Archive for November, 2009

How to resolve problem on Microsoft File Transfer Manager (FTM) when downloading from TechNet

November 23, 2009 1 comment
Awhile back, I tried to dowload Windows 3.11 for Workgroups from my TechNet subscription and was prompted with an error. Below is the snapshot of the error message.
I tried downloading another OS and got the same error. In the Microsoft File Transfer Manager, click Options then click the Connections tab. Uncheck HTTPS* and click OK. It solved the problem.
Hope this helps.


Install HyperTerminal in Windows 7

November 11, 2009 1 comment
I was tasked to configure our Cisco routers for the three leased lines we got from the ISP. The problem I had was that connecting to a Cisco router via the console is no longer possible in Windows 7 since HyperTerminal was removed. Now, don’t get me wrong, Telnet I know is another option but these routers had been pre-configured and there is no other way I know to get into the IOS bypassing the implemented password (the dilemma of inheriting an existing network infrastructure without documentation). Hence, the need to install HyperTerminal. Here’s what I did:
1. From Windows XP copy:
      * hypertrm.exe from C:\Program Files\Windows NT\
      * hypertrm.dll from C:\Windows\System32\
    to the same folder location in Windows 7.
    Note: I was able to easily do this because I have Windows XP and Windows 7 in my laptop. 
 2. Create a shortcut for HyperTerminal on the Desktop if you wish and run the application.
 3. You will be prompted to make HyperTerminal your default Telnet program. Tick Don’t ask me this question again and Click No. Why No? Well, after I’ve configured the routers, I’ll be using SSH for remote administration.
4. You will be prompted this time to fill up the Location Information form. Click Cancel and click Yes to confirm the action then click OK to dismiss the matter.
5. Type your desired connection name in the Name field (I usually use console) and click OK.
6. You will encounter steps 3 and 4 again then you will be presented with the Connect To dialog. Under Connect using, select from the list the correct com port to use (in my case, COM7 via a USB Belkin portable com port where my console cable is attached) and click OK.
7. You will be presented next with the com port properties dialog. Click Restore Defaults and click OK.
That’s it! You’re now connected to your Cisco device. After bypassing the router’s password, here’s what I see after issuing the Cisco tech best friend command "show ip interface brief"…
Hope this helps
Categories: Windows 7

Windows Virtual PC / Windows XP Mode RTM now publicly available for download

November 5, 2009 Leave a comment
In case you didn’t know yet, Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode has RTMed and now available for general download. Click HERE to go to the download site. Click HERE to know more about Windows Virtual PC.
Categories: Virtual PC

Restore the Quick Launch toolbar in Windows 7

November 2, 2009 1 comment
A couple of days back, I was trying to figure out how in the world am I supposed to keep a group of program shortcuts in one folder and drag it to the Quick Launch toolbar like I used to in Windows XP (sorry, never been a Windows Vista fan). My idiot instinct tells me it’s time to fire-up Help and Support which I did with glee knowing I’d get a good answer to my question. Keying "quick launch" in the search field returned two results. One of which, a question that says "What happened to the Quick Launch toolbar?". The way the question was framed gave me a clear picture that the Quick Launch toolbar is but a fragment of history which of course was validated after reading the help information. Disappointed, I launched the Command Prompt and did a dir quick* /s. Surprisingly, this is what I got…
Something tells me Quick Launch just needed to be unearthed. Well, I was able to somehow restore the Quick Launch toolbar and here is how I did it:
   1. Right-click the Taskbar and hover the mouse cursor to Toolbars then select New toolbar.
       This opens the New Toolbar – Choose a folder window.
   2. Click the document icon in the address field.
       If you got it right, you’d see something like this:      
   3. Now replace the highlighted path with this %appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch and hit Enter.
   4. Click the Select Folder button.
       Notice that the Quick Launch toolbar has now been added to the Taskbar on the rightmost portion beside the system tray.
   5. Right-click the Taskbar and uncheck Lock the taskbar from the context menu.
       Notice that toolbar handles are now displayed.
   6. Unpin your current program shortcuts from the Taskbar. By default these are Internet Explorer, Windows Explorer, and Windows Media Player.
   7. Right-click the Quick Launch toolbar then uncheck Show Text and Show title from the context menu.
   8. Click the Quick Launch toolbar and drag it all the way to the left next to the Windows orb.
   9. Resize the Quick Launch toolbar to display just two or three program shortcuts then Lock the taskbar again.
You now have a fully restored Quick Launch toolbar…


Works on Windows 8 too! Read about it HERE