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.


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.


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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