LogMeIn Causes Display Driver Error in Windows Media Center – Notes and Links

If you have dual monitors / one not hdcp – start WMC on the non HDCP monitor and drag it over to the main monitor.

Display Driver Error in Windows Media Center only on LiveTV. Minimizing/Maximizing fixes it.

LogMeIn Causes Error in Windows Media Center

I am posting my reply to this article because his blog is even less active than mine.  I figure I should capture my comments in case his blog disappears.   I may want to expand on this and at least one other issue I have come across with LogMeIn interacting with Windows Media Center on Windows 7 64bit.

There may be a few combinations of the right hardware/software that can create this particular issue.

I have:
1 – A (brand new) HDHomeRun Prime
2 – An AMD APU with a AMD Radeon HD 6530D graphics chip
3 – LogMeIn

In addition:
a – I am connected to an old Olevia 37 inch HDTV via HDMI, and
b – Have a secondary monitor connected to the D-sub (VGA) port

I have two different errors, and was looking for any ideas to help sort this out.  Like you I would receive the ‘Display Driver Error’.  I would also get a ‘HDCP Support Required’ error.  Despite these 2 errors, at one point, I had all channels working on both monitors for one evening. The next day, I was back fighting with this issue. This is my 3rd day now, and I came across your article.  It appears it may have solved the ‘Video Display Error.

I decided to first simply disable the ‘LogMein Mirror Driver’, and that looks to have fixed my ‘Display Driver Error’.  I will have to fool around some more to see if I can get rid of the second error.

It gets more complicated with the 2 monitors.  Live TV working on the VGA Port.  I can then move the WMC window to the other monitor, and it will work.  But High Def channels have not worked since the first evening.

Very complex and very odd.

Anyway, thanks for figuring out this piece of the puzzle.


Switching Between a Static IP address and DHCP – Windows 7

If you frequently travel with a laptop, you are often going to need or require access to a network. Connecting to a network provides access to the internet, from which you can check email, access government websites or commercial services, or services provided by an employer, friends or family.

Unlike a home or work connection, where the PC is typically always on and the PC doesn’t move, a laptop moving from hotel to coffee shop to temporary work area may have to be configured specifically for a specific location.

If you get to a location where you are unable to connect to the network, here are some things to check for:

– Check to make sure the network isn’t down – It is always possible that the site you are at is having technical problems. Check to see if others are connecting without a problem, or simply check with your host such as the hotel front desk.

– Check your wireless
If you are using a wireless connection, is the wireless radio on your laptop turned on – If using wireless, most manufacturers provide a switch or button that allows you to disable the radio on your laptop when not being used. look at the top row above the keyboard, or along the sides or front of the laptop.  Turning the radio off and on could also be a shared function on the keyboard, or even a software setting within software on the laptop.

Make sure you have configured your wireless connection properly for the location providing the wireless connection.  Your provider should be able to identify what type of encryption, the password, etc.

– Check your cable
If you are using a wired connection, the cable may look ok, and still have a broken wire inside or other problem. Try to switch cables or borrow a cable to see if this resolves your problem.

– Check to see if your laptop should use DHCP or a static IP address – While DHCP is far more common, check with the provider of the network service.  If your laptop is configured incorrectly, this will frequently prevent your laptop from making a network connection.


More About DHCP and Static IP Addresses
For computers to communicate on a network, they require whats called an IP address.  IP addresses can vary from location to location, and are different throughout the world.

When traveling, places that offer network access provide the IP address. The address can either be provided manually (known as a fixed or static IP), or more commonly with a feature called DHCP. With DHCP, your laptop simply makes a request to the network and asks to borrow an IP address.  The device that issues out the IP address responds by providing your laptop with an address.

Typically, most networks and most PCs are configured to use DHCP. However, if you have been traveling, or received the laptop from someone who had been traveling, it is possible the laptop has been configured with a Static IP address.  If a laptop is configured to use a static IP address, the odds of it being properly configured for any given location is fairly low, and further, the DHCP feature is disabled as a result of the laptop having a static IP address.

