Blue screen of death (BSOD) after imaging to Windows XP

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Like most businesses, we still have programs that rely on Windows XP to run. So, I built a Windows XP Professional image to push out to our slightly older machines where XP is needed to run these older programs. Once created, the image on some machines was working fine, but on some (mostly newer older … Read more

Making an Active Partition Inactive using Diskpart

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If you are as stupid as me and manage to make a partition active that you shouldn’t have done, so long as you haven’t restarted the machine, there is a quick easy fix to put it right. On the machine, do the following: Go into a Command Prompt Type “diskpart” Type “list volume” Type “select … Read more

Adobe Updates via Windows Updates

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As you may have seen on some of my previous posts, you can update Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Reader X via Windows Updates using SCUP through WSUS/SCCM.  This stops the annoying pop-ups for users especially when they can’t install updates if they have not got local admin rights – just like standard Windows Updates, this … Read more

Install drivers by computer model using WMI query during SCCM OSD Task Sequence

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You can install drivers by computer model using a WMI script during the SCCM OSD task sequence. This means that when you deploy an image, the target machine will always get the full and correct drivers for the model, rather than getting mismatched drivers. This also speeds up the deployment process. To do this is very … Read more

Adobe Reader XI software catalog supersedence/automatic update from X to XI

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With the release of Adobe Reader XI, you may want to now make your current Adobe Reader X catalog software be superseded by the new version. This means that the old version will no longer be available in the catalog but will be replaced with the new version, it also will update anyone who has … Read more

Restore Active Desktop Problems

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A recurring issue that I have is the old Active Desktop in Windows XP. No matter how many times you click the Restore button, you still get the script error. To fix this, you can do the following: Click Start then click Run, type “regedit” and press enter Browse to “HCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\SafeMode\Components” Double click the value Desk\Html\Version … Read more

Google AdSense Error – “The publisher must be associated with the developer account before the developer can invoke operations on the publisher’s account”

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I recently tried to get my Google Adsense working on my blog as you never know, I might make my fortune using it, but when I tried, I got this error: “The publisher must be associated with the developer account before the developer can invoke operations on the publisher’s account” After spending some time searching the internet, … Read more

SCCM – Setting Computer Name automatically during OSD Process [2020 Updated]

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We have been looking into getting our OSD process to automatically change the computer name to what we want it to be for a while now but never really had much luck with it. Reading various forums and blogs, many people have said to use WSNAME and many others saying use scripts, all of which … Read more