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These topics refer strictly to all English retail/final/gamma/Gold/RTM/OEM
releases, versions, editions + builds [including previews, Service Packs
(SPs), updates + patches] 32-bit (x86) + 64-bit (x64) of these Microsoft
Windows operating systems (OSes)
- 7
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions
- Server 2008 R2
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Server_2008_R2
unless specified otherwise:
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
Also available as plain text/ASCII file (this file):
http://www.mdgx.com/WINDOWS7.TXT

FYI:
Windows NTx = Windows NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012/10/2016/2019/11/2022/newer
Windows 9x = Windows 95/95 OSR1/95 OSR2.x/98/98 SP1/98 SE(U)/ME

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WARNING: * Take EXTREME CAUTION when modifying/adjusting/customizing your
Registry/System/Startup files/configuration/settings!
Faulty changes may result in crashes/lockups/permanent data loss, or
might lead to having you REINSTALL your Operating System(s)!
YOU are the ONLY one responsible for ANY changes YOU make!
ALWAYS HAVE YOUR MOST RECENT SYSTEM BACKUP READY!
http://www.mdgx.com/secrets.htm#BKP
* BACKUP YOUR REGISTRY BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES! -> "BACKUP/EXPORT +
RESTORE/IMPORT REGISTRY/REGISTRY KEY(S)" in WINDOWS7.TXT (this file):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
http://www.mdgx.com/WINDOWS7.TXT
* Some of these tricks + apps/programs/tools/scripts require
adequate/advanced knowledge about critical computing, operating
systems (OSes), registry, services, shared environments, networks,
cybersecurity, and other related subjects/disciplines:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Microsoft_operating_systems
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Registry
http://www.mdgx.com/reg.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Windows_services
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real-time_computing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enterprise_software
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shared_resource
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_network
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_security
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_security

NOTES: - These ゥTricks + Secrets have been tested on many computers, but with
NO guarantee they should also work for you.
- Some of these tips I stumbled upon while browsing the Internet or
while helping others with WinDOwS problems, some were kindly sent in
by concerned readers (all authors/contributors are acknowledged and
reliable sources given proper credit), and some I discovered on my
own. Enjoy the ride.
- Contributed tips (clearly marked) posted here do not necessarily
reflect the opinion of the author of these files.

Please send me feedback online:
http://www.mdgx.com/form.htm

MUST HAVE from SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
- INTERNET EXPLORER (IE) ESSENTIAL FREE FIXES + UPDATES:
http://www.mdgx.com/ietoy.htm
- FREE Windows NTx Extras:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm
- 1000+ Windows NTx Power Toys + Tweaking Tools [99.99% Free(ware)]:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm


WINDOWS7.TXT Contents: [New ゥtweaks added at the TOP]

BACKUP/EXPORT + RESTORE/IMPORT REGISTRY/REGISTRY KEY(S)
Tweaks, Hacks + Fixes... UNconventional, UNdocumented, UNcensored ;-/
Updates/(Hot)Fixes/Patches + Windows Update (WU)
Turn OFF/Remove Windows 7/8/8.1 Adware, Spyware, Security Flaws + Repair/Restore Privacy
Turn OFF/Remove Windows 10 Adware, Spyware, Security Flaws + Repair/Restore Privacy -> WIN10.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/10.php
Everything About The Infamous (Not So) Trusted Installer
Task Scheduler Tweaks
Patch Windows 7
Customize BOOT Screens
Desktop Background/Wallpaper Tweaks + Free(ware) Tools
Free(ware) 7/8/8.1/10/11 Aero Tools + Tweaks
Free(ware) Windows 7 Replacement Apps + Tweaking Tools
Free(ware) Start Menu Shell Replacements
Turn OFF/ON User Account Control (UAC)
Free(ware) BOOT Tools + Tweaks
Windows Side-by-Side (WinSxS) Folder
Free(ware) Burn/Copy/Write/Install CDs/DVDs/BDs Tools
OEM
Application (IN)Compatibility
Control Panel (CP) + Omnipotent/Master/Mega/'god mode' (OMg) Control Panel
Public Root DNS Servers
Internet + Web Browsers Tweaks, Fixes + Tools
Chrome/Chromium, Firefox/Mozilla + Internet Explorer (IE) Privacy
Put A Pin In It!
XP -> 7/8/8.1 Easy Transfer Files + Settings
Turn OFF/ON Windows Features
Tweak Windows 7/7 SP1 Services
Turn OFF Action/Security Center + Notifications/Messages
Logon + Password Tweaks
Clock Sync
CMD, Commands, Environment + Console
Paging (Swap) File Tweaks
Windows (Defender) Firewall (WF) Tweaks + Tools
Turn OFF NVidia Telemetry
Java No Java
Save Files List -> Text
Maximize Your Internet/Network Traffic Speed = MTU
Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 Wikipedia Resources + Free eBooks
Free(ware), Open Source + Portable Software + Games @ MDGx.com
Tweak Windows 10/11 Services -> WIN10.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/10.php
Advanced Appearance (Metrics) Settings [AA(M)S] for Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 -> WINDOWS8.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/8.php
See also matching/related Windows NTx tweaks in DESKTOP.TXT, MYTIPS95.TXT,
REGISTRY.TXT, TIPS2000.TXT, TIPS95.TXT, TIPSXP.TXT (all included):
http://www.mdgx.com/newtip.htm
exFAT -> SECRETS.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/secrets.htm#XFAT
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BACKUP/EXPORT + RESTORE/IMPORT REGISTRY/REGISTRY KEY(S)



* Backup + Restore the Registry +/- separate Registry (hive) key(s) in Windows NTx [2000/newer] 32-bit (x86) + 64-bit (x64)
Operating Systems (OSes):
http://support.microsoft.com/help/322756/
http://neosmart.net/wiki/backup-restore-registry/
http://www.howtogeek.com/197785/
http://blog.netwrix.com/2018/10/30/how-to-back-up-and-restore-the-windows-registry/
http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/automatically-backup-registry-hives-windows-10/
http://www.minitool.com/data-recovery/backup-and-restore-registry.html
http://www.majorgeeks.com/content/page/how_to_back_up_or_restore_the_windows_registry.html
http://www.windowscentral.com/how-backup-entire-registry-windows-10/
http://theitbros.com/restore-windows-10-registry-from-backup-or-restore-point/
http://www.techbout.com/backup-registry-in-windows-10-47923/
Registry hive keys (hives):
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/win32/sysinfo/registry-hives/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Registry#Keys_and_values
http://www.mdgx.com/reg.htm#RTS
1. From the graphical user interface (GUI) or from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE) using RegEdit
(%WinDir%\REGEDIT.EXE):
http://www.ss64.com/nt/regedit.html
[%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS].
A. Backup/Export/Save entire Registry +/- separate Registry (hive) key(s) manually:
- From a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator ->
run this command -> press Enter (example):
REGEDIT.EXE /E REGISTRY.reg
- Right-click RegEdit (%WinDir%\REGEDIT.EXE) or its shortcut/link -> Run as Administrator -> make sure it points to "Computer"
[root, entire registry] -> click File -> click Export... -> under Export Registry File -> select the folder of your choice ->
type your choice of "File name:" (example: REGISTRY.reg) -> click Save -> exit RegEdit.
B. Restore/Import/Load/Merge entire Registry +/- separate Registry (hive) key(s) manually:
- From a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator ->
run this command -> press Enter (example using saved reg file above):
REGEDIT.EXE /S REGISTRY.reg
- Right-click RegEdit (%WinDir%\REGEDIT.EXE) or its shortcut/link -> Run as Administrator -> make sure it points to "Computer"
[root, entire registry] -> click File -> click Import... -> under Import Registry File -> select the folder where your backed up
.REG file(s) reside(s) -> highlight/select your backed up Registry (.HIV, .REG, etc) file(s) (in this example: REGISTRY.reg) ->
click Open separately for each file (if more than 1) -> click OK or press Enter -> exit RegEdit.
2. From a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE) using REG (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\REG.EXE):
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/administration/windows-commands/reg/
http://www.ss64.com/nt/reg.html
A. Backup/Export/Save separate Registry (hive) key(s) manually: right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator ->
run these commands -> press Enter after each line (example):
REG.EXE EXPORT "HKCR" HKCR.reg /y
REG.EXE EXPORT "HKCU" HKCU.reg /y
REG.EXE EXPORT "HKLM" HKLM.reg /y
REG.EXE EXPORT "HKU" HKU.reg /y
REG.EXE EXPORT "HKCC" HKCC.reg /y
Where
HKCR = Classes Root Hive Key.
HKCU = Current User Hive Key.
HKLM = Local Machine Hive Key.
HKU = Users Hive Key.
HKCC = Current Configuration Hive Key.
More info: "Registry Structure" -> REGISTRY.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/reg.htm#RTS
B. Restore/Import/Load/Merge separate Registry (hive) key(s) manually (example using saved reg files above): locate saved reg
files [see above] -> right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press Enter after each
line (example):
REG.EXE IMPORT HKCR.reg /y
REG.EXE IMPORT HKCU.reg /y
REG.EXE IMPORT HKLM.reg /y
REG.EXE IMPORT HKU.reg /y
REG.EXE IMPORT HKCC.reg /y
Where:
http://www.mdgx.com/reg.htm#RTS
HKCR = Classes Root Hive Key.
HKCU = Current User Hive Key.
HKLM = Local Machine Hive Key.
HKU = Users Hive Key.
HKCC = Current Configuration Hive Key.
3. Using 3rd party Registry Backup/Restore tools [free(ware)]:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#FIX
http://www.raymond.cc/blog/backup-restore-whole-windows-registry-selected-hives/
http://www.tweaking.com/content/page/registry_backup.html
http://www.majorgeeks.com/mg/sortdate/registry.html
http://listoffreeware.com/list-of-best-free-registry-backup-software/
http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/automatically-backup-registry-hives-windows-10/
http://www.tweaking.com/content/page/registry_backup.html

* Registry info, guides + tools [free(ware)]:
- MDGx "The Registry" chapter -> "Backup, Edit + Restore the Registry in Windows NTx OSes" topic -> "REG:" paragraph in
REGISTRY.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/reg.htm#BNR
- MDGx "Registry Editing Rules" section -> "Registry Editing Rules + RegEdit (REGEDIT.EXE) Guide" topic -> in REGISTRY.TXT
(included):
http://www.mdgx.com/reg.htm#RER
- MDGx "FREE WINDOWS SYSTEM + REGISTRY FIXERS" section -> "Windows Registry Backup, Restore + Tweaking tools [free(ware)]"
topic in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#FIX
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Tweaks, Hacks + Fixes... UNconventional, UNdocumented, UNcensored ;-/



* For more tweaks, hacks + fixes (all included):
- MDGx "Windows 10 Tweaks, Fixes, Guides, Downloads + Links" chapter in WIN10.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/10.php
http://www.mdgx.com/WIN10.TXT
- MDGx "Win10/11 Block Tools (10_BLOCK)" section in 10_BLOCK.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#10BLK
http://www.mdgx.com/10BLK/10_BLOCK.php
http://www.mdgx.com/10BLK/10_BLOCK.TXT
- MDGx "Windows 8/8.1 Tweaks, Fixes, Guides, Downloads + Links" chapter in WINDOWS8.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/8.php
http://www.mdgx.com/WINDOWS8.TXT
Some apply to Windows 7/7 SP1.

* Fix Windows 7 Shut Down Bug:
http://www.lifehacker.com/1841581231/
http://esupport.quickheal.com/support/solutions/articles/23000020281/

* Fix Windows 7 Wallpaper Display Bug:
http://www.winaero.com/blog/microsoft-fixes-black-wallpaper-windows-7-bug-with-kb4539602/
http://www.lifehacker.com/1841274851/
FIX: Wallpaper set to Stretch is displayed as black:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/4539602/
created by Microsoft...
BUG: Windows 7 January 14 2020 Monthly Rollup:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/4534310/

* Fix Windows 7 Slow/Stuck "Checking for Updates" Bug:
http://www.reddit.com/r/windows/comments/4tx4s9/

* Migrate Windows 7 to a new SSD (SATA)/NVMe (PCIe) drive without reinstalling:
http://www.lifehacker.com/5837543/
MDGx "Free(ware) WinDOwS Backup + Restore Tools" section in SECRETS.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/secrets.htm#BKP

* Speed Up Windows Shutdown Process:
http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/how-to-speed-up-windows-shutdown-process/

* Control How Long Windows Waits Before Killing Apps at Shutdown:
http://www.howtogeek.com/282062/control-how-long-windows-waits-before-killing-apps-at-shutdown/

* Always show full details in Explorer Copy/Move/Delete dialog box:
http://www.askvg.com/how-to-always-show-more-details-in-file-transfer-cut-copy-delete-dialog-box-in-windows-vista-and-7/
Install Open-Shell [Classic Shell fork] (free, open source):
http://open-shell.github.io/Open-Shell-Menu/
Open-Shell -> enable Open (Classic) Explorer Bar -> Classic Explorer Settings button -> File Operation tab -> enable Always
show more details -> Apply/OK.

* (Un)Hide/(re)assign/remove/(un)mount drive(s)/partition(s)/volume(s) in Windows 7/newer:
http://www.isumsoft.com/windows-10/hide-or-unhide-hard-disk-partition-in-windows-10.html
http://www.windowscentral.com/how-hide-entire-drive-prying-eyes-windows-10/

* Windows Registry keys involved in and affected by WoW64 64-bit (x64) in Windows NTx 64-bit (x64) OSes:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/aa384253.aspx
WoW64 symbolic links (Wow6432Node):
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\AppId
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppId
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\PROTOCOLS
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\PROTOCOLS
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\Typelib
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Typelib
See MDGx "Registry Structure" chapter in REGISTRY.TXT (included) for more details:
http://www.mdgx.com/reg.htm#RTS

* Add/Customize System, Dialog, Icons, Taskbar + DOS Console (Command Prompt) Fonts (.fon, .ttf, .otf) + tweak DPI (Dots Per
Inch) Scaling to other than default [100%] in Windows 7/newer:
http://www.superuser.com/questions/163430/#1131693
Customize Windows 7 Font Face/Size + Taskbar Icons Size:
http://www.wikihow.com/Customize-the-Size-of-the-Windows-7-Taskbar-Icons/
http://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/developingfordynamicsgp/2009/12/01/more-on-windows-7-bitmap-fonts-and-dpi-settings/
Change Default System Fonts:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-desktop/how-to-change-system-default-font-in-all-parts/dfce15db-7337-420a-a42e-517521a8502e/
Change Dialog Boxes + Buttons Fonts:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1175-fonts-change.html
Add Custom Fonts to DOS Console (Command Prompt):
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/add-custom-fonts-to-command-prompt/
Use also [limited options :-(] Windows built-in Display Font Size and DPI tool [DpiScaling.exe] located in the
%WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS].
See also "* Advanced Appearance (Metrics) Settings [AA(M)S] for Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11:" section in WINDOWS8.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/8.php
http://www.mdgx.com/WINDOWS8.TXT
Right-click on improved WIN8_AAS.HTA (included, further customized) HTML Application (.HTA) file, also available here
[right-click to save!]
http://www.mdgx.com/files/WIN8_AAS.HTA
-> Run as Administrator [will open by default in Internet Explorer (IE) web browser] -> tweak to your heart content. ;-/
HTML Application (HTA):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML_Application
Change System Font using Winaero Tweaker (freeware) + Windows built-in Registry Editor [RegEdit.exe]:
http://www.winaero.com/change-system-font-windows-10/
Winaero Tweaker 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 [select Portable at install time!]:
http://www.winaero.com/winaero-tweaker/
Download:
http://www.winaero.com/download-winaero-tweaker/
File:
http://www.winaero.com/downloads/winaerotweaker.zip
Winaero Tweaker Features:
http://www.winaero.com/the-list-of-winaero-tweaker-features/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts]
"Courier 10,12,15"="COURF.FON"
"MS Serif 8,10,12,14,18,24"="SERIFF.FON"
"MS Sans Serif 8,10,12,14,18,24"="SSERIFF.FON"
"Small Fonts"="SMALLF.FON"
"Small Fonts (120)"="SMALLF.FON"
;
------End cut & paste here------
Log off -> log back on into your same user account for these changes to take effect.
Windows System Font (.fon) files for different DPI settings (examples):
125% DPI font file | 100% DPI font file
***************************************
SSERIFF.FON | SSERIFE.FON
SSERIFFE.FON | SSERIFEE.FON
SSERIFFG.FON | SSERIFEG.FON
SSERIFFR.FON | SSERIFER.FON
SSERIFFT.FON | SSERIFET.FON
SSEF1255.FON | SSEE1255.FON
SSEF1256.FON | SSEE1256.FON
SSEF1257.FON | SSEE1257.FON
SSEF874.FON | SSEE874.FON
* MS Serif FON:
125% DPI font file | 100% DPI font file
***************************************
SERIFF.FON | SERIFE.FON
SERIFFE.FON | SERIFEE.FON
SERIFFG.FON | SERIFEG.FON
SERIFFR.FON | SERIFER.FON
SERIFFT.FON | SERIFET.FON
SERF1255.FON | SERE1255.FON
SERF1256.FON | SERE1256.FON
SERF1257.FON | SERE1257.FON
* Courier FON:
125% DPI font file | 100% DPI font file
***************************************
COURF.FON | COURE.FON
COURFE.FON | COUREE.FON
COURFG.FON | COUREG.FON
COURFR.FON | COURER.FON
COURFT.FON | COURET.FON
COUF1255.FON | COUE1255.FON
COUF1256.FON | COUE1256.FON
COUF1257.FON | COUE1257.FON

* Turn ON Write Cache (hardware based) + turn OFF Write Protect (write-cache buffer flush), Error Checking, Legacy + Suspend
functions (hardware dependent) to speed up all your connected/installed/local/network/remote/removable
HDD/SSD/NVMe/M.2/USB/card/stick/etc drives/partitions/volumes in Windows 7/newer:
http://www.lifewire.com/remove-write-4586905/
http://www.isumsoft.com/computer/format-write-protected-usb-drive-using-cmd.html
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/registry-hack-to-disable-writing-to-usb-drives/
http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX236681/
http://www.tenforums.com/drivers-hardware/138212-change-removal-policy-defaults-current-all-future-drives.html
http://www.der-windows-papst.de/en/2015/06/02/harddisk-write-cache-festplatte-schreibcache-richtlinie/
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/client-management/change-default-removal-policy-external-storage-media/
http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/WINDOWS/4e8f2618-0dc6-4ef6-b749-25b47b830797/
http://admx.help/?Category=Windows_10_2016&Policy=Microsoft.Policies.RemovableStorageAccess::Removable_Remote_Allow_Access
http://howandroidhelp.com/how-to-return-safely-remove-hardware-to-windows-taskbar/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
; Control Panel (CP) [control.exe] -> Safely Remove Hardware (Plug/Unplug Removable Devices):
; RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL HotPlug.dll
; -> check Display device components box [HotPlugFlags REG_DWORD = 2]:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\SysTray]
"HotPlugFlags"=dword:2
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\SysTray]
"HotPlugFlags"=dword:2
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\SysTray]
"HotPlugFlags"=dword:2
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies]
"ErrorCheckingEnabled"=dword:0
"LegacyCheckingEnabled"=dword:0
"HcDisableSelectiveSuspend"=dword:1
"DisableSelectiveSuspend"=dword:1
"EnableSelectiveSuspend"=dword:0
"WriteProtect"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Usb]
"ErrorCheckingEnabled"=dword:0
"LegacyCheckingEnabled"=dword:0
"HcDisableSelectiveSuspend"=dword:1
"DisableSelectiveSuspend"=dword:1
"EnableSelectiveSuspend"=dword:0
"WriteProtect"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Storage\EnabledDenyGP]
"DenyAllGPState"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\StorageDevicePolicies]
"WriteProtect"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Storage\EnabledDenyGP]
"DenyAllGPState"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Control\StorageDevicePolicies]
"WriteProtect"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Control\Storage\EnabledDenyGP]
"DenyAllGPState"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageManagement\SpacesSMP\ConnectedSubsystems\{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}]
"CacheEnabled"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\StorageManagement\SpacesSMP\ConnectedSubsystems\{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}]
"CacheEnabled"=dword:1
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"DisableSelectiveSuspend"=dword:1
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[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\I/O System]
"AllowRemoteDASD"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Session Manager\I/O System]
"AllowRemoteDASD"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Control\Session Manager\I/O System]
"AllowRemoteDASD"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\RemovableStorageDevices]
"AllowRemoteDASD"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services\Client]
"fEnableUsbBlockDeviceBySetupClass"=dword:0
"fEnableUsbSelectDeviceByInterface"=dword:1
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services\Client\UsbBlockDeviceBySetupClasses]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services\Client\UsbSelectDeviceByInterfaces]
"1000"="{6bdd1fc6-810f-11d0-bec7-08002be2092f}"
;
------End cut & paste here------
Open Device Manager: Start -> Run... [hold WinKey + press R] -> type:
DevMgmt.msc
or (in some cases):
MMC.EXE /S DevMgmt.msc
-> press Enter -> Disk Drives -> double-click on each drive/partition/volume name Properties -> Policies tab ->
Removal policy -> check "Better Performance" box (if applicable) -> Write-caching policy -> check "Enable write caching on
the device" box (if applicable) -> OK/Apply.
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rH-Np-Af7cU/VkwxreXVcjI/AAAAAAAAAKs/Vz2kGGCXxxY/s1600/Write-caching-policy.png
http://www.tenforums.com/attachments/tutorials/36596d1441816445-enable-disable-disk-write-caching-windows-10-a-write_cache-3.png
Device Manager DevCon (devcon.exe) 32-bit + 64-bit DOS console command line tool used to enable, disable, restart, update,
remove (groups of) hardware device drivers:
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-hardware/drivers/devtest/devcon/
Installs as part of Windows Driver Kit (WDK) 7.1.0/newer:
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-hardware/drivers/download-the-wdk/
Download:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=11800
File [620 MB]:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/A/2/4A25C7D5-EFBE-4182-B6A9-AE6850409A78/GRMWDK_EN_7600_1.ISO
Install 7-Zip unZIPping/unARChiving/unRARing tool (free GPL):
http://www.7-zip.org/
Explorer -> right-click GRMWDK_EN_7600_1.ISO (see above) -> select 7-Zip -> select Open archive -> extract devcon.exe file
which matches your Windows NTx OS build/edition/release/update/version + bit strength [32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)] anywhere
on your local storage drives/partitions/volumes -> move matching devcon.exe file to a directory/folder in your system PATH.
View all directories/folders listed in your system PATH from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE):
right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
PATH
Devcon.exe Commands:
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-hardware/drivers/devtest/devcon-general-commands/
DEVCON Command Line Utility Alternative to Device Manager:
http://www.robvanderwoude.com/devcon.php
DEVCON.exe:
http://www.ss64.com/nt/devcon.html
Manage Windows Drivers at Command Prompt using DevCon:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/devcon-manage-windows-drivers-cmd/
Run DevCon (devcon.exe) from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE ->
Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
devcon.exe restart *usb*
You will see the list of all connected/local/removable USB devices (generic example):
----------snippity-snip----------
USB\VID_0000&PID_0000\00000000000000 : Restarted
USB\ROOT_HUB00\0&00000000&0&0 : Requires restart/reboot
etc...
The xxx device(s) are ready to be restarted. To restart/reset the devices, restart/reboot the system.
----------snippity-snip----------
Each device has a unique VID_xxxx + PID_xxx and/or ROOT_HUB_xx manufacturer/vendor ID number.
Open Registry Editor (RegEdit) [REGEDIT.EXE] located in the %WinDir% folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS]: right-click
RegEdit or its shortcut/link -> Run as Administrator -> go to this registry key (generic, replace # numbers with actual
hardware IDs corresponding to connected/installed storage media devices):
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\SCSI\Device_Vendor_ID_#\Device_Model_ID_#\Device Parameters\Classpnp\
Replace each Device_Vendor_ID_# + Device_Model_ID_# above with your specific number(s) obtained from the devcon.exe list in
generic example above.
In this generic example:
VID_0000&PID_0000\00000000000000
the registry key you need (most likely) looks like this (generic example):
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\SCSI\VID_0000&PID_0000\00000000000000\Device Parameters\Classpnp\
In the right hand pane of this registry key you need to modify or create (if not present) these 3 registry values with these
exact names and with these exact numeric values after "dword:" [REG_DWORD value type]:
"UserRemovalPolicy"=dword:2
"UserWriteCacheSetting"=dword:1
"CacheIsPowerProtected"=dword:0
To create a new registry value (if not present): in the Registry Editor right hand pane -> right-click on an empty spot ->
select Value -> REG_DWORD -> right-click on each value newly created -> name it exactly as above, without typing any
quotation marks.
Repeat same steps 3 times in order to create + rename all 3 registry DWORD values above.
To modify the numeric/hex/bin/text/ASCII/ANSI/etc value of a registry value: in the Registry Editor right hand pane ->
double-click on each of the 3 DWORD values above -> type 2 or 1 or 0 to match exactly its numeric value with the respective
name of each of the 3 registry DWORD values.
Repeat same steps 3 times in order to modify the numeric values of all 3 registry DWORD values above.
Restart/reboot Windows for all changes to take effect.
DskCache [DSKCACHE.EXE] DOS console command line tool 32-bit Hotfix for Windows 2000/newer turns ON/OFF power failure
protection (+p/-p) [CacheIsPowerProtected DWORD value] + write cache (+w/-w) [UserWriteCacheSetting DWORD value] in the
registry for all connected/installed/local/network/removable drives/partitions/volumes:
http://web.archive.org/web/20140825143556/http://support.microsoft.com/kb/811392/
Download:
http://thehotfixshare.net/board/index.php?/files/file/1113-windows2000-kb811392-x86-enuexe/
File:
http://hotfixv4.trafficmanager.net/Windows%202000/sp5/Fix178740/2195/free/266264_ENU_i386_zip.exe
----------snippity-snip----------
DSKCACHE.EXE [+p|-p] [+w|-w] [/i|/s|Drive_Specifier]
Set [+] or Clear [-] the disk cache value:
p Power protected write cache (not supported on all OS versions).
w Write cache.
Drive selection (default is all drives):
/i IDE disks only.
/s SCSI (includes FC) disks only.
Drive_Specifier: Drive letter, volume name, or physical drive.
Drive letter(s): c:, d:, etc.
Volume name(s): \\?\Volume{8fc37c41-bdd3-11d5-b897-806d6172696f}\
Physical drive(s): PhysicalDrive0, PhysicalDrive1, etc.
If using no options current settings for all fixed disks will be displayed.
----------snippity-snip----------
Turn ON power failure protection (+p) [CacheIsPowerProtected] + write cache (+w) [UserWriteCacheSetting] for all
connected/installed/local/network/removable drives/partitions/volumes (example):
DSKCACHE.EXE +p +w
p = power failure protection
w = write cache
+ = enabled
- = disabled
+w and -w switches correspond to Device Manager [hold WinKey + press R -> type DevMgmt.msc -> press Enter] -> Disk Drives ->
drive/partition/volume name Properties -> Policies tab -> Write-caching policy -> "Enable write caching on the device" check
box, which corresponds to write cache [UserWriteCacheSetting] Registry DWORD [REG_DWORD] value [1 = enabled | 0 = disabled]:
"UserWriteCacheSetting"=dword:1
+p and -p switches correspond to Device Manager [hold WinKey + press R -> type DevMgmt.msc -> press Enter] -> Disk Drives ->
drive/partition/volume name Properties -> Policies tab -> Write-caching policy ->
"Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device" check box, which corresponds to power failure protection
[CacheIsPowerProtected] Registry DWORD [REG_DWORD] value [1 = enabled | 0 = disabled]:
"CacheIsPowerProtected"=dword:1
These 2 Registry values reside under this Registry Hive Key Local Machine (HKLM) subkey (generic, replace 0es with actual
hardware IDs of connected/installed/local/network/removable drives/partitions/volumes):
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\SCSI\VID_0000&PID_0000\00000000000000\Device Parameters\Classpnp\
"UserWriteCacheSetting"=dword:1
"CacheIsPowerProtected"=dword:1
More info:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-performance-tweak,2911-5.html
http://devblogs.microsoft.com/oldnewthing/20100909-00/?p=12913

* Turn OFF Diagnostic Tracing [DiagTrack], Data Collection/Logging [DataCollection], Telemetry + Performance Counters in
Windows 7/newer:
NOTE:
Some of the Diagnostic Tracing [DiagTrack] + Data Collection/Logging [DataCollection] settings [registry keys + values]
apply only to Windows 8/8.1/10/11!
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/7032-change-diagnostic-data-settings-windows-10-a.html
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/118019-enable-disable-delete-diagnostic-data-windows-10-a.html
http://pcauthorities.com/pc-speed/how-to-disable-performance-counters-in-windows-xp/
http://heimdalsecurity.com/en/windows-10-security-guide/privacy/
http://www.helpdeskgeek.com/windows-10/how-to-disable-windows-10-telemetry/
http://tosdr.org/#microsoft
http://tosdr.org/#microsoft-store
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/privacy/windows-diagnostic-data/
http://privacy.microsoft.com/
Microsoft Extensible Performance Counter List (EXCTRLST.EXE) 32-bit tool displays, enables + disables extensible performance
counters for installed Dynamic Link Libraries (DLLs)/Services [616 KB]:
http://web.archive.org/web/20160722103758/http://download.microsoft.com/download/win2000platform/exctrlst/1.00.0.1/nt5/en-us/exctrlst_setup.exe
Explorer -> right-click exctrlst_setup.exe (see above) -> Run as Administrator -> Install Tool: EXCTRLST.EXE -> Next ->
complete installation -> right-click exctrlst.exe -> Run as Administrator -> scroll down and highlight 1 item at a time all
the way down to the bottom -> uncheck every correspondent Performance Counter List box -> exit exctrlst.exe.
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\DataCollection]
"Allow Telemetry"=dword:0
"AllowTelemetry"=dword:0
"DisableDeviceDelete"=-
"MaxTelemetryAllowed"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection]
"Allow Telemetry"=dword:0
"AllowTelemetry"=dword:0
"DisableDeviceDelete"=-
"MaxTelemetryAllowed"=-
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DiagTrack\Security]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DiagTrack]
"LaunchProtected"=dword:0
"UserServiceFlags"=dword:0
"Start"=dword:4
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\DiagTrack\Security]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\DiagTrack]
"LaunchProtected"=dword:0
"UserServiceFlags"=dword:0
"Start"=dword:4
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\DiagTrack\Security]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\DiagTrack]
"LaunchProtected"=dword:0
"UserServiceFlags"=dword:0
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Diagnostics\DiagTrack]
"ShowedToastAtLevel"=dword:0
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Diagnostics\DiagTrack]
"ShowedToastAtLevel"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Diagnostics\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\.NET CLR Data\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\.NET CLR Networking\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\.NET CLR Networking 4.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\.NET Data Provider for Oracle\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\.NET Data Provider for SqlServer\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\.NET Memory Cache 4.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\.NETFramework\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\ASP.NET\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\ASP.NET_1.1.4322\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\ASP.NET_2.0.50727\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\ASP.NET_4.0.30319\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\aspnet_state\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\BITS\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\ESENT\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Intel Storage Counters\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Lsa\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\MSDTC\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\MSDTC Bridge 3.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\MSDTC Bridge 4.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\MSSCNTRS\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\PerfDisk\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\PerfNet\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\PerfOS\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\PerfProc\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Psched\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\rdyboost\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\RemoteAccess\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\RSVP\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\ServiceModelEndpoint 3.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\ServiceModelEndpoint 4.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\ServiceModelOperation 3.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\ServiceModelOperation 4.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\ServiceModelService 3.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\ServiceModelService 4.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\SMSvcHost 3.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\SMSvcHost 4.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Spooler\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\TapiSrv\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Tcpip\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\TermService\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\UGatherer\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\UGTHRSVC\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\usbhub\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Windows Workflow Foundation 3.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Windows Workflow Foundation 4.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WmiApRpl\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WSearchIdxPi\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Diagnostics\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\.NET CLR Data\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\.NET CLR Networking\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\.NET CLR Networking 4.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\.NET Data Provider for Oracle\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\.NET Data Provider for SqlServer\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\.NET Memory Cache 4.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\.NETFramework\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\ASP.NET\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\ASP.NET_1.1.4322\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\ASP.NET_2.0.50727\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\ASP.NET_4.0.30319\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\aspnet_state\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\BITS\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\ESENT\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\Intel Storage Counters\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\Lsa\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\MSDTC\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\MSDTC Bridge 3.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\MSDTC Bridge 4.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\MSSCNTRS\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\PerfDisk\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\PerfNet\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\PerfOS\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\PerfProc\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\Psched\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\rdyboost\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\RemoteAccess\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\RSVP\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\ServiceModelEndpoint 3.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\ServiceModelEndpoint 4.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\ServiceModelOperation 3.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\ServiceModelOperation 4.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\ServiceModelService 3.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\ServiceModelService 4.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\SMSvcHost 3.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\SMSvcHost 4.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\Spooler\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\TapiSrv\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\Tcpip\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\TermService\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\UGatherer\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\UGTHRSVC\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\usbhub\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\Windows Workflow Foundation 3.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\Windows Workflow Foundation 4.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\WmiApRpl\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\WSearchIdxPi\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Control\Diagnostics\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\.NET CLR Data\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\.NET CLR Networking\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\.NET CLR Networking 4.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\.NET Data Provider for Oracle\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\.NET Data Provider for SqlServer\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\.NET Memory Cache 4.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\.NETFramework\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\ASP.NET\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\ASP.NET_1.1.4322\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\ASP.NET_2.0.50727\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\ASP.NET_4.0.30319\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\aspnet_state\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\BITS\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\ESENT\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\Intel Storage Counters\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\Lsa\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\MSDTC\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\MSDTC Bridge 3.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\MSDTC Bridge 4.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\MSSCNTRS\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\PerfDisk\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\PerfNet\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\PerfOS\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\PerfProc\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\Psched\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\rdyboost\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\RemoteAccess\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\RSVP\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\ServiceModelEndpoint 3.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\ServiceModelEndpoint 4.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\ServiceModelOperation 3.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\ServiceModelOperation 4.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\ServiceModelService 3.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\ServiceModelService 4.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\SMSvcHost 3.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\SMSvcHost 4.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\Spooler\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\TapiSrv\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\Tcpip\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\TermService\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\UGatherer\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\UGTHRSVC\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\usbhub\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\Windows Workflow Foundation 3.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\Windows Workflow Foundation 4.0.0.0\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\WmiApRpl\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\WSearchIdxPi\Performance]
"DisableDiagnosticTracing"=dword:1
"Disable Performance Counters"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Maximize 3D/DirectX/DirectX3D 3D/gaming/graphics/spatial/texture processing/rendering performance: decrease hardware lag +
turn OFF diagnostics, performance + tracing counters + timers in Windows 7/newer:
http://forums.guru3d.com/threads/from-red-to-green.387539/
http://www.ghacks.net/2013/04/18/try-changing-hpet-settings-to-improve-your-pcs-performance/
See also "* Turn OFF Diagnostic Tracing [DiagTrack], Data Collection/Logging [DataCollection], Telemetry + Performance
Counters..." section further above.
Turn OFF High Precision Event Timer (HPET) BIOS clock boot setting from a DOS console command prompt
(%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
BCDEDIT.EXE /deletevalue useplatformclock
Restart/reboot.
In case BCDEdit setting above doesn't help, or if HPET is needed by some hardware device or software program you are using:
Turn ON High Precision Event Timer (HPET) BIOS clock boot setting from a DOS console command prompt
(%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
BCDEDIT.EXE /set useplatformclock true
Restart/reboot.
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text BATch (.bat) or CoMmanD (.cmd) script file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below
-> save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the BAT (.bat) or CMD (.cmd) extension -> right-click it ->
Run as Administrator -> wait for completion.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Direct3D" /v PSGPNumThreads /t REG_DWORD /d 16 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Direct3D" /v EnableSC /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Direct3D" /v ForceCritSec /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Direct3D" /v MMXFastPath /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ACPI" /v AMLIGlobalHeapSize /t REG_DWORD /d 1048576 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management" /v SystemPages /t REG_DWORD /d 4294967295 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management" /v PagedPoolSize /t REG_DWORD /d 4294967295 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management" /v SessionPoolSize /t REG_DWORD /d 60 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management" /v SessionViewSize /t REG_DWORD /d 120 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management" /v PoolUsageMaximum /t REG_DWORD /d 60 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\usbstor\054C00C1" /v MaximumTransferLength /t REG_DWORD /d 2097152 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\usbstor\05AC12xx" /v MaximumTransferLength /t REG_DWORD /d 2097152 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\usbstor\05AC13xx" /v MaximumTransferLength /t REG_DWORD /d 2097152 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\usbstor\05DCA431" /v MaximumTransferLength /t REG_DWORD /d 2097152 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\usbstor\058F6362" /v MaximumTransferLength /t REG_DWORD /d 2097152 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows" /v GDIProcessHandleQuota /t REG_DWORD /d 32768 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows" /v USERProcessHandleQuota /t REG_DWORD /d 32768 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Multimedia\SystemProfile\Tasks\Games" /v "Scheduling Category" /t REG_SZ /d High /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Multimedia\SystemProfile\Tasks\Games" /v "SFIO Priority" /t REG_SZ /d High /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Multimedia\SystemProfile\Tasks\Games" /v "Background Only" /t REG_SZ /d False /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Multimedia\SystemProfile\Tasks\Games" /v "Priority" /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Multimedia\SystemProfile\Tasks\Games" /v "GPU Priority" /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Multimedia\SystemProfile\Tasks\Games" /v "Affinity" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------

* Increase Cached Icons numeric value to max(imum) in Desktop, Explorer, File Manager (FM) + 3rd party replacements/similar
tools in all Windows NTx editions -> "HARD DRIVE THRASHING" -> REGISTRY.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/newtip1.htm#THRASH
MDGx "File Manager + Windows Explorer/File Explorer Replacement Tools [free(ware)]" section in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#ENH
MDGx "Tweaked + Customized File Manager (FM) 32-bit" section in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#FMNT
Microsoft open source original File Manager (FM) 32-bit + 64-bit:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#FMMS
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"Max Cached Icons"="65535"
;
------End cut & paste here------

* FIX: Repair Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)/server errors in Windows 7/newer:
http://www.helpdeskgeek.com/help-desk/how-to-fix-rpc-server-is-unavailable-error-in-windows/
http://www.hpc.mil/program-areas/networking-overview/2013-10-03-17-24-38/ipv6-knowledge-base-ip-transport/disabling-ipv6-in-microsoft-windows-8-and-server-2012/
http://techjourney.net/disable-turn-off-ipv6-support-in-windows-10-8-1-8-7-vista/
http://kb.iu.edu/d/baeg/
http://www.drivereasy.com/knowledge/rpc-server-is-unavailable-error-on-windows-10-fixed/
http://www.alphr.com/rpc-server-is-unavailable/
http://docs.microsoft.com/troubleshoot/windows-server/networking/configure-ipv6-in-windows/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip6\Parameters]
"DisabledComponents"=dword:8
;
------End cut & paste here------
Restart/reboot Windows for this change to take effect.

* FIX: Refresh/reset (delete + rebuild) Explorer Icon Cache Database [IconCache.db + iconcache*.db] in Windows 7/newer:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/rebuild-icon-clear-thumbnail-cache-windows-10/
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/rebuild-the-icon-cache-windows/
http://neosmart.net/wiki/clear-icons-cache/
http://www.windowscentral.com/how-reset-icon-cache-database-windows-10/
http://www.howtogeek.com/232779/how-to-rebuild-a-broken-icon-cache-in-windows-10/
http://appuals.com/rebuild-icon-cache-windows-11/
http://www.elevenforum.com/t/rebuild-icon-cache-in-windows-11.2049/
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5645-rebuild-icon-cache-windows-10-a.html
File:
http://www.tenforums.com/attachments/tutorials/207993d1539300969-rebuild-icon-cache-windows-10-a-rebuild_icon_cache.bat
IconCache.db + iconcache*.db files reside in these local user folders:
- %LocalAppData%\IconCache.db
- %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db
- %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\iconcache*.db
- %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\iconcache*.db
Where %LocalAppData% = %WinDir%\SYSTEM32\Config\SystemProfile\AppData\Local folder.
Where %WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS folder.
Where %UserProfile% = usually C:\Users\%UserName% folder.
Where %UserName% = your user name folder.

* FIX: Turn OFF annoying/nagging "Your Windows 7 PC is out of support" (full screen) pop-ups in Windows 7 with
Service Pack 1 (SP1) + certain Microsoft Updates [example: KB4530734] installed:
http://nolabnoparty.com/en/windows-7-suppress-pc-is-out-of-support-warning/
http://www.askvg.com/tip-disable-your-windows-7-pc-is-out-of-support-full-screen-banner/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\EOSNotify]
"DiscontinueEOS"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\EOSNotify]
"DiscontinueEOS"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\EOSNotify]
"DiscontinueEOS"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\EOSnotify.exe]
"Debugger"="systray.exe"
;
------End cut & paste here------

* FIX: Detect/diagnose/repair/troubleshoot internet/network connection errors using Windows Network Diagnostics, a.k.a.
Diagnostics Troubleshooting Wizard, a.k.a. DiagWizard, a.k.a. Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool [MSDT.EXE] in Windows 7/newer:
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/administration/windows-commands/msdt/
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/ee424379.aspx#available-troubleshooting-packs
http://www.elevenforum.com/t/run-troubleshooters-in-windows-11.3337/
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/how-to-run-a-troubleshooter-from-the-command-line-in-windows-10/
http://www.linksys.com/us/support-article?articleNum=135351
http://www.majorgeeks.com/content/page/how_to_use_the_microsoft_support_diagnostic_tool_system_diagnostic_report.html
Run MSDT.EXE from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as
Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
MSDT.EXE -id NetworkDiagnosticsWeb -ep SystemSettings_Troubleshoot_L2 -skip true -elevated yes
-> follow the instructions to diagnose + repair internet/network connection(s) errors.
Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool [MSDT.EXE] is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS].

