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Microsoft Surface Offer for TechEd Europe 2013 Attendees

Microsoft has announced that will offer Surface RT 64 GB for 80 Euro and Surface Pro 128 GB for 350 Euro for all registered attendees on TechEd Europe 2013.
More about this offer on TechEd Blog:

TechEd Europe 2013


The Parallel port driver service failed to start

After migrating virtual machines from Virtual Server 2005 to Hyper-V, the following error message was prompted during start-up:

In the system event log the following event is logged: Event Type: Error Event Source: Service Control Manager Event Category: None Event ID: 7000 Description:
The Parallel port driver service failed to start due to the following error:
The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it.
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Same event is logged after P2V migration of servers, in my case it was Windows Server 2003. In order to prevent this error from showing, I have disabled Parport service from registry, by setting the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Parport\Start to 4. The following values for Start parameter are possible: 2Automatic. This is the default setting. 3Manual.4Disable.