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MS Windows 7 Tips and Tricks | 2.8 Security

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Aug 27, 2013 9:53:00 AM

2.8.1. Windows Firewall – Part 1

By Val Bakh

This article is a high-level introduction to firewalls in general and Windows Firewall (WF) in particular. It provides a simplified, conceptual view of the relevant functionalities and is intended as light-reading material for those who are unfamiliar with firewalls, rather than as an instruction manual for professional IT administrators. It will be easier for you to understand this material if you have access to a computer running Windows 7 or Windows 8 and if you open and review the WF dialog boxes that are discussed here.

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Tags: Val Bakh, Windows Firewall, WF

MS Windows Tips and Tricks | 2.7.4 IE Security Features

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on May 16, 2013 12:54:00 PM

By Val Bakh

2.7.4 Internet Explorer Security Features

The Internet has become an integral part of our lives. Nowadays, the Internet gives us access to e-mail, instant messaging, telephone, television, banking, shopping, research—you name it. It is so completely woven into nearly everything we do so that most of the time we don’t even think of it as something external, something that we need to connect to before we can make use of it. That is, of course, until something goes wrong. The Internet is not only a convenience; it is also a potential danger.

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Tags: Val Bakh, Internet Explorer Security Features, InPrivate Browsing, Safety menu

MS Windows Tips and Tricks | 2.7.3 Windows XP Mode

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Apr 25, 2013 11:14:00 AM

2.7.3 Windows XP Mode

By Val Bakh

We don’t talk much of Windows Vista nowadays. It didn’t stay on the market very long and was soon replaced with a “new-and-improved” version, Windows 7. The important fact, however, is that Windows Vista was the first of the new generation of Microsoft’s operating systems. The move from Windows XP to Windows Vista and Windows 7 is perhaps even more significant than the long-forgotten departure from Windows NT in favor of Windows 2000. In the big scheme of things, Windows 2000 brought us Active Directory, but from a regular user’s perspective, the change was not all that significant: a prettier graphical user interface (GUI), but not much difference in the applications that users could run. Windows XP added a few new bells and whistles but did not hinder our ability to run most of our favorite legacy applications.

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Tags: Windows XP Mode, Val Bakh, XPM, Windows Virtual PC (VPC)

MS Windows Tips and Tricks | 2.7.2 Miscellaneous Windows 7 Features

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Mar 26, 2013 10:29:00 AM

2.7.2 AppLocker (part 2)

By Val Bakh

In last month’s blog post about AppLocker, we covered the basics of using AppLocker. Now let’s consider a few examples of AppLocker use that might help you avoid unexpected and sometimes unpleasant situations.

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Tags: Val Bakh, Windows 7, tips and tricks, Microsoft certification, AppLocker

MS Windows Tips and Tricks | 2.7 Miscellaneous Windows 7 Features

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 25, 2013 10:39:00 AM

2.7.1 AppLocker (part 1)

By Val Bakh

AppLocker is a new type of Group Policy; it has been introduced in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and supersedes legacy software restriction policies (SRPs). In the Group Policy object (GPO) namespace, Applocker is located in a folder named Application Control Policies (ACPs). There is nothing else in that folder. Perhaps Microsoft is planning to add other types of ACPs in future versions of Windows, but for now, AppLocker is the one and only ACP.

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Tags: Val Bakh, Windows 7, tips and tricks, Miscellaneous Windows 7 Features

MS Windows 7 Tips and Tricks | 2.6 Upgrading to Windows 7

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Jan 15, 2013 4:15:00 PM

2.6 Upgrading to Windows 7

By Val Bakh

Although replacing an older operating system with a newer version is commonly referred to as an upgrade, the exact, technical definition of the term upgrade is more specific. When you are performing a clean installation (that is, when you choose the option to perform a custom installation) on a volume that contains an older operating system, the existing operating system and all installed software and personal data are either completely removed or disabled and a new operating system is installed instead. All applications have to be reinstalled, and personal data can be restored from a backup. If you choose the option to perform an upgrade, the new operating system gracefully replaces the existing operating system while preserving the installed applications and personal data. Not all upgrade paths are supported. For example, an x86 (32-bit) edition of any Windows operating system cannot be upgraded to an x64 (64-bit) edition and vice versa. To perform an upgrade, you always need to initiate it from within the existing installation. For example, to upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 7, you need to boot the computer into Windows Vista, insert a Windows 7 DVD, and click Install now. This means you can never perform a true upgrade if you boot the computer from a Windows 7 DVD into Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE).

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Tags: Val Bakh, Windows 7, tips and tricks, upgrading to windows 7

MS Windows 7 Tips and Tricks | 2.5.3 Native boot

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Dec 6, 2012 4:22:00 PM

2.5.3 Native boot

By Val Bakh

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 support a feature called native boot. Native boot refers to a situation where a physical computer boots from a physical disk into an operating system that is installed on a virtual hard disk (VHD). Let’s take a look at how a blank, or bare-metal, computer can be configured for a native boot.

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Tags: Val Bakh, Windows 7, tips and tricks, native boot

MS Windows 7 Tips and Tricks | 2.5.2 A Virtual Lab

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Jul 18, 2012 4:24:00 PM

2.5.2 A Virtual Lab (part 2)

By Val Bakh

Previously, we introduced the concept of virtual hard disks (VHDs) and discussed their possible uses. We mentioned the idea of a virtual computer lab as an attractive alternative to a lab filled with “real,” physical computers. Now we’ll discuss how this new lab can be organized.

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Tags: Val Bakh, Windows 7, tips and tricks, virtual lab

MS Windows 7 Tips and Tricks | 2.5 Virtual Hard Disks

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Jun 4, 2012 2:21:00 PM

2.5.1 A virtual lab (part 1)

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Tags: Val Bakh, Windows 7, tips and tricks, virtual hard disks

MS Windows 7 Tips and Tricks | How to Load Drivers in WinPE

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Apr 19, 2012 8:16:00 AM

By Val Bakh

2.4.3 How to Load Drivers in WinPE

One of the great enhancements that comes with Windows 7 is Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE). The first version of WinPE was released with Windows Vista; the version that comes with Windows 7 is version 3.0. WinPE is a small starter operating system that can be loaded from a removable medium or device, such as a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive (UFD), and can run entirely from RAM. This means you can breathe some vital signs into a blank computer or try to bring back to life a computer with a dysfunctional, corrupted installation of Windows.

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Tags: Val Bakh, Windows 7, tips and tricks, WinPE, load drivers