* Delete/remove unnecessary/bloat files + folders to free up space in Windows 7/newer:
http://www.techspot.com/guides/2240-windows-free-up-storage-space/
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/delete-windows-files-folders/
http://www.houkconsulting.com/2019/07/freeing-disk-space-windows/

* Windows Desktop Gadgets (free):
http://gadgetsrevived.com/
http://win10gadgets.com/
http://win7gadgets.com/
http://www.gadgetskit.com/

* System Tweaking Freeware Tools:
http://www.snapfiles.com/freeware/system/fwsystweak.html

* Create Scheduled Task to Run at Boot Time:
http://www.myboogpages.com/2009/02/how-to-create-a-scheduled-task-that-runs-at-boot-time.html

* Remove icon/shortcut arrow overlay (+ add transparency) + pins to Taskbar/Start Menu in Windows 7:
http://www.mydigitallife.info/workaround-to-remove-shortcut-arrow-make-transparent-in-windows-7-yet-can-pin-to-taskbar-or-start-menu/
Winaero Tweaker 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 [select Portable at install time!]:
http://www.winaero.com/winaero-tweaker/
Download:
http://www.winaero.com/download-winaero-tweaker/
File:
http://www.winaero.com/downloads/winaerotweaker.zip
Winaero Tweaker Features:
http://www.winaero.com/the-list-of-winaero-tweaker-features/
Winaero Tweaker removes icon overlay using transparent icon.

* Run BATch file as service:
http://www.serverfault.com/questions/226271/running-a-batch-file-as-a-system-service-in-windows-server-2003

* Windows 7 File Association Fixes:
http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/file-asso-fixes-for-windows-7/
http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/unassociate-file-types-windows-7-vista/
http://www.techsupportall.com/file-association-fixes/
http://www.techsupportall.com/file-association-fix-for-windows-7/
http://www.vistax64.com/threads/233243/

* Add programs (file associations) to right-click Open with... menu:
http://www.techrepublic.com/forums/discussions/using-open-with-does-not-work/

* Default Programs Editor (DPE) 32-bit adds/edits/removes right-click items, file associations, autoplay programs (apps):
http://www.defaultprogramseditor.com/
File:
http://www.defaultprogramseditor.com/files/DefaultProgramsEditor.zip
Requires Microsoft .Net Framework Redistributable (NFR) 3.5/newer:
http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#NFR

* Fix Files/Folders Access Denied + other (similar) Errors:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2623670/
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/access-is-denied-software-installation-windows/
http://www.stackoverflow.com/questions/8619541/
http://smallbusiness.chron.com/change-permissions-system32-drivers-50434.html
http://www.blogsdna.com/2159/how-to-take-ownership-grant-permissions-to-access-files-folder-in-windows-7.htm

* Take Ownership + Grant Permission right-click items in Windows Vista/newer:
http://www.techfleece.com/2011/05/15/how-to-take-ownership-of-files-or-folders-or-an-entire-hard-drive/
http://www.blogsdna.com/2159/
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/add-take-ownership-to-explorer-right-click-menu-in-vista/

* (Re)Gain/(re)acquire full permissions (run as SYSTEM) to edit protected/hidden registry (sub)keys in Windows
Vista/newer:
http://www.howtogeek.com/262464/how-to-gain-full-permissions-to-edit-protected-registry-keys/
Run the Registry Editor [RegEdit = %WinDir%\REGEDIT.EXE] with full SYSTEM level privileges to be able to
view/create/edit/rename/delete hidden/locked registry (sub)keys/values:
1. NirCmd 32-bit + 64-bit multi-function DOS console command line + GUI tool:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html
NirCmd 32-bit:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.zip
NirCmd 64-bit:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd-x64.zip
NirCmd Guide:
http://nircmd.nirsoft.net/
Help:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd2.html
Download ZIP archive above that matches your Windows NTx OS bit strength [32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)] + then
unZIP/extract NirCmd files.
2. Place (copy/move) all NirCmd files in a (sub)directory/(sub)folder of your choice (example):
C:\TOOLS\NirCmd
3. Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text CoMmanD (.cmd) script file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save file as
REGEDIT.CMD (example) into the same (sub)directory/(sub)folder where NirCmd files reside (using C:\TOOLS\NirCmd from example
above):
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
IF NOT EXIST C:\TOOLS\NirCmd\nircmd.exe GOTO END
IF NOT EXIST %WinDir%\REGEDIT.EXE GOTO END
C:\TOOLS\NirCmd\nircmd.exe elevatecmd runassystem %WinDir%\REGEDIT.EXE
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------
This way from now on you can run RegEdit with full SYSTEM privileges from a convenient shortcut.
4. Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text VBScript (.vbs) script file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save file as
REGEDIT.VBS (example) into the same (sub)directory/(sub)folder where NirCmd files reside (using C:\TOOLS\NirCmd from example
above):
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
Dim WshShell:Set WshShell=CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WshShell.Run chr(34)&"C:\TOOLS\NirCmd\REGEDIT.CMD"&Chr(34),0,true
Set WshShell=Nothing
------End cut & paste here------
5. Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save file as REGEDIT.REG
(example) into the same (sub)directory/(sub)folder where NirCmd files reside (using C:\TOOLS\NirCmd from example above):
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
; Desktop right-click RegEdit as SYSTEM shortcut:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\Background\shell\regedit_sys]
@="Registry Editor (RegEdit) = SYSTEM"
"SuppressionPolicy"=dword:0
"Icon"="REGEDIT.EXE,0"
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\Background\shell\regedit_sys\command]
@="WSCRIPT.EXE /B /Nologo C:\\TOOLS\\NirCmd\\REGEDIT.VBS"
"IsolatedCommand"=-
; My Computer (machine/system wide/all users) Desktop RegEdit as SYSTEM shortcut:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\regedit_sys]
@="Registry Editor (RegEdit) = SYSTEM"
"SuppressionPolicy"=dword:0
"Icon"="REGEDIT.EXE,0"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\regedit_sys\command]
@="WSCRIPT.EXE /B /Nologo C:\\TOOLS\\NirCmd\\REGEDIT.VBS"
"IsolatedCommand"=-
; My Computer (current/logged on user) Desktop RegEdit as SYSTEM shortcut:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{59031A47-3F72-44A7-89C5-5595FE6B30EE}\shell\regedit_sys]
@="Registry Editor (RegEdit) = SYSTEM"
"SuppressionPolicy"=dword:0
"Icon"="REGEDIT.EXE,0"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{59031A47-3F72-44A7-89C5-5595FE6B30EE}\shell\regedit_sys\command]
@="WSCRIPT.EXE /B /Nologo C:\\TOOLS\\NirCmd\\REGEDIT.VBS"
"IsolatedCommand"=-
; Desktop right-click RegEdit as Current User shortcut:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\Background\shell\regedit]
@="Registry Editor (RegEdit) = Current User"
"SuppressionPolicy"=dword:0
"Icon"="REGEDIT.EXE,0"
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\Background\shell\regedit\command]
@="REGEDIT.EXE"
"IsolatedCommand"=-
; My Computer (machine/system wide/all users) Desktop RegEdit as Current User shortcut:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\regedit]
@="Registry Editor (RegEdit) = Current User"
"SuppressionPolicy"=dword:0
"Icon"="REGEDIT.EXE,0"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\regedit\command]
@="REGEDIT.EXE"
"IsolatedCommand"=-
; My Computer (current/logged on user) Desktop RegEdit as Current User shortcut:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{59031A47-3F72-44A7-89C5-5595FE6B30EE}\shell\regedit]
@="Registry Editor (RegEdit) = Current User"
"SuppressionPolicy"=dword:0
"Icon"="REGEDIT.EXE,0"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{59031A47-3F72-44A7-89C5-5595FE6B30EE}\shell\regedit\command]
@="REGEDIT.EXE"
"IsolatedCommand"=-
; Control Panel (CONTROL.EXE) RegEdit as SYSTEM shortcut:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{77708248-f839-436b-8919-527c410f48b9}]
@="Registry Editor (RegEdit) = SYSTEM"
"InfoTip"="Starts Registry Editor (RegEdit) as SYSTEM"
"System.ControlPanel.Category"="5"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{77708248-f839-436b-8919-527c410f48b9}\DefaultIcon]
@="REGEDIT.EXE,0"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{77708248-f839-436b-8919-527c410f48b9}\shell\open\command]
@="WSCRIPT.EXE /B /Nologo C:\\TOOLS\\NirCmd\\REGEDIT.VBS"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{77708248-f839-436b-8919-527c410f48b9}\Elevation]
"Enabled"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel\NameSpace\{77708248-f839-436b-8919-527c410f48b9}]
@="Add Registry Editor (RegEdit) as SYSTEM to Control Panel"
; Control Panel (CONTROL.EXE) RegEdit as Current User shortcut:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{77708248-f839-436b-8919-527c410f48b8}]
@="Registry Editor (RegEdit) = Current User"
"InfoTip"="Starts Registry Editor (RegEdit) as Current User"
"System.ControlPanel.Category"="5"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{77708248-f839-436b-8919-527c410f48b8}\DefaultIcon]
@="REGEDIT.EXE,0"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{77708248-f839-436b-8919-527c410f48b8}\shell\open\command]
@="REGEDIT.EXE"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{77708248-f839-436b-8919-527c410f48b8}\Elevation]
"Enabled"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel\NameSpace\{77708248-f839-436b-8919-527c410f48b8}]
@="Add Registry Editor (RegEdit) as Current User to Control Panel"
;
------End cut & paste here------
6. Desktop/Explorer -> go to C:\ drive -> TOOLS directory/folder -> NirCmd subdirectory/subfolder (using C:\TOOLS\NirCmd in
this example) -> right-click on REGEDIT.REG -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register/merge/import
the information into your registry.
7. From now on you can run either "Registry Editor (RegEdit) = SYSTEM" (privileged) or
"Registry Editor (RegEdit) as Current User" (default) shortcuts from all these locations:
- Desktop [context menu] -> right-click.
- My Computer (machine/system wide/all users) [context menu] -> right-click.
- My Computer (current/logged on user) [context menu] -> right-click.
- Control Panel (CP) [list of shortcuts] -> Start -> Control Panel or Run... [hold WinKey + press R] -> type:
control
-> press Enter.
Control Panel executable [CONTROL.EXE] is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS].

* Turn OFF HomeGroup + Network Function Discovery (optional) in Windows 7/newer:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/27091/how-to-disable-or-enable-the-homegroup-feature-in-windows-7/
MSKB: HomeGroup explained from start to finish:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/17145/
Digital Citizen: What is the Homegroup and how does it work:
http://www.digitalcitizen.life/homegroup-feature-how-it-works/
How-To Geek: Everything You Need to Know About Using HomeGroups in Windows:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/9524/
CAUTION:
Disabling these services will turn OFF device/network/remote files/folders/libraries sharing/printing features!
Disable these 2 HomeGroup services: HomeGroup Listener [HomeGroupListener] + HomeGroup Provider [HomeGroupProvider]:
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text BATch (.bat) or CoMmanD (.cmd) script file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below
-> save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the BAT (.bat) or CMD (.cmd) extension -> right-click it ->
Run as Administrator -> wait for completion.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
:: Disable HomeGroup Listener (HomeGroupListener) service:
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP HomeGroupListener
SC.EXE CONFIG HomeGroupListener START= disabled
:: Disable HomeGroup Provider (HomeGroupProvider) service:
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP HomeGroupProvider
SC.EXE CONFIG HomeGroupProvider START= disabled
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}]
"System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree"=dword:0
; Windows NTx 64-bit (x64) only:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}]
"System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}]
"System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree"=dword:0
; Windows NTx 64-bit (x64) only:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}]
"System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\HomeGroup\SharingInProgress]
"SharingInProgress"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\HomeGroup]
"AlwaysStuffAlphaCreds"=dword:0
"ShareBannerCount"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\HomeGroupListener]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\HomeGroupProvider]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\HomeGroupListener]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\HomeGroupProvider]
"Start"=dword:4
;
------End cut & paste here------
Turn OFF these 2 HomeGroup related Function Discovery services (optional): Function Discovery Provider Host [fdPHost] and
Function Discovery Resource Publication [FDResPub]:
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text BATch (.bat) or CoMmanD (.cmd) script file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below
-> save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the BAT (.bat) or CMD (.cmd) extension -> right-click it ->
Run as Administrator -> wait for completion.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
:: Disable Function Discovery Provider Host (fdPHost) service:
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP fdPHost
SC.EXE CONFIG fdPHost START= disabled
:: Disable Function Discovery Resource Publication (FDResPub) service:
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP FDResPub
SC.EXE CONFIG FDResPub START= disabled
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\fdPHost]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\FDResPub]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\fdPHost]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\FDResPub]
"Start"=dword:4
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Automatically install recommended drivers/updates for your hardware/devices:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/15054/

* Add + Customize Fonts from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE):
http://smallvoid.com/article/winnt-cmd-add-font.html
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/windows-and-office/quick-tip-add-fonts-to-the-command-prompt/
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/stupid-geek-tricks-enable-more-fonts-for-the-windows-command-prompt/
http://www.wikihow.com/Customize-the-Font-in-Windows-Command-Prompt/

* .MSI/.MSP/.MSU Installer (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\MSIEXEC.EXE) Command Line Options:
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/desktop/msi/command-line-options/
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/aa367988.aspx
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/aa372024.aspx
http://helpnet.installshield.com/installshield21helplib/helplibrary/IHelpCmdLineMSI.htm
http://www.silentinstall.org/msiexec/

* Remove Breadcrumbs Bar from Explorer in Windows 7/newer:
http://twigstechtips.blogspot.com/2010/02/win7-remove-windows-explorer.html
http://www.winaero.com/show-full-path-address-bar-windows-10-file-explorer/

* List of DOS console (command prompt) Commands:
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/administration/windows-commands/windows-commands/
http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=56846
http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/8/9/58911986-D4AD-4695-BF63-F734CD4DF8F2/ws-commands.pdf
http://web.archive.org/web/20071014001728/http://technet2.microsoft.com:80/windowsserver/en/library/552ed70a-208d-48c4-8da8-2e27b530eac71033.mspx
http://www.c3scripts.com/tutorials/msdos/commands.html
http://www.ss64.com/nt/
http://www.lifewire.com/list-of-4092302/
http://www.bytescout.com/blog/windows-command-prompt-commands.html
http://www.ionos.com/digitalguide/server/know-how/windows-cmd-commands/
http://www.ccm.net/faq/403-command-prompts-for-windows/

* Link Directory IDentifier (LDID)/DIRectory IDentifier (DIRID)/Decentralized IDentifier (DID)/Globally Unique IDentifier
(GUID)/Universaly Unique IDentifier (UUID) built-in/hard linked/encrypted 128-bit unique reference numbers used in Windows
Application Programming Interface (API) to identify for example system, localized + user special directories/folders
names/values in Windows 9x/NTx OSes (conventions used in INF/MSI installation/reference files/scripts, registry keys/values,
API/NET programming, driver/hardware/internet/networking identification, etc):
http://docs.microsoft.com/dotnet/api/system.environment.specialfolder/
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-hardware/drivers/install/using-dirids/
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/win32/shell/knownfolderid/
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/win32/shell/csidl/
http://w3c-ccg.github.io/did-primer/
http://guid.one/guid/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decentralized_identifier
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universally_unique_identifier
Examples of system + user special folders registry values [some are unique to specific Windows NTx OS
builds/editions/releases/updates/versions]:
Desktop {B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}
This PC {0AC0837C-BBF8-452A-850D-79D08E667CA7}
Downloads {374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B}
Documents {FDD39AD0-238F-46AF-ADB4-6C85480369C7}
Local Downloads {7d83ee9b-2244-4e70-b1f5-5393042af1e4}
3D Objects {31C0DD25-9439-4F12-BF41-7FF4EDA38722}
My Music {4BD8D571-6D19-48D3-BE97-422220080E43}
Local Pictures {0ddd015d-b06c-45d5-8c4c-f59713854639}
My Pictures {33E28130-4E1E-4676-835A-98395C3BC3BB}
Local Music {a0c69a99-21c8-4671-8703-7934162fcf1d}
My Video {18989B1D-99B5-455B-841C-AB7C74E4DDFC}
Personal {FDD39AD0-238F-46AF-ADB4-6C85480369C7}
Local Documents {f42ee2d3-909f-4907-8871-4c22fc0bf756}
Local Videos {35286a68-3c57-41a1-bbb1-0eae73d76c95}
MDGx "INF Setup files" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#INF
MDGx "INF Guide" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/INF_web/
Value Destination Directory/Folder
覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧
01 Source Drive_Letter:\Pathname = the directory the INF file is installed from
10 Windows directory = equivalent to %WinDir%
11 System directory = equivalent to %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 for NT based (NTx) OSes and to %WinDir%\SYSTEM for Windows 9x/ME
12 Drivers directory = equivalent to %WinDir%\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS for NT based (NTx) OSes and to %WinDir%\SYSTEM\IoSubsys
on Windows 9x/ME
17 INF file directory
18 Help directory
20 Fonts directory
21 Viewers directory
23 Color directory (ICM) = not used for installing printer drivers
24 Root directory of the system disk = root directory of disk on which Windows files are installed = example: if DIRID 10
is C:\WINDOWS then DIRID 24 is C:\ root
25 Shared directory
30 Root directory of the boot disk known as "ARC system partition" for NT based (NTx) OSes = may or may not be same
directory as the one represented by DIRID 24
50 System directory for NT based (NTx) OSes = equivalent to %WinDir%\system = NT based (NTx) OSes only
51 Spool directory = not used for installing printer drivers: see Printer DIRIDs
52 Spool drivers directory = not used for installing Printer drivers
53 User profile directory
54 Directory where ntldr.exe and osloader.exe are located = NT based (NTx) OSes only
55 Print processors directory = not used for installing Printer drivers
-1 Absolute path (hard link)
More info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_link
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbolic_link#Microsoft_Windows
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbolic_link#Shell_objects
DIRID values from 16384 through 32767 are reserved for special Shell Folders.
Examples of special folders DIRID values and their correspondent locations:
http://docs.microsoft.com/dotnet/api/system.environment.specialfolder/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_folder#List_of_special_folders
http://www.nirsoft.net/articles/find_special_folder_location.html
http://livecode.fandom.com/wiki/SpecialFolderPath
http://commandwindows.com/windows7-shell-commands.htm
http://johnkoerner.com/csharp/special-folder-values-on-windows-versus-mac/
Value Shell Special Directory/Folder
覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧
16406 All Users\Start Menu
16407 All Users\Start Menu\Programs
16408 All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
16409 All Users\Desktop
16415 All Users\Favorites
16419 All Users\Application Data
16422 Program Files
16425 %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 = valid for Win32 user mode applications running under Windows 32-bit/x86 on Windows 64-bit/x64 (WoW64)
16426 Program Files = valid for Win32 user mode applications running under Windows 64-bit/x64 (WoW64)
16427 Program Files\Common
16428 Program Files\Common = valid for Win32 user mode applications running under Windows 64-bit/x64 (WoW64)
16429 All Users\Templates
16430 All Users\Documents
See also "XP -> 7/8/8.1 Easy Transfer Files + Settings" chapter + "List of System + User Shell Folders in Windows
Vista/newer:" topic further below:
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
http://www.mdgx.com/WINDOWS7.TXT

* Turn ON Automatic Logon for default/main user/owner/administrator in Windows 7/newer:
http://quicklaunch.ucworkspace.com/support/solutions/articles/3000053152/
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3539-sign-user-account-automatically-windows-10-startup.html
http://mashtips.com/set-auto-login-windows-10/
http://support.microsoft.com/help/324737/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
"AutoAdminLogon"="1"
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF obsolete/deprecated Microsoft proprietary SMB (Server Message Block) 1.0 (SMB1) + CIFS (Common Internet File System)
file sharing support network protocols (which are disabled by default in Windows 8/newer + Windows Server 2012/newer and
replaced with newer SMB versions) due to unpatched security vulnerabilities in Windows 7/newer:
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2022/04/microsoft-enters-final-phase-of-disabling-smb1-file-sharing-in-windows-11/
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/storage/file-server/troubleshoot/smbv1-not-installed-by-default-in-windows/
http://woshub.com/how-to-disable-smb-1-0-in-windows-10-server-2016/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Server_Message_Block
Make sure all SMB1/CIFS protocols are disabled in Optional Windows Features Manager: Start -> Run... [hold WinKey + press R]
-> make sure it states "This task will be created with administrative privileges." -> type:
OptionalFeatures.exe
-> press Enter -> scroll down to SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support -> click all [+] signs to open submenu list -> make sure to
uncheck all (3) square boxes -> click OK button.
Or in PowerShell: right-click PowerShell shortcut or C:\WINDOWS\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\PowerShell.exe [default
location] -> Run as Administrator -> run 1 of these commands -> press Enter after each line:
Uninstall-WindowsFeature 鋒ame FS-SMB1 乏emove
OR:
Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName SMB1Protocol -Remove
Verify to make sure all SMB1 protocols are disabled: from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE):
right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
DISM.EXE /online /Get-Features /format:table | find "SMB1Protocol"
-> make sure all (4) messages show "Disabled".

* Hide (currently) disabled/disconnected/empty/inactive/orphan/phantom/remote/removed/unavailable drives/partitions/volumes
in Explorer, File Manager (FM) + 3rd party replacements/similar tools and turn OFF "Could not reconnect all network drives"
notification:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/6969-drives-hide-show-empty-drives-computer-folder.html
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/145379-disable-could-not-reconnect-all-network-drives-notification-windows.html
http://www.winaero.com/blog/disable-could-not-reconnect-all-network-drives-notification-in-windows-10/
MDGx "Tweaked + Customized File Manager (FM) 32-bit" section in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#FMNT
Microsoft open source original File Manager (FM) 32-bit + 64-bit:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#FMMS
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"HideDrivesWithNoMedia"=-
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"HideDrivesWithNoMedia"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"HideDrivesWithNoMedia"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\NetworkProvider]
"RestoreConnection"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\NetworkProvider]
"RestoreConnection"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Control\NetworkProvider]
"RestoreConnection"=dword:0
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Show (previously) disabled/disconnected/empty/inactive/orphan/phantom/remote/removed/unavailable drives/partitions/volumes
in Explorer, File Manager (FM) + 3rd party replacements/similar tools and turn ON "Could not reconnect all network drives"
notification:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/6969-drives-hide-show-empty-drives-computer-folder.html
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/145379-disable-could-not-reconnect-all-network-drives-notification-windows.html
http://www.winaero.com/blog/disable-could-not-reconnect-all-network-drives-notification-in-windows-10/
MDGx "Tweaked + Customized File Manager (FM) 32-bit" section in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#FMNT
Microsoft open source original File Manager (FM) 32-bit + 64-bit:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#FMMS
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"HideDrivesWithNoMedia"=-
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"HideDrivesWithNoMedia"=dword:0
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"HideDrivesWithNoMedia"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\NetworkProvider]
"RestoreConnection"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\NetworkProvider]
"RestoreConnection"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Control\NetworkProvider]
"RestoreConnection"=-
;
------End cut & paste here------

* UNhide file/folder (directory)/protocol/shortcut/link extensions in Windows NTx (examples):
http://www.winaero.com/blog/show-hide-file-extensions-windows-10/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory]
"AlwaysShowExt"=""
"EditFlags"=hex:01
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Drive]
"AlwaysShowExt"=""
"EditFlags"=hex:01
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder]
"AlwaysShowExt"=""
"EditFlags"=hex:01
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\*]
"AlwaysShowExt"=""
"EditFlags"=hex:01
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\exefile]
"AlwaysShowExt"=""
"EditFlags"=hex:01
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\dllfile]
"AlwaysShowExt"=""
"EditFlags"=hex:01
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}]
"AlwaysShowExt"=""
"EditFlags"=hex:01
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}]
"AlwaysShowExt"=""
"EditFlags"=hex:01
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{59031A47-3F72-44A7-89C5-5595FE6B30EE}]
"AlwaysShowExt"=""
"EditFlags"=hex:01
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Reorder files + folders names alphabetically by logical numeric value in Windows XP/newer:
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/91417-enable-disable-numerical-sorting-file-explorer-windows-10-a.html
http://admx.help/?Category=Windows_10_2016&Policy=Microsoft.Policies.WindowsExplorer::NoStrCmpLogical
http://web.archive.org/web/20150226105024/http://support.microsoft.com/kb/319827/
See also "SYSTEM RESTRICTIONS" chapter in REGISTRY.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/newtip9.htm#RESTRICT
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoStrCmpLogical"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoStrCmpLogical"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoStrCmpLogical"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF boot/logon/startup/launch sounds in Windows 7/newer:
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/61302-turn-off-startup-sound-windows-10-a.html
Winaero Tweaker 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 [select Portable at install time!]:
http://www.winaero.com/winaero-tweaker/
Download:
http://www.winaero.com/download-winaero-tweaker/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\BootAnimation]
"DisableStartupSound"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\BootAnimation]
"DisableStartupSound"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\BootAnimation]
"DisableStartupSound"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF *all* desktop/explorer/system/event/notification/app/program/etc sounds + rename/delete the "Media"
directory/folder in Windows 7/newer:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/turn-off-windows-explorer-click-sounds-in-windows-vista/
http://www.eightforums.com/threads/delete-windows-7-sound-schemes.79731/
http://freewindowsvistatutorials.com/whereIsSoundFolderLocationSystemSoundsMediaInWindows7.php
1. 1st backup these 2 registry subkeys + save them as REG files (see examples below): HKCU (Current User) "AppEvents" + HKU
.DEFAULT (Default User) "AppEvents": right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press
Enter after each line (example):
REG.EXE EXPORT "HKCU\AppEvents" HKCU_AppEvents.reg /y
REG.EXE EXPORT "HKU\.DEFAULT\AppEvents" HKU_DEF_AppEvents.reg /y
To restore original sounds events from registry files above (assuming you're running them from within their location,
otherwise you must add full path: drive letter + directory/folder name in front of them): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE ->
Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press Enter after each line (example):
REG.EXE IMPORT HKCU_AppEvents.reg /y
REG.EXE IMPORT HKU_DEF_AppEvents.reg /y
2. Run Registry file below:
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\AppEvents]
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\AppEvents]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\BootAnimation]
"DisableStartupSound"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\BootAnimation]
"DisableStartupSound"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\BootAnimation]
"DisableStartupSound"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------
3. Optional: if you plan never to use any Windows system events sounds in the future, you can safely rename or delete (to save
a little bit of space) [but back it up 1st!] the "Media" Windows subfolder which holds all Windows sound files (.mid, .rmi,
.wav): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press Enter after each line (example):
- to rename it:
TAKEOWN.EXE /f "%WinDir%\Media" /r /d y
ICACLS.EXE "%WinDir%\Media" /grant:R Everyone:(OI)(CI)F /t /c /q
TASKKILL.EXE /IM TrustedInstaller.exe /F /T
REN "%WinDir%\Media" "Media.BKP"
- to delete it:
TAKEOWN.EXE /f "%WinDir%\Media" /r /d y
ICACLS.EXE "%WinDir%\Media" /grant:R Everyone:(OI)(CI)F /t /c /q
TASKKILL.EXE /IM TrustedInstaller.exe /F /T
RUNDLL32.EXE ADVPACK.DLL,DelNodeRunDLL32 "%WinDir%\Media"
OR instead of RUNDLL32.EXE command above:
RMDIR /S /Q "%WinDir%\Media"
ICACLS.EXE:
http://www.ss64.com/nt/icacls.html
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/administration/windows-commands/icacls/
http://adamtheautomator.com/icacls/
TAKEOWN.EXE:
http://www.ss64.com/nt/takeown.html
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/administration/windows-commands/takeown/

* MDGx "Group Policy Editor (GPE) fixes + tools (free)" section in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#GPO

* Useful, little known, hidden, undocumented, unknown registry + system hacks + tweaks to fix, improve + customize
Windows 7/newer:
http://forums.mydigitallife.net/forums/mdl-projects-and-applications.34/
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/5391/
http://www.techradar.com/us/news/computing-components/643861/
http://www.thecustomizewindows.com/2011/08/windows-7-right-click-menu-tipstricks-and-tutorials-index/
http://www.howtogeek.com/77614/best-windows-7-start-menu-and-taskbar-tips-and-tricks/
http://www.edy.es/dev/docs/windows-tricks/
http://www.sevenforums.com/customization/23122-remove-favorites-libraries-homegroup-my-folder-2.html
http://www.helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/disable-snap-assist-in-windows-7-8-10/
http://www.thesystemmaster.com/windows7_annoyances.php
http://windowsreport.com/tag/network/
http://www.isoftspot.com/
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/
http://www.winaero.com/blog/category/windows-7/
http://www.winaero.com/
http://www.mydigitallife.info/
http://www.sevenforums.com/
http://www.door2windows.com/download/
http://www.howtogeek.com/
http://www.tweaks.com/windows-7/
http://www.tweakhound.com/tweaking-windows-7/
http://www.sourcedaddy.com/windows-7/
http://www.askvg.com/category/windows-seven/
http://www.tweaks.com/
http://www.ghacks.net/category/windows/
http://www.blogsdna.com/
http://www.techfeb.com/category/windows-7/
http://www.instantfundas.com/search/label/Windows%207
http://www.webtlk.com/list-of-how-to-windows-7/
http://www.techdows.com/
http://www.techsupportalert.com/view/tips/
http://www.winbeginners.com/
http://www.commandwindows.com/

* Transformation Packs + Themes:
http://winempyrean.net/category/shell-styles/
http://winempyrean.net/jarvis/
http://www.deviantart.com/#/art/Jarvis-Windows-7-Transformation-Pack-397222303

* Tutorials:
http://sites.google.com/a/rmprepusb.com/www/tutorials/
http://www.7tutorials.com/
http://unlockforus.blogspot.com/2008/11/tutorials.html
http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/
http://sector-seven.net/
http://www.technixupdate.com/tag/windows-7/

* MSKB Support:
http://support.microsoft.com/products/windows?os=windows-7
http://support.microsoft.com/help/10164/

* Windows 7 system requirements:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/10737/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7#System_requirements

* Coulda... Shoulda... Woulda...
Features, functions + programs/tools/games banned/cancelled/changed/deprecated/discontinued/limited/reduced/removed by
Microsoft in/from Windows 7 and how to adapt/fix/port/repair/restore/work around/bring back (some of) them:
- Wikipedia: List of features removed/missing in Windows 7:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_7
- MSFN: List of software that doesn't support Windows 7 [+ how to make them work]:
http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=181987
- Techulator: Disadvantages of Windows 7:
http://www.techulator.com/resources/3311-Disadvantages-windows.aspx
- OS Today: What are the disadvantages of Windows 7?:
http://ostoday.org/windows/quick-answer-what-are-the-disadvantages-of-windows-7.html
- Wikipedia: Criticism of Windows:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Microsoft_Windows
Get free(ware) adapted/fixed/old/ported/repaired/restored apps/programs, games, screen savers + tools -> TOOLS.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/tools.php
http://www.mdgx.com/TOOLS.TXT
______________________________________________________________________________



Updates/(Hot)Fixes/Patches + Windows Update (WU)



* NOTE:
Microsoft Updates/Upgrades/Service Packs (SPs)/(Hot)Fixes/Patches/etc listed here are for English [en-US] Windows NTx Operating
Systems (OSes) 32-bit (x86) + 64-bit (x64).
See Microsoft web pages for information how to download Windows updates in other languages:
http://www.science.co.il/language/Locale-codes.php
Microsoft Updates Catalog lists Windows Updates (WU) in all available languages:
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=Windows%207%20Update

* Must uninstall Windows 7/7 SP1 Updates/Upgrades/(Hot)Fixes/Patches/etc which expose your computer(s) to:
- invasion of privacy,
- telemetry snooping ("phone home"),
- data collection/logging,
- "customer experience",
- unwanted "offers",
- spyware,
- adware,
- forced (without your knowledge, behind your back!) upgrade to Windows 10 (GWX):
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#10BLK
http://web.archive.org/web/20180320070137/http://www.privacytools.io/#win10
http://gist.github.com/xvitaly/eafa75ed2cb79b3bd4e9/
http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/a-complete-list-of-all-updates-you-should-uninstall-to-block-windows-10/
http://www.sevenforums.com/installation-setup/413301-reinstall-win7-what-updates-avoid-telemetry-winx-preparation-3.html
http://www.ghacks.net/2019/01/15/better-check-your-windows-7-pc-for-get-windows-10-gwx-traces/
Similar tools:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/mg/sortname/windows_10_fixes.html
July 2019 Windows 7 "security only" update installs telemetry snooping:
http://www.computerworld.com/article/3408496/new-windows-7-security-only-update-installs-telemetrysnooping-uh-feature.html
Block Telemetry in Windows 7/7 SP1 and 8.1:
http://www.ghacks.net/2017/02/11/blocking-telemetry-in-windows-7-and-8-1/
All Microsoft Updates/Upgrades/(Hot)Fixes/Patches/etc listed at the web sites above should be uninstalled:
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text BATch (.bat) or CoMmanD (.cmd) script file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below
-> save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the BAT (.bat) or CMD (.cmd) extension -> right-click it ->
Run as Administrator -> wait for completion.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
IF NOT EXIST %WinDir%\SYSTEM32\WUSA.EXE GOTO END
:: KB4507456: Security Only Update:
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:4507456 /quiet /norestart
:: KB971033: Windows Activation Update:
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:971033 /quiet /norestart
:: KB2952664: Get Windows 10 (GWX) Assistant:
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:2952664 /quiet /norestart
:: KB2990214: Get Windows 10 (GWX):
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:2990214 /quiet /norestart
:: KB3012973: Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro:
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:3012973 /quiet /norestart
:: KB3021917: Performance Improvements Update:
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:3021917 /quiet /norestart
:: KB3022345: Customer Experience and Diagnostic Telemetry Update:
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:3022345 /quiet /norestart
:: KB3035583: Get Windows 10 (GWX) App:
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:3035583 /quiet /norestart
:: KB3044374: Get Windows 10 (GWX) Update:
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:3044374 /quiet /norestart
:: KB3068708: Customer Experience and Diagnostic Telemetry Update:
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:3068708 /quiet /norestart
:: KB3075249: Telemetry Update:
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:3075249 /quiet /norestart
:: KB3080149: Customer Experience and Diagnostic Telemetry Update:
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:3080149 /quiet /norestart
:: KB3112343: Windows Update Client (WUC):
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:3112343 /quiet /norestart
:: KB3083711: Windows Update Client (WUC):
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:3083711 /quiet /norestart
:: KB3083325: Windows Update Client (WUC):
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:3083325 /quiet /norestart
:: KB3075853: Windows Update Client (WUC):
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:3075853 /quiet /norestart
:: KB3072318: OOBE Update to upgrade to Windows 10:
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:3072318 /quiet /norestart
:: KB3065988: Windows Update Client (WUC):
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:3065988 /quiet /norestart
:: KB3064683: OOBE Update to upgrade to Windows 10:
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:3064683 /quiet /norestart
:: KB3058168: Activate Windows 10 from Hosts Update:
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:3058168 /quiet /norestart
:: KB3050267: Windows Update Client (WUC):
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:3050267 /quiet /norestart
:: KB2976978: Compatibility Update:
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:2976978 /quiet /norestart
:: KB2977759: Compatibility Update:
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:2977759 /quiet /norestart
:: KB3081954: Work Folders Update:
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:3081954 /quiet /norestart
:: KB3123862: Upgrade Capability Update:
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:3123862 /quiet /norestart
:: KB3138612: Windows Update Client (WUC):
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:3138612 /quiet /norestart
:: KB3172605: July 2016 Update Rollup:
START "Uninstalling BUGGY Update..." /B /WAIT WUSA.EXE /uninstall /KB:3172605 /quiet /norestart
TIMEOUT /T 5 /NOBREAK
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------
Restart/reboot.

