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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

How to Run SysPrep on Upgraded Windows

Posted on November 3rd, 2016 · Posted in Windows 10
Sysprep was not able to validate your Windows installation

I have faced a strange error when trying to run SysPrep on the installed system, which is going to be used to create a reference image to deploy Windows 10 using System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2. After starting SysPrep, the following error appears:

How to Downgrade Windows 10 and Rollback to Windows 7 or 8.1

Posted on October 19th, 2016 · Posted in Windows 10
hidden folders Windows.old and $WINDOWS.~BT

After the installation of Windows 10 over the installed system (in case of upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1), a user can rollback to the previous OS version if the new OS is unstable or simply don’t like. In this article we’ll show how to roll back the installation.. read more

Enable Remote Access to Admin Shares in WorkGroup

Posted on October 17th, 2016 · Posted in Windows 10
Windows 10: Admin Shares Don't Work in WorkGroup

I have come across a problem that I wasn’t able to connect to default $Admin  shares on a computer running Windows 10 remotely from the account being a member of the Local Administrators group. At the same time, I could access them without any troubles using  built-in local Administrator account.. read more

How to Rebuild Corrupted Icon Cache in Windows 10

Posted on October 10th, 2016 · Posted in Windows 10
broken icon cache in Windows 10

When icons of different applications and file types are displayed in Windows Explorer, instead of addressing the original files with icons, the system gets copies of the icon images from special files containing icon cache. Due to the fact that the system doesn’t need to load original icon files, the.. read more

Unable to Install Print Driver after KB3170455

Posted on October 7th, 2016 · Posted in Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2
A policy is in effect on your computer which prevents you from connecting to this print queue.

We have found an unpleasant problem with one of Microsoft security updates released in July. We mean KB3170455 released on July, 12, 2016. After the installation of this update, the problem of network printer connection may appear in the domain.