Windows 9 to join Linux in Multiple Virtual Desktops?

Moving metro inside of the desktop, getting rid of the Charms Bar and multiple virtual desktops…Will Windows 9 be the OS of choice just like Windows 7 after Vista?

More -

http://www.extremetech.com/tag/windows-9

http://gizmodo.com/this-could-be-a-first-glimpse-of-windows-9-1633405933

http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/windows-9-release-date-beta-preview-start-menu-screenshots

What Wireless Connector do I have?

Many people wonder what connection they have when extending a wireless antenna.  We have used Fab-Corp for years and they have a good site on explaining and showing the different connectors if you want to add an antenna.  Link

Cipher /w:C securely erasing unused space

The Cipher program can be used to remove any erased data from unused disk space.  The command, Ciper /w:C is used to perform this action and can securely erase data that you once had on your computer.  While this command is relatively safe, you should always have a backup of your critical data.

If you want to do this to make sure files are deleted properly you have to remember a couple of things.  Only do this when the computer can set idle for several hours.   Another thing you have to remember is that if you interrupt this process, the Ciper command can fill up your hard drive with temporary files.   If you have to interrupt this process, you may see you have a lot of space that is suddenly missing.  Use Space Sniffer to find where the temp files were written so that you can erase them.

You can securely erase other drives by replacing the C in the command above with the drive letter of your choice.

cipher

 

 

 

Configuring WDS to extend your wireless network

Want to extend your network and make it more reliable and robust?   

Here’s what you will need -

  • Two routers with the same firmware
    • Preferably Tomato or DD-WRT

Login to the first router.  

In this example, the static number 192.168.1.1 is the Main router.

  • Enable the WAN to match your ISP  
  • Enable DHCP
  • Enable Access Point + WDS  (Picture two below)
    • You must have the same wireless configuration on both routers
      • Enter the MAC address of router two under WDS Link with.

Router 1 no 1

Router 1 no 2

Login to the second router

  • Disable the WAN
  • Disable DHCP
  • Assign the router a static IP address (Below we have given the router .250)
  • Enter Router One’s IP Address for the Gateway
  • Enter a DNS of your choice
  • Make the wireless configuration the same as the first router.  Under WDS, change the drop down to automatic.

Router 2 no 1

Router 2 no 2

With the same settings, you can now extend your network several hundred feet under the right conditions.  Because the SSIDs are the same, once you join one of the routers with a smartphone or laptop, it will seamlessly change to the stronger signal.

With Tomato, you can chain together approximately 12 devices.

Links-

Tomato RAF

Shibby’s Tomato

DD-WRT

Note; The IP addresses and MAC addresses are in a lab environment.

How does it look on a network map?  The two routers are actually connected together.  The switch is the four ports on the back of the router closest to the internet.

Map

Windows Updates will not install on Windows 7, 8 or Servers

Windows Updates may have an inconstancy that prevents the installation of updates or service packs.  Here’s what you should do -

Windows 8

At an elevated command prompt, type – DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

Windows 7

(32 Bit)
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3132
(64 Bit)
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20858 

Use DISM to Fix Component Store Corruption in Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012

Sign in as the Administrator on your computer.  If you do not see the administrator account, enable the administrator account.  If you are using a home version, you will need to go to an elevated command prompt and type the following -

net user administrator /active:yes

After logging in as the administrator, type the following at an elevated command prompt-

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Note:  Your computer may appear to hang – wait, it will take time

Reboot after running the DISM command.