Kaspersky Lab Products Remover
article #1261, updated 2 days ago

This tool:


will remove Kaspersky products without too much of a fight.



Automatic Microsoft SQL Tuning
article #1260, updated 2 days ago

It exists as of SQL 2017:




Silent install of ESET items via command line
article #1259, updated 27 days ago

Use these all together:

--silent --accepteula --avr-disable



For Difficult Hardware Drivers (PCI vendor and device ID lookup)
article #181, updated 34 days ago

When you can, it’s best to go to the hardware manufacturer’s web site and download the latest for whatever you have. But sometimes you’re dealing with products whose manufacturers are unhelpful. A very good resource is here:


In the properties of a device in Windows, you can pull a VEN (Vendor) and DEV (Device) number, put it into the above, and hopefully find what you’re looking for.



Microsoft online services: FQDN firewall openings
article #947, updated 37 days ago

Some firewalls have FQDN capability (e.g., Watchguards), which makes careful rule creation practical for a behemoth like Microsoft Office 365 and all of its related services. The info below is condensed and sorted from here. I have omitted a very few items (e.g., ports 25, 143, 465, and 993, and *.msn.com), for reasons which I hope are reasonably obvious.

Create one rule with these ports:

80, TCP
443, TCP
587, TCP
3478-81, UDP
5223, TCP
50000-59999, TCP and UDP

to the following list of locations, and it is done.




Rename desktops in Windows domain from command line
article #31, updated 37 days ago

The simplest appears to be thus:

wmic computersystem where caption='oldcomputername' rename newcomputername

If it is run from an administrative CMD and the machine is in good talking relationship with its domain controller, the PC and also AD rename will complete. If either prerequisite is not met, the rename will fail. A non-admin attempt fails with code 5, DC availability fails with 1355.

There is also tool, part of the 2003 server reskit and included later on, which can do the rename of a desktop from a domain controller:

NETDOM RENAMECOMPUTER OLDNAME /newname:NEWNAME /userd:domain\domainadmin /passwordd:password /force /reboot:0

It causes a reboot of the target machine. /reboot:0 means no delay; the number is in seconds.



Download QuickBooks Installers
article #806, updated 43 days ago

Right here:




DISM Fixes Windows 8.1 and 10
article #980, updated 43 days ago

Do this:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

This handles a lot of SFC errors and others too.



DISM Cleans Up Server 2008R2 and Windows 7
article #1158, updated 43 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.



Interesting defrag: DiskTuna
article #1258, updated 43 days ago

Small and sweet.