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Operating Systems Windows 10 Windows 7 Windows 8

Ever want to bring up windows explorer from command prompt?

It’s super simple actually, just type “start .” without quotes. That will bring up the current directory in windows explorer. If you want to bring up another directory outside of the one you are in, just type “start C:\users\” as an example. If you want a network share: “start \\10.10.10.33\share\” and hit enter.

Easy 🙂

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Operating Systems Windows 10 Windows 7 Windows 8

need to have your windows 10, windows 8, or windows 7 PC auto log you in?

Simple! Go to start, and run. Type in netplwiz and hit OK. Click on “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer”, it will prompt for your password, and click ok, and you are done. It shoudl auto log you in!

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INTEL NUC Kodi Windows 10

Windows 10 1607 anniversary update broke my RC6 remote KODI/XBMC

My RC6 remote up and broke on my when I updated Windows 10 to update 1607 ‘anniversary’ edition in Windows 10 on my Intel NUC. Long story short, I found out what it was, huzzah!

This was the remote I used: Rosewill Accessory RHRC-11002 coupled with this older Intel NUC DN2820FYKH

So I had some free time to dig around on this on my own. Oddly enough, I had a back up from 2015 of this system, so I went to check my registry, and found out that this bit of the hive is volatile (only stored in memory), so I looked at the older ones in that save under currentcontrolset001/002 and found one difference. On my running system I went to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\HidIr\Remotes\745a17a0-74d3-11d0-b6fe-00a0c90f57da\

and changed:

“CodeSetNum0″=dword:00000008

to:

“CodeSetNum0″=dword:00000001

GOOD TO GO, works fine now.

Oy. I don’t even remember what told me to change it to 8 in the first place.

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Windows 10 Windows 8

Windows 10 or 8 System Interrupts causing high CPU usage

I had a few laptops where the system interrupt process was consuming 10-15% CPU. The one thing that seemed to have worked was disabling ‘turn on fast startup’ in the power settings.

Hit your start button and type power options and click on the power options.
Left side, ‘chose what the power buttons do’ click on that.
At the top of this page, click ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable’
Scroll to teh bottom, and uncheck ‘Turn on fast startup (recommended) and click save.
You can reboot, but this should solve the problem.

IF not, you might have a bad driver and need to try disabling hardware until you see the issue go away, and then work on updating that driver.

power

UPDATE:

I also found that disabling hibernation will remove this option completely. You can do this via CMD or POWERSHELL:

POWERSHELL:
powershell -Command "Start-Process 'powercfg.exe' -Verb runAs -ArgumentList '/h off'"

COMMAND PROMPT:
powercfg -h off

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Powershell Windows 10 Windows 7

Running batch and powershell scripts as administrator

WINDOWS – RUN BATCH AND PS AS ADMINISTRATORS. This works for Windows 7 and newer. I tested on Windows 7 and 10 64bit and 32bit.

This is a faster vbs version of the below script:
net sess>NUL 2>&1||(echo.CreateObject^(“Shell.Application”^).ShellExecute”%~0″,,,”RunAs”,1 >”%TEMP%\%~nx0.vbs”&WScript “%TEMP%\%~nx0.vbs”&del “%TEMP%\%~nx0.vbs”&exit)

#RUNNING CMD/BAT files as administrator, place this at the top of script after @echo off
net sess>NUL 2>&1||(powershell saps ‘%0’-Verb RunAs&exit)

#RUNNING PS1 FILES as administrator, place this at the top, before all other commands.
# Run this if you need to be running as ADMINISTARTOR
If (-NOT ([Security.Principal.WindowsPrincipal][Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent()).IsInRole([Security.Principal.WindowsBuiltInRole] “Administrator”))
{
$arguments = “& ‘” + $myinvocation.mycommand.definition + “‘”
Start-Process powershell -Verb runAs -ArgumentList $arguments
Break
}
####################################################

SOURCE: http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/12936-how-run-batch-file-admin-3.html#post3084570

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powershell Programming scripting Windows 10 Windows 7 Windows 8

creating batch file to kick off powershell script in different versions of windows with different commands

I needed the ability to have a powershell script execute specific ways for specific versions of windows, so after some googling, I hodge podged this. Essentially you will run this script first, as a cmd, or batch file:

@echo off
setlocal
for /f "tokens=4-5 delims=. " %%i in ('ver') do set VERSION=%%i.%%j
REM Windows 10 is called be low this
if "%version%" == "10.0" powershell "C:\LocalAdminPolicyUpdate\LocalAdminPolicyUpdate.ps1"
REM Windows 8.1
if "%version%" == "6.3" powershell "C:\LocalAdminPolicyUpdate\LocalAdminPolicyUpdate.ps1"
REM Windows 8
if "%version%" == "6.2" powershell "C:\LocalAdminPolicyUpdate\LocalAdminPolicyUpdate.ps1"
REM Windows Vista
if "%version%" == "6.0" echo Windows Vista.
REM Windows 7
if "%version%" == "6.1" powershell "Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted" && powershell C:\LocalAdminPolicyUpdate\LocalAdminPolicyUpdate.ps1
endlocal

and then this script, labeled LocalAdminPolicyUpdate.ps1 reload the script if it is not running as an admin. This section works for Windows 8+, and does not flag/error on Windows 7, which is why I needed the previous script to kick off ‘what version’ is the OS to run it elevated. I also am running these on PC’s WITHOUT UAC. If you have UAC, the user will get prompted to hit YES on the UAC popup.

