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Windows 7 Shortcuts

October 15, 2012 5 comments

The Document above shows all available shortcuts usable on the Windows 7 Operating System. Increase performance and turn around time for your deliverables by using shortcuts instead of the boring mouse clicks. download and enjoy!!!

Windows 7 Professional Vs Windows 7 Enterprise

September 17, 2012 3 comments

The information in the slide above will definitely prove valuable to the choice of the windows OS to deploy in your Organisation. It highlights in details all aspects of both OS for Your consideration. Take time to go through the ten (10) page slide and you’ll simply fall in love with it.

How to fix the Temorary Profile Issue in Windows 7

August 17, 2012 5 comments

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In the world of computing, after the release of a new operating system (especially from major players in the software sphere), there arises great expectations on performance and usability. However, time has proven that there will definitely be some inherent flaws in such system due to many techincal reasons which i will not want to bore you with in this post. LOLzzz!

There is a common problem with the Windows 7 platform which can become a hazzle to the user. I call it the “Temporary Profile Syndrome”. After logon you get a message that you have been logged into a temporary profile in Windows 7 computer.This is not your correct profile as its evident from the fact that your Desktop and configuration settings are not present. if you work on this profile, all your documents will be lost after a logoff. restart or a shutdown. Oh what a Syndrome! not to worry though there’s a simple solution. Find below the steps to resolution.

1) Log into the Profile from which you were promted with the Temporary Profile.

2) Start registry editor by typing regedit in find box in Windows 7.

3) Navigate the following location within the Windows 7 Registry “Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList“.(do not do any other thing aside what i discribe, as this may make your computer further unstable. Registry modifications should be done by experts)

5) You can see similar keys under profile list with .bak difference.

(image above obtained from http://www.sysprobs.com)

6) If you have duplicate Keys(one with .bak and the other without .bak), delete the one without .bak and rename the one with the .bak by removing the .bak part of the name.

(image above obtained from http://www.sysprobs.com)

7) Log off and log back in and whao! the issue is resolved.

I do hope this is helpful as we strive to bring you with cutting edge How-Tos

Flame virus can hijack PCs by spoofing Windows Update | Microsoft – CNET News

June 8, 2012 1 comment

The infamous Flame virus can infect even secure PCs by tricking them into believing its malicious payload is actually an update from Microsoft.

As we already know, Flame has gained traction by tapping into security certificates for Microsoft’s Terminal Server. Though they appear to be digitally signed by Microsoft, the certificates are actually cooked up by the people behind Flame, thereby tricking PCs into accepting them as legitimate.

Microsoft and Symantec revealed yesterday that the virus can up the ante by using the fake certificates to spoof Microsoft’s own Windows Update service. As such, Windows PCs could receive an update that claims to be from Microsoft but is in fact a launcher for the malware.

Symantec described the method behind Flame’s madness: The virus, also known as Flamer, uses three applications to infect PCs — Snack, Munch, and Gadget. Collectively, this trio can trick PCs into redirecting Internet traffic to an infected computer with a fake Web server,. Once infected, a PC thinks the file that loads Flame is actually a Windows Update from Microsoft.

And as Symantec explained in its blog, spoofing Windows Update is not a trivial matter.

Hijacking Windows Update is not trivial because updates must be signed by Microsoft. However, Flamer bypasses this restriction by using a certificate that that chains to the Microsoft Root Authority and improperly allows code signing. So when a Windows Update request is received, the GADGET module through MUNCH provides a binary signed by a certificate that appears to belong to Microsoft.

The unsuspecting PC then downloads and executes the binary file, believing it to be a legitimate Windows Update file, Symantec added. The binary is not the Flame virus itself but a loader for Flame.

Microsoft also confirmed the risk to Windows Update, explaining that the vulnerability could be used to attack customers who weren’t the focus of the original Flame virus.

“In all cases, Windows Update can only be spoofed with an unauthorized certificate combined with a man-in-the-middle attack,” Microsoft said. The Flame virus itself has employed a man-in-the-middle attack to steal data, listen in on audio conversations, and take shots of screen activity.

Microsoft has already taken action by issuing a Security Advisory on how to block software signed by the unauthorized certificates, releasing an update to block the rogue certificates, and cutting off the ability of the Terminal Server Licensing Service to issue certificates that allow code to be signed.

To further protect its customers, the software giant is promising to harden its Windows Update service.

“We will begin this update following broad adoption of Security Advisory 2718704 in order not to interfere with that update’s worldwide deployment,” Microsoft said. “We will provide more information on the timing of the additional hardening to Windows Update in the near future.”

Some security experts have downplayed the danger of Flame, claiming it’s not as huge a threat as feared.

So far, the virus has targeted just the Middle East. But security vendor Kaspersky, which discovered the virus, is at the very least increasingly amazed by the complexity of it.

“As we continue our investigation of Flame, more and more details appear which indicate our initial statement: this is one of the most interesting and complex malicious programs we have ever seen,” Kaspersky said in a blog yesterday.

via Flame virus can hijack PCs by spoofing Windows Update | Microsoft – CNET News.

