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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.

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:

Auto-Mount VHD at Startup

Posted on September 2nd, 2015 · Posted in Windows 8
script for mounting vhd disk

In Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 it became possible to create and mount virtual hard disk files (VHD) directly from Disk Management console. These virtual disks look like separate physical disks in the system and can be used to store any data. An essential disadvantage of these disks.. read more

How to hide Installed Programs from Programs and Features

Posted on August 3rd, 2015 · Posted in Windows 8
Hide installed program in Program and Features

In this article we’ll show how to hide any program from the list of installed programs in the Control Panel. These instructions are applicable to all Windows versions, from Windows XP to Windows 10.

Show Drive Letters First in Windows Explorer

Posted on July 24th, 2015 · Posted in Windows 8
Show drive letterbefore drive names in Windows 8

By default, in Windows Explorer a drive letter is displayed after its name. In the folder settings there is an option to completely hide the drive letters, but no option to display a drive letter before its name. Let’s consider how to do it with a little registry tweak.

How to Download APPX Installation File for any Windows Store App

Posted on July 8th, 2015 · Posted in Windows 8
filter appx sessions

Modern Windows 8 apps (APPX Metro apps) are mostly designed to be installed online from Windows Store. Despite Windows allows to install Metro apps from APPX files offline, you can’t download a Metro app distribution from Windows Store. In this article, we’ll show how to download an APPX file of.. read more

How to Access Mapped Network Drives from the Elevated Apps

Posted on June 26th, 2015 · Posted in Windows 8
Access mapped network drive from elevated applications

One of the significant improvements of Windows OSs (since Vista) is User Account Control (UAC) feature. User Account Control prompts the user for approval each time when the app tries to make any changes to the system settings. One of the side effects of UAC is the inability to access.. read more

Fix: Windows Modern Apps Don’t Work Over VPN Connection

Posted on June 18th, 2015 · Posted in Windows 8
AppContainer Loopback Exemption Utility

You might have come across some modern Windows 8 apps (Metro apps) don’t see the Internet (failed to connect to the server, etc.) when using certain types of VPN connections to ISPs. However, as a rule, this issue doesn’t occur to all Metro apps. I. e., some apps work (usually.. read more

Windows 8: winload.efi is Missing or Damaged

Posted on June 2nd, 2015 · Posted in Windows 8
winload.efi error code 0xc0000225

Let’s consider another Windows 8 loading issue that occurred due to the damaged or missing winload.efi file. The problem manifests itself as follows: Windows 8 (Windows 8.1) won’t boot with BSOD this the following error message in the recovery console:

Driver Verifier: How to Troubleshoot & Identify Windows Driver Issues

Posted on May 22nd, 2015 · Posted in Windows 8
Debug drivers using Driver Verifier

Driver Verifier utility is included in all Windows versions since Windows XP and allows to scan drivers, detect problem drivers, which cause blue screens of death (BSOD), and record a detailed information about the problem driver to the memory dump for further analysis. The tool performs different stress-tests on the.. read more