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Archive for the ‘Windows 8’ Category

Windows Users like “Window Manager\DWM-3” are virtual users

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/03/15

Having seen logon failures from user Window Manager\DWM-3 while on a public WiFi network, I did a quick search on [WayBack] “Window Manager\DWM-3” – Google Search.

It appeared somebody trying a dictionary attack on the RDP port of my Windows VM which was on the host Bridged Network (see [Archive.is] Help – VMware Fusion 6 Documentation Center).

This is a virtual user that is part of a series of users that the Desktop Window Manager started using from Windows 8 and up.

The first user always exist, DWM-2 and up are created for new dwm.exe processes (by winlogon.exe) when users start logging on through RDP connections to a Windows machine:

  1. Window Manager\DWM-1
  2. Window Manager\DWM-2
  3. Window Manager\DWM-3
  4. Window Manager\DWM-4

In addition to logging on as a new user, as of Windows 8, these also are created when shutting down and starting up (which Windows fools you by actually doing a kind of hibernate): [Wayback] windows 8 – What is winlogon.exe -SpecialSession? – Super User

Related:

–jeroen

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

How to remove (disable or hide) User Accounts on the Windows 10 Login Screen – Make Tech Easier

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/01/11

Works on my systems too (I think it works from Windows XP on) to hide users from the home screen: [WayBackHow to Hide User Accounts on the Windows 10 Login Screen – Make Tech Easier.

Show only the last logged on user, but add a switch-user dialog

Run the below .reg file on your machine, or manually add this key (does not need any value): HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\DomainStyleLogon

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\DomainStyleLogon]

Note the empty line at the end of the .reg file: that is by intention.

This will show the last logged-on user on the home screen, but still allows users to perform a switch to other users.

Related: [WayBack] ALWAYS display the last / default user Windows 7 welcome screen

Disable the users on the logon screen from interactive logon

Warning: do NOT disable your administrator user this way!

For why not, see the various users that lost access: [WayBackHide User Accounts on Windows 7 Logon – Windows 7 IT Pro > Windows 7 User Interface

  1. use net user on the command prompt to list the usernames and note the username you want to hide from the login screen
  2. run regedit to edit the registry
  3. ensure this registry key exists HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
  4. Under that key, create a new key SpecialAccounts
  5. Under the SpecialAccounts key, create a new key UserList
  6. Under the UserList key, create a new DWORD (32-bit) value with the Value name equal to the username and the Value data to zero (0, which is the default)
  7. Reboot
  8. Observe that user is not on the login window any more.

Example:

If you lost access because of SpecialAccounts

If you would like to unhide the hidden Administrator account on Windows 7:

  1. Boot a Windows 7 Installation DVD or ISO
  2. go to command prompt and type regedit -it
  3. click on HKLM hive and
  4. next navigate File>>Load hive
  5. navigate to C:\Windows\System32\config folder and choose `SOFTWARE` file load it and assign this hive any name for example REM_SOFTWARE
  6. open key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\REM_SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList
  7. remove the Administrator account
    • or better way remove the whole key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\REM_SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts

–jeroen

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

How to install Telnet with only one command

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/12/01

Source: [WayBackHow to install Telnet with only one command:

dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:TelnetClient

–jeroen

Posted in Microsoft Surface on Windows 7, Power User, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 9, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, Windows Vista | Leave a Comment »

Exiting the Microsoft Narrator

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/11/24

The keyboard bindings for the Microsoft Narrator changed in Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 and earlier.

Since the below support pages refuse to save in the WayBack machine and Archive.is, I copy-pasted some bits of them.

Related:

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RDP logon while other user is logged on: no way to automate automatic disconnect/logoff

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/10/21

One of the dreaded things when logging on using RDP is that if another user is logged on, you have to first indicate you want to indeed logon (if you don’t, the RDP connection will close after some 15-30 seconds), then wait for their approval time-out before you can logon.

As of writing there is no way around this.

Some links that helped me conclude this:

–jeroen

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

 
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