The next bit finds all users in the local administrator group, and removes specific users with the $Group.Remove section, and then adds with the $Group.Add. I also added some debugging stuff to see what echo’d out to show me if it exists and it is truely seeing each user.

# Adds local uesr to local administrators account and removing software loaders
# revision 1
# created 2016-04-26

# Run this if you need to be running as ADMINISTARTOR
If (-NOT ([Security.Principal.WindowsPrincipal][Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent()).IsInRole([Security.Principal.WindowsBuiltInRole] "Administrator"))
{
$arguments = "& '" + $myinvocation.mycommand.definition + "'"
Start-Process powershell -Verb runAs -ArgumentList $arguments
Break
}
####################################################

$members = net localgroup administrators | where {$_ -AND $_ -notmatch "command completed successfully"} | select -skip 4
#write-output $members

$Computer = $env:COMPUTERNAME
$GroupName = 'Administrators'
$User = $env:USERNAME

$ADSI = [ADSI]("WinNT://$Computer")
$Group = $ADSI.Children.Find($GroupName, 'group')

if ($members -notcontains "E500NT\$env:USERNAME") {
$Group.Add(("WinNT://e500nt/$user"))
}
if ($members -contains "E500NT\Software Loaders") {
$Group.Remove(("WinNT://e500nt/Software Loaders"))
}
if ($members -notcontains "E500NT\ISTechGroup") {
$Group.Add(("WinNT://e500nt/ISTechGroup"))
}
if ($members -notcontains "E500NT\Domain Admins") {
$Group.Add(("WinNT://e500nt/Domain Admins"))
}
#if ($members -contains "E500NT\$env:USERNAME") { echo 1}
#if ($members -contains "E500NT\ISTechGroup") { echo 2}
#if ($members -contains "E500NT\Domain Admins") { echo 3}
#if ($members -notcontains "E500NT\Software Loaders") { echo 4}

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Windows 10

Disabling UAC in Windows 10 but keeping built in apps working like metro apps and edge

If you need to disable UAC, but want to keep the ability to use built in metro apps, like Edge, you can run this:

cmd /c REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System” /v ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin /t REG_DWORD /d 00000000 /f
cmd /c REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System” /v PromptOnSecureDesktop /t REG_DWORD /d 00000000 /f

If you want some specifics on what other things you can modify to tweak the way UAC handles prompts you can view them here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc232762.aspx

There are a few more registry settings you can change, but with these two, in Windows 10, you will at least be able to keep metro apps running. If you want to disable UAC entirely in Windows 10 you can run this:

cmd /c REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System” /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 00000000 /f

This will disable UAC, and kill all metro app usage.

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Windows 10 Windows 10

Create batch file to run with elevated permissions to activate windows 10

I had a task of automating Windows 10 upgrades from Windows 7, and one key thing I needed to do was allow for UAC to exist, AND be able to run batch scripts, or powershell scripts as Administrator. Also known as elevated permissions.

I created a bat file with these contents:

set mydir=%~dp0
Powershell -Command “& { Start-Process \”%mydir%2.bat\” -verb RunAs}”

I then created a second bat file with 2.bat, and placed it in the same directory with this:

cscript C:\Windows\System32\slmgr.vbs -ipk xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx
cscript C:\Windows\System32\slmgr.vbs /ato

This only brings up ONE prompt for the user, the UAC prompt to hit yes. No password required, and not VBS pop ups showing status, thanks to cscript.

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Windows 10

Windows 10 – issues with installed programs not showing up in search

For whatever reason, windows 10 search stopped searching my all apps. I found out re initializing cortona fixes it, which you can do by running an elevated powershell and pasting this into it:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

Once I did that, everything popped up, no reboot was required.

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Internet Explorer Windows 10 Windows 7 Windows 8

IE9, and IE10 popups to upgrade to IE11 on Windows

We had users complaining about needing to upgrade to IE11, they were running IE8,9, and 10. I tracked down the KB that was installed on patch tuesday to: KB3124275. We have users who have to use Internet Explorer 10 for specific applications, so we cannot ugprade. I removed it from SUS and users PC’s, hopefully this’ll save someone some time.

You can see the MS KB here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3124275

And note part of the way down it says the GR KB is here:

KB3123303 The new “End of Life” upgrade notification for Internet Explorer