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How To Articles

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.

How to delete hidden EXIF data in pictures

How to delete hidden Exit data from PicturesIn our past article, we have shown you how you can hide data secretly inside jpg files. In this article we will show you how you can delete the EXIF metadata that is stored with jpg files. EXIF stands for Exchangeable Image Format, it contains a lot of information about the picture, the hardware used to capture it. For Example, it can tell you about the exact date and time the picture was taken, the camera brand, the aperture, the focus, metering mode, ISO setting, the GPS cordinates of where the picture was taken and much more. Sometimes, all this data might not be desirable to be included with your pictures. It should be noted that EXIF data is only included by default with JPEG, TIFF and RIFF WAV files. EXIF metadata is not included with GIF, PNG or JPEG 2000 formats

How to create an install image in WDS

How to create an install image in WDSWindows Deployment Services or WDS is the preffered method of deploying Windows Seven in a corporate environment. WDS can make effective use of PXE protocol so there is no need to create boot media or network CDs and as it is a free technology from Microsoft, you don't have to pay for a third party solution for imaging your machines. WDS can have a lot of uses and much more effective and complex deployment scenarios, however for the scope of this article, we will only consider how to use Windows Deployment Services to deploy a basic Windows Seven install image to remote machine, which will allow for Windows Seven installation.

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.