Configuring Windows 7 for RPOWER Operations


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There are several Windows 7 configuration settings that must be adjusted for RPOWER to function properly. This article will detail those settings.

Drive substitution is performed on the file server only, all other steps apply to the file server and alternate file server only. Any machine hosting a remote printer will need inbound firewall rules set. Simple client machines will only need network discovery turned on.


Drive Substitution

RPOWER's drive substitution script _Make_File_Server commonly fails to properly write the needed registry keys to effect a persistent drive substitution when running Windows 7. Running the script from an elevated command prompt works every time.

From Start, Computer navigate to:


Locate and right click cmd.exe and select Run as administrator

  • Shortcut: From Start, in the search box type cmd, right click the cmd.exe icon that appears on the list and select Run as administrator

At the User Account Control prompt click Yes

From the command prompt enter the command::


  • Note: It is necessary to include the path element \sys because substituted drives are not visible when running as administrator.

Now start the script by typing:


  • Important: Did you include the leading underscore?

Now, back in Windows, proceed normally.


Network Settings

Navigate to Control Panel, Network and Sharing Center (if viewing by icon) or to Control Panel, Network and Internet, Network Sharing Center (if viewing by category). Click Change advanced sharing settings.

In both the Home or Work and the Public profiles, check:

Turn on network discovery

Turn on file and printer sharing (Primary and Alternate file servers only)

Turn off password protected sharing

Share Sys Folder

From the root of C:, create a new folder Sys. Right click and select properties.

Click the Sharing tab...

...then Advanced Sharing...

...Check the Share this folder box and then click Permissions...

...Click to highlight Everyone, then check the box to Allow Full Control. Click OK

  • Note: If Everyone is not an option, click Add... and create it.

Back at Advanced Sharing click OK. Back at Sys Properties click Close.

Windows Firewall

Create Inbound Firewall Rules

Navigate to Control Panel, Windows Firewall (if viewing by icons) or to Control Panel, System and Security, Windows Firewall (if viewing by category). Click Advanced settings.

At the Windows Firewall with Advanced Seurity window, click

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