Updating List of Trusted Root Certificates in Windows 10 / 7

Posted on August 16, 2017 · Posted in Windows 10, Windows 7
certmgr trusted root certificates

In all Windows versions, starting from Windows 7, there is Automatic Root Certificate Update feature that performs updates of root certificates from Microsoft website. As a part of Microsoft Trusted Root Certificate Program, MSFT maintains and publishes the list of certificates for Windows clients and devices. If the verified certificate.. read more

Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA) in Windows Server 2016

Posted on August 15, 2017 · Posted in Windows Server 2016
slmgr /dli - VIRTUAL_MACHINE_ACTIVATION channel

Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA) was first introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2. This technology allows to automatically activate all virtual machines with guest Windows Server running on the Hyper-V host with the Windows Server Datacenter edition. Thus, any new virtual machine running Windows Server will be automatically activated when.. read more

How to Remove Unused Drivers from Driver Store

Posted on July 29, 2017 · Posted in Windows 10, Windows 7
large size of folder DriverStore

When you install or update device drivers in Windows, older driver versions are still stored in the system. Thus, a user can roll back to the previous driver version if the new driver is unstable (a useful opportunity, as in the case of rolling back a Wi-Fi driver). However, Windows.. read more

Prevent Changing IE Proxy Settings Using GPO

Posted on July 27, 2017 · Posted in Group Policies
lockdown proxy dialog box

In this post, I’ll show you an easy way to prevent users without administrator privileges from changing the proxy server settings by blocking corresponding elements Internet Explorer dialog window using GPO.

Using Process Monitor to Solve a Slow Boot Problems

Posted on June 20, 2017 · Posted in Windows 10, Windows 7
procmon - boot Process Tree

To diagnose the reasons of slow Windows boot, there is a number of quite powerful tools and techniques of log analysis that allow performing the detailed debugging of all steps of system boot and start of services (xperf/xbootmgr from Windows Performance Toolkit / Analyzer). But their use can cause some.. read more

Managing Disconnected Mailboxes in Exchange Server

Posted on June 16, 2017 · Posted in Exchange
Exchange - Keep deleted mailboxes for days

When an Exchange mailbox or an Active Directory user account is deleted, a mailbox is not immediately deleted and is stored in the mailbox database for some time (30 days by default). Administrator can recover data from this mailbox or reassign it to another user. In this article, we’ll talk.. read more

Using PowerShell PackageManagement In Windows 10

Posted on June 15, 2017 · Posted in Windows 10, Windows Server 2016
Chocolatey repository website

The developers have included a new PowerShell module PackageManagement in Windows 10. PackageManagement (earlier called OneGet) allows to install, manage and uninstall applications and programs from an external (or local) repository, and manage the list of connected repositories from the PoSh console. In other words, now you can install programs.. read more

Outlook: How to Delete E-Mails Stuck in Outbox

Posted on June 9, 2017 · Posted in Outlook
outlook delete email stuck in outbox folder

The problem of an email stuck in the Outbox folder appears quite often in all Outlook versions. From the user point of view, it seems that an e-mail has got to the queue to be sent (Outbox) and cannot leave, thus hanging up in it. It often happens that you.. read more

How to Backup and Restore Boot Configuration (BCD) in Windows

Posted on June 7, 2017 · Posted in Windows 10, Windows 8
bcd configuration file in BOOT folder

Starting from Windows Vista, Microsoft stopped using the old Windows boot loader NTLDR, having replaced it with BOOTMGR. The code of the new boot manager is stored in a special file bootmgr in the root of the active partition. The boot manager is loading the system according to the existing.. read more

How to Access and Manage Windows Registry with PowerShell

Posted on June 2, 2017 · Posted in Powershell
powershell create registry parameter

Starting from its first version, PowerShell offers an administrator an extensive set of tools to interact with Windows system registry. If necessary, all typical operations with the registry can be performed not in the good old  Regedit interface, or reg.exe, but in PowerShell command prompt. In different scripts and scenarios.. read more