Category Archives: how-to

Local printers not showing up in Terminal Services session

I was getting frustrated with my Windows 2008 terminal server, as I though it’s redirection of local printers was broken.  I was getting ready to take an axe to it, when a little research revealed that it was doing what it was supposed to… only USB, Parallel and Serial printers will automatically be redirected.  Network […]

Windows Update Stuck on “Checking for the latest updates for your computer…”

On occasion I run across a computer where Windows Update is stuck on “Checking for the latest updates for your computer…”.   One of the following suggestions has always fixed the problem for me. 1) Clearing Temporary Internet files in Internet Explorer: In internet Explorer, go to: Tools>Internet Options>General Under “Browsing History”, press the “Delete” button. […]

Microsoft .NET framework 2.0 cannot be uninstalled

I had an application that runs on .Net (ACT! 2010) continually crashing.  Tech support promised me that if I uninstalled .Net 2 and re-installed it, everything would be OK.  The only problem was, when clicking on the “Remove” button, I get the error message “Microsoft . NET framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 cannot be uninstalled”. […]

Edit PDFs online for free

Whenever I need to fill out a PDF or make minor edits to one, my tool of choice is PDF Escape, an online PDF editor that’s free. You can perform such edits pretty easily with PDF Escape, an online PDF editor that’s free and also lets you edit password-protected PDF documents in the browser. With […]

Multiple Remote Desktop connections on Windows XP

I was testing a light-weight XFCE Linux desktop that could be used as a front end for users accessing our terminal servers.  I wanted a way to test it off-site but didn’t want to go through the hassle of setting up a 2008 server.  I came up with the idea of using my XP laptop, […]

Disabling Java Automatic Updates on a Windows 2008 Terminal Server

Users were complaining about getting a Java update pop up window every time they logged into a terminal session.  I had pushed out the appropriate registry settings via GP to prevent this on the desktops, but obviously something special needed to be done for the server.  Aster doing a little research I found that there […]

How to restart Windows from a Remote Desktop session

This is one that stumped me for a couple of years when the schools I worked for switched from macs to Windows machines.  I loved the ability to use Remote Desktop to control machines.  The problem I frequently ran into was the inability to restart the machines. When you clicked on the “Start” menu, the […]

Office 2003 asking for location of SKUxxx.CAB

I was working on a machine at work today and after adding it to our domain and logging in for the firt time as myself, I kept getting errors where Office 2003 was asking for the location of a file called SKUxxx.CAB.  I couldn’t track down the original CDs (this computer has the Small Business version […]

How to set up a signature in Microsoft Outlook 2003 Email

When looking for a guide on how to set up a signature in Microsoft Outlook, all of the guides I found were for Outlook 2007/2010 – so I thought I’d share my writeup for those other lost souls stuck on “legacy” software. 1)      Select “Tools | Options…” from the menu in Outlook Tweet

Posting WordPress blog posts on a “regular” webpage

The “root” of my webpage is just a standard static website.  It’s treated me well for a long time, but I’ve been wanting to show the most recent blog posts on it.  I know I could have redirected the main index page to the WordPress portion of my site, but didn’t want post dates on […]