Howto: Extract files from a .msi file using the Windows command line

msiexec /a PathToMSIFile /qb TARGETDIR=DirectoryToExtractTo Tweet

Howto: Remove devices from Windows that are not connected to the system anymore

If a device is physically removed from the system before being uninstalled, the system will hide all settings from device manager. This can give a conflict when equel hardware is installed at a later point in time. To remove these “phantom” devices do one of the following steps: 1. Try running the temporary display as the Administrator, this way: Click Windows Start > All Programs > Accessories and right-click Command Prompt, then “Run as Administrator”. Type “set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1” and press Enter. Type “start devmgmt.msc” and press enter. Now in Device Manager click View > Show hidden devices. 2. To permanently display the “Phantom” devices in Device Manager, right-click Computer > Properties > Advanced System Settings > ...

MDT 2010 Mega Tips and Tricks Collection

As user of MDT 2010 I collected a lot of interesting information. I thought it would be useful to put them all in one place for myself and any readers. UPDATE: If I get any information from a blog I always mention the source. Since this was a collection of forum posts I didn’t think about it. The original forum posts can be found here: http://www.edugeek.net/forums/o-s-deployment/76099-mdt-resources.html#post678277. Excuses to the originating source for not mentioning him in the first place. Blogs: Johan Arwidmark – Deployment Gurus Mike Nystrom – Deployment Gurus http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/ – Lead MS Deployment Guy Microsoft Team Blogs – MDT / SCCM / WSUS Deployment Research (formerly DeployVista) (Johan Arwidmark) The App Compat Guy (Chris Jackson) ...

Ninite, the easy software installation site

The next time you want to install your favorite browser, update iTunes, or get the latest security release for Flash, do yourself a favor. Skip the vendor’s site and go straight to Ninite.com instead. This cleanly designed web service offers immediate access to more than 80 programs, utilities, and runtime environments in a dozen categories. It’s completely free for personal use (a Pro version is available for businesses). Ninite will save you time, and it guarantees that you won’t have to deal with the potentially misleading dialog boxes that can result in unwanted third-party software being installed on your machine. Here’s how Ninite works: Tweet

LastPass, the last password you will ever need.

Of all the password management utilities out there, I consider LastPass the most elegant compromise between convenience and security, and if you’re not using it already, I recommend you start. It’s mostly free, plugs into nearly any browser or smartphone and just works. Why LastPass? Universal: LastPass offers extensions for Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Safari on Windows, Mac, and Linux. There are a few gaps (Opera, mainly), but they’re covered in large part by free auto-filling bookmarklets (covered below) and desktop, portable USB apps, and mobile software, offered to LastPass’ premium subscribers. Simple: LastPass has a multitude of options, settings, tools, and other knobs to twiddle. If all you want, though, ...

Samsung Omnia 7 bootloader 4.10.1.9 fix

As a owner of a Samsung Onia 7 Windows Phone, I didn’t had the time of my life, ever since Microsoft started pushing out updates for its mobile operating system. To be able to update my Samsung Omnia 7 phone I needed a fix Samsung released recently. It’s an update tool to help users with the updating problem, but it turns out, there is yet another problem – some phones can’t even enter download mode. Apparently Omnia 7 phones with bootloader version 4.10.1.9 don’t have that capability. Well it turns out that an old tried and tested trick that was used to get bricked Samsung Galaxy S phones into download mode ...