Check with the network provider and determine if you should be using DHCP or a static IP.  If you require a static IP, they will need to provide you that information.

If you are not an administrator on your laptop, you will probably not be able to change these network connection settings. However, one thing to know is that your wired and wireless connections are configured independently, one may be configured for DHCP, and the other could be configured with a static IP address.  If you have the option, you may want to try both connections.


Changing From a Static IP Address to DHCP
Locate the Network icon in the lower right corner of the screen

Click on the Network icon, a window should open.
Select Open Network and Sharing Center

From the Network and Sharing Center, select Change adapter settings

Right click on the connection you want to change, and select Properties

If you are not logged in as an administrator, you will need to provide an administrator username and password to continue

A Connection Properties window will open.
Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4, and select Properties

To use DHCP, select Obtain an IP address automatically,
Select OK

If you need to setup your connection to use a Static IP address,
Select Use the following IP Address
insert the information provided by the network host as shown here
Select OK when completed

Select OK to close the Network Connection Properties window

Manually Connect to a Hidden Wireless Network Using Windows 7

When connecting to a wireless network, most wireless networks identify themselves by broadcasting their SSID.  In Windows 7, if your wireless adapter is turned on, your computer will provide you with a list of the networks it has detected.  While not common, you may need to occasionally connect to a wireless network that does not broadcast its SSID, thereby masking its presence.  This quick tutorial provides instructions on how to create a manual connection to a wireless network that is not broadcasting its SSID.

From the Windows Start Button;
Select Control Panel, then open the Network and Sharing Center

From the Network and Sharing Center;
Select Manage wireless networks

From Manage wireless networks;
Select Add

Select Manually create a network profile

Enter information for the wireless network you want to add;
Network Name (SSID): PublicW7
Security type: WPA2-Personal
Encryption type: AES
Security Key (Shared Secret):  * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Connect even if the network is not broadcasting  should be checked
Select Next

A window should appear indicating the PublicW7 network was successfully added.
Select Close

PublicW7 should now be listed as an available wireless network

Click on the Network status icon, a list of the detected and manually created wireless networks should be listed.
If you do not see any networks, make sure your wireless adapter is powered on.
Select PublicW7

Select Connect

How to Connect to Hidden Wireless Networks

How to Connect to Wireless Networks

Troubleshoot problems finding wireless networks

Delete and Disable Offline Files – Windows 7 Sync Center

To discontinue a Sync Partnership in Sync Center:

Open the Sync Center
All Programs / Control Panel / Sync Center

Select Manage offline files

From the General Tab, click on View your offline files.

An explorer window opens
Double-click on Computers

You should see the computer you are syncing files with.
Right-click on the computer icon and choose Delete offline copy

The local copy of your files are deleted
The network copy of your files should not be affected.

After the offline copy of your files are deleted you should be back at the Offline Files> Computers’ window.
Close Window
From the Offline Files Window, Click on Disable offline files

Immedietaly restart the computer to ensure the Offline Folders are gone and disabled
Select OK

Windows 7
Understanding offline files

Configuring New Offline Files Features for Windows 7 Computers Step-by-Step Guide

File Sharing and Offline Files Enhancements

Windows Vista
Understanding offline files

Changes to Offline Files in Windows Vista

What’s New in Offline Files for Windows Vista

Working with network files when you are offline

Delete Temporary Files Used By Offline Files

Windows XP
How to use offline files in Windows XP

Use Offline Files When You’re off the Network

How To Configure Offline Files to Synchronize When a Particular Network Connection Becomes Active


Additional Resources
Windows 7 Offline Files

Use Windows Vista’s Offline Files to Access Documents Offline

How to relocate the Offline Files folder in Windows 2000/XP ?

