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 \\\share\” and hit enter.

Easy 🙂

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!

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


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
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

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

$members = net localgroup administrators | where {$_ -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 ($members -notcontains "E500NT\$env:USERNAME") {
if ($members -contains "E500NT\Software Loaders") {
$Group.Remove(("WinNT://e500nt/Software Loaders"))
if ($members -notcontains "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}

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:

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

Windows 7

Disable Windows Startup Repair as Default Option

I was having issues where my older raid card would not get recognized on the first boot, causing windows to reboot, then BSOD. So 50% of the time I would reboot and would be stuck on the repair screen, so I wanted to disable it. Apparently you can through the bcdedit!

bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No

Operating Systems Powershell Uncategorized Windows 7

copy a file into all user directories via bat files for windows 7 or xp using a wildcard

I needed to copy one file into all of the user directories on computers. I ended up creating a for loop, print it, then use that list as a variable to throw in, worked great. This was one of the few things I could not find on google, so hopefully this hits a few keywords for people when they’re searching. IT IS POSSIBLE! This can be done in BAT, CMD, OR just dump it into a command pronpt changing your own directories/variables as needed.

REM this prints all users in C:\Users\ and then copies the EssUser.cfg file to the PartsDoc Dir
FOR /D %%G IN (c:\Users\*.*) DO xcopy /Y /H /R "E:\PartsDoc Updates\EssUser.cfg" "%%G\Documents\CLAAS\PartsDoc\"

Windows 7

creating large, empty files in windows

I ran this in Windows 7, but using fsutil you have a LOT of options.

fsutil file createnew c:\testfile.txt 150000000

this created a 150mb empty file so I can use for testing. If you run fsutil you will see you have a lot more options:

8dot3name 8dot3name managment
behavior Control file system behavior
dirty Manage volume dirty bit
file File specific commands
fsinfo File system information
hardlink Hardlink management
objectid Object ID management
quota Quota management
repair Self healing management
reparsepoint Reparse point management
resource Transactional Resource Manager management
sparse Sparse file control
transaction Transaction management
usn USN management
volume Volume management

Windows 7

setting up putty to be used as a socks5 proxy over ssh

This was taken from:

I am posting this for my own knowledge, just incase that site ever goes down.

Run PuTTY. It starts in the “Session” screen; fill in the settings for your SSH connection. The fields “Host Name” and “Port” are pretty self-explanatory. You can enter the username too by filling the “Host Name” field in the “user@host” format. Make sure “SSH” is selected in “Connection type:”.
Go to the “Connection” -> “SSH” -> “Tunnels” screen to configure our tunnel.
Under “Add new forwarded port:”, enter some big integer of your choice to enter for the “Source port” field. (The first thousand or so ports are sometimes reserved by the operating system; so pick something bigger.) Here I will use arbitrarily choose 1080 (the SOCKS port).
Leave the “Destination” field blank.
Select the “Dynamic” radio button.
Click the “Add” button. You should see a line in the text box that reads “D1080” (or whatever number you chose).
(For those interested, this is the “-D” option in OpenSSH.)
(Optional:) By default the a login session is opened in the terminal, which usually runs a “shell”, allowing you to run commands on the command line on the remote computer. If you absolutely do not wish to use this, you may be able to disable it via the following:
Go to the “Connection” -> “SSH” screen.
Check the “Don’t start a shell or command at all” box.
(For those interested, this is the “-N” option in OpenSSH.)
(Optional:) At this point, it is a good idea to create a saved session, so you do not have to go through this process every time. If you wish to do so, go back to the “Session” screen; enter a name for the session and click “Save”.
Now you can open the connection. Click the “Open” button at the bottom.
The session window will open. If this is your first time connecting, it will ask you to add the key; “yes” is recommended. Enter the password when prompted. (You may also set it up to authenticate using public key instead of password, but that is beyond the scope of this tutorial.)
The login session is now connected. As long as the session is open, you will now have a SOCKS proxy running on on the local computer (localhost) at port 1080 (or whatever port you chose).

