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November 18, 2008  2:06 PM

Fabuloso Windows Rescue Kit Works Wonders With Vista



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, ISO Recorder PowerToy, Trinity Rescue Kit, TRK, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Occasionally, admins need to break the rules that Vista applies--sometimes quite severely--to its users. Case in point: Vista absolutely refuses to permit any account to delete files from the %windir%\System32 and

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November 14, 2008  3:57 PM

Exam 70-623 Pro: Supporting and Troubleshooting Applications on a Vista Client for Consumer Support Technicians



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, MCITP, MS Exam 70-620, MS Exam 70-622, MS Exam 70-623, Windows Vista, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Another gargantuan title not only heads up this exam, but also helps to tell would-be candidates if this represents their particular cup or tea or not. Like 70-622, 70-623 features another old-fashioned exam page. Along with...


November 12, 2008  4:03 PM

Exam 70-622 Pro: Supporting and Troubleshooting Applications on a Windows Vista Client for Enterprise Support Technicians



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, MCITP, MCTS, MS Exam 70-620, MS Exam 70-622, Windows Vista, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Wow! What an exam title, eh? Interestingly, 70-622 also still sports an old-fashioned exam page, too. Along with 70-622, this MCITP exam qualifies those who pass it to earn the MCITP Enterprise Support Technicican credential,...


November 10, 2008  6:20 PM

MS Exam 70-621 Pro: Upgrading Your MCDST to MCITP Enterprise Support



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, MCDST, MCITP, MCTS, MS Exam 70-621, Windows Vista, Windows Vista troubleshooting

This exam applies only to those who've earned the Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician, or MCDST, credential for Windows XP who wish to upgrade their coverage to include Windows Vista. As such, it is probably of little interest to anyone except the nearly 50,000 individuals who have...


November 5, 2008  4:55 PM

Pre-Vista Certification Training Warm-up



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Microsoft e-courses, Microsoft e-Learning, Sysinternals, Vista Application Compatibility Toolkit, Vista migration, Windows Vista troubleshooting

OK, OK. I know I promised to dig into the various Windows Vista certification exams in their MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist) and MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional) programs as my next series of blogs. But hey! I found a resource that relates strongly to all of these...


October 30, 2008  3:16 PM

More out-of-cycle Vista patches on Windows Update!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, KB953155, KB957200, Microsoft e-courses, Microsoft e-Learning, Patch Tuesday, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista troubleshooting

On Tuesday, October 28, as I was knocking off for the day, after 11 PM, I noticed that the autoupdate function in Windows Update had posted two more items to my primary production Vista PC. Both look interesting, but so far I've had some trouble trying to ferret out more details about one of these...


October 24, 2008  10:38 PM

Post SP1 Cleanup on Vista



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, vsp1cln.exe, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Whenever you install a service pack on a Windows machine, it’s not unusual for it to leave plenty of files strewn about the system disk in its wake. What’s unusual about Windows Vista SP1, however, is that it includes its own clean-up utility. If you run it after performing an SP1 install it...


October 24, 2008  10:29 PM

Out-of-schedule Security Patch Posts to Windows Update



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, KB958644, MS08-067, Patch Tuesday, Windows Server service, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista troubleshooting, Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor

Normally, Microsoft reserves its security patches, fixes, updates, and other software tweaks and maneuvers for the second Tuesday in each month, aka "Patch Tuesday." Yesterday afternoon I was somewhat surprised to see various sources trumpeting the release of an out-of-schedule security patch...


October 15, 2008  8:11 PM

Toward a more positive Vista uninstall experience



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, KB290301, Revo Uninstaller, Windows Installer Cleanup Utility, Windows uninstaller, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Like it or not, sometimes applications wind up on Vista desktops that have to go. Either they've been replaced with something different, newer, or better, or they never should have been there in the first place. Count yourself lucky if a program's uninstall utility does a thorough job of removing...


October 13, 2008  3:29 PM

Generate a Vista System Health Report



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Spyware Doctor, Vista System Health Report, Vista System Reliability Monitor, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting

I recently stumbled across a hitherto unknown gem inside Windows Vista--to me, anyway. It's called a "System Health Report" and it provides a pretty comprehensive view of a Vista system's state, status, and current behavior. To my surprise it comes from the same facilities that support the System...


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