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Updating List of Trusted Root Certificates in Windows 10 / 7

Posted on August 16th, 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

How to Remove Unused Drivers from Driver Store

Posted on July 29th, 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

Using Process Monitor to Solve a Slow Boot Problems

Posted on June 20th, 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

Using PowerShell PackageManagement In Windows 10

Posted on June 15th, 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

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

Posted on June 7th, 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

Restoring Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) in Windows 10

Posted on April 26th, 2017 · Posted in Windows 10
extracting file winre.wim from windows distribution

Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) is the minimal OS based on Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) which includes a number of tools to recover, reset and diagnose Windows. If the main OS doesn’t boot on some reason, the computer tries to run WinRE, which may help to resolve the issues manually or.. read more

Managing Default File Associations in Windows 10

Posted on April 20th, 2017 · Posted in Group Policies, Windows 10
Dism.exe Export-DefaultAppAssociations to xml file

In Windows 8 and Windows 10 a new mechanism to manage default  file associations appeared. In this article I’ll show how to set a default browser to open HTML files, import these settings to the XML file and distribute this file containing file associations to other computers manually or using.. read more

Managing Start Layout and Taskbar Pinned Apps Using GPO

Posted on March 10th, 2017 · Posted in Group Policies, Windows 10
Windows 10 manage Start Layout via GPO

In Windows 10 RTM and Windows 8.1 were available only two modes to configure Start menu and Start Layout settings on a domain computers: you could either completely block any changes of Start Layout elements, or a user could change any layout settings. In  Windows 10 build 1511, a feature.. read more

How to Set Windows User Account Picture From Active Directory

Posted on November 30th, 2016 · Posted in Active Directory, Windows 10
windows account picture from ad thumbnailPhoto

In this article we’ll show how to get a user photo from Active Directory and use it as user account picture in Windows  (displayed on logon and the lock screen, in the start menu, etc.) The algorithm should work as follows: during user logon, the system must receive a user.. read more

Recovering Encrypted Files from VSS Snapshot after Ransomware Infection

Posted on November 22nd, 2016 · Posted in Group Policies, Windows 10, Windows 7
mount shadow copy using vshadow.exe

We go on with the series of articles concerning the countermeasures against ransomware. Last time we considered a simple way of protection against encryption ransomware.on Windows file servers using FSRM. Today we’ll talk about how to easily recover your files if the ransomware has already penetrated on the computer and.. read more