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A collection of various knowledgebase articles dealing with Microsoft Windows

How to configure Windows Updates using local group policy in Windows Seven

Windows Updates Using Local Group Policy on Windows SevenWindows Updates are an essential part of your operating system that makes it running smooth and secure. If you are in a corporate domain environment, the Windows Updates to your machine are likely being pushed down from a WSUS server, SMS or System Center Configuration Manager. WSUS, SMS and SCCM are great products that let administrator control the patches and security hotfixes that get installed on the machine. However, this centralized administration is possible only when the machine is joined to a Domain, WSUS, SCCM and SMS can not make use of Domain GPOs (Group Policy Objects) to enforce it on machines on a Workgroup. In such a case, you can always use a local group policy on Windows Seven to configure the Windows Update Settings. In this article we will show you how you can use Windows Seven Local Group Policy to configure your Windows Update Settings and its advantages

How to use Credentials Manager in Windows Seven

Credentials Manager in Windows SevenWindows Seven has a cool new feature called Credentials Manager. Credentials Manager safeguards all your Windows and other passwords that you provide to them and even auto fills them when needed. You often map network drives, go to secure websites etc that need a login and a password, credentials manager can store these for you. Whats really cool is that you can backup and restore your Credentials Manager Vault or copy it to another computer. When you copy the vault to another computer, you do not have to remember and provide credentials for resources, network drives or web pages that are already stored in the Credentials Manager. Its a completely secure way of storing your credentials. In the step by step articles we will show you how to access, use, backup, restore and move Windows Credentials Manager vault.

How to create a Network Diagram for your LAN using Windows seven

How to create a Network Diagram for your LAN using Windows sevenWindows Seven has a lot of hidden capabilities. One of the tasks Windows Seven can perform for you is that it can create a network diagram of your Local Area Network (LAN or WAN). This would provide you with a visual representation of all the hardware devices connected locally to your machine, these include other workstations, servers, routers, hubs and switches. In this step by step article we will show you how you can use Windows Seven's built in features to create a network diagram or visual representation of your local area network. If you are looking for creating  more sophisticated network diagrams for free, you can check our previous article on How to create  network diagrams online for free.

How to install remote server administration tools on Windows 7

How to install Remote Server administration tools on Windows SevenIf you are in an Active Directory domain or have multiple servers you want to administer, you definitely need the server remote administration tools. It becomes cumbersome to log on to each kind of server, even with a remote desktop to administer functions such as users and computers, DHCP or DNS etc. In this article we will show you step by step how to install remote server administration tools on a Windows Seven machine. These tools include administration applets from DHCP, DNS, Active Directory Users and Computers to Sites and Trusts and the most important Group Policy Management Console or GPMC.

Windows Seven Downgrade Rights

Downgrade Rights for Windows SevenA question often asked but not clearly answered by many tech support individuals is the Windows Seven Downgrade Rights. Downgrade rights means you are allowed to downgrade the operating system you bought with your computer to a lower version, for example you are allowed to go from Windows Vista to Windows XP. There are however caveats and gotchas in this process, through this article we will try and shed some light on the downgrade options you might coming down from a Windows Seven operating system. Microsoft of course remains the ultimate authority on any such process and if in doubt always consult your software licensing terms.