Quick Way to Schedule Reboot in Windows
article #467, updated 62 days ago

Run these in an administrative or SYSTEM-level command prompt.

Under 7/2008R2 and before, we can schedule for 4:00 AM tomorrow:

AT 4:00 c:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe -f -r -t 0

and we can schedule for 4:00 AM next Monday:

AT 4:00 /next:Monday c:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe -f -r -t 0

In Windows 8.1/2012R2 and later it’s a bit harder, we have to specify the actual full date in the format below:

schtasks /create /tn "schtasks_REBOOT" /tr "C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe -f -r -t 0" /sc once /st 04:00 /sd 01/01/2016 /ru System

8.0 and 2012R1 appear to require a “/Y” on the very end.

Categories:   Tools   

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Windows network printer changes in CMD
article #1026, updated 63 days ago

Very easy:

Quietly install a network printer – per user

rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /q /in /n "\\machine\printer"

Quietly delete a named network printer – per user

rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /q /dn /n "\\machine\printer"

Set default printer

rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /y /n "\\machine\printer"

Quietly install a network printer – per machine

rundll32 printui.dll PrintUIEntry /q /ga /n "\\machine\printer"

Quietly delete a network printer – per machine

rundll32 printui.dll PrintUIEntry /q /gd /n "\\machine\printer"

Quietly delete a specific printer driver

rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /q /dd /m "PrinterDriver"

Categories:   Printers & Printing   

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Startup Folders in Windows 8.1 and 10
article #1025, updated 63 days ago

Driving Explorer with this as address:

shell:startup

will get you the per-user startup folder. The public startup folder can be driven using this:

shell:common startup

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Remove all network printers by VBS
article #1024, updated 63 days ago

This works well:

Option Explicit
Dim strComputer

strComputer = "."

Dim objWMI,networkPrinters,networkPrinter
Set objWMI = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")

Set networkPrinters = objWMI.ExecQuery("Select * From Win32_Printer Where Network = true") 

For Each networkPrinter in networkPrinters 
    networkPrinter.Delete_ 
Next 

Set networkPrinter = Nothing
Set networkPrinters = Nothing
Set objWMI = Nothing

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QuickBooks Desktop Install Diagnostic Tool
article #1023, updated 67 days ago

This is a tool from QuickBooks, new to me, which can fix a lot of different Windows library and other issues, to be used sometimes when QuickBooks fails to install.

https://community.intuit.com/articles/1019962-fix-common-installation-errors-using-the-qbinstall-tool

Categories:   QuickBooks   

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Bluescreen at boot with win32k.sys error
article #1022, updated 68 days ago

If Windows 7 won’t boot all the way, if it gives a bluescreen involving win32k.sys, it may be a bad update. Boot into startup repair and rename FNTCACHE.DAT in system32 to .OLD. That forces Windows to make a new one and boot will occur next time.

Courtesy of the excellent Matt Quick.

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   

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Excellent remote support for Windows, including UAC handling
article #705, updated 70 days ago

Try this:

https://www.zoho.com/assist/

Categories:   Remote Access, RDP and Others   

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Fix Firefox Printing on Linux
article #1021, updated 72 days ago

First try installing this package:

gtk3-print-backends

If that doesn’t help and you have a 64-bit OS, create this file:

/etc/profile.d/firefoxprint-fix.sh

containing this line for 64-bit OS:

export GTK_PATH=/usr/lib32/gtk-2.0/

Categories:   Application Issues   

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Remote Procedure Call Locator (RPC Locator) Service
article #1020, updated 73 days ago

This is a service to be found in many versions of Windows, but its in-OS documentation states that it is present for application compatibility only. And yet on at least one LAN it has been seen to be essential for printing. Research has provided no results. Anyone with input, please contact me by email!

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   

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Antimalware for Remote
article #168, updated 73 days ago

One good standby lately is the Microsoft Malicious Software Remover:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/malicious-software-removal-tool-details.aspx

For major infections, another is Comodo Cleaning Essentials, courtesy of the amazing Jared Dexter:

https://www.comodo.com/business-security/network-protection/cleaning_essentials.php

After that, Malwarebytes:

http://malwarebytes.org

For garbageware, irritationware, and similar things, I like the following, only rarely needing the whole series:

  1. JRT

http://thisisudax.org/?p=1

  1. RogueKiller

http://tigzy.geekstogo.com/roguekiller.php

  1. AdwCleaner

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/

Categories:   Antivirus/Antimalware Tools and Issues   Cleanup