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Chocolatey: force install sysinternals after hash mismatch

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/09/28

Shortly after UltraVNC mismatching sha256 hash the chocolatey checksum check (Chocolatey: when upgrades or installs keep insisting the hash has changed, and over time the mismatch changes as well), I bumped into another occasion: now (because of a zero sized .nupkg file), I had to force reinstall sysinternals.

The problem however is that sysinternals chocolatey will always install the latest version as per [WayBack] Chocolatey Software | Sysinternals 2019.12.19


  • This package supports only latest version.
  • This package by default installs to tools directory which will create shims for all applications. When you install to different directory, shims are not created but directory is added to the PATH.
  • This package downloads the nano edition of sysinternals suite when installing it on a nano server.
  • To have GUI for the tools, install nirlauncher package and use /Sysinternals package parameter.

It means that when reinstalling an older version (in the process of fixing a broken chocolatey install), it is OK to ignore the error caused during forced reinstall:

C:\bin\bin>choco install --force --yes sysinternals
Chocolatey v0.10.15
Installing the following packages:
By installing you accept licenses for the packages.
sysinternals v2019.6.29 already installed. Forcing reinstall of version '2019.6.29'.
 Please use upgrade if you meant to upgrade to a new version.
Progress: Downloading sysinternals 2019.6.29... 100%

sysinternals v2019.6.29 (forced) [Approved]
sysinternals package files install completed. Performing other installation steps.
Sysinternals Suite is going to be installed in 'C:\ProgramData\chocolatey\lib\sysinternals\tools'
Downloading sysinternals
  from ''
Progress: 100% - Completed download of C:\Users\jeroenp\AppData\Local\Temp\chocolatey\sysinternals\2019.6.29\ (29 MB).
Download of (29 MB) completed.
Error - hashes do not match. Actual value was 'AE0AB906A61234D1ECCB027D04F5A920D78A31494372193EE944DD419842625C'.
ERROR: Checksum for 'C:\Users\jeroenp\AppData\Local\Temp\chocolatey\sysinternals\2019.6.29\' did not meet 'db59efe1739a2262104874347277f9faa0805a1a7a0acd9cc29e9544fb8040c5' for checksum type 'sha256'. Consider passing the actual checksums through with --checksum --checksum64 once you validate the checksums are appropriate. A less secure option is to pass --ignore-checksums if necessary.
The install of sysinternals was NOT successful.
Error while running 'C:\ProgramData\chocolatey\lib\sysinternals\tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1'.
 See log for details.

Chocolatey installed 0/1 packages. 1 packages failed.
 See the log for details (C:\ProgramData\chocolatey\logs\chocolatey.log).

 - sysinternals (exited -1) - Error while running 'C:\ProgramData\chocolatey\lib\sysinternals\tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1'.
 See log for details.

So in this case, as always the most recent Sysinternals file is used, it is OK to follow the bold guideline above (and quoted below) use the checksum for that file. You might even want to ignore it, as the file is downloaded over https so tampering is virtually impossible:

Consider passing the actual checksums through with --checksum --checksum64 once you validate the checksums are appropriate. A less secure option is to pass --ignore-checksums if necessary.

For this checksum, the forced reinstall becomes choco install --force --yes sysinternals --checksum AE0AB906A61234D1ECCB027D04F5A920D78A31494372193EE944DD419842625C

Alternatively (with a slight chance of yet another checksum) would be choco install --force --yes sysinternals --ignore-checksums


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A choco install list

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/02/03

Sometimes I forget the choco install mnemonics for various tools, so here is a small list below.

Of course you have to start with an administrative command prompt, and have a basic Chocolatey Installation in place.

If you want to clean cruft:

choco install --yes choco-cleaner

Basic install:

choco install --yes 7zip
choco install --yes everything
choco install --yes notepadplusplus
choco install --yes beyondcompare
choco install --yes git.install --params "/GitAndUnixToolsOnPath /NoGitLfs /SChannel /NoAutoCrlf /WindowsTerminal"
choco install --yes hg
choco install --yes sourcetree
choco install --yes sysinternals

For VMs (pic one):

choco install --yes vmware-tools
choco install --yes virtio-drivers

For browsing (not sure yet about Chrome as that one has a non-admin installer as well):

choco install --yes firefox

For file transfer (though be aware that some versions of Filezilla contained adware):

choco install --yes filezilla
choco install --yes winscp

For coding:

choco install --yes vscode
choco install --yes atom

For SQL server:

choco install --yes sql-server-management-studio

For web development / power user:

choco install --yes fiddler

For SOAP and REST:

choco install --yes soapui

If you don’t like manually downloading SequoiaView at (

choco install --yes windirstat

For drawing, image manipulation ( last, as it needs a UI action):

choco install --yes gimp
choco install --yes imagemagick
choco install --yes

For ISO image mounting in pre Windows 10:

choco install --yes wincdemu

For hard disk management:

choco install --yes hdtune
choco install --yes seatools
choco install --yes speedfan

For Fujitsu ScanSnap scanners (not sure yet this includes PDF support):

choco install --yes scansnapmanager


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Keeping a local copy of sysinternals current

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/10/05

From my install script:

mkdir C:\bin
robocopy /mir \\\DavWWWRoot c:\bin\sysinternals

The \\\DavWWWRoot comes from following the URL in the Windows Explorer: the Windows Explorer automatically translates that to a back-slash based share syntax.

I got at that trick via these links:


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dzComputerInfo: a small tool that shows a window on top of all other windows displaying the computer name and currently logged on user.

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/05/18

Interesting as bgInfo does not support top most windows or overlay: it only does the Desktop background, and you need to go through hoops to recreate the background on each logon:

Enter dzComputerInfo. It’s a small tool that I wrote the evening after the above incident which does exactly one thing: It shows a window on top of all other windows displaying the computer name and currently logged on user. Since the window is so small and it places itself automatically just above the start button, it does not really become a nuisance.

The tool and the source code is available from sourceforge, if anybody else thinks he has a use for it.

The G+ thread also the interesting comment by Gaurav Kale:

The Classic Shell Start button supports environment variables in its tooltip. So just specify: %username% on %computername% for the Setting called “Button Tooltip”. Then to see the currently logged on user and computer name, you just have to HOVER over the Start button!


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wget for nirsoft

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/08/11

Since they require a referer:

wget --referer= -m -np
wget --referer= -m -np

The latter has password nirsoft9876$

The filenames change over time (the 2016 archive of shows and

Need to check out if I can automate this, as they seem to keep a SysInternals link


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