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Archive for the ‘Windows 8.1’ Category

Installing a Fujitsu PFU ScanSnap ix1500: ScanSnap Home upgrade screenshots

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/08/13

For my screenshot archive:

A retry with about 5 gigabyte of free space went further:

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Posted in Fujitsu ScanSnap, Hardware, ix1500, Power User, Scanners, Windows, Windows 8.1 | Leave a Comment »

The continued Windows PrintNightmare saga: no more printer Plug&Play for end-users on Windows

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/08/12

It was fun while it lasted, and puts other operating systems at an advantage.

[Wayback] Jeroen Wiert Pluimers on Twitter: “Bye bye printer Plug & Play on Windows for end-users: … Though MacOS has its share of printer driving issues (like only printing monochrome to colour printers), this is a serious step back on Windows compared to MacOS.”

More on the MacOS printer woes in a later blog post.

Web related:

Twitter related:


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Posted in Hardware, Power User, Printer drivers, Printers, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 | Leave a Comment »

How to turn on automatic logon in Windows

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/08/09

[WayBack] How to turn on automatic logon in Windows

Describes how to turn on the automatic logon feature in Windows by editing the registry.

Most archivals of the above post fail with a 404-error after briefly flashing the content, but this particular one usually succeeds displaying.

It is slightly different from the one referenced in my blog post automatic logon in Windows 2003, and because of the archival issues, I have quoted most of it below.

A few observations, at least in Windows 10 and 8.1:

  • Major Windows 10 upgrades will disable the autologon: after each major upgrade, you have to re-apply the registry patches.
  • If the user has a blank password, you can remove the DefaultPassword value.
    • Empty passwords allow local logon (no network logon or remote desktop logon), no network access and no RunAs, which can actually help improve security. More on that in a later blog post
  • For a local machine logon, you do not need the DefaultDomainName value either (despite many posts insisting you need them), but you can technically set it to the computer name using reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v DefaultDomainName /t REG_SZ /d %ComputerName% /f
  • If another user logs on and off, the values keep preserved, so after a reboot, the correct user automatically logs on
  • you need a full reboot cycle for this to take effect
  • The AutoLogon tool does not allow blank passwords

I wrote a batch file enable-autologon-for-user-parameter.bat that makes it easier:

if [%1] == [] goto :help

  reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v AutoAdminLogon /t REG_SZ /d 1 /f
  reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v DefaultUserName /t REG_SZ /d %1 /f
  reg delete "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v DefaultPassword /f
if [%2] == [] goto :eof
  reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v DefaultPassword /t REG_SZ /d %2 /f  
  goto :eof

  echo Syntax:
  echo   %0 username password

The article quote:

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Posted in Batch-Files, Development, Microsoft Surface on Windows 7, Power User, Scripting, Software Development, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 9, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Leave a Comment »

Windows 8.x: CPUs vs CPU cores matters!

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/08/09

After finding out that Windows 8.1 only uses 2 of of 3 CPU cores, I found [WayBack] How many physical processors does Windows 8 Support? – Super User.

This especially matters when doing virtualisation: here you can choose over how many CPU sockets the cores are divided.

So this limits Windows 8.x to 2 CPU cores, because they 3 cores are spread over 3 sockets:

And this allows Windows 8.x to use 3 CPU cores as it is in one socket:

Note this still applies to more recent non-Server Microsoft products ([Wayback] Windows 10 Home/Pro: 1/2 CPU sockets 64/128 cores; [Wayback] SQL Server Express/Standard: lesser of 1/4 CPU sockets, 4/24 cores) as well. Not sure why the OS would be limited so much, as for development purposes it can make sense to have a 2+ CPU socket machine running a non-server OS.


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Custom Resolution Utility (CRU)

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/07/16

This tool can help resetting monitor/display configurations for when your machines gets out of suspend/sleep/shutdown mode and resets the displays to wrong defaults (especially wrong scaling).

Documentation and download: [WayBack] Custom Resolution Utility (CRU)

Custom Resolution Utility (CRU) allows custom resolutions to be defined for both AMD/ATI and NVIDIA GPUs by creating EDID overrides directly in the registry without dealing with .inf files. Download:

Note the requirements:

Old version at [WayBack] GitHub – radamar/Custom-Resolution-Utility-ToastyX: Custom Resolution Utility for Windows by ToastyX, duplicated so the source won’t be lost..

Short instructions (but be sure to read the long ones above as well) slightly rephrased for readability:

  1. For each monitor
    1. Disable all of the default “Established Resolutions”
    2. Delete all of the default “Detailed Resolutions”
    3. Delete all of the default “Standard Resolutions”
    4. Add a new “Detailed Resolution”
    5. Under new “Detailed Resolution” I left all of the settings the same except for the active horizontal and vertical pixel dimensions, which is obviously where you set your desired screen resolution.
  2. Once all monitors are configured properly, close CRU and run the restart.exe or restart64.exe included with CRU and you should be good to go!

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

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