Archive for the ‘Windows 7’ Category

WMV videos not playing in Internet Explorer

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

I’ve been working on a frustrating issue with my own computer the past couple of days and finally found a fix.

For some reason, Internet Explorer stopped playing WMV videos.  I could save them and play them in Windows Media Player, but if I just clicked on a link in IE, I would get the less than useful This Page Could Not Be Displayed error message.

I was finally able to resolve the issue by opening an elevated Command Prompt and running “regsvr32 wmp.dll”  This apparently reset the MIME association with WMV files appropriately.

Hope this helps someone;

James

Windows 7 XP Mode is shipping

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Those of you who have taken my Windows 7 First Look classes know that I am excited about Windows 7 XP Mode, basically a free version of Windows XP SP3 available to people running Windows 7 Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate on computers supporting hardware virtualization.  This Windows XP virtual machine can have older incompatible applications installed in it that show up on our Start Menu just like any other application.

 The release schedule for Windows 7 XP Mode was unknown until today, when Microsoft released that Windows 7 XP Mode (and by necessity the new version of Virtual PC, which is what the XP virtual machine runs in) will be available for download from the Microsoft Download Center on 10/22/2009, the same day as Windows 7 is released to the public.

I haven’t been this excited about an operating system since, well, I can’t remember….

 James

Book Review–Windows Powershell Scripting Guide

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

 It’s not often I give a book rave reviews, but I only have one small nitpicky complaint about the Windows Powershell Scripting Guide.  That is that the title doesn’t truely convey the usefulness of this book for Windows administrators.

A better title, in my humble opinion, would be:  Powershell Scripts That Do Everything In Windows.

 The first two chapters give a nice basic overview of the Powershell environment, its configuration, and basic language elements (flow control, conditionals, etc.).

 After that, all the rest of the book is about scripts to accomplish many of the day to day Windows administration tasks in Powershell.  Need to read event logs, manage your failover cluster, or configure Server Core?  Scripts to accomplish those tasks and many more are in this book.

 If you want or need to script in Windows, you should have this book for the amazing number of scripts the author includes, if nothing else.

 Thanks;

James

Windows 7 Launch Date

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

We now have a release date for Windows 7, it looks like we’ll see the new product on October 22nd, 2009.

Woo hoo…..

http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=1021

Windows 7 First Look Classes Coming

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Acknowledge IT is proud to bring your First Look at Windows 7 to Southwestern Virginia.  We are offering two one-day sessions on Windows 7 and its new features on June 9th and June 10th, 2009.  Topics to be covered include DirectAccess, Bitlocker to Go, BranchCache, Libraries, AppLocker, and many others.  The morning session (Microsoft Course 6289) will include discussion and demonstration of the features, and the afternoon session (Microsoft Course 6290) will have hands-on labs to reinforce your knowledge.

If you sign up for one of these two sessions, we will cut the price to $199 dollars per student.  That’s a 60% discount over our normally daily rates.  Call or e-mail us today for more information, but space is limited and the classes are filling up quickly.

We hope to see you there;

James