Windows 7 Slow Updating

Mark Berry December 4, 2016

Windows 7 updating will take forever on a fresh install or if you haven’t updated in a while. This is covered in many online articles but I’m needing it often enough that I wanted to make a couple notes for future reference.

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Manually Determine User’s Profile Path

Mark Berry December 14, 2015

If you can log on as a user, you can run

echo %UserProfile%

to get the correct profile path. But if you are logged on as another user, or even across the network, here is the down-and-dirty way to get the same info.

1. List domain users and their SIDS, from an administrative command prompt:

wmic useraccount get domain,name,sid

2. Open this registry key to see the list of profiles on the machine:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

3. Look for the key under ProfileList that matches the SID. Then in that key, look for the ProfileImagePath value. This gives the path to the local profile.

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Can’t RDP to Lenovo Windows 7 Machine

Mark Berry November 26, 2015

I was setting up a new Lenovo M93p desktop using the OEM install of Windows 7 Pro x64. After joining the computer to a domain, as soon as I tried to connect to it via Remote Desktop, before even getting to the logon screen, I got the popup message:

This computer can’t connect to the remote computer. Try connecting again. If the problem continues, contact the owner of the remote computer or your network administrator.

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