I run Windows Server 2008 Enterprise on my laptop. It’s stable, fast, secure, and offers great features like Hyper-V. It also wasn’t meant for laptops so you need tricks from places like http://www.win2008workstation.com/wordpress/
A common keyboard stroke is Ctrl+Break in CMD or perhaps Ctrl+Alt+Break in a Hyper-V guest window to view full screen. This keyboard has nothing labeled “Break” anywhere. What!? Come to find out, the F12 key does double duty. If you want to hit Break and simply hit F12 on a tiny Dell keyboard like the XPS 1340 you’ll be pleased to learn everything works like normal. Just took some guess work first.
Notepad 2 – Create Web pages and text documents with this color-coded no frills editor.
To make it really helpful you’ll want to replace “C:WindowsSystem32Notepad.exe” but Windows NTFS security doesn’t make that too easy. Here are the steps to take ownership and replace the EXE. Be sure to include the last step for the INI configuration file too.
Download Notepad 2!
Browse to “C:WindowsSystem32”
Right click on “Notepad.exe” and open Properties, then Security tab
Click the “Advanced” button, then Owner tab
Click “Edit” button to take ownership of this file
Locate “Administrators” local group (or the effective line for the logged in user)
Grant Full Control
Rename “Notepad.exe” to “Notepad1.exe” to keep a backup nearby
Copy “Notepad2.exe” to “C:WindowsSystem32Notepad.exe”
Copy “Notepad2.ini” to “C:WindowsSystem32Notepad2.ini”
(NOTE: renamed to preserve file associations and Edit context menu shortcuts)
The Microsoft System Configuration Utility (MSCONFIG.EXE) is very easy to access and incredibly handy. The biggest benefit comes from removing excess startup items. Often times our machines boot all sorts of programs we’re not aware of leading to sluggish start ups and lower performance overall.
As the Windows O/S adds more and more features the MSCONFIG.EXE tools is updated to make them easier to access. Especially for admins and developers that work on many systems. Disabling UAC (User Account Control) for example is directly available from MSCONFIG.EXE and faster than clicking all over Control Panel. I find myself using many of the same old tools to troubleshoot and not giving enough attention to newer options like Security Center, System Restore, and Remote Assistance.
Give it a whirl. You might find yourself doing “Start Run MSCONFIG” more than all the others one at a time.