Disable Offline Files

Setting up your Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010 client to work with Gmail (IMAP)

If you have a need or preference to receive your Google mail (Gmail) within your Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010 client, you can do so by performing the steps on this page.

The first step is to sign into your Gmail account and enable the IMAP option from your Web Browser.
Once you are logged into your Gmail account, click the gear icon in the upper-right of the page and select Mail settings from the drop-down list.
Once on the Settings page, click on Forwarding and POP/IMAP.
Under IMAP Access Select Enable IMAP.
Scroll to the bottom of the Mail Settings page and click on Save Changes.

The next step is done from the Windows Control Panel
From Windows, open the Control Panel, and select Mail (32 bit)
Select Show Profiles…

Select Add…
A New Profile window will open.
Give the Profile a Name, such as Gmail, then click OK

Select Manually configure settings or additional server types, then click Next>

Select Internet Email, then click Next>

Under User Information, enter your display name and your Gmail E-mail Address.
Google Apps users should enter your full email address using your registered email domain, e.g. ‘JohnSmith@YourDomain.com.’

Under Server Information enter the information as shown here:
Account Type: select IMAP
Incoming mail server:  imap.gmail.com
Outgoing mail server:  smtp.gmail.com

Under Logon Information:
Your User Name is your Gmail Email address
Enter the Password you use to logon to your Gmail account

Click on More Settings…

Select the Advanced tab. Enter the information as shown here:
Incoming server (IMAP):  993
Use the following type of encrypted connection: Select SSL.
 Outgoing server (SMTP): 587
Use the following type of encrypted connection: Select TLS.

The above ports are the default ports recommended by the Gmail website.  If you have problems sending or receiving email using one or both of these ports, you should go to your ISP’s website or contact them for information on recommended ports for email.

You can also try the Outlook default SMTP port.
Under the Advanced tab:
Outgoing server (SMTP): 25
Use the following type of encrypted connection: Select TLS.

Select the Outgoing Server tab.
Check My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication
Select the radio button Use same settings as my incoming mail server.
Click OK

If you have other mail profiles listed as shown here, select Prompt for a profile to be used.
Click OK

Your Outlook should now have a profile that is configured for use with Gmail

Outlook 2007
Gmail instructions to configure for IMAP

Outlook 2007
Gmail instructions to configure for POP

Use Gmail IMAP in Microsoft Outlook 2007
How-To Geek instructions to configure for IMAP

Add Your Gmail Account to Outlook 2007
How-To Geek instructions to configure for POP

Adding Drivers into a Windows Server 2008 Windows Deployment Services Boot Image – Links and Notes

The functionality as described here is only available when installing images of the following operating systems:
Windows Vista with SP1 / Windows 7
Windows Server 2008 / Windows Server 2008 R2

If you use or have used Windows Deployment Services (WDS) to deploy Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 images, one of the more common problems you may encounter is having the deployment process fail as a result of a missing compatible network driver in the boot image (boot.wim) used by the deployment server.  The network driver provides the neccesary level of communication needed between the deployment server and the system receiving a Windows image to allow for a successful deployment.

The process begins at the system receiving an image by the invocation of a Network Boot (usually a PXE boot).  The system will request an IP address via DHCP.  Once the system has an IP address, an administrator will have an option to proceed with a network service boot and begin the deployment process using WDS.  The boot image (boot.wim) is provided by WDS during this phase of the deployment.  The boot.wim needs to contain a compatible network driver for the network adapter on the system receiving the image.  Once the Boot.wim has a compatible network device driver available, the image deployment process can proceed.

With previous versions of WDS, the process to inject a new driver was command line driven, and that option is still available. It was an involved enough process that I never got around to working through the steps.  I tended to use what I felt were simple, alternative methods to complete the deployment, such as having a common network card I could quickly drop into a system, or use a compatible USB NIC.

With the version of Windows Deployment Services that comes with Windows Server 2008, Microsoft has included a GUI driven utility within WDS that makes adding new network and graphics drivers to the boot.wim pretty easy.