Example: Mozilla Firefox browser
Go to “Tools” menu -> “Options”
Go to “Advanced” screen -> “Network” tab
In the “Connection” section, click the “Settings…” button
Select the “Manual proxy configuration” radio button
Make sure “Use this proxy server for all protocols” is unchecked
Make sure the “HTTP Proxy”, “SSL Proxy”, “FTP Proxy”, “Gopher Proxy” fields are cleared
For “SOCKS Host”, enter “”, and for “Port” enter 1080 (or whatever port you chose)
Select the “SOCKS v5” radio button
Click OK. Click OK.
Preventing DNS leaks is supported in Firefox and above. Do the following:
Go to the URL “about:config”
Find the setting “network.proxy.socks_remote_dns” and set it to “true”
Example: Internet Explorer browser
Go to “Tools” menu -> “Internet Options”
Go to “Connections” tab
Click the “LAN Settings” button
In the “Proxy server” section, make sure the “Use a proxy server for your LAN…” box is checked
Click the “Advanced” button
Make sure “Use the same proxy server for all protocols” is unchecked
Make sure the “HTTP”, “Secure”, “FTP” fields are cleared
For “Socks”, enter “” as the address, and for “Port” enter 1080 (or whatever port you chose)
Click OK. Click OK. Click OK.
I don’t know of any built-in support for preventing DNS leaks

I take ZERO credit for this writeup, again, this is just for my knowledge if I need to reference it again.

Operating Systems Windows 7

How To Install Windows 7 from a USB Key with ISO links!

I’ve been reading a few methods to install Windows 7 from an ISO to a jump drive, or DVD. The best method to do it from a Windows computer is to obtain Microsoft’s own software for the task :

Install that, and point it to the jump drive you want to use (it will get wiped), and point it to the ISO you want to install on to it.

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1-U ISO

English x86: X17-59463.iso
English x64: X17-59465.iso

French x86: X17-59477.iso
French x64: X17-59479.iso

Spanish x86: X17-58877.iso
Spanish x64: X17-58879.iso

Windows 7 Professional SP1-U ISO

English x86: X17-59183.iso
English x64: X17-59186.iso

German x86: X17-59886.iso
German x64: X17-59885.iso

French x86: X17-59195.iso
French x64: X17-59197.iso

Spanish x86: X17-58866.iso
Spanish x64: X17-58868.iso

Italian x86: X17-59212.iso
Italian x64: X17-59215.iso

Portuguese x86: X17-59246.iso
Portuguese x64: X17-59247.iso

Swedish x86: X17-59271.iso
Swedish x64: X17-59273.iso

Norwegian x86: X17-59229.iso
Norwegian x64: X17-59231.iso

Finnish x86: X17-59192.iso
Finnish x64: X17-59194.iso

Dutch x86: X17-59233.iso
Dutch x64: X17-59236.iso

Danish x86: X17-59891.iso
Danish x64: X17-59883.iso

Traditional Chinese x86: X17-59295.iso
Traditional Chinese x64: X17-59297.iso

Korea x86: X17-59299.iso
Korea x64: X17-59300.iso

Windows 7 Professional N SP1-U ISO (Note: N editions come without media components)

English x86: X17-59335.iso
English x64: X17-59337.iso

German x86: X17-59323.iso
German x64: X17-59327.iso

French x86: X17-59348.iso
French x64: X17-59351.iso

Spanish x86: X17-58871.iso
Spanish x64: X17-58874.iso

Italian x86: X17-59364.iso
Italian x64: X17-59366.iso

Portuguese x86: X17-59395.iso
Portuguese x64: X17-59398.iso

Swedish x86: X17-59418.iso
Swedish x64: X17-59424.iso

Norwegian x86: X17-59380.iso
Norwegian x64: X17-59383.iso

Finnish x86: X17-59344.iso
Finnish x64: X17-59346.iso

Dutch x86: X17-59384.iso
Dutch x64: X17-59387.iso

Danish x86: X17-59318.iso
Danish x64: X17-59320.iso

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1-U ISO

English x86: X17-58996.iso
English x64: X17-58997.iso

Spanish x86: X17-58857.iso
Spanish x64: X17-58859.iso

French x86: X17-59007.iso
French x64: X17-59009.iso

Thanks to, where I got the information easily. These are the official ISO’s from Microsoft, so get them while you can!