Internet Explorer within Chrome
article #624, updated 76 days ago

The original “IE Tab” appears to work well with Windows 10. It has seen quite a lot of development over the years, and now includes a binary helper MSI:

“IE Tab Multi” was recommendable for several years, but does not appear to work on 10:

Categories:   Web Methods   Web User Issues


article #1030, updated 79 days ago

DKIM is something which can be set up for a given Internet domain name and on related mail servers, which confirms validity of email, for recipient servers. It is a companion to SPF which uses SSL certificates, and it is increasingly recommended. Here are some working references.

Categories:   Email   


Use DMARC for Internet email failure analysis
article #1028, updated 84 days ago

Info here:



Enable CLEANMGR.EXE on Server 2008R1/2 and 2012
article #1006, updated 84 days ago

Very useful procedure, does not need a role/feature install. Slightly different on each. Note the locale suffix which will have to be changed. Does not work on 2012R2, from that point we have to enable the desktop experience, which can be done in Powershell using Install-WindowsFeature Desktop-Experience.

Server 2012R1:

copy C:\Windows\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_none_c60dddc5e750072a\cleanmgr.exe %systemroot%\System32
copy C:\Windows\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.2.9200.16384_en-us_b6a01752226afbb3\cleanmgr.exe.mui %systemroot%\System32\en-US

Server 2008R2:

copy C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_c9392808773cd7da\cleanmgr.exe %systemroot%\System32
copy C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_en-us_b9cb6194b257cc63\cleanmgr.exe.mui %systemroot%\System32\en-US

Server 2008 64-bit:

copy C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_none_c962d1e515e94269\cleanmgr.exe %systemroot%\System32
copy C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_en-us_b9f50b71510436f2\cleanmgr.exe.mui %systemroot%\System32\en-US

Server 2008 32-bit:

copy C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_none_6d4436615d8bd133\cleanmgr.exe %systemroot%\System32
copy C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_en-us_5dd66fed98a6c5bc\cleanmgr.exe.mui %systemroot%\System32\en-US

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   Cleanup


Invisible rules in Outlook/Exchange
article #1027, updated 89 days ago

If you find that inbound emails are not going where they should go, but cannot find any Rules in Outlook or Exchange to match, they may be slightly corrupt and thus invisible. If you run Outlook with /cleanrules and /cleanconvongoingactions , this will eliminate all rules and also a queue which can be involved. A full list of command-line switches for Outlook, is here:

Categories:   Outlook & Exchange   Outlook


Quick Way to Schedule Reboot in Windows
article #467, updated 92 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   


Windows network printer changes in CMD
article #1026, updated 93 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   


Startup Folders in Windows 8.1 and 10
article #1025, updated 93 days ago

Driving Explorer with this as address:


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

shell:common startup



Remove all network printers by VBS
article #1024, updated 93 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 

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



QuickBooks Desktop Install Diagnostic Tool
article #1023, updated 97 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.

Categories:   QuickBooks