Windows: RPC server unavailable

Today I had some problem of connecting to some of Windows 7 machines. The error I recieved was: The RPC server is unavailable.
After searching some articles on the net, I found out that I need to enable RemoteAdmin firewall rule, and add DCOM TCP port 135 to Inbound rules.

call netsh firewall set service RemoteAdmin enable
call netsh firewall add portopening protocol=tcp port=135 name=DCOM_TCP135

For port 135 there is a firewall rule Windows Management Instrumentation (DCOM-In) which needs to be enabled.

Good Luck

Enable / Re-enable mount of ISO image in Windows 8

Yesterday I installed CD Burner XP. After that I couldn’t mount ISO images anymore.

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The solution to this problem is in file association.

Right click on ISO file, select properties;

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Choose button change on Opens with:

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From the list, choose Windows Explorer

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Close properties window, and then try the right click menu on ISO file

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Good Luck

Windows 8 Tips & Tricks

Ok, since I have Windows 8 couple of months, I would like to share some things with you.

First of all, it took me some time to find out where shut down, restart or log off is…

Log off (sign out) or switch user

On Start screen / Metro screen, right click on user:
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Shut down, restart and sleep
Open Charms (Win Key+C) then settings
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then click Power and Shut Down or Restart or Sleep
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Quick access menu

right click on the left bottom corner

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Get list of all apps

press Win Key+Q, or go to Start/Metro right click on empty space and in the right bottom corner select All apps
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Logon to Desktop not Start/Metro

Ok, first of all find scheduler, then Create basic Task, and on every logon start explorer.
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Click finish, restar and test it out.

Good Luck

Activate Windows 8 Enterprise

I recently installed Windows 8 Enterprise in my company. During the installation, setup does not require input of serial number/key. So when Windows installs, you must go through procedure of changing the key, and activating Windows.

So here it goes.

On Desktop, go with your mouse to bottom left corner. When Start icon pops up, press right mouse button and select Command Prompt (Admin).

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Now you must run VB script to change serial key: (X-es represent your key)
slmgr.vbs -ipk
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Now all that is left to do is to activate your windows. Also through command prompt, and with the same
VBs script, but with diffrent switch.
slmgr.vbs -ato
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After hitting the Enter, the pop up will tell you that Windows were activated successfully.
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Good Luck

Setup Win7 or Win8 from USB drive

I have a little Acer Revo without a CD-ROM. External CD-ROM is expensive, so I reinstalled my little PC from USB stick.

First, you have to have a stick not smaller than installation CD/DVD of Windows 7 or 8. Next, motherboard must support Boot from USB so you can boot to setup.
The procedure goes like this, because we must prepare the USB with DISKPART. In my case CD/DVD-ROM is D: drive and USB flash drive is E: drive
SELECT DISK 1
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION
ACTIVE
FORMAT FS=NTFS
ASSIGN
EXIT

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Next, make USB bootable
Enter to your CD-ROM and subfolder boot
D:
CD BOOT
BOOTSECT.EXE /nt60 E:

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And then copy all from CD/DVD to your USB. I used xcopy, but you can copy it from Windows explorer.
XCOPY * E:\ /E /Y
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Plug in you USB into a computer, and boot from USB.

Good Luck