Author: pauljrowland

Logon Screen 0

Logon Screen

If you don’t like the default gray Windows Server 2008 R2 logon screen, it is also possible to use the colorful Windows 7 one. 1. Download logonscreen.7z (11,7MB) via Mirrorcreator or logonscreen.zip (29,9MB) via...

Windows 7 Boot Screen 1

Windows 7 Boot Screen

Instead of the default Windows Server 2008 R2 boot screen you can also use the one of Windows 7. This is done by just extracting the bootres.dll and bootres.dll.mui from the Windows 7 x64...

Thumbnails in Windows Explorer 0

Thumbnails in Windows Explorer

Previews of media files are disabled by default in Windows Server 2008 R2. In this article we will enable it so we get these thumbnails back again! To do this open Windows Explorer and...

Aero Cursors 0

Aero Cursors

By default Windows Server 2008 has the plain white mouse pointer. In this tutorial we will install the Aero cursors of Windows 7. 1. Download aero_cursors.zip (398KB) from Here 2. After downloading the zip extract...

Sidebar 1

Sidebar

The Windows Sidebar (called Windows Desktop Gadgets in Windows 7) can be a useful feature on your desktop. By default the Sidebar isn’t included in Windows Server 2008 R2, but using the following files...

Themes 0

Themes

Like Microsoft Windows 7 its also possible to use the Aero theme including 3d flip or at least the Windows 7 Basic theme without transparency nor 3d flip. Note that following this tutorial and...

Disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security 0

Disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security

Start the Server Manager by clicking the Server Manager icon in the systray, or the Server Manager via the Administrative Tools menu in the Start menu. Now scroll down to Security Information within Server...

Performance for Applications 0

Performance for Applications

Use Registry Tweak to do this To fully convert the Windows Server 2008 into a workstation we have to configure that Applications get a higher priority than Background Processes. 1. To change the best...

Windows Startup Sound 0

Windows Startup Sound

1. Click Run in the Start menu, enter gpedit.msc and click OK. The Local Group Policy Editor window will open. Expand Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Logon....

Enable Sound 0

Enable Sound

1. Click Run in the menu Start, then type services.msc and click OK. Now the Services management console will open. 2. In the Services window scroll to the service Windows Audio and open it....