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Windows FAQ

Here are some commonly-asked questions — and answers — about using Windows in the SCS environment. To submit your own question or to request one for this list, please send email to the SCS HelpDesk, <help+@cs.cmu.edu>.

Contents

Here's how to:
  1. Update your antivirus definitions for Symantec Endpoint Protection?
  2. Make Internet Explorer's status bar appear by default when you open a new window?
  3. Request installation or upgrade of a PC operating system
  4. Obtain baseline packages and other Windows software
  5. Map local drives to network resources
  6. Keep your PC secure:
  7. Request and install an SSL certificate for IIS
  8. Use PuTTY for connecting to a Linux host
  9. Run Windows on a Linux host (or Linux on a Windows host)

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How to make Internet Explorer's status bar appear by default when you open a new window
    If the status bar doesn't appear on new IE windows, even if you have "Status Bar" selected under the "View" menu, try the following procedure (Source: http://blog.kevindonahue.com/):
    1. With (only one) IE open, click "View," select "Status Bar"
    2. Right-click on IE's Toolbar and select "Lock the Toolbar"
    3. Hold down the Ctrl key and click the "close" button ("X" at window top right)
    4. Open Windows Explorer (e.g. by holding down the "Windows" key and then the "e" key)
    5. Click "View," select "Status Bar"
    6. Right-click on Explorer's Toolbar and select "Lock the Toolbar"
    7. Go to "Tools" > "Folder Options" > "View"
    8. Click the "Apply to all folders" button
    9. Hold down the Ctrl key and click the "close" button
    10. Open IE to any page, right-click on a link, and select "Open in New Window"
    11. (Optional) Verify that the following Registry entries exist:
              HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
              "Show_StatusBar"="yes"
              "Show_URLinStatusBar"="yes" 
              
  1. How to run Windows on a Linux host (or Linux on a Windows host)
    See the HelpWeb page on VMware, virtual-machine software that enables you to run Windows on a Linux host (or Linux on a Windows host)