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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?

Viewing WindowsUpdate.log in Windows 10

Posted on February 17th, 2016 · Posted in Windows 10
missing %windir%\WindowsUpdate.log in windows 10

In Windows 10 the developers decided to get rid of the usual text format of Windows Update agent (WindowsUpdate.log) in favor of the event log service logging in the format of Event Tracing for Windows (ETW). With such an action, the developers planned to increase the performance of the logging.. read more

Enable Built-in Administrator account in Windows 10

Posted on December 29th, 2015 · Posted in Windows 10
set administrator password

As you know, during Windows 10 installation the system prompts creating a user account and gives local administrator privileges to this account. However, during the installation another built-in (hidden) administrator account is created, which is disabled for security reasons. In this article we’ll tell about the built-in Windows 10 administrator.. read more

Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) for Windows 10 Home

Posted on December 15th, 2015 · Posted in Windows 10
Enable Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) in Windows 10 Home

One of the things that differs Windows 10 Home from Pro and Enterprise editions is the abcense of the Group Policy Editor console (gpedit.msc). So you have to do the majority of fine tuning in Windows Home editions using the Registry Editor, and not the gpedit.msc, which is not so.. read more

Windows 10 Compact OS: Reducing the Disk Footprint

Posted on December 8th, 2015 · Posted in Windows 10
Compressing OS binaries

Windows 10 has a new function allowing to reduce the disk space taken by the system.  The new function is called Compact OS and is an evolutionary development of WIMBoot technology implemented in Windows 8.1 Update 1. Compact OS allows to reduce the disk space occupied by the system due.. read more