Windows Server 2012 Essentials – How to Skip Domain Join to Install the Client Connector

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The Essentials Experience Role on Server 2012 provides (amongst other things) full client backup and restore capabilities – much like the now discontinued Windows Home Server. However, on Server 2012 joining the domain is mandatory for clients.

There is a workaround and it is possible to connect clients to the server without joining the domain – simply enter the following command in an elevated command prompt:

reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Server\ClientDeployment" /v SkipDomainJoin /t REG_DWORD /d 1

Below is a registry file that produces the same result:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; ##############################################################
; Skip Domain Join on Server 2012 R2 - Windows Server Essentials
; ##############################################################

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Server\ClientDeployment]
"SkipDomainJoin"=dword:00000001

We can now Connect Computers to the Server without joining the domain.

Note that domain features will not be available for clients that connect to the server in this way. This is only supported on Windows 7 & 8 (Professional and above).

Sources:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/aa40963c-7235-40f7-85f5-8f8d030a7c13/how-to-skip-domain-joining-during-client-deployment-in-a-windows-server-2012-essentials-network?forum=winserveressentials

Windows 8.x – List Installed Software

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It is often useful to generate a list of installed software on a system and here is a quick and easy way to do it.

Open an Administrator Command Prompt using one of these methods:

  • Press Windows + x on the keyboard and then select Command Prompt (Admin) from the pop-up menu
  • On the Windows Start Screen swipe up from the bottom and then tap and hold the Command Prompt icon and then tap Run as administrator on the toolbar

Type the following command to enter the Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC):

wmic

To generate a list of installed software in a file called C:\InstalledSoftware.txt enter this command:

/output:C:\InstalledSoftware.txt product get name,version

It doesn’t look like this method lists Windows Store Apps very well, but they are easily installed from the Store (particularly if you have Apps synced between devices).

Source: http://helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/generate-a-list-of-installed-programs-in-windows/

Quick Tip: Turn Off Facebook Chat (Windows Store App)

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The Windows Store Facebook app was recently updated and now there is an option to turn off Facebook chat.

Simply click or tap the gear icon at the bottom right of the screen and then select Turn Off Chat.

Facebook-Chat-Off

I’m sure that I am not the only one who has been waiting a while for this feature!

Display Driver Stopped Responding and has Recovered – Dell Vostro 3750 – Windows 8.1 x64

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Since updating to Windows 8.1 x64 I have encountered the following problem when my laptop wakes from sleep – my screen would be black for a couple of seconds – then I would get this notification: Display driver stopped responding and has recovered.

This is the error in Event Viewer:

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Display driver error in Event Viewer

Given that this was not an issue before updating to Windows 8.1 I started looking for alternative drivers to install.

I was unable to install the new Intel Windows 8.1 Beta driver because my ‘legacy’ hardware is no longer supported. After trying a different Intel driver I headed over to the Dell website and downloaded the two most recent Windows 8 x64 Intel Video drivers. The one that worked for me is here: http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/04/DriverDetails?driverId=T4PKN

If you are also experiencing this issue I would recommend simply downloading the Windows 8 drivers from your manufacturers website.

Windows – Convert YouTube Videos for the PSP using Handbrake

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I recently dusted off my old Play Station Portable (PSP) because I wanted to watch some YouTube videos on it.

On my PC I used the Download Flash and Video Firefox extension to download 360p .mp4 videos from YouTube but when I opened Handbrake to convert my videos I found that there is was longer a PSP profile available.

The Handbrake settings that I used are as follows:

First select the Universal profile and then make these changes under Output Settings:

  • set Anamorphic to None
  • set the Width to 480
  • check the Keep Aspect Ratio check-box.

HandBrake_psp_output_settings

Note: Even though the Container is set to Mp4 the Destination File extension is set to .m4v. Change the Destination File extension to .mp4.

Click on the Video tab and then click the Avg Bitrate (kbps) radio button.

  • set the Avg Bitrate to 768.

HandBrake_psp_quality_settings

If you end up with a .m4v video when the conversion is complete you can simply change the extension to .mp4 before transferring it to your PSP.

Source: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/handbrake

Windows 8 – Could not find SDK Microsoft.WinJS.1.0.RC, Version=1.0 Error In Visual Studio 2012

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Tonight I was looking for code to enhance the grid app template in Visual Studio 2012 but ran into the following error when I tried to build the sample:

Could not find SDK “Microsoft.WinJS.1.0.RC, Version=1.0″

The error occurs because Microsoft.WinJS.1.0.RC was used in the Windows 8 Release Preview (RP) and Windows 8 now uses Microsoft.WinJS.1.0.

The fix is as follows – in the Solution Explorer expand References and then right-click on Microsoft.WinJS.1.0.RC and remove it.

Microsoft.WinJS.1.0.RC in Visual Studio 2012
Microsoft.WinJS.1.0.RC in Visual Studio 2012

Right click References then Add References and select Windows Library for Javascript 1.0 and click OK:

Add Windows
Add Windows Library for Javascript 1.0

The last step is to change Javascript references across the entire solution using Find and Replace:

Replace
Replace Microsoft.WinJS.1.0.RC with Microsoft.WinJS.1.0

Source: http://mattduffield.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/upgrading-windows-8-html5-code-from-rp-to-rtm/