* Windows Updates (WU) Catalog, Listings + Guides:
- Windows 7/7 SP1 Updates Catalog:
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=%22Windows%207%22
Download desired Update(s)/Fix(es)/Patch(es) to your local disk/storage device -> right-click .CAB/.EXE/.MSI/.MSP/.MSU file ->
Run as Administrator -> restart/reboot (if prompted).
- ERPMan's Windows 7 System Updates Page:
http://erpman1.tripod.com/win7upd.html
- ERPMan's Windows 7 X64 & Server 2008 R2 X64 System Updates:
http://erpman1.tripod.com/w7x64upd.html
- THFS: List of Windows 7 + 7 SP1 Updates/(Hot)Fixes/Patches:
http://thehotfixshare.net/board/?/search/&q=%22Windows%207%22&type=downloads_file
- Microsoft Security Advisories + Bulletins:
http://docs.microsoft.com/security-updates/
- Install Manually Offline CAB (.cab), EXE (.exe) + MSU (.msu) Updates:
http://woshub.com/manually-install-cab-msu-updates-windows/
- Windows 7/7 SP1 Updates/(Hot)Fixes/Patches History:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/4009469/
- Every Last Thing About Windows Update (WU) for Windows 7/newer:
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-find-out-every-last-thing-about-windows-update/

* Windows 7/8/8.1/10 32-bit + 64-bit Updates disable Intel Broadwell + Haswell CPUs Meltdown/Spectre Variants "Branch target
injection vulnerability" errors/reboots after Intel CPU firmware update(s):
- MSKB KB4090007 Fix 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows 10/2016 32-bit (x86) + 64-bit (x64):
http://support.microsoft.com/help/4090007/
Microsoft Catalog Files for KB4090007 Update:
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=KB4090007
- MSKB KB4078130 Fix 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows 7/2008 R2/8/20012/8.1/2012 R2/10/2016 32-bit (x86) + 64-bit (x64):
http://support.microsoft.com/help/4078130/
Microsoft Catalog File for KB4078130 Update:
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=KB4078130
File:
http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/crup/2018/01/kb4078130_b86f0bf2dc0866a0e117ed2d4a5302fab0493a7b.exe
Intel CPUs Updates:
http://newsroom.intel.com/news/intel-security-issue-update-addressing-reboot-issues/
Intel CPUs Info [PDF]:
http://newsroom.intel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2018/04/microcode-update-guidance.pdf
InSpectre for Windows 10/11 detects operating system (OS) ability to prevent Meltdown + Spectre vulnerability attacks
against Intel Broadwell + Haswell CPUs + necessity of installing respective update(s):
http://www.grc.com/inspectre.htm
File:
http://www.grc.com/files/InSpectre.exe

* Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) native Drivers for Windows 7 SP1 32-bit (x86) + 64-bit (x64):
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2990941/
- NVMe Drivers 64-bit for Windows 7 SP1 64-bit (x64) [7 MB]:
http://conduant.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/217205998-PXIe-DM-4M-2-Windows-Driver/
http://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/downloads/ds105871
- NVMe Drivers 32-bit for Windows 7 SP1 32-bit (x86) [6 MB]:
http://conduant.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/217205998-PXIe-DM-4M-2-Windows-Driver/
http://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/downloads/ds105871
NVMe Drivers:
http://nvmexpress.org/drivers/windowsdrivers/
More info:
http://www.win-raid.com/t29f25-Recommended-AHCI-RAID-and-NVMe-Drivers.html
NVMe:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NVM_Express

* Windows 7 SP1 Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Remote Code (BlueKeep cryptocurrency miner)
Vulnerability Fix 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows 7 SP1 32-bit (x86) + 64-bit (x64):
http://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2019-0708
RDP/RDS Fixes:
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=KB4499175
- RDP/RDS Fix 64-bit for Windows 7 SP1 64-bit (x64) [100 MB]:
http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/05/windows6.1-kb4499175-x64_3704acfff45ddf163d8049683d5a3b75e49b58cb.msu
- RDP/RDS Fix 32-bit for Windows 7 SP1 32-bit (x86) [73 MB]:
http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/05/windows6.1-kb4499175-x86_6f1319c32d5bc4caf2058ae8ff40789ab10bf41b.msu
More info:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/4499175/
Prevent BlueKeep cryptocurrency miner worm -> update RDS (CVE-2019-0708):
http://msrc-blog.microsoft.com/2019/05/14/prevent-a-worm-by-updating-remote-desktop-services-cve-2019-0708/

* Windows 7 SP1 System Update Readiness (SUR) tool 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows 7 SP1 32-bit (x86) + 64-bit (x64):
http://support.microsoft.com/help/947821/
- SUR 64-bit for Windows 7 SP1 64-bit (x64):
http://download.microsoft.com/download/E/8/D/E8DAA970-1036-447F-B5EA-716D4BA70EC5/Windows6.1-KB947821-v34-x64.msu
- SUR 32-bit for Windows 7 SP1 32-bit (x86):
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/7/A/47A0F7B9-1F0F-41B0-AA42-00FD16337268/Windows6.1-KB947821-v34-x86.msu
Windows Update Errors in Windows Vista/2008/7 Fixed by System Update Readiness (SUR) tool:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/947821/
Fix Windows Update Error 00009C48 in Windows 7:
http://www.sevenforums.com/windows-updates-activation/213912-i-cant-update-windows-due-windows-up-date-error-00009c48.html

* Windows 7 SP1 Servicing Stack Update (SSU) 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows 7 SP1 32-bit (x86) + 64-bit (x64):
http://support.microsoft.com/help/3020369/
- SSU 64-bit for Windows 7 SP1 64-bit (x64) [10 MB]:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/D/0/5D0821EB-A92D-4CA2-9020-EC41D56B074F/Windows6.1-KB3020369-x64.msu
- SSU 32-bit for Windows 7 SP1 32-bit (x86) [8 MB]:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/C/0/8/C0823F43-BFE9-4147-9B0A-35769CBBE6B0/Windows6.1-KB3020369-x86.msu

* Windows 7 SP1 Monthly Rollup Update (MRU) 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows 7 SP1 32-bit (x86) + 64-bit (x64):
http://support.microsoft.com/help/4093118/
- MRU 64-bit for Windows 7 SP1 64-bit (x64) [219 MB]:
http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/secu/2018/04/windows6.1-kb4093118-x64_5ea1778b896fcc764e0db8da7d094f62dc98d82f.msu
- MRU 32-bit for Windows 7 SP1 32-bit (x86) [131 MB]:
http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2018/04/windows6.1-kb4093118-x86_2bbb81cd98fb80623b7afa3dcb2da73f28322ea3.msu

* Windows 7 SP1 Security Monthly Quality Rollup (SMQR) 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows 7 SP1 32-bit (x86) + 64-bit (x64):
http://support.microsoft.com/help/4503292/
SMQR Fixes:
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=KB3033929
- SMQR 64-bit for Windows 7 SP1 64-bit (x64) [272 MB]:
http://catalog.s.download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/secu/2019/06/windows6.1-kb4503292-x64_a35bb4ea16d1d529fde9abfe8a0c16e9061f74cd.msu
- SMQR 32-bit for Windows 7 SP1 32-bit (x86) [27 MB]:
http://catalog.s.download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/secu/2015/02/windows6.1-kb3033929-x86_927e018113fe51250c57029635d46b89bf235920.msu

* Windows 7 SP1 Convenience Rollup Update (CRU) + VNIC.VBS VBScript 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows 7 SP1 32-bit (x86) + 64-bit (x64):
http://support.microsoft.com/help/3125574/
- CRU 64-bit for Windows 7 SP1 64-bit (x64) [477 MB]:
http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/updt/2016/05/windows6.1-kb3125574-v4-x64_2dafb1d203c8964239af3048b5dd4b1264cd93b9.msu
- CRU 32-bit for Windows 7 SP1 32-bit (x86) [317 MB]:
http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/updt/2016/05/windows6.1-kb3125574-v4-x86_ba1ff5537312561795cc04db0b02fbb0a74b2cbd.msu

* Windows 7 SP1 Security Quality Rollups (SQR) 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows 7 SP1 32-bit (x86) + 64-bit (x64):
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=Security+Quality+Rollup+Windows+7+SP1

* Windows 7 SP1 Stop Errors with Multiple CPUs TCPIP.SYS Hotfix 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows 7 SP1 32-bit (x86) + 64-bit (x64):
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2905412/
Hotfix [request links in e-mail]:
http://support.microsoft.com/hotfix/kbhotfix?kbnum=2905412&kbln=en-us
- TCPIP.SYS Hotfix 64-bit for Windows 7 SP1 64-bit (x64):
http://hotfixv4.trafficmanager.net/Windows%207/Windows%20Server2008%20R2%20SP1/sp2/Fix476701/7600/free/470223_intl_x64_zip.exe
- TCPIP.SYS Hotfix 32-bit for Windows 7 SP1 32-bit (x86):
http://hotfixv4.trafficmanager.net/Windows%207/Windows%20Server2008%20R2%20SP1/sp2/Fix476701/7600/free/470191_intl_i386_zip.exe
All TCPIP.SYS Hotfixes for Windows 2000/newer:
http://www.mskbfiles.com/tcpip.sys.php

* Windows 7 Stop Errors with Large SATA HDD MSAHCI.SYS Hotfix:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/977178/
Hotfix [request links in e-mail]:
http://support.microsoft.com/hotfix/KBHotfix.aspx?kbnum=977178&kbln=en-us
- SATA HDD Hotfix 64-bit:
http://hotfixv4.trafficmanager.net/Windows%207/WindowsServer%202008%20R2/sp1/Fix306215/7600/free/404474_intl_x64_zip.exe
- SATA HDD Hotfix 32-bit:
http://hotfixv4.trafficmanager.net/Windows%207/WindowsServer%202008%20R2/sp1/Fix306215/7600/free/404472_intl_i386_zip.exe

* Windows 7 Registry Hive Ntkrnlpa.exe + Ntoskrnl.exe Hotfix:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/983544/
Hotfix [request links in e-mail]:
http://support.microsoft.com/en-us/hotfix/kbhotfix?kbnum=983544&kbln=en-US
- Registry Hive Hotfix 64-bit:
http://hotfixv4.trafficmanager.net/Windows%207/WindowsServer%202008%20R2/sp1/Fix322114/7600/free/413807_intl_x64_zip.exe
- Registry Hive Hotfix 32-bit:
http://hotfixv4.trafficmanager.net/Windows%207/WindowsServer%202008%20R2/sp1/Fix322114/7600/free/413805_intl_i386_zip.exe

* Windows 7/8/8.1 DirectX 9.0c (DX9c)/10.0 (DX10)/11.x (DX11) 32-bit + 64-bit:
http://www.mdgx.com/dx.htm#DX9

* Windows 7 SP1 DirectX (DX) Graphics Update:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2028560/
- DX Graphics 64-bit:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/F/1/A/F1A02F0C-0F64-4E87-9BC1-EFA8CDE464FE/Windows6.1-KB2028560-v2-x64.msu
- DX Graphics 32-bit:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/7/6/976634BE-DC4D-4B7B-9567-209811D7AF14/Windows6.1-KB2028560-v2-x86.msu

* Windows 7 SP1 DirectX (DX) Direct3D (D3D) App Crash Full Screen Hotfix:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2400157/
Hotfix [request links in e-mail]:
http://support.microsoft.com/en-us/hotfix/kbhotfix?kbnum=2400157&kbln=en-US
- DX D3D Hotfix 64-bit:
http://hotfixv4.trafficmanager.net/Windows%207/Windows%20Server2008%20R2%20SP1/sp2/Fix347381/7600/free/425610_intl_x64_zip.exe
- DX D3D Hotfix 32-bit:
http://hotfixv4.trafficmanager.net/Windows%207/Windows%20Server2008%20R2%20SP1/sp2/Fix347381/7600/free/425608_intl_i386_zip.exe

* Windows 7 SP1 Performance and Functionality Update (FPU):
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2454826/
- FPU 64-bit:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/D/B/D/DBD62263-2627-49CB-B675-AA1601EBE0BD/Windows6.1-KB2454826-v2-x64.msu
- FPU 32-bit:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/E/4/5E404378-9A5D-41AB-AFBA-1AC04F3B2A13/Windows6.1-KB2454826-v2-x86.msu

* Windows Vista/newer Windows Help (.HLP) + Compiled HTML Help (.CHM) WinHlp32.exe Fix:
http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#HHU

* USBView (USBView.exe):
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-hardware/drivers/debugger/usbview/
Available as part of Windows 10 SDK for Windows 7 SP1/8/8.1/10:
http://developer.microsoft.com/windows/downloads/windows-10-sdk/
SETUP ONLY:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/C/3/8C37C5CE-C6B9-4CC8-8B5F-149A9C976035/windowssdk/winsdksetup.exe
Requires Universal C Runtime Update for Windows 7 SP1/8/8.1:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2999226/
USBView.exe installed in:
- 64-bit Windows OS (x64):
C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10\Debuggers
- 32-bit Windows OS (x86):
C:\Program Files\Windows Kits\10\Debuggers

* Windows 7 SP1/8/8.1 Universal C Runtime Update:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2999226/
- Windows 8.1 64-bit:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/6/F/96FD0525-3DDF-423D-8845-5F92F4A6883E/Windows8.1-KB2999226-x64.msu
- Windows 8.1 32-bit:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/E/4/6/E4694323-8290-4A08-82DB-81F2EB9452C2/Windows8.1-KB2999226-x86.msu
- Windows 7 SP1 64-bit:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/1/5/11565A9A-EA09-4F0A-A57E-520D5D138140/Windows6.1-KB2999226-x64.msu
- Windows 7 SP1 32-bit:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/F/E/4FE73868-5EDD-4B47-8B33-CE1BB7B2B16A/Windows6.1-KB2999226-x86.msu

* Windows 7 SP1 Platform Update (PU):
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2670838/
- PU 64-bit:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/4/9/14936FE9-4D16-4019-A093-5E00182609EB/Windows6.1-KB2670838-x64.msu
- PU 32-bit:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/4/9/14936FE9-4D16-4019-A093-5E00182609EB/Windows6.1-KB2670838-x86.msu

* Windows 7 SP1 0x00000050 Stop Error after installing Platform Update (PU):
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2834140/
- PU Error Fix 64-bit:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/A/5/5A548BFE-ADC5-414B-B6BD-E1EC27A8DD80/Windows6.1-KB2834140-v2-x64.msu
- PU Error Fix 32-bit:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/F/1/4/F1424AD7-F754-4B6E-B0DA-151C7CBAE859/Windows6.1-KB2834140-v2-x86.msu

* FixIt! Windows Installer MSI/MSU Errors:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2438651/
FixIt! problems that block programs from being installed/removed:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/17588/
File:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/E/9/7E9188C0-2511-4B01-8B4E-0A641EC2F600/MicrosoftProgram_Install_and_Uninstall.meta.diagcab
Repair MSI (Windows Installer) Automated Scripts:
http://www.tweaking.com/content/page/repair_msi_windows_installer.html
File:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/tweaking_com_repair_msi_(windows_installer).html
Microsoft .NET Framework (NetFX) Repair Tool:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2698555/
Download:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=30135
File:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/B/D/2BDE5459-2225-48B8-830C-AE19CAF038F1/NetFxRepairTool.exe
Fatal Error 0x80070643: Failed to install .NET/MSI package:
http://www.google.com/search?q=Error+0x80070643%3A+Failed+to+install+MSI+package
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/41720158/
http://www.windows101tricks.com/fix-error-0x80070643-failed-to-install-msi-package/
http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/14ccc37f-d70a-454d-bea2-a0244394ac5e/
http://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/vsnetsetup/2014/10/
http://support.microsoft.com/help/10164/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cBg_A5axNI

* FixIt! Windows Installer MSI/MSU Install Error 0x8007000D:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2230957/
File:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/3/2/B3259ACE-2BFC-47D3-9627-A21372C1D4B5/MicrosoftFixit50485.msi

* FixIt! Disable "Test mode" message:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2509241/
FixIt!:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/C/7/9/C796E9A8-E2F2-4281-9A53-9BF67BB259FC/MicrosoftFixit50756.msi

* Windows 7 Computer Stops Responding Randomly Hotfix:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2265716/
Hotfix [request links in e-mail]:
http://support.microsoft.com/en-us/hotfix/kbhotfix?kbnum=2265716&kbln=en-us
File:
http://hotfixv4.trafficmanager.net/Windows%207/WindowsServer%202008%20R2/sp1/Fix322397/7600/free/417036_intl_i386_zip.exe

* Windows 7 SP1 Stop Error 0x00000050 in NTKRNLPA.EXE Hotfix:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2516405/
Hotfix [request links in e-mail]:
http://support.microsoft.com/hotfix/KBHotfix.aspx?kbnum=2516405&kbln=en-us
- NTKRNLPA.EXE Hotfix 64-bit:
http://hotfixv4.trafficmanager.net/Windows%207/Windows%20Server2008%20R2%20SP1/sp2/Fix368160/7600/free/430477_intl_x64_zip.exe
- NTKRNLPA.EXE Hotfix 32-bit:
http://hotfixv4.trafficmanager.net/Windows%207/Windows%20Server2008%20R2%20SP1/sp2/Fix368160/7600/free/430476_intl_i386_zip.exe

* Windows 7 32-bit Variable %UserDomain% not resolved Profprov.dll + Profsvc.dll Hotfix:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2664408/
Hotfix [request links in e-mail]:
http://support.microsoft.com/en-us/hotfix/kbhotfix?kbnum=2664408&kbln=en-us
File:
http://hotfixv4.trafficmanager.net/Windows%207/Windows%20Server2008%20R2%20SP1/sp2/Fix397022/7600/free/444149_intl_i386_zip.exe

* Windows 7/7 SP1 ROBOCOPY.EXE incorrectly skips files Hotfix:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2680906/
Hotfix [request links in e-mail]:
http://support.microsoft.com/en-us/Hotfix/KbHotfix?kbnum=2680906&kbln=en-US
- ROBOCOPY.EXE Hotfix 64-bit:
http://hotfixv4.trafficmanager.net/Windows%207/Windows%20Server2008%20R2%20SP1/sp2/Fix396879/7600/free/445248_intl_x64_zip.exe
- ROBOCOPY.EXE Hotfix 32-bit:
http://hotfixv4.trafficmanager.net/Windows%207/Windows%20Server2008%20R2%20SP1/sp2/Fix396879/7600/free/445246_intl_i386_zip.exe

* Windows 7 Audiodg.exe Memory Leak Hotfix:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/981013/
Hotfix [request links in e-mail]:
http://support.microsoft.com/en-us/Hotfix/KbHotfix?kbnum=981013&kbln=en-US
- Audiodg.exe Hotfix 64-bit:
http://hotfixv4.trafficmanager.net/Windows%207/WindowsServer%202008%20R2/sp1/Fix307914/7600/free/409416_intl_x64_zip.exe
- Audiodg.exe Hotfix 32-bit:
http://hotfixv4.trafficmanager.net/Windows%207/WindowsServer%202008%20R2/sp1/Fix307914/7600/free/409414_intl_i386_zip.exe

* Windows 7/7 SP1 defective WaitToKillServiceTimeout Registry value Hotfix:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2549760/
Hotfix [request links in e-mail]:
http://support.microsoft.com/en-us/Hotfix/KbHotfix?kbnum=2549760&kbln=en-US
- WaitToKillServiceTimeout Hotfix 64-bit:
http://hotfixv4.trafficmanager.net/Windows%207/Windows%20Server2008%20R2%20SP1/sp2/Fix367694/7600/free/435571_intl_x64_zip.exe
- WaitToKillServiceTimeout Hotfix 32-bit:
http://hotfixv4.trafficmanager.net/Windows%207/Windows%20Server2008%20R2%20SP1/sp2/Fix367694/7600/free/435569_intl_i386_zip.exe

* Windows 7/7 SP1 slow Startup (ReadyBoot) with many Restore Points Hotfix:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2555428/
Hotfix [request links in e-mail]:
http://support.microsoft.com/en-us/Hotfix/KbHotfix?kbnum=2555428&kbln=en-US
- ReadyBoot Hotfix 64-bit:
http://hotfixv4.trafficmanager.net/Windows%207/Windows%20Server2008%20R2%20SP1/sp2/Fix368028/7600/free/433314_intl_x64_zip.exe
- ReadyBoot Hotfix 32-bit:
http://hotfixv4.trafficmanager.net/Windows%207/Windows%20Server2008%20R2%20SP1/sp2/Fix368028/7600/free/433313_intl_i386_zip.exe

* Windows 7/7 SP1 FSUTIL.EXE Hotfix/Update improves compatibility with Advanced Format Disk Drives (AFD):
http://support.microsoft.com/help/982018/
Download:
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=KB982018
- FSUTIL.EXE Hotfix 64-bit:
http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/updt/2011/04/windows6.1-kb982018-v3-x64_7853a1c9c63611e17cd2c923704bf2e924bdfe7b.msu
- FSUTIL.EXE Hotfix 32-bit:
http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/updt/2011/04/windows6.1-kb982018-v3-x86_b009d84249f14d4eaae7aa522be37c38dd83531b.msu

* Windows 7/7 SP1 "Explorer.exe Server Execution Failed" Error:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2444677/
- Hotfix 64-bit for Windows 7/7 SP1 64-bit (x64):
http://thehotfixshare.net/board/index.php?showtopic=15505
- Hotfix 32-bit for Windows 7/7 SP1 32-bit (x86):
http://thehotfixshare.net/board/index.php?showtopic=15506
Hotfix [request links in e-mail]:
http://support.microsoft.com/hotfix/kbhotfix?kbnum=2444677&kbln=en-us
Fix "Explorer.exe Server Execution Failed" Error in Windows 7/newer:
http://www.pcerror-fix.com/methods-repair-explorer-exe-server-execution-failed-windows-7-8-10/
http://support.microsoft.com/windows/fix-a-corrupted-user-profile-in-windows-1cf41c18-7ce3-12f9-8e1d-95896661c5c9
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/fix-explorer-exe-server-execution-failed-on-windows-7/
http://michlstechblog.info/blog/windows-explorer-exe-server-execution-failed/

* Microsoft PowerShell 32-bit + 64-bit cross-platform task automation, scripting language, configuration management framework
(.NET compatible) + interactive shell command line interface for Windows XP/newer 32-bit (x86) + 64-bit (x64) (English, free,
open source):
http://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell/
- PowerShell 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows 7 SP1/newer 32-bit (x86) + 64-bit (x64) [20-100 MB]:
http://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell/releases/
Windows 7 SP1/newer 32-bit + 64-bit require Windows 10 Universal C Runtime (CRT) 32-bit + 64-bit:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=50410
File [8 MB]:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/1/1/311C06C1-F162-405C-B538-D9DC3A4007D1/WindowsUCRT.zip
PowerShell Documentation:
http://docs.microsoft.com/powershell/

* Extract files from .MSU installers and install them in automated mode:
http://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/astebner/2008/03/11/knowledge-base-article-describing-how-to-extract-msu-files-and-automate-installing-them/
http://support.microsoft.com/help/934307/
Extract .MSU contents (example):
EXPAND.EXE -f:* "Q000000.msu" %temp%\Q000000
Then use extracted file (.XML) to install .MSU by using Package Manager (PkgMgr.exe), after renaming .XML file if needed (example):
PKGMGR.EXE /n:%temp%\Q000000\Q000000.xml
Install .MSU directly using Windows Update Standalone Installer (WUSA.exe) (example):
WUSA.EXE "Q000000.MSU" /quiet /norestart

* Toubleshoot: Missing Windows Installer Cache files:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/missing-windows-installer-cache-files-rebuild

* Microsoft: FixIt!:
http://support.microsoft.com/fixit/

* Fix problems with programs that canNOT be installed or uninstalled:
http://support.microsoft.com/mats/Program_Install_and_Uninstall/

* Download ALL FixIt! Files:
- FixIt! PORTABLE INSTALL = RECOMMENDED ! :
http://download.microsoft.com/download/E/2/3/E237A32D-E0A9-4863-B864-9E820C1C6F9A/MicrosoftFixit-portable.exe
- FixIt! LOCAL INSTALL:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2970908/

* FixIt! Disable Network Adapter Power Management setting:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2740020/
File:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/A/F/0AFE6980-A813-42DD-86EC-58BF7A6A7B1B/MicrosoftEasyFix55016.msi

* Troubleshoot Intel Network Adapters Power Management:
http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000005879/network-and-i-o/wireless-networking.html

* Stop Network Adapter from Getting Disabled in Windows 7:
http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/stop-network-adapter-from-getting-disabled-in-windows-7/

* Turn ON/OFF + Enable/Disable/Restart/Reset Internet/Network Adapter/Connection/Interface/Profile using command line tools:
http://www.action1.com/kb/restarting-the-network-adapter-in-Windows.html
http://www.privateinternetaccess.com/forum/discussion/20296/torrenting-disconnect-s-my-internet/
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/19831023/

* Prevent Windows from Turning OFF USB Devices:
http://www.helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/prevent-windows-from-powering-off-usb-device/

* 5 Tools to Prevent Windows from Sleeping or Turning OFF the Display:
http://www.raymond.cc/blog/dont-sleep-prevent-windows-from-standby-shutdown-hibernate-and-restart/

* Keep Computer Awake without Touching the Mouse or Keyboard:
http://www.technorms.com/41354/

* Mouse Jiggler fakes mouse cursor movement to prevent power savings iddle detection triggers:
http://github.com/arkane-systems/mousejiggler/
Download:
http://github.com/arkane-systems/mousejiggler/releases/latest/
Requires Microsoft .Net Framework Redistributable (NFR) 2.0/newer (free):
http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#NFR
Command:
MouseJiggle.exe -j -z -m

* Coffee prevents standby/sleep during network/internet activity, changes power settings:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/coffee-sc/
Download:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/coffee-sc/files/

* Save/view/print list of installed Windows Updates (WU) from the command line:
http://www.rakhesh.com/windows/get-a-list-of-recently-installed-windows-updates-via-the-command-line/
Save updates list(s) to text file(s) (examples):
WMIC.EXE QFE>UPD_QFE.TXT
WMIC.EXE QFE LIST FULL>UPD_FULL.TXT
DISM.EXE /Online /Get-packages>UPD_LIST.TXT
DISM.EXE /Online /Get-Packages /Format:Table>UPD_TABLE.TXT
systeminfo.exe>UPD_INFO.TXT
View text file(s) using Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
WMIC.exe is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32\wbem folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS], and is listed on your system PATH.
View all directories/folders listed in your system PATH from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE):
right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
PATH
WMIC (Windows Management Instrumentation Command):
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/win32/wmisdk/wmic/
MS TechNet: WMIC:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/bb742610.aspx
Dedoimedo: WMIC - The Windows secret weapon:
http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/windows-wmic.html
ComputerHope: WMIC:
http://www.computerhope.com/wmic.htm
Rob van der Woude: WMIC:
http://www.robvanderwoude.com/wmic.php
quux: WMIC Snippets:
http://quux.wiki.zoho.com/WMIC-Snippets.html
SS64: WMIC.EXE:
http://www.ss64.com/nt/wmic.html
Wikipedia: WMI:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Management_Instrumentation

* Uninstall Internet Explorer 9 (IE9):
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2579295/
File:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2970908/
Internet Explorer (IE) Uninstall command line:
FORFILES.EXE /P %WinDir%\Servicing\Packages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer-*9.*.mum /c "CMD /C ECHO Uninstalling package @fname && START /W pkgmgr /up:@fname /norestart"

* Install/Uninstall Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) in Windows 7:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/how-do-i-install-or-uninstall-internet-explorer-9/

* Uninstall Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) and Reinstall Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) in Windows 7:
http://news.softpedia.com/news/How-to-Remove-IE10-and-Get-Back-to-IE9-on-Windows-7-308998.shtml

* Install/Uninstall Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) in Windows 7:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/282216-internet-explorer-10-install-uninstall-windows-7-a.html

* Searching, Downloading and Installing Updates:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/desktop/aa387102.aspx
Searching, Downloading and Installing Specific Updates:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/desktop/aa387101.aspx
Using the Windows Update Agent API:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/desktop/aa387287.aspx
Using WUA to Scan for Updates Offline:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/desktop/aa387290.aspx
MSKB: Error code 0x80000FFFF when using Windows Update or Microsoft Update:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/946414/
MSKB: Latest version of Windows Update Agent (WUA):
http://support.microsoft.com/help/949104/
MSKB: Unable to install Updates:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2509997/
SevenForums: Windows Update will not start:
http://www.sevenforums.com/windows-updates-activation/120431-windows-update-will-not-start.html#post1039097
SevenForums: Windows Update service not working:
http://www.sevenforums.com/windows-updates-activation/102472-windows-update-service-not-working.html
Fix WU:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/System-Tweak/Fix-WU.shtml
MDGx "Windows Update Client (WUC) + Windows Update Agent (WUA)" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#WUC

* Enable Windows Updates (WU) in Windows 7/8/8.1:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/4056895/
http://support.microsoft.com/help/4056894/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\QualityCompat]
"cadca5fe-87d3-4b96-b7fb-a231484277cc"=dword:0
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Disable Windows Updates (WU), Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) + related Registry settings in Windows 7/8/8.1:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/328010/
http://github.com/vFense/vFenseAgent-win/wiki/Registry-keys-for-configuring-Automatic-Updates-&-WSUS/
http://www.smallvoid.com/article/winnt-automatic-updates-config.html
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
"DisableWindowsUpdateAccess"=dword:1
"ElevateNonAdmins"=dword:1
"DisableOSUpgrade"=dword:1
"WUServer"="0.0.0.0"
"WUStatusServer"="0.0.0.0"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU]
"AutoInstallMinorUpdates"=dword:0
"NoAutoUpdate"=dword:1
"NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers"=dword:1
"NoAUAsDefaultShutdownOption"=dword:1
"RebootRelaunchTimeout"=dword:3
"RebootRelaunchTimeoutEnabled"=dword:1
"UseWUServer"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\WindowsUpdate]
"DisableWindowsUpdateAccess"=dword:1
"ElevateNonAdmins"=dword:1
"DisableOSUpgrade"=dword:1
"WUServer"="0.0.0.0"
"WUStatusServer"="0.0.0.0"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\WindowsUpdate\AU]
"AutoInstallMinorUpdates"=dword:0
"NoAutoUpdate"=dword:1
"NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers"=dword:1
"NoAUAsDefaultShutdownOption"=dword:1
"RebootRelaunchTimeout"=dword:3
"RebootRelaunchTimeoutEnabled"=dword:1
"UseWUServer"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update]
"NextSqmReportTime"="0"
"NextFeaturedUpdatesNotificationTime"="0"
"EnableFeaturedSoftware"=dword:0
"FeaturedUpdatesNotificationSeqNum"=dword:0
"FeaturedUpdatesNotificationSeqNumGenTime"="0"
"SetupWizardLaunchTime"="0"
"ForcedReboot"=dword:0
"AUOptions"=dword:1
"ConfigVer"=dword:1
"BalloonTime"="0"
"ScheduledInstallDay"=dword:0
"ScheduledInstallTime"=dword:0
"IncludeRecommendedUpdates"=dword:0
"NextDetectionTime"="0"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoWindowsUpdate"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoWindowsUpdate"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade]
"AllowOSUpgrade"=dword:0
"ReservationsAllowed"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade\State]
"OSUpgradeState"=dword:1
"OSUpgradeStateTimeStamp"="2015-05-05 05:05:05"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"EnableAutoUpgrade"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"EnableAutoUpgrade"=dword:0
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"EnableAutoUpgrade"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Media Player]
"DisableAutoUpdate"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Infodelivery\Restrictions]
"NoUpdateCheck"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Portable Update (PortUp):
http://www.portableupdate.com/
PortUp:
http://www.portableupdate.com/public/PortUp.zip
PortUp DOCumentation:
http://www.portableupdate.com/docs/documentation.aspx

* Microsoft Windows Updates (WU) server:
http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/

* Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Offline Update tool:
http://download.wsusoffline.net/

* Start (run) WuauServ (Windows Updates Automatic Service) and configure it to start only when needed (on demand):
ECHO Y|NET.EXE START wuauserv
SC.EXE CONFIG wuauserv START= demand
Stop (exit) WuauServ (if running):
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP wuauserv

* Run Windows Automatic Updates (WUA):
WUAPP.EXE
Run WUA from the command line:
http://morgansimonsen.com/2010/12/14/automatic-updates-client-command-line-parameters/
http://www.ss64.com/nt/wuauclt.html
WUAUCLT.EXE

* Repair/Reinstall Windows Update (WU):
http://www.winhelp.us/reinstall-windows-update.html
File:
http://www.winhelp.us/files/MicrosoftFixit50202.msi

* Fix WU Utility:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/repair-fix-windows-updates-with-fix-wu-utility/
File:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/downloads/Fix%20WU.zip

* FixIt! Windows Update (WU):
http://support.microsoft.com/mats/windows_update/
FixIt! WU PORTABLE:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/E/2/3/E237A32D-E0A9-4863-B864-9E820C1C6F9A/MicrosoftFixit-portable.exe
FixIt! WU ONLINE:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/F/2/2/F22D5FDB-59CD-4275-8C95-1BE17BF70B21/WindowsUpdateDiagnostic.diagcab

* Repair Windows 7 Update Issues:
http://www.dell.com/support/troubleshooting/us/en/19/KCS/KcsArticles/ArticleView?docid=404587

* Hide/Restore Hidden Windows Updates in Windows 7/8/8.1:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/24376-windows-update-hide-restore-hidden-updates.html

* Windows Hotfix Downloader (WHDownloader.exe) for Windows 7/8/8.1:
http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/whdownloader-support-and-chat.44645/
File:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/windows_hotfix_downloader.html

* Windows Updates Downloader (WUD):
http://www.windowsupdatesdownloader.com/
Files:
http://www.windowsupdatesdownloader.com/ProgramFiles.aspx
Updates List (ULZ):
http://www.windowsupdatesdownloader.com/UpdateLists.aspx

* Windows Update Checker (KUC):
http://windows-update-checker.com/
Files:
http://windows-update-checker.com/download/

* TheHotfixShare (THS) Windows Hotfixes:
http://www.thehotfixshare.net/board/?autocom=downloads
THS forum membership is free.
THS Language Neutral Windows 7 Hotfix Downloads:
http://www.thehotfixshare.net/board/?autocom=downloads&showcat=136

* FixWin for Windows Vista/7:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/repair-fix-windows-7-vista-problems-with-fixwin-utility/
File:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/downloads/FixWin.zip
Guide:
http://www.windowsvalley.com/download-fixwin-utility-reform-your-windows/

* System Update Readiness (SUR) + Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool (DISM.EXE) repairs WU errors, (re)installs
+ verifies updates/(hot)fixes/patches in Windows Vista/7/newer:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/947821/
- DISM 64-bit for Windows 7 64-bit (x64):
http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=20858
File:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/E/8/D/E8DAA970-1036-447F-B5EA-716D4BA70EC5/Windows6.1-KB947821-v34-x64.msu
- DISM 32-bit for Windows 7 SP1 32-bit (x86):
http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=3132
File:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/7/A/47A0F7B9-1F0F-41B0-AA42-00FD16337268/Windows6.1-KB947821-v34-x86.msu
DISM.EXE is included with all Windows Vista/7/newer editions, and located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder [%WinDir% = usually
C:\WINDOWS].
Use DISM to fix Windows Update (WU) errors:
http://docs.microsoft.com/troubleshoot/windows-server/deployment/fix-windows-update-errors/
DISM command line options:
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/dism-global-options-for-command-line-syntax/
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/dism-operating-system-package-servicing-command-line-options/

* Turn OFF Internet File Association (Search web for unknown extension) hidden/behind-your-back/without-your-consent/unwanted
"feature" for safety purposes in Windows NTx:
http://admx.help/?Category=Windows_10_2016&Policy=Microsoft.Policies.InternetCommunicationManagement::ShellNoUseInternetOpenWith_2
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoInternetOpenWith"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoInternetOpenWith"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoInternetOpenWith"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"NoInternetOpenWith"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"NoInternetOpenWith"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"NoInternetOpenWith"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Windows 7 Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Core Fonts Blurred Text Fix:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2545698/
- IE9 Text Fix 64-bit:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/5/6/05675ADF-21AB-4476-8731-95182643D02C/Windows6.1-KB2545698-x64.msu
- IE9 Text Fix 32-bit:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/C/7/4C7D491B-6F78-4DB7-B87C-71777BF41E3F/Windows6.1-KB2545698-x86.msu

* Uninstall/Reinstall/Repair Internet Explorer (IE) in Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10:
http://docs.microsoft.com/troubleshoot/browsers/how-to-repair-or-reinstall-ie/
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install-winsubother/windows-update-how-to-fix-some-settings-are/a5160e9d-21e8-4ecd-8218-6a6b88134748
1. Uninstall Internet Explorer (IE) from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE
-> Run as Administrator -> run one of these commands (run the 2nd in case the 1st doesn't work) -> press Enter (after each line):
DISM.EXE /online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:Internet-Explorer-Optional-amd64
FORFILES.EXE /P %WinDir%\servicing\Packages /M Microsoft-Windows-InternetExplorer-*11.*.mum /c "cmd.exe /c echo Uninstalling package @fname && start /w pkgmgr.exe /up:@fname /norestart"
2. Reinstall Internet Explorer (IE) -> open Control Panel (CP)
CONTROL.EXE
-> Programs and Features -> Turn Windows features on or off -> Windows Features -> check Internet Explorer (11) box -> Apply/OK.
MDGx "Internet Explorer (IE) Essential FREE Fixes + Updates" section in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/ietoy.htm

* Windows 7 Application Compatibility Update (ACU):
http://support.microsoft.com/help/974332/
Windows 7 Application Compatibility List:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=2394
MDGx "Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT)" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#ACT

* Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1):
http://support.microsoft.com/help/976932/
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Update:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2533552/
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Guide:
http://windows.microsoft.com/windows7sp1/
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Downloads:
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=KB976932
- Windows 7 SP1 64-bit for Windows 7 64-bit (x64) [900 MB]:
http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/svpk/2011/02/windows6.1-kb976932-x64_74865ef2562006e51d7f9333b4a8d45b7a749dab.exe
- Windows 7 SP1 Update 64-bit for Windows 7 SP1 64-bit (x64):
http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/crup/2011/05/windows6.1-kb2533552-x64_0ba5ac38d4e1c9588a1e53ad390d23c1e4ecd04d.msu
- Windows 7 SP1 32-bit for Windows 7 32-bit (x86) [500 MB]:
http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/svpk/2011/02/windows6.1-kb976932-x86_c3516bc5c9e69fee6d9ac4f981f5b95977a8a2fa.exe
- Windows 7 SP1 Update 32-bit for Windows 7 SP1 32-bit (x86):
http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/crup/2011/05/windows6.1-kb2533552-x86_f2061d1c40b34f88efbe55adf6803d278aa67064.msu

* Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE):
http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

* Windows 7 Review:
http://www.activewin.com/reviews/software/operating-sys/windows7/

* Windows 7 ISOs:
http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/11/10/windows-7-iso-x86-and-x64-official-direct-download-links-ultimate-professional-and-home-premium/

* Windows NT Backup Restore Utility for Windows 7:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/974674/
Hotfix [request links in e-mail]:
http://support.microsoft.com/hotfix/KBHotfix.aspx?kbnum=974674&kbln=en-us
http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=18924

* MDGx Windows 7/7 SP1 Components, Add-ons, Extras, (Hot)Fixes, Patches, Upgrades, Updates (all included):
- MDGx "Java Runtime Environment (JRE)" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#JAVA
- MDGx ".NET Framework Redistributable (NFR)" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#NFR
- MDGx "Visual Studio (VS) + Visual C++ (VC)" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#VS6
- MDGx "Windows Update Client (WUC) + Windows Update Agent (WUA)" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#WUC
- MDGx "Internet Explorer (IE) 11.0" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/ietoy.htm#IE11
- MDGx "Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT)" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#ACT
- MDGx "Group Policy (GP)" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#GPO
- MDGx "File Manager (FM)" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#FMNT
- MDGx "Access Control Lists (ACL) + Ownership Tools" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#ACL
- MDGx "NTFS Alternate Data Streams (ADS)" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#ADS
- MDGx "Free(ware) Windows NTx Extras" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#2KXP
______________________________________________________________________________



Turn OFF/Remove Windows 7/8/8.1 Adware, Spyware, Security Flaws + Repair/Restore Privacy



* MDGx "Turn OFF/Remove Windows 10 Adware, Spyware, Security Flaws + Repair/Restore Privacy" chapter in WIN10.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/10.php
http://www.mdgx.com/WIN10.TXT

* Turn OFF/block/disable/remove/stop/repair Windows 7/8/8.1 dangerous/insecure/unsafe,
undesirable/unnecessary/unneeded/unused/useless, forced/behind-my-back/hidden, annoying/bloat/resources consuming, diagnostic
tracking, telemetry ("phone home"), data collection/logging, customer "experience", unwanted "offers", ads/adware/spyware,
security flaws/vulnerabilities + restore privacy:
- Fix Windows 7/8/8.1 privacy + disable spyware:
http://web.archive.org/web/20180323123837/http://fix10.isleaked.com/oldwindows.html
- Remove, Block and Prevent "Get Windows 10" (GWX) App for Enterprise Environments:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/charlesa_us/archive/2015/06/25/how-to-remove-block-and-prevent-quot-get-windows-10-quot-application-for-corporate-environments.aspx
- Manage connections from Windows Operating System components to Microsoft services:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/mt577208.aspx
- Disable Telemetry and Data Collection from Windows 7/8/8.1:
http://www.askvg.com/tip-disable-telemetry-and-data-collection-on-windows-7-and-8/
- Disable Remote Registry (RemoteRegistry) service:
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/solutionbase-disabling-windows-xps-remote-registry-service/
______________________________________________________________________________



Everything About The Infamous (Not So) Trusted Installer



* Everything about TrustedInstaller:
************************************
Info, guides, fixes, workarounds + tweaks:
TrustedInstaller [TrustedInstaller.exe] is located in the %WinDir%\Servicing folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS] is Windows NTx
[Vista/newer] Microsoft built-in user account [special "VIP" type user created by Microsoft as "master overseer"] with privileged,
above-admin, system-wide rights which performs automatic/unattended/forced/hidden/unwanted/behind-your-back/without-your-consent
functions/operations, for example: downloads, updates, (re)installs/uninstalls, closes/executes/(re)starts/(re)schedules dynamic
link libraries (DLLs)/executables/services/tasks/scripts, modifies the Registry, system configuration files/scripts/tasks,
creates/copies/renames/modifies/moves/deletes files/folders, blocks/locks out the owner/administrators/legitimate
users/modifies/takes over files/folders ownership/permissions/attributes, reboots/restarts/shuts down Windows.
But you [as any logged in user with administrative rights ;-/] can "disguise"/"impersonate"/replace/substitute/switch as different
user, and run as TrustedInstaller in order to access/customize/modify/run any disabled/forbidden/locked/unavailable Windows
command, executable, file, folder, function, process, registry key/value, script, service, task, etc:
- Run Programs as TrustedInstaller to Write to Certain Registry Keys or Files:
http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/run-program-as-trustedinstaller-locked-registry-keys-files/
- Delete Files Protected by TrustedInstaller:
http://www.helpdeskgeek.com/windows-7/windows-7-how-to-delete-files-protected-by-trustedinstaller/
- TrustedInstaller Permission and CPU Fix:
http://howtoremove.guide/trustedinstaller-permission-cpu-fix-win7-win10/
- The Art of Becoming TrustedInstaller:
http://www.tiraniddo.dev/2017/08/the-art-of-becoming-trustedinstaller.html
- Take ownership and get full access to files and folders in Windows 10:
http://www.winaero.com/blog/how-to-take-ownership-and-get-full-access-to-files-and-folders-in-windows-10/
- What is TrustedInstaller.exe and should I remove it?:
http://windowsreport.com/what-is-trustedinstaller-exe/
- Get Permission from TrustedInstaller in Windows 7/newer:
http://www.partitionwizard.com/partitionmagic/you-require-permission-from-trustedinstaller.html
- TrustedInstaller Permission and CPU Fix:
http://howtoremove.guide/trustedinstaller-permission-cpu-fix-win7-win10/
- What Is TrustedInstaller? Why Does It Keep Me From Renaming Files?:
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/what-is-trustedinstaller-and-why-does-it-keep-me-from-renaming-files/
- Fix: You require permission from trustedinstaller windows 10:
http://thegeekpage.com/fix-you-require-permission-from-trustedinstaller-windows-10/
- Windows 10 Home - Getting TrustedInstaller permission to edit and remove items:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-other_settings/windows-10-home-getting-trustedinstaller/6664a5f1-5c71-45fc-94be-805075db682a/
- COMPLETELY delete trustedinstaller:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/en-us/b6b1ee19-96a3-4b6a-b7af-166287c1b3c2/
- What is TrustedInstaller.exe in Windows 10/11?:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/trustedinstaller-exe-windows-7/
- Restore TrustedInstaller ownership in Windows 10:
http://www.winaero.com/blog/how-to-restore-the-trustedinstaller-ownership-in-windows-10/

* Restore control [take #1]:
****************************
Run Registry Editor (%WinDir%\RegEdit.exe) [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS] as TrustedInstaller (highest available user
level) in order to be allowed to add/delete/edit/modify/rename any registry key/value using AdvancedRun.exe:
AdvancedRun.exe /EXEFilename "%windir%\REGEDIT.EXE" /RunAs 8 /Run
AdvancedRun [AdvancedRun.exe] 32-bit + 64-bit GUI interface + DOS console command line tool for Windows Vista/newer
32-bit + 64-bit runs any app/batch/command/executable/function/process/program/script/service/task/tool as
Administrator/SYSTEM/TrustedInstaller/any user with elevated/highest/protected privileges/rights, compatibility,
environment, ownership, permissions, priority, properties, useful for task automation in BATch (.BAT), CoMmanD (.CMD) +
Visual Basic Script (.VBS) files, highly customizable:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/advanced_run.html
AdvancedRun 64-bit:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/advancedrun-x64.zip
AdvancedRun 32-bit:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/advancedrun.zip
Run Programs as TrustedInstaller:
http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/run-program-as-trustedinstaller-locked-registry-keys-files/
See also "Turn OFF/Postpone/Block/Uninstall Windows Updates (WU)" chapter -> "WUB Brief Explanation:" section in WIN10.TXT
(included):
http://www.mdgx.com/10.php
http://www.mdgx.com/WIN10.TXT
Add "Run as TrustedInstaller" item to the right-click shell context menu for BATch (.bat), CoMmanD (.cmd), EXEcutables (.exe)
+ Visual Basic Script (.vbs) files/shortcuts. You can add any other/all file formats following the same rules -> see below.
In this example AdvancedRun.exe (see above) is located in the C:\TOOLS folder.
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\batfile\shell\RunAsTrustInst]
@="Run as TrustedInstaller"
"SuppressionPolicy"=dword:0
"HasLUAShield"=""
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\batfile\shell\RunAsTrustInst\command]
@="C:\\TOOLS\\AdvancedRun.exe /EXEFilename \"%1\" /RunAs 8 /Run"
"IsolatedCommand"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\cmdfile\shell\RunAsTrustInst]
@="Run as TrustedInstaller"
"SuppressionPolicy"=dword:0
"HasLUAShield"=""
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\cmdfile\shell\RunAsTrustInst\command]
@="C:\\TOOLS\\AdvancedRun.exe /EXEFilename \"%1\" /RunAs 8 /Run"
"IsolatedCommand"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\exefile\shell\RunAsTrustInst]
@="Run as TrustedInstaller"
"SuppressionPolicy"=dword:0
"HasLUAShield"=""
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\exefile\shell\RunAsTrustInst\command]
@="C:\\TOOLS\\AdvancedRun.exe /EXEFilename \"%1\" /RunAs 8 /Run"
"IsolatedCommand"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\vbsfile\shell\RunAsTrustInst]
@="Run as TrustedInstaller"
"SuppressionPolicy"=dword:0
"HasLUAShield"=""
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\vbsfile\shell\RunAsTrustInst\command]
@="C:\\TOOLS\\AdvancedRun.exe /EXEFilename \"%1\" /RunAs 8 /Run"
"IsolatedCommand"=-
;
------End cut & paste here------
From now on: Explorer/Desktop/Start button/logo/menu/orb -> right-click a BATch (.bat), CoMmanD (.cmd), EXEcutable (.exe), or
Visual Basic Script (.vbs) file/shortcut -> select "Run as TrustedInstaller".