PeteNetLive.com has created a video that quickly steps you through the process of injecting a driver into the boot.wim.  I link to it below.  To help make the process go a bit more smoothly, I suggest creating a folder on the WDS server to hold any drivers you add. I created a folder called !DriverInjection within the Remote Install folder (RemInst share) on the deployment server. You can than make a subfolder for each driver you intend to add to the boot.wim.  Even if you are only adding one driver now, creating a simple structure to organize these drivers and keep them available will help if you add new drivers in the future, or need to round up the drivers again.

The link to the video that shows how to add drivers to a Windows Deployment Services boot image is currently available at PetNetLive.com and at YouTube.  See the links below


Adding Drivers into a Boot Image on Windows Deployment Services

Managing and Deploying Driver Packages

Managing Driver Packages:

-> Extract and Add Driver Packages:

-> Scenario 1: Deploy Driver Packages Based on the Plug and Play Hardware of the Client:

Error message when you start a PXE client to connect to a WDS server on a Windows Server 2008-based computer:
“WdsClient: An error occurred while starting networking”

Network Service Boot

Determine the Name of Your Windows 7 or Vista Computer

To determine the name of your PC.
Click on the Start Button, this will bring up the Start Menu.
From the Start Menu, right click on Computer, this will bring up a second context sensitive menu.
From the context sensitive menu, select Properties.

This brings up a window that allows you to View basic information about your computer.
In the bottom third of the window, look for Computer name, domain and workgroup settings section.
Computer name is the first entry in this section.

Backup and Restore – Windows 7 – Links and Notes

Video: Backing up and restoring your computer

Back up and restore: frequently asked questions

What backup settings should I use to maximize my disk space?

How To Use Backup and Restore in Windows 7

How To Manage Hard Drive Space Used by Windows 7 Backup and Restore

Learn more about system image backup

Replace Your Hard Drive Using Free Windows 7 Tools

Windows 7: BackUp and Restore

Windows 7 Backup & Restore – What it should have been in Vista!

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 – Links

 Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 (Technet)


Steps to Follow Before you Install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 From the Microsoft Download Center

Learn How to Install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

How to Uninstall Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Service Pack Center

Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) – Links


Windows Recovery Technical Reference

 Windows Recovery Environment (RE): The Solution When A Computer Won’t Boot (Windows 7)

Replace Default Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 Recovery Environment in Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset Version 6.5

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Server 2008


Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers running Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2003, from a remote computer that is running Windows 7.

Some of the tools in this download package include:
DHCP Server Tools
DNS Server Tools
Failover Clustering Tools
Group Policy Management Tools
Hyper-V Tools
Server Manager

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 can be installed ONLY on computers that are running the Enterprise, Professional, or Ultimate editions of Windows 7.

Installing Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7
Excerpted from the RSA Tools Download page

You must be an Administrator on the computer on which you want to install the Administration Tools pack.

Only one copy of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 can be installed on a computer at one time.  Before you install a new package, remove any existing copies of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7. This includes going from the Windows 7 version to the Windows 7 version with SP1 or installing RSAT for a different languages.

1. On a computer that is running Windows 7, download the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 package.

2. Double-click to start the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 Setup Wizard.

3. Complete the steps presented by the installation wizard, and then click Finish to exit the wizard when installation is completed.

Accessing the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7
1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Programs and Features.

2. In the Programs and Features area, click Turn Windows features on or off (See image).

3. Click Continue if you are prompted by User Account Control .

4. In the Windows Features dialog box, expand Remote Server Administration Tools.

5. Select the remote management tools that you want to install (See image).

6. Click OK.

Configure the Start menu to display the Administration Tools shortcut, if it is not already there.
1. Right-click Start, and then click Properties.

