Manage Windows 7 Group Policies on Windows 2003 server

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1) Logon to a Windows 7 machine
2) Download and install the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 from here
3) When installed, access Control Panel
4) Click Programs and features
5) Click ‘Turn Windows Features on or off’ located at the top left corner
6) Expand ‘Remote Server Administration Tools
7) Expand ‘Feature Administration Tool’
8.) Select ‘Group Policy Management Tools’ and click OK
9) Once installed, you can access Group Policy Management tools from your start menu and add new Windows 7 policies to your Windows 2003 server.

Windows 7 hangs at welcome and then black screens

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When you login to a Windows 7 machine on a domain, the logon process hangs at the welcome screen for 30 seconds and then black screens. You can still move around your cursor but can not see the desktop. After a few minutes the desktop may load.

I experienced a similar issue, tried all the usual known issues/fixes such as adding a desktop background instead of using a solid colour etc etc.

At the end I found the issue was related to a policy called ‘Run Logon Scripts Synchronously’

I disabled the policy and monitored the network for a few weeks. Found that it did not cause any issues with drives mapping via script.

But disabling the policy ‘Run Logon Scripts Synchronously’ resolved the logon issue.

The policy can be located at:

1) User config
2) Expand Administrative Tools
3) Expand
4) System
5) Click the Scripts
6) Right click the policy ‘Run Logon Scripts Synchronously’ on the right hand side, click enable and OK.

Windows 7 update error 80246007

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When attempting to install Service pack or an update to your Windows 7 machine you receive error 80246007.

The below may help:


This tool is being offered because an inconsistency was found in the Windows servicing store which may prevent the successful installation of future updates, service packs, and software.

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Windows 64 bit –