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Some commands and links from “Praktijk | Windows PE”; Softlink 1807114 – c’t magazine

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/02/04

Downloads: [WayBack] Softlink 1807114 – c’t magazine

Commands (only execute them from within a Windows PE session!):

  1. Sometimes the network does not start, so you can use the wpeutil command to start it: wpeutil initializenetwork; with wpeutil disablefirewall and wpeutil enablefirewall you can manage the firewall.Background information:
  2. Like regular Windows, net use can map shares to drive letters over a wired network connection. There is a small thing with anonymous logon, see the below links for more, and you might need a network driver that is not automatically loaded, see the next section.
    1. [WayBack] samba – Windows 10 PE Unable to map network drive anonymously – Server Fault
    2. [WayBack] WinPE Network Drivers: Initializing and adding drivers | Microsoft Docs
  3. Windows PE can load most drivers through the drvload command; ensure you have unpacked your drivers and the driver directory contains the appropriate  .inf file, then run drvload E:\driver\drivername.inf where E:\driver is where your driver files are.Background information:
  4. The manage-bde -unlock command can unlock a Bitlocker volume. There are various parameters, but the most used combination is manage-bde -unlock C: -password where C: is the drive you want to unlock and -password (or -pw) causes it to prompt for a password.Background information:
  5. To get information which kind of boot was performed (BIOS or UEFI):

    wpeutil updatebootinfo

    Then browse toHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control and check the value for PEFirmwareType: when 1, it is BIOS, when 2, it is UEFI.

    or check out

    [WayBack] Boot to UEFI Mode or Legacy BIOS mode | Microsoft Docs and run this small script:

    wpeutil UpdateBootInfo for /f "tokens=2* delims= " %%A in ('reg query HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control /v PEFirmwareType') DO SET Firmware=%%B
    :: Note: delims is a TAB followed by a space.
    if %Firmware%==0x1 echo The PC is booted in BIOS mode.
    if %Firmware%==0x2 echo The PC is booted in UEFI mode.

You can execute compact.exe with the /compactos parameter from both a regular Windows installation as well as from Windows PE. From Windows PE, you need to provide an extra parameter: the drive to check.

Regular Windows:

  • compact.exe /compactos queries if it is enabled
  • compact.exe /compactos:always enables compactOS

Windows PE:

  • Compact.exe /CompactOS:Query /WinDir:E:\Windows

Background information:


Posted in Power User, Windows | Leave a Comment »

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/02/01

For my memory:

What’s new in this update:

It’s time for the first update of the year! We appreciate all your comments sent to us through the App Store, in-app feedback and email; and continue focusing on making this app better with each release.

In this version we addressed the following issues:

  • Added support for the AVC (420 and 444) codec, available when connecting to current versions of Windows 10.
  • In “fit to window mode”, a window refresh now occurs immediately after a resize to ensure that content is rendered at the correct interpolation level.
  • Fixed a layout bug that caused feed headers to overlap for some users.
  • Cleaned up the Application Preferences UI.
  • Polished the Add/Edit Desktop UI.
  • Made lots of fit and finish adjustments to the Connection Center tile and list views for desktops and feeds.

Please continue to send us feedback. We read it all and factor it into our planning. If you encounter any errors, you can always contact us via Help > Report an Issue.

NOTE: There is a bug in macOS 10.14.0 and 10.14.1 that can cause the “” folder (nested deep inside the ~/Library folder) to consume a large amount of disk space. To resolve this issue, delete the folder contents and upgrade to macOS 10.14.2. Note that a side-effect of deleting the folder contents is that snapshot images assigned to bookmarks will be deleted. These images will be regenerated when reconnecting to the remote PC.

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Posted in Apple, Mac OS X / OS X / MacOS, Power User, Remote Desktop Protocol/MSTSC/Terminal Services, Windows | Leave a Comment »

Tools for TCP tunnels over HTTP/HTTPS

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/01/16

With the advent of WebSockets, it looks like TCP tunnels over HTTP/HTTPS are gaining more ground and I need to put some research time in them.

Some old to new links:

CONNECT requests are not supported by many HTTP proxies, especially in larger organisations, so chisel and crowbar have a much bigger chance there.

And of course there is SoftEtherVPN/SoftEtherVPN: A Free Cross-platform Multi-protocol VPN Software. * For support, troubleshooting and feature requests we have For critical vulnerability please email us. (mail address is on the header.).

However, that is a VPN solution which is much broader than just a single TCP tunnel. You can so similar things with OpenVPN, but over HTTP/HTTPS, also requires CONNECT:

SoftEtherVPN seems to be more versatile though. I blogged about that before, but back then didn’t have needs for it yet. VPN over HTTPS: Ultimate Powerful VPN Connectivity – SoftEther VPN Project.


via: [WayBackVPN through only http – Server Fault answer by [WayBack] neutrinus

Posted in Communications Development, Development, HTTP, https, Internet protocol suite, Network-and-equipment, OpenVPN, Power User, TCP, VPN, WebSockets, Windows-Http-Proxy | Leave a Comment »

In windows, can I redirect stdout to a (named) pipe in command line? – Super User

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/01/14

Interesting thought [WayBackIn windows, can I redirect stdout to a (named) pipe in command line? – Super User.

The only problem seems to be a good way of creating/removing those pipes.


Posted in Batch-Files, Development, Power User, Scripting, Software Development, Windows | Leave a Comment »

List of Shell GUIDs for various Windows versions for use in shortcuts and batch files

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/01/09

In my search for starting the Windows Credential Manager from the console, I found [WayBackCredential Manager Shortcut – Create – Windows 7 Help Forums explaining:

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}

This reminded me of From batch file or shortcut: start Windows Update (via: Windows 7 Help Forums) and batch-file trick: Starting Windows Explorer and selecting a file (“explorer” commandline parameters “/n” “/e” “/select” “/root” “/start”

The odd thing is that some of the GUID shortcuts works fine using the shell::: syntax, but fail with the /e:: syntax, for instance Windows Update until Windows 8.1:

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{36eef7db-88ad-4e81-ad49-0e313f0c35f8}
%windir%\explorer.exe /e,::{36eef7db-88ad-4e81-ad49-0e313f0c35f8}

One day I’ll create a table of permutations for various Windows versions and execute options.

For now these links need to suffice:


Posted in Batch-Files, Development, Power User, Scripting, Software Development, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 9 | 1 Comment »

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