Category Archives: Windows

So I’ve been playing around with Microsoft Parental Controls on our family computer and I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it is to setup and what a good job it does. I honestly can’t believe it’s a Microsoft product. The settings can apply across multiple machines, and you can see the reports and adjust […]

Got Memory?

At my new company, all of the computers are custom builds, and they all seem to have a different motherboard in them.  Looking up the memory specs for the different boards can get to be a real pain.  Knowing how much RAM each slot will take, and weather it’s a DDR, DDR2, or DDR3 chip […]

“Cannot find or parse web template file” errors using stsadm.exe

I was trying to install the Job Requisition template into SharePoint, but kept getting an error message everytime I tried: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\BIN>STSADM.EXE -o addtemplate -filename c:\Templates\JobRequisition.wsp -title JobRequisition -description JobRequisition Cannot find or parse web template file c:\Templates\JobRequisition.wsp. I downloaded different copies of the template from all over the web, but […]

Remote Desktop Reboot

Often when working on a server or workstation via Remote Desktop you’ll need to restart it.  The problem is that the “Reboot” option is glaringly missing from your remote session: Fortunately there is a “trick” that will let you restart a machine.  Press “CTRL-ALT-END” to bring up the “Windows Security” window (just like CRTL-ALT-DEL would […]

Fixing “The RD Licensing Manager encountered an internal error from the license server. Message Number: 0xc0110011” Errors

My terminal server started refusing to issue new Terminal Server licenses, and when I went to look at the Terminal Server Manager, my licensing server was shown with the dreaded red “X” through it.  Clicking on it to re-connect to it or Activate it, I got the error message “The RD Licensing Manager encountered an […]

Clicking driving you crazy?

The clicking sound that Windows plays when you click on a link in Internet Explorer or open a folder in Windows Explorer can drive you insane.  Here’s how to kill that sound in Windows XP: Click Start > Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices Click the Sounds tab Scroll down the list under Program […]

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”. […]

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, […]