Posts Tagged ‘Windows 8’

White Icons on Windows 8 for Shortcuts with Icons located on the Network

August 16th, 2013

In my case, I push shortcuts via group policy to computers.  When choosing a network path for the icon, in Windows 8 the icon shows as a white box instead of the icon pointed to on the network.  Some discover found the following two possible solutions:

Through Group Policy if your domain has been upgraded or locally to the machine through gpedit.msc:

Computer configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/File Explorer/Allow the use of remote paths in file shortcut icons.

Alternately if you like hacking the registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

Created DWORD (32-bit) Vaule: EnableShellShortcutIconRemotePath
Value: 1 (Decimal)

Note: You  might have to create the Explorer key. (It was missing on both of the computers I tested this on)

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Cisco VPN Client on Windows 8 – failed to enable the virtual adapter

January 29th, 2013

On Windows 8 when trying to connect via  the Cisco VPN client you get an error:  “failed to enable the virtual adapter”
·    Open Registry editor
·    Browse to the Registry Key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\CVirtA
·    Select the DisplayName to modify, and remove the leading characters from the value data up to “%;” i.e.
·    For x86, change the value data from something like “@oem8.inf,%CVirtA_Desc%;Cisco Systems VPN Adapter” to “Cisco Systems VPN Adapter”
·     For x64, change the value data from something like “@oem8.inf,%CVirtA_Desc%;Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows” to “Cisco Systems VPN Adapter for 64-bit Windows”
·    No restart required, try connecting again

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