemes
In my case, this is: C:UsersrkreiderAppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsThemes

Windows Update error 8024402C

Got this error recently on a Windows 7 32bit system while trying to do updates.  Previously, Automatic Updates were enabled and it ended up in a Installing 3 of 3 loop. To fix this, refer to Microsoft's KB: each of the following in a command prompt as Administrator: netsh winhttp reset proxynet stop wuauservnet start wuauserv Previous HistoryI have renamed SoftwareDistribution to SoftwareDistributionOld and ran updates again but this did not work. Microsoft Continue Reading...

Determine if Windows Update is Using WSUS

Is my computer being updated by a WSUS server?  Here's a quick way to determine if your computer is using WSUS or not to provide Windows Updates to you. You can check quickly by looking at the Windows Update screen in Windows 7 and identifying if it says "Managed by your system Administrator" such as the screenshot below indicates.If your computer is not using a WSUS for Windows Updates, you will see a message similar to the one in the screenshot below. Continue Reading...