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Archive for the ‘Windows 7’ Category

Booting Windows 10 to the recovery console command prompt

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/01

I bumped into an old draft on notes on NTFS boot issues.

A while ago, I wanted to boot in the Windows 10 “Safe Mode” console, but the F8 option during the boot process was gone.

So I wondered how to get there. There seem to be a few ways, of which almost all require a functioning Windows installation. When you have one, it is relatively easy, as these options will work as summarised from [Wayback] How to open the Windows 10 recovery console:

  • Hold the physical Shift key when choosing “Reboot” in the user interface. There are various ways to get to the “Power” button:
    • in the lower right corner at the logon-screen
    • in the lower right corner at the lock-screen
    • in the lower right corner after pressing CtrlAltDel
    • in the lower left corner of the “Start” menu
  • In the Settings app, there used to be an “Advanced Startup” feature, but I could not find that any more in Windows 10 version 21H1 any more
  • From a console Window, run either of these commands (the second waits zero seconds before rebooting, the first 30)
    • shutdown.exe /r /o
    • shutdown.exe /r /o /t 0

There is also a possibility to restore the F8 functionality, but you need installation media for it. [Wayback] 3 ways to boot into Safe Mode on Windows 10 version 21H1 explains how to.

Some “notes on NTFS boot issues” links for my archive

(Note that for some of the links, only the [Wayback] ones work: link-rot of the links I saved 6 years ago)


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Quickly get into the “rename computer” setting on Windows 10

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/02/18

A while ago I needed to quickly rename a Windows 10 machine, but again they moved around the way to get into the right dialog (each new Windows 10 release more options seem to move around from the classic Control Panel or Computer Properties into hard to memorise places).

So I was glad to find out that either of these work from the command-line:

  • sysdm.cpl,1
  • SystemPropertiesComputerName

I already was aware of editing the user environment variables through "C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe" sysdm.cpl,EditEnvironmentVariables

Glad changing the computer name was so easy.

From [Wayback] Easy Ways to Open System Properties in Windows 10 | Password Recovery, I learned there were more equivalence commands for the rest of the “System Properties” tabs:

  1. Computer Name
    • sysdm.cpl,1
    • SystemPropertiesComputerName
  2. Hardware
    • sysdm.cpl,2
    • SystemPropertiesHardware
  3. Advanced
    • sysdm.cpl,3
    • SystemPropertiesAdvanced
  4. System Protection
    • sysdm.cpl,4
    • SystemPropertiesProtection
  5. Remote
    • sysdm.cpl,5
    • SystemPropertiesRemote

Searching for [Wayback] “EditEnvironmentVariables” “SystemPropertiesComputerName” – Google Search, I found a truckload more of these command-line tricks at [Wayback] 运行(WIN+R)中能使用的命令:ms-settings:,shell:,cpl,mmc… – Bob-wei – 博客园.


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The Evolution of Windows Search | Windows Search Platform

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/01/03

Great post [WayBack] The Evolution of Windows Search | Windows Search Platform, covering some 3 decades of search:

  • 1991 (Cairo with WinFS)
  • 1996 (Windows NT 4.0)
  • 2000 (Windows 2000)
  • 2001 (Windows XP)
  • 2007 (Windows Vista)
  • 2009 (Windows 7)
  • 2012 (Windows 8.x)
  • 2015 (Windows 10)

It is part 1 of a series of 4 posts by [WayBack] Brendan Flynn, Author at Windows Search Platform:

  1. The Evolution of Windows Search  👈  You Are here
  2. Windows Search Configuration and Settings
  3. What’s in my index?
  4. How to make the most of search on Windows

When grabbing them, only the first two parts were available. Part two was about [WayBack] Configuration and Settings | Windows Search Platform with an in depth coverage of both the old style Control Panel applet as the new Windows 10 Settings page.

Via: [] Immo Landwerth on Twitter: “If you like Raymond Chen’s The Old New Thing, then you might love this new developer focused blog too. It starts with an interesting history of Windows Search, by @brflynn_ms. Enjoy & subscribe!”


Posted in Power User, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows NT, Windows Server 2000, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Leave a Comment »

Use the System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted system files

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/09/30

[WayBack] Use the System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted system files:

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Digging Through Event Log Hell (finding user logon & logoff) – Ars Technica OpenForum

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/08/31

This helped me big time finding failed logon attempts: [WayBack] Event Log Hell (finding user logon & logoff) – Ars Technica OpenForum

Alternatively, you can use the XPath query mechanism included in the Windows 7 event viewer. In the event viewer, select “Filter Current Log…”, choose the XML tab, tick “Edit query manually”, then copy the following to the textbox:

  <Query Id="0" Path="Security">
    <Select Path="Security">*[System[EventID=4624] and EventData[Data[@Name='TargetUserName'] = 'USERNAME']]</Select>

This selects all events from the Security log with EventID 4624 where the EventData contains a Data node with a Name value of TargetUserName that is equal to USERNAME. Remember to replace USERNAME with the name of the user you’re looking for.

If you need to be even more specific, you can use additional XPath querying – have a look at the detail view of an event and select the XML view to see the data that you are querying into.

Thanks user Hamstro!




Posted in Development, Microsoft Surface on Windows 7, Power User, Software Development, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 9, Windows Vista, Windows XP, XML/XSD | Leave a Comment »

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