Posts Tagged ‘Windows 7’

Windows 7: Change network gateway

March 19th, 2010 No comments

Recently started using Windows 7 64bit at work and I wanted to change my network gateway to use a different broadband line. I did the usual thing, went into the properties of my Local Area Connection, Properties of TCP /IPv4, Advanced, Default Gateways, Add. Added the IP address, perfect, has always worked before. Until now. 7 would just not accept it. Tried repairing the connection, restarting the PC. Nothing worked. I was starting to get frustrated!

There is quite a simple solution though. Just set your network card to use a static IP address and gateway and it works fine.



Windows 7 Upgrade Error

October 26th, 2009 No comments

Trying to install Windows 7? Are you getting the following error message?

Windows could not prepare the computer to boot into the next phase of installation. To install Windows, restart the installation.

When I had this problem it was because Windows 7 creates a 100MB system partition on install. Why it does it I have no idea, but it does. If you don’t have any free space it can’t create the partition and the install fails. The easy way round it is, during the Windows 7 setup, delete the partition and create a new one. This will automatically create the system partition and it will install just fine.

I haven’t yet found out if this error can be solved without deleting the partition (you obviously wouldn’t want to do this if you’re upgrading). One thing you could try is shrinking your main partition in Vista by 100MB or so and then running the setup from boot. If anyone has success with this method please let me know.

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Windows 7: Telnet

October 1st, 2009 No comments

Tried to run Telnet in Windows 7? Well you can’t. Not by default anyway.

I just tried it and found it’s been disabled by default in Windows 7. You can add it yourself though. Open Control Panel> Programs and Features> Turn Windows features on or off> Check Telnet Client.


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NetMeeting Ports

September 23rd, 2009 No comments

NetMeeting is a brilliant piece of software. We use it at work all the time, for connecting to computers across the world or showing users in other countries how to do stuff. Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t think so, because I just tried to run it in Windows 7 only to find it isn’t included. Apparently it wasn’t included in Vista either, but was available for download after people complained. Hopefully the same will happen with 7.

Anyway, I’m posting because if like us, and pretty much everybody else, you have a firewall, you’ll need to open the following ports to accept incoming connections:

TCP: 389, 522, 1503, 1720 and 1731.
UDP: 1024-65535.

If you don’t believe me, it says so here: