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Tranquil PC have been in touch to tell us about a really useful article they have posted that should help you when restoring a computer using Windows Home Server.

When you need to Restore your Home PC from the Home Server, you will use the Home PC Recovery CD.  This CD has all the files and drivers you need, but from time to time, you may get a message that there are no Ethernet or network drivers available or installed.  If you get this message, you need to get the drivers for your Home PC LAN device, put them on a spare USB key and then ask the Restore Wizard to Install the drivers.  To locate the drivers please follow the information below.

Every time Windows Home Server backs up a home computer, it saves the drivers for the computer in the backup file. If you need to access the drivers for any of your home computers (for example, during a computer restore), you can open a backup for that computer and copy the drivers to a USB flash drive.

To copy drivers from a computer backup

  1. Connect to the Windows Home Server Console.
  2. On the Computers & Backup tab, click the computer that you need drivers for.
  3. Click View Backups.
  4. Select the most recent backup, and then click Open.
  5. Select a volume to open (any volume will work), and then click Open. A window opens showing the files and folders in the backup.
  6. Plug in your USB flash drive.
  7. Copy the Windows Home Server Drivers for Restore folder from the open window to your USB flash drive.
  8. Remove the flash drive, and then insert it into the computer that is being restored.

Now you can use the USB flash drive to install drivers for your computer’s hardware when restoring a computer. The drivers you are most likely to need during a computer restore are the network driver and the storage-device driver.

If you have still any difficulty with your LAN driver, as occasionally occurs – you may wish to download the Tranquil DriverPack (LAN) – please download the zip file, unzip it and save all of the files to a spare USB stick us as above.

The Tranquil DriverPack is available from : (and locate your specific device), or (download the (68.5MB) LANPACK.zip to get all the available LAN drivers)

For more information, including a list of drivers the pack contains, click here: http://tranquilpc-support.co.uk/

Thanks to David at Tranquil for the heads up!

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D-Link today introduced its next-generation PowerLine adapter kit, an ideal solution for connecting computers, high-definition (HD) media players, game consoles, network attached storage (NAS), and Internet content throughout the home.

D-Link DHP-303

With the new D-Link PowerLine HD Ethernet Adapter Starter Kit (DHP-303) anyone can take advantage of existing home electrical wiring to create or extend a network. The kit includes two PowerLine wall plugs/ adapters. The DHP-303 turns every power outlet in the home into a wall-to-wall network for connecting when connected to a switch or wireless access point.

With simple plug-and-play installation, the DHP-303 is ideal for connecting an Ethernet-enabled digital media device such as TiVo or Slingbox to the home network and the Internet. It also allows users to connect gaming consoles like the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 or Nintendo Wii to the Internet. The device will automatically be displayed in Microsoft Windows Vista’s Network Map. Users also can check the DHP-303’s performance via a built-in LED.

The PowerLine Adapter, with simple push-button activation, implements Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES) for securing connections and keeping data safe from intruders. To create a secure connection the user simply pushes a button on one adapter, then goes to another room and pushes a button on the other adapter. It also offers Quality of Service (QoS) support to help prioritize data and enable smooth video streaming and lag-free gaming.

Key Features and Benefits

· Uses home’s existing electrical wiring

· Streams HD media across the network

· Up to 200Mbps throughput

· Connects computers, game consoles and multimedia

devices to the Internet

· Plugs into existing power outlets

· QoS support helps prioritize Internet traffic

· Extends wireless LAN by connecting an access point

to achieve stronger wireless signals in remote areas

· Supports enhanced network security

· Simple plug-and-play installation

· Power-saving mode

· Simple push-button security

· LED for easy monitoring

· Microsoft Windows Vista “network map” locator 


The DHP-303 is available now and retails for $139.99 in the US and £120.00 in the UK.

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