How to offer remote assistance with Windows 7 on your network

1) Go to your start menu and type “assistance” in the search box (see below).
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2) Windows will find the Windows Remote Assistance program.
Select that program.
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3) You will now have 2 choices, ask for assistance or offer assistance.
Choose the second choice “Help someone who has invited you” (Doesn’t matter that no one has invited you.)
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4) On this screen click the link, “Advanced connection option for help desk”.
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5) Now you can type in a computer name or ip address (and it will keep a history of what you previously entered).
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6) Click Next and it will start a remote assistance session.

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Where can I find Active Directory Tools

In order to get the option to manage users, computers, etc in AD you need to have the AD tools installed.
This is a 2 step process.

The first step is you need to install the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with SP 1.

The second step is to enable the AD tools in control.
From the control panel, click Programs and Features.
Select Turn Windows Features on or off (on the left side)
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Under Remote Server Administration Tools –> Role Administration Tools, select AD DS and AD LDS Tools.
Select the Active Directory Administrative Center.
Click Ok.
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Now under the Start menu –> Administrative Tools you will find your AD tools
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Command line to lock Windows 7 PC

For security reasons, I would like my PC to lock after I walk away from it.
I have a problem where on of Windows 7 PC’s doesn’t start the screensaver (which I have set to require me to log back in).

Yeah I can hit windows+L to lock my PC, but I forget sometimes (like when I go home for the weekend).

So I setup a schedule task to run the following command:

%windir%\System32\rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation

The task runs every day after 5:30 PM, so my PC will always end up locked.

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Windows 7 GodMode (or 32bit Vista)

Windows 7 (or 32bit Vista) have a God Mode, which gives you all the settings of control panel in one folder (without having to browse around in control panel).

WARNING: THIS DOES NOT WORK ON 64bit Vista OR 64bit WINDOWS SERVER 2008.  DO NOT FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS IF YOU ARE RUNNING 64bit Vista OR 64bit WINDOWS SERVER 2008.  IF YOU DO EXPLORER.EXE WILL REBOOT OVER AND OVER.
Here are the instructions for removing GodMode, https://chrisbarba.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/how-to-remove-godmode-from-vista-64bit/

GodMode

Here are the instructions for adding a GodMode folder.
Right click on the desktop and add a new folder.
Name it the following GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

After that you will have this folder on your desktop.

Run Windows Server 2008 as a workstation

So if your tired of running Vista, you can run Windows 2008 as your workstation.  Windows 2008 runs much smoother than Vista.  I have run Windows 2008 as my main OS and I have enjoyed (until I tried Windows 7).  Here is link to using Windows 2008 Server as a workstation, http://www.win2008workstation.com/wordpress/.

I found this info in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue of Code magazine.