* Restore control [take #2]:
****************************
Access/execute/open/run any possible file type (file extension) by adding "Run as TrustedInstaller" item to the right-click shell
context menu for *all* files -> see below.
In this example AdvancedRun.exe (see above) is located in the C:\TOOLS folder.
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\*\shell\RunAsTrustInst]
@="Run as TrustedInstaller"
"SuppressionPolicy"=dword:0
"HasLUAShield"=""
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\*\shell\RunAsTrustInst\command]
@="C:\\TOOLS\\AdvancedRun.exe /EXEFilename \"%1\" /RunAs 8 /Run"
"IsolatedCommand"=-
;
------End cut & paste here------
From now on: Explorer/Desktop/Start button/logo/menu/orb -> right-click any file type (any extension)/file shortcut -> select
"Run as TrustedInstaller".

* Restore control [take #3]:
****************************
Import/load/merge all data/information contained inside Registration Files (.reg) into the Registry [using RegEdit (REGEDIT.EXE)
located in the %WinDir% folder = usually C:\WINDOWS] with TrustedInstaller privileges -> see below.
In this example AdvancedRun.exe (see above) is located in the C:\TOOLS folder.
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\REGEDIT.EXE]
@="C:\\WINDOWS\\REGEDIT.EXE"
"Path"="C:\\WINDOWS"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\AdvancedRun.exe]
@="C:\\TOOLS\\AdvancedRun.exe"
"Path"="C:\\TOOLS"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers]
"C:\\TOOLS\\AdvancedRun.exe"="RUNASADMIN"
"C:\\WINDOWS\\REGEDIT.EXE"="RUNASADMIN"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Compatibility Assistant\Persisted]
"C:\\TOOLS\\AdvancedRun.exe"=dword:1
"C:\\WINDOWS\\REGEDIT.EXE"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Applications\REGEDIT.EXE]
"NoOpenWith"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Applications\REGEDIT.EXE\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICON\\ICONS\\REGEDIT.ICO"
; Restore default action: remove the semicolon [;] and the space [ ] in front of the commented/disabled @="REGEDIT.EXE \"%1\""
; value below + add a semicolon [;] followed by a space [ ] in front of the active/enabled @="... AdvancedRun64..." value below:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Applications\REGEDIT.EXE\shell\open\command]
; @="REGEDIT.EXE \"%1\""
@="C:\\TOOLS\\AdvancedRun.exe /EXEFilename \"C:\\WINDOWS\\REGEDIT.EXE\" /CommandLine \"%1\" /RunAs 8 /Run"
"NoOpenWith"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\regedit]
@="Registration Entries"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\regedit\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICON\\ICONS\\REGEDIT.ICO"
; Restore default action: remove the semicolon [;] and the space [ ] in front of the commented/disabled @="REGEDIT.EXE \"%1\""
; value below + add a semicolon [;] followed by a space [ ] in front of the active/enabled @="... AdvancedRun64..." value below:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\regedit\shell\open\command]
; @="REGEDIT.EXE \"%1\""
@="C:\\TOOLS\\AdvancedRun.exe /EXEFilename \"C:\\WINDOWS\\REGEDIT.EXE\" /CommandLine \"%1\" /RunAs 8 /Run"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\REGEDIT.EXE]
@="Registration Entries"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\REGEDIT.EXE\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICON\\ICONS\\REGEDIT.ICO"
; Restore default action: remove the semicolon [;] and the space [ ] in front of the commented/disabled @="REGEDIT.EXE \"%1\""
; value below + add a semicolon [;] followed by a space [ ] in front of the active/enabled @="... AdvancedRun64..." value below:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\REGEDIT.EXE\shell\open\command]
; @="REGEDIT.EXE \"%1\""
@="C:\\TOOLS\\AdvancedRun.exe /EXEFilename \"C:\\WINDOWS\\REGEDIT.EXE\" /CommandLine \"%1\" /RunAs 8 /Run"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\regfile]
@="Registration Entries"
"EditFlags"=dword:1
"AlwaysShowExt"=""
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\regfile\DefaultIcon]
@="C:\\ICON\\ICONS\\REGEDIT.ICO"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\regfile\shell\open]
@="Mer&ge"
; Restore default action: remove the semicolon [;] and the space [ ] in front of the commented/disabled @="REGEDIT.EXE \"%1\""
; value below + add a semicolon [;] followed by a space [ ] in front of the active/enabled @="... AdvancedRun64..." value below:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\regfile\shell\open\command]
; @="REGEDIT.EXE \"%1\""
@="C:\\TOOLS\\AdvancedRun.exe /EXEFilename \"C:\\WINDOWS\\REGEDIT.EXE\" /CommandLine \"%1\" /RunAs 8 /Run"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\.reg]
@="regfile"
"PerceivedType"="system"
;
------End cut & paste here------
From now on: Explorer/Desktop/Start button/logo/menu/orb -> right-click any Registration File (.reg) -> select "Merge" ->
click Yes -> click OK.

* Turn OFF (disable) TrustedInstaller | Turn back ON (restore) TrustedInstaller:
********************************************************************************
Method I [the easiest way ;-/]:
*******************************
Turn OFF/disable the TrustedInstaller service [which starts the %WinDir%\servicing\TrustedInstaller.exe executable upon every
Windows boot/start and whenever the TrustedInstaller service is not running] from starting + running by tweaking the registry:
http://docs.microsoft.com/troubleshoot/windows-client/deployment/windows-update-hangs-updates-uninstalled/
http://docs.microsoft.com/answers/questions/53649/
http://conetrix.com/blog/windows-updates-consistently-failing-after-15-minutes/
http://www.sysnative.com/forums/threads/windows-update-going-around-in-circles-telling-me-i-must-restart-my-computer.5804/
Open Registry Editor (RegEdit) [REGEDIT.EXE] located in the %WinDir% folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS]: right-click
RegEdit or its shortcut/link -> Run as Administrator -> go to this registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\TrustedInstaller
In the right hand panel:
1. Double-click "BlockTime" DWORD [REG_DWORD] to change its default value:
- hexadecimal: 2a30
- decimal: 10800 seconds = 180 minutes = 3 hours
to the minimum allowed value:
- hexadecimal: 0
- decimal: 0 seconds
2. Double-click "BlockTimeIncrement" DWORD [REG_DWORD] to change its default value:
- hexadecimal: 384
- decimal: 900 seconds = 15 minutes
to the maximum allowed value:
- hexadecimal: ffffffff
- decimal: 4294967295 seconds = 71582788 minutes = 1193046 hours = ~ 49710 days = ~ 136 years
3. Double-click "PreshutdownTimeout" DWORD [REG_DWORD] to change its default value:
- hexadecimal: 36ee80
- decimal: 3600000 seconds = 60000 minutes = 1000 hours = ~ 42 days
to a much smaller value:
- hexadecimal: e10
- decimal: 3600 seconds = 60 minutes = 1 hour
4. Double-click "Start" DWORD [REG_DWORD] to change its Automatic (Enabled) default value:
- hexadecimal: 2
- decimal: 2
to the Disabled (Blocked) value:
- hexadecimal: 4
- decimal: 4
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
; Default values are commented out (disabled) = preceded by a semicolon + a space [; ]:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\TrustedInstaller]
; "BlockTime"=dword:2a30
"BlockTime"=dword:0
; "BlockTimeIncrement"=dword:384
"BlockTimeIncrement"=dword:ffffffff
; "PreshutdownTimeout"=dword:36ee80
"PreshutdownTimeout"=dword:e10
; "Start"=dword:2
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\TrustedInstaller]
; "BlockTime"=dword:2a30
"BlockTime"=dword:0
; "BlockTimeIncrement"=dword:384
"BlockTimeIncrement"=dword:ffffffff
; "PreshutdownTimeout"=dword:36ee80
"PreshutdownTimeout"=dword:e10
; "Start"=dword:2
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\TrustedInstaller]
; "BlockTime"=dword:2a30
"BlockTime"=dword:0
; "BlockTimeIncrement"=dword:384
"BlockTimeIncrement"=dword:ffffffff
; "PreshutdownTimeout"=dword:36ee80
"PreshutdownTimeout"=dword:e10
; "Start"=dword:2
"Start"=dword:4
;
------End cut & paste here------
Method I may need to be combined with Method II (below) to make sure it works 100% [;-/] -> keep reading...
Method II [the easy way]:
*************************
Turn OFF/disable the TrustedInstaller.exe executable by renaming its "servicing" folder to something like "servicing_OLD"
(example), and then in case you'll need it whenever you wish to change/install/repair/uninstall/update/upgrade an
app/driver/game/program/software/tool/upgrade/Windows add-on/component/feature/fix/patch/update/etc just turn ON/restore
the TrustedInstaller.exe "servicing" folder by renaming it back to its original name:
A. Create a DOS console batch file with commands below:
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text BATch (.bat) or CoMmanD (.cmd) script file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below
-> save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the BAT (.bat) or CMD (.cmd) extension -> right-click it ->
Run as Administrator -> wait for completion.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
TITLE "Turn OFF/disable TrustedInstaller -> RENAME %windir%\servicing 2 %windir%\servicing_OLD ..."
C:
CD\
TASKKILL.EXE /IM TrustedInstaller.exe /F /T
IF EXIST "%windir%\servicing" TAKEOWN.EXE /f "%windir%\servicing" /r /d y
IF EXIST "%windir%\servicing" ICACLS.EXE "%windir%\servicing" /grant:R Administrators:(OI)(CI)F SYSTEM:(OI)(CI)F /t /c /q
IF EXIST "%windir%\servicing" REN "%windir%\servicing" servicing_OLD
IF EXIST "%windir%\servicing_OLD" TAKEOWN.EXE /f "%windir%\servicing_OLD" /r /d y
IF EXIST "%windir%\servicing_OLD" ICACLS.EXE "%windir%\servicing_OLD" /grant:R Administrators:(OI)(CI)F SYSTEM:(OI)(CI)F /t /c /q
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------
Save it as TrustdInstallr_OFF_RENAME_folder.cmd (example) on your Desktop or in any other location on your local
drive(s)/partition(s)/volume(s), and then create a Desktop shortcut for it -> right-click TrustdInstallr_OFF_RENAME_folder.cmd
(or its Desktop shortcut) -> Run as Administrator -> wait for completion.
B. Create a DOS console batch file with commands below:
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text BATch (.bat) or CoMmanD (.cmd) script file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below
-> save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the BAT (.bat) or CMD (.cmd) extension -> right-click it ->
Run as Administrator -> wait for completion.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
TITLE "Turn ON/restore TrustedInstaller -> Rename %windir%\servicing_OLD 2 %windir%\servicing ..."
C:
CD\
IF EXIST "%windir%\servicing_OLD" TAKEOWN.EXE /f "%windir%\servicing_OLD" /r /d y
IF EXIST "%windir%\servicing_OLD" ICACLS.EXE "%windir%\servicing_OLD" /grant:R Administrators:(OI)(CI)F SYSTEM:(OI)(CI)F /t /c /q
TASKKILL.EXE /IM TrustedInstaller.exe /F /T
IF EXIST "%windir%\servicing_OLD" REN "%windir%\servicing_OLD" servicing
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------
Save it as TrustdInstallr_ON_RESTORE_folder.cmd (example) on your Desktop or in any other location on your local
drive(s)/partition(s)/volume(s), and then create a Desktop shortcut for it -> right-click TrustdInstallr_ON_RESTORE_folder.cmd
(or its Desktop shortcut) -> Run as Administrator -> wait for completion.
Method III [the hard way ;-/]:
******************************
Turn OFF/rename TrustedInstaller.exe step-by-step [but 1st make a *BACKUP*!]:
A. Install IObit Unlocker 32-bit Explorer right-click context menu shell extension + GUI tool forces in-use files to unlock so
they can be copied, moved, deleted or renamed:
http://www.iobit.com/iobit-unlocker.php
File:
http://cdn.iobit.com/dl/unlocker-setup.exe
Guide:
http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/delete-a-stubborn-file-folder-in-windows/
Use IObit Unlocker executable [IObitUnlocker.exe] command line options, switches + parameters for unattended/automated BATch
files/jobs/scripts:
http://forums.iobit.com/topic/14855-command-line-arguments/
In this example IObitUnlocker.exe is installed [default option] in the "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\IObit\IObit Unlocker" folder [where
%ProgramFiles(x86)% = usually "C:\Program Files (x86)"], found only on Windows NTx 64-bit (x64) editions.
The Windows NTx 32-bit (x86) correspondent folder is %ProgramFiles% = usually "C:\Program Files".
B. Extract executable [AdvancedRun.exe] from AdvancedRun ZIP archive below to match your Windows NTx OS bit strength [32-bit (x86)
or 64-bit (x64)]:
AdvancedRun [AdvancedRun.exe] 32-bit + 64-bit GUI interface + DOS console command line tool for Windows Vista/newer 32-bit + 64-bit
runs any app/batch/command/executable/function/process/program/script/service/task/tool as Administrator/SYSTEM/TrustedInstaller/any
user with elevated/highest/protected privileges/rights, compatibility, environment, ownership, permissions, priority, properties,
useful for task automation in BATch (.BAT), CoMmanD (.CMD) + Visual Basic Script (.VBS) files, highly customizable:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/advanced_run.html
AdvancedRun 64-bit:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/advancedrun-x64.zip
AdvancedRun 32-bit:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/advancedrun.zip
Run Programs as TrustedInstaller:
http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/run-program-as-trustedinstaller-locked-registry-keys-files/
In this example AdvancedRun.exe is located in the C:\TOOLS folder.
C. Create a DOS console batch file with commands below:
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text BATch (.bat) or CoMmanD (.cmd) script file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below
-> save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the BAT (.bat) or CMD (.cmd) extension -> right-click it ->
Run as Administrator -> wait for completion.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
C:\TOOLS\AdvancedRun.exe /EXEFilename "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\IObit\IObit Unlocker\IObitUnlocker.exe" /CommandLine "/Rename /Advanced %WinDir%\servicing\TrustedInstaller.exe TrustedInstaller_OLD.exe" /RunAs 8 /Run
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------
Save it as Rename_TrustdInstallr.cmd (example) on your Desktop or in any other location on your local
drive(s)/partition(s)/volume(s), and then create a Desktop shortcut for it = important for fast access in the next step below!
D. Turn OFF temporarily (for a few seconds, until you can rename it in the next step below) TrustedInstaller.exe:
hold Ctrl + Shift + press Esc -> Task Manager (TaskMgr.exe) -> Processes tab -> right-click TrustedInstaller.exe (-> End task)
-> click "End process".
E. As fast as possible [!]: Desktop -> right-click Rename_TrustdInstallr.cmd (or its Desktop shortcut) -> Run as Administrator
-> click OK when you see the IObit Unloker "Operation succeded." window -> done.
From now on you won't have to put up anymore with any TrustedInstaller annoyances, behind-your-back/blocked/forbidden
system/user functions/operations, lock outs, limitations, etc.
F. Restore TrustedInstaller.exe by renaming it back to its original name in case you'll need it whenever you wish to
change/install/repair/uninstall/update/upgrade an app/driver/game/program/software/tool/upgrade/Windows
add-on/component/feature/fix/patch/update/etc:
Perform again steps C. + E. above (D. is not needed), but this time use instead another DOS console batch file [example:
Restore_TrustdInstallr.cmd] to rename TrustedInstaller_OLD.exe back to its original name = TrustedInstaller.exe :
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text BATch (.bat) or CoMmanD (.cmd) script file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below
-> save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the BAT (.bat) or CMD (.cmd) extension -> right-click it ->
Run as Administrator -> wait for completion.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
C:\TOOLS\AdvancedRun.exe /EXEFilename "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\IObit\IObit Unlocker\IObitUnlocker.exe" /CommandLine "/Rename /Advanced %WinDir%\servicing\TrustedInstaller_OLD.exe TrustedInstaller.exe" /RunAs 8 /Run
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------
______________________________________________________________________________



Task Scheduler Tweaks



* Windows Vista/7: Run any BATch/script/program (in Task Scheduler) minimized and with custom icon:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/make-windows-7-task-scheduler-run-a-batch-file/0573dc2e-4941-44a2-8304-264864e94f1a/
Windows 8/8.1/10/11: Run any BATch/script/program (in Task Scheduler) minimized and with custom icon:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-performance/make-windows-10-task-scheduler-run-a-batch-file/e00b2fb0-02ca-439f-b534-eb34541130a9/
Run applications/scripts minimized (from Task Scheduler):
http://forums.anandtech.com/threads/want-to-run-applications-minimized-at-log-in-from-task-scheduler.224581/
1. Create (if not present) C:\SCRIPTS folder (example) from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE):
right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press Enter after each line:
C:
CD\
MD SCRIPTS
2. Use Notepad to create C:\SCRIPTS\DEL_RECYCL_B1N.VBS VBScript file (example):
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
Dim WshShell:Set WshShell=CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WshShell.Run chr(34)&"C:\SCRIPTS\DEL_RECYCL_B1N.CMD"&Chr(34),0
Set WshShell=Nothing
------End cut & paste here------
3. Use Notepad to create C:\SCRIPTS\DEL_RECYCL_B1N.CMD BATch file (example):
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
COLOR 3B
TITLE "Delete all $Recycle.BIN folders..."
ECHO.
ECHO 
ECHO Deleting $Recycle.BIN folders on all drives/partitions/volumes...
ECHO 
ECHO.
C:
CD\
FOR %%i IN (C: D: E: F: G: H: I: J: K: L: M: N: O: P: Q: R: S: T: U: V: W: X: Y: Z:) DO IF EXIST "%%i\$RECYCLE.BIN" TAKEOWN.EXE /f "%%i\$RECYCLE.BIN" /r /d y >NUL 2>&1
FOR %%i IN (C: D: E: F: G: H: I: J: K: L: M: N: O: P: Q: R: S: T: U: V: W: X: Y: Z:) DO IF EXIST "%%i\$RECYCLE.BIN" ICACLS.EXE "%%i\$RECYCLE.BIN" /grant:r Everyone:(OI)(CI)F /t /c /q >NUL 2>&1
FOR %%i IN (C: D: E: F: G: H: I: J: K: L: M: N: O: P: Q: R: S: T: U: V: W: X: Y: Z:) DO IF EXIST "%%i\$RECYCLE.BIN" RUNDLL32.EXE ADVPACK.DLL,DelNodeRunDLL32 "%%i\$RECYCLE.BIN" >NUL 2>&1
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------
4. Add C:\SCRIPTS\DEL_RECYCL_B1N.VBS (example) to your custom Task Scheduler script -> run:
MMC.EXE /S taskschd.msc
5. Create a new Task -> Action tab -> highlight your task line -> click Edit... button -> Program/script box -> type (example):
WSCRIPT.EXE
-> Add arguments box -> type (example):
/B /NoLogo C:\SCRIPTS\DEL_RECYCL_B1N.VBS
6. Customize and save your task to run whenever and however often you wish.
7. Optionally you can automate Task Scheduler to run C:\SCRIPTS\DEL_RECYCL_B1N.VBS every 30 minutes (example) from a DOS console
command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run these commands ->
press Enter after each line:
ECHO Y|SCHTASKS.EXE /Create /TN "Delete_$Recycle.B1N_folders" /TR "WSCRIPT.EXE /B /NoLogo C:\SCRIPTS\DEL_RECYCL_B1N.VBS" /RU SYSTEM /RL HIGHEST /SC MINUTE /MO 30 /F
ECHO Y|SCHTASKS.EXE /Change /TN "Delete_$Recycle.B1N_folders" /RI 30 /RL HIGHEST /ENABLE

* Create scheduled task to be triggered by Windows service event using XML:
http://www.superuser.com/questions/502160/
http://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askds/2011/09/26/advanced-xml-filtering-in-the-windows-event-viewer/
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/windows/bae1e2c4-c60a-4f90-87b9-7b33e8d9660e/
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/aa385231.aspx
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/office/fac16f3c-d088-4d66-83d8-7139261dea83/
Run... [hold WinKey + press R] -> taskschd.msc -> Create Task... -> Trigger tab -> On an event -> Custom -> New Event Filter -> XML tab ->
Edit query manually -> Yes -> cut & paste (example):





Actions tab -> Start a program -> Program/script (example):
SC.EXE
Add argument (optional) (example):
STOP sppsvc
OK -> OK.
______________________________________________________________________________



Patch Windows 7



* Updated Physical Address Extension (PAE) Patch [ntkrnlpa.exe] for Windows 7 SP1 32-bit unlocks using installed RAM up to 128 GB:
http://www.wj32.org/wp/2011/02/23/pae-patch-updated-for-windows-7-sp1/
Updated Physical Address Extension (PAE) Patch [ntkrnlpa.exe] for Windows 8/8.1 32-bit unlocks using installed RAM up to 128 GB:
http://www.wj32.org/wp/2013/10/25/pae-patch-updated-for-windows-8-1/
Updated Physical Address Extension (PAE) Patch [ntkrnlpa.exe] for Windows 10 32-bit unlocks using installed RAM up to 128 GB:
http://www.wj32.org/wp/2016/02/01/pae-patch-updated-for-windows-10/
ReadyFor4GB PAE Patch [ntkrnlpa.exe] for Windows Vista/7/7 SP1 32-bit unlocks using installed RAM up to 128 GB:
- Chinese:
http://zh-deepxw.blogspot.com/2009/04/readyfor4gb.html
- English:
http://www.arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=49358
PAE RAMPatch [ntkrnlpa.exe] for Windows Vista/7/7 SP1 32-bit unlocks using installed RAM up to 128 GB:
http://www.bcastell.com/tech-articles/enabling-more-than-4-gb-of-ram-under-windows-7-32-bit/
File:
http://www.bcastell.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/win7-7600-4gb-patch.rar
PASSWORD:
nowarranty
These Patches work ONLY with 32-bit (x86) Windows NTx OSes!

* 4GB Patch for 32-bit EXEcutables (.exe) to use up to 4 GB of virtual RAM on Windows NTx 64-bit (x64) OSes:
http://www.ntcore.com/4gb_patch.php
File:
http://www.ntcore.com/files/4gb_patch.zip
This Patch works ONLY with 64-bit (x64) Windows NTx OSes + 32-bit (x86) EXEcutables!

* Windows 7 Patches: TCP/IP Limited Connections (TCPIP.SYS), Theme (UXTHEME.DLL), Terminal Server (TERMSRV.DLL) + Desktop Watermark
(USER32.DLL + USER32.DLL.mui):
http://deepxw.blogspot.com/
Windows 7 Desktop Watermark (USER32.DLL + USER32.DLL.mui) Patch:
http://deepxw.blogspot.com/2008/12/remove-watermark-v03-build-20081210.html
Desktop Watermark Patch Guide:
http://www.askvg.com/how-to-remove-windows-7-rc-watermark-build-info-from-desktop/

* Windows 7 Theme Source Patcher (7TSP):
http://www.xptsp.com/fixit/7tsp.php
7TSP Portable:
http://users.xptsp.com/fixit/programs/7tsp_GUI_v0.4_B(2015).exe
7TSP Installer:
http://users.xptsp.com/fixit/programs/7tsp_GUI_v0.4_B(2015)_Installer.exe
7TSP Icon Packs:
http://www.creativx.net/forums/7tsp-iconpacks/
7TSP requires Resource Hacker:
http://www.angusj.com/resourcehacker/
File:
http://www.angusj.com/resourcehacker/resource_hacker.zip

* ReadyDriver Plus:
http://web.archive.org/web/20131029095655/http://www.citadelindustries.net/rdp.php
File:
http://web.archive.org/web/20131029095655/http://data.citadelindustries.net/setupreadydriverplus.exe

* Driver Signature Enforcement Overrider (DSEO):
http://www.ngohq.com/?page=dseo
File:
http://files.ngohq.com/ngo/dseo/dseo13b.exe

* Windows 7 Boot Updater changes animated boot logo:
http://www.coderforlife.com/projects/win7boot/
Guide:
http://www.intowindows.com/windows-7-boot-animation-updater-change-windows-7-boot-screen/
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Customize BOOT Screens



* Customize Windows 7 Boot Screen Guides:
http://www.techdows.com/2011/06/get-windows-8-betta-fish-boot-screen-for-windows-7.html
http://www.techfeb.com/customize-windows-7-boot-screen/
http://www.askvg.com/download-windows-8-rtm-boot-screen-windows-7/
http://www.door2windows.com/how-to-change-windows-7-boot-screen-animation/
Win7BootUpdater = MUST USE IT!:
http://www.coderforlife.com/projects/win7boot/
File:
http://www.coderforlife.com/projects/win7boot/downloads/
http://www.coderforlife.com/projects/win7boot/downloads/Win7BootUpdater2.exe
Extras:
http://www.coderforlife.com/projects/win7boot/extras/
Boot Screens:
http://www.coderforlife.com/projects/win7boot/bootskins/
http://www.deskmodder.de/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=220&t=13363
Custom Animations:
http://medi-dadu.deviantart.com/art/Win-Boot-Screen-16-9-277342889
Navi OS from SE Lain:
http://detechtive.deviantart.com/art/Win-7-boot-animation-Navi-OS-from-SE-Lain-280887190
Holographic:
http://ultimatedesktops.deviantart.com/art/Holographic-Boot-Skin-for-Windows-7-359440527
http://creativ-xtreme.deviantart.com/art/Holographic-Boot-Skin-for-Windows-7-359440527
Abstract:
http://detechtive.deviantart.com/art/Abstract-Bootscreen-w-resolution-fix-and-a-bonus-393047765
The Hatchling v2:
http://faziri.deviantart.com/art/The-Hatchling-v2-340304259
Blaupunkt v2:
http://tchiro.deviantart.com/art/Blau-punkt-v2-BootScreen-344602849
Pulse Blue:
http://tchiro.deviantart.com/art/Pulse-blue-Windows-7-BootScreen-321869645
Pulse Green:
http://tchiro.deviantart.com/art/Pulse-Windows-7-BootScreen-321814750
Molecule 16:9:
http://judian.deviantart.com/art/Molucule-Boot-Screen-16-9-312105328
L:
http://luttik.deviantart.com/art/L-bootloader-297223007
Earth 16:9:
http://medi-dadu.deviantart.com/art/Win-Boot-Screen-16-9-294257700
Gears:
http://creativ-xtreme.deviantart.com/art/gears-BootScreen-262299074
Stargate Logo:
http://fallenangelofdeath63.deviantart.com/art/Stargate-Boot-Theme-290423425
STARGATE:
http://zangio.deviantart.com/art/Win7-Boot-Animation-STARGATE-189992814
Starfleet Logo:
http://deskmodder.deviantart.com/art/Starfleetlogo-by-rufus721-269639178
Blue Plasma:
http://deskmodder.deviantart.com/art/BluePlasma-by-AxP-261661276
Nerd:
http://sachse.deviantart.com/art/Nerd-Bootscreen-260310482
DoTa Puck:
http://seva-tmplr.deviantart.com/art/WIN7-Boot-DoTa-Puck-196485118
Orb:
http://zangio.deviantart.com/art/Win7-Boot-Animation-Orb-188321689
Windows 8 ALPHA Fish:
http://misaki2009.deviantart.com/art/Windows-8-Bootscreen-quot-ALPHA-quot-214596752
Boot Screens:
http://creativ-xtreme.deviantart.com/gallery/36418593
http://kidofoundation.deviantart.com/gallery/
http://korruptninja.deviantart.com/gallery/
http://www.windows7bootscreens.com/bootscreen-22-orb/
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Desktop Background/Wallpaper Tweaks + Free(ware) Tools



* Next wallpaper slideshow -> right-click Desktop shortcut:
http://www.techfeb.com/change-your-windows-wallpaper-with-next-wallpaper-from-windows-right-click-menu/
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/161638-next-desktop-background-add-remove-desktop-context-menu.html
http://www.windowsvalley.com/remove-next-desktop-background-from-desktop-context-menu-of-windows-7/
http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-create-shortcut-key-to-switch-to-next-desktop-background-in-windows-7-and-windows-8/
NOTE:
This requires your wallpaper (Desktop Background) settings to cycle through a folder containing at least 2 images.
1. Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create Next_Wallpaper.vbs VBScript file (example):
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
Dim WshShell:Set WshShell=WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WshShell.SendKeys("^ ")
WshShell.SendKeys("+{F10}")
WshShell.SendKeys("n")
------End cut & paste here------
2. Run Next_Wallpaper.vbs (example):
WSCRIPT.EXE /B /NoLogo Next_Wallpaper.vbs
3. Right-click on an empty Desktop spot -> click "Next desktop background".
4. Make this permanent: use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a new Registry (.reg) file -> copy & paste text strings between Cut & Paste lines below -> save file as
Next_Wallpaper.reg (example).
5. Right-click on Next_Wallpaper.reg -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK to all prompts to register the information into
your Registry.
6. From now on you can right-click on an empty Desktop spot -> click "Next desktop background".
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\DesktopBackground\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\DesktopSlideshow]
@="{0bf754aa-c967-445c-ab3d-d8fda9bae7ef}"
"Icon"="themecpl.dll,0"
"Position"="Bottom"
"MUIVerb"="Next &Wallpaper"
"SuppressionPolicy"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{0bf754aa-c967-445c-ab3d-d8fda9bae7ef}]
@="SlideshowContextMenu"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{0bf754aa-c967-445c-ab3d-d8fda9bae7ef}\InProcServer32]
@=hex(2):25,53,79,73,74,65,6d,52,6f,6f,74,25,5c,73,79,73,74,65,6d,33,32,5c,73,\
74,6f,62,6a,65,63,74,2e,64,6c,6c,00
"ThreadingModel"="Apartment"
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Desktop Background Tuner (DBT) 32-bit:
http://www.winaero.com/desktop-background-tuner/
File:
http://www.winaero.com/download-desktop-background-tuner/
Extract DesktopBackgroundTuner.exe version which matches your Windows NTx OS edition from DesktopBackgroundTuner.zip
archive using an unZIPping/unARChiving/unRARing tool [free(ware)]
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#ZIP
to the local drive/partition/volume + directory/folder of your choice:
- Windows XP/Vista/7 users: DesktopBackgroundTuner.exe from ZIP root [no name] folder;
- Windows 8/8.1/10/11 users: DesktopBackgroundTuner.exe from ZIP "Windows 8" folder.

* Any Wallpaper:
http://www.anyutils.com/anywall.php
File:
http://www.anyutils.com/download/anywall.exe
Requires Microsoft .Net Framework Redistributable (NFR) 2.0/newer (free):
http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#NFR
Right-click Taskbar Icon -> Restore main window -> Options -> Choose a wallpaper position: Autofit.
Settings:
%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\AnyUtils\AnyWall\settings.xml

* Logon Background Changer (W7LBC):
http://www.julien-manici.com/windows_7_logon_background_changer/
File:
http://jmanici.blob.core.windows.net/download/Win7LogonBackgroundChanger_1_5_2.zip

* Logon Changer:
http://www.tweaks.com/software/tweakslogon/
File:
http://www.tweaks.com/software/tweakslogon/download/tweakslogon.zip

* Logon Screen Rotator (LSR):
http://www.lukepaynesoftware.com/lsrotator/
File:
http://www.lukepaynesoftware.com/downloads/lsr_4.4
LSR Guide:
http://www.door2windows.com/how-to-automatically-change-your-logon-screen-background-after-an-interval-of-time-in-windows-7/

* Wallpaper Slideshow LT:
http://www.gphotoshow.com/wallpaperss.htm
File:
http://www.gphotoshow.com/files/WallpaperSSLT.exe

* Aero Wallpaper Changer (AWC) for Windows 7 Home/Basic:
http://www.winaero.com/aerowallpaperchanger/
File:
http://www.winaero.com/download-aerowallpaperchanger-adds-cool-aero-color-effects-and-desktop-slideshow-to-windows-7-home-basic/

* Oceanis:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/47294-desktop-background-wallpaper-change-windows-7-starter.html
File:
http://dl2.sevenforums.com/dl/Oceanis_Change_Background_W7.zip

* Windows Wallpaper Changer:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/winwallchanger/
File:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/winwallchanger/files/

* List of Wallpaper Changers:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-wallpaper-changer.htm
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Free(ware) 7/8/8.1/10/11 Aero Tools + Tweaks



* TransparentMenu 32-bit + 64-bit adjusts transparency + assigns colors schemes to Windows + programs right-click menus:
http://www.moo0.com/software/TransparentMenu/
File:
http://www.moo0.com/software/TransparentMenu/download/free2/
Download:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Desktop-Enhancements/Other-Desktop-Enhancements/Moo0-TransparentMenu.shtml
"%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\Moo0 Transparent Menu 1.22.lnk" shortcut command line:
TransparentMenu.exe -startup
Setup (examples) -> right-click green "Moo0 Transparent Menu" Taskbar/Notification area icon:
- Menu Skin (affects system colors) -> uncheck Change Highlight Colors Together -> Green Tea (Win7) or Charcoal Palette 3
(Win8/newer)
- Menu Transparency (%) -> 10%
- Start on System Boot -> checked.

* Aero Adjuster:
http://samusaranfreak.deviantart.com/art/Aero-Adjuster-261383189
File:
http://www.deviantart.com/download/261383189/aero_adjuster_by_samusaranfreak-d4bmck5.zip

* Winaero Tweaker 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 [select Portable at install time!]:
http://www.winaero.com/winaero-tweaker/
Download:
http://www.winaero.com/download-winaero-tweaker/
File:
http://www.winaero.com/downloads/winaerotweaker.zip
Winaero Tweaker Features:
http://www.winaero.com/the-list-of-winaero-tweaker-features/
Examples: customizes manufacturer/OEM/vendor info, removes icon overlay using transparent icon.

* Switcher:
http://www.insentient.net/
File:
http://www.insentient.net/Files/Projects/Switcher/Switcher-2.0.0.2705.zip

* Aura Auto Colorization tool:
http://aura.codeplex.com/
http://www.askvg.com/aura-get-windows-8-aero-auto-colorization-feature-in-windows-vista-and-7/
http://www.door2windows.com/get-windows-8-auto-colorization-feature-in-windows-7vista-3/
File:
http://aura.codeplex.com/downloads/get/227648
http://angelwzr.deviantart.com/art/Aura-Beta-3-203960157
http://www.deviantart.com/download/203960157/aura_beta_2_by_angelwzr-d3dfknx.zip

* 7+ Taskbar Tweaker (7TT) 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 adds Taskbar tray settings otherwise unavailable, beyond
Windows capabilities, highly customizable [select Portable at install time!]:
http://ramensoftware.com/7-taskbar-tweaker/
http://tweaker.ramensoftware.com/
File:
http://ramensoftware.com/downloads/7tt_setup.exe
7+ Taskbar Tweaker (7TT) Guide:
http://www.winaero.com/get-a-classic-taskbar-in-windows-8-and-windows-7-that-works-like-xp/

* UxStyle for Windows 7/8/8.1:
http://www.uxstyle.com/
UxStyle for Windows 8/8.1:
http://www.uxstyle.com/builds/UxStyle_sep23_x86_x64_possibly_bugged.zip
UxStyle for Windows 7/7 SP1:
http://www.uxstyle.com/builds/UxStyle_Core_jul13_bits.zip
Aero Theme for Windows 8/8.1:
http://simplexdesignsart.deviantart.com/art/Windows-Aero-536877982/
http://web.archive.org/web/20130402051457/http://xxinightxx.deviantart.com/art/Windows-7-Vs-REV-D-350491112/
File:
http://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=0B883uGPmNY72Sjk3dy1MTzBGVEE
http://web.archive.org/web/20130402051457/http://www.deviantart.com/download/350491112/windows_7_vs_rev_d_by_xxinightxx-d5so8o8.zip

* AeroRainbow for Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11:
http://www.winaero.com/aerorainbow/
File:
http://www.winaero.com/download.php?view.11

* Windows 7 Start button/logo/orb Changer:
http://www.door2windows.com/windows-7-start-button-changer-change-your-windows-7-start-button-with-one-click/
File:
http://www.door2windows.com/download-freeware/?obsolete#Windows+7+Start+Orb+Changer
Guide:
http://www.intowindows.com/windows-7-start-orb-changer-lets-you-quickly-change-start-orb/

* MDGx Aero tools [free(ware)] -> "AERO 7/8/8.1/10/11" section in TOOLS.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/tools.php
http://www.mdgx.com/TOOLS.TXT

* MDGx Windows NTx Tools -> "FREE Windows NTx Extras" section in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm

* MDGx "1000+ Windows NTx Power Toys + Tweaking Tools [99.99% Free(ware)]" section in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm
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Free(ware) Windows 7 Replacement Apps + Tweaking Tools


* Vista Calculator (CALC.EXE):
http://www.askvg.com/get-windows-7-calculator-working-in-windows-vista/
http://www.askvg.com/get-windows-7-like-calculator-in-windows-xp/
http://grdcityboy.deviantart.com/art/Seven-Calculator-102484514
http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/windows/Windows-7-Calculator-Review-106024.shtml
http://www.7tutorials.com/windows-calculator-tool-geek-you/

* AeroCalc (Glass Theme):
http://www.door2windows.com/how-to-get-glass-calculator-in-windows-7vista/

* Notepad (Glass Theme):
http://www.door2windows.com/how-to-get-glass-notepad-in-windows-7vista/
Ribbon Notepad:
http://www.door2windows.com/get-notepad-with-ribbon-user-interface-in-windows-7vista/

* Command Prompt (Glass Theme):
http://www.door2windows.com/how-to-get-glass-command-prompt-in-windows-7vista/

* Ribbon Image Viewer:
http://www.door2windows.com/get-ribbon-user-interface-ui-image-viewer-in-windows-7vistaxp/

* Bubbles, Mystify, Ribbons, Lines + Aurora Screen Savers:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Desktop-Enhancements/Screensavers/Vista-Screensaver-Ported-to-XP.shtml
Screen Savers Guides:
http://www.door2windows.com/tweak-bubbles-mystify-ribbons-lines-aurora-screensavers/
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/15088/customize-the-default-screensavers-in-windows-7-and-vista/
http://www.winaero.com/comment.php?comment.news.9
http://www.tweaks.com/windows/39129/the-ultimate-windows-screensaver-tweaking-guide/

* XP Pipes (SSPIPES.SCR) Screen Saver:
http://www.bearblain.com/Downloads/sspipes.zip
http://www.mdgx.com/3dpipes.jpg

* 7Smoker Pro:
http://www.xp-smoker.com/7smokerpro.html
File:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/7smoker_pro.html
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Free(ware) Start Menu Shell Replacements



* Open-Shell Start Menu + button/logo/orb replacer 32-bit + 64-bit [Classic Shell fork] (free, open source):
http://open-shell.github.io/Open-Shell-Menu/
ReadMe:
http://github.com/Open-Shell/Open-Shell-Menu/
Download:
http://github.com/Open-Shell/Open-Shell-Menu/releases/latest/
Nightly Builds:
http://ci.appveyor.com/project/passionate-coder/open-shell-menu/branch/master/artifacts/
Open-Shell Guides:
http://askleo.com/open-shell-regain-your-start-menu-in-windows-and-much-more/
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-use-open-shell-as-your-windows-10-start-menu/
Custom Start button/logo/orb Tutorial:
http://coddec.github.io/Classic-Shell/www.classicshell.net/tutorials/buttontutorial.html
Custom Skin Tutorial:
http://coddec.github.io/Classic-Shell/www.classicshell.net/tutorials/skintutorial.html
Skins:
http://www.winaero.com/best-skins-for-classic-shells-start-menu/
http://www.classicshell.net/gallery/Start-Menu/skins/
http://www.classicshell.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=17
Start Buttons/Orbs:
http://www.classicshell.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=18
http://www.deviantart.com/w1ck3dmatt/art/Mega-Orb-Pack-150-start-orbs-259940654/
http://www.door2windows.com/customization/start-buttons/
Aero Glass mod [Windows 8/8.1 style UI] for Windows 8/8.1/10/11:
http://www.glass8.eu/
Open-Shell/Classic Shell Free(ware) Alternatives:
http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/alternatives.html
http://classic-shell.en.softonic.com/windows/alternatives/
http://www.alternativeto.net/software/classicshell/
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/windows-start-menu-alternatives/
http://www.similarindex.com/classic-shell-alternatives/

* Power8 Start Menu replacer for Windows 8/8.1, works with Windows 7:
http://github.com/AgentMC/power8/
Download:
http://github.com/AgentMC/power8/releases/latest/

* Start Menu X Start Menu replacer [CRIPPLED freeware!] for Windows 7/8/8.1:
http://www.startmenux.com/
File:
http://www.startmenux.com/StartMenuX_Setup_freeware.exe

* Pokki Start Menu replacer for Windows 8/8.1, works with Windows 7:
http://www.pokki.com/
File:
http://cdn.pokki.com/download/PokkiStartMenuInstaller.exe
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Turn OFF/ON User Account Control (UAC)



* FIX (Temporary): In Windows Vista/newer you must right-click each app/file/executable/program/installer/DOS console (command
prompt)/BATch (CoMmanD) file/icon/link/shortcut/script/screen saver/etc and select "Run as Administrator" every time you're
trying to use it in order to execute/run it/them the way they were intended, fully functional.
Otherwise a nagging dialog box will pop up and you will be prompted to Run.../Open/Save/etc them, or you won't be allowed to
execute/run them every time you (double-)click on them directly or their icons/links/shortcuts (.lnk), and you will notice
most of them will not execute/function/operate/run properly, and/or are crippled, exhibit abnormalities, limitations,
restrictions, and/or inappropriate behavior. ;-(
* FIX (Permanent): Turn OFF User Account Control (UAC):
- Windows 10/2016/2019/11/2022:
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3577-user-account-control-uac-change-settings-windows-10-a.html
- Windows 8/2012/8.1/2012 R2:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/5509-user-account-control-uac-change-settings-windows-8-a.html
- Windows 7/7 SP1/2008 R2:
http://petri.com/disable-uac-in-windows-7.htm
- Windows Vista/2008:
http://petri.com/disable_uac_in_windows_vista.htm
* IMPORTANT:
- Always make sure you have Administrative (admin, administrator, main/power user, owner, sysadmin, SYSTEM) privileges for all
computer(s)/device(s) in your environment, and that you are using
approved/authorized/certified/legitimate/safe/scanned/secure/trustworthy apps/files/programs/software/etc, preferably located
on your local/personal storage device(s)/media.
- Always make sure all files acquired/copied/downloaded/installed/obtained/etc from external/remote/other
sources/networks/internet/etc are approved/authorized/certified/legitimate/safe/scanned/secure/trustworthy.
- Always make sure to check/scan periodically all your computer(s)/device(s) + storage device(s)/media for malware/spyware.
http://www.mdgx.com/vir.htm

* UAC_OFF.REG Registry file disables all User Account Control (UAC) annoyances:
http://www.tenforums.com/user-accounts-family-safety/98737-standard-user-able-access-admin-folders.html
http://batcmd.com/windows/7/services/luafv/
http://parsons-technology.com/what-is-luafv/
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-hardware/customize/desktop/unattend/microsoft-windows-lua-settings/
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/security/identity-protection/user-account-control/user-account-control-group-policy-and-registry-key-settings/
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/security/identity-protection/user-account-control/how-user-account-control-works/
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/security/identity-protection/user-account-control/user-account-control-security-policy-settings/
http://docs.microsoft.com/openspecs/windows_protocols/ms-gpsb/9ad50fd3-4d8d-4870-9f5b-978ce292b9d8/
http://docs.microsoft.com/openspecs/windows_protocols/ms-gpsb/7c705718-f58e-4886-8057-37c8fd9aede1/
http://www.stigviewer.com/stig/windows_10/2020-06-15/finding/V-63827
http://admx.help/?Category=Windows_10_2016&Policy=Microsoft.Policies.Auditing::IncludeCmdLine
BACKUP YOUR REGISTRY BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES! -> See "BACKUP/EXPORT + RESTORE/IMPORT REGISTRY/REGISTRY KEY(S)" in
WINDOWS7.TXT (this file):
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
http://www.mdgx.com/WINDOWS7.TXT
WARNING:
********
If LUAfv service [provided by the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\luafv.sys driver] is disabled [.reg file below: "Start"=dword:4]
certain Windows components/features/functions will not work, and Windows Server users may experience errors:
http://developpaper.com/windows-ad-error-message-resolution-uac-file-virtualization-service-failed-to-start-this-driver-is-blocked-from-loading/
http://www.wincert.net/windows-server/event-id-7000-uac-file-virtualization-error/
http://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2228450&seqNum=9
http://www.programmersought.com/article/27216104324/
Examples:
- Internet Explorer (IE) sandbox mode = DISABLED;
- certain Windows Server components + functions = DISABLED.
CAUTION:
********
This requires adequate/advanced knowledge about critical computing, operating systems, shared environments, networks,
cybersecurity.
Recommended for single user environments.
Not recommended for multiuser/networked/enterprise environments processing/storing/delivering encrypted/protected/secure
critical/private/sensitive/vital analysis/data/information.
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
; MUST restart/reboot after turning UAC ON or OFF !
; Disable User Account Control file virtualization (LUAfv) Service:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\luafv]
"Start"=dword:4
; Disable ALL UAC settings:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin"=dword:0
"ConsentPromptBehaviorUser"=dword:1
"DisableStatusMessages"=dword:0
"DontDisplayLastUserName"=dword:0
"EnableInstallerDetection"=dword:0
"EnableLUA"=dword:0
"EnableSecureUIAPaths"=dword:0
"EnableUIADesktopToggle"=dword:1
"EnableVirtualization"=dword:1
"FilterAdministratorToken"=dword:0
"NoInternetOpenWith"=dword:1
"PromptOnSecureDesktop"=dword:0
"SCForceOption"=dword:0
"SynchronousMachineGroupPolicy"=dword:0
"SynchronousUserGroupPolicy"=dword:0
"ValidateAdminCodeSignatures"=dword:0
"VerboseStatus"=dword:0
;
------End cut & paste here------
Perform same steps for UAC_OFF.BAT BATch (.bat) file, which also disables UAC:
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text BATch (.bat) or CoMmanD (.cmd) script file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below
-> save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the BAT (.bat) or CMD (.cmd) extension -> right-click it ->
Run as Administrator -> wait for completion.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
:: MUST restart/reboot after turning UAC ON or OFF !
:: Disable User Account Control file virtualization (LUAfv) Service:
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP luafv
SC.EXE CONFIG luafv START= disabled
:: Disable UAC:
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------
Restart/reboot.

