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Recovering a user local profile flagged as ‘backup’

At times strange things happen with user local profiles on both Windows Servers and client systems such as, when a user local profile unexpectedly turns to a backup status and freezes in that state. When you check the profile status through the Control Panel you will see that it is flagged as backup after you log on with a temporary profile.

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Having problems running applications on Windows 7?

Windows 7 incorporates a mode that allows you to run programs written for earlier versions of Windows. Some old programs may run poorly or cease to run on Windows 7. When this happens you can find a solution by invoking the Program Compatibility troubleshooter.

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Playing with Processing: Group Policy Guide for Link Manipulation

Order of Processing

LSDOU: Local, Site, Organizational Unit (OU). That is the order in which Group Policy applies. All local GPOs are applied first; this is followed by any applicable ones linked to a site. Next, GPOs linked at the domain are applied. Finally, GPOs linked to each OU are processed. These GPOs are applied in a top down approach. Higher OUs or levels such as a site or domain are applied first. Let’s look at a sample environment.

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Testing a Website under Multiple IE Versions

When vendors update their web apps, they will often say that IE 10 isn’t supported and we should use another browser. When I test this – I will visit the website and simply press F12 to bring up the developer tools. Then I can cycle through the various versions of IE in order to validate their theory. With the release of IE 10 for Windows 7, this tip is sure to save you some time!!

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The 12 most popular Windows command-line tools

The following list depicts the most common command-line network utilities that most administrators use when troubleshooting systems and network connectivity problems. It helps to get a list of common commands in one place just in case one tool which you are unfamiliar with may match a particular task better.

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Attach a Task to a Specific Event

Windows Event Viewer allows you to run a task when a specific event occurs. For instance, you could restart a service when an event is logged or display a message to notify you that an error has occurred! Let’s say you want to be notified when shadow copies fail to function. There are instances when automated shadow copies fail due to storage quotas that you may have set long time ago and you may want to know before the system automatically deletes the oldest shadow copy to make room for a new one!

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Fixing incorrect file associations

If somehow the default program associated with a file gets corrupted or changed to another program then any files that belong to that program would not run! Apart from problems with .exe file extensions you can use the registry editor to undo any other incorrect file associations. In cases of .exe file association problems you can read a previous article titled Filename extensions – Can’t open .exe files? since, using the procedure below would not allow you to open the registry editor to resolve .exe file association issues!

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Troubleshooting Firewall Problems in Four Steps

By default, Windows 7 firewall blocks unrequested, unapproved incoming and outgoing traffic to reduce potential threats. At times, it may also block legitimate traffic if not properly configured and may cause applications’ problems. Connectivity issues may block applications outgoing communications when your Windows 7 machine is acting as a client or block incoming communications if your Windows 7 machine is sharing data such as, sharing folders to other clients. Other connectivity issues can happen when Windows firewall allows incoming traffic from the LAN or domain but blocks traffic from other networks.

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Using Group Policy to Isolate Faulty Printer Drivers

As we have seen in a previous post – Printer Driver Isolation, Microsoft introduced a new feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 systems that allows users to isolate unstable printers’ drivers, and in the above mentioned post we have seen how to use this feature using the Print Management snap-in. In this post we will see how to enable the same feature using Local Group Policy in Windows 7.

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