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How do I access the BitLocker Recovery Key stored in my Microsoft Account?

My previous article discussed How to save your BitLocker key to a Microsoft Account. The process is very simple. But the tricky bit is to find out where to access the recovery key once you need it and Microsoft did a poor job in leting you know where it is. In order to recover the [...]

Saving BitLocker Recovey Key to your Microsoft Account

One of the new features on Windows 8 is the ability to save your BitLocker recovery key to your Microsoft Account (previously known as Live ID or Live Account). This option is only available if your machine is not joined to a domain. Start by going to the Computer folder and right-click on the disk [...]

How to take a screenshot on the Microsoft Surface

Just acquired a Microsoft Surface Pro and I was wondering how to take a screenshot when the keyboard is not connected. After a few seconds using my favorite search engine I came across the key combo to do it and was amazed. To take a screenshot on a Surface device PRO or RT, press the [...]

Oh the humour

The internet is an interesting place. You can learn a lot of new stuff, and most importantly waste a lot of time. Here is something I came across on Reddit the other day. A geek named Ryan Werber was bored and did something really interesting. Check his work by running this command: tracert -h 60 216.81.59.173 May [...]

How to take a screenshot on the Microsoft Surface

Just acquired a Microsoft Surface Pro and I was wondering how to take a screenshot when the keyboard is not connected. After a few seconds using my favorite search engine I came across the key combo to do it and was amazed.

To take a screenshot on a Surface device PRO or RT, press the Windows button and volume down, yes that is right! Windows+Volume Down. It must be the Volume Down on the device not the one on the keyboard.

The screenshots will be stored on the Screenshots folder inside the Pictures folder.

Enjoy!

Oh the humour

The internet is an interesting place. You can learn a lot of new stuff, and most importantly waste a lot of time. Here is something I came across on Reddit the other day.

A geek named Ryan Werber was bored and did something really interesting. Check his work by running this command:

tracert -h 60 216.81.59.173

May the force be with you!

 

Thank you Juriba!

I like LinkedIn. If you join the right groups you will get very interesting discussions. Engaging in some of them might even earn you a nice prize. I am also an Amazon junkie, so the combination was perfect.

Opening my mailbox tonight I found out that I was awarded for a contribution on a Windows 7 Project Management LinkedIn group. This one is run by the people from Juriba.

Hi David,

We are delighted to announce that you are the winner of
Juriba's maiden Windows 7 Project Management LinkedIn
group competition.
To mark your victory, we've enclosed a £30 Amazon voucher,
which we hope you enjoy spending.

Many thanks for taking part and we look forward to hearing
from you further in the group in the weeks ahead.

Kind regards,

The Juriba Team

So, participate and engage, you can only benefit from it.

Join the Windows 7 Project Management Group

David Nudelman

Bug!

Very interesting Microsoft Word bug.

 

Open Microsoft Word

Type =rand(200,90)

Press enter and wait 3 seconds.

Anyone can explain?

 

 

Disk space on Microsoft Surface – 16 GB available on the 32 GB device

I really like the Microsoft Surface. Microsoft did a great job creating a device that is fun, fast and that really can be used to do stuff, unlike the iDevices.

A friend asked me about the Surface’s disk space, the 32 GB version of the Surface comes with only 16GB of available disk space. After that quite a few people asked me the same.

It took me about 5 minutes to find the answer, and after Binging the right combination of words I got the info we all want!

SOURCE: http://www.microsoft.com/Surface/en-US/support/surface-with-windows-RT/files-folders-and-online-storage/surface-disk-space-faq

Surface with Window RT   (decimal system) 32 GB 64 GB
Total disk size as   reported by Windows (binary system) 29* 59*
Reserved space for Windows recovery tools -5 -5
Size of hard drive   reported by File Explorer 24 55
Windows RT, Microsoft Office and built-in apps -8 -8
Free space reported by   File Explorer 16 46

Win7 USB/DVD download tool – unable to copy files

This issue keeps coming back so I decided to document the 2 possible solutions.

SCENARIO #1 – USB Partition not set to active:

The first one is caused by an USB not having its partition set to active. You can use diskpart or Windows Storage Manager to set the USB partition to ACTIVE. A few people blogged about how to do it with diskpart:
http://4sysops.com/archives/windows-7-usbdvd-download-tool-wudt-is-unable-to-copy-files/

SCENARIO #2 – BOOTSEC.exe

This is the most common issue. The Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool (WUDT) will go to 99% and fail. All the source was copied to the USB but is it not bootable. This is because the tool is trying to use bootsec.exe and it can’t find it.

SOLUTION: Copy bootsec.exe to the tools installation folder: (e.g. C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Apps\Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool) Repeat the process and it will complete successfully.

ALTERNATIVE: Open CMD. Type “bootsect.exe /nt60 ?:” and replace the question mark with the drive letter of your USB device.

Enjoy!

WMUG Event – A Day with Wally Mead covering ConfigMgr 2012 RTM and SP1 on 10th of November 2012

At WMUG we are very proud to be able to organize first-class events like that. A full day with SCCM TopGun Wally Mead.

Microsoft TVP, Reading, UK on the 10th November 2012

You can find more information and registration details at:

http://wmug.co.uk/hubs/wmug_event_content/w/wmug_event_content-pages/54.wmug-event-a-day-with-wally-mead-covering-configmgr-2012-rtm-and-sp1-on-10th-of-november-2012.aspx

Wioski 2.0 is out!

Just got very good news from my friend Sami Laiho. He just released the new version 0f his tool, Wioski 2.0.

Here are the details:

I believe everyone needs Windows 8 somehow now that its general availability date is tomorrow so I’d like you to be aware that my free Wioski 2.0 has just been released to production use. It’s the best solution for self-resetting demo machines and slates. Wioski is a free SteadyState replacement that resets a Windows 7 or 8 machine to its original state as fast it normally takes the computer to reboot.

How often do we hear that Windows works for some time and then needs to be reinstalled – What if your Windows would reinstall every time it reboots – think about it! As most of you know what Wioski is here’s a short list of what’s new in 2.0:

- Faster reset (thanks to Ronald Beekelaar for pointing me to a solution that eliminated the Windows PE totally)

- Support for Windows 8

- One installation media for Windows 7 and 8, for USB and DVD/ISO, and for both x86 and x64

- Ability to enable or disable the automatic reverting on every boot making it ideal for use in classrooms

- A lot of small fixes

Check out videos and download the free tool at http://www.wioski.com/