Cleaning up Network Connections in Windows 7 – Rename Local Area Network

Windows makes a mess of all the network adapters when installing NIC cards. Sometimes, you remove network adapters, and you’re left with something like “Local Area Network 3” that can’t be renamed back to “Local Area Network”. The problem is, Windows remembers the previous adapter (even if it is physically removed), so you can’t rename … Read more

How to change from IDE to AHCI without reinstalling Windows Run the Registry Editor (regedit.exe) Navigate to Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Msahci Set the “Start” value to 0 (zero) Navigate to Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Pciide Set the “Start” value to 0 (zero) Shut down Start up again, but before Windows boots go into the BIOS configuration screens and change the disk mode to “AHCI”. Save the new … Read more

Add Remove Programs By RunAs Administrator Command Line If the machine is running Windows XP you may want to install a program for someone without having to log them off. A simple way is to use the “runas” command line utility to invoke the Control Panel applet Add Remove Programs. Start > Run… > cmd > runas /user:Administrator cmd (this will prompt … Read more

Memory Limits for Windows Releases   Physical Memory Limits: Windows Server 2008 R2 The following table specifies the limits on physical memory for Windows Server 2008 R2. Windows Server 2008 R2 is available only in 64-bit editions. Version Limit on X64 Limit on IA64 Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter 2 TB Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise 2 TB Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems 2 TB Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation 8 … Read more

“A fatal error occurred while trying to sysprep the machine” error

This occurs when a Windows 7 system has been sysprepped three times — KB929828. To overcome this, you will need to do the following: Run the slmgr.vbs -rearm command. Try sysprep again.   Additional ressources :