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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

RDS Host: Disable Automatic Java Updates

To disable Java Updates on a RDS Host (2008 x64 or 2008 R2) it is not enough to disable the update check in the control panel of the administrator session. Users will still get annoying Java update messages.

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy\

Create a new DWORD value called EnableAutoUpdateCheck, and set it to 0.

Change the key EnableJavaUpdate to 0.

Additionally you can stop the update process from starting by deleting the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\SunJavaUpdateSched

Microsoft Excel 2010 : Cut button greyed out

Suddenly the cut button could not be available any more in Excel 2010. It might be greyed out and not functional.

An Excel file is damaged. Close Excel, search for the file "EXCEL14.XLB" and delete it.
In normal case the file is located at C:\users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Excel\
Die cut button should now work again.

This workaround does work with Excel 2007 to (corresponding to the file EXCEL12.XLB which has to be deleted)