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Archive for March 15th, 2021

Windows 10 Home: allow a certain user to have a non-expiring password

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/03/15

Sometimes it makes sense to have a user never expire the password.

On a non-home editions of Windows, this is easy: just run lusrmgr.msc, then in the UI change the property for the user.

On home editions of Windows, you cannot do this in a GUI: those bits are either disabled or completely unavailable.

I did this on a demo VM system on an elevated command-prompt:

C:\>wmic UserAccount where Name='developer' set PasswordExpires=False
Updating property(s) of '\\DEMO-VM\ROOT\CIMV2:Win32_UserAccount.Domain="DEMO-VM",Name="developer"'
Property(s) update successful.

To show the current state (before I changed it):

C:\>wmic UserAccount where Name='developer'
AccountType  Caption           Description  Disabled  Domain      FullName  InstallDate  LocalAccount  Lockout  Name       PasswordChangeable  PasswordExpires  PasswordRequired  SID                                            SIDType  Status 
512          DEMO-VM\developer              FALSE     DEMO-VM                            TRUE          FALSE    developer  TRUE                TRUE             TRUE              S-1-5-21-2478057260-1439466941-978077079-1002  1        OK     

Via: [WayBack] Cocosenor: 4 ways to disable or enable Windows 10 password expiration notification


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MacOS “mds_stores” high CPU usage

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/03/15

I notices a high CPU usage, so searched for [Wayback] “mds_stores” – Google Search.

There I quickly found out this is the Spotlight indexer using a lot of CPU.

From that, it was easy to track down: I had added a second 4TB backup disk, but forgot to add it to the Spotlight indexing exclusion list, where you get by following these steps:

  1. Open “Preferences”
  2. Search for “Spotlight”
  3. Click on the “Privacy” button
  4. Click on the “+” button to add a new folder
  5. Browse to the top of the list inside your computer to find the volumes to exclude

Now it is on it:

Related: [WayBack] [FIXED] mds_stores Process Consuming High CPU Usage – MacMetric


Posted in Apple, Mac OS X / OS X / MacOS, Power User, SpotLight | Leave a Comment »

Windows Users like “Window Manager\DWM-3” are virtual users

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/03/15

Having seen logon failures from user Window Manager\DWM-3 while on a public WiFi network, I did a quick search on [WayBack] “Window Manager\DWM-3” – Google Search.

It appeared somebody trying a dictionary attack on the RDP port of my Windows VM which was on the host Bridged Network (see [] Help – VMware Fusion 6 Documentation Center).

This is a virtual user that is part of a series of users that the Desktop Window Manager started using from Windows 8 and up.

The first user always exist, DWM-2 and up are created for new dwm.exe processes (by winlogon.exe) when users start logging on through RDP connections to a Windows machine:

  1. Window Manager\DWM-1
  2. Window Manager\DWM-2
  3. Window Manager\DWM-3
  4. Window Manager\DWM-4

In addition to logging on as a new user, as of Windows 8, these also are created when shutting down and starting up (which Windows fools you by actually doing a kind of hibernate): [Wayback] windows 8 – What is winlogon.exe -SpecialSession? – Super User



Posted in Power User, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 | Leave a Comment »

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