App-V: Hiding the Q: Drive

In some business environments the end users are particularly touchy about anything on the desktop changing, and when something does it results in helpdesk calls.  One of the changes that users often notice when you install the App-V client is the appearance of the Q: drive.  This is a virtual drive that is used to mount application packages.  They can see the drive but get an access denied when they try to browse to it.  So I sometimes get the question – can we hide it?

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Prompting for Elevation on the Secure Desktop

One of the most annoying aspects of UAC is the screen dimming when you get prompted for elevation. The elevation prompt is being displayed on the special “Secure Desktop” where only trusted System-level processes are allowed to run.  This is done so malware can’t spoof the prompt. Continue reading

Thumbnails on Windows Server

I use Windows Server 2008 R2 as my primary workstation, mostly so I can run Hyper-V.  (At least until I get the time to upgrade to Windows 8.)  One issue in particular that’s been irritating me is the lack of thumbnail previews on my pictures.  It just works on my laptop.  I finally decided to fix it and it turns out the solution is very simple.  Continue reading