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Archive for the ‘Windows’ Category

Windows Security From The Ground Up — Decent Security

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/06/28

Because so few people actually make more than 10% of these simple steps: [WayBack] Windows Security From The Ground Up — Decent Security (How to secure a Windows computer).

It starts with BIOS update, configuration, TPM, then secure boot into a bitlocker encrypted drive with a Windows installation that has UAC set to high, and a safe web browsing environment.



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Posted by jpluimers on 2019/06/28

Since CodePlex is sunsetting, some archived locations of

It helps you investigate dependencies of Windows Services.




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Enable remote desktop on Windows – SystemPropertiesRemote.exe

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/06/24

The easiest way to enable remote desktop access on Windows is by running SystemPropertiesRemote.exe.

There are alternatives using the command prompt that edit registry settings and network firewall in the links below, but they are all more cumbersome.

Links mostly via enable remote desktop on windows – Google Search

I need to check out:

  • which of the above are really old
  • how to find out if WinRM is enabled
  • see if this can be done over WinRM
  • see if this can be done with PSShell
  • see if PowerShell is a good successor to the now deprecated netsh
    • you want to enable the remote desktop group in a language and windows version neutral way, not just port 3389

Some registry entries:





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List of applications behind the various control panel links – via “Stop user access to control panel”

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/06/21

An interesting set of apps behind the various control panel links from [WayBack] Stop user access to control panel. Even though from 2013, many still work.

Add Hardware – Wizard hdwwiz.cpl
Administrative Tools – control admintools
Advanced System Properties ?
Advanced tab System – PropertiesAdvanced.exe
Computer Name – tab sysdm.cpl or SystemPropertiesComputerName.exe
Prevention tab – SystemPropertiesDataExecutionPrevention.exe
Hardware tab – SystemPropertiesHardware.exe
System Protection tab – SystemPropertiesProtection.exe
Remote tab – SystemPropertiesRemote.exe
AutoPlay control /name – Microsoft.AutoPlay
Backup and Restore Center control /name – Microsoft.BackupAndRestoreCenter
Backup Status and Configuration – sdclt.exe
BitLocker Drive Encryption control /name – Microsoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption
Bluetooth Devices – bthprops.cpl
Date And Time – timedate.cpl or control date/time
Display Settings – desk.cpl
Default Programs control /name – Microsoft.DefaultPrograms
Device Manager – devmgmt.msc
Disk Manager – diskmgmt.msc
Ease of Access Center – access.cpl or Utilman.exe
Game Controllers –  joy.cpl
Indexing Options control /name – Microsoft.IndexingOptions
Internet Options – inetcpl.cpl
Keyboard Properties – control keyboard
Mouse Properties – main.cpl or control mouse
Network and Sharing Center control /name – Microsoft.NetworkandSharingCenter
Network Connections – ncpa.cpl or control netconnections
Offline Files control /name – Microsoft.OfflineFiles
Parental Controls control /name – Microsoft.ParentalControls
Pen and Input – Devices TabletPC.cpl
People Near Me – collab.cpl or p2phost.exe
Phone and Modem Options – telephon.cpl or control telephony
Power Options – powercfg.cpl
Printers control – printers
Problem Reports and Solutions – wercon.exe
Programs and Features – appwiz.cpl
Regional and Language Options – intl.cpl or control international
Scanners and Cameras – sticpl.cpl
Secure Online Key Backup control /name – Microsoft.SecureKeyBackup
Security Center – wscui.cpl
Sound – mmsys.cpl
Speech Recognition Options control /name – Microsoft.SpeechRecognitionOptions
Sync Center – mobsync.exe
System control /name – Microsoft.System
Tablet PC Settings control /name – Microsoft.TabletPCSettings
Task Scheduler control – schedtasks
Text to Speech – sapi.cpl or control speech
User Accounts – nusrmgr.cpl or Netplwiz.exe or control userpasswords
User Accounts (advanced) – control userpasswords2
Volume Mixer – SndVol.exe
Welcome Center control.exe /name – Microsoft.WelcomeCenter
Windows Defender – MsAsCui.exe
Windows Firewall – Firewall.cpl or FirewallControlPanel.exe
Windows Firewall Settings – FirewallSettings.exe
Windows Sidebar Properties – control.exe /name Microsoft.WindowsSidebarProperties
Windows SideShow – control.exe /name Microsoft.WindowsSideshow
Windows Update – control.exe /name Microsoft.WindowsUpdate


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Copy the full path of a file from Windows Explorer

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/06/14

Every now and then, I learn a “new” feature that has existed for a very long time.

This time it is about the Copy as Path feature from Windows Explorer context menu:

  1. hold the shift key, then right click any file or directory
  2. select Copy as Path

This was introduced in Windows Vista ([WayBack] How to Get Windows Vista and 7’s “Copy as Path” Option in Windows XP Context Menu? – AskVG).

By default the Copy as Path is not in the context menu: you have to press the shift key. In the past, I used tools like ClipName from the PC TimeWatch people – Freeware « The Wiert Corner – irregular stream of stuff.

Seems I do not use that any more for just copying one filename, only for copying multiple.



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