Replace Windows RE With Custom Environment

1 – Turn off Hidden Files and Folders, and unprotect hidden operating system files.

Open Windows Explorer (Computer window), hit ALT key > Tools > Folder Options > View Tab > Radio button “Show hidden files, folders, and drives”, un-tick “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)”

2 – Navigate to C:\Recovery. Add your local Administrator account to the Security tab.

Right click the folder, select Security tab, Click “Continue” button to view the object’s security properties,  Add…, “Administrator” (you are editing an image that is in a workgroup from the built-in Administrator profile, aren’t you?), Grant “Full Control”,  Apply, OK.

3 – Double click past the GUID folder. Replace the Winre.wim with your custom WinPE/RE environment customized to your needs. Make sure the file is called “Winre.wim”. Also make sure it is x86 vs. x64 depending on your OS version.

You can check a particular WIM file information with the following command from an Elevated Command Prompt:

dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:"C:\Path\To The\wimfile.wim" /Index:#

Example:

dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:"C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\PETools\x86\winpe.wim" /Index:1

4 – Remove the Administrator account from the C:\Recovery folder, resetting it back to it’s original permissions.

5 – At this point, you can reboot your machine, press F8, select “Repair Your Computer” and wait for it to start up.

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Hidden Outlook Folder

When a user opens an attachment from within Outlook, the file is saved to a hidden location on the workstation they are using. Sometimes, an end-user would edit this copy of the document, save it, and then when they go to re-open it they can’t find it.

The hidden folder location is stored in the Registry under the “OutlookSecureTempFolder” key. The folder name is randomly generated. Search results do not bring up the location. Below is a quick-list of the registry entry you want to look at to give you the full folder name:

Outlook 97:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\8.0\Outlook\Security

Outlook 98:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\8.5\Outlook\Security

Outlook 2000:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\9.0\Outlook\Security

Outlook 2002/XP:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Outlook\Security

Outlook 2003:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Outlook\Security

Outlook 2007:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook\Security

Outlook 2010:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Security

Microsoft KB:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/817878

Error Message: Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You need to restart your computer.

Have had a few Windows 7 builds over the last couple weeks with this issue, and a single Vista machine.

Note: Always back-up the files or move them into a “TEST” folder in the same directory, rather than outright deleting the file. You may need it back!

Try the following steps to resolve the following Error Message:

Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You need to restart your computer.

 

Review the WindowsUpdate.log file for error messages. It is located in %windir%\WindowsUpdate.log

1. If you have a proxy server:

  • Stop Automatic Update Service via an Elevated Command Prompt:
    net stop wuaserv
  • Then run the following command from the Elevated Command Prompt:
    proxycfg.exe -u
  • Start Automatic Update Service again:
    net start wuaserv
  • Restart and check for Windows Updates/Force Update check

2. Re-create the Datastore (this is what worked on most of the machines in my case):

  • Stop Automatic Update Service via an Elevated Command Prompt:
    net stop wuaserv
  • Rename/delete “%windir%\SoftwareDistribution” folder. 
  • Start Automatic Update Service again:
    net start wuaserv
  • Restart and check for Windows Updates

3. Update the “Intel Rapid Storage” driver on Intel-based systems:

http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/highlights/chpsts/imsm