* UAC_ON.REG Registry file enables all User Account Control (UAC) annoyances:
http://www.tenforums.com/user-accounts-family-safety/98737-standard-user-able-access-admin-folders.html
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/security/identity-protection/user-account-control/user-account-control-group-policy-and-registry-key-settings/
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/security/identity-protection/user-account-control/how-user-account-control-works/
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/security/identity-protection/user-account-control/user-account-control-security-policy-settings/
http://docs.microsoft.com/openspecs/windows_protocols/ms-gpsb/9ad50fd3-4d8d-4870-9f5b-978ce292b9d8/
http://docs.microsoft.com/openspecs/windows_protocols/ms-gpsb/7c705718-f58e-4886-8057-37c8fd9aede1/
http://www.stigviewer.com/stig/windows_10/2020-06-15/finding/V-63827
http://admx.help/?Category=Windows_10_2016&Policy=Microsoft.Policies.Auditing::IncludeCmdLine
CAUTION:
********
This requires adequate/advanced knowledge about critical computing, operating systems, shared environments, networks,
cybersecurity.
Recommended for single user environments.
Not recommended for multiuser/networked/enterprise environments processing/storing/delivering encrypted/protected/secure
critical/private/sensitive/vital analysis/data/information.
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
; MUST restart/reboot after turning UAC ON or OFF !
; Enable User Account Control file virtualization (LUAfv) Service:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\luafv]
"Start"=dword:2
; Enable ALL UAC settings:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin"=dword:2
; "ConsentPromptBehaviorUser"=dword:3
"ConsentPromptBehaviorUser"=dword:0
"DisableStatusMessages"=dword:1
"DontDisplayLastUserName"=dword:1
"EnableInstallerDetection"=dword:1
"EnableLUA"=dword:1
"EnableSecureUIAPaths"=dword:1
"EnableUIADesktopToggle"=dword:0
"EnableVirtualization"=dword:0
"FilterAdministratorToken"=dword:1
"NoInternetOpenWith"=dword:0
"PromptOnSecureDesktop"=dword:1
"SCForceOption"=dword:1
"SynchronousMachineGroupPolicy"=dword:1
"SynchronousUserGroupPolicy"=dword:1
"ValidateAdminCodeSignatures"=dword:1
"VerboseStatus"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------
Perform same steps for UAC_ON.BAT BATch (.bat) file, which also enables UAC:
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text BATch (.bat) or CoMmanD (.cmd) script file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below
-> save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the BAT (.bat) or CMD (.cmd) extension -> right-click it ->
Run as Administrator -> wait for completion.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
:: MUST restart/reboot after turning UAC ON or OFF !
:: Enable User Account Control file virtualization (LUAfv) Service:
ECHO Y|NET.EXE START luafv
SC.EXE CONFIG luafv START= auto
:: Enable UAC:
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------
Restart/reboot.

* Elevate low level/standard end/home/local/single user access/permissions/privileges/rights to system-wide/network/server
Administrator/SYSTEM/Sysadmin level in Windows NTx [Vista/newer]:
http://www.tenforums.com/user-accounts-family-safety/98737-standard-user-able-access-admin-folders.html
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/security/identity-protection/user-account-control/user-account-control-group-policy-and-registry-key-settings/
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/security/identity-protection/user-account-control/how-user-account-control-works/
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/security/identity-protection/user-account-control/user-account-control-security-policy-settings/
http://docs.microsoft.com/openspecs/windows_protocols/ms-gpsb/9ad50fd3-4d8d-4870-9f5b-978ce292b9d8/
http://docs.microsoft.com/openspecs/windows_protocols/ms-gpsb/7c705718-f58e-4886-8057-37c8fd9aede1/
http://www.stigviewer.com/stig/windows_10/2020-06-15/finding/V-63827
http://admx.help/?Category=Windows_10_2016&Policy=Microsoft.Policies.Auditing::IncludeCmdLine
CAUTION:
********
This requires adequate/advanced knowledge about critical computing, operating systems, shared environments, networks,
cybersecurity.
Recommended for single user environments.
Not recommended for multiuser/networked/enterprise environments processing/storing/delivering encrypted/protected/secure
critical/private/sensitive/vital analysis/data/information.
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
"ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin"=dword:0
"ConsentPromptBehaviorUser"=dword:3
"EnableFullTrustStartupTasks"=dword:1
"EnableInstallerDetection"=dword:0
"EnableLUA"=dword:0
"EnableSecureUIAPaths"=dword:0
"EnableUwpStartupTasks"=dword:1
"EnableUIADesktopToggle"=dword:1
"EnableVirtualization"=dword:1
"FilterAdministratorToken"=dword:1
"PromptOnSecureDesktop"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\Audit]
"ProcessCreationIncludeCmdLine_Enabled"=dword:0
;
------End cut & paste here------
OR:
BATch (.bat)/CoMmanD (.cmd) script below 1st checks if the user has Administrator/SYSTEM/Sysadmin
access/permissions/privileges/rights, and only if condition is met it will run the script, otherwise it will abort and
exit (example):
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/14639743/
http://www.robvanderwoude.com/clevertricks.php
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4051883/
http://superuser.com/questions/667607/
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/11949-elevated-program-shortcut-without-uac-prompt-create.html
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text BATch (.bat) or CoMmanD (.cmd) script file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below
-> save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the BAT (.bat) or CMD (.cmd) extension -> right-click it ->
Run as Administrator -> wait for completion.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
NET.EXE session
IF %ERRORLEVEL% EQU 0 (
ECHO.
ECHO 
ECHO You seem to have (Sys)Admin/SYSTEM privileges. Continue...
ECHO 
ECHO.
:: ECHO Press a key to continue...
:: PAUSE >NUL 2>&1
GOTO CNT
) ELSE (
ECHO.
ECHO 
ECHO Administrator/SYSTEM/Sysadmin *REQUIRED* to perform operations below !
ECHO Right-click this BATch/icon/shortcut + select "Run as Administrator",
ECHO OR log back in as Administrator/SYSTEM/Sysadmin + then repeat step above.
ECHO 
ECHO.
ECHO Press a key to exit...
PAUSE >NUL 2>&1
GOTO END
EXIT /B 1
)
:CNT
ECHO.
ECHO 
ECHO Make sure you're familiar with all settings below *before* running
ECHO this script = see web pages at the top of this topic for info.
ECHO Abort if you need more time, then run this BATch again when ready.
ECHO 
ECHO.
ECHO * Press a key to continue, OR...
ECHO * Hold Ctrl + press Break/Pause -> press Y -> press Enter to abort...
PAUSE >NUL 2>&1
:: Admin Consent: 0 = Elevate without prompting | 1 = Prompt for credentials secure desktop | 2 = Prompt for consent secure desktop
:: | 3 = Prompt for credentials | 4 = Prompt for consent | 5 = Prompt for consent non-Windows binaries [DEFAULT]:
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v "ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
:: User Consent: 0 = Automatically deny elevation requests | 1 = Prompt for credentials on secure desktop | 3 = Prompt for credentials [DEFAULT]:
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v "ConsentPromptBehaviorUser" /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f
:: Allow fully trusted startup tasks: 0 = Disabled | 1 = Enabled | 2 = Filtered (UAC) [DEFAULT]:
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v "EnableFullTrustStartupTasks" /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
:: Detect app installs and prompt for elevation: 1 = Enabled [DEFAULT = Home] | 0 = Disabled [DEFAULT = Enterprise]:
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v "EnableInstallerDetection" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
:: Run all Admins in Admin approval mode: 0 = Disabled (UAC) | 1 = Enabled (UAC):
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v "EnableLUA" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
:: Elevate only UIAccess apps installed in secure locations: 0 = Disabled | 1 = Enabled [DEFAULT]:
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v "EnableSecureUIAPaths" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
:: Allow UWP startup tasks: 0 = Disabled [DEFAULT] | 1 = Enabled | 2 = Filtered (UAC) [?]:
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v "EnableUwpStartupTasks" /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
:: Allow UIAccess apps to prompt for elevation without secure desktop: 0 = Disabled [DEFAULT] | 1 = Enabled:
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v "EnableUIADesktopToggle" /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
:: Enable virtualization: 0 = Disabled | 1 = Enabled [DEFAULT]:
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v "EnableVirtualization" /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
:: Admin approval mode for built-in Admin account: 0 = Disabled [DEFAULT] | 1 = Enabled:
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v "FilterAdministratorToken" /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
:: Allow UIAccess apps to prompt for elevation without secure desktop: 0 = Disabled [DEFAULT] | 1 = Enabled:
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v "PromptOnSecureDesktop" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
:: Command-line audit logging: 1 = Enable command-line audit logging | 0 = Disable command-line audit logging:
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\Audit" /v "ProcessCreationIncludeCmdLine_Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------
BATch (.bat)/CoMmanD (.cmd) script example bellow elevates user access/permissions/privileges/rights to "Run as Administrator",
and continues running it in the same session without exiting. Just replace [cut & paste] the 2 lines bellow the ") ELSE (" line
with your desired script code -> see comment line starting with a double colon [:: ]:
http://www.robvanderwoude.com/clevertricks.php
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text BATch (.bat) or CoMmanD (.cmd) script file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below
-> save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the BAT (.bat) or CMD (.cmd) extension -> right-click it ->
Run as Administrator -> wait for completion.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
IF '%ERRORLEVEL%' NEQ '0' (
ECHO SET UAC=CreateObject^("Shell.Application"^)>"%TEMP%\runasadm.vbs"
ECHO UAC.ShellExecute "%~s0","","","runas",1>>"%TEMP%\runasadm.vbs"
"%TEMP%\runasadm.vbs"
DEL /F /Q "%TEMP%\runasadm.vbs"
EXIT /B
) ELSE (
:: Replace next 2 lines with script code you wish to run as Administrator:
PUSHD "%CD%"
CD /D "%~dp0"
)
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------

* Change User Account Control (UAC) settings in Windows 7/newer:
- Disable Windows User Access Control (UAC):
http://www.keithholloway.net/blog/how-to-disable-windows-user-access-control-uac/
- Registry Tweaks to Customize User Account Control (UAC) Options in Windows Vista and Later:
http://www.askvg.com/how-to-tweak-user-account-control-uac-options-in-windows-vista-home-basic-home-premium/
- UAC and Application Run Levels:
http://www.slickit.ca/2009/05/uac-and-application-run-levels.html
- MSKB: Disable UAC Prompt for certain apps:
http://web.archive.org/web/20080103052016/http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946932
- MSKB: Disabling UAC Prompt for certain apps:
http://web.archive.org/web/20121225075400/http://kartones.net/blogs/kartones/archive/2008/01/21/kb946932-disabling-uac-prompt-for-certain-apps-not-that-useful.aspx
- Selectively disable UAC for trusted Windows Vista/7/newer apps:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/windows-and-office/selectively-disable-uac-for-your-trusted-vista-applications/
- MS TechNet: UAC Group Policy Settings and Registry Key Settings:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/dd835564.aspx
- MSDN: FilterAdministratorToken Registry REG_DWORD value:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/cc232760.aspx
- MSDN: ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin Registry REG_DWORD value:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/cc232761.aspx
- MSDN: ConsentPromptBehaviorUser Registry REG_DWORD value:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/cc232762.aspx
- MSDN: EnableInstallerDetection Registry REG_DWORD value:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/cc232763.aspx
- MSDN: ValidateAdminCodeSignatures Registry REG_DWORD value:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/cc232764.aspx
- MSDN: EnableLUA Registry REG_DWORD value:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/cc232765.aspx
- MSDN: PromptOnSecureDesktop Registry REG_DWORD value:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/cc232766.aspx
- MSDN: EnableVirtualization Registry REG_DWORD value:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/cc232767.aspx
- MSKB: PromptOnSecureDesktop Registry Value:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/975788/
- Configure Windows UAC prompt behavior for admins and users:
http://www.ghacks.net/2013/06/20/how-to-configure-windows-uac-prompt-behavior-for-admins-and-users/
- Changing How UAC Works (The Hard Way):
http://www.sourcedaddy.com/windows-7/changing-how-uac-works-the-hard-way.html
- Windows 7: User Account Control (UAC) Change Notification Settings:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/299-user-account-control-uac-change-notification-settings.html
- MSKB: Adjust User Account Control Settings in Windows 7/8/8.1:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/975787/

* Free(ware) UAC tools:
- UAC Pass:
http://sites.google.com/site/freeavvarea/UACPass-en/
File:
http://sites.google.com/site/freeavvarea/files/uacpass1.7a.zip
- UAC Tweak:
http://www.askvg.com/uac-tweak-a-small-cute-utility-to-tweak-uac-user-account-control-in-windows-vista/
File:
http://media.askvg.com/files/uac-tweak.zip
- TweakUAC:
http://www.winability.com/tweak-uac/
File:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/tweakuac.html
- Disable UAC:
http://www.disableuac.com/
File:
http://www.disableuac.com/disableuac_setup.exe

* Run always as Administrator:
http://www.superuser.com/questions/204781/
A. Add User to Administrators Group + remove User from Users Group:
1. Log in as Administrator -> Run... [hold WinKey + press R] -> type:
CONTROL.EXE userpasswords2
-> press Enter.
2. Your Account Name -> Properties -> Group Membership tab -> Administrators -> OK -> OK.
B. Disable Approval Mode:
http://www.askvg.com/how-to-tweak-user-account-control-uac-options-in-windows-vista-home-basic-home-premium/
http://www.tweakhound.com/vista/tweakguide/page_5.htm
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/cc232771.aspx
1. Log in as Administrator -> Run... [hold WinKey + press R] -> type:
SECPOL.MSC
-> press Enter.
2. Local Polices -> Security Options.
3. User Account Control (UAC): Switch to secure desktop when prompting for elevation -> Disable -> OK.
4. Must restart/reboot for these changes to take effect.

* Windows NTx NTFS Access Control List (ACL) ownership/access/elevation/permissions + run as Administrator free(ware) tools ->
"NTFS ACL + OWNER" -> TOOLS.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/tools.php
http://www.mdgx.com/TOOLS.TXT
MDGx "Access Control Lists (ACL) + Ownership Tools" [free(ware)] for Windows NTx" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#ACL
______________________________________________________________________________



Free(ware) BOOT Tools + Tweaks



* MDGx "Free(ware) Windows Boot Managers" section in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#BOO

* MDGx "Free(ware) Windows Boot Tweakers" section in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#BINI

* MDGx "Free(ware) DOS Boot Managers" section in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/dos.htm#BTM

* BellaVista 32-bit + 64-bit BOOT.INI, Boot Configuration Data (BCD) + BCDEdit.exe interface (GUI) tweaking tool:
http://www.zezula.net/en/fstools/bellavista.html
File:
http://www.zezula.net/download/bellavista_en.zip

* Visual BCD Editor (VBCDE) Boot Configuration Data (BCD) + BCDEdit.exe interface (GUI) tweaking tool:
http://www.boyans.net/
VBCDE Download:
http://www.boyans.net/DownloadVisualBCD.html
File:
http://www.boyans.net/VisualBcd/VisualBcd_0.9.3.1.msi
VBCDE DOCument:
http://www.boyans.net/VisualBCD_doc.htm
VBCDE Guide:
http://www.boyans.net/VBCD_HowTo.html

* Dual-Boot Repair (DBR) GUI tool repairs any Windows XP/newer multi-boot setup:
http://www.boyans.net/dual-boot-repair-windows-10.html
File:
http://www.boyans.net/dbr7/dbr-1.3.0.0.zip
Online Help:
http://www.boyans.net/DualBootRepairHelp.html
Repair Windows boot:
http://www.boyans.net/RepairWindows/repair-windows-boot.html
Requires Microsoft .Net Framework Redistributable (NFR) 2.0/newer (free):
http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#NFR

* EasyBCD Community Edition 32-bit Boot Configuration Data (BCD), BCDEDIT.EXE + BOOT.INI interface (GUI) tweaking tool:
http://www.neosmart.net/EasyBCD/
File:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/EasyBCD.shtml
EasyBCD Online DOCumentation:
http://www.neosmart.net/wiki/easybcd/

* MBRFix 32-bit + 64-bit command line MBR/EMBR create/backup/restore/repair tool:
http://www.sysint.no/mbrfix/
File:
http://www.sysint.no/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/mbrfix.zip
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/MBRFix.shtml

* Stop Check Disk (ChkDsk) from Running at Startup:
http://www.top-password.com/blog/stop-check-disk-chkdsk-from-running-at-startup/
http://www.top-password.com/blog/how-to-manually-clear-or-set-dirty-bit-on-windows-volume/
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/administration/windows-commands/chkntfs/
http://www.ss64.com/nt/chkntfs.html
Check Disk (ChkDsk) [CHKDSK.EXE] + Check NTFS (ChkNTFS) [CHKNTFS.EXE] DOS console command line tools is located in the
%WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS].
Exclude all drives/partitions/volumes from boot/startup check + turn OFF check NTFS disk/partition/volume AUTOCHK countdown time:
from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator ->
run these commands -> press Enter after each line:
CHKNTFS.EXE /X C: D: E: F: G: H: I: J: K: L: M: N: O: P: Q: R: S: T: U: V: W: X: Y: Z:
CHKNTFS.EXE /T:0
View these DOS console tools command line options, switches + parameters: from a DOS console command prompt
(%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE) right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press Enter after
each line:
CHKDSK.EXE /?
CHKNTFS.EXE /?

* Turn ON Solid State memory Drive (SSD) TRIM Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA) command to maximize performance for all
local/removable physical/logical SSD/NVMe/M.2/USB/cards/sticks/etc disks/partitions/volumes in Windows 7/7 SP1/8/8.1/10/11 using
File System Utility (FSUtil) [FSUTIL.EXE] command line tool:
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/administration/windows-commands/fsutil/
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/administration/windows-commands/fsutil-8dot3name/
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/administration/windows-commands/fsutil-behavior/
http://www.ss64.com/nt/fsutil.html
http://www.commandwindows.com/fsutil.htm
TRIM ATA command:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trim_(computing)
Troubleshoot Disks + File Systems:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/bb457122.aspx
Windows 7/7 SP1 FSUTIL.EXE Hotfix/Update 32-bit + 64-bit improves compatibility with Advanced Format Disk Drives (AFD):
http://support.microsoft.com/help/982018/
Download:
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=KB982018
- FSUTIL.EXE Hotfix 64-bit for Windows 7/7 SP1 64-bit (x64):
http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/updt/2011/04/windows6.1-kb982018-v3-x64_7853a1c9c63611e17cd2c923704bf2e924bdfe7b.msu
- FSUTIL.EXE Hotfix 32-bit for Windows 7/7 SP1 32-bit (x86):
http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/updt/2011/04/windows6.1-kb982018-v3-x86_b009d84249f14d4eaae7aa522be37c38dd83531b.msu
Advanced Format Disk (AF):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Format
FSUTIL behavior command line options, switches + parameters:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc785435.aspx
FSUtil quota command line options, switches + parameters:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc788136.aspx
FSUtil resource command line options, switches + parameters:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/ff621564.aspx
FSUtil usn command line options, switches + parameters:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc788042.aspx
FSUtil fsinfo command line options, switches + parameters:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc788080.aspx
FSUtil 8dot3name command line options, switches + parameters:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/ff621566.aspx
FSUtil dirty command line options, switches + parameters:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc788091.aspx
FSUtil file command line options, switches + parameters:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc788058.aspx
Monitor Disk Space using FSUtil:
http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/powersql-by-prashanth-jayaram/2016/09/27/sql-server-monitoring-disk-space-with-fsutil-command-line-utility/
Monitor File System using FSUtil:
http://tutorial.wmlcloud.com/windows_server/Windows-Server-2008-Server-Core---Monitoring-the-File-System-with-the-FSUtil-Command-(part-1)---Behavior,-Dirty---File.aspx
Some of the FSUtil command line parameters correspond to Registry DWORD [REG_DWORD] 32-bit values under the Hive Key Local Machine
(HKLM) FileSystem subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem
Examples:
FSUtil Parameter Registry Value
覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧
AllowExtChar NtfsAllowExtendedCharacterIn8dot3Name
BugcheckOnCorrupt NtfsBugcheckOnCorrupt
Disable8dot3 NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation
DisableCompression NtfsDisableCompression
DisableDeleteNotify DisableDeleteNotification
DisableEncryption NtfsDisableEncryption
DisableLastAccess NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate
EncryptPagingFile NtfsEncryptPagingFile
MemoryUsage NtfsMemoryUsage
FSUtil [FSUTIL.EXE] DOS console command line tool is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS].
Turn ON SSD/NVMe TRIM ATA command
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trim_(computing)
to maximize performance for all local/removable physical/logical SSD/NVMe disks/partitions/volumes (if any), including the
boot disk/partition -> DisableDeleteNotify [ 0 = ON | 1 = OFF ]:
http://www.howtogeek.com/257196/how-to-check-if-trim-is-enabled-for-your-ssd-and-enable-it-if-it-isnt/
http://www.thomas-krenn.com/en/wiki/Optimize_Windows_for_SSDs
http://www.pchardwarehelp.com/guides/optimize-ssd-windows.php
http://www.howtogeek.com/256859/
From a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator ->
run these commands -> press Enter after each line (examples):
FSUTIL.EXE behavior set DisableDeleteNotify 0
FSUTIL.EXE behavior set AllowExtChar 1
FSUTIL.EXE behavior set BugcheckOnCorrupt 0
FSUTIL.EXE behavior set DisableCompression 0
FSUTIL.EXE behavior set DisableEncryption 0
FSUTIL.EXE behavior set DisableLastAccess 0
FSUTIL.EXE behavior set EncryptPagingFile 1
FSUTIL.EXE behavior set MemoryUsage 2
FSUTIL.EXE behavior set Disable8dot3 0
View FSUtil [FSUTIL.EXE] command line options, switches + parameters (examples): from a DOS console command prompt
(%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE) right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press Enter after
each line:
FSUTIL.EXE
FSUTIL.EXE behavior set

* Turn OFF Maintain Objects List (MOL) global flag for local open files + turn OFF all local/removable physical/logical
disks/partitions/volumes performance counters:
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/administration/windows-commands/openfiles/
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/administration/windows-commands/diskperf/
http://www.ss64.com/nt/openfiles.html
Open Files (OpenFiles) [openfiles.exe] + Disk Performance (DiskPerf) [DISKPERF.EXE] DOS console command line tools are located
in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS].
From a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator ->
run these commands -> press Enter after each line:
openfiles.exe /Local OFF
DISKPERF.EXE -N
View these DOS console tools command line options, switches + parameters: from a DOS console command prompt
(%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE) right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run these commands ->
press Enter after each line:
openfiles.exe /?
DISKPERF.EXE /?
See also "* Turn OFF Diagnostic Tracing [DiagTrack], Data Collection/Logging [DataCollection], Telemetry + Performance
Counters..." section further above.

* BootCfg (BOOTCFG.EXE) is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS]:
Windows Recovery Console (WRC) command used to build or modify the BOOT.INI file in Windows 2000/XP/2003 ->
"FREE Windows 9x/NTx Boot Tweakers" -> SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#BINI
BootCfg can be used to multi-boot with other operating systems (OSes) like Windows 9x/NTx, Linux, etc.
NOTE:
In Windows 2000/XP/2003 BootCfg is available only from within the Recovery Console.
View BootCfg [BOOTCFG.EXE] options, switches + parameters: from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE)
right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
BOOTCFG.EXE /?

* Switch Windows Vista/7/7 SP1 Boot Disk drive/partition/volume letters using BcdBoot [BCDBOOT.EXE]:
http://www.hanselman.com/blog/SwitchingMyWindows7BootDiskFromDToCWithBCDBootRatherThanBCDEdit.aspx
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/windows/1a909e7c-6ffe-48df-a179-6cba7256e836/
http://www.boyans.net/MoveWindows7BootFilesToAnotherDrive.html
BcdBoot is a Windows Vista/7/7 SP1 BCD boot file creation + repair command line tool.
BcdBoot [BCDBOOT.EXE] is available only in Windows Vista/7/7 SP1, and is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder
[%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS].
View BcdBoot command line options, switches + parameters: from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE)
right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
BCDBOOT.EXE /?

* BcdEdit [BCDEDIT.EXE] is available only in Windows Vista/7/7 SP1, and is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder
[%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS]:
Boot Configuration Data Store Editor.
BcdEdit Command Line Options:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc709667.aspx
BcdEdit Guide:
http://diddy.boot-land.net/bcdedit/
BcdEdit commands:
http://diddy.boot-land.net/bcdedit/files/commands_list.htm
BcdEdit command line tool:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2676-bcdedit-how-use.html
Use BcdEdit to dual-boot multiple Windows:
http://www.superuser.com/questions/511582/
Dual-boot Windows 7 and Linux using BcdEdit:
http://www.iceflatline.com/2009/09/how-to-dual-boot-windows-7-and-linux-using-bcdedit/
Load/Install Grub4Dos from Windows:
http://diddy.boot-land.net/grub4dos/files/install_windows.htm
BCDEDIT.EXE command line tool modifies the boot configuration data store.
The boot configuration data store contains boot configuration parameters and controls how the operating system is booted.
These parameters were previously in the Boot.ini file (in BIOS-based operating systems) or in the nonvolatile RAM entries
(in Extensible Firmware Interface-based operating systems).
You can use BcdEdit to add, delete, edit, and append entries in the boot configuration data store.
View BcdEdit [BCDEDIT.EXE] command line options, switches + parameters: from a DOS console command prompt
(%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE) right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press Enter
after each line:
BCDEDIT.EXE /?
BCDEDIT.EXE /? TOPICS
BCDEDIT.EXE /? /createstore

* BootRec [BOOTREC.EXE] is available only in Windows Vista/7/7 SP1, and is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder
[%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS]:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/927392/
You can use the Bootrec.exe tool in Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) to troubleshoot and repair certain
functions/items:
- master boot record (MBR).
- boot sector.
- Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store.
NOTE:
When you are troubleshooting startup issues by using Windows RE, you should
first try the Startup Repair option in the System Recovery Options dialog box.
If the Startup Repair option does not resolve the issue, or if you must
troubleshoot more steps manually, use BootRec.
To run BootRec you must boot from Windows RE:
1. Place Windows Vista/7/7 SP1 install disc/USB in the disc drive/USB port and start your computer.
2. Press a key when prompted.
3. Select language, time, currency, keyboard or input method and then click Next.
4. Click Repair your computer.
5. Click the operating system you want to repair and then click Next.
6. In System Recovery Options dialog box click Command Prompt.
7. Type Bootrec.exe and then press Enter.
NOTE:
To boot up from a Windows Vista/7/7 SP1 DVD/BD your computer must be configured to start from the DVD/BD drive.
Refer to your computer documentation or contact the manufacturer/vendor for information.
NOTE:
Use BootRec to troubleshoot "Bootmgr Is Missing" issue.
If rebuilding the BCD does not resolve the startup issue, you can export and delete the BCD, and then run this option again.
This method makes sure BCD is completely rebuilt.
To do this type the following commands at the Windows RE command prompt:
bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
c:
cd boot
attrib bcd -s -h -r
ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
bootrec /RebuildBcd
The /FixMbr option writes a Windows Vista/7/7 SP1 compatible MBR to the system partition.
This option does not overwrite the existing partition table.
Use this option when you must resolve MBR corruption issues, or when you have to remove non-standard code from the MBR.
The /FixBoot option writes a new boot sector to the system (boot) drive/partition/volume by using a boot sector compatible
with Windows Vista/7/7 SP1.
Use this option if 1 of the following conditions is true:
- The boot sector has been replaced with a non-standard Windows Vista/7/7 SP1 boot sector.
- The boot sector is damaged.
- An earlier Windows operating system has been installed after Windows Vista/7/7 SP1 was installed.
In this scenario the computer starts by using Windows NT Loader (NTLDR) instead of Windows Boot Manager (Bootmgr.exe).
The /ScanOs option scans all disks for installations compatible with Windows Vista/7/7 SP1.
Additionally, this option displays the entries currently not in the BCD store.
Use this option when there are Windows Vista/7/7 SP1 installations Boot Manager menu does not list.
The /RebuildBcd option scans all disks for installations compatible with Windows Vista/7/7 SP1.
Additionally, this option lets you select the installations you want to add to the BCD store.
Use this option when you must completely rebuild the BCD.
Startup Repair can automatically recover from most BCD problems.
If you prefer to manually analyze and repair problems, you can use BootRec by starting the System Recovery tools, and then
clicking Command Prompt in the System Recovery Options dialog box.
View BootRec [BOOTREC.EXE] command line options, switches + parameters: from a DOS console command prompt
(%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE) right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
BOOTREC.EXE /?

* BootSect [BOOTSECT.EXE] is available only in Windows 7/7 SP1, and is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder
[%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS]:
Boot sector restoration DOS console command line tool.
BOOTSECT.EXE {/help|/nt60|/nt52} {SYS|ALL|:} [/force] [/mbr]
BootSect updates the master boot code for hard disk partitions in order to switch between BOOTMGR and NTLDR.
You can use BootSect to restore the boot sector on your computer(s).
View BootSect [BOOTSECT.EXE] command line options, switches + parameters: from a DOS console command prompt
(%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE) right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
BOOTSECT.EXE /?
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Windows Side-by-Side (WinSxS) Folder



* Move/delete WinSxS directory/folder + files in Windows Vista/newer:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/winsxs-folder-windows-7-8/
CAUTION:
1st backup/clone your entire Windows Operating System (OS), or create a fresh restore point!
PendMoves [pendmoves.exe + pendmoves64.exe] + MoveFile [movefile.exe + movefile64.exe] 32-bit + 64-bit command line tools
for Windows NTx unlock, display + delete in-use, protected + system files + schedule these operations for next restart/reboot:
http://docs.microsoft.com/sysinternals/downloads/pendmoves/
File:
http://download.sysinternals.com/files/pendmoves.zip
MS TechNet: PendMoves + MoveFile:
http://technet.microsoft.com/magazine/2009.06.utilityspotlight.aspx
MS TechNet: PendMoves + MoveFile Tips:
http://technet.microsoft.com/magazine/dd370591.aspx
SysInternals Tools Suite:
http://download.sysinternals.com/files/SysinternalsSuite.zip
01. Download ZIP file above -> extract PendMoves.exe + MoveFile.exe using an unZIPping/unARChiving/unRARing tool [free(ware)]
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#ZIP
-> place them in a directory/folder listed in your system PATH.
View all directories/folders listed in your system PATH from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE):
right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
PATH
02. Explorer -> C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS -> right-click on it -> Properties -> Security tab -> must list the owner of the
directory/folder user (who must be part of the Administrators group) -> must grant Administrator Full Control.
03. Start a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator ->
run this command to create a dummy (clone) directory/folder (example) -> press Enter:
MKDIR C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS.moved
04. Create a new junction (a.k.a. symbolic link):
MKLINK /J C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS.link WinSxS.moved
05. Delete WinSxS.moved directory:
RMDIR C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS.moved
06. Use MoveFile.exe (see above) to schedule renaming of WinSxS directory at next restart/reboot.
07. Start a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator ->
run this command -> press Enter:
MoveFile.exe C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS.moved
This will rename your WinSxS directory/folder before Windows manages to get a lock on it.
08. Start a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator ->
run this command -> press Enter:
MoveFile.exe C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS.link C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS
This restores your new WinSxS directory/folder in order to avoid OS critical errors!
09. Start a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator ->
run this command -> press Enter:
PendMoves.exe
to view the 2 pending moves executed above.
10. Restart/reboot.
11. Upon restart/reboot the 2 rename/move operations will execute, and WinSxS directory will be unlocked + allowed to be moved.
12. Start a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator ->
run this command -> press Enter:
DIR C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS*
You can see WinSxS.moved directory/folder contents and respective WinSxS junction created above.
If this doesn't work, *must* repeat steps above!
13. Explorer -> copy entire WinSxS.moved directory/folder to \Windows directory/folder on different drive/partition/volume
(D: for example).
14. Rename new directory/folder from WinSxS.moved back to WinSxS (original name).
15. Start a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator ->
run this command -> press Enter:
RMDIR C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS
16. Start a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator ->
run this command -> press Enter:
MKLINK /J C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS D:\Windows\WinSxS
17. Explorer -> browse to C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS -> should see all files, even if now they are physically located on different
drive/partition/volume (D: in this example).
18. Restart/reboot.
19. Now you should be able to delete C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS.moved to free some disk space.

* Move/delete Windows Updates (WU) Downloads directory/folder in Windows Vista/newer:
CAUTION:
1st backup/clone your entire Windows Operating System (OS), or create a fresh restore point!
Same process can be applied to Windows Updates (WU) list.
Installed Windows Updates are configured to download to
C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution
which in time will grow too large, and eventually take too much storage space.
Stop WU service [wuauserv] (if running) -> move/create a directory/folder junction (using MoveFile.exe -> see above)
http://download.sysinternals.com/files/pendmoves.zip
-> restart WU service [wuauserv] from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE ->
Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press Enter after each line (example):
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP wuauserv
SC.EXE CONFIG wuauserv START= demand
MKDIR C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution_NEW
MKLINK /J C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution_OLD SoftwareDistribution_NEW
RMDIR C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution_NEW
MoveFile.exe C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution_NEW
MoveFile.exe C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution_OLD C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution
ECHO Y|NET.EXE START wuauserv
May need to restart/reboot for all these changes to take effect.

* WinSxS frequently asked questions (FAQ):
http://docs.microsoft.com/archive/blogs/joscon/should-you-delete-files-in-the-winsxs-directory-and-whats-the-deal-with-vss/
Q:
Should you delete files inside \WinSxS directory? What's the deal with Volume Shadow Copy (VSS)?
A:
No.
Why? Because component store (\WinSxS) is needed to repair OS binaries in the event file(s) become corrupted, compromised or missing.
Directories located under component store:
\WinSxS\Catalogs = Security catalogs for each manifest on the system;
\WinSxS\InstallTemp = Temporary location for install events;
\WinSxS\Manifests = Component manifest for each specific component used during operation to make sure files end up in proper location;
\WinSxS\Temp = Temp directory used for various operations, pending renames;
\WinSxS\Backup = Backups of manifest files in case the copy in \WinSxS\Manifests becomes corrupted;
\WinSxS\Filemaps = File system mapping to a file location;
\WinSxS\ = Binary payloads for each specific component/device.
So long as files in the \Windows\SYSTEM32 directory are valid, most likely you wouldn't see any problems initially, the machine would
most likely operate properly.
However, the 1st time you attempt to update a binary, apply a service pack or service a component, it's going to fail because the
backing components needed don't exist anymore.
The way files end up in \System32 are via hardlinks.
This should help answer another question regarding how Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) is used in servicing.
Short answer: No. We use NTFS hardlinks to project the file to the file system from the component store.
That's why the \WinSxS directory is so important. The files there can be seen as the "authoritative" versions on the file system.
When there is an issue and a binary needs to be replaced, running
SFC.EXE /SCANFILE
against it verifies the directories above and if the version doesn't match, it will re-project (deliver a fresh copy) it so it stars
working again.
View a hardlink from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator
-> run these commands -> press Enter after each line (example):
C:
CD\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\Drivers
FSUTIL.EXE hardlink list ntfs.sys
which returns this output:
\Windows\System32\drivers\ntfs.sys
\Windows\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-ntfs_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_02661b64369ca03a\ntfs.sys
You can see the NTFS file has a link to the \WinSxS directory and if that version of NTFS were to become corrupted, we could go back
to the component store and grab a new copy.
The \WinSxS backup directory exists in the event the version in the main directory has also become corrupted.
This is a good method of having decent OS protection without consuming a huge amount of space.
New servicing structure does remove the $NTUninstall$ folders that we have become accustomed to in Windows NT4/2000/XP/2003.
Updates, if they are marked as removable, no longer contain that structure.
Instead, updates are recommended to be removed via Control Panel (CP) -> Programs (and Features) -> (View) Installed Updates.
Updates can be removed via appropriate switches using DISM.EXE or PKGMGR.EXE, but the Control Panel (CP) method tends to be cleaner.

