SOLVED: How To Control What is Starting Up Automatically In Windows

There are four places that programs startup automatically from: 1: STARTUP FOLDERS AUTOMATIC STARTUP Both of these are in hidden folders so you need to change your view to show Hidden Folders as shown in the screen shot to the right Per User Startup Folder: C:\Users\<USER NAME>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup Startup Folder for All Users C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp 2: REGISTRY RUN & RUNONCE KEYS HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN and RUNONCE HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN and RUNONCE HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN and RUNONCE Typically we see very little…

SOLVED: Command Line To Uninstall Software EXE’s or .MSI’s

There are five ready ways to uninstall software: Using the GUI – Right click on the START BUTTON > APPS AND FEATURES > click the app in question > UNINSTALL Using a build in uninstaller – Go to the folder where the product is installed, look for something like UNINSTALL.EXE then create a shortcut to it, edit the shortcut and add /? to the end.  Double click the shortcut to see the uninstallation switches WMIC…

SOLVED: How To Block Outlook From Using Cached Mode on Boardroom PC’s

Most users, especially those will laptops, will want Outlook to operate in Cached mode but you likely don’t want Outlook caching on boardroom / focus room / huddle room / client room computers.  Cache mode copies a large amount of data from the Exchange server to an .OST file on local PC and in a boardroom that: takes a few minutes users seldom have in a meeting opens a security hole by putting potentially sensitive…

Solved: How To Push a User GPO To Only Some Computers

If need to have different settings for your users depending upon which computers they are on this is the article for you.  Trying to set and HKCU entry based on the machine can be easily done but the process is not obvious. Our customers wants users to have the default 1 year of caching in Outlook so when they are on a plane, they still have their mail BUT they also was users to log…

SOLVED: Quick Way To Test A Mail Server Using Telnet

If you have a mail server that you are having problems with, the easiest way to test it is using Telnet: Launch APPS AND FEATURES Install TELNET Windows 10 –  PROGRAMS AND FEATURES > TURN WINDOWS FEATURES ON OR OFF Windows 2016 – SERVER MANAGER > LOCAL SERVER > MANAGE > ADD ROLES AND FEATURES > Telnet is a FEATURE Launch CMD always a good idea to RUN AS AN ADMIN, but not required Type…

SOLVED: How To Delete a Folder and All Its Subfolders and Files Using Command Line

If you have a folder that may (or may not) contain other files and folders that you want to delete using a simple command line, RMDIR (as in Remove Directory) is your friend. The syntax is simple are only two switches: /S = also remove all sub-directories /Q = Quiet / Silent / do not prompt user to confirm deletion The following command will remove the McAfee folder AND everything under it. rmdir /s /q…

SOLVED: How To Disable GET ADD-INS Button in Outlook

If you want to retain control over what your staff can install you will need to disable the GET ADD-INS button in Outlook.  Unfortunately there is no  ready made GPO toggle GET ADD-INS off. To give you a false sense of security, there is a setting in the Office 365 Exchange Management Console to disable “User owned Apps and Services” with options for “Let people in your organization go to the Office Store” and “Let…

SOLVED: GPO To Block Software by File Name, Path, Hash or Certificate

If you want to block programs from running on your corporate network, you can easily create a Group Policy Object (GPO) to make that happen.  However, there are two GPO’s you can use but only one of them works well. Method 1 – GPO to Block Software By File Name This is the old way of blocking software and it has limited performance as we explain below: Launch REGEDIT Expand USER CONFIGURATION > POLICIES >…

SOLVED: How To Pull the Certificate From a Digitally Signed Application

If you need a copy of the digital certificate from a file you are using (perhaps for use with Software Restriction Policies), you can extract the certificate in just a few easy steps: Right click on the file and select PROPERTIES Click DIGITAL SIGNATURE tab and select the DETAILS button if you do not see the DIGTIAL SIGNATURE tab, the file is not digitally signed Click the VIEW CERTIFICATE button Click the DETAILS tab and…

SOLVED: This Task Requires That The User Account Specified Has Log On As Batch Job Rights

When you create a SCHEDULED TASK that needs to run automatically you will specify a service account for the job.  That service account must have permissions to run batches, so Windows will popup “This Task Requires That The User Account Specified Has Log On As Batch Job Rights” as shown on the right. How to assign a user “Batch Job Rights” Locally On the local server use Local Security Policy manager: Click START and type…

SOLVED: VIDEO: How To Setup Free Filezilla FTP Server to Receive Scans from Ricoh, Savin, Gestetner, Lanier

If you have an older Ricoh, Savin, Gestetner, Lanier multifunction printer, fax, scanner it may not support SMB 2.0 and Server 2016 and Server 2019 do not support SMB 1.0 which means SCAN TO FOLDER is a problem. To get around this we demonstrate all of the steps required to download, install and configure a free FTP Server, then how to configure your Ricoh scanner to talk to that FTP server. Download and install Free…

SOLVED: How To Set Windows Updates to Manual on Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012R2

Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012R2 defaults Windows Updates to DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL and there is no obvious way to change those settings.  Here are two easy ways to set Windows Update as you see fit: 1 – SCONFIG Open a CMD PROMPT as an Administrator Type SCONFIG and press ENTER Type 5 and press ENTER Type M for Manual (or D for Download Only) and press ENTER If SCONFIG still shows WINDOWS UPDATES are set…

SOLVED: How To Delete EXTRA REGISTRY SETTINGS From a GPO

From time to time Microsoft changes their ADMX templates and that may mean a setting you have configured becomes orphaned. Because you can not see the entry when you are EDITING the GPO you can’t delete it; you can only see it in the GPMC SETTINGS tab.  So the question then becomes how to delete the rogue GPO setting? Clone the GPO you are working on so if you screw it up you still have…

SOLVED: How To Clone a GPO Using the Group Policy Management Console

I have been told by more than one Microsoft tech that there is no way to clone a Group Policy Object.  That is wrong; there is an EASY way to clone GPO’s. Launch Group Policy Management Console Expand GROUP POLICY OBJECTS (NOT the GPO’s attached to you OU’s but the actual GROUP POLICY OBJECTS folder) Right click on the GPO want to clone and select BACKUP then complete the wizard Right click on GROUP POLICY…

SOLVED: Three Ways To Set Default Start Menu Tiles In Windows 10

There are 3 ways to configure the START MENU tiles and left RAIL (the thin menu on the far left that defaults with power, settings, documents) in Windows 10 with default applications: A – GPO Using a Windows 10 PC add the tiles and rail configuration you would like. Open a PowerShell (Admin) prompt Enter Export-StartLayout -Path “C:\Temp\MyStartMenu.xml” Copy that MyStartMenu.xml file to a location on your network that all PC’s get read from Create…