Basically this enables rich client access to Windows Server 2012 … you can install it via Windows Update or:
Download Update for Windows 7 (KB2592687) from Official Microsoft Download Center

To install this update, you must be running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

How to enable RDP 8.0 on a remote computer that is running Windows 7 SP1

To enable RDP 8.0 on a remote computer that is running Windows 7 SP1, follow these steps:

Note The following instructions are applicable only for remote computers that are running Windows 7 SP1.

  1. Install the appropriate version of the update package by running the Windows6.1-KB2592687 update file.
  2. Restart the computer.
  3. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  4. Enable the Remote Desktop Protocol policy. The setting for this policy is under the following node:
    Computer ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesWindows ComponentsRemote Desktop ServicesRemote Desktop Session HostRemote Session Environment
  5. If the UDP functionality is necessary, enable the RDP Transport policy, and then set the value to Use both TCP and UDP. The setting for
    the RDP Transport policy is under the following node:
    Computer ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesWindows ComponentsRemote Desktop ServicesRemote Desktop Session HostConnections

    Note Configuring the RDP Transport policy also enables firewall rules to allow the 3389 UDP port.

  6. Restart the computer.

Description of the Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0 update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

If you don’t have access to your Windows 7 installation media, perhaps these links will help.

NOTE – you still need to own a legitimate copy of Windows 7 of the appropriate type to activate these.
Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Windows 7 Professional 32bit

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Links for Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Microsoft’s official distributer | Raymond.CC Blog

I came across a handy trick that makes it quick and easy to run programs as an Administrator in Windows 7:

The easiest way that I found out on how run a program as administrator is by hitting the WIN key on your keyboard, type the program that you want to run, for example cmd, and simultaneously press Ctrl + Shift + Enter which will prompt if I want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer. In fact, it is also possible to press Ctrl + Shift and use your mouse to left click on the program.

Unfortunately the Ctrl + Shift trick doesn’t work at all areas in Windows. It will only work on programs or shortcuts pinned to Taskbar or Start Menu, the recently opened programs in the Start Menu and the Search programs and files bar. This will not work in Run dialogue (Win+R), Explorer or the shortcut icons in Start Menu (Win > All Programs > Shortcuts).

Easily Run Programs as Administrator with Ctrl Shift Trick | Raymond.CC Blog

Here’s an idea – if you have two old but similarly sized hard drives sitting around, plug them into your Windows 7 PC and create a Striped Volume.

Striping increases the access speed of the drive.

This could be useful when working on a local version of a Revit central file – local disk access speed becomes important in this situation.

Here’s how:

  1. Plug the two extra hard drives into your PC.  Then turn the computer on…
  2. Go to Disk Management (right click on ‘Computer’, then go ‘Manage’)
  3. Delete all unnecessary volumes from these extra drives.
  4. Right click on one of them – New – Striped Volume
  5. Basically follow the prompts – make sure you pick the two correct drives to become part of the Striped configuration.
  6. Choose quick format / NTFS Default allocation size
  7. Enjoy the increased speed of your striped volume.

Please be careful with this process – make sure you understand the pro’s and con’s.  If you do, it can be a inexpensive way to increase your performance while using Revit.

This guy did a comparison on the speed of Windows 7 ‘Striping’ vs hardware RAID0 – and surprisingly, the results were similar.
RAID on the Cheap: Windows 7 Software RAID vs. inexpensive “fake RAID” � Kevin’s Blog

After installing, just right-click on any file and select ‘Create Checksum File…’, then open the .md5 file that was created.

HashCheck Shell Extension

What is Hash or MD5 checking?
A cryptographic hash function is a deterministic procedure that takes an arbitrary block of data and returns a fixed-size bit string, the (cryptographic) hash value, such that an accidental or intentional change to the data will change the hash value. The data to be encoded is often called the “message”, and the hash value is sometimes called the message digest or simply digest.

Basically, when you download something important off the Net, it lets you know that the file has not been corrupted or modified in some nasty way…

I had a weird issue wherein I could join our office VPN using XP and Vista with no problems, but Windows 7 would not connect to the VPN and would trigger an error. (Please note that I was trying to connect to a Small Business Server 2003 computer).

The following fix worked for me:

  1. In the Windows 7 client, open an elevated command prompt
  2. Type in the following: netsh int ip reset > resetIP.log

Reboot the computer, and see if you can now connect to the VPN.I found this fix at