* Dism++ -> select "Replaced WinSxS assemblies" -> click OK to cancel "Warning: these installed updates cannot be uninstalled!" ->
Scan -> Cleanup:
http://www.chuyu.me/en/
File:
http://gh.api.99988866.xyz/github.com/Chuyu-Team/Dism-Multi-language/releases/download/v10.1.1002.1/Dism++10.1.1002.1.zip
Documentation:
http://www.chuyu.me/en/Document.html

* Reduce size of WinSxS directory/folder using WinSxSLite:
http://www.dmitrybobrovsky.ru/2012/09/05/decrease-of-the-size-of-folder-winsxs-in-windows-7-or-how-to-use-winsxslite-bat/
http://sites.google.com/site/winsxslite/
NEWest:
http://github.com/zippy1981/Nuget-Packages-FerventCoder/raw/master/WinsxsLite1.88.zip
OLDer:
http://www.dmitrybobrovsky.ru/wp-content/uploads/files/winsxslite.zip

* Reduce size of WinSxS directory/folder using COMPCLN.EXE:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/tr-dojo/reduce-the-size-of-the-winsxs-folder-with-vsp1clnexe-and-compclnexe/
http://www.boshdirect.com/Blogs/Tech/how-to-reduce-size-of-winsxs.html

* Reduce size of WinSxS directory/folder by deleting some of the files:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2008/09/17/what-is-the-winsxs-directory-in-windows-2008-and-windows-vista-and-why-is-it-so-large.aspx
http://blogs.technet.com/b/joscon/archive/2010/08/06/should-you-delete-files-in-the-winsxs-directory-and-what-s-the-deal-with-vss.aspx
http://www.helpdeskgeek.com/windows-8/cleanup-the-winsxs-folder-in-windows-8-7/

* Reduce size of WinSxS directory/folder by deleting some of the duplicate files:
http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=109131

* Reduce size of WinSxS directory/folder by deleting some of the backup files:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/dn251565.aspx

* Deployment Image Servicing and Management [DISM.EXE] is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder [%WinDir% = usually
C:\WINDOWS] DOS console command line tool for component cleanup:
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/what-is-dism/
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/dism-image-management-command-line-options-s14/
First backup/clone your operating system drive/partition/volume to a safe location.
http://www.mdgx.com/secrets.htm#BKP
Then from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator
-> run these 3 commands in this exact order -> press Enter after each line:
DISM.EXE /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
DISM.EXE /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase
DISM.EXE /online /Cleanup-Image /SpSuperseded

* Microsoft Package Manager [PKGMGR.EXE] Command Line Options:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc749465.aspx
Use Package Manager [PKGMGR.EXE] to Uninstall A Package:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/940410/

* Windows 7 64-bit (x64) vLite extreme removal:
http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=136837
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Free(ware) Burn/Copy/Write/Install CDs/DVDs/BDs Tools



* Create Windows 7 Live CD/DVD/USB using WinBuilder:
http://www.instantfundas.com/2010/12/how-to-create-windows-7-live-cddvdusb.html

* WinBuilder:
http://reboot.pro/files/file/4-winbuilder/
http://reboot.pro/files/download/4-winbuilder/
WinBuilder Scripts:
http://reboot.pro/files/category/5-winbuilder/
WinBuilder Download Center = Scripts:
http://multipe.exec-se.de/

* Win7PE_SE:
http://reboot.pro/topic/12427-win7pe-se-release/
Win7PE SE Downloads [144 MB]:
http://w7pese.cwcodes.net/Compressed/
multiPE 62 script:
http://reboot.pro/files/file/61-multipe/

* Get Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) Tools without downloading entire disc image (ISO):
http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=156869
File:
http://db.tt/2l5l22OE

* Create Windows 7 Bootable Install USB Drive disc image (ISO):
http://www.softlay.net/operating-system/create-windows-7-bootable-usb-install-disk-drive-iso.html

* Windows 7 Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK):
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=5753
Win7 WAIK ISO [1.7 GB]:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/E/9/8E9BBC64-E6F8-457C-9B8D-F6C9A16E6D6A/KB3AIK_EN.iso
Win7 WAIK ReadMe:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/dd349350.aspx
Win7 SP1 WAIK Supplement:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5188
Win7 SP1 WAIK Supplement ISO [1.3 GB]:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/4/C/04C805CC-4C04-4D76-BE80-7D67B951CF73/waik_supplement_en-us.iso

* GImageX GUI for Windows Imaging:
http://www.autoitconsulting.com/site/software/gimagex/

* ei.cfg Removal Utility (Windows 7 Universal CD) Make Your Windows 7 Disc Universal:
http://www.technibble.com/ei-cfg-removal-utility-repair-tool-of-the-week/

* Windows disc image (ISO) Utilities:
http://code.kliu.org/misc/winisoutils/

* PEFactory WinBuilder add-on:
http://multipe.exec-se.de/Documentation/multiPE/PEF_index.htm

* PEChecksum 32-bit + 64-bit command line tool updates Portable EXEcutable (PE) files (EXE, DLL, OCX, SYS, DRV, MUI)
32-bit + 64-bit signatures:
http://www.coderforlife.com/projects/utilities/#PEChecksum
PEChecksum 32-bit:
http://www.coderforlife.com/projects/utilities/PEChecksum.exe
PEChecksum 64-bit:
http://www.coderforlife.com/projects/utilities/PEChecksum64.exe

* Windows Graphics User Interface (GUI) + Tweaking Tools:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/list-freeware-releases-from-the-windows-club/
http://www.winaero.com/
http://www.xptsp.com/
http://www.blogsdna.com/
http://www.xp-smoker.com/
Themes:
http://www.winaero.com/news.php?cat.2
Downloads:
http://www.winaero.com/download.php?list.2

* WinCDEmu 32-bit + 64-bit mounts CD/DVD/BD ISO/IMG images on HDD/SSD/USB:
http://wincdemu.sysprogs.org/
WinCDEmu Portable:
http://wincdemu.sysprogs.org/portable/
File:
http://wincdemu.sysprogs.org/download/

* WinFLASHTool writes raw CD/DVD/BD disk images to memory cards/sticks:
http://winflashtool.sysprogs.com/
File:
http://www.sysprogs.com/files/WinFLASHTool/v2/WinFlashTool.exe
Download:
http://winflashtool.sysprogs.com/download/

* cdrtfe Audio/CD/XCD/VCD/DVD/BD/UHD ISO/bootable disc image burning tool:
http://cdrtfe.sourceforge.io/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/cdrtfe/
Download:
http://cdrtfe.sourceforge.io/cdrtfe/download_en.html
Portable:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/cdrtfe/files/cdrtfe%20portable/
cdrtfe Tools:
http://cdrtfe.sourceforge.io/tools/index_en.html
Download:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/cdrtools/
File:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/cdrtools/files/

* Sevenize:
http://www.sevenize.com/

* Completely Hide Windows 7 Shell, Logos, Icons, Start etc:
http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=113896.0

* Completely hide Windows + Shell with 3rd party Front End GUI:
http://www.gameex.com/Community/InstantShellerandShellingGuide.aspx

* Windows 7 Boot Updater:
http://www.coderforlife.com/projects/win7boot/
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OEM



* OEM licensing terms:
http://web.archive.org/web/20141228133711/http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/licensing/sblicensing/pages/licensing_faq.aspx
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) versions of Windows 7 are identical to Full License Retail (FLR) except they...
- Do not provide any free direct support from Microsoft.
- OEM licenses are tied to the 1st computer Windows is installed and activated on.
- All hardware upgrades are allowed except for different model/version motherboard upgrades.
- Cannot be used to upgrade directly from an older Windows OS.
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Application (IN)Compatibility



* Application Compatibility Info, Guides + Tips:
To DEP or not to DEP... DisableNXShowUI:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/askperf/archive/2008/06/17/to-dep-or-not-to-dep.aspx
Script Compatibility Layers in Windows XP:
http://web.archive.org/web/20111114000642/http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=286705
Configure "Compatibility" tab:
http://www.intrntpirate.com/2012/03/29/configuring-the-compatibility-tab/
Use Windows Application Compatibility Mode (ACM):
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/bb456979.aspx
Use Compatibility Administration tool in Windows 10:
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/deployment/planning/using-the-compatibility-administrator-tool/
Use Compatibility Administration tool in Windows 7:
http://www.sourcedaddy.com/windows-7/using-the-compatibility-administrator.html
http://support.microsoft.com/help/317510/
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc749034.aspx
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/windows-and-office/selectively-disable-uac-for-your-trusted-vista-applications/
Use Compatibility Administration tool in Windows XP:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/bb456983.aspx
Get Rid of UAC Prompts using Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT):
http://www.ghacks.net/2010/07/08/get-rid-of-uac-prompts-with-microsofts-application-compatibility-toolkit/
Fix Old Games using Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT):
http://classicgamefixes.wixsite.com/home/act-toolkit/
Create Shim/Fix using Compatibility Administrator tool:
http://www.msigeek.com/4823/
Using Program Compatibility Mode in Windows 7/newer:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/10436/using-program-compatibility-mode-in-windows-7/
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/programs-compatibility-wizard-in-windows-7/
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/program-compatibility-troubleshooter-desktop-shortcut/
Program Compatibility Troubleshooter (PCT):
MSDT.EXE -id PCWDiagnostic
Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool [MSDT.EXE] is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS].
Use Compatibility Mode to Fix App Problems:
http://www.reviversoft.com/blog/2013/01/compatibility-mode/
Using RunAsHighest Fix:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/dd638322.aspx
UAC and Application Run Levels:
http://www.slickit.ca/2009/05/uac-and-application-run-levels.html
Disable UAC for certain apps:
http://web.archive.org/web/20080103052016/http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946932
Selectively disable UAC for trusted Windows Vista/7/newer apps:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/windows-and-office/selectively-disable-uac-for-your-trusted-vista-applications/
Exclude Programs from Program Compatibility Assistant (PCA):
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2545347/
Application Compatibility:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/bb757005.aspx
Application Compatibility: Program Compatibility Assistant (PCA):
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/bb756937.aspx
Program Compatibility Assistant (PCA) - Part 2:
http://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askperf/2007/10/05/the-program-compatibility-assistant-part-two/
Add/Remove Compatibility tab from Properties:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/237405-compatibility-tab-add-remove-properties.html

* Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012 Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) (English):
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm#ACT
ACT 5.6 [12.2 MB]:
http://web.archive.org/web/20180605103833if_/http://download.microsoft.com/download/D/3/3/D33A8F5D-A7E1-4BBE-B04D-7A688785A229/ApplicationCompatibilityToolkitSetup.exe
Requires Microsoft .Net Framework Redistributable (NFR) 3.5/newer (free):
http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#NFR

* AppCompatFlags "Layers" Registry REG_SZ (String) values are case insensitive:
All Users (system wide) [HKLM Registry Hive Key]:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers
Current User (logged on user) [HKCU Registry Hive Key]:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers
All Users (any logged on user, when more than 1 user) [HKU .Default Registry Hive Key]:
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers
Enumeration of multiple values is allowed on the same line: they must be separated by a space [ ] if more than 1.
Meaning:
http://www.verboon.info/2011/03/running-an-application-as-administrator-or-in-compatibility-mode/
http://qtechbabble.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/run-application-in-compatibility-mode-from-command-line/
Windows Vista = VISTARTM
Windows Vista SP1 = VISTASP1
Windows Vista SP2 = VISTASP2
Windows XP SP3 = WINXPSP3
Windows XP SP2 = WINXPSP2
Windows 2000 = WIN2000
Windows 98/ME = WIN98
Windows 95 = WIN95
Run in 65536 colors (16-bit) = 16BITCOLOR
Run in 256 colors (8-bit) = 256COLOR
Run in 640x480 screen resolution = 640X480
Disable visual themes = DisableThemes
Disable desktop composition = DisableDWM
Disable display scaling on high DPI settings = HighDPIAware
Run this program as Administrator = RunAsAdmin
Enable program to work with SkyDrive = PlaceHolderFiles
List of parameters:
EveryOne-full (?)
16BITCOLOR
256COLOR
640X480
AlcatelLayer
DisableCicero
DisabledXMaximizedWindowedMode
DisableDWM
DisableNXHideUI
DisableNXShowUI
DisableThemes
ElevateCreateProcess
EnableNXShowUI
HighDPIAware
International
LUA
LUACleanUp
PlaceHolderFiles
PlayerGetProcAddrExOverride
ProfilesSetup
RunAsAdmin
RunAsInvoker
RunAsHighest
VISTARTM
VISTASP1
VISTASP2
WIN95
WIN98
NT4SP5
WIN2000
WIN7RTM
WIN8RTM
WINSRV03SP1
WINSRV08SP1
WINXPSP2
WINXPSP3

* Program Compatibility Assistant (PCA) Service [PcaSvc]:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/4161/
Disabled:
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP PcaSvc
SC.EXE CONFIG PcaSvc START= demand
Enabled:
ECHO Y|NET.EXE START PcaSvc
SC.EXE CONFIG PcaSvc START= auto

* Optimize/tweak Application Compatibility/Program Compatibility Assistant (PCA) registry settings:
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppCompat]
; http://www.windows-security.org/a9e1f3187a2d9e753e52bc92a558b867/remove-program-compatibility-property-page/
; http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/237405-compatibility-tab-add-remove-properties.html
"DisablePropPage"=dword:0
; http://www.windows-security.org/13372c6a0a2d392443dc146ceb94d720/turn-off-application-telemetry/
"AITEnable"=dword:0
; http://www.windows-security.org/7be7ad4dce7009d71a3061f872f610e0/turn-off-steps-recorder/
"DisableUAR"=dword:1
; http://www.windows-security.org/dc93a8ca81b69891762057593d8d2ccd/prevent-access-to-16-bit-applications/
"VDMDisallowed"=dword:0
; http://www.windows-security.org/a6c2ac5e5f13a880f6254303a16e20a4/turn-off-application-compatibility-engine/
"DisableEngine"=dword:0
; http://www.windows-security.org/6412ea982640d8a1dd2090387e2e5b29/turn-off-program-compatibility-assistant/
"DisablePCA"=dword:1
; http://www.windows-security.org/36ff6b13efb41d27cc12094bc252b9f3/turn-off-switchback-compatibility-engine/
"SbEnable"=dword:1
; Windows NTx 64-bit (x64) only:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppCompat]
; http://www.windows-security.org/a9e1f3187a2d9e753e52bc92a558b867/remove-program-compatibility-property-page/
; http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/237405-compatibility-tab-add-remove-properties.html
"DisablePropPage"=dword:0
; http://www.windows-security.org/13372c6a0a2d392443dc146ceb94d720/turn-off-application-telemetry/
"AITEnable"=dword:0
; http://www.windows-security.org/7be7ad4dce7009d71a3061f872f610e0/turn-off-steps-recorder/
"DisableUAR"=dword:1
; http://www.windows-security.org/dc93a8ca81b69891762057593d8d2ccd/prevent-access-to-16-bit-applications/
"VDMDisallowed"=dword:0
; http://www.windows-security.org/a6c2ac5e5f13a880f6254303a16e20a4/turn-off-application-compatibility-engine/
"DisableEngine"=dword:0
; http://www.windows-security.org/6412ea982640d8a1dd2090387e2e5b29/turn-off-program-compatibility-assistant/
"DisablePCA"=dword:1
; http://www.windows-security.org/36ff6b13efb41d27cc12094bc252b9f3/turn-off-switchback-compatibility-engine/
"SbEnable"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------
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Control Panel (CP) + Omnipotent/Master/Mega/'god mode' (OMg) Control Panel



* Windows omnipotent/master/mega/'god mode' (OMg) Control Panel folder/shortcut (all Control Panel items enumerated in bulleted
list form):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Master_Control_Panel_shortcut
http://www.nogeekleftbehind.com/2010/01/16/more-windows-7-god-mode-hacks/
http://technet.microsoft.com/magazine/hh706157.aspx

* Add Control Panel (CP), omnipotent/master/mega/'god mode' (OMg) Control Panel, enable/disable User Account Control
(UAC), Open Console Command (CMD) Here as Administrator to Desktop right-click menu in Windows Vista/newer:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/19706-control-panel-desktop-context-menu-create-windows-8-a.html

* Control Panel (CP) CLSID (GUID) keys, commands, shortcuts + folders in Windows 7/newer (examples):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Control_Panel_(Windows)#Standard_applets
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/win32/shell/executing-control-panel-items/
http://docs.rainmeter.net/tips/launching-windows-special-folders/
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/110919-clsid-key-list-windows-7-a.html
http://www.eightforums.com/threads/clsid-key-guid-shortcuts-list-for-windows-8.13591/
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3123-clsid-key-guid-shortcuts-list-windows-10-a.html
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/shortcuts-shell-commands-clsid-windows-8/
http://www.geoffchappell.com/studies/windows/shell/explorer/cmdline.htm
http://www.howtogeek.com/257715/
http://www.lifewire.com/command-line-2626060/
http://www.winaero.com/blog/control-panel-context-menu-windows-10/
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/remove-click-context-menu-items-editors/
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/6051-add-personalize-classic-context-menu-windows-10-a.html
http://www.techspot.com/guides/1670-windows-right-click-menu/
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/24451-add-bluetooth-context-menu-windows-10-a.html
http://shortcutworld.com/Windows/win/Windows-Run-Commands_-Settings_-and-Start-Menu-Shortcuts
http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch001870.htm
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/desktop/cc144191.aspx
http://support.microsoft.com/help/192806/
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/4486.accessing-the-control-panel-via-the-commandline.aspx
Control Panel (CP) items command lines, options, switches + parameters:
- Omnipotent/master/mega/'god mode' (OMg) Control Panel (all Control Panel items categorized + enumerated in bulleted list
form):
as Folder:
@.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
as Shortcut:
EXPLORER.EXE SHELL:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
- Control Panel -> All Control Panel Items -> System (About) [hold WinKey + press Pause/Break]:
as Folder:
@.{BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6477EEE}
as Shortcut:
EXPLORER.EXE SHELL:::{BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6477EEE}
- Control Panel behavior in Windows 7/newer:
as Folder:
Small icons:
@.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}
Large icons:
@.{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}
as Shortcut:
Small icons:
EXPLORER.EXE SHELL:::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}
Large icons:
EXPLORER.EXE SHELL:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}
- Control Panel -> All Control Panel Items -> Personalization -> Window Color and Appearance (Aero):
as Command line:
CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.Personalization /page pageColorization
as Shortcut:
EXPLORER.EXE SHELL:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}\1\::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}\pageColorization
- Control Panel -> All Control Panel Items -> AutoPlay:
as Command line:
CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.AutoPlay
as Folder:
@.{9C60DE1E-E5FC-40f4-A487-460851A8D915}
as Shortcut:
EXPLORER.EXE SHELL:::{9C60DE1E-E5FC-40f4-A487-460851A8D915}
- Control Panel -> All Control Panel Items -> Printers (Classic):
as Command line:
EXPLORER.EXE shell:PrintersFolder
as Shortcut:
EXPLORER.EXE SHELL:::{21ec2020-3aea-1069-a2dd-08002b30309d}\::{2227a280-3aea-1069-a2de-08002b30309d}
- Control Panel -> All Control Panel Items -> Devices and Printers -> Bluetooth Devices:
as Command line: Bluetooth Settings -> tab:
Options:
CONTROL.EXE bthprops.cpl,,1
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL bthprops.cpl,,1
COM Ports:
CONTROL.EXE bthprops.cpl,,2
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL bthprops.cpl,,2
Hardware:
CONTROL.EXE bthprops.cpl,,3
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL bthprops.cpl,,3
Shared Folder:
CONTROL.EXE bthprops.cpl,,4
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL bthprops.cpl,,4
as Folder:
@.{28803F59-3A75-4058-995F-4EE5503B023C}
as Shortcut:
EXPLORER.EXE SHELL:::{28803F59-3A75-4058-995F-4EE5503B023C}
- Control Panel -> All Control Panel Items -> Network and Sharing Center -> Change adapter settings -> Your Connection ->
drag connection name onto an empty Desktop spot or create shortcut [these examples may or may not work on your computer(s)
depending on your connection(s) type(s)/name(s)]:
as Folders:
@.{38A98528-6CBF-4CA9-8DC0-B1E1D10F7B1B}
@.{1fa9085f-25a2-489b-85d4-86326eedcd87}
@.{BA126ADB-2166-11D1-B1D0-00805FC1270E}
as Shortcuts:
EXPLORER.EXE SHELL:::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\::{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\::{38A98528-6CBF-4CA9-8DC0-B1E1D10F7B1B}
EXPLORER.EXE SHELL:::{38A98528-6CBF-4CA9-8DC0-B1E1D10F7B1B}
EXPLORER.EXE SHELL:::{1fa9085f-25a2-489b-85d4-86326eedcd87}
EXPLORER.EXE SHELL:::{BA126ADB-2166-11D1-B1D0-00805FC1270E}
Right-click on an empty Desktop spot -> New -> create: Shortcut [.lnk] or Folder.
- Control Panel -> All Control Panel Items -> Personalization -> Desktop Background:
as Shortcut:
EXPLORER.EXE SHELL:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.Personalization\pageWallpaper
- Control Panel -> All Control Panel Items -> Programs (and Features) -> (View) Installed Updates:
as Folder:
@.{d450a8a1-9568-45c7-9c0e-b4f9fb4537bd}
as Shortcut:
EXPLORER.EXE SHELL:::{d450a8a1-9568-45c7-9c0e-b4f9fb4537bd}
- Task/Window Switcher [hold Alt + press Tab]:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,-10114
as Folder:
@.{3080F90E-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}
as Shortcut:
EXPLORER.EXE SHELL:::{3080F90E-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}
- Recycle Bin:
Control Panel -> All Control Panel Items -> Personalization -> Change Desktop Items -> check "Recycle Bin" box -> Apply/OK.
as Folder:
@.{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
as Shortcuts:
EXPLORER.EXE SHELL:::{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
EXPLORER.EXE shell:recyclebinfolder

FYI:
See Windows (File) Explorer [EXPLORER.EXE] command line options -> "EXPLORE YOUR ROOTS" in TIPS95.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/newtip22.htm#EYR

* Personalization:
覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧
Font Size and DPI DpiScaling.exe
Screen Resolution CONTROL.EXE desk.cpl,Settings,@Settings
Screen Resolution CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.Display /page Settings
Display CONTROL.EXE desk.cpl,Settings,@Settings
Themes CONTROL.EXE desk.cpl,Themes,@Themes
Screen Saver CONTROL.EXE desk.cpl,screensaver,@screensaver
Multi Monitor CONTROL.EXE desk.cpl,Monitor,@Monitor
Color Scheme CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.Personalization /page pageColorization
Desktop Background CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.Personalization /page pageWallpaper

* System Properties:
覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧
Performance Options SystemPropertiesPerformance.exe
Remote Access SystemPropertiesRemote.exe
Computer Name SystemPropertiesComputerName.exe
System Protection SystemPropertiesProtection.exe
Advanced System Properties SystemPropertiesAdvanced.exe
Hardware SystemPropertiesHardware.exe
Data Execution Prevention SystemPropertiesDataExecutionPrevention.exe

* Programs + Features:
覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧
Add/Remove Programs CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.ProgramsAndFeatures
Windows Features OptionalFeatures.exe

* Regional + Language Options:
覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧
Keyboard CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.RegionalAndLanguageOptions /page /p:keyboard
Location CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.RegionalAndLanguageOptions /page /p:location
Administrative CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.RegionalAndLanguageOptions /page /p:administrative

* Folder:
覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧
Folder searching RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Options_RunDLL 2
View RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Options_RunDLL 7
General RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Options_RunDLL 0
File associations CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms /page pageFileAssoc

* Power:
覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧
Edit current plan settings CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.PowerOptions /page pagePlanSettings
System settings CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.PowerOptions /page pageGlobalSettings
Create a power plan CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.PowerOptions /page pageCreateNewPlan
Advanced Settings CONTROL.EXE powercfg.cpl,,3

* Accessibility (Ease of Access):
覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧
Ease of Access Center (EAC) CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.EaseOfAccessCenter

* Control Panel (CP) canonical/module names/Globally Unique IDentifiers (GUIDs) in Windows Vista/newer:
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/win32/shell/controlpanel-canonical-names/
覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧
CONTROL.EXE desktop Display Properties
CONTROL.EXE color Display Properties Appearance tab
CONTROL.EXE date/time Date and Time Properties
CONTROL.EXE international Regional and Language Options
CONTROL.EXE mouse Mouse Properties
CONTROL.EXE keyboard Keyboard Properties
CONTROL.EXE printers Printers and Faxes folder
CONTROL.EXE fonts Fonts folder

* Control Panel (CP) canonical/module names/Globally Unique IDentifiers (GUIDs) in Windows 2000/newer:
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CONTROL.EXE folders Folder Options
CONTROL.EXE netware Novell NetWare (if installed)
CONTROL.EXE telephony Phone and Modem Options
CONTROL.EXE admintools Administrative Tools folder
CONTROL.EXE schedtasks Scheduled Tasks folder
CONTROL.EXE netconnections Network Connections folder
CONTROL.EXE infrared Infrared Monitor (if installed)
CONTROL.EXE userpasswords User Accounts main menu
CONTROL.EXE userpasswords2 User Accounts accounts menu

* Control Panel tool Command
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Accessibility Options CONTROL.EXE access.cpl
Add New Hardware CONTROL.EXE sysdm.cpl add new hardware
Add/Remove Programs CONTROL.EXE appwiz.cpl
Date/Time Properties CONTROL.EXE timedate.cpl
Display Properties CONTROL.EXE desk.cpl
FindFast CONTROL.EXE findfast.cpl
Fonts Folder CONTROL.EXE fonts
Internet Explorer Properties CONTROL.EXE inetcpl.cpl
Joystick Properties CONTROL.EXE joy.cpl
Keyboard Properties CONTROL.EXE main.cpl keyboard
Microsoft Exchange (Windows Messaging) CONTROL.EXE mlcfg32.cpl
Microsoft Mail Post Office CONTROL.EXE wgpocpl.cpl
Modem Properties CONTROL.EXE modem.cpl
Mouse Properties CONTROL.EXE main.cpl
Multimedia Properties CONTROL.EXE mmsys.cpl
Network Properties CONTROL.EXE netcpl.cpl
Password Properties CONTROL.EXE password.cpl
PC Card CONTROL.EXE main.cpl pc card (PCMCIA)
Power Management (Windows 95) CONTROL.EXE main.cpl power
Power Management (Windows 98) CONTROL.EXE powercfg.cpl
Printers Folder CONTROL.EXE printers
Regional Settings CONTROL.EXE intl.cpl
Scanners and Cameras CONTROL.EXE sticpl.cpl
Sound Properties CONTROL.EXE mmsys.cpl sounds
System Properties CONTROL.EXE sysdm.cpl

* Using RunDLL32 [RUNDLL32.EXE] commands in Windows Vista/newer:
http://www.windows7tips.com/rundll32-vista-windows-7.html
http://www.robvanderwoude.com/rundll.php
http://www.majorgeeks.com/content/page/the_ultimate_list_of_rundll32_commands_for_windows_1087.html
http://www.majorgeeks.com/content/page/here_are_all_the_rundll32_commands_for_windows_10.html
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/77458-rundll32-commands-list-windows-10-a.html
http://web.archive.org/web/20150317044746/http://www.vlaurie.com/computers2/Articles/control.htm
http://web.archive.org/web/20150812103403/http://best-windows.vlaurie.com/rundll32.html
http://www.commandwindows.com/windows7-commands.htm
http://www.commandwindows.com/command3.htm
http://www.commandwindows.com/runline.htm
http://www.svolpi.ch/Windows/cmd.html
http://www.eightforums.com/threads/36567/
Syntax:
RUNDLL32.EXE ,
RUNDLL32.EXE is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS].
RunDLL32 commands can be used in shortcuts, DOS console BATch (.bat)/CoMmanD (.cmd) files, scripts, powershell, etc.
Comprehensive list of RunDLL32 Control Panel (CP) commands.
Some may or may not work depending on the specific Windows NTx OS(es) build/edition/release/update/version + bit strength
[32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)] installed on your computer(s):
Add/Remove/Uninstall Programs + Features:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL appwiz.cpl,,0
Personalization -> Desktop Background (Wallpaper):
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,@Desktop
Personalization -> Color and Appearance (Aero):
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,Advanced,@Advanced
Personalization -> Screen Saver:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,screensaver,@screensaver
Content Advisor:
RUNDLL32.EXE msrating.dll,RatingSetupUI
Control Panel:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL
Device Installation Settings:
RUNDLL32.EXE newdev.dll,DeviceInternetSettingUi
RUNDLL32.EXE newdev.dll,DeviceInternetSettingUi 2
Delete Internet Explorer (IE) browsing files using RUNDLL32.EXE + InetCpl.cpl:
http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/clear-ie-cache-command-line-rundll32/
http://www.superuser.com/questions/450014/
http://www.stackoverflow.com/questions/33447236/
http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/forums/ie/ce81943b-32b8-437b-b620-171c3d5893e7/
Delete Internet Explorer (IE) History:
RUNDLL32.EXE InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 1
Delete Internet Explorer (IE) Cookies:
RUNDLL32.EXE InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 2
Delete Internet Explorer (IE) Temporary Internet Files (TIF):
RUNDLL32.EXE InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4
Delete Internet Explorer (IE) Favorites Cached Data (FCD) + History:
RUNDLL32.EXE InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 8
Delete Internet Explorer (IE) Form Data (FD):
RUNDLL32.EXE InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 16
Delete Internet Explorer (IE) Passwords:
RUNDLL32.EXE InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 32
Delete Internet Explorer (IE) Phishing Filter Data (PFD):
RUNDLL32.EXE InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 64
Delete Internet Explorer (IE) Web Page Recovery Data:
RUNDLL32.EXE InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 128
Delete All Internet Explorer (IE) browsing + Temporary Internet Files (TIF):
RUNDLL32.EXE InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 255
Delete All Internet Explorer (IE) browsing + Temporary Internet Files (TIF) without GUI:
RUNDLL32.EXE InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 256
Delete All Internet Explorer (IE) browsing + Temporary Internet Files (TIF) without using multi-threading delete:
RUNDLL32.EXE InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 512
Delete Internet Explorer (IE) Private Mode Data (PMD):
RUNDLL32.EXE InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 1024
Delete Internet Explorer (IE) Tracking Data (TD):
RUNDLL32.EXE InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 2048
Delete Internet Explorer (IE) Add-ons Data (AoD):
RUNDLL32.EXE InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4096
Delete All Internet Explorer (IE) Add-ons settings + data (AoSD):
RUNDLL32.EXE InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351
Delete Internet Explorer (IE) History + keep Favorites Cached Data (FCD):
RUNDLL32.EXE InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 8192
Delete Internet Explorer (IE) download History:
RUNDLL32.EXE InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 16384
Date and Time Properties:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL timedate.cpl
Ease of Access Center:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL access.cpl
Display Settings:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL access.cpl,,3
Device Manager:
RUNDLL32.EXE DEVMGR.DLL,DeviceManager_Execute
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL hdwwiz.cpl
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL hdwwiz.cpl,,0
Folder Options -> General:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Options_RunDLL 0
Folder Options -> File Types (Windows Vista/7 only):
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_Options 2
Folder Options -> Search:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Options_RunDLL 2
Folder Options -> View:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Options_RunDLL 7
Forgotten Password Wizard:
RUNDLL32.EXE KEYMGR.DLL,PRShowSaveWizardExW
Devices and Printers -> Bluetooth Devices -> Bluetooth Settings:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL bthprops.cpl,,1
Devices and Printers -> Bluetooth Devices -> COM Ports:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL bthprops.cpl,,2
Devices and Printers -> Bluetooth Devices -> Hardware:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL bthprops.cpl,,3
Devices and Printers -> Bluetooth Devices -> Shared Folder:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL bthprops.cpl,,4
Devices and Printers -> (Set up USB) Game Controllers -> Joystick Properties:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL joy.cpl
Infrared (IR) Properties:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL irprops.cpl
Hibernate:
RUNDLL32.EXE POWRPROF.DLL,SetSuspendState
Internet Explorer (IE) Properties -> General:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,0
Internet Explorer (IE) Properties -> Security:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,1
Internet Explorer (IE) Properties -> Privacy:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,2
Internet Explorer (IE) Properties -> Content:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,3
Internet Explorer (IE) Properties -> Connections:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,4
Internet Explorer (IE) Properties -> Programs:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,5
Internet Explorer (IE) Properties -> Advanced:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,6
Keyboard Properties:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @1
Lock Screen:
RUNDLL32.EXE USER32.DLL,LockWorkStation
Swap Left and Right Mouse Buttons:
RUNDLL32.EXE USER32.DLL,SwapMouseButton
Mouse Properties:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL main.cpl @0,0
Keyboard Properties:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL main.cpl keyboard
Map Network Drive Wizard:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL Connect
Network Connections:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL ncpa.cpl
Pen, Tablet and Touch:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL TabletPC.cpl
Pen, Tablet and Touch -> General:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL TabletPC.cpl @1,general
Pen, Tablet and Touch -> Buttons:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL TabletPC.cpl @1,buttons
Pen, Tablet and Touch -> Flicks:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL TabletPC.cpl @0,flicks
Pen, Tablet and Touch -> Touch:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL TabletPC.cpl @0,touch
Sync Center -> Offline Files:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL cscui.dll
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL cscui.dll,2
Organize Internet Explorer (IE) Favorites:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHDOCVW.DLL,DoOrganizeFavDlg
Open With -> replace FileName.ext with an actual file name + extension:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,OpenAs_RunDLL FileName.ext
Printer User Interface command line options, switches + parameters:
RUNDLL32.EXE PRINTUI.DLL,PrintUIEntry /?
Printer Management Folder:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL PrintersFolder
Power Options:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL powercfg.cpl
Process Idle Tasks (Windows XP/2003 only):
http://web.archive.org/web/20101218135715/http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/archive/benchmark.mspx
RUNDLL32.EXE ADVAPI32.DLL,ProcessIdleTasks
Regional and Language Options -> Formats:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl,,0
Regional and Language Options -> Location:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl,,1
Regional and Language Options -> Administrative:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL intl.cpl,,2
Usernames and Passwords:
RUNDLL32.EXE KEYMGR.DLL,KRShowKeyMgr
Safely Remove Hardware (Plug/Unplug Removable Devices):
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL HotPlug.dll
Sound Properties:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,0
System Properties -> Advanced:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,3
System Properties -> System Protection:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,4
System Properties -> Automatic Updates:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL sysdm.cpl,,5
System Properties -> Environment Variables...:
RUNDLL32.EXE sysdm.cpl,EditEnvironmentVariables
Taskbar and Start Menu/Orb Properties:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Options_RunDLL 1
User Accounts:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL nusrmgr.cpl
Local User and Groups (Windows 7/newer only):
MMC.EXE /S lusrmgr.msc
Windows Security Center (WSC) -> Security and Maintenance:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL wscui.cpl
Windows -> About:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,ShellAboutW
Windows Fonts Installation Folder:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL FontsFolder
Windows Firewall:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL firewall.cpl
Wireless Network Setup:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL NetSetup.cpl,@0,WNSW
3D Window (Task) Switcher = Flip3D (Aero) (Windows Vista/7 only):
RUNDLL32.EXE DwmApi.dll #105
Windows 16-Bit Emulation Control Panel (Windows 10 only):
http://www.fileinspect.com/fileinfo/ntvdmcpl-dll/
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,Control_RunDLL ntvdmcpl.dll
Windows To Go Startup Options (Windows 10 only):
RUNDLL32.EXE pwlauncher.dll,ShowPortableWorkspaceLauncherConfigurationUX

* Use Microsoft Management Console (MMC) [MMC.EXE] snap-in control (.msc) precompiled script files in Windows NTx [2000/newer]:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Management_Console
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/administration/windows-commands/mmc/
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/bb742441.aspx
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/bb742442.aspx
http://www.groovypost.com/tips/mmc-exe-windows-process-safe-virus/
http://www.ghacks.net/2017/06/10/windows-msc-files-overview/
http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#MMC
Syntax:
MMC.EXE \.
File paths, file names, file extensions + optional arguments/parameters are case insensitive.
MMC commands can be used in shortcuts, DOS console BATch (.bat)/CoMmanD (.cmd) files, scripts, powershell, etc.
MMC command line using /S (Silent) parameter (example):
MMC.EXE /S services.msc
NOTE:
Microsoft quietly discontinued the /S (Silent) MMC parameter from Windows 8/newer. :-(
By default *.msc files are associated with %WinDir%\SYSTEM32\MMC.EXE, therefore they can be run by themselves (example):
services.msc
unless you need to run them with specific command line arguments/parameters, in which case you need to use the MMC command
in front of the *.msc file name, and followed by respective parameter(s) (see example above).
Most *.msc files are located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS], listed in your system PATH.
View all directories/folders listed in your system PATH from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE):
right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
PATH
List of management console snap-in (*.msc) files:
http://www.ss64.com/nt/syntax-mmc.html

* Administrative Tools [.msc files -> see above]:
Administrative Tools = CONTROL.EXE admintools
Authorization Manager = azman.msc
Component Services = dcomcnfg.exe
Certificate Manager = certmgr.msc
DirectX Diagnostic Tool = dxdiag.exe
Display Languages = lpksetup.exe
ODBC Data Source Administrator = odbcad32.exe
File Signature Verification Tool = sigverif.exe
Group Policy Editor = gpedit.msc
Add Hardware Wizard = hdwwiz.cpl
iSCSI Initiator = iscsicpl.exe
Iexpress Wizard = iexpress.exe
Local Security Settings = secpol.msc
Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool = msdt.exe
Microsoft Management Console = mmc.exe
Print management = printmanagement.msc
Printer User Interface = printui.exe
Problems Steps Recorder = psr.exe
People Near Me = p2phost.exe
Registry Editor = regedit.exe or regedt32.exe
Resoure Monitor = resmon.exe
System Configuration Utility = msconfig.exe
Resultant Set of Policy = rsop.msc
SQL Server Client Configuration = cliconfg.exe
Task Manager = taskmgr.exe [also LaunchTM.exe in Windows 10]
Trusted Platform Module = tpm.msc
TPM Security Hardware = TpmInit.exe
Windows Remote Assistance = msra.exe
Windows Share Folder Creation Wizard = shrpubw.exe
Windows Update Manager = wusa.exe
Windows System Security Tool = syskey.exe
Windows Script Host Settings = wscript.exe
Windows Version = winver.exe
Windows (Defender) Firewall with Advanced Security = wf.msc
Windows Memory Diagnostic = MdSched.exe
Windows Malicious Removal Tool (MRT) = mrt.exe

* Computer Management:
Management Saved Console (.msc) script files are associated by default with and executed by Microsoft Management Console (MMC.EXE)
snap-in control tool, and most of them are located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS].
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Management_Console
Command line (example):
MMC.EXE /S services.msc
Computer Management = compmgmt.msc or CompMgmtLauncher.exe
Task Scheduler = CONTROL.EXE schedtasks or taskschd.msc
Event Viewer = eventvwr.msc
Shared Folders = fsmgmt.msc
Local Users and Groups = lusrmgr.msc
Performance Monitor = perfmon.msc
Device Manager = devmgmt.msc
Disk Management = diskmgmt.msc
Windows Services = services.msc
Windows Management Infrastructure (WMI) = wmimgmt.msc

* Control Panel:
Control Panel = CONTROL.EXE
Action (Security) Center = wscui.cpl
AutoPlay = CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.AutoPlay
Backup and Restore = sdclt.exe
Create a System Repair disc = recdisc.exe
BDE Administrator = bdeadmin.cpl
Color Management = colorcpl.exe
Credential Manager = CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.CredentialManager
Credential Manager Stored User Names and Passwords = credwiz.exe
Date and Time Properties = timedate.cpl
Default Programs = CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms
Set Program Access and Computer Defaults = CONTROL.EXE appwiz.cpl,,3 or ComputerDefaults
Devices and Printers = CONTROL.EXE Printers
Devices and Printers Add a Device = DevicePairingWizard.exe
Display = dpiscaling.exe
Screen Resolution = desk.cpl
Display Color Calibration = dccw.exe
Cleartype Text Tuner = cttune.exe
Folders Options = CONTROL.EXE Folders
Fonts = CONTROL.EXE Fonts
Getting Started = GettingStarted.exe
HomeGroup = CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.HomeGroup
Indexing Options = CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.IndexingOptions
Internet Explorer (IE) Properties = inetcpl.cpl
Keyboard = CONTROL.EXE keyboard
Location and Other Sensors = CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.LocationandOtherSensors
Location Notifications = LocationNotifications.exe
Mouse = CONTROL.EXE mouse or main.cpl or CONTROL.EXE main.cpl,,0
Network and Sharing Center = CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.NetworkandSharingCenter
Network Connections = CONTROL.EXE NetConnections or ncpa.cpl
Notification Area Icons = CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.NotificationAreaIcons
Parental Controls = CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.ParentalControls
Performance Information = CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.PerformanceInformationandTools
Personalization = CONTROL.EXE Desktop
Windows Color and Appearance (Aero) = CONTROL.EXE Color
Phone and Modem Options = telephon.cpl
Power Configuration = powercfg.cpl
Programs and Features = appwiz.cpl or CONTROL.EXE appwiz.cpl
Optional Features Manager = OptionalFeatures.exe or CONTROL.EXE appwiz.cpl,,2
Recovery = CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.Recovery
Regional and Language = intl.cpl
RemoteApp = CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.RemoteAppandDesktopConnections
Sound = mmsys.cpl
Personalization (Desktop Background, Themes, Colors, Appearance, Sounds, Screen Saver) = CONTROL.EXE desk.cpl,,2
Screen Saver = CONTROL.EXE desk.cpl,,1
Volume Mixer = sndvol.exe
System Properties = sysdm.cpl or hold WinKey + press Pause/Break
System Properties ComputerName tab = SystemPropertiesComputerName.exe
System Properties Hardware tab = SystemPropertiesHardware.exe
System Properties Advanced tab = SystemPropertiesAdvanced.exe
System Properties Performance Options = SystemPropertiesPerformance.exe
System Properties Data Execution Prevention = SystemPropertiesDataExecutionPrevention.exe
System Properties Protection tab = SystemPropertiesProtection.exe
System Properties Remote tab = SystemPropertiesRemote.exe
Windows Activation = slui.exe
Windows Activation Phone Numbers = slui.exe 4
Taskbar and Start Menu = CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.TaskbarandStartMenu
Program Compatibility Troubleshooter (PCT) = CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.Troubleshooting (MSDT.EXE -id PCWDiagnostic)
User Accounts = CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.UserAccounts
User Account Control Settings = UserAccountControlSettings.exe
User Accounts / Windows domain version = netplwiz.exe or CONTROL.EXE Userpasswords2
Encryption File System = rekeywiz.exe
Windows Anytime Upgrade = WindowsAnytimeUpgradeui.exe
Windows Anytime Upgrade Results = WindowsAnytimeUpgradeResults.exe
Windows CardSpace = CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.cardspace
Windows (Defender) Firewall = firewall.cpl or CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.WindowsFirewall
WindowsSideshow = CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.WindowsSideshow
Windows Update = CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.WindowsUpdate (CONTROL.EXE update) (wuapp.exe)
Windows Update -> Change Settings = CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.WindowsUpdate /page pageSettings

