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Microsoft Windows 7 Tips and Tricks | Drive Letters (Part 2)

Posted by Kelly Mansfield on Mar 6, 2012 7:00:00 AM

By Val Bakh

2.4.2 Drive Letters (part 2)

In the first part of this article, we discussed the drive letter assignment basics and the changes that Windows Vista and Windows 7 have brought in this area. Now let’s try a few tricks.

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Microsoft Windows 7 Tips and Tricks | Drive Letters

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Nov 15, 2011 4:45:00 PM

By Val Bakh

2.4.1 Drive Letters (part 1)

Disk drives are referred to by using alphabet letters. Drives A and B were commonly used for floppy disk drives, which are now ancient history; virtually no new computers have them anymore. Now drive C is usually the first drive on almost any computer. But what exactly is drive C?

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MS Windows 7 Tips and Tricks | Using ImageX

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Aug 25, 2011 12:25:00 PM

By Val Bakh

2.3.3 Using ImageX

ImageX is a command-line tool that can create, apply, and manage WIM images. Three architecture-specific versions of ImageX—for 32-bit computers (x86), for regular 64-bit computers (x64 or amd64), and for Itanium-based computers (ia64)—are available in Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK). In previous blog posts, we have discussed how you can use ImageX to capture a generalized image of a Windows 7 installation on a reference computer. Now let’s talk about deploying that image to a target computer.

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MS Windows 7 Tips and Tricks | Activation and Custom Image Deployment

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Aug 9, 2011 11:22:00 AM

By Val Bakh

2.3.2 Activation and Custom Image Deployment
How does activation fit in with a custom image-based deployment? It depends on the activation method you want to use.

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MS Windows 7 Tips and Tricks | Deployment Images & Activation

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Jun 1, 2011 10:56:00 AM

By Val Bakh

2.3.1 Deployment images

Compared to installing earlier versions of Windows, installing Windows 7 on your home computer is almost a breeze, especially if the computer is new and you don’t need to worry about preserving your data or the applications that you’ve been using with an older operating system. Just insert the Windows 7 installation DVD that you have purchased, click Install Now, answer a few simple prompts, and less than half an hour later, it’s ready to go. But if you are an IT pro and you need to deploy Windows 7 to dozens or, perhaps, even hundreds of computers, it becomes a bit more complicated. Even if all the installations were the same and all target computers were identical, their sheer number would make at-home-style, individual installations impractical. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could install and configure everything on just one computer and then clone the installation to the rest?

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Microsoft Windows 7 Tips and Tricks | Activation Part 2

Posted by Kelly Mansfield on Apr 19, 2011 11:16:00 AM

By Val Bakh

2.2.2 A product key in an answer file

Suppose you have a custom WIM image of Windows 7 Enterprise, and you have a Multiple Activation Key (MAK). How can you assign the MAK to all target computers? Going around and personally typing in the MAK on each computer would be so-o-o uncool! You can specify the MAK in an answer file and use the answer file for the deployment.

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Microsoft Windows 7 Tips and Tricks | Activation Part 1

Posted by Kelly Mansfield on Mar 28, 2011 12:33:00 PM

By Val Bakh

2.2 Activation

2.2.1 Volume Activation

Each installation of Windows 7 must be activated. It is a legal requirement for ensuring that an instance of the operating system is legitimate. There is a 30-day initial grace period, during which you can make up your mind. If you are using Windows 7 for evaluation, testing, or software development and you need to frequently reinstall it and start afresh, you can extend the grace period up to three times by running the following command:

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Microsoft Windows 7 Tips and Tricks | Editions (part 2)

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:18:00 AM

By Val Bakh

2. Windows 7

2.1 Windows 7 Editions

2.1.2 Support for multiple languages

Don’t breathe a sigh of relief; the fun may not be quite over yet. This depends on your linguistic requirements. It is easier if you are a home user. You simply buy any consumer edition of Windows 7 in your preferred language and enjoy the ride. But if you are an IT pro responsible for deploying and maintaining Windows 7 in a multilingual environment, then you are entitled to some more fun.

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Microsoft Windows 7 Tips and Tricks | Editions (part 1)

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:18:00 AM

By Val Bakh

2. Windows 7

2.1 Windows 7 Editions

2.1.1 Choosing the right edition can be fun

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Microsoft Vista Tips and Tricks

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:18:00 AM

By Val Bakh

1. Vista

1.1. Boot architecture

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