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Windows 8/8.1 Networked Printers show as red x’s

CapturePrinterJust thought i would write a quick blog post that if you have recently deployed a Windows 8 / 8.1 device and discover that the networked connected printers are showing as red’s then you may need to check with your vendor to see if they have a updated chipset drivers.  I know it sounds crazy but the device I was working on had this happen to it and the same day I discovered it the vendor released a update so I installed that and the printers now show the names instead.

My Device was the Dell Latitude 10

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Teens, “Apple is dead, we want Microsoft & Samsung”

Microsoft Surface – Commercial HD

Teenagers know what's cool as many of you can tell teens generally like the opposite of what their parents find cool.  While Apple is still winning the market with the iPhone, iPad and the new Macs.  Just last week, reported that the younger crowd's opinion of apple dropping off faster than a car off a cliff.  Teens are becoming more interested in the new Samsung S3 and Note 2 and even the mighty iPad is starting to fall to the Microsoft surface (thank you Microsoft since apple doesn't make a enterprise device)  For more info please visit the source.

While we weren't’t surprised to hear about Samsung’s success, given their great sales numbers recently, we were shocked to hear that teens are in favor of the latest Microsoft Surface tablet. Although we really liked the tablet, sales haven’t exactly been rocking the world. That said, this is good news for Redmond and it will be interesting to see if they can leverage the popularity to sell more of the Surface RT and the Surface Pro when it’s released.

We shall see that if in time Apple will become the cool devices again possibly with the rumors of the iPad Mini Retina, iPhone 5S and the possibility of a cheaper iPhone…..  Its nice to see that Apple while unaffected at the moment may have the battle again like they did back in the 80's.  They seem to have forgotten thats why we went PC, because you made it impossible to join the enterprise with your devices!

Source: Forbes

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Windows Vista/7 Boot Winload.exe Error

Most likey if you move drives around or reimage computers from time to time the image hick ups and you have to fix the boot of the computer.  Here is the fix.

To run the Bootrec.exe tool, you must start Windows RE. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Put the Windows Vista or Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.
  2. Press a key when you are prompted.
  3. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then click Next.
  4. Click Repair your computer.
  5. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
  6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
  7. Type Bootrec.exe, and then press ENTER.

Note To start the computer from the Windows Vista or Windows 7 DVD, the computer must be configured to start from the DVD drive. For more information about how to configure the computer to start from the DVD drive, see the documentation that is included with the computer or contact the computer manufacturer.

This is what I had to do to fix them since the autofix above didn’t work.

Note If rebuilding the BCD does not resolve the startup issue, you can export and delete the BCD, and then run this option again. By doing this, you make sure that the BCD is completely rebuilt. To do this, type the following commands at the Windows RE command prompt:

  • bcdedit /export C:BCD_Backup
  • c:
  • cd boot
  • attrib bcd -s -h -r
  • ren c:bootbcd bcd.old
  • bootrec /RebuildBcd


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