* Accessories:
Calculator = calc.exe
Command Prompt = cmd.exe
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/administration/windows-commands/cmd/
Connect to a Network Projector = NetProj.exe
Presentation Settings = PresentationSettings.exe
Connect/switch to a second screen/projector = displayswitch.exe or hold WinKey + press P
Notepad = notepad.exe
Microsoft Paint = mspaint.exe
Remote Desktop Connection = mstsc.exe
Run... [hold WinKey + press R] or run this command:
RUNDLL32.EXE SHELL32.DLL,#61
Snipping Tool = snippingtool.exe
Sound Recorder = soundrecorder.exe
Sticky Note = StikyNot.exe
Sync Center = mobsync.exe
Windows Mobility Center [laptops/portables only] = mblctr.exe or hold WinKey + press X
Windows Explorer = explorer.exe or hold WinKey + press E
Wordpad = write.exe or wordpad.exe
Ease of Access Center = utilman.exe or hold WinKey + press U
Magnifier = magnify.exe
Narrator = Narrator.exe
On Screen Keyboard = osk.exe
Private Character Editor = eudcedit.exe
Character Map = charmap.exe
Digitizer Calibration Tool = tabcal.exe
Disk Cleanup Utility = cleanmgr.exe
Defragment User Interface = dfrgui.exe
Internet Explorer (IE) = iexplore.exe
Internet Explorer (IE) no add-ons = iexplore.exe -extoff
Internet Explorer (IE) no home page = iexplore.exe about:blank
Phone Dialer = dialer.exe
Printer Migration = PrintBrmUi.exe
Rating System = ticrf.exe
System Information = msinfo32.exe
System Restore = rstrui.exe
Windows Easy Transfer = migwiz.exe
Windows Media Player = wmplayer.exe
Windows Media Player DVD Player = dvdplay.exe
Windows Fax and Scan Cover Page Editor = fxscover.exe
Windows Fax and Scan = wfs.exe
Windows Image Acquisition (scanners, copiers) = wiaacmgr.exe
Windows PowerShell = PowerShell.exe [C:\WINDOWS\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\PowerShell.exe = default location]
Example of "fully loaded" PowerShell command line:
PowerShell.exe -noExit -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -ImportSystemModules -Command Set-Location -literalPath '%V'
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/administration/windows-commands/powershell/
http://docs.microsoft.com/powershell/module/microsoft.powershell.core/about/about_powershell_exe/
http://docs.microsoft.com/powershell/module/microsoft.powershell.security/set-executionpolicy/
http://www.ss64.com/ps/powershell.html
http://www.ss64.com/ps/
http://www.ss64.com/ps/syntax-elevate.html
Windows PowerShell ISE (Integrated Scripting Environment) = powershell_ise.exe
[C:\WINDOWS\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\PowerShell_ISE.exe = default location]
http://docs.microsoft.com/powershell/module/microsoft.powershell.core/about/about_powershell_ise_exe/
XPS (XML Paper Specification) Viewer = xpsrchvw.exe

* Other Shell/User Folders:
Open Documents folder = Documents
Open Pictures folder = Pictures
Open Music folder = Music
Open Videos folder = Videos
Open Downloads folder = Downloads
Open Favorites folder = Favorites
Open Recent folder = Recent
Logs out of Windows = Logoff
Locks User Account = hold WinKey + press L

* List of System + User Shell Folders in Windows Vista/newer:
http://www.ss64.com/nt/shell.html
http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/shell-commands-to-access-the-special-folders/
http://www.winaero.com/list-of-shell-commands-in-windows-10/
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3109-shell-commands-list-windows-10-a.html
http://www.windowslearning.net/articles/list-of-windows-10-shell-commands.php
http://www.techradar.com/news/computing/pc/shell-folders-the-best-kept-windows-time-saving-secret-464668/
These preset/hard linked system + user shell folders and their locations are listed under these registry keys (some may
not exist, depending on Windows NTx OS build/edition/release/update/version):
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders\Backup
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
See also "XP -> 7/8/8.1 Easy Transfer Files + Settings" chapter further below + "Link Directory IDentifier (LDID)/DIRectory
IDentifier (DIRID)/Decentralized IDentifier (DID)..." topic further above:
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
http://www.mdgx.com/WINDOWS7.TXT
View their locations from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE ->
Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter (example):
EXPLORER.EXE shell:AppData
To view the rest -> repeat this command by sustituting AppData with the string values listed below:
Shell Command Description
覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧覧
shell:AccountPictures Account Pictures
shell:AddNewProgramsFolder Programs Control Panel item
shell:Administrative Tools Administrative Tools
shell:AppData C:\Users\%UserName%\Appdata\Roaming = %AppData%
shell:Application Shortcuts Modern Apps shortcuts
shell:AppsFolder Installed Modern Apps
shell:AppUpdatesFolder Installed Updates Control Panel item
shell:Cache Internet Explorer (IE) Cache [Temporary Internet Files (TIF)]
shell:CD Burning Temporary Burn
shell:ChangeRemoveProgramsFolder Uninstall Program Control Panel item
shell:Common Administrative Tools Administrative Tools for all users
shell:Common AppData C:\ProgramData = %ProgramData%
shell:Common Desktop Public Desktop = same for all users
shell:Common Documents Public Documents
shell:Common Programs All Users Programs = part of Start Menu + used by Start screen
shell:Common Start Menu All Users Start Menu
shell:Common Startup Startup = all users
shell:Common Templates Startup = new documents, templates (MS Office)
shell:CommonDownloads Public Downloads
shell:CommonMusic Public Music
shell:CommonPictures Public Pictures
shell:CommonRingtones Public Ringtones
shell:CommonVideo Public Videos
shell:ConflictFolder Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Sync Center\Conflicts item
shell:ConnectionsFolder Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network Connections item
shell:Contacts Contacts = Address book
shell:ControlPanelFolder Control Panel
shell:Cookies Internet Explorer (IE) Cookies
shell:CredentialManager C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Credentials
shell:CryptoKeys C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Crypto
shell:CSCFolder Offline files = Not valid in Windows 7/newer
shell:Desktop Desktop = different for each user
shell:Device Metadata Store C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\DeviceMetadataStore
shell:DocumentsLibrary Documents Library
shell:Downloads Downloads
shell:DpapiKeys C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Protect
shell:Favorites Favorites
shell:Fonts C:\WINDOWS\Fonts = %WinDir%\Fonts
shell:Games Games Explorer item
shell:GameTasks C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\GameExplorer
shell:History C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History = Internet Explorer (IE) browsing history
shell:HomeGroupCurrentUserFolder Home Group for current user
shell:HomeGroupFolder Home Group root
shell:ImplicitAppShortcuts C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\ImplicitAppShortcuts
shell:InternetFolder Internet Explorer (IE)
shell:Libraries Libraries
shell:Links Favorites = Explorer menu
shell:LocalAppData C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Local
shell:LocalAppDataLow C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\LocalLow
shell:LocalizedResourcesDir Not valid in Windows 8/8.1/10
shell:MAPIFolder Microsoft Outlook
shell:MusicLibrary Music Library
shell:My Music My Music (not Library)
shell:My Pictures My Pictures (not Library)
shell:My Video My Videos (not Library)
shell:MyComputerFolder Computer/Drives
shell:NetHood C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts
shell:NetworkPlacesFolder Network Places = Computers and Devices instaleld on respective network
shell:OEM Links May work only in Windows 8/8.1/10 OEM editions [?]
shell:Original Images Not functional in Windows 8/8.1/10
shell:Personal My Documents (not Library)
shell:PhotoAlbums Saved slideshows = Not implemented yet [?]
shell:PicturesLibrary Pictures Library
shell:Playlists Stored WMP Playlists
shell:PrintersFolder Classic Printers (not Devices and Printers)
shell:PrintHood C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Printer Shortcuts
shell:Profile User profile = %UserProfile% = C:\Users\%UserName%
shell:ProgramFiles C:\Program Files = %ProgramFiles%
shell:ProgramFilesX86 C:\Program Files (x86) = %ProgramFiles(x86)% = Windows 64-bit (x64) only
shell:ProgramFilesCommon C:\Program Files\Common Files
shell:ProgramFilesCommonX86 C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files = Windows 64-bit (x64) only
shell:Programs C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs = Per user Start Menu Programs
shell:Public C:\Users\Public
shell:PublicAccountPictures C:\Users\Public\AccountPictures
shell:PublicGameTasks C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\GameExplorer
shell:PublicLibraries C:\Users\Public\Libraries
shell:Quick Launch C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
shell:Recent Recent Items = Recent Documents
shell:RecordedTVLibrary Recorded TV Library
shell:RecycleBinFolder Recycle Bin
shell:ResourceDir C:\WINDOWS\Resources = %WinDir%\Resources stores visual styles
shell:Ringtones C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Ringtones
shell:Roamed Tile Images Not implemented yet = reserved for future use [?]
shell:Roaming Tiles C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\RoamingTiles
shell:SavedGames Saved Games
shell:Screenshots Win+Print Screen screen shots
shell:Searches Saved Searches
shell:SearchHomeFolder Windows Search UI
shell:SendTo Items visible in Send to menu
shell:Start Menu C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu = Logged on User Start Menu
shell:Startup Logged on User Startup
shell:SyncCenterFolder Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Sync Center
shell:SyncResultsFolder Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Sync Center\Sync Results
shell:SyncSetupFolder Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Sync Center\Sync Setup
shell:System C:\WINDOWS\System32 = %WinDir%\System32
shell:SystemCertificates C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SystemCertificates
shell:SystemX86 C:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64 = %WinDir%\SysWOW64 = Windows 64-bit (x64) only
shell:Templates C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates
shell:User Pinned C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned = Pinned items
shell:UserProfiles C:\Users = Users profiles
shell:UserProgramFiles Not implemented yet = reserved for future use [?]
shell:UserProgramFilesCommon Not implemented yet = reserved for future use [?]
shell:UsersFilesFolder Current user profile
shell:UsersLibrariesFolder Libraries
shell:VideosLibrary Videos Library
shell:Windows C:\WINDOWS = %WinDir%
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Public Root DNS Servers



* Public Root DNS Servers [DNS over TLS providers]:
http://www.lifewire.com/free-and-2626062/
http://twitgoo.com/best-free-dns-servers/
http://public-dns.info/
http://public-dns.info/nameserver/us.html
http://servers.opennicproject.org/
http://www.publicdns.xyz/
http://wiki.ipfire.org/dns/public-servers
http://www.tech-faq.com/public-dns-servers.html
http://www.getdriver.com/how-to/2498/free-fast-public-dns-server-faster-browsing-experience.html
http://www.zerodollartips.com/best-public-dns-servers-fastest-dns-servers/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Root_name_server

* Fix DNS by using public root DNS servers:
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/networking/fixing-dns-woes-for-comcast-users-and-everyone-else/

* Configure IP address and DNS:
http://www.tweaks.com/windows/40339/

* DNS Jumper (DNSJumper) tests + changes to fastest + closest public root DNS servers -> right-click DNSJumper.exe ->
Run as as Administrator -> click Benchmark button:
http://www.sordum.org/7952/dns-jumper-v2-2/
File:
http://www.sordum.org/files/downloads.php?dns-jumper

* Domain Name Speed (DNS) Benchmark (DNSBench) tests fastest + closest public root DNS servers -> right-click DNSBench.exe ->
Run as Administrator -> click Fastest DNS button -> click Start DNS test button:
http://www.grc.com/dns/benchmark.htm
File:
http://www.grc.com/files/DNSBench.exe

* Complete Internet Repair (CIR) 32-bit + 64-bit suite of tools diagnose + repair network/internet connectivity:
http://www.rizonesoft.com/downloads/complete-internet-repair/
CIR Portable:
http://www.rizonesoft.com/download/3905/
File:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/complete_internet_repair.html

* Automate customization of NameServer Registry REG_SZ values:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc978468.aspx
Setup/change IPv4 (and IPv6 if applicable) public root DNS servers Registry entries (example using default home computer internet
connection name:
"Local Area Connection" = modify to match your connection name if different, and Cloudflare public root DNS servers):
Open Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
-> copy & paste text strings between Cut & Paste lines below -> save BATch file as Root_DNS_Servers.bat (example).
- If using Windows 7 or 7 SP1 -> right-click on Root_DNS_Servers.bat -> Run as Administrator -> restart/reboot.
- If using Windows 8, 8.1, 2012, 10, 2016, 2019, 11, 2022 or newer -> right-click on Root_DNS_Servers.bat -> select Open with ->
select Notepad or your favorite plain text/ASCII editor (browse to executable if needed) -> remark (comment) all Windows XP... and
Windows 7... NETSH.EXE lines by adding ":: " (double colon + space) in front of them -> enable the 2 remarked (commented) Windows
8/newer NETSH.EXE lines by deleting the ":: " (double colon + space) in front of them -> save your file -> right-click on it ->
Run as Administrator -> restart/reboot.
- If using Windows XP or 2003 -> right-click on Root_DNS_Servers.bat -> select Open with -> select Notepad or your favorite plain
text/ASCII editor -> remark (comment) all Windows 7... and Windows 8... NETSH.EXE lines by adding ":: " (double colon + space) in
front of them -> enable the 2 remarked (commented) Windows XP/2003 NETSH.EXE lines by deleting the ":: " (double colon + space) in
front of them -> save your file -> right-click on it -> Run... [hold WinKey + press R] -> run batch file below [customize it
first: change IP addresses below to other/faster public root DNS servers] -> restart/reboot.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
:: Cloudflare public root DNS servers (example):
:: * Windows 7/7 SP1 only:
NETSH.EXE interface ip set dns "Local Area Connection" static 1.1.1.1
NETSH.EXE interface ip add dns "Local Area Connection" 1.0.0.1 index=2
:: * Windows 8/newer only:
:: NETSH.EXE interface ipv4 set dns "Local Area Connection" static 1.1.1.1
:: NETSH.EXE interface ipv4 add dns "Local Area Connection" 1.0.0.1 index=2
:: * Windows XP/2003 only:
:: NETSH.EXE interface ip set address dns name="Local Area Connection" static 1.1.1.1
:: NETSH.EXE interface ip add address dns name="Local Area Connection" 1.0.0.1 index=2
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------
This batch file (name it and save it as whatever you wish, just make sure it has the .BAT or .CMD extension) searches the Registry
database for the current/active network connection, and adds/changes the public root DNS servers (example using Cloudflare servers)
to the matching NameServer value(s):
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
:: Windows 8/newer only:
FOR /F "skip=2 tokens=4*" %%a IN ('NetSh Interface IPv4 Show Interfaces') DO (
CALL :Network_Adapter %%a "%%b"
)
:: PAUSE
EXIT /B
:Network_Adapter
:: %1=State
:: %2=Name (quoted); %~2=Name (unquoted)
IF %1==connected (
:: Run your commands here (example):
ECHO %2
:: Primary public root DNS server [Cloudflare]:
NETSH.EXE interface ipv4 set dnsservers %2 static 1.1.1.1
:: Secondary public root DNS server [Cloudflare]:
NETSH.EXE interface ipv4 add dnsservers %2 1.0.0.1 index=2
:: In case you wish to reset to Windows original public root DNS servers -> delete double
:: colons + space [:: ] in front of NetSh command below -> run this batch file again:
:: NETSH.EXE int ip reset %2
)
:: PAUSE
EXIT /B
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------
To determine your active network interface ID
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/en-us/bacc4f3d-54c2-4e99-931c-42a3cea2e67c/
from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator ->
run this command:
WMIC.EXE nicconfig get description,settingid
-> press Enter.
WMIC.exe is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32\wbem folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS], and is listed on your system PATH.
View all directories/folders listed in your system PATH from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE):
right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
PATH
WMIC (Windows Management Instrumentation Command):
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/win32/wmisdk/wmic/
MS TechNet: WMIC:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/bb742610.aspx
Dedoimedo: WMIC - The Windows secret weapon:
http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/windows-wmic.html
ComputerHope: WMIC:
http://www.computerhope.com/wmic.htm
Rob van der Woude: WMIC:
http://www.robvanderwoude.com/wmic.php
quux: WMIC Snippets:
http://quux.wiki.zoho.com/WMIC-Snippets.html
SS64: WMIC.EXE:
http://www.ss64.com/nt/wmic.html
Wikipedia: WMI:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Management_Instrumentation
Example:
Description SettingID
Intel Ethernet Network Adapter I225-T1 {0A1B2C4D-5E6F-7A8B-9C0D-1E2F3A4B5C6D}
Look at the NIC (Network Interface Controller) adapter name [under Description] you are using to connect to your internet
provider -> it is followed [under SettingID] by a Link Directory IDentifier (LDID) corresponding to the LDID from the registry
key below.
Your LDID number is different depending on your network adapter name/model/manufacturer and type of connection.
Example of NameServer REG_SZ (String) registry value for Ethernet network interface using Cloudflare public root DNS servers:
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
; Cloudflare public root DNS servers (example):
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\{0A1B2C4D-5E6F-7A8B-9C0D-1E2F3A4B5C6D}]
"NameServer"="1.1.1.1,1.0.0.1"
------End cut & paste here------

* Customize public root DNS servers step-by-step:
http://www.windowscentral.com/how-change-your-pcs-dns-settings-windows-10/
http://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/docs/using/
- Windows 8/newer:
http://support.opendns.com/hc/articles/228006907/
Start menu -> Control Panel -> Network and Sharing Center -> Active Networks -> click item right side of Connections: ->
"your Network Connection name" (typical examples): "Ethernet" (direct broadband modem connection), "Local Area Connection"
(direct router connection) or "Wi-Fi" (Wi-Fi connection) -> connection Status -> General tab -> Properties -> scroll down ->
select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) -> Properties -> Use the following DNS server addresses: -> type desired IP
addresses (example using Cloudflare public root DNS servers):
Preferred (1st) DNS Server: 1.1.1.1
Alternate (2nd) DNS Server: 1.0.0.1
Click OK -> exit all dialogs/windows -> restart/reboot.
- Windows 7/7 SP1:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/12421-local-area-connection-status-create-shortcut.html
Start menu -> Control Panel -> Network and Sharing Center -> View network status and tasks -> View Active networks -> click item
right side of Connections: -> "your Network Connection name" (typical examples): "Ethernet" (direct broadband modem connection),
"Local Area Connection" (direct router connection) or "Wi-Fi" (Wi-Fi connection) -> connection Status -> General tab -> Properties
-> Connection Properties General tab -> scroll down -> select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) -> Properties -> Internet
Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties General tab -> scroll down -> select (x) -> Use the following DNS server IP addresses: ->
type desired IP addresses (example using Cloudflare public root DNS servers):
Preferred (1st) DNS Server: 1.1.1.1
Alternate (2nd) DNS Server: 1.0.0.1
Click OK -> exit all dialogs/windows -> restart/reboot.
- Windows XP/2003:
http://www.webnots.com/how-to-change-dns-server-ips-in-windows-xp/
Start menu -> Control Panel -> Network Connections -> select current connection -> "your Network Connection name" (typical
examples): "LAN" (Local Area Network connection) or "Wireless" (Wi-Fi connection) -> connection Status -> General tab -> Properties
-> Connection Properties General tab -> scroll down -> select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) -> Properties -> Internet Protocol Version
(TCP/IP) Properties General tab -> scroll down -> select (x) -> Use the following DNS server IP addresses: -> type desired IP
addresses (example using Cloudflare public root DNS servers):
Preferred (1st) DNS Server: 1.1.1.1
Alternate (2nd) DNS Server: 1.0.0.1
Click OK -> exit all dialogs/windows -> restart/reboot.
- OPTIONAL: Recommended for all Windows NTx users:
A. Start menu -> Control Panel -> Network and Sharing Center -> Active Networks -> click item right side of Connections: ->
"your Network Connection name" icon/item -> Properties button -> Networking tab -> This connection is using the following items: ->
Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) -> General tab -> Advanced... button -> DNS tab -> DNS server addresses, in order of use: ->
Add... x 2 -> Add button x 2 -> type x 2 IP addresses below (example using Cloudflare public root DNS servers):
1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
-> OK/Apply.
B. Start menu -> Control Panel -> Network and Sharing Center -> Active Networks -> click item right side of Connections: ->
"your Network Connection name" icon/item -> Properties button -> Networking tab -> This connection is using the following items: ->
Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) -> General tab -> Advanced... button -> WINS tab -> check Enable LMHOSTS lookup box ->
NetBIOS setting -> check Disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP box -> OK/Apply.
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Disable-NetBIOS-over-TCP-IP.png
See also "Tweaks, Hacks + Fixes... UNconventional, UNdocumented, UNcensored ;-/" chapter -> "* Turn OFF unnecessary, obsolete
+ unsafe TCP/IP NetBIOS (Network Basic Input/Output System) Helper service [lmhosts]" section in WIN10.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/10.php
http://www.mdgx.com/WIN10.TXT
- ROUTERS: Recommended for all router users (example using NETGEAR routers):
http://kb.netgear.com/30510/
Type router IP address in your web browser (example):
http://192.168.1.1/
Type user name (usually admin) + password (if any) to log on into your router web browser interface (example):
router Menu (interface varies depending on brand/model/firmware version) -> Internet -> DNS (Name)Server settings -> Status ->
router -> Basic Setup -> check Static DNS box -> type desired IP addresses (example using Cloudflare public root DNS servers):
Primary Static DNS Server (DNS1): 1.1.1.1
Secondary Static DNS Server (DNS2): 1.0.0.1
router Basic Setup Help -> Apply/Save changes -> reset/restart router if needed.

* DNS Client Service caches Domain Name System names (DNS Cache) which slows down processing of large HOSTS [hosts] files with
many IPs:
- Disable Client Side DNS Caching in Windows NTx:
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/networking/dns/troubleshoot/disable-dns-client-side-caching/
- Flush Windows DNS Cache:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/flush-windows-dns-cache/
- Stop/Start DNS Client service:
http://www.computerstepbystep.com/dns_client_service.html
- MDGx "HOSTS Guide" -> "DNS Client Service":
http://www.mdgx.com/hosts.php#N2
Open STARTDNS.CMD + STOP!DNS.CMD (both included) in Notepad for details:
http://www.mdgx.com/10BLK/STARTDNS.CMD.TXT
http://www.mdgx.com/10BLK/STOP!DNS.CMD.TXT

* Router IP: Router IP address in Windows NTx OSes:
Right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command:
IPCONFIG
press Enter -> Default Gateway IP address -> same as router IP address.

* Router users: MUST set DNS servers in Windows (computer) to router IP address:
192.168.1.1
Router caching DNS server will redirect query to currently pre-configured (default) ISP servers or assigned
(default if not changed) public root DNS servers.
Router static DNS IP addresses should be selected from outside DHCP range to avoid conflicts (example):
192.168.1.2 - 192.168.1.9

* Upgrade WRT54G2 router (example) to DD-WRT Firmware:
http://blogs.gurulabs.com/mike/2009/03/upgrading-a-cisco-linksys-wrt5.html
WRT54G2 Set up web server behind router:
http://sanzon.wordpress.com/2008/04/04/setting-up-web-server-behind-router-wrt54g2/
WRT54G2 Static IP config and reconfig:
http://sanzon.wordpress.com/2008/04/09/wrt54g2-static-ip-configuration-and-reconfiguring-router/
WRT54G2 Assign Static IP(s):
http://www.superuser.com/questions/8574/

* Cloudflare public root DNS servers:
http://www.cloudflare.com/learning/dns/what-is-1.1.1.1/
1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1

* Google public root DNS servers:
http://developers.google
http://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/docs/using/
8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
Install Guide:
http://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/docs/using/
IP addresses used by Google:
http://www.lifewire.com/what-is-818153/

* Quad9 public root DNS servers:
http://www.quad9.net/faq/
9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112

* Level3 (CenturyLink) public root DNS servers:
http://www.dnsserverlist.org/
4.2.2.1
4.2.2.2
4.2.2.3
4.2.2.4
4.2.2.5
4.2.2.6
Level3 (CenturyLink) alternate public root DNS servers:
209.244.0.3
209.244.0.4

* CenturyLink public root DNS servers:
http://www.centurylink.com/home/help/internet/dns.html
205.171.3.26
205.171.2.26

* CleanBrowsing public root DNS servers:
http://cleanbrowsing.org/filters/
185.228.168.9
185.228.168.10

* SafeDNS public root DNS servers:
http://www.safedns.com/en/guides/win7/
195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40

* Comodo Secure DNS public root DNS servers:
http://www.comodo.com/secure-dns/
8.26.56.26
8.20.247.20

* Advantage DNS (UltraDNS) public root DNS servers:
http://www.neustar.biz/security/dns-services
156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1

* Verisign public root DNS servers:
http://www.verisign.com/en_US/security-services/public-dns/
64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6

* OpenDNS public root DNS servers:
http://www.opendns.com/setupguide/
208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
Install Guide:
http://use.opendns.com/
Cisco alternate public root DNS servers:
http://docs.umbrella.com/deployment-umbrella/docs/point-your-dns-to-cisco/
128.107.241.185
192.135.250.69

* OpenNIC public root DNS servers:
http://www.opennic.org/
52.173.73.208
45.56.117.118
OpenNIC public root DNS servers:
http://servers.opennicproject.org/
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Internet + Web Browsers Tweaks, Fixes + Tools



* MDGx "Internet Power Toys [free(ware)]" section -> "Free(ware) Windows NTx Web Browsers" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#NET

* MDGx "Internet Power Toys [free(ware)]" section -> "Free(ware) Windows NTx Internet Enhancers" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT
(included):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#DUN

* MDGx "Firewalls, Anti-Spyware + Internet Monitors [free(ware)]" section -> "Free(ware) Windows NTx Monitors, Firewalls +
Anti-Spyware" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/fw.htm

* MDGx "List of Useful Windows NTx Tools [99.9% free(ware)]" -> "INTERNET" section in TOOLS.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/tools.php
http://www.mdgx.com/TOOLS.TXT

* Tweak Network Interface Controller (NIC) Ethernet settings for maximum performance + speed in Windows 7/newer:
http://windowsreport.com/best-ethernet-settings-for-gaming/
http://techgenix.com/advanced-network-adapter-driver-settings/
http://helpdesk.flexradio.com/hc/articles/202118518/
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/networking/technologies/network-subsystem/net-sub-performance-tuning-nics/
http://www.digit.in/features/tech/tweak-network-adapter-properties-networking-ethernet-wifi-vpn-45243.html
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=727946014
http://www.speedguide.net/articles/3449/
http://www.peerwisdom.org/2013/04/03/large-send-offload-and-network-performance/
http://www.networkworld.com/article/2224722/jumbo-frames.html
http://netcraftsmen.com/just-say-no-to-jumbo-frames/
NetSh (Network Shell) tool [%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\NETSH.EXE]:
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/networking/technologies/netsh/netsh/
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/bb490939.aspx
http://www.ss64.com/nt/netsh.html
http://adamtheautomator.com/netsh/
View all NetSh available options, parameters + switches: from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE):
right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
NETSH.EXE /?
... And now dig deeper [;-/]:

* Turn ON Receive Window Auto-Tuning + turn OFF Scaling Heuristics Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
parameters to increase/regain decreased speed/slow internet connection(s) in Windows XP/Vista/7/7 SP1/8/8.1/10/11:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/content/page/how_to_fix_slow_internet_on_windows_10.html
http://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/networking/2016/08/11/an-update-on-windows-tcp-autotuninglevel/
http://www.techjourney.net/disable-tcp-receive-window-auto-tuning-fix-slow-internet-cannot-load-web-page-cannot-download-email/
http://docs.microsoft.com/troubleshoot/windows-server/networking/receive-window-auto-tuning-for-http/
http://pureinfotech.com/disable-window-auto-tuning-fix-slow-internet-speeds-windows-10/
http://www.speedguide.net/faq/339/
http://www.it-support.com.au/5-ways-to-improve-download-speed/2012/08/
http://therealhelper.blogspot.com/2017/09/you-can-actually-kill-lag-of-any-game.html
- Windows XP/Vista/7/7 SP1 users:
*********************************
1. Patch the TCPIP.SYS driver [%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\Drivers\TCPIP.SYS = original file will be backed up] using EvID4226 Limited
Connections Patch:
http://www.raymond.cc/blog/tcp-z-is-the-best-tcpip-half-open-connection-limited-patcher/
File:
http://www.raymond.cc/blog/download/did/205/
2. Restart/reboot Windows -> run these commands to turn ON TCP/IP Receive Window Auto-Tuning, turn OFF Scaling Heuristics +
turn ON Direct Cache Access (DCA) + NetDMA Direct Memory Access from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE):
right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press Enter after each line:
NETSH.EXE interface tcp set global autotuning=normal
NETSH.EXE interface tcp set global dca=enabled netdma=enabled
NETSH.EXE interface tcp set heuristics disabled
NETSH.EXE interface tcp set heuristics wsh=disabled forcews=enabled
NETSH.EXE interface tcp set global rss=enabled chimney=enabled rsc=enabled nonsackrttresiliency=enabled
3. View your TCP/IP connection status parameters from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD
shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
NETSH.EXE interface tcp show global
Should be set to normal (Windows NTx default):
Receive Window Auto-Tuning Level : normal
- Windows 8/8.1/10/11 users:
****************************
1. Run these commands to turn ON TCP/IP Receive Window Auto-Tuning, turn OFF Scaling Heuristics + turn ON Direct Cache Access (DCA)
+ NetDMA Direct Memory Access from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE ->
Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press Enter after each line:
NETSH.EXE interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal
NETSH.EXE interface tcp set global dca=enabled netdma=enabled
NETSH.EXE interface tcp set heuristics disabled
NETSH.EXE interface tcp set heuristics wsh=disabled forcews=enabled
NETSH.EXE interface tcp set global rss=enabled rsc=enabled nonsackrttresiliency=enabled
2. View your TCP/IP connection status parameters from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE):
right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
NETSH.EXE interface tcp show global
Should be set to normal (Windows NTx default):
Receive Window Auto-Tuning Level : normal
BUG:
****
Increase/regain your internet connection speed in case using (older/incompatible) modems/routers/devices/networks without
built-in support for TCP/IP Receive Window Auto-Tuning.
FIX:
****
1. Turn OFF Receive Window Auto-Tuning from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD
shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
- Windows XP/Vista/7/7 SP1 users:
NETSH.EXE interface tcp set global autotuning=disabled
- Windows 8/8.1/10/11 users:
NETSH.EXE interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled
2. View your TCP/IP connection status parameters from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE):
right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
NETSH.EXE interface tcp show global
Should be disabled:
Receive Window Auto-Tuning Level : disabled
RESTORE:
********
In case your internet connection slows down after disabling Receive Window Auto-Tuning TCP/IP parameter:
1. Turn ON Windows Auto-Tuning from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD
shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
- Windows XP/Vista/7/7 SP1 users:
NETSH.EXE interface tcp set global autotuning=normal
- Windows 8/8.1/10/11 users:
NETSH.EXE interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal
2. View your TCP/IP connection status parameters from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE):
right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
NETSH.EXE interface tcp show global
Should be set to normal (Windows NTx default):
Receive Window Auto-Tuning Level : normal

* Turn OFF Internet Explorer (IE) 9/10/11 "Automatic (Forced) Upgrade" + turn ON "Block Tracking" (disable Geolocation
Detection):
http://unlockforus.blogspot.com/2012/09/do-not-allow-websites-to-get-your.html
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2843950/
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/7996-internet-explorer-10-auto-update-enable-disable.html
http://www.itninja.com/question/ie10-turn-off-auto-updates/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Geolocation]
"BlockAllWebsites"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"EnableAutoUpgrade"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"EnableAutoUpgrade"=dword:0
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"EnableAutoUpgrade"=dword:0
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF Internet Explorer (IE) obsolete/useless Security Check:
http://www.windows-security.org/65c2e8edd3108cdb6fc985493bb2fa38/turn-off-the-security-settings-check-feature/
Recommended independent/3rd party free, open source, safe, secure, uncrippled, unlocked, unrestricted, modern web browsers
(examples):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#NET
MDGx "FREE WINDOWS 9x/NTx WEB BROWSERS" chapter -> "Chromium + Chrome web browsers [free(ware)]" section ->
"Chromium + Chrome" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#CHR
RECOMMENDED:
Chromium Precompiled EXEcutable [Installer EXE + Portable 7z/ZIP/rar] 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows XP/newer
32-bit (x86) + 64-bit (x64):
http://chromium.woolyss.com/
Certain Chromium builds [clearly labeled] are degoogled/ungoogled/stripped of Google adware/spyware/tracking code:
http://github.com/Eloston/ungoogled-chromium/blob/master/README.md
http://ungoogled-software.github.io/ungoogled-chromium-wiki/faq
X-Chromium Portable:
http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=2169
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/chromium.html
Either install Chromium precompiled stable releases 32-bit or 64-bit:
http://chromium.woolyss.com/
http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=2169
or extract all files from portable archive [zip or 7z] + copy to the destination of your choice Chromium portable stable
releases 32-bit or 64-bit to match the Windows NTx [7/newer] operating system(s) [OS(es)] build/edition/release/update/version
+ bit strength [32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)] you are using.
All Chromium users must have these 3 environment variables:
GOOGLE_API_KEY=NO
GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_ID=NO
GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_SECRET=NO
Right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press Enter after each line:
SETX.EXE GOOGLE_API_KEY "NO" /M
SETX.EXE GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_ID "NO" /M
SETX.EXE GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_SECRET "NO" /M
MDGx "@ Chromium/Chrome Privacy, Security + Safety Settings, Extensions, Guides + Solutions:" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT
(included):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#PRV
MDGx collection of essential Chromium/Chrome extensions + tweaks -> "CHROMIUM" section in TOOLS.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/tools.php
http://www.mdgx.com/TOOLS.TXT
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Security]
"DisableSecuritySettingsCheck"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Security]
"DisableSecuritySettingsCheck"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------

* FIX: Turn OFF Open File Security Warning, turn ON parallel downloading of multiple files in all web browsers, turn OFF
Chromium/Chrome web browsers download restrictions & annoying prompt for downloaded files location + FIX Chromium/Chrome web
browsers "Failed - virus scan failed" file download error:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/883260/
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/disable-open-file-security-warning-for-file/
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/124367-open-file-security-warning-unblock-file.html
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/182353-open-file-security-warning-enable-disable.html
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/124427-open-file-security-warning-allow-prevent-unblock-file.html
http://www.itechfever.com/fix-google-chrome-virus-scan-failed-error/
http://www.guidingtech.com/top-ways-to-fix-virus-scan-failed-error-in-google-chrome/
http://www.wisecleaner.com/think-tank/266-How-to-enable-the-parallel-downloading-function-of-Google-Chrome.html
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/38511515/
http://technoresult.com/download-faster-google-chrome-using-parallel-downloading/
http://admx.help/?Category=Chrome&Policy=Google.Policies.Chrome::DownloadDirectory
Start -> Control Panel (CP) or Run... [hold WinKey + press R] -> type:
control.exe
-> press Enter -> Internet (Explorer) Properties (Options) [inetcpl.cpl] -> Security tab -> Custom level button -> scroll down
to Launching applications and unsafe files -> check Enable (not secure) box -> OK/Apply -> Yes.
CAUTION:
Make sure to scan for malware/spyware ALL files downloaded from the internet!
http://www.mdgx.com/vir.htm
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments]
"ScanWithAntiVirus"=dword:1
"SaveZoneInformation"=dword:1
"HideZoneInfoOnProperties"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments]
"ScanWithAntiVirus"=dword:1
"SaveZoneInformation"=dword:1
"HideZoneInfoOnProperties"=dword:0
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments]
"ScanWithAntiVirus"=dword:1
"SaveZoneInformation"=dword:1
"HideZoneInfoOnProperties"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]
"MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server"=dword:20
"MaxConnectionsPerServer"=dword:20
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]
"MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server"=dword:20
"MaxConnectionsPerServer"=dword:20
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]
"MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server"=dword:20
"MaxConnectionsPerServer"=dword:20
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Google\Chrome]
"DownloadRestrictions"=dword:0
"PromptForDownloadLocation"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Google\Chrome\Recommended]
"DownloadRestrictions"=dword:0
"PromptForDownloadLocation"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Google\Chrome]
"DownloadRestrictions"=dword:0
"PromptForDownloadLocation"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Google\Chrome\Recommended]
"DownloadRestrictions"=dword:0
"PromptForDownloadLocation"=dword:0
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Policies\Google\Chrome]
"DownloadRestrictions"=dword:0
"PromptForDownloadLocation"=dword:0
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Policies\Google\Chrome\Recommended]
"DownloadRestrictions"=dword:0
"PromptForDownloadLocation"=dword:0
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn ON Chromium/Chrome/Firefox/Opera/Your favorite web browser as Default Browser for file extensions, internet protocols
+ URL/URI shortcuts [replace Internet Explorer (IE) + Edge] in Windows 7/newer:
http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/open-url-shortcuts-different-browsers-right-click-menu/
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-networking-winpc/how-do-i-get-url-files-to-open-in-chrome-not-ie/8e766fa8-eb8d-43a3-9945-3c43f5edf1fb/
http://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/7009292/
Chromium/Chrome web browsers need .URL Handler extension:
http://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/url-handler/nhmccpjmdhejpfhafcfajkgifkmjhkgf/
I use winPenPack X-Chromium Portable Launcher (example) which installs Chromium web browser [free, open source]:
http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=2169
File:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/winpenpack/files/X-Chromium/releases/
http://www.winpenpack.com/en/request.php?1082
In the examples below "winPenPack X-Chromium Launcher" [installed on my computer in C:\PORT\CHROME\X-Chromium.exe] becomes
default web browser for all these file extensions, internet protocols + URL shortcuts:
http://superuser.com/questions/1205914/
File extensions:
.htm
.html
.shtm
.shtml
.url
.xht
.xhtm
.xhtml
Protocols:
http
https
mailto
Shortcuts:
.url
.website
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ChromeHTML]
@="winPenPack X-Chromium Launcher"
"AppUserModelID"="winPenPack.X-ChromiumLauncher.Default"
"EditFlags"=dword:1
"FriendlyTypeName"="winPenPack X-Chromium Launcher"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ChromeHTML\Application]
"AppUserModelId"="winPenPack.X-ChromiumLauncher.Default"
"ApplicationName"="winPenPack X-Chromium Launcher"
"ApplicationDescription"="X-Chromium Portable Chromium Web Browser"
"ApplicationCompany"="winPenPack"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ChromeHTML\shell]
@="Open"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ChromeHTML\shell\open\command]
@="\"C:\\PORT\\CHROME\\X-Chromium.exe\" \"%1\""
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\.URL]
@="urlfile"
"EditFlags"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\.URL\shell]
@="Open"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\.URL\shell\open\command]
@="\"C:\\PORT\\CHROME\\X-Chromium.exe\" \"%1\""
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\urlfile]
@="URL File"
"EditFlags"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\urlfile\shell]
@="Open"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\urlfile\shell\open\command]
@="\"C:\\PORT\\CHROME\\X-Chromium.exe\" \"%1\""
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\InternetShortcut]
@="InternetShortcut"
"NeverShowExt"=""
"EditFlags"=dword:1
"IsShortcut"=""
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\InternetShortcut\shell]
@="Open"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\InternetShortcut\shell\open\command]
@="\"C:\\PORT\\CHROME\\X-Chromium.exe\" \"%1\""
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\RegisteredApplications]
"winPenPack X-Chromium Launcher"="Software\\Clients\\StartMenuInternet\\winPenPack X-Chromium Launcher\\Capabilities"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\winPenPack X-Chromium Launcher]
@="winPenPack X-Chromium Launcher"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\winPenPack X-Chromium Launcher\Capabilities]
"ApplicationName"="winPenPack X-Chromium Launcher"
"ApplicationDescription"="Chromium is a fast web browser for Windows."
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\winPenPack X-Chromium Launcher\Capabilities\FileAssociations]
".htm"="ChromeHTML"
".html"="ChromeHTML"
".shtm"="ChromeHTML"
".shtml"="ChromeHTML"
".url"="ChromeHTML"
".website"="XChromium.exe_.website"
".xht"="ChromeHTML"
".xhtm"="ChromeHTML"
".xhtml"="ChromeHTML"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\winPenPack X-Chromium Launcher\Capabilities\Startmenu]
"StartMenuInternet"="winPenPack X-Chromium Launcher"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\winPenPack X-Chromium Launcher\Capabilities\URLAssociations]
"http"="ChromeHTML"
"https"="ChromeHTML"
"mailto"="ChromeHTML"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\winPenPack X-Chromium Launcher\shell\open\command]
@="\"C:\\PORT\\CHROME\\X-Chromium.exe\" \"%1\""
;
------End cut & paste here------
Use a Visual Basic Script (VBScript) file (.vbs) to set your default web browser (X-Chromium in this example):
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text VBScript (.vbs) file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the VBS extension (.vbs) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to execute/run it.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
Set WshShell=WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
' Set Default Web Browser in Windows Vista/newer:
WshShell.Run "%windir%\SYSTEM32\CONTROL.EXE /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms /page pageDefaultProgram\pageAdvancedSettings?pszAppName=X-Chromium"
' Give Default Programs time to load (2 seconds in this case):
WScript.Sleep 2000
WshShell.AppActivate "Set Program Associations"
WshShell.SendKeys "{TAB}"
WshShell.SendKeys " "
WshShell.SendKeys "{TAB}"
WshShell.SendKeys "{TAB}"
WScript.Sleep 800
WshShell.SendKeys " "
Msgbox "Your Default Web Browser is X-Chromium (Portable Chromium)."
WScript.Quit
------End cut & paste here------
Execute/run VBS file above from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE ->
Run as Administrator -> run this command (example using X-Chromium above + VBS file named Def_Brow_X-Chrom.vbs):
CSCRIPT.EXE //NoLogo Def_Brow_X-Chrom.vbs
-> press Enter.

