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Displaying Windows 7 Build Number

To display your build number at the bottom right of your desktop screen do the following.

1. Open the native Registry Editor by typing regedit in Start menu search area and hitting Enter key.

2. Next, navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

3. In the right side, look for the entry named PaintDesktopVersion.

4. Double-click on the same entry and change it value to 1 to get the build number on desktop. To remove the build number, make it as 0.

5. Reboot computer once completed.

Rename windows computer remotely

Found on Spiceworks How-To’s

How many times have you deployed a machine and then had to change the name after going back to your comfy chair? It’s happened a couple times to me this week, so I thought I’d post a quick how-to on using the Windows XP Support Tools to rename computers across your domain.

If you don’t have the Windows XP Support Tools yet, you can download them here ->


Open A Dos Box

After you’ve installed the Windows XP Support Tools, open up a command window.


Run Netdom

So, let’s say you have a computer named wrongname on domain “mydomain” and want it to be renamed to computer1 with admin account “administrator”, then reboot after 60 seconds (with warning to user). You would use the following command in a cmd window:

netdom renamecomputer wrongname /newname:computer1
/userD:mydomain\administrator /passwordd:*
/usero:administrator /passwordo:* /reboot:60

That’s all one line, in case you’re wondering.

DNS Servers

With Google releasing their DNS Server for people to use to resolves names of internet addresses. There has been the question of what DNS Server is right for you.

Here is a DNS Testing program that will check multiple DNS entries.

I had to add the Google and addresses to the test.

In my initial tests it was saying that OpenDNS is my best option.

What did you get?

Public Folder Permissions

This is a list of commands to View, Add, and Remove permissions to a public folder in Exchange 2007 using the Shell Commands.

To add permissions to a public folder.

Add-PublicFolderClientPermission -Identity “(Folder Name)” -AccessRights (ListOfItems) -User “(username)”

To View what permissions exist on a public folder.

Get-PublicFolderClientPermission -Identity “(Folder Name)”

To Remove a permission from a public folder.

Remove-PublicFolderClientPermission -Identity “(Folder Name)” -AccessRights (Rights To Remove) -User “(username)”