Installing Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Vista and Windows 7

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Here’s how you can deploy Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista remotely:

  1. Download .msu file from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9FF6E897-23CE-4A36-B7FC-D52065DE9960&displaylang=en
  2. Install this by running wusa “blah.msu” /quiet /norestart
  3. Run ocsetup.exe WindowsAdministrationTools to activate windows features
  4. Set these registry keys to activate start menu folder (can be done manually through properties)

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
“Start_AdminToolsRoot”=dword:00000002
“StartMenuAdminTools”=dword:00000001

 

For Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7:

  1. Download .msu file from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7d2f6ad7-656b-4313-a005-4e344e43997d&displaylang=en
  2. Install this by running wusa “blah.msu” /quiet /norestart
  3. Run dism /online /Get-Features to give a list of all the features
  4. Run dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:RemoteServerAdministrationTools
  5. Then run dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:RemoteServerAdministrationTools-ServerManager etc. to install the desired features
  6. Set reg keys to activate start menu folder (can be done manually through properties)

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
“Start_AdminToolsRoot”=dword:00000002
“StartMenuAdminTools”=dword:00000001

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Uncovered GodMode Window 7

source: http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-378247.html?tag=nl.e539

Although its name suggests perhaps even grander capabilities, Windows enthusiasts are excited over the discovery of a hidden “GodMode” feature that lets users access all of the operating system’s control panels from within a single folder.

To enter “GodMode,” one need only create a new folder and then rename the folder to the following:

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Users are able to have a single place to do everything from changing the look of the mouse pointer to making a new hard-drive partition.

The trick is also said to work in Windows Vista, although some are warning that although it works fine in 32-bit versions of Vista, it can cause 64-bit versions of that operating system to crash.

For more, read “Understanding Windows 7’s ‘GodMode’” from CNET News.