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Archive for the ‘Windows 10’ Category

Viewing the most recent Windows DNS requests on the console

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/07/18

I missed that over time, ipconfig has been extended with some more commands.

The command ipconfig /displaydns does exaxctly what I want: Display the contents of the DNS Resolver Cache.

The ipconfig help:

    ipconfig [/allcompartments] [/? | /all |
                                 /renew [adapter] | /release [adapter] |
                                 /renew6 [adapter] | /release6 [adapter] |
                                 /flushdns | /displaydns | /registerdns |
                                 /showclassid adapter |
                                 /setclassid adapter [classid] |
                                 /showclassid6 adapter |
                                 /setclassid6 adapter [classid] ]

    adapter             Connection name
                       (wildcard characters * and ? allowed, see examples)

       /?               Display this help message
       /all             Display full configuration information.
       /release         Release the IPv4 address for the specified adapter.
       /release6        Release the IPv6 address for the specified adapter.
       /renew           Renew the IPv4 address for the specified adapter.
       /renew6          Renew the IPv6 address for the specified adapter.
       /flushdns        Purges the DNS Resolver cache.
       /registerdns     Refreshes all DHCP leases and re-registers DNS names
       /displaydns      Display the contents of the DNS Resolver Cache.
       /showclassid     Displays all the dhcp class IDs allowed for adapter.
       /setclassid      Modifies the dhcp class id.
       /showclassid6    Displays all the IPv6 DHCP class IDs allowed for adapter.
       /setclassid6     Modifies the IPv6 DHCP class id.

The default is to display only the IP address, subnet mask and
default gateway for each adapter bound to TCP/IP.

For Release and Renew, if no adapter name is specified, then the IP address
leases for all adapters bound to TCP/IP will be released or renewed.

For Setclassid and Setclassid6, if no ClassId is specified, then the ClassId is removed.

    > ipconfig                       ... Show information
    > ipconfig /all                  ... Show detailed information
    > ipconfig /renew                ... renew all adapters
    > ipconfig /renew EL*            ... renew any connection that has its
                                         name starting with EL
    > ipconfig /release *Con*        ... release all matching connections,
                                         eg. "Wired Ethernet Connection 1" or
                                             "Wired Ethernet Connection 2"
    > ipconfig /allcompartments      ... Show information about all
    > ipconfig /allcompartments /all ... Show detailed information about all




Posted in DNS, Internet, Power User, Windows, Windows 10 | Leave a Comment »

Firewall whitelist for Windows Update

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/07/11

For Windows 10 to update at all, I had to add a truckload of domains to the Fritz!Box whitelist configuration; this is the list for now:



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The only practical way of running x86 VMs on Apple M1 seems to be QEMU based UTM

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/07/01

Few articles exist on running x86 VMs on Apple M1 architecture.

This is the best I found, and clearly states that QEMU based UTM is the way to go, but notably lacks 3D support: [Wayback/] Apple Silicon M1: How to run x86 and ARM Virtual Machines on it? | by Dmitry Yarygin | Mar, 2021 | Medium

Without VMs, but running Windows x86_64 code is already possible using Windows 10 for ARM via Parallels: [Wayback] Windows 10 on M1 Macs: What you can do (virtualization, sorta) and can’t (Boot Camp) | Macworld.

VMware Fusion is not going to support x86_64 virtualisation anytime soon as per [Wayback/] Fusion on Apple Silicon: Progress Update – VMware Fusion Blog – VMware Blogs

What about x86 emulation?

We get asked regularly about running x86 VMs on M1 Macs. It makes total sense… If Apple can emulate x86 with Rosetta 2, surely VMware can do something too, right?

Well, the short answer is that there isn’t exactly much business value relative to the engineering effort that is required, at least for the time being. For now, we’re laser focused on making Arm Linux VMs on Apple silicon a delight to use.

So, to be a bit blunt, running x86 operating systems on Apple silicon is not something we are planning to deliver with this project. Installing Windows or Linux from an x86 ISO, for example, will not work.

More on UTM, which is open source:

Now hopefully someone posts a Wiki of running x86_64 Windows on Apple M1 (:

This is a small start that it can be done [Wayback/] Has anyone tried running Delphi on Windows ARM? – Delphi IDE and APIs – Delphi-PRAXiS [en]

It works well. I’ve managed to build and run my VCL and FMX projects on Android, iOS, Windows and Mac without any problems.
Note that both Windows ARM and the way it runs Delphi are still in preview so tread carefully!
On 4/18/2021 at 8:01 PM, Der schöne Günther said:
Can you confirm it cannot only build projects but also debug them?
I can debug Windows and Android no problem. I’m having issues debugging iOS as it’s stopping in the IDE but showing the CPU rather than code views. I believe this might be a badly built component I need to re-install rather than an issue with the environment but can’t confirm either way at the moment.

