Category Archives: Windows 7

autorun.inf AV blocking gotcha

Discovered this today from within Windows 7. …Any software process that involves copying, moving, or even deleting the autorun.inf file can fail as a result of current default antivirus software (aka AV) behavior.  This file is at the root of every Windows drive.

In preparation for an SBS 2011 install I wanted to create a bootable USB drive of the install media.  To start I attempted to clean off the drive of all its contents but that process failed with the autorun.inf file.  Then I realized that I should’ve just reformatted so to be thorough; of course that sledge-a-matic action worked.

I’ve done this before for SBS 2011 and WHS 2011 which can require this type of USB drive install media on headless servers.  The odd thing is that never before was this an issue so this must be something new that has emerged behind the security scenes but of which I was not aware.  What I uncovered was the Trend Micro WFBS Agent settings were blocking both ‘delete’ and ‘copy’ actions to the autorun.inf file.  This isn’t specific to just TM though as the Google search result I found pointed to a different AV vendor.  If you hit this error, disable the AV temporarily as the workaround. 

Initially I opted to go the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool method (creates a bootable USB drive from ISO or DVD) but hit an issue when it failed during the copying process.  After trying variations and getting the same failed result, I opted to go the longer manual creation route as detailed by Tim Barrett in his www.NoGeekLeftBehind.com blog.  During that process I hit the root issue in a way that gave me a usable error message to find the solution.  After disabling the AV I hit success.

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SBS 2011 install and why Windows 2008 R2 SP1 doesn’t get offered

**After installing SBS 2011 I immediately wanted to install Windows 2008 R2 SP1 but instead I got offered 59 other updates and no SP1!  So of course you can just roll with that and eventually after cycles of updates and reboots you’ll get SP1 offered …but I really wanted to lay down SP1 saving time and then build from there.  Why isn’t it being offered though …even if you scan via Windows Updates?  Google didn’t give me any good results on Windows 2008 R2; however, remembering that since the Vista ‘major release’ kernel unification change to align the desktop and server kernel led me to look at Windows 7 information.

The following article identifies three required updates that must be installed in order to get offered W2k8R2 SP1.  Interestingly I was offered the KB2534366 patch (required a reboot) via WSUS but I had to go out to Windows Update to be offered the KB2533552 patch (didn’t require a reboot).  KB2454826 is the latest patch to be added to this list as this KB article has gone through multiple revisions over the years.

You do not have the option of downloading Windows 7 SP1 when you use Windows Update to check for updates

Customize Windows 7 Login Screen Using Account Screen Editor – Tweaking with Vishal

I like it!

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Click on "Set background" button and choose a picture for your login screen. Click on "Default background" button to restore default login scren background.

Customize Windows 7 Login Screen Using Account Screen Editor – Tweaking with Vishal

Say It Isn’t So – Why Press Now After Win 7?

Windows 7

The echo chamber misreads another Windows 7 survey

It’s amazing how bad the press is right now.  It has to be the worst in the memory of my lifetime and now it is pervading into the technology press in a very striking way.  During Vista’s launch I happily enjoyed the buzz and excitement of something new and potential rich.  The media decided to drag out the fun police on that though …now they are back after it with Win7 despite that the public loves it.  Seems retarded yes but there it is nevertheless.

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