How to use group policies to set a default website and open IE when logging in to Windows

The below is a guide on how to use group policies in Windows Server 2008 R2 to set a default website in internet explorer and launch internet explorer every time a user logs in to the domain using his/her domain credentials.

To start off with, we will create a new Group policy object rather than editing the default domain policy.

open the  Group policy management console in administrative tools or simply type GPMC.MSC in run. Right click on the domain name and select create a GPO in this domain

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Give a name to the GPO and click ok

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Right click the newly created GPO and click edit

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The Group Policy Management Editor will open

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Navigate to the following location to set the default home page URL

User Configuration => Policies => Administrative Templates => Windows Components => Internet Explorer.

Click on the “Disable Changing the Home Page” policy

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Click Enabled, type in the URL and click OK. This will set the default Home Page in IE.

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To launch Internet Explorer when the user logs in to Windows, navigate to the following;

User Configuration => Policies => Administrative Templates => System => Logon.

Click on the “Run these programs at user logon”

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Click on enable and click on show

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Give the path to internet explorer in the show content window and click OK

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As the final step, open Command Prompt in Admin mode and run gpupdate /force

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Upgrading to Windows 10 Creators Update

Windows 10 creators update was released earlier this week with many new features. In this post we will look at on how to upgrade our Windows 10 to creators update.

Visit https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 and click on Update now

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The update assistant will download and install on your computer. Open the tool and click on update now.

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it will scan the computer and check the possibility to upgrade.

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Note:

If you run Windows 10 Enterprise edition you will not be able to proceed using this method and will be prompted the below error.

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Click next and the update will be downloaded to your computer

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Once the download is completed, the installation will begin

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Along the process the computer will be restarted multiple times to complete the installation.

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Once the installation is completed and the computer has booted, you will be running Windows version 1703 Creators Update

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Windows Anti Virus

Windows has had the windows defender malware protection for sometime now. With the release of Windows 7, defender was known as a anti spyware protection tool and users were required to either install Microsoft security essentials or any other compatible third party anti virus application to protect your computer against virus attacks.

With the release of Windows 8, both Windows defender and security essentials were merged and released as a single solution against malware.

When you open the Windows defender on your Windows 10 for the first time it prompts you with the option of turning on against virus protection. Click turn on and click close.

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Once its turned on, Windows defender would be ready to protect against spyware and viruses.

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Furthermore, by visiting Settings ==> Update and security, additional configurations could be seen along with the details that defender is powered by real time cloud based protection.

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Windows 10 Technical Preview–Start Button

With the new version of Windows “Windows 10” the familiar start menu and the traditional start button functionality is back. Although the representation of the start menu is visually enhanced than the previous versions of Windows, the concept is similar.

The new start menu consists an area in which you can personalize with live tiles. the start button provides access to a search box as well. When you are querying the result are derived from the local computer and also from the web.

Start Button

Kernel for Windows Data Recovery

PHEW!!!! Thank god for Kernel Data Recovery, an awesome tool which saved my day.

I was working on a presentation for a client, the PPT had already reached about 21 slides when the catastrophe happened . Suddenly my computer threw a BSOD and restarted. I logged in to my computer after the restart and could not access my data hard drive. At that point it was obvious that my data hard drive was corrupted with all my important data. Honestly I was terrified on what to do, although most of my files were backed up to my OneDrive, there were some files in which I had new versions and some other new project related files which was not backed up. I tried a few recovery software and failed until I found a Kernel for Windows Data Recovery.

A simple yet a sophisticated tool which was very easy to use and get the job done. Kernel has a wide range of data recovery tools ranging from data recovery from client computers (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.) to data recovery of emails (OST, PST, Exchange Server, etc.).

The user interface was very simple any layman could operate and perform a complexed task such as recovering data from a corrupted or damaged hard drive.

1) Simple Interface of the software, depicting the multiple scan options which can be accessed easily

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2) Displaying the available hard drives/storage to be selected for scan

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3) Details of the selected hard drive

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4) The software scans the selected hard drive to recover files

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5) list of files which are found and needs to be selected and clicked on the recover button on the top. This process recovers the files that was deleted

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The URL for the product is http://www.nucleustechnologies.com/Windows-Data-Recovery-Software.html 

ps: I could not include the actual screen shots of the recovery I made since I did not take them during the recovery.

Windows 8 Enterprise to Windows 8.1 Enterprise update

When Microsoft released the Windows 8.1 update for Windows 8 operating systems some time back, users were able to download the and install the updated through the store. Unfortunately the below specified Windows 8 editions do not support the update from the store.

  • Windows 8 Enterprise. Talk to your system admin about updating to Windows 8.1.
  • Windows 8 Pro, if installed by an organization or a program that uses Volume Licensing. Talk to your system admin, or the administrator of the program that was used to install Windows 8. If you’re the administrator, you can find more info and links to Windows 8.1 ISOs in the Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation.
  • Windows 8 Pro, if installed using an MSDN or TechNet ISO, and activated using Multiple Activation Keys. You might be able to download a Windows 8.1 ISO from MSDN or TechNet.
  • Windows 8.1 Preview or Windows RT 8.1 Preview. You might still be able to update from the Store. For more info, see Update from Windows 8.1 Preview to Windows 8.1.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/why-can-t-find-update-store#

If you have a Windows 8 Enterprise and you cannot find the Windows 8.1 update in the store, download the step by step guide form the below link. To achieve this you shall require the Windows 8.1 Enterprise DVD which can be downloaded from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center

Windows Update Step by Step Guide http://1drv.ms/1r86qvq

Safely remove hardware/USB from your computer

If you unplug a storage device or removable drive from your computer while it’s transferring or saving information, you might risk losing some information. In Windows you can do the following to safely remove such devices.

  • Click on the upward arrow on the taskbar by the clock and your will see the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon

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  • Right click on it and select eject external drive

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Another way to do this is to create a shortcut on your desktop to remove the drive. So that whenever you want remove a drive, double click on the icon, select the drive and click ok.

  • Right Click on desktop select New and click on Shortcutimage
  • Type in the below in the location of the item field and click next

C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll

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  • Provide a name for the shortcut and click finish

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  • Double click on the shortcut you created located on the desktop, select the drive and click stop

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