Analysis: Microsoft Moves To End iPad’s Free Ride On Windows

April 30, 2012 Leave a comment

By Kevin McLaughlin, CRN
April 27, 2012    7:51 PM ET

Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) believes the iPads and Android tablets its customers are using to access Windows desktops using virtual desktop infrastructure are under-licensed, and its new Windows 8 Companion Device License aims to plug this loophole.

“When you look at the number of iPad devices in the enterprise that are basically accessing and running Windows 7, using and getting the value of the software, there wasn’t a monetization of that for us that was associated with those things,” Ross Brown, vice president of solution partners and independent software vendors in Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Group, told CRN earlier this week.

Microsoft’s unveiling of the CDL did not go over well, as some partners and customers interpreted it as a naked attempt to slow the iPad’s march into the enterprise — understandable since Microsoft isn’t requiring it for Windows RT tablets — while others predicted it would put a damper on VDI business.

Most surprising, though, was that some people interpreted the CDL as some sort of new, hardball tactic on Microsoft’s part. Truth be told, Microsoft has always had a skittish view toward VDI, and has always been unapologetic about its Windows licensing terms.

For example, Microsoft does not offer its hosting partnersa Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) for Windows 7, but partners can offer desktops-as-a-service using Windows Server and Remote Desktop Services.

Microsoft partners can sell hosted Windows 7 desktop-as-a-service through VDI as long as the end customer has an existing licensing agreement with Microsoft. However, partners must also have dedicated physical hosts for each customer, and this extra hurdle negates multi-tenancy and essentially renders this option moot.

What’s ironic about the hubbub over the CDL is that it actually represents a sort of compromise on Microsoft’s part. And that’s unusual, because the words “compromise” and “Windows” usually don’t occur in any conversation about Microsoft licensing.

Here’s the situation Microsoft faces: Under its current VDI licensing terms, customers who use devices not covered by Software Assurance — like iPads, thin clients, and contractor or employee-owned PCs — must buy the Virtual Desktop Access license subscription, which costs $100 per device annually.

But according to virtualization experts, many Microsoft customers are not adhering to the VDA requirement — some willingly, others because they simply don’t realize it is required.

“The complexity of licensing with respect to VDI is now such that Microsoft has effectively made it impossible for any enterprise IT manager to ensure compliance,” said Simon Bramfitt, founder and research director at Entelechy Associates, a Concord, Calif.-based virtualization consultancy.

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April 30, 2012 Leave a comment

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Microsoft has no mechanism in place to remotely track whether or not they are in compliance, but some customers could be looking at much higher licensing costs if they were to face an audit.

“There are many organizations out there that have deployed VDI and do not understand the licensing, and they are all out of compliance,” said Mike Strohl, president of Entisys, a Concord, Calif.-based solution provider. “They’re not thinking about iPads and smartphones and all the extra endpoints.”

The CDL could clear things up, partners say, as it gives customers the right to access corporate desktops through VDI on up to four personally owned devices. Microsoft has not said how much the CDL will cost, but customers with large numbers of VDI-equipped iPads are obviously going to be fine with the CDL if it costs less than the VDA.

The alternative for Microsoft would be to stage mass audits of customers that use VDI with tablets to ensure compliance with the VDA. Such a move would likely be a PR disaster for Microsoft, though — one that would make the recent uproar over the CDL look tame by comparison.

Jon Roskill, Microsoft’s vice president of worldwide partner sales and marketing, told CRN earlier this week that the company will rely on customers to do the right thing. “Our whole software licensing methodology is based on trust and will continue to be,” he said.

There is no doubt that Microsoft is favoring Windows RT tablets by not requiring the CDL, but this isn’t part of a strategy to keep Appleout of the enterprise: Microsoft just

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wants to get paid. Partners want Microsoft to get paid, too, and no one is advocating that Microsoft give Windows away for free.

According to one solution provider with nationwide reach, the issue is not whether Microsoft has a right to monetize Windows VDI more aggressively; it is the impact on the channel of having to learn yet another licensing option.

“What is getting to organizations is the layers and layers of licensing: The Remote Desktop Services CAL, the VDI Suite, and the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. All of these are on top of VDA and CDL licensing,” said the source, who requested anonymity.

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Google Drive Launched With Free Cloud Storage

April 26, 2012 3 comments

Google Drive Launched With Free Cloud Storage

By Jack McCarthy, CRN

April 24, 2012 7:35 PM ET After months of anticipation, Google (NSDQ:GOOG) released its cloud storage service, called Google Drive, that greatly increases storage capacity and integrates across Google’s cloud platform.

Google Drive is the search giant’s answer to cloud storage competitors, including Box, Microsoft’s SkyDrive, and DropBox. Google partners greeted the launch enthusiastically and said its added storage capacity and integration features give business users impetus to access the rest of Google’s services.

Users will get 5GB of free storage, and they can choose to upgrade to either 25GB for $2.49 per month or 100 GB for $49.99 per month.

Google storage services also offer much greater collaboration with Google Docs, which the company said is built into Google Drive.

“Drive is built to work seamlessly with your overall Google experience,” Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president for Chrome & Apps, wrote in a blog announcing Google Drive. “You can attach photos from Drive to posts in Google+, and soon you’ll be able to attach stuff from Drive directly to emails in Gmail. Drive is also an open platform, so we’re working with many third-party developers so you can do things like%

via Google Drive Launched With Free Cloud Storage.

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