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User Account Control Slider and Group Policy Settings

Posted on September 14th, 2016 · Posted in Group Policies, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8
UAC Slider in Windows

In Windows Vista, Microsoft introduced a new mechanism, providing an additional level of protection against unauthorized modifications called UAC (User Account Control). In Windows 7 (or higher), UAC has got a setting slider (called from the Control Panel or UserAccountControlSettings.exe), which allows to select one of four UAC protection levels.

How to Disable Wallpaper JPEG Compression in Windows 10

Posted on August 30th, 2016 · Posted in Windows 10
windows 10 - File Transcoded reduce wallpaper jpeg quality

Some  Windows 10 users could notice that when setting a JPEG image as the desktop wallpaper, the quality of the wallpaper is reduced in compared to the original image. The number of image artifacts has increased and is more obvious on large screens. The problem is not new, and could.. read more

Fix: Windows 10 Screen Brightness Control Not Working

Posted on August 9th, 2016 · Posted in Windows 10
Microsoft Basic Display Adapter

Some users complain that after a clean install or upgrade to Windows 10 they cannot adjust the screen brightness on some laptops. When trying to increase or decrease the brightness with the keys Fn+F11/ F12/etc. (depending on the laptop model), nothing happens. All other combinations and functional keys work well… read more

Restore Missing CD/DVD Drive in Windows 10

Posted on August 2nd, 2016 · Posted in Windows 10
cd/dvd drive not detected after upgrade to windows 10

After upgrading from Windows 7 SP1 /  Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 (using free upgrade) some users have begun complaining that the system couldn’t detect a CD/DVD drive. In BIOS/UEFI the CD/DVD-ROM is identified correctly, but in Windows 10 itself it is not displayed in the Device Manager or is.. read more

LZX File Compression on the NTFS Level in Windows 10

Posted on July 8th, 2016 · Posted in Windows 10
compress Program-Files-x86 folder in Windows 10

Another rather interesting and promising, though underpromoted, feature of Windows 10 is the support of LZX data compression algorithm on the NTFS file system level. Compared to the familiar NTFS compression, the LZX compression ratio in Windows 10 is much higher (almost at zip level). The average compression level is.. read more

How to Remove 260 Characters Limit for NTFS Paths in Windows 10

Posted on June 1st, 2016 · Posted in Windows 10

When working with files, most Windows users and administrators have come across the “path too long” error. This error appears when the full path to a file (containing its name) exceeds 260 characters. Many applications, including Windows Explorer, work with such long file names incorrectly refusing to open, move or.. read more

Block Untrusted Fonts in Windows 10

Posted on May 17th, 2016 · Posted in Windows 10
Untrusted Font Blocking - Windows 10 Policy

One of the ways to attack Windows machines gaining popularity is the exploitation of vulnerabilities in Windows font driver by means of loading and running a special crafted font file. To implement such attack, a hacker just has to make a user open a specially constructed document, web-page or run.. read more

AutoRedial for VPN Connections in Windows 8/10/2012

Posted on May 5th, 2016 · Posted in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012
VPN option tab Windows 8 / Windows 2012

I was surprised, not much, however, when I found that in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2008 or higher Microsoft had slightly “refined” the VPN connection settings. To be more precise, removed a number of settings in the Options tab. Here is what it looked like in Windows 7:

How To Create Self-Signed Certificate with PowerShell

Posted on April 8th, 2016 · Posted in Powershell, Windows 10
New-SelfSignedCertificate cmdlet

Most Windows administrators who are familiar with PKI know about the utility MakeCert.exe , which allows to create a self-signed certificate. This tool is included in Microsoft .NET Framework SDK and Microsoft Windows SDK. In Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, a self-signed certificate can be created using PowerShell 3.0 or.. read more

View Check Disk (CHKDSK) Results in Windows 10

Posted on March 16th, 2016 · Posted in Windows 10
chkdsk text report windows 10

If when booting Windows 10 the automatic disk check (with chkdsk utility) takes place, a user doesn’t see the results of this check. How to get access to the log with disk check results?