[PowerShell] Reclaim Windows 10

[PowerShell] Reclaim Windows 10

I came across a nice script called “Reclaim Windows 10” by Ali Robertson. It turns off a bunch of unnecessary Windows 10 telemetery, removes bloatware, and privacy invasions. Review and tweak before running. Scripts for reversing are included and commented. The script below is from GitHub, it’s forked from http://pastebin.com/gQxCUkLP. ########## # Tweaked Win10 Initial Setup Script # Primary Author: Disassembler <d[email protected]> # Original Version: 1.4, 2016-01-16 # Tweaked based on personal preferences for @alirobe 2016-03-23 - v1.4.1 # NOTE: MAKE SURE YOU READ THIS SCRIPT CAREFULLY BEFORE RUNNING IT + ADJUST COMMENTING…

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[How to] Update Root Hints on DNS Servers

[How to] Update Root Hints on DNS Servers

The authoritative name servers that serve the DNS root zone, commonly known as the “root servers“, are a network of hundreds of servers in many countries around the world. The 13 root name servers are operated by 12 independent organizations. Sometimes the IPv4 and/or IPv6 addresses are changed or are added to the list. Thus a good practice is to update your DNS Server Root Hints occasionally. For this blog post the screenshots are taken from a DNS Server running on Windows Server 2008 R2, but for Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2 there are…

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[Fix] Remote Desktop DPI scaling issues

[Fix] Remote Desktop DPI scaling issues

Do you have a computer with High-DPI screen? A very high resolution display? And is everything too small to see within your Remote Desktop Connection, try this solution… This issue is caused by lack of not being DPI scaling aware of the Remote Desktop Client. If you open a Remote Desktop connection to a server or other computer the native resolution of the computer is used instead of the scaling to 1920×1080, so you’ll get very small icons etc. Some other blogs mention to fix the issue with using Remote Desktop Connection Manager 2.7…

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[PowerShell] Enable/Disable access to removable storage

wrote a script for a customers network administrator to enable and disable access to removable storage. In the example below I used the registry keys for the Removable Disks: Deny write access and Removable Disks: Deny read access Group Policy Objects. It is easier to fix this with Group Policy if the computers are domain joined, you can set the policy in Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Removable Storage Access. Note: The script below is only tested on Windows 10, version 1511. Use it as reference for your own environment. <# .SYNOPSIS Enable or Disable access to…

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KB3102429 causes Crystal Report export to PDF to fail

Like yesterday, it seems that another update is rolled out that will break your clients that using the export function of Crystal Reports to PDF. This time it is “Update that supports Azerbaijani Manat and Georgian Lari currency symbols in Windows” (KB3102429). It was released for download on November, 17, but rolled out during the December, 8 patch day. Ben Dafydd Gillard has posted on the Microsoft Community and seems to found the problem is within the font updates, especially the version : Problem observed with v6.88 of both of those fonts, included in KB3102429, installation of which…

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Outlook 2010 always start in safe mode

After installing an update for Outlook 2010 (KB3114409), Outlook start only in safe mode. The update is not available longer today. If you are the lucky one you got it early, you can still remove this update with the following steps: Windows 10 Go to Start, enter View Installed Updates in the Search Windows box, and then press Enter. In the list of updates, locate and then select update KB3114409, and then select Uninstall. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then select Search. If you’re using a mouse,…

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Scripts to open Windows Firewall Ports for SQL Server

I was looking for a PowerShell replacement of the script provided in MS KB “How to open the firewall port for SQL Server on Windows Server 2008” which uses the netsh command to open the Windows firewall ports for SQL Server. Because in future versions of Windows, Microsoft might remove the Netsh functionality for Windows Firewall with Advanced Security. Microsoft also recommends that you transition to Windows PowerShell if you currently use netsh to configure and manage Windows Firewall with Advanced Security. And I found the answer it on the TechNet Forums. For reference I have posted the…

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