First day's results for Windows 10
July 29, 2015
Something happened So the results are in from the first day of the Windows 10 release, and they are mixed. John has gone through the the upgrade process successfully on two machines (Windows 7 Home and Windows 7 Pro). In my case I got the wonderful “Something happened” when trying to write a USB installer (from two different machines). Eventually I broke down and downloaded the Windows 10 ISO from MSDN and burned it to a USB using the Windows 7 USB/DVD tool. It annoys me a great deal when there’s an error with no diagnostics information, fortunately I could work around it.
Setting up a new Windows 7 box? Ninite.com is amazing!
March 1, 2012
This past weekend I decided that I needed to make my MacBook Air more functional, so I Bootcamp’d it to Windows 7, my preferred working environment. Of course after installing Win7 I needed to make it useful by installing a plethora of (my) standard tools. Normally, I do this by hand (I have a list, and don’t really mind it), but I figured I’d give Ninite.com a shot since someone had suggested it to me. Oh, My, dear and fluffy lord. Ninite.com is amazing.
Do not install Windows 7 via USB 3
November 29, 2011
Recently, I was trying to install an Intel 320 SSD into my Lenovo X220 laptop. Since the X220 uses the a 7mm tall 2.5” HD bay, this is annoying. Once I got the SSD drive trimmed down a few millimeters and installed, I had to re-install Windows 7 and this is where things went screwy.
WebDAV Client – Windows 7
August 26, 2010
Since I’ve already got Linux & OSX talking to my LDAP/WebDAV enabled Apache, I needed to finish my trifecta… Windows. Specifically, Windows 7. I had heard that it is possible to map WebDAV shares as network drives, just like you would with Samba. Of course, what you hear, what you hope for, and what Windows actually lets you do aren’t always the same (and usually ends with pain).
Error: SQL1159 Initialization error with DB2 .NET Data Provider, reason code 10, tokens 0.0.0, 9.7.0
July 20, 2010
This past weekend I spent way too much time with Jon while trying to get our new work machines setup. Normally most of the time is spent waiting for Visual Studio to install (seriously that thing takes forever), but not so this time. DB2 kept refusing to work and play well with others. Specifically the driver that .NET uses to communicate with, and thus began several hours of googling and downloading and installing.
Windows 7 USB install
July 19, 2010
Even since Vista, Microsoft has made it possible to install Windows via USB drive. This is extremely useful for those of us that have MSDN and download ISOs direct. It is also very helpful for those trying to install on a netbook or other optical-less machine. The main problem is that it has been a pain in the ass to setup and prep the USB drives. Guess what? Not any more.
IPv6: Backwater hick to bleeding edge – in a weekend?!
July 14, 2010
So last week, I didn’t know a whole lot about IPv6 (backwater hick — slow and behind the times). After spending a long weekend delving into the world of it, I find out that I’m basically on the bleeding edge already… and that makes me sad. How can I go from not even having used IPv6 to the bleeding edge in a few days? As it turns out, there isn’t much of a distance to go.
Lose your wireless adapter? Check the BIOS
February 2, 2010
As you may or may not know, Windows 7 RC is coming to an end. This isn’t unexpected (presuming you remembered to read this at some point), but it is a problem. So with that in mind, I decided it was time to install the actual version of Windows 7. Since Jon was up and harassing me, I handed it to him while I was working on other things. He delivered it back a little while later and I started Windows Update (one of the Optional Items I selected was Atheros 5007EG Wireless Network Adapter). Things were going fine until the screen went black.
Eee: Installing Windows 7
June 24, 2009
Since Microsoft has been generous enough to share the Windows 7 RC with everyone, and because Jon has enjoyed it so much, I decided my Eee should be running Win7. Getting Windows 7 is fairly easy, download site and key available from Microsoft and Microsoft TechNet. Both have the same information, the former looks prettier, while the latter offers a more utilitarian experience. Either one will get you what you need. Oh yeah, the ISO is about 2.5 GB, so make sure you have a bit more than that available on the machine that is downloading it. Next up is getting the image somewhere useful. You have two choices: Burn a DVD and then hook up an external DVD drive to your Eee… Bootable Thumb Drive Not wanting to deal with #1, I chose option #2, as I believed it would be much faster (no DVD to burn) and less hassle (no external DVD drive to acquire). Now, how do you make a Thumb Drive bootable? An excellent question, for which I turned to google.
OpenVPN on Vista 64bit (And Windows 7!)
June 15, 2009
At our office we use OpenVPN for our VPN needs. This was a change I made a few years back, taking us away from Windows PPTP. It has proved to be an interesting experience, because things do not always “work” on the client side. This is most apparent when dealing with Windows and/or 64-bit computers. It becomes even more fun when the boss wants OpenVPN on his Vista 64 machine. Up until recently it simply wasn’t possible because there were no compiled 64-bit versions.