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Archive for the ‘Windows’ Category

On my tools list: Rapid Environment Editor – freeware Windows environment variables editor

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/07/10

On my tools list: [WayBack] About РRapid Environment Editor Rapid Environment Editor Рfreeware Windows environment variables editor

Thanks to Thomas Mueller via [WayBack] I have installed RAD Studio 10.1 Berlin running under Win 10 and I have tried to install GExperts. It doesn’t install into the IDE. I run the ExpertMana… – Bill Olson – Google+.


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Cipher: a command-line tool to decrypt/encrypt files and directories (een recursively) on Windows

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/07/03

A while ago, I had to mass encrypt a lot of directories and files on Windows for some directories in an existing directory structure.

This helped me to find out which ones were already done (it lists all encrypted files on all drives; the /n ensures the files or encryption keys are not altered):

cipher.exe /u /n /h

This encrypted recursively in one directory B:\Directory:

cipher /D /S:B:\Directory /A

It also has options to wipe data (/W), export keys into transferrable files (/X) and many more.

If you like the Windows Explorer more then to encrypt/decrypt (it is a tedious process): [WayBack] How do I encrypt/decrypt a file? | IT Pro.



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Tools I use for audio/video downloading, media conversion and audio editing

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/07/03

A friend asked me what tools I use for downloading media, converting it to various formats (including audio extraction) and audio editing.

It is a surprisingly short list:

Most of it runs out of the box on Mac OS X/MacOS/OS X, as I’ve moved there form Windows for most of my day to day access to systems (there is a great set of Microsoft Remote Desktop in the app store: []¬†Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.0 on the Mac¬†App¬†Store¬†and []¬†Microsoft Remote Desktop 10 on the Mac¬†App¬†Store; I like the first one better).

Audacity shortcuts

Shortcuts make Audacity life a lot easier. For keyboard shortcuts, Mac users use Command (‚Ćė)¬†instead of¬†Ctrl.

Earlier related posts:


mps-youtube via [WayBack] Joseph Mitzen commenting on… – Carlos Moreno Gil – Google+


Posted in Apple, iMac, Mac, Mac OS X / OS X / MacOS, MacBook, MacBook Retina, MacBook-Air, MacBook-Pro, MacMini, Power User, Remote Desktop Protocol/MSTSC/Terminal Services, Windows | Leave a Comment »

“This app can’t run on your PC – To find a version for your PC, check with the software publisher.”

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/06/19

I had a problem running wmic. It was no a Dutch Windows 10, but the same will happen with any locale, so in English the error looks like this:

This app can't run on your PC

To find a version for your PC, check with the software publisher.

After which you get this on the command-line:

Access is denied.

In the Dutch version, the error is called this:

Deze app kan niet worden uitgevoerd op uw pc

Vraag bij de software-uitgever na of er een versie bestaat voor uw pc.

After which you get this on the command-line:

Toegang geweigerd.

Apparently, an executable is now an app, and PC is uppercase in English, but not in Dutch. I digress.

The un-cool thing is that [WayBack] Process Monitor – Windows Sysinternals | Microsoft Docs showed no Access Denied message at all.

What happened however, was that there was an empty %SystemRoot%\System32\wmic.exe, which gets executed because %SystemRoot%\System32 is earlier on the path than C:\Windows\System32\wbem\WMIC.exe.

Note that %SystemRoot% seems to be the new %windir%.

You can reproduce this by doing this on a command prompt window:

cd %temp%

rem > wmic.exe


The rem will create an empty wmic.exe. Because on Windows, the current directory is always on the path, it tries to execute the empty wmic.exe, which causes the error.

Do not run an administrative in the default %SystemRoot%\System32 directory

The actual cause was a combination of this:

  1. When running cmd as Administrator, it starts in %SystemRoot%\System32
  2. %SystemRoot%\System32 is early on the path
  3. Copy/Paste through a remote desktop connection is unreliable
  4. I copied a big bunch of output from the RDP session to my host to write some documentation
  5. I copied a new command from the host to run in the Administrative cmd
  6. What got pasted instead was the output, which created these empty files (which has some typos, I know) because output is of the form C:\path>filename:


  7. I did not notice these files were created in  %SystemRoot%\System32


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“windows 10” cannot manually set time – Google Search

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/06/12

On my research list: a Windows 10 machine with automatic time settings being 2 hours off.

I tried setting time and time zone, but the new Windows 10 UI did not let me.

List to start


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