Extend the Activation Grace Period of a Windows Operating System

Problem: You are evaluating or testing a Windows Operating System and need to extend the activation grace period to complete your evaluation or testing. Solution: Extend or rearm the evaluation period. This process must be followed before the activation countdown reaches 0: Right click “Command Prompt” and select “Run as administrator”: Navigate to the C:\Windows\System32 folder and execute the following command. Most documentation Read more [...]

Outlook Security Alert

Problem: When opening Microsoft Outlook you receive a Security Alert  "Information you exchange with this site cannot be viewed or changed by others. However, there is a problem with the site's security certificate." Solution: The self-signed certificate that was created during the Exchange 2007 installation expires after one year. Use Exchange Management Shell to validate this is the problem you're experiencing by running the following cmdlet. NotAfter Read more [...]

32bit App – 64bit OS ODBC Problem

Problem: ODBC data sources that are created with the "ODBC Data Source Administrator" located under "Administrative Tools > Data Sources (ODBC)" do not show up in 32 bit (x86) applications. Also, data sources created in 32 bit applications such as Visual Studio do not show up in the "ODBC  Data Source Administrator". This is due to the default shortcut for the "ODBC Data Source Administrator" being for 64 applications only. Solution: Create an additional shortcut in Administrative Tools Read more [...]

Hyperlink Issues – MS Office

Problem: You receive the error message "This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator" when clicking on a hyperlink from any office application after updating Internet Explorer to version 7 or 8. The specific error I received was: Solution: Change the registry value in [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOThtmlfileshellopencommand] from "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" -nohome to "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" Read more [...]

Vista and 7 x64 Audio Codec Problem

Problem: An important audio codec is missing from 64bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. Some media files generate an error when using Windows Media Player. Third party media players seem to be affected as well, since some will play the video portion with no audio, and others won't play the media file at all. This problem even occurs with media files downloaded from Microsoft. The Windows Media Player specific error is: "Windows Media Player cannot play, burn, rip, or sync the file because Read more [...]