Category: Windows

Convert Windows Server Evaluation to Server Standard

There are time when you install a Windows Server using the evaluation version and decided to buy the license. Microsoft has set that the product key must match the Edition of the server. For Example, StandardEval and ServerStand is 2 different SKU.

To solves this, you will need to convert the edition using the DISM command. Make sure you run this from elevated command prompt

DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /AcceptEula

How to Open Add/Remove Program Using Command Prompt

in the command Prompt, type in “control appwiz.cpl”

For other tools in Control Panel, please refer as below

Control panel tool             Command
   Accessibility Options          control access.cpl
   Add New Hardware               control sysdm.cpl add new hardware
   Add/Remove Programs            control appwiz.cpl
   Date/Time Properties           control timedate.cpl
   Display Properties             control desk.cpl
   FindFast                       control findfast.cpl
   Fonts Folder                   control fonts
   Internet Properties            control inetcpl.cpl
   Joystick Properties            control joy.cpl
   Keyboard Properties            control main.cpl keyboard
   Microsoft Exchange             control mlcfg32.cpl
      (or Windows Messaging)
   Microsoft Mail Post Office     control wgpocpl.cpl
   Modem Properties               control modem.cpl
   Mouse Properties               control main.cpl
   Multimedia Properties          control mmsys.cpl
   Network Properties             control netcpl.cpl
                                  NOTE: In Windows NT 4.0, Network
                                  properties is Ncpa.cpl, not Netcpl.cpl
   Password Properties            control password.cpl
   PC Card                        control main.cpl pc card (PCMCIA)
   Power Management (Windows 95)  control main.cpl power
   Power Management (Windows 98)  control powercfg.cpl
   Printers Folder                control printers
   Regional Settings              control intl.cpl
   Scanners and Cameras           control sticpl.cpl
   Sound Properties               control mmsys.cpl sounds
   System Properties              control sysdm.cpl


WindowsUpdates service did not work on Windows 2008 server


WindowsUpdates service did not work on Windows 2008 server.


The Windows Update Agent was in old version and the cache data in %Windir%\SoftwareDistribution was corrupted.


  1. Install the latest WUA.
    How to obtain the latest version of the Windows Update Agent to help manage updates on a computer
  2. Reset the cache folder of %Windir%\SoftwareDistribution:
    1. Stop WindowsUpdates service;
    2. Delete %Windir%\SoftwareDistribution;
    3. Start WindowsUpdates service.

DHCP Won’t Start on RODC

Hey All,

Just want to share with you some problem I faced with running DHCP on a RODC.

When you install a DHPC role on a server, it will create a local group name “DHCP Administrators” and also “DHCP Users”.

RODC is a new & exciting features on Windows Server 2008. ( Now, we don’t have to bother what the local admin are doing in our server at the site. 🙂

Now, I have a problem when installing a DHCP on RODC. As mentioned earlier, when you installed a DHCP on a server, it will create a local DHCP group(DHCP Administrators & DHCP Users). Since, RODC is pretty much a DC, there is no local group on the server and since it’s also a READ-ONLY DC, it cannot create the account itself.

You will notice that when your DHCP service is stopped when you install it on RODC and when you check the event log, you’ll notice error 1035 and 1036. This error shows, there exist a authentication problem.

So what shall we do in order to resolve this?

Easy! Just create the DHCP groups in DC 😉

Here’s the step

  1. Login to any RWDC
  2. Open Active Directory User & Computers (ADUC)
  3. Under the Users OU > Create group name “DHCP Administartors” & “DHCP Users” with the group scope is set to “Domain Local”dhcpscope
  4. Let the replication kicks in
  5. Voila! Your DHCP service is now automatically started 😉

Sign up for the biggest Microsoft Product Launch of the year!!

It’s the event that I have been this year. The biggest and coolest product ever. MS Exchange 2010 and Windows 7. wooohhooooo!!! I’m going to collect all the tshirts and freebies. hehe

Join your peers at the largest Microsoft product launch of the year!
Celebrate the launch of Windows® 7, Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Microsoft®Exchange Server 2010 on 24 November 2009 and discover how these new tools can help you meet the challenges of efficiency head-on.

You’ll also get to meet Microsoft experts and partners, network with your peers and get some hands-on time with our new range of products that offer the following benefits:

• Get more from existing systems with interoperable solutions that work together.
• Simplify IT infrastructure management to lower costs and manage compliance demands.
• Build on existing skills, with new innovations based on familiar Microsoft processes and interfaces.
• Connect people to information using products with advanced features.

Time is running out so REGISTER NOW. We’ve got netbooks to give away to the lucky 3,777th, 4,777th & 5,777th registrant*!

More great reasons to attend this event:

Four exciting afternoon tracks including Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Unified Communications, Developer Tools
FREE Hands-On Labs!
Limited edition Windows 7 t-shirts* for every 77th registrant
Evaluation copies of Windows 7, limited evaluation copies of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 (Release Candidate) will be handed out on a first come, first serve basis
Exchange 2010 t-shirts for lucky track session participants
Participate in our onsite contests and stand a chance to win more netbooks & other great prizes

*Winners of the netbooks & t-shirts will be contacted individually through email and will need to be present at The New Efficiency Launch to collect their prizes.

Who should come
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Windows 7: The best of XP & Vista?

It’s been a month since I got Windows 7 DVD from Microsoft and only today, I had the chance to install and play with it. My first impression, nice!! It’s not just about the appearance, but the usability and functionality of the system really stands out from the other OS, IMHO. Well…that’s my first impression of the OS. I’ll write a detail review later once I’ve tested all.

According to Microsoft, Windows 7 Beta’s “Minimum” recommended specs call for:

  • 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor;
  • 1 GB of system memory (RAM);
  • 16 GB of available disk space;
  • support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory (to enable the Aero theme);
  • DVD-R/W Drive;
  • Internet access (to download the Beta and get updates).

In terms of system requirements, Microsoft reveals that Vista and its successor, Windows 7 are on par. This means that users will not have to pay for a hardware upgrade just to accommodate Windows 7, if they are currently running Windows Vista on their machines. Those who have bought new machines tailored to Vista, beyond the Home Basic SKU, namely Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate editions, will also be able to run Windows 7 without any problems.

I’ve installed Windows 7 on my office machine as the specs below:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6420 (2.13GHz / 4MB Cache / 1066MHz FSB)
  • Intel Q965/Q963  Express Chipset
  • 2GB RAM
  • Western Digital 80 GB SATA

with this specs, I’m able to use it without any difficulties and the best thing is, I can run all my XP programs without any compatibility issues. Some more, no annoying system notification like in Vista! Cool huh? Well…I’ll write another detail review on this when I got the chance. 🙂