12 Jun

As Windows 7 Approaches End-of-Life, Security Problems Await

December 31, 2019 may seem far away. But if you are still running Windows 7, it is quickly approaching and there is much to do before that date, which marks the official end-of-life for the operating system. What Happens If I Do Nothing? First, you will no longer receive security patches. If your firm is on Read more…

01 Mar

Fixes for Installing Windows 7 on Newer Hardware

UPDATE FROM MICROSOFT: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4012982/discusses-an-issue-in-which-you-receive-a-your-pc-uses-a-processor-tha   We have discovered yet another reason to leave Windows 7 behind. New hardware—which is better, faster, and stronger—is not able to support Windows 7 without customizations. For instance, recently we (Danny Russell and Sulabh Upadhyaya) were tasked with downgrading a Dell Optiplex 7040 with preloaded Windows 10 to Windows 7, Read more…

21 Feb

Roaming Internet Explorer and Chrome User Saved Passwords with UE-V

It is possible to capture and roam user-saved passwords in Internet Explorer and Chrome with UE-V, but first you have to complete a few steps. The first thing to understand is how the passwords are stored and encrypted/decrypted on the local machine. Both web browsers leverage the Windows DPAPI (Data Protection Application Programming Inferface) to encrypt Read more…

12 Jan

New Year’s Resolution for OS Management

I worked with a firm recently that is using Windows 7 as a desktop portal to access to access their VDI and XenApp. In my attempt to create a new capture of the OS I found myself staring at 191 updates just for Windows 7, and every time I would run the capture it would fail. If I ran the Read more…

12 Mar

Kernel Mode Driver Framework 1.11 – Spreading the Word

Over the past couple of months I have assisted several customers with driver and imaging issues on newer Dell laptops (E7240 & E7440) and all were specifically related to not having applied Microsoft KB2685811 (KMDF1.11).  This is a known issue and has been blogged about before by Dell but the word does not seem to have spread enough Read more…

27 Sep

Optimizing Windows 7 VDI Performance on Wyse Xenith

I was recently involved in a XenDesktop 7 implementation where we deployed Windows 7 to a variety of endpoints including Wyse Xeniths. These were the original Xeniths – model C00X – which are graphically-challenged relative to the Xenith Pro, Xenith 2, and Xenith 2 Pro. They’re also limited in terms of their ability to offload Read more…

17 Sep

Improving Mouse Performance – XenDesktop / Windows 7 / Wyse Xenith

I recently encountered an issue in a new XenDesktop 7 implementation where mouse performance was choppy on Wyse Xenith zero clients (C00X) accessing Windows 7 VDI sessions. The problem was that the mouse scheme was set to Windows Aero (system scheme), which worked well on full Windows or Mac clients, but caused some trouble on Read more…