An update on the debugging issues on iOS – it’s all working now. My VM just needed a restart and I can debug without problems now.


Posted in Apple, M1 Mac, Mac, Mac OS X / OS X / MacOS, Power User, Qemu, UTM, Virtualization, Windows, Windows 10 | Leave a Comment »

Windows: require UAC elevation to enter password instead of a simple “Yes” helps preventing USB HID attacks

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/06/17

Of course you should be careful inserting random USB devices. Apart from USB HID attacks, they could perform other attacks like DMA ones.

To help preventing automated UAC elevation, you can make it harder to activate UAC by requiring a password. I think the below registry trick and policy is supported as of Windows 7, but it could be more recent (i.e. Windows 8.1).

The video below shows the trick, but does not document it in text. So here we go [WayBack] Windows doesn’t ask for your password when changing settings – Windows 10 Forums

reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v "ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v "ConsentPromptBehaviorUser" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v "EnableInstallerDetection" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v "EnableLUA" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v "EnableSecureUIAPaths" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v "EnableUIADesktopToggle" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v "FilterAdministratorToken" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v "PromptOnSecureDesktop" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f

(A more elaborate batch file with lots more hardening is at [WayBack] Win 10 edits · GitHub)

The registry trick is especially useful for Home editions of Windows which do not allow you to run the Security Policy control panel applet secpol.msc.

The first two values explained at [WayBack] How to configure Windows UAC prompt behavior for admins and users – gHacks Tech News:


This key defines the User Account Control behavior for system administrators. The default value is set to prompt but do not require credentials to be entered. Here are all possible values:

  • 0: A value of 0 allows administrators to perform operations that require elevation without consent (meaning prompts) or credentials (meaning authentication).
  • 1: A value of 1 requires the admin to enter username and password when operations require elevated privileges on a secure desktop.
  • 2: The value of 2 displays the UAC prompt that needs to be permitted or denied on a secure desktop. No authentication is required.
  • 3:  A value of 3 prompts for credentials.
  • 4: A value of 4 prompts for consent by displaying the UAC prompt.
  • 5: The default value of 5 prompts for consent for non-Windows binaries.


  • 0: A value of 0 will automatically deny any operation that requires elevated privileges if executed by standard users.
  • 1: The value of 1 will display a prompt to enter the username and password of an administrator to run the operation with elevated privileges on the secure desktop.
  • 3: The default value of 3 prompts for credentials on a secure desktop.

The changes should take effect immediately. You can for instance set the admin behavior to 0 so that no prompts are displayed, and user behavior to 0 as well to prevent them from running operations that require elevated privileges.


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

How can you export the Visual Studio Code extension list? (via: Stack Overflow)

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/06/16

Adapted from [] How can you export the Visual Studio Code extension list? – Stack Overflow, presuming that code is on the PATH:

  1. From the command-line interface on MacOS, Linux, BSD or on Windows with git installed:
    code --list-extensions | xargs -L 1 echo code --install-extension
  2. From the command-line interface on MacOS, Linux, BSD or on Windows without git installed:
    code --list-extensions | % { "code --install-extension $_" }

    or, as I think, more clearly (see also [WayBack] syntax – What does “%” (percent) do in PowerShell? – Stack Overflow):

    code --list-extensions | foreach { "code --install-extension $_" }

    or even more explanatory:

    code --list-extensions | ForEach-Object { "code --install-extension $_" }
  3. From the command-line interface on Windows as a plain cmd.exe command:
    @for /f %l in ('code --list-extensions') do @echo code --install-extension %l
  4. On Windows as a plain cmd.exe batch file (in a .bat/.cmd script):
    @for /f %%l in ('code --list-extensions') do @echo code --install-extension %%l
  5. The above two on Windows can also be done using PowerShell:
    PowerShell -Command "code --list-extensions | % { """""code --install-extension $_""""" }"

    Note that here too, the % can be expanded into foreach or ForEach-Object for clarity.

All of the above prepend “code --install-extension ” (note the trailing space) before each installed Visual Studio Code extension.

They all give you a list like this which you can execute on any machine having Visual Studio Code installed and its code on the PATH, and a working internet connection:

code --install-extension DavidAnson.vscode-markdownlint
code --install-extension ms-vscode.powershell
code --install-extension yzhang.markdown-all-in-onex

(This is about the minimum install for me to edit markdown documents and do useful things with PowerShell).

Of course you can pipe these to a text-file script to execute them later on.

The double-quote escaping is based on [Wayback/] How to escape PowerShell double quotes from a .bat file – Stack Overflow:

you need to escape the " on the command line, inside a double quoted string. From my testing, the only thing that seems to work is quadruple double quotes """" inside the quoted parameter:

powershell.exe -command "echo '""""X""""'"

Via: [] how to save your visual studio code extension list – Google Search


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