Registry merges to enable and disable Cortana and Windows Defender
article #1162, updated 2 days ago

Very nice:

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   


Disable Cortana altogether
article #1161, updated 2 days ago

This will make any Windows 10 machine run much faster, at the cost of the fancy Cortana query and search component.

  1. In REGEDIT, browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, Software, Policies, Microsoft, Windows.
  2. Create key “Windows Search” no quotes.
  3. Create DWORD32 “AllowCortana” no quotes. Make sure the value is zero (0).
  4. Create DWORD32 “AllowCortanaAboveLock” no quotes. Make sure the value is zero (0).
  5. Create DWORD32 “DisableWebSearch” no quotes. Make sure the value is one (1).
  6. Create DWORD32 “ConnectedSearchUseWeb” no quotes. Make sure the value is zero (0).
  7. Create DWORD32 “ConnectedSearchUseWebOverMeteredConnections” no quotes. Make sure the value is zero (0).
  8. Reboot.

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   Performance


Create New Microsoft SQL Administrative Login
article #1160, updated 4 days ago

Often one will find a Microsoft SQL server with no working or available administrative login. To set one up:

  1. Stop the database. You’ll need its name. Go to services.msc , find entry “SQL Server (XYZ)”; XYZ is the name.
  1. Set up the database to run in single-user mode. In the Sql Server Configuration Manager, in SQL Server Services, in the properties of the desired SQL Server, in the Advanced tab, and for Startup Parameters, add “-m;” (no spaces, no quotes) to the beginning.
  1. Start the database.
  1. From administrative command prompt, run:

If you have only one SQL server on this machine, omit the -S and everything after.

This may take multiple attempts. The attempts may error saying “Reason: Server is in single user mode. Only one administrator can connect at this time.” Eventually it will connect and give you the prompt:

  1. Enter the following, press Enter at every line, and choose something long and horrible for PasswordText:
  1. Reverse the change in SQL Server Configuration Manager.
  1. Restart the SQL server.

Categories:   SQL   


Streaming Player for Web Sites, Audio and Video
article #1159, updated 5 days ago

Possibly the best:

Categories:   Web Methods   Media


Choose Your Own Netflix Categories
article #915, updated 7 days ago

Netflix has a lot of categories, and its automatic machines have been given far too much ability to prevent us from seeing our interests. Here is a better way. Try the links here:

Categories:   Media   


Install All Microsoft Redistributable VC++ Runtimes
article #643, updated 8 days ago

Below is the best tool we have seen, a PowerShell script, excellent and fast, enterprise- and automation-friendly:

Once you have all of the files of the above in a folder, run PowerShell as administrator, CD into the “bin” folder underneath, and run these:

Unblock-File .\Install-VisualCRedistributables.ps1
.\Install-VisualCRedistributables.ps1 -xml VisualCRedistributablesSupported.xml -install

An older method, strictly GUI, is here:

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   Windows Installer and Updates


DISM cleanup
article #1158, updated 8 days ago

DISM is great for system image repair in 2012/8.0 and later. But from 2008R2/7 there are lots of things DISM can do to clean up a system. Here’s one:

dism /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup

This does much cleaning up of redundant items in WinSxS. There is also:

dism /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase

but /ResetBase eliminates removal of all patches and updates etcetera, so not necessarily best to use. And we have:

dism /online /Cleanup-Image /SPSuperseded

/SPSuperseded eliminates removal of service packs only.

Categories:   Windows Installer and Updates   Windows OS-Level Issues


Package key signing issues in Manjaro Linux
article #1157, updated 9 days ago

Per the Forum as of this writing, try each of these twice if needed:

sudo pacman -Sy archlinux-keyring manjaro-keyring
sudo pacman-key --populate archlinux manjaro
sudo pacman-key --refresh-keys

Categories:   Linux OS-level Issues   


How to download package source code in Arch Linux
article #499, updated 9 days ago

Here’s the scoop:

Categories:   Source Code Issues   


Download DevNodeClean for further VSS cleanup
article #1156, updated 12 days ago

‘vssadmin delete shadows /all’ gets a lot of gunk out, but DevNodeClean:

eliminates related registry entries, including Device Manager grayed-out items, for even more improvement. This has existed for a while, but not available in public download very long.

Categories:   VSS