Archive for the ‘Windows 7’ Category

Unable to close MMC – You must close all dialog boxes before you can close

June 24, 2011 4 comments

Long time no see y’all – been a bit quiet but am back with another bug from Microsoft;

When attempting to close MMC (Active Directory Users and Computers or the Exchange Management Console for example) on a Windows 2008 R2 server with Internet Explorer 9 installed you get the following error;

For the sake of our friend Google (as I’m not using my normal software to fill out the “blanks”) – thats “You must close all dialog boxes before you can close Exchange Management Console”


There is an interesting thread on the Technet forums that has been going some time;

It looks to affect Windows 7 also – so it must be the “7” suite of OS’s (i.e Windows 6.1).


The “work-around” at this moment is to uninstall IE9 – which is fine on your server (and not so fine on your Desktop). Some users have reported that disabling Enhanced Security for IE is a temporary fix (along with adding http://localhost and https://localhost to the Trusted sites), though I don’t see how this would work with Windows 7.


Official line from MS at this moment is “Sorry, we are working on it”.


Funnily enough it only seems to happen when certain dialog boxes / panes are opened (see above Technet post) – so if you do get it just kil mmc.exe from the Task Manager 🙂


Au Revoir!


Windows 7 (and 2008 R2) – Getting the vSphere client to run!

December 15, 2009 2 comments

EDIT:My apologies to Simon from Techhead – I mean to cause no offence by copying and pasting his blog (nor did I mean to pass it off as my own work)

I have removed said post, and just left the link through to his site 🙂

I belive Update 1 resolves this “properly” – however for archaic reasons here is how to run vSphere client under Windows 7 / 2008 R2


Simon @ Techhead has posted a rather spliffing guide on how to enable the vSphere client under Windows 7 (and presumably 2008 R2)’;

Enabling Disk management from remote Server/PC in Server 2008 R2 (or Hyper-V R2)

December 10, 2009 Leave a comment

Needs to be run on both the Client and Server;


netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Remote Volume Management" new enable=yes

Office 2010 and Laptop Sleep Issues

November 4, 2009 Leave a comment


Now this may just be me, or it may be a beta2-ism.


But my Windows 7 laptop with Office 2010 beta installed will not stay asleep. No matter what I do (closing the obvious applications and even installing the “Microsoft Send a Smile” application) it wakes up, drains my battery, and makes Windows 7 complain about being dirtily shut down.


It could just be Windows 7, it could just be my laptop. It could be the copy of Office 2010 I have (can’t wait for the public beta!), but its darn annoying.


Hibernation seems to work fine though 🙂

Categories: Office 2010, Windows 7

VMware Workstation 7…..

November 4, 2009 Leave a comment

So I downloaded it and tried it out.


I like it – a lot. And it’s the subtle differences that I like.


For instance – the added support for Windows 7 Taskbar



I have my taskbar vertical (as you can see) – and I like the way I get “Hover Previews” (what is their official name anyway?) of all my favourite Virtual Machines – even the suspended ones!

VMware tools under Linux seems (it may not be, but it “seems”) easier to install – less of the headaches and more “pre-compiled” modules for my Linux operating systems 🙂


Not found any real bugs yet (the first I thought I had turned out to be a corrupt ISO download – *sigh*), but will post anything up I can find as I get to using it 🙂

Now if only I had a Mac to try out VMware Fusion 3 – but I flattened my “Hack Mac” for Windows 7 😦

Bug in Windows 7 RC1?

August 4, 2009 Leave a comment

Having some issues recently with my RC1 laptop;


Whenever I try to open a program that has at some time accessed a network resource on my AD domain, my laptop hangs and I have to hard reboot 😦


I will install RTM over the weekend and see if it persists 🙂

Categories: Windows 7

Windows 7 RC1 initial thoughts

Well, since I left my charger at work last week (GRR) and wasn’t able to install it when it was first available, I’m probably about a week (or so) behind.

However, I have been using it all day now, and do have some observations.

Firstly, I’m glad MS fixed the RDP client


The new one looks slick and works well. It even remembers a history of connected servers, and gives you them listed when you mouse over (in the Start menu) or right click (on the Taskbar)

Graphically, it looks just a little nicer also. I can’t put my finger on it, but its just that little more polished.

However, I do have one bugbear. It feels slower. It may be me (or the fact that it seems to be indexing my laptop as we speak), but there is less memory available currently than in the beta, and I have about the same amount of application’s open.

I’ll persevere and post back any unusual findings 🙂

Categories: Windows 7