Archive for January, 2010

Backup Personal Certificate Store

Platform: Windows XP

Personal Certificate Store is stored in user profile instead of registry.

Location:

%userprofile%\Application Data\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\My\Certificates

personal_cert

Reference:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc787544(WS.10).aspx

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Certutil.exe – Check Personal Certificate Store

Certutil.exe can be found in Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2003 Administration Pack.

Following command and parameters can let you to query certificates stored in Personal Certificate Store.

That is very useful if you want to verify if user certificate deployed to user computer or not.

certutil -store -user My

certutil

Other Certificate Store reference information:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc787544(WS.10).aspx

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Reviews: Windows 7 Utlimate

Before installing Windows 7, a lot of friends commented that. It is faster that Windows Vista and it has a lot of improvement that Windows Vista.

When my first touch to Windows 7, my feeling is “It is a Vista”.

After navigating it, it is a Vista. Not much different !!

For my Vista box, I have done a large amount of performance tuning to it. It includes Network and system tuning.

So, I cannot feel a big improvement when I use Windows 7.

I do not have an exciting feeling to Windows 7 as when I used Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

In Windows 2000 and Windows XP, it showed a lot of improvement for me. E.g. Kerbose, Windows Firewall, Remote Desktop.

In Windows 7, it seems facing bottleneck.

Overall comments:
1. If I can have choice, I will stay with WinXP
2. Win7 is an improved Window Vista. I don’t think it is a new version.

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Reviews: Windows 7 – Virtual PC and WinXP Mode Comments

Just have time to re-install my Vista box to Windows 7.

My initial planning is using Windows 7 Virtual PC for my PoC Lab testing.

After I have installed Win7 and configured the Virtual PC. I found that it is only support Win32 Virtual Machine.

I am very disappeared to it.

And the so-called killer feature “WinXP Mode”. My comment is “that is a marketing word”.

It is a monster for pushing customer moving to Win7.

The cost is very high to maintain 2 OSs for every users.

Overall comments:
1. The interface of Virtual PC for Windows 7 is not good
2. It does not support 64bit platform OS.
3. Monster “WinXP mode” sound attractive. But actually, it is quite difficult to maintain it.

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