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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Isolate a Svchost.exe Process in Task Manager

Mark Berry January 31, 2015

On my Windows 7 SP1 x64 workstation, I had a svchost.exe process that kept growing in size. In Task Manager its Commit Size was up to 2.5GB before I rebooted. I was shopping for additional RAM but then decided to see if I figure out if it was a software issue.

The problem with svchost.exe is that it can host multiple services. How do you know which one is the problem?

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Reset the Windows 7 System Tray Icons

Mark Berry November 8, 2013

Every so often, my system tray icons lose their pictures, usually because the server that they point to was offline for a while. Then I have to go hunting for the solution, even the one I posted on SuperUser. Here it is for future reference.

  1. Open Windows Explorer, go to %userprofile%\AppData\Local, delete IconCache.db.

  2. Open Task Manager, go to Processes tab, highlight explorer.exe, and click End Process. Your desktop will "disappear."

  3. Still in Task Manger, select File > New Task (Run…), type explorer.exe, and click OK. Your desktop should reappear, with the previously missing icons.

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Red X’s on Network Shares, UAC Prompts

Mark Berry January 15, 2013

My Windows 7 desktop was showing red X’s next to each mapped network drive. Clicking on the drive let me browse the files, but the Red X remained.

Network UAC issue 1

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Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Resolves Network Dropouts

Mark Berry June 18, 2011

A few months back, I purchased a Lenovo ThinkPad Edge running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. From the beginning, I had frequent issues with applications crashing due to lost connections to the server.

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Activate Windows 7 Enterprise with a MAK Key – GUI Method

Mark Berry October 25, 2010

In spite of what it says in MSKB article 929826, and in spite of what I wrote in a previous blog article, it is possible to activate Windows 7 Enterprise through the GUI. In fact it’s quick and simple.

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