Office 2007 Disable Spell Check for Exams or Quizzes

Update (12/9/11): Office 2010 now has a solution here. I was recently trying to disable spell check for use in an exam lab. I found nothing too helpful online. One thing to do is to go into word options, and disable it under proofing. However, this would be easily overcome by any student that knows about this. Something that seemed obvious to me was to add/remove features of the program...

Groupwise As Default Program in Windows 7 to Allow File Associations

Registry File Fix For anyone that just wants the fix first-thing: save this file to your desktop and run! Please understand what this does before committing this file to the registry, use this at your own risk! The Problem After installing GW7 onto my Windows 7 box I noticed that Windows defaulted to Outlook/Thunderbird. Simple I thought, I’d just go to Default Programs under Control Panel and switch the mailto...

March 29, 2011 | 5 Comments

‘Dynamic’ Settings per Task Sequence in MDT 2010 through Coding

*Update (Oct 2011) – Added known bug and workaround that is fairly important to know about (having code for applicationsXXX and then deselecting all through UI will not actually deselect)* When using MDT 2010 through the LiteTouch deployment wizard, it can prove to be a pain when you remember how much you wish you could set values depending on what the user has clicked. This was one of the things...

Extended fix for Office 2007 Error Regarding Building Blocks.dotx

A quick post, regarding a problem I was having with Office 2007 and how it was solved. I had a client with a problem of Page Numbers not showing up correctly. The error received was the following: Word cannot open this document template. (drive_letter:\…\1033\Building Blocks.dotx) Fortunately Microsoft has a KB Article about this very error. This involves two fairly straightforward steps. Moving “%userprofile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Document Building Blocks\1033\Building Blocks.dotx” out of that...

March 17, 2011 | 24 Comments

Understanding How MDT 2010 Automatically Determines a Backup Location

I’ve always wondered, since I first saw MDT’s deployment wizard,  how exactly it automatically selected a location. Having someone else do my work is nice when needed, but I disliked the idea of not knowing specifics. I never knew exactly what to expect! The documentation in several places never really cleared this up enough for me. So I spent some time with the code to decipher the pure logic of...

MDT 2010 Easy Deployment Wizard Sorting (Alphabetically)

Updates (3/11/2011) Updated a miscount in the code which would not add a single item in a folder. Preface So I thought I was done with messing around with MDT, packed my stuff, decided to give LiteTouch one last run through. Hm, I feel like installing Adobe Reader, let me just go to the A’s and –GASP! There has been no sorting all this time?!  There must be a built...

February 21, 2011 | 7 Comments

MIG Recovery and Viewer Utility (Vista/7 – USMT4 USMT3)

Lately I’ve been toying with MIG (Windows Migration Backup) files and I’ve found no helpful viewer programs for looking inside. Fortunately there is a utility, MigRecover.exe, floating around. Unfortunately I don’t know the original developer of this software to give proper credit to, though it is likely developed by Microsoft. This utility has been quite handy for me, and I was looking to create a Viewer so I could look...

Advanced XP Install – Complete Automation using CD and Network Share – My Complete Process with Code

Download If you wish to follow this article, please download the code behind it all here. Some of you can likely piece it all together by looking at the code alone, others can use my help below to gather how it works. XP_Automation.zip (1.22mb) Quick Introduction This one is a large subject, considering how much work I’ve put into it. While everyone is feeling the push away from XP, a...

Office 2010 Completely Silent Install – A really quick rundown

I’ll assume most of the people here are techs and just looking for a quick and easy no hassles ‘get me going’ solution. I’ll do my best to deliver. Use the article at TechNet to get full details on what needs to be done if you want to go in-depth. Run setup /admin from the CD or local store of the Office 2010 files. This is practically the same straightforwardness...

Dell Inspiron N4010 XP Downgrade Instructions

The organization I work for is still currently using XP as our backbone, and now strain is coming onto us techies to keep XP chugging on new systems. I thought I was done for with this one, but I managed to get (what appears to be) everything working. The computer in question is the below, though close variants may succeed with tips in this article: I use a handy utility...