GUI SFTP/SCP (SSH File Transfer) Server for Windows
article #1166, updated 28 days ago

SFTP, also called SCP, is not, accurately speaking, FTP. SFTP is “SSH File Transfer”, transfer of files over the SSH protocol, and not the FTP protocol. The FTP protocol has its own excellent secure (FTPS) capabilities, FileZilla being a recommended graphical FTP server for Windows; but GUI servers for SSH are much harder to find. Happily, here is one:

https://www.solarwinds.com/free-tools/free-sftp-server/registration?program=961&c=70150000000FJX0&CMP=BIZ-TAD-PCWDLD-SW_WW_X_PP_PPD_FT_EN_TOPFT_SW-SFTP-X_X_X_X-X

Categories:   Servers   

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XP Mode helps
article #1165, updated 32 days ago

  1. There are three ways to reset the password if you need to do so:

https://www.mydigitallife.net/reset-and-fix-incorrect-or-wrong-password-for-windows-xp-mode-xpmuser/

  1. If you need to transfer an XP mode virtual from one user profile to another, create a blank XP mode on the new user, then copy all of the old files replacing the new. Use the default filenames, don’t change anything. It will work, but you will need to change the password, above.

Categories:   Virtual Machines & Environments   Windows OS-Level Issues

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Open Windows Explorer window in new process
article #1164, updated 34 days ago

A registry entry:

reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v SeparateProcess /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

which can be set up in group policy, under Computer Configuration, Preferences, Windows Settings, Registry.

Categories:   Performance   Windows OS-Level Issues

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Test Your FTP Server
article #1163, updated 35 days ago

Here’s a great tester:

https://ftptest.net/

Categories:   Tools   

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Registry merges to enable and disable Cortana and Windows Defender
article #1162, updated 40 days ago

Very nice:

https://gist.github.com/Zenexer/ae98c2b80d60fffcc588

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   

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Disable Cortana altogether
article #1161, updated 40 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

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Create New Microsoft SQL Administrative Login
article #1160, updated 42 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:
SQLCMD -E -S 127.0.0.1\XYZ

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>
  1. Enter the following, press Enter at every line, and choose something long and horrible for PasswordText:
CREATE LOGIN [sa2] WITH PASSWORD = 'PasswordText'
GO
GRANT CONTROL SERVER TO [sa2]
GO
EXIT
  1. Reverse the change in SQL Server Configuration Manager.
  1. Restart the SQL server.

Categories:   SQL   

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Streaming Player for Web Sites, Audio and Video
article #1159, updated 44 days ago

Possibly the best:

http://www.mediaelementjs.com/

Categories:   Web Methods   Media

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Choose Your Own Netflix Categories
article #915, updated 45 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:

http://whatsonnetflix.com/netflix-hacks/the-netflix-id-bible-every-category-on-netflix/2/

Categories:   Media   

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DISM cleanup
article #1158, updated 46 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