Category Archives: Windows

How To: Setup time synchronization with Windows 7 upwards with domain server

Open a command prompt or set this up in a batch file to run when users log in the system and have the following set.

w32tm /config /syncfromflags:domhier /update
net stop w32time
net start w32time

This will synchronize the time of the machine to point to the domain controller which is configured on the machine. If the machine is joined to domain X it will inherit the time setup from domain X, irrelevant if there are multiple domain controllers in domain X. This is the new format which has taken place of the NET TIME which was used by Windows XP downwards.


Fix: Getting rid of ‘You have been logged on with a temporary profile’ on Windows

For Windows Vista and 7. This might have happen to most of us. When you log in your profile, you get a popup on the bottom right that says ‘You have been logged on with a temporary profile. You cannot access your files and files created in this profile will be deleted when you log off. This sometimes happens when the username has either been changed or the folder of the profile has been deleted. So Windows will continue to look for it and leave you with a temporary profile. To fix this you need to make the following to restore the folder.

:: Log on the machine as an Administrator
:: Click on Start and type regedit
:: Find the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
:: There are a lot of folders in the key. Find the ones with the .BAK at the end
:: Delete the profiles in question with the .BAK extention (Make sure you take a backup of the registry first)
:: Close Regedit
:: Restart PC

After you log into the computer, the profile folder you are having problems with is re-created.


Fix: How to remove hidden or phantom interfaces from Windows

Sometime you will note that some network interfaces would either not work or just give errors. This usually occurs when using images on HyperV but just in case you need to remove hidden or phantom devices like ‘network adapter #5’, here’s how.

:: Open command prompt
:: Type CMD
:: Type set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1
:: From the same window (Do not close the window in this process), type devmgmt.msc

This will load the Device Manager. Now, click on ‘View’ and select ‘Show hidden devices’.

Now you can simply either delete the hidden/phantom interfaces or uninstall the device.