How to enable .NET Framework 3.0 and 2.0 manually in Windows 8.1 RTM

Windows 8.1 comes with latest version of .NET Framework i.e. 4.5 but, the Windows 8.1 doesn’t come with enabled .NET Framework version 3.0 and 2.0. Some of the desktop utilities still use old 3.0 or 2.0 versions of .NET Framework which can’t work until it is enabled.

Although, whenever the .NET Framework is needed, Windows will ask you to install it from Windows Updates but, it requires internet to be downloaded. Windows 8.1 also asks you to install this feature from Windows Updates but, it fails to download since, the servers are not up yet.

But, the good news is that you can still add .NET Framework 3.0 and 2.0 easily with simple commands without using internet.

Before proceeding to the instructions to enable .NET Framework, you need to fulfill a requirement which has been mentioned below.

  • You will need a Windows 8.1 ISO file which you used to install or upgrade Windows 8.1. This ISO file will work as the source of .NET Framework and Windows will install it from that ISO.

Follow the instructions below to enable .NET Framework 3.0 or 2.0 in your Windows 8.1 RTM.


What is OEM Software?

Answer: OEM stands for “original equipment manufacturer” and OEM software is a phrase that refers to software that is sold to computer builders and hardware manufacturers (OEMs) in large quantities, for the purpose of bundling with computer hardware. The third-party software that comes with your digital camera, graphics tablet, printer or scanner is an example of OEM software.

In many cases, this bundled software is an older version of a program that is also sold on its own as a stand alone product. Sometimes it is a feature-limited version of the retail software, often dubbed as a “special edition” (SE) or “limited edition” (LE). The purpose is to give users of the new product software to work with out of the box, but also to tempt them to purchase the current or fully-functional version of the software.

Log on with both user name and password

Not every user account is meant to be seen by other people. When password-protection just doesn’t cut it and you want that extra bit of discretion, you should hide your accounts from the log-in screen altogether. Here’s how.

It’s not always the best idea to use the same user account for every task. Variety is the spice of life, and having multiple log-ins can help you keep yourself organized. It’s often beneficial to separate the different areas of your digital activities cleanly, such as financial transactions from private conversations. However, these extra accounts don’t have to be seen by everyone. We’ll show you how you can make them invisible by having Windows ask all users to enter both their user name and password instead of just selecting their user symbol. See also: How to customize the Windows 7 logon screen

There are two main methods to do this: Either by going through the registry or by going through the “Local Security Policies” of Windows. Keep in mind that the latter of which will only work on Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate, however.


What is Alternate Configuration?

Alternate Configuration is useful if you use the same computer on more than one network and at least one of the networks does not have a DHCP server, for example, laptop users can use Alternate Configuration to automatically assign IP addresses on both office and home networks without having to manually reconfigure the TCP/IP settings.

Alternate Configuration provides two methods of automatically assigning an IP address: user configured Alternate Configuration, and APIPA.

User configured Alternate Configuration provides more detailed parameters than APIPA. If you need a specific IP address and subnet mask for a client, or access to a default gateway, a DNS server, or a WINS server, you should use user configured Alternate Configuration supply the required information.

If you’re happy with a reserved IP address in the to range and you don’t need access to a default gateway, a DNS server or a WINS server, then you can use APIPA.

How to Prevent access to CMD , Run and …

Group Policy Editor

Disable RUN:

User Conf / Admin Template / Start Menu and taskbar / remove run from start menu

Disable CMD:

User Conf / Admin Template / System / Prevent access to the command prompt

Disable Registry Editor:

User Conf / Admin Template / System / Prevent access to the Registry Editor

Disable General Tab:

User Conf / Windows Component / Internet Explorer / Internet Control panel / disable the General page

Disable Connection Tab:

User Conf / Windows Component / Internet Explorer / Internet Control panel / disable the Connection page

How to fix slow LAN transfer speed of files in Windows 7

Recently I had to solve a problem of a very slow transfer of files between two computers on a LAN network using Ethernet cable. Both machines had Windows 7 x64 installed and the transfer speed was ridiculously slow at 10-15kb/s. Using Task Manager under Networking tab, Network Utilization was showing only around 0.25% for Local Area Connection.

I looked around the web for solutions and found quite a few suggestions how to tackle this problem. Those that I tried and the one that finally solved my problem are discussed here.

Turning off “Remote Differential Compression”

One of the first suggestions that I came across was to turn off this Windows Feature in Windows 7.

Which is better, a wired or wireless network?

Which is better? That depends on your situation and your priorities.

Wired Home Networking
A wired home network uses Ethernet cable to connect the computers to the network router. Wired home networks are less expensive, faster, and more secure than wireless networks. However, the same Ethernet cable that provides these advantages, is also its biggest disadvantage. All computers on a wired network must be connected by Ethernet cable. Running Ethernet cables between rooms or floors can be a significant challenge.

How To Become MCITP Certified Server Administrator

There are over 5,000 MCITP Server Administrators worldwide. To be more precise, there were exactly 5,079 as of January 9th this year.

Are you ready to be number 5,080? Ready to take your career to the next level? Ready to prove your Server 2008 leadership and problem solving skills?

Great! Now let’s see what you’ll need to become a MCITP certified Server Administrator.

MCITP: Server Administrator

The MCITP Server Administrator certification will help you develop and demonstrate your knowledge and skills in working with Server 2008 and prepare you for several different roles including:

  • Windows Server Administrator
  • Server Systems Administrator
  • Monitoring Operator
  • Network Administrator

GUID Partition Table

GUID Partition Table (GPT) is a standard for the layout of the partition table on a physical hard disk, using globally unique identifiers (GUID). Although it forms a part of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) standard (Unified EFI Forum proposed replacement for the PC BIOS), it is also used on some BIOSsystems because of the limitations of MBR partition tables, which use 32 bits for storing logical block addresses and size information.

As of 2010, most current operating systems support GPT. Some, including OS X and Microsoft Windows, only support booting from GPT partitions on systems with EFI firmware, but FreeBSD and most Linux distributions can boot from GPT partitions on systems with either legacy BIOS firmware interface or EFI.

The widespread MBR partitioning scheme, dating from the early 1980s, imposed limitations which affect the use of modern hardware. One of the main limitations is the usage of 32 bits for storing logical block addresses and size information.

For hard disks with 512-byte sectors, the MBR partition table entries allow up to a maximum of 2 TiB(232×512 Bytes).[1] GPT allocates 64 bits for logical block addresses and therefore allows a maximum partition size of 264−1 sectors. For disks with 512-byte sectors, that would be 9.4 ZB (9.4 × 1021 bytes) or 8 ZiB−512 bytes (9,444,732,965,739,290,426,880 bytes or 18,446,744,073,709,551,615 (264−1) sectors × 512 (29) bytes per sector).[1][2]

Intel therefore developed a new partition-table format in the late 1990s as part of what eventually becameUEFI. The GPT as of 2010 forms a subset of the UEFI specification.[3]

Windows 7 tips | Show the Windows Desktop with a new shortcut

If you’re anything like us, once you’ve installed a new operating system or bought a new PC, you start out organizing files and documents with the best of intentions. But before long your Windows Desktop becomes your de facto filing cabinet, peppered with shortcuts, frequently used spreadsheets, random photos, and abandoned detritus. The easy way to access that debris field to find something—the Windows key + D combination, which minimizes all Windows for a clear view of the desktop—is a helper that most of us know.