DISM fixes Windows issues and performs cleanup
article #980, updated 4 days ago

Do this:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

This handles a lot of SFC errors and others too.

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   Cleanup

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Reset Windows update system
article #897, updated 4 days ago

Here is a reset procedure.

net stop wuauserv
cd %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution
ren Download Download.old
net start wuauserv
net stop bits
net start bits
net stop cryptsvc
cd %systemroot%\system32
ren catroot2 catroot2old
net start cryptsvc

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   

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New database-less web site framework / CMS
article #1154, updated 7 days ago

Comes highly recommended:

https://getgrav.org/

Categories:   Web Methods   Web Servers

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Make offline or static site copy of any web site
article #1153, updated 9 days ago

Wonderful tool, cross-platform:

http://www.httrack.com

Categories:   Web Methods   Tools

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Citrix Receiver for Chrome
article #1152, updated 11 days ago

This was tough to find, but it appears current:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/citrix-receiver/haiffjcadagjlijoggckpgfnoeiflnem

Categories:   Remote Access   

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Delete Windows user profiles by command line: DELPROF2
article #1151, updated 12 days ago

This seems a very nice tool.

https://helgeklein.com/free-tools/delprof2-user-profile-deletion-tool/

Categories:   Tools   

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Windows printer management using built-in VBS scripts at the command line
article #837, updated 14 days ago

From Windows 7 on, Microsoft has thoughtfully provided us with VBS scripts for command-line printer management, here:

C:\Windows\System32\Printing_Admin_Scripts

In this dot on the globe, we go to the following system folder to see them all, there are several:

C:\Windows\System32\Printing_Admin_Scripts\en-US

To delete printer named ASDF:

cscript C:\Windows\System32\Printing_Admin_Scripts\en-US\prnmngr.vbs -d -p "ASDF"

Categories:   Printers & Printing   

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Cross-Platform Flowchart Application a la Visio
article #1150, updated 14 days ago

Two immediately appear very attractive:

http://www.yworks.com/products/yed

https://www.calligra.org/flow/

Categories:   Tools   New and Interesting Apps

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Image browser/viewer, cross-platform
article #1149, updated 18 days ago

This looked interesting:

https://nomacs.org/

Categories:   Tools   

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Reliabilizing Group Policy
article #1148, updated 19 days ago

In my experience, group policy is the only very nearly absolutely essential tool on a Microsoft domain-controlled LAN which breaks very often and admits of almost zero solid documentation towards fix. A list begins today with two steps towards fix, to be more in the future, Lord willing!

  • Even if there is only one domain controller, change the replication from 180 minutes to 15 minutes. These are in the properties of the site links, in Active Directory Sites and Services, under Inter-Site Transport, under IP. If you have more than one site link enabled, do it for all. Obviously you should moderate carefully, if you are using SMTP or have bandwidth issues.

  • Set services fdPHost and FDResPub as startup Automatic, from Manual.

Categories:   Group Policy   Windows OS-Level Issues