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    Symptom ======== You may receive 0x8007003 errors when installing windows updates. From Windows Update.log file, you can find the error information as below: 2007-03-17 12:14:47:639 6128 a54 Handler Post-reboot status for package Package_for_KB932246~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.2: 0x80070003...
  • Blog Post: Configure UAC settings via policy

    After we understand how UAC works and realize the importance of enabling UAC to prevent potential problems that may arise during your Windows Vista deployment in your environment, we can move on to discussing how to configure UAC to optimize security and ease of use. The consent UI behavior as well as...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to User Account Control

    Can a popup put you in prison? You love it, you hate it....ok, you may hate it, but.... You’ve seen it, or at least heard about it in Windows Vista: User Account Control or UAC (formerly known as LUA or Least Privileged User Account). With the release of Windows Vista, we hope that more and...
  • Blog Post: Known issues with User Account Control (UAC)

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  • Blog Post: CAPI2 Diagnostics Introduction

    CAPI2 Diagnostics is a feature in Windows Vista that utilizes the event logging and Event Viewer to provide better logging and troubleshooting capabilities for PKI applications based on the CAPI2 API set. With CAPI2 Diagnostics, it is easier to identify the root cause of most PKI problems. The tool can...
  • Blog Post: Do you want to use MBSA on Vista?

    MBSA version 2.1 will fully support Windows Vista . The first beta version of MBSA 2.1 will be available in the first quarter of 2007. The full release version of MBSA 2.1 will be available in the third quarter of 2007. But the current version of MBSA is version 2.0.1, which provides limited support...
  • Blog Post: Introduce Network Monitor 3.0

    Network Monitor is a very useful tool to troubleshoot Network related issues. Microsoft has released the new Network Monitor 3.0 which is supported on Windows Vista. Here are some of the key features of Network Monitor 3.0: l A completely new user interface l Real time capture and display...
  • Blog Post: How does Performance Rating in Windows Vista Work?

    Windows System Assessment Tools (WinSAT) is a new set of tools in Windows Vista that run tests on the processor, memory, hard disk, general graphics, and gaming graphics and convert results into the system's performance rating. You update components and expect to get a higher rating, you may get confused...
  • Blog Post: How to Use BitLocker Recovery Passwords

    Anyone who has tried enabling BitLocker has been greeted with a friendly dialog box insisting that you create a recovery password. At this point, you probably are thinking to yourself: “what is this recovery password, and what am I supposed to do with it?” First, let’s take a look at the BitLocker...
  • Blog Post: Use "USMT and Easy File Transfer" to migrate your system to Windows Vista if profiles are outside the system drive

    When you are trying to upgrade the system to Windows Vista, and the profiles are outside the system drive (example, profiles are in Drive D:), you will see the Upgrade option is grayed out, only ‘Clean Install’ is available. This behavior is expected and by design, Vista upgrade is not designed...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista- TCP Auto Tuning

    Recently, the MS PSS team received some reports regarding issues happening on the Windows Vista computers located in a domain. The typical symptom sounds like: -Indefinite delay (hang) when opening the Certificate Services snap-in -Slow (sometimes no) group policy application -Trying to select...
  • Blog Post: Windows Firewall function fails after joining Vista clients into Windows 2000 domains

    You may experience the issue about no SeIncreaseQuotaPrivilege privilege under “Local Service” account after joining Vista to Windows 2000 domain. This could cause several services (Telnet, Firewall etc) not being able to start. The typical symptom is described as follows: When joining Vista client...
  • Blog Post: TOP KMS Activation issues

    Key Management Service (KMS) enables organizations to perform local activations for computers in a managed environment without the need to connect to Microsoft. A KMS key is used to enable KMS on a computer controlled by the system administrator in an organization. KMS activation is targeted at managed...
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