Solutions Through IT

December 16, 2014

Dell Fingerprint Security Part two (Windows 8.1)

Filed under: Biometrics, Dell, Security, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 — solutionsthroughit @ 11:41

Last year I wrote a typically cynical post about how to get the fingerprint security working with Windows 8.  I upgraded to windows 8.1 in place, so didn’t have to worry about re-installing the software.  However after a slow SSD crash (that corrupted system files significantly enough to have very ‘wonky’ data) I chose to re-install rather than attempt to recover the backups (yes, the one backup set that I didn’t test was for my own laptop!).  Here’s a very quick rundown on how to get things rolling again.

For non-domain computers, you can simply install the software as per normal.  Download the 32 or 64 bit installers, drivers and firmware.

Upgrade your firmware first.  Do not re-install the firmware if the versions match.

I installed the ControlVault driver next, despite my previous post specifying that the driver should be installed last.

Finally, I installed the Data Protection Access and rebooted.

For Domain connected computers you either have to add a domain group policy or set a local group policy. 

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April 22, 2013

Windows 8 on a (non touch screen) Laptop

Filed under: Dell, Hardware, Windows 8 — solutionsthroughit @ 20:14

Have migrated to Windows 8 on the Dell M6600.  It’s running very nicely, with a SSD and 1TB HDD (storage and VM HDD’s).  Have found that the trackpad has gestures similar to those that you can use on a touchscreen.

I’m not a big fan of the sweep left, due to the way that I’ve been using the touchpad for years – I start in the corner, and sweep all the way across, which now switches from apps to applications, rather than moving the mouse pointer around!

I was going to hack into the registry to stop this from happening, but found that the touchpad software actually allows me to customise the settings (see below).  Happy!

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March 21, 2013

Windows 8 and Office 2013–First Thoughts

Filed under: Microsoft, Office, Outlook, Ramblings, Review, Windows 8 — solutionsthroughit @ 18:01

I’ve setup my standing desk with Windows 8 and Office 2013, and am starting to get back into using it again (~16 hours in two days standing!).  Configuration is a Pentium E6300, with 4GB of RAM, and a GeForce 8800GTS.  It benches at 5.9 because of the non-SSD HDD, otherwise it would be at 6.2 (RAM/CPU).  So it’s not bleeding edge, but still fast enough!

Overall, I’m happy with the response and general usability, it will take a little time to get used to the new way of doing things, both good and bad.  Certain things, such as the new start menu (the tiles that you see everywhere) can be cumbersome to setup (right-click options are at the bottom of the screen) but once these things have been setup properly, you don’t have to change them often.

I’m not sure if this is going to be good for a “normal” user.  I’m fairly confident that I know how to get around a computer, so I don’t know if this is intuitively easy, or I can just “think” Microsoft better.  There will be a learning curve, but I think it will be down to the end user to decide how steep it is.  I think the basic Windows premise is more than present, the “OMG ITS DIFFERENT” aspect will be the biggest hurdle.

Office 2013 is a different story.  It’s mostly Office 2010, so if you’ve been using that for a while, you should be quite comfortable with using 2013, however, the colour scheme and menu’s take some adjusting to.  I REALLY don’t like the white, slightly darker white or a little bit more whiter as the only options for a colour scheme.

More to come.

November 29, 2012

Getting error 800B0001 on Windows Update for Server 2012 with local WSUS?

Filed under: Server 2012, Windows 8, WSUS — solutionsthroughit @ 14:12

Are you seeing an 800B0001 error on your Windows Server 2012 when you are trying to update from a WSUS server?  Turns out you might be missing an update for the WSUS server.  After backing up and verifying your backup, check out this article.  Please note the additional steps that you may have to take after installing the update, including resetting the softwaredistribution folder on the affected servers.  This may also affect Windows 8 installations, please let me know if you’ve experienced it, and this resolved the issue for you.

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March 14, 2012

Windows 8–User perspective?

Filed under: What were they thinking?, Windows 8 — solutionsthroughit @ 10:28

Found this clip online.

Interesting.  Boring video, but there’s an interesting ‘punchline’ towards the end.  Valid too.

Is this what most users will do initially?

I think that this is fairly valid.  I had to fiddle around, and I’m one of the most geekiest Microsoft people I know.  This will be an issue, along with the apps vs. applications issues that I’ve found, where you can’t switch content from app to application, or move app’s around as you desire (multiple screen issues).

March 2, 2012

Downloaded The Windows 8 Consumer Preview and can’t find the Product Key?

Filed under: Windows 8 — solutionsthroughit @ 09:27

This one was annoying for a minute Smile.  Here’s where to find it:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/faq#

At this time, the 4th last entry in the Downloading and Installing section of the FAQ contains the Product key / Serial.

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