2. On the Start Menu tab, click Customize.

3. In the Customize Start Menu dialog box, scroll down to System Administrative Tools, and then select Display on the All Programs menu and the Start menu. Click OK.  Shortcuts for snap-ins installed by Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 are added to the Administrative Tools list on the Start menu.


Description of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 (KB958830)

Download the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Installing Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 7

Group Policy management for IT pros

HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool For Windows Ver 2.2.3

This article discusses the prerequisite steps involved in preparing a USB flash drive for use as a bootable device.  Before you can make a USB flash drive bootable, changes have to be made to the flash drive that will allow it to be recognized as a bootable device by a PC. 

Important Note:  While most newer PC’s support booting from a flash drive, not all PC’s support this feature, and the tool discussed here will not work on all USB flash drives.

There are a some good reasons to create a bootable flash drive, popular reasons to create a bootable flash drive include:

  • Using it to copy the installation files of an operating system, such as Windows 7, which can then be used to install the operating system to a PC. 
  • Preparing it to allow for the creation of a ‘Rescue Disk’, such as the Avira Antivir Rescue System.
  • Using it to host a portable operating system, aka a Live USB.

Here are some general considerations when planning for the creation of a bootable USB flash drive:

  • A partition may need to be created on the USB flash drive
  • The “bootable” flag must be set on the primary partition on the USB flash drive
  • A MBR must be written to the primary partition of the USB flash drive
  • The partition must be formatted
  • A bootloader must be installed to the partition 
  • The PC has to support booting from a USB flash drive. This option may not be enabled by default in the BIOS
  • The HP USB disk storage format tool does not work on all thumb drives.  If you have the need to prepare a USB flash drive, this is probably the easiest method available, and you should try this tool. 

Downloading HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool For Windows Ver 2.2.3
:  HP does’nt seem to make the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool readily available for download from their websites.  You can find it at online at numerous sites, but you will need to determine if the site you download it from is a safe site. I downloaded it off of the Corsair forum.

This page takes you to the appropriate thread within the Corsair forum.
Once on the page search for the file link “HPUSBFW_2.2.3_MASTER.zip”

Download.com (at cnet) has the previous version available for download.
HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool 2.1.8 – Download from cnet.com

After downloading, you should expect to have to extract it either from a zip file or if you download it from cnet, a brief install will extract it for you.

Preparing a USB Flash Drive with the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool For Windows Ver 2.2.3
Insert the USB flash drive.  Make note of the drive letter assigned to it by your Windows System.  The USB flash drive needs to have a drive letter assigned for the Disk Storage Format Tool to see it. 

From within Windows Explorer, browse to the downloaded HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool (probably HPUSBFW_2.2.3_MASTER.exe).  Right click on the file and select Run as administrator.  The Disk Storage Format Tool should open.

Under Device, you should see your USB flash drive.  Select your File system, and name the device under Volume label if you desire.  Make sure Quick format is checked, then press the Start button.

You will be warned that all information on the device will be lost.  Press Yes to continue

You should see a notice that the format completed successfully (see the arrow).  Press OK to finish.

You should now be able to use the USB Flash drive to add system files and make a bootable drive, create an Avira Antivir Rescue System flash drive, or use it to host a portable operating system and create a Live USB flash drive.

Guide – How to Make a Bootable USB Drive
This link will take you to the appropriate thread within the Corsair forum to download the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool.  The thread also covers how to use the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool, and goes further than this article and discusses how to make a bootable flash drive using Windows 7 system files.

Once on the page search for the file link “HPUSBFW_2.2.3_MASTER.zip”

Download.com (at cnet) has the previous version available for download.
HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool 2.1.8 – Download from cnet.com

Live USB – Wikipedia

How can I create a bootable USB flash device running Windows Preinstallation Environment (PE) 2.0?

Kevin’s Blog
This article explains a manual method for preparing a flash drive to be a bootable device using the Microsoft tools DiskPart and Bootsect.  This method is an option if the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool does not work on your flash drive.