Category Archives: Windows Administration
Update: It appears Firefox 66.0.4 has resolved the issue. Chances are you have never experienced this problem.
On 4 May 2019, one of the Mozilla digital certificates used to sign Firefox add-ons expired. With this certificate no longer able to verify the authenticity of the add-ons, user across the faced the loss of access to their Firefox add-ons.
This post teaches you how to recover from this failure in about 15 minutes and resume your daily routine work as if this has never happened.Read the rest of this entry
The Internet is littered with mediocre articles that teach the hard way to work with file system attributes in PowerShell. The article that Microsoft’s own Scripting Guy has written is nothing short of excruciating. Today, I am going to show you the easy way.Find out how…
Microsoft renovated Chkdsk in the ill-fated Windows 8. However, because of Windows 8’s failure, I find none of my colleagues know about the modern Chkdsk goodies. Make no mistake, Microsoft did write a sprawling blog post about it. Unfortunately, brevity is not Microsoft’s strong suit.
In this post, I am going to briefly mention the new Chkdsk features that make an admin’s life a lot easier.Read the rest of this entry
Windows Updates helps users keep their Microsoft software up-to-date, either by downloading them from Microsoft over an Internet connection, or from a local server running Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). WSUS itself downloads them from Microsoft. The whole process is fully automated but it is also possible to download update packages from Microsoft to install them manually, if there is the need.
But how about downloading them from a local WSUS server?
[Updated 16 July 2018]
Today, I came across a computer running Windows 10 Enterprise v1709, and after chatting with the local admin, I plugged my USB Flash Drive in and upgraded it to v1803.
The upgrade went smoothly.
After the installation and OOBE all finished, and I was more than a kilometer away from said computer, I remembered that the Windows Setup inside my USB Flash Drive was created with Microsoft’s official Media Creator utility for my personal laptop. Very legit and all… but it does not contain Windows 10 Enterprise edition! The Enterprise edition can only be procured from the Microsoft Volume Licencing Center. In addition, at the time of the upgrade, the target computer was offline. There was no Internet connection, LAN connection or Bluetooth connection; so, Windows Setup could not have downloaded a Windows 10 Enterprise edition.
To be honest, I am scared. I have not heard that it is possible to upgrade with the wrong edition’s installation image. Fortunately, before the upgrade, I had told the local admin to keep a backup copy handy and be on the look out for any sign of trouble.
Update (16 July 2018): The computer did not experience any problems until a few days ago, when it was reset. The reason behind the reset, as I am told, is nothing particular related to said upgrade; just a plain old Windows 10 making trouble.
This article demonstrates how to copy a Windows installation source to a USB flash drive (UFD), and make that UFD bootable, without using any third-party app. Every now and then, such an article must be re-written to update the sum of knowledge. Only the tools included with the operating system are used. This article assumes you have at least Windows 7. Also, it assumes that the OS you’d like to copy to a UFD is Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 or 10 and is already available to you on DVD or in folder somewhere.
Update (2019-01-12): Updated with additional info.
BootSect.exe and BootRec.exe are both components of Windows Vista and later. They add boot code to disks and partitions. Both are included in Windows installation sources (DVD, USB flash drive or ISO).Read the rest of this entry
So… are you annoyed by the Get Windows 10 (GWX) app which hogs your bandwidth and tries to persuade you to upgrade to Windows 10? And you want to put a stop to it? You are in the right place.
Today, I’ve decided to write about unregistering and deleting Windows event logs, because searching the web about this subject brings up some very dangerous results with dangerous consequences.
Problem: A user notices redundant event logs in Event Viewer or PowerShell, i.e. the program with which they were associated are now gone and their contents is irrelevant. These event logs might be occupying valuable disk space, e.g. 128 MB. Deleting them is tempting.
This article requires Windows PowerShell 2.0 or later, which comes with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.