Migrate Group Policy ADM files to ADMX files using ADMX Migrator

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If you’ve started using Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 in your environment, you may have noticed the new Group Policy ADMX format. This new format for Group Policy templates takes advantage of new features and capabilities. The new ADMX format for displaying registry-based policy settings are defined using XML now, instead of the proprietary […]

Fix “The add-in could not be installed or loaded” Outlook error message

by File in: Office Tips

Unfortunately, for IT Administrators, there are many third-party programs out there that install add-ins to Microsoft Outlook. This is sometimes very useful, such as better search programs like Google Desktop or Windows Desktop Search, but it’s also very annoying, like when Adobe tries to add PDF buttons to the entire Office suite! Eventually, when you […]

Scan Your Network for Security Vulnerabilities using GFI LANGuard

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There are many software suites out there that can scan your entire network for security vulnerabilities, but they are mostly very expensive. Recently, while testing software, I came across another program that provides solutions for computer security, application security and network security all in one package for a cheap price. GFiLANguard is an award-winning software […]

How to Open and Forward Ports on Your Router

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Earlier I wrote a post on how to configure a router for remote desktop, which went through the steps of logging into your wireless router and forwarding the appropriate ports. I tried to go into as much detail as possible, but setting up port forwarding is still too technical for some people. So if you […]

Force Replication Between Two Domain Controllers in Active Directory

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One common task I have to perform in Active Directory very often is forcing replication between two domain controllers. By default, replication occurs automatically between the designated bridgehead servers at each site. This time interval can vary depending on the number of sites, how the sites are linked, connection speed between sites, etc and can […]

Fix “Bootmgr is missing” in Windows Vista

by File in: Windows Vista Tips

Recently, I installed a fresh copy of Windows Vista on a new PC at out office and everything went fine. I had no errors or problems during the install. So I pulled out the CD and restarted the computer, only to be shown this error message: Bootmgr is missing. Press ctrl-alt-del to restart. Fabulous! A […]

Create Windows Installer (MSI) Packages using NSIS

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I’ve written a fair amount of code in my IT career and released a good number of Windows programs also. A good tool to create Windows installer packages was always key. Each program would have a different set of needs, such as scripts, DLLs, security settings, etc, so one tool to create any type of […]

Background Intelligent Transfer Service will not start

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Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) is a service built into Windows that transfers files in the background using idle network bandwidth. It basically acts as a download manager for Windows Update and other services by being able to resume from broken or partial downloads. If you are having problems with downloading Windows updates because BITS […]

Sound or volume tray icon missing in Windows Vista?

by File in: Windows XP Tips

Is your sound icon suddenly missing from your Windows Vista system tray!? It was there just a little while ago, but now it’s gone! For some strange reason, many Vista users have to deal with missing volume and network icons on a regular basis! Even after I upgraded to Windows Vista SP1, my volume icon […]

Can Connect to Wireless Router, but not to the Internet?

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Have you ever run into the situation where you could connect your laptop to your wireless router, but could not browse the Internet? There could be several things going on in this kind of situation, either your computer has a problem or the router cannot connect to the Internet via your ISP. So if you’re […]