Category Archives: Windows

PXE Booting Guide

Configure DHCP ServerConfiguration below is for isc-dhcp-server on Linux: # For hardware LAN Boot ROMs:option tftp-server-address;filename “pxelinux.0”;# For HyperV Guests:# option 60 = client identifieroption dhcp-client-identifier “PXEClient”;# option 66 = TFTP server nameoption tftp-server-name “”;# option 67 = Bootfile nameoption bootfile-name “pxelinux.0”; 2. Configure TFTP ServerOn Linux, tftp-hpa is recommended, with a directory structure … Continue reading PXE Booting Guide

Windows 8 power button on start screen

To enable the power button on the start screen in Windows 8.1 (disabled by default on screens smaller than 8.5″), add either of the following registry keys: For current user: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell For all users on the device: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell Value to add: Launcher_ShowPowerButtonOnStartScreen,  DWORD = 1 Note: if setting this value via Group Policy Editor, the HKCU setting … Continue reading Windows 8 power button on start screen

Boot Windows with Syslinux

To install Syslinux on an NTFS partition to boot Windows XP: Download and extract the latest Zip file from: file contains code for Windows and Linux systems, only copy files from within the “bios” folder. Create the directoriy structure on the active NTFS partition: C:\boot\syslinux Within the extracted folders, find and copy from the syslinux-x.xx\bios\com32 … Continue reading Boot Windows with Syslinux

Windows 10 Backup Settings shortcut

To create a desktop shortcut to the Backup settings in Windows 10:  Right-click desktop -> New -> Shortcut -> ms-settings:backup  -> Next -> Finish Rename the shortcut to “Backup Settings”.Edit the shortcut’s properties to customize the icon. For shortcuts to other settings see:

Automate PDF printing from batch file command line

Adobe Reader is not suitable for printing PDF files using a batch file because it remains open after the print is done and there is no simple, safe & reliable mechanism to close it.  Instead use Ghostscript commandline as shown below: gswin32c -dPrinted -dBATCH -dNOPAUSE -dNOSAFER -q -dNumCopies=1 “C:\test.pdf” *Must be a recent version of … Continue reading Automate PDF printing from batch file command line

Can’t access local resources when VPN connected (Vista & Win7)

Windows Vista introduced a new feature that allows PPTP VPN credentials to access resources on remote servers when the VPN is connected. The side effect is that access to local resources then fails.  The feature can be disabled per VPN as follows: Locate the .pbk file that contains the entry that you dial: %AppData%\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk Open … Continue reading Can’t access local resources when VPN connected (Vista & Win7)