* Turn OFF automatic Google Chrome Update, Chrome Default Browser takeover + Google Update services in Windows 7/newer:
http://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/6350036/
http://superuser.com/questions/974766/
http://eddiejackson.net/wp/?p=17266
http://admx.help/?Category=GoogleUpdate&Policy=Google.Policies.Update::Pol_DefaultUpdatePolicy
http://admx.help/?Category=GoogleUpdate&Policy=Google.Policies.Update::Pol_AutoUpdateCheckPeriod
http://www.ghacks.net/2017/05/19/how-to-block-automatic-google-chrome-updates/
http://www.itninja.com/question/how-to-disable-updates-for-latest-chrome-enterprise-version-44-0-2403-130/
http://computergarage.org/disable-auto-update-google-chrome.html
http://www.chromium.org/administrators/policy-list-3/#DefaultBrowserSettingEnabled
http://admx.help/?Category=Chrome&Policy=Google.Policies.Chrome%3A%3ADefaultBrowserSettingEnabled
http://www.tenforums.com/attachments/browsers-email/120981d1486931502t-how-stop-google-chrome-not-your-default-browser-message-modification-info.jpg
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5507-choose-default-apps-windows-10-a.html#option6
See topic above to use winPenPack X-Chromium Portable Launcher (example) which installs Chromium web browser as your
default browser for file extensions, internet protocols + URL shortcuts.
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update]
"UpdateDefault"=dword:0
"AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes"=dword:0
; Windows NTx 64-bit (x64) only:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Policies\Google\Update]
"UpdateDefault"=dword:0
"AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\GoogleChromeElevationService]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\GoogleChromeElevationService]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\GoogleChromeElevationService]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\gpupdate]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\gpupdate]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\gpupdate]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\gpupdatem]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\gpupdatem]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\gpupdatem]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Google\Chrome]
"DefaultBrowserSettingEnabled"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Google\Chrome]
"DefaultBrowserSettingEnabled"=dword:0
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Policies\Google\Chrome]
"DefaultBrowserSettingEnabled"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"Google Update"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce]
"Google Update"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnceEx]
"Google Update"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices]
"Google Update"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce]
"Google Update"=-
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"Google Update"=-
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce]
"Google Update"=-
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnceEx]
"Google Update"=-
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices]
"Google Update"=-
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce]
"Google Update"=-
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"Google Update"=-
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce]
"Google Update"=-
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnceEx]
"Google Update"=-
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices]
"Google Update"=-
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce]
"Google Update"=-
;
------End cut & paste here------

* MSKB: Configure IPv6 for advanced users:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/929852/
MDGx "IPv6 Testing, Info + Links":
http://www.mdgx.com/ipv6.php

* Lockdown Windows: Customize/Disable Network/Internet + Security Settings:
http://forums.techguy.org/threads/locking-down-windows.829647/

* Batch files + command line tools to delete Cookies, Cache + History in all major web browsers:
http://www.catonmat.net/clear-privacy-ie-firefox-opera-chrome-safari/

* Chromium/Chrome
*****************
MDGx "FREE WINDOWS 9x/NTx WEB BROWSERS" chapter -> "Chromium + Chrome web browsers [free(ware)]" section ->
"Chromium + Chrome" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#CHR
RECOMMENDED:
Chromium Precompiled EXEcutable [Installer EXE + Portable 7z/ZIP/rar] 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows XP/newer
32-bit (x86) + 64-bit (x64):
http://chromium.woolyss.com/
Certain Chromium builds [clearly labeled] are degoogled/ungoogled/stripped of Google adware/spyware/tracking code:
http://github.com/Eloston/ungoogled-chromium/blob/master/README.md
http://ungoogled-software.github.io/ungoogled-chromium-wiki/faq
X-Chromium Portable:
http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=2169
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/chromium.html
Either install Chromium precompiled stable releases 32-bit or 64-bit:
http://chromium.woolyss.com/
http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=2169
or extract all files from portable archive [zip or 7z] + copy to the destination of your choice Chromium portable stable
releases 32-bit or 64-bit to match the Windows NTx [7/newer] operating system(s) [OS(es)] build/edition/release/update/version
+ bit strength [32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)] you are using.
All Chromium users must have these 3 environment variables:
GOOGLE_API_KEY=NO
GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_ID=NO
GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_SECRET=NO
Right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press Enter after each line:
SETX.EXE GOOGLE_API_KEY "NO" /M
SETX.EXE GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_ID "NO" /M
SETX.EXE GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_SECRET "NO" /M
MDGx "@ Chromium/Chrome Privacy, Security + Safety Settings, Extensions, Guides + Solutions:" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT
(included):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#PRV
MDGx collection of essential Chromium/Chrome extensions + tweaks -> "CHROMIUM" section in TOOLS.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/tools.php
http://www.mdgx.com/TOOLS.TXT

* Firefox
*********
MDGx "Internet Power Toys: Firefox [free(ware)]" section in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#MOZ
Firefox Stable (candidate):
http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/nightly/
Firefox Alpha 1:
http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/nightly/latest-trunk/
Firefox Alpha 2:
http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/nightly/latest-mozilla-aurora/
Firefox Beta:
http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/nightly/
Firefox Portable Stable:
http://www.portableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox_portable/
Firefox Portable Beta + Nightly:
http://www.portableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox_portable/test/
Firefox Portable:
http://www.thumbapps.org/2015/05/Mozilla-Firefox-browser-portable.html
File:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/thumbapps/files/Internet/Firefox/
MDGx collection of essential Firefox/Mozilla add-ons + tweaks -> "FIREFOX" section in TOOLS.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/tools.php
http://www.mdgx.com/TOOLS.TXT

* Internet Explorer (IE)
************************
MDGx "Internet Power Toys: Internet Explorer (IE) [free(ware)]" section in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#IEX
MDGx "Internet Explorer (IE) Essential FREE Fixes + Updates" section in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/ietoy.htm

* Replace default Internet Explorer (IE) search engine with Google + make it the default:
http://www.itstillworks.com/change-bing-google-12283088.html
http://smallbusiness.chron.com/change-bing-google-70809.html
Run Control Panel (control.exe) -> Internet (Explorer) Options (Properties) (inetcpl.cpl) -> Programs tab -> Manage Add-ons button ->
highlight Search Providers left side item -> Find more search providers link (URL):
http://www.iegallery.com/
which redirects to:
http://www.microsoft.com/iegallery/
-> new Internet Explorer (IE) browser window opens -> Add (click) link below Google logo -> back to Programs tab -> Manage Add-ons
window -> highlight Search Providers left side item -> highlight Google right side item -> Set default button -> highlight all other
right side items except Google (if any) 1 at a time -> Remove button for each one -> confirm deletion of each item -> check Prevent
programs from suggesting changes to my default search provider box -> Close button.

* Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer (IE):
http://www.google.com/toolbar/ie/

* Flash:
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#SHFL
=> Flash STAND ALONE:
http://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/debug_downloads.html
http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer.html
MUST UNcheck ALL McAfee/Symantec boxes B4 installing Flash !!!
Flash Player STAND ALONE:
http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/updaters/30/flashplayer_30_sa.exe
Flash Player DEBUG STAND ALONE:
http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/updaters/30/flashplayer_30_sa_debug.exe
Flash PepperFlash (PPAPI) for Chrome/Chromium STAND ALONE:
http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashruntimes/flashplayer/install_flash_player_ppapi.exe
Flash PepperFlash (PPAPI) for Chrome/Chromium STAND ALONE PORTABLE:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/thumbapps/files/Utilities/Adobe%20Flash%20Player/
http://effect8.ru/soft/media/adobe-flash-player-portable.html
Flash Netscape Plug-in (NPAPI) for Firefox STAND ALONE:
http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashruntimes/flashplayer/install_flash_player.exe
Flash ActiveX (AX) for Internet Explorer (IE) STAND ALONE:
http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashruntimes/flashplayer/install_flash_player_ax.exe
=> Flash SETUP ONLY:
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/update/ppapi/
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/update/plugin/
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/
MUST UNcheck ALL McAfee/Symantec boxes B4 installing Flash !!!
Flash PepperFlash (PPAPI) for Chrome/Chromium SETUP ONLY:
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/?fpchrome
http://admdownload.adobe.com/bin/live/flashplayer30pp_xa_install.exe
Flash Netscape Plug-in (NPAPI) for Firefox SETUP ONLY:
http://admdownload.adobe.com/bin/live/flashplayer30_xa_install.exe
Flash ActiveX (AX) for Internet Explorer (IE) SETUP ONLY:
http://admdownload.adobe.com/bin/live/flashplayer30ax_xa_install.exe
Internet Explorer 11.0 (IE11) Flash ActiveX (AX) 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows 8/8.1 32-bit + 64-bit:
http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/flash-player-issues-windows-8.html
http://support.microsoft.com/help/4048951/
- IE11 Flash ActiveX (AX) 32-bit:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=328650
- IE11 Flash ActiveX (AX) 64-bit:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=328651
=> OLD Flash:
http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/archived-flash-player-versions.html
http://www.filehippo.com/download_flashplayer/
http://www.oldapps.com/flash_player.php
Flash PepperFlash (PPAPI) for Chrome/Chromium Online Settings:
http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager02.html
Chrome/Chromium Flash Help:
http://support.google.com/chrome/answer/6258784/
Use Flash with Chrome/Chromium:
http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/flash-player-chromium.html
Install Flash Player Help:
http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player.html

* Flash Player Stand Alone:
Before installing OLDer Flash Player -> uninstall Flash Player (if any) -> restart/reboot.
Uninstall Flash Plug-in + ActiveX Control for Internet Explorer (IE):
http://www.adobe.com/?id=tn_14157
http://web.archive.org/web/20070503030542/http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/knowledgebase/index.cfm?id=tn_14157
If Flash Player for Internet Explorer (IE) installed -> you canNOT install OLDer versions.
Install OLDer Flash Player for Internet Explorer (IE):
http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/install-earlier-flash-player-version.html
Flash Players 11.2.202.235 32-bit for Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008/7:
- Standalone: flashplayer11_2r202_235_win_sa_32bit.exe
- Internet Explorer: flashplayer11_2r202_235_winax_32bit.exe
- Internet Explorer: flashplayer11_2r202_235_winax_32bit.msi
- Netscape: flashplayer11_2r202_235_win_32bit.exe
- Netscape: flashplayer11_2r202_235_win_32bit.msi
- Uninstaller: uninstall_flashplayer11_2r202_235_win_32bit.exe
Flash Players 11.2.202.235 64-bit for Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008/7:
- Internet Explorer: flashplayer11_2r202_235_winax_64bit.exe
- Internet Explorer: flashplayer11_2r202_235_winax_64bit.msi
- Netscape: flashplayer11_2r202_235_win_64bit.exe
- Netscape: flashplayer11_2r202_235_win_64bit.msi
- Uninstaller: uninstall_flashplayer11_2r202_235_win_64bit.exe

* Flash Players + Savers/Downloaders:
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#FPSD
SWF Guide + Tools:
http://www.lifewire.com/swf-file-4138363/
SWF Tools: EXE to SWF Extractor:
http://swftools.sourceforge.net/exe-to-swf.html
File:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/swftools/files/eXe_To_SwF/eXeToSwF_Latest.zip
SWF Tools: SWF to EXE Converter:
http://swftools.sourceforge.net/swf-to-exe.html
File:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/swftools/files/SwF_To_eXe/Swf2eXe_Latest.zip
SWF Tools include Flash Player Projector Standalone 11.4.402.278 32-bit.
SWF -> EXE = Flash Player Projector Standalone 11.2.202.235 32-bit:
http://junebeetle.github.io/converter/executables/
File:
http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/installers/archive/fp_11.2.202.235_archive.zip
EXE -> SWF:
http://www.northcode.com/blog/Extract-SWF-files-from-Flash-Executables/
File:
http://www.northcode.com/free/exe2swf/exe2swf.exe
FLV Extract GUI (FLVExtract.exe) + command line (FLVExtractCL.exe) 32-bit tools:
http://www.moitah.net/
File:
http://www.moitah.net/download/latest/FLV_Extract.zip
SWFTools command line conversion, extraction + management SWF tools:
http://www.swftools.org/download.html

* Shockwave:
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#SHFL
http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/alternates/
Shockwave SLIM:
http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/shockwave/default/english/win95nt/latest/Shockwave_Installer_Slim.exe
Shockwave FULL [+ SHAREWARE/DEMOS!]:
http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/shockwave/default/english/win95nt/latest/Shockwave_Installer_Full.exe
Shockwave FULL for Internet Explorer (IE):
http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/shockwave/default/english/win95nt/latest/sw_lic_full_installer.msi
OLD Shockwave:
http://www.filehippo.com/download_shockwave/
http://www.oldapps.com/shockwave.php

* Silverlight:
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#SVL

* CleanIETempFiles (CleanIETempFiles.exe) 32-bit command line tool deletes Internet Explorer (IE) 7/newer Cookies, History +
Temporary Internet Files (TIF):
http://blogs.msmvps.com/danielmartin/2011/03/11/191-c-243-mo-automatizar-la-eliminaci-243-n-de-temporales-de-internet-explorer/
File:
http://www.mdgx.com/files/CITF.ZIP
Executable [only]:
http://raw.githubusercontent.com/gliheng/Blackhole/master/data/bin/CleanIETempFiles.exe
Syntax:
-q runs silent (Quiet)
-c deletes Cookies (C)
-h deletes browsing History (H)
-t deletes Temporary Internet Files (TIF)
Command line (example):
CleanIETempFiles.exe -c -h -t -q
or:
CITF.EXE -c -h -t -q

* IEWebGL Plug-in for Internet Explorer (IE) 6/7/8/9/10:
http://github.com/iewebgl/iewebgl/
File:
http://raw.githubusercontent.com/iewebgl/iewebgl/master/WebSite2.0/Releases/iewebgl.exe
http://github.com/iewebgl/iewebgl/blob/master/WebSite2.0/Releases/iewebgl.exe?raw=true
http://github.com/iewebgl/iewebgl/blob/master/WebSite2.0/Releases/iewebgl.cab?raw=true
http://github.com/iewebgl/iewebgl/archive/master.zip
Internet Explorer (IE) 11 has WebGL code built-in and does NOT need IEWebGL!

* Best Free Wi-Fi Network Tools:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-wi-fi-network-finder-utility.htm

* NetworkInterfacesView 32-bit + 64-bit:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/network_interfaces.html
- NetworkInterfacesView 32-bit:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/networkinterfacesview.zip
- NetworkInterfacesView 64-bit:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/networkinterfacesview-x64.zip

* inSSIDer Wi-Fi network stats, benchmark, signal strength + security audit tool:
http://www.techspot.com/downloads/5936-inssider.html
File:
http://files01.tchspt.com/temp/inSSIDer-installer.msi

* NetSurveyor Wi-Fi 802.11 network stats, optimization + monitoring tool:
http://www.nutsaboutnets.com/netsurveyor-wifi-scanner/
File:
http://nutsaboutnets-downloads.s3.amazonaws.com/NetSurveyor-Setup.exe

* Wireless Network Watcher (WNetWatcher) 32-bit detects all network/internet connected devices:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html
File:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wnetwatcher.zip
Improve Your Wireless Network Performance Guide:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/content/page/how_to_improve_your_wireless_network_performance.html
______________________________________________________________________________



Chrome/Chromium, Firefox/Mozilla + Internet Explorer (IE) Privacy



* KNOW YOUR RIGHTS = Basic education for all netizens/cybercitizens in the digital age:
***************************************************************************************
@ For all who live in the United States of America (U.S.A.) states + territories:
- Internet Privacy:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_privacy
- Privacy Laws:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privacy_law
- Information privacy laws:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_privacy_law
- Net Neutrality in the United States:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_neutrality_in_the_United_States
http://www.mdgx.com/4net.htm
- Internet privacy laws: how your personal information is protected online:
http://legal.thomsonreuters.com/en/insights/articles/how-your-personal-information-is-protected-online/
@ For all who live in the European Union (U.E.) countries + territories:
- Data protection + online privacy:
http://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/consumers/internet-telecoms/data-protection-online-privacy/index_en.htm
- Data protection laws + rules:
http://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection/eu-data-protection-rules_en/
http://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection_en/
- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR):
http://gdpr-info.eu/

* MDGx "Internet Power Toys [free(ware)]" chapter -> "Free(ware) Windows NTx Web Browsers" section in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#NET

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED:
*********************
Enjoy your internet life, protect your digital persona, enhance your online privacy, safety, security, block/disable/opt out
of/turn OFF ad(vertisment)s/cookies, avoid/block/dsable/turn OFF malware/spyware/tracking in web browsers (free):

* Chrome/Chromium web browsers:
*******************************
01. MDGx "FREE WINDOWS 9x/NTx WEB BROWSERS" chapter -> "Chromium + Chrome web browsers [free(ware)]" section ->
"Chromium + Chrome" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#CHR
Replace (uninstall + reinstall) your Google Chrome web browser with a Google free [stripped of Google ads/phone-home/spyware
apps, scripts + code] Chromium or 3rd party/independent alternative/derivative/fork Chromium based web browser (free, open
source):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#BLX
RECOMMENDED:
Chromium Precompiled EXEcutable [Installer EXE + Portable 7z/ZIP/rar] 32-bit + 64-bit for Windows XP/newer 32-bit (x86) +
64-bit (x64):
http://chromium.woolyss.com/
Certain Chromium builds [clearly labeled] are degoogled/ungoogled/stripped of Google adware/spyware/tracking code:
http://github.com/Eloston/ungoogled-chromium/blob/master/README.md
http://ungoogled-software.github.io/ungoogled-chromium-wiki/faq
02. All Chromium users need to have Windows environment variables listed below: run these commands from a DOS console command
prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press
Enter after each line:
SETX.EXE GOOGLE_API_KEY "NO" /M
SETX.EXE GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_ID "NO" /M
SETX.EXE GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_SECRET "NO" /M
to avoid any Google apps/code/scripts annoying errors/messages/pop-ups while running Chromium.
03. Use Chromium/Chrome "Incognito Mode" to avoid cookies, (geo)location, personalized ad(vertisment)s, phone-home, tracking,
annoyances, blocked/restricted areas/content/features, privacy/safety/security violations:
http://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95464/
http://www.techtimes.com/articles/38718/20150310/
http://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/12-ways-to-get-past-a-paywall/
04. Log in to your Google (E)Mail (Gmail)/Google account(s) 1 at a time (if any + if more than 1):
http://accounts.google.com/
05. Go to Google Activiy controls:
http://myactivity.google.com/activitycontrols
and then to My Google Activity:
http://myactivity.google.com/
and then to Other/More Activity:
http://myactivity.google.com/more-activity
and then to Your data in Search (Search Controls):
http://myaccount.google.com/yourdata/search
06. UNcheck all boxes/buttons, turn/slide OFF all switches/sliders + clear/delete all history/activity for "All time", for
"Older than 3 months" (most recent available), and related to all ad(vertisment)s, tracking, (geo)location, history, activity,
etc (if + where available).
07. Go to:
http://adssettings.google.com/authenticated
08. Turn OFF "Ad personalization is ON" to read "Ad personalization is OFF".
09. Click "Control ad personalization on other websites & apps that use Google ad services" which goes to:
http://optout.aboutads.info/
10. Wait a few minutes for browser detection to complete [may take a while! ;-(] -> 100%.
11. Under "Opt Out?" click "select all" (top right), or click "OPT OUT OF ALL" (bottom).
12. Wait for browser detection to complete [total 140+ opt-out requests! ;-(] -> 100%.
13. Click "View Updated Results" -> make sure all boxes are UNchecked.
14. Go to:
http://myaccount.google.com/activitycontrols
15. Turn OFF/Pause "Web & App Activity", "Youtube Activity", "Other Activity" and all other activities/histories (if + where
available).
16. UNcheck "Include Chrome history and activity from sites, apps and devices that use Google services".
17. Turn OFF Sync to stop sending your browsing history, data + info to Google servers.
18. Click the 3 dots ellipsis (older browser versions: 3 bars) at the top right corner or type:
chrome://settings
in the (URL) address bar -> press Enter -> Settings -> People -> Sync -> turn OFF "On - sync everything" box.
19. Click circular Sync profile menu icon (top right corner) -> turn OFF "Sync and personalize Chrome across your devices" box.
20. If using Google (E)Mail (Gmail) and/or any other Google account(s): turn OFF automatically being logged in to your Google
account(s) whenever you sign in to your Google (E)Mail (Gmail)/Google account(s).
21. Click the 3 dots ellipsis (older browser versions: 3 bars) at the top right corner -> Settings -> Advanced -> Privacy and
security -> turn OFF "Allow Chrome sign-in".
22. Click the 3 dots ellipsis (older browser versions: 3 bars) at the top right corner -> Settings -> Advanced -> Privacy and
security -> turn ON "Send a 'Do Not Track' request with your browsing traffic".
23. Turn OFF *all* (Push) Notifications:
http://support.google.com/chrome/answer/3220216/
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/disable-notifications-chrome-firefox-safari/
24. Type these Chrome/Chromium Settings commands in the (URL) address bar -> press Enter after each command:
chrome://settings/content/notifications
-> check "Don't allow sites to send notifications" box, OR "Block all: Turn OFF Ask before sending" box, OR slide left/turn
OFF "Blocked" box depending on your browser version.
Then go to:
chrome://settings/security
-> check "Enhanced protection" box -> slide right/turn ON "Always use secure connections" box.
Then go to:
chrome://settings/cookies
-> check "Block third-party cookies" box -> slide right/turn ON "Clear cookies and site data when you close all windows" box.
Then go to:
chrome://settings/clearBrowserData
-> Advanced tab -> Time range -> select "All time" -> check all boxes you deem necessary and/or see fit for your specific
choices/needs/preferences + privacy/safety/security [in case you're seriously concerned you should check them all ;-/] ->
press "Clear data" button.
25. Turn OFF Google (geo)location tracking on all your Android/Google/Chrome mobile/portable devices/computers:
http://www.cnet.com/tech/services-and-software/youre-likely-being-tracked-by-google-turn-off-these-settings-to-stop-it/
26. See MDGx "@ Chromium/Chrome Privacy, Security + Safety Settings, Extensions, Guides + Solutions:" topic in SOFTWARE.TXT
(included):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#PRV
-> install free essential privacy/safety/security ad-blocker/anti-malware/anti-phone-home/anti-spyware extensions,
TamperMonkey extension + useful TamperMonkey user JavaScript (JS) scripts/scriplets (examples).
27. Restart your browser (if + when needed).

* Firefox/Mozilla web browsers:
*******************************
MDGx "FREE WINDOWS 9x/NTx WEB BROWSERS" chapter -> "Firefox + Mozilla web browsers [free(ware)]" section -> "Firefox" topic
in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#MOZ
1. Go to:
http://support.mozilla.org/products/firefox/protect-your-privacy/
2. Follow instructions to turn OFF (opt out of) all ad(vertisment)s + tracking.
3. Go to:
http://www.ghacks.net/2015/08/18/a-comprehensive-list-of-firefox-privacy-and-security-settings/
4. Type:
about:config
in the (URL) address bar -> follow instructions:
http://kb.mozillazine.org/About:config_entries#Privacy.
http://kb.mozillazine.org/About:config_entries#Security.
to add/modify/delete desired settings in order to strengthen your Mozilla web browser security.
5. Turn OFF (Push) Notifications:
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/disable-notifications-chrome-firefox-safari/
6. Click the 3 bars at the top right corner or type:
about:preferences#privacy
in the (URL) address bar -> Options -> Privacy & Security -> Notifications -> Settings -> check "Block new requests asking
to allow notifications" box -> Save Changes.
7. Install essential privacy/safety/security ad-blocker/anti-malware/anti-phone-home/anti-spyware add-ons + GreaseMonkey add-on
+ useful GreaseMonkey user scripts/scriplets (examples):
http://privacyflag.eu/pf-tools/privacy-guide/
http://themarkup.org/ask-the-markup/2020/09/22/i-scanned-the-websites-i-visit-with-blacklight-and-its-horrifying-now-what/
8. Restart your browser (if + when needed).

* Internet Explorer (IE) web browser [discontinued from all Windows 10 recent/newer editions/releases!]:
********************************************************************************************************
R.I.P. Internet Explorer [:-)]:
http://nypost.com/2022/06/17/rip-internet-explorer-330-gravestone-in-korea-goes-viral/
MDGx "Internet Explorer (IE) 4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11 Essential FREE Fixes + Updates" section in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/ietoy.htm
MDGx "Internet Explorer (IE) 5.5/6/7/8/9/10/11 Downloads + Fixes" section in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#IEX
MDGx "Internet Explorer (IE) Add-ons + Plug-ins" section in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm#PLG
A. Go to:
http://choice.microsoft.com/opt-out
B. Turn OFF all ads:
- Personalized ads in this browser.
- Personalized ads wherever I use my Microsoft account.
C. Go to:
http://www.aboutads.info/choices/
D. UNcheck all boxes:
- "All Participating Companies".
- "Companies Customizing Ads For Your Browser".
E. Internet Explorer (IE) 9/10/11 "Block Tracking" (Geolocation Detection) + "Automatic (Forced) Upgrade":
http://unlockforus.blogspot.com/2012/09/do-not-allow-websites-to-get-your.html
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2843950/
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/7996-internet-explorer-10-auto-update-enable-disable.html
http://www.itninja.com/question/ie10-turn-off-auto-updates/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Geolocation]
"BlockAllWebsites"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Geolocation]
"BlockAllWebsites"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"EnableAutoUpgrade"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"EnableAutoUpgrade"=dword:0
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"EnableAutoUpgrade"=dword:0
;
------End cut & paste here------
F. Turn OFF Internet Explorer (IE) Security Check:
http://www.windows-security.org/65c2e8edd3108cdb6fc985493bb2fa38/turn-off-the-security-settings-check-feature/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Security]
"DisableSecuritySettingsCheck"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Security]
"DisableSecuritySettingsCheck"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Security]
"DisableSecuritySettingsCheck"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------
G. HTTP cookies:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie
More info:
http://www.mdgx.com/ietoy.htm#IE11
Open E10BLOK.CMD (included) in Notepad for details:
http://www.mdgx.com/10BLK/E10BLOK.CMD.TXT
H. Install AdBlock Plus (ABP) for Internet Explorer (IE) (free, open source):
http://adblockplus.org/en/internet-explorer
http://eyeo.to/adblockplus/ie_install/internet-explorer
I. Restart your browser (if + when needed).

* Google search, (geo)location tracking, data, history + apps privacy, safety + security:
*****************************************************************************************
- Remove personal info, personally identifiable info + content from Google search + apps:
http://support.google.com/search?q=Remove+personally+identifiable+info+doxxing+content+from+google
- Stop Google from tracking and storing your locations:
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-stop-google-from-tracking-and-storing-your-locations/
- Disable Web Push Notifications in Google Chrome:
http://www.pushassist.com/knowledgebase/how-to-disable-web-push-notifications-in-google-chrome/
- Force Google to automatically delete the information it saves about what you do online:
http://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/08/how-to-stop-google-from-tracking-web-history.html
- Google knows everywhere you go - here's how to stop it from tracking you and delete the logs:
http://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/25/how-to-stop-google-from-storing-your-location-history.html
- Google collects information about many things you do online - here's how to stop it:
http://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/01/how-to-stop-google-from-collecting-your-private-information.html
- Google Sees Everything You Do: Here's How to Stop That:
http://www.lifewire.com/stop-google-4123866/
- Report malicious software web sites:
http://safebrowsing.google.com/safebrowsing/report_badware/
- Report Phishing and Malware:
http://www.decentsecurity.com/malware-web-and-phishing-investigation/
- Replace Google search with a safer/more private search engine like DuckDuckGo (example):
http://www.howtogeek.com/709072/
DuckDuckGo: Google Alternative for Privacy:
http://www.howtogeek.com/710128/
DuckDuckGo:
http://duckduckgo.com/
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Put A Pin In It!



* Pin any file/executable/shortcut/link/URL/etc to Taskbar in Windows 7:
http://www.howtogeek.com/66670/from-the-tips-box-pin-any-file-to-the-taskbar/
1. Desktop -> right-click -> New -> Shortcut -> create an empty place holder file (example): New Text Document (.txt).
2. Rename this file extension (the group of letters after the last dot) from txt to exe.
3. Drag it onto the Taskbar to pin it.
4. Go to this folder:
%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar
5. Replace this empty file with a real shortcut to your actual file/executable/shortcut/link/URL/etc.
You must rename your newly created shortcut to match exactly the already pinned file name shortcut (if any)!
6. Force Taskbar icons to refresh: Task Manager -> restart Windows Explorer, log back in or restart/reboot.

* Repair/customize Pin to Taskbar function + add more file types to the Pin to Taskbar right-click menu:
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}]
@="Taskband Pin"
"ImplementsVerbs"="taskbarpin;taskbarunpin"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}\InProcServer32]
@=hex(2):25,53,79,73,74,65,6d,52,6f,6f,74,25,5c,73,79,73,74,65,6d,33,32,5c,73,\
68,65,6c,6c,33,32,2e,64,6c,6c,00
"ThreadingModel"="Apartment"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}]
@="Taskband Pin"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\.lnk\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}]
@="Taskband Pin"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\lnkfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}]
@="Taskband Pin"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\.bat\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}]
@="Taskband Pin"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\batfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}]
@="Taskband Pin"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\.cmd\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}]
@="Taskband Pin"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\cmdfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}]
@="Taskband Pin"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\.php\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}]
@="Taskband Pin"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\phpfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}]
@="Taskband Pin"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\.hta\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}]
@="Taskband Pin"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\htafile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}]
@="Taskband Pin"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\.htt\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}]
@="Taskband Pin"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\httfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}]
@="Taskband Pin"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\.reg\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}]
@="Taskband Pin"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\regfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}]
@="Taskband Pin"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\.txt\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}]
@="Taskband Pin"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\txtfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}]
@="Taskband Pin"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}]
@="Taskband Pin"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\Drive\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}]
@="Taskband Pin"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\MSILink\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}]
@="Taskband Pin"
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Enable Pin to Taskbar/Start Menu right-click items for files/folders/items/links/shortcuts:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/5547-taskbar-pinned-programs-enable-disable.html
http://www.helpdeskgeek.com/windows-7/pin-to-taskbar-missing-in-windows-7/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"NoPinningToTaskbar"=-
"TaskbarNoPinnedList"=-
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"NoPinningToTaskbar"=-
"TaskbarNoPinnedList"=-
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"NoPinningToTaskbar"=-
"TaskbarNoPinnedList"=-
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Pin to Taskbar: Add to/remove from right-click context menu in Windows 7:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/196235-pin-taskbar-add-remove-context-menu-windows-7-a.html

* Pin an External Drive to Taskbar in Windows 7:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/27903/how-to-pin-an-external-drive-to-the-windows-7-taskbar/

* Pin Special Items to Taskbar:
http://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-pin-special-windows-shortcuts-taskbar/
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XP -> 7/8/8.1 Easy Transfer Files + Settings



* Default System + User(s) "special" directories/folders (hard links = LDIDs) names, locations + transition:
Windows XP/2003 -> Windows Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_folder
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/special_folders_view.html
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/6083.windows-xp-folders-and-locations-vs-windows-7-and-vista.aspx
Most of these "special" folders are also valid in Windows 10/2016/2019/11/2022/newer.

XP/2003: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu
Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

XP/2003: C:\Documents and Settings\%UserName%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012: C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

XP/2003: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop
Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012: C:\Users\Public\Desktop

XP/2003: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\PROGRAM_NAME
Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012: C:\ProgramData\PROGRAM_NAME

XP/2003: C:\Documents and Settings\%UserName%\Application Data\PROGRAM_NAME
Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012: C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Local\PROGRAM_NAME

XP/2003: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users
Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012: C:\ProgramData

XP/2003: C:\Users\%UserName%\Documents\My Pictures
Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012: C:\Users\%UserName%\Pictures

XP/2003: C:\Users\%UserName%\Documents\My Music
Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012: C:\Users\%UserName%\Music

XP/2003: C:\Documents and Settings\%UserName%\My Documents
Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012: C:\Users\%UserName%\Documents

XP/2003: C:\Documents and Settings\%UserName%\My Documents\My Music
Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012: C:\Users\%UserName%\Music

XP/2003: C:\Documents and Settings\%UserName%\My Documents\My Pictures
Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012: C:\Users\%UserName%\Pictures

XP/2003: C:\Documents and Settings\%UserName%\My Documents\My Videos
Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012: C:\Users\%UserName%\Videos

XP/2003: C:\Documents and Settings\%UserName%\Application Data
Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012: C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming

XP/2003: C:\Documents and Settings\%UserName%\Local Settings
Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012: C:\Users\%UserName%\Local

XP/2003: C:\Documents and Settings\%UserName%\Start Menu
Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012: C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

XP/2003: C:\Documents and Settings\%UserName%\Templates
Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012: C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates

XP/2003: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu
Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

XP/2003: C:\Documents and Settings\Default User
Vista/2008/7/8/8.1/2012: C:\Users\Default

See also "Link Directory IDentifier (LDID)/DIRectory IDentifier (DIRID)/Decentralized IDentifier (DID)..." +
"* List of System + User Shell Folders in Windows Vista/newer:" topics further above:
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
http://www.mdgx.com/WINDOWS7.TXT

* Windows Easy Transfer (WET) from XP/Vista to 7 [and beyond...]:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/ff943667.aspx
- WET 32-bit for XP 32-bit:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=4503
- WET 64-bit for XP 64-bit:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=9926
- WET 32-bit for Vista 32-bit:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=14179
- WET 64-bit for Vista 64-bit:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=20483
- WET 32-bit for XP 32-bit (x86) + WET 64-bit for XP 64-bit (x64):
http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=7349
WET XP/Vista -> 7 Guide:
http://petri.com/transfer-user-files-and-settings-from-windows-xpvista-to-windows-7.htm
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/3179/migrate-xp-to-windows-7-with-easy-transfer-and-a-usb-drive/

* Windows XP to 7 Hard Link Migration (HLM) of User Files + Settings:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=18913
HLM DOCument [DOC format, right-click to save]:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/9/D/89DC758B-3E81-42F6-84E1-E3E9AD790196/Windows%20XP%20to%20Windows%207%20Hard-Link%20Migration%20of%20User%20Files%20and%20Settings.docx
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Turn OFF/ON Windows Features



* Enable and Disable Windows Features in Windows XP/newer:
http://www.helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/enable-and-disable-windows-features/

* Remove Windows Features You Don't Need:
http://www.itprotoday.com/windows-7-tip-week-remove-windows-features-you-dont-need/

* Windows Features You Can Add or Remove:
http://www.digitalcitizen.life/what-are-those-windows-features-you-can-add-or-remove/

* Turn Windows 7 Features ON or OFF:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-turn-windows-7-features-or.htm
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Tweak Windows 7/7 SP1 Services



* View/Start/Stop/Enable/Disable, set to Disabled/Manual/Automatic Windows Services -> Start button/logo/orb -> Run...
[hold WinKey + press R] -> type:
services.msc
-> press Enter -> customize/optimize/tweak Windows Services after learning about them:
- Windows 7/7 SP1 Default Services:
http://servicedefaults.com/7/
- Windows 7 SP1 Services Configuration:
http://www.blackviper.com/service-configurations/black-vipers-windows-7-service-pack-1-service-configurations/
- Windows 7/7 SP1 Services:
http://batcmd.com/windows/7/services/
- Windows Services Encyclopedia:
http://www.windows-security.org/windows-services-encyclopedia/
- Windows 7/7 SP1: Disabling Unneeded Services:
http://www.sourcedaddy.com/windows-7/disabling-unneeded-services.html
- Restore Default Services in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 + 10:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/content/page/restore_or_verify_default_services_in_windows_7_10.html
- Windows 8/8.1 Services:
http://batcmd.com/windows/8/services/
- List of all Windows Services:
http://www.blackviper.com/windows-services/
- List of all Running, Stopped + Disable Windows Services:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/extract-list-of-running-stopped-disabled-services/
- Windows 8.1 Services Configuration:
http://www.blackviper.com/service-configurations/black-vipers-windows-8-1-service-configurations/
- Windows 8 Services Configuration:
http://www.blackviper.com/service-configurations/black-vipers-windows-8-service-configurations/
- Windows 7 SP1 Services Configuration:
http://www.blackviper.com/service-configurations/black-vipers-windows-7-service-pack-1-service-configurations/
- Windows 7 Services Configuration:
http://www.blackviper.com/service-configurations/black-vipers-windows-7-service-configurations/
- Windowss 7 Disable Unnecessary Services:
http://sites.google.com/site/100pricin/speeding-up-your-pc/disable-unnecessary-services/
- Windows Vista SP2 Services Configuration:
http://www.blackviper.com/service-configurations/black-vipers-windows-vista-service-pack-2-service-configurations/
- Windows XP SP3 Services Configuration:
http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm
- Windows XP Services Guide:
http://web.archive.org/web/20171129164138/http://www.theeldergeek.com/services_guide.htm
- Windows XP Services Tweak Guide:
http://www.techspot.com/tweaks/winxp_services/
- Windows XP Services Removal Guide:
http://www.overclockersclub.com/guides/windows_xp_services/
- Windows 2000 SP4+ Services Configuration:
http://www.blackviper.com/WIN2K/servicecfg.htm
- Wikipedia: Windows Service:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_service
- Wikipedia: List of Windows Services:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Microsoft_Windows_components#Services
See also:
- MDGx "Windows 10/11 Tweaks, Fixes, Guides, Downloads + Links" -> "Tweak Windows 10/11 Services" chapter in WIN10.TXT
(included):
http://www.mdgx.com/10.php
http://www.mdgx.com/WIN10.TXT
- MDGx "HOSTS Files, Guides + Tools" -> "NOTE 2: DNS Client Service" -> "More info:":
http://www.mdgx.com/hosts.php#N2
- MDGx "Windows NTx Services tweaking tools [free(ware)]" -> "SERVICES" section in TOOLS.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/tools.php
http://www.mdgx.com/TOOLS.TXT

* To tweak all available Windows services depending on your installed Windows NTx OS build/edition/release/update/version +
bit strength [32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)]: right-click on SERVICES.HTA (included)
http://www.mdgx.com/SERVICES.HTA
-> Run as Administrator [will open by default in Internet Explorer (IE) web browser] -> scroll down the list -> tweak available
services: Automatic, Manual (Demand) or Disabled -> click "Save Changes" button.
To view a list of all running Windows services from within SERVICES.HTA: click "View SERV_LOG.TXT" button (will be saved by
default in the same directory/folder where SERVICES.HTA resides) -> double-click on SERV_LOG.TXT -> will open in your
Notepad/similar/better plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
associated with text (.txt) files as default program.
HTML Application (HTA):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML_Application
MDGx SERVICES.HTA = based on JSWare XPFix XPFixServ.hta script:
http://www.jsware.net/jsware/xpfix.php5
XPFix (freeware):
http://www.jsware.net/jsware/zips/fixpack.zip

* Save/view/print all types of lists of Windows Services from the DOS console command line:
http://docs.microsoft.com/powershell/module/microsoft.powershell.management/get-service/
http://www.shellhacks.com/windows-list-services-cmd-powershell/
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/extract-list-of-running-stopped-disabled-services/
Save your list(s) of services to text file(s) (examples) from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE):
right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press Enter after each line:
NET.EXE START>SVC_STARTED.TXT
WMIC.EXE SERVICE list full /format:list>SVC_FULL.TXT
WMIC.EXE SERVICE list>SVC_LIST.TXT
TASKLIST.EXE /SVC /FI "imagename eq svchost.exe">SVC_HOST.TXT
TASKLIST.EXE /SVC | FIND.EXE "svchost.exe">SVC_HOST2.TXT
TASKLIST.EXE /SVC>SVC_TASK.TXT
SC.EXE QUERY state= all|FINDSTR.EXE "DISPLAY_NAME STATE">SVC_STATE.TXT
SC.EXE QUERY type= service>SVC_ALL.TXT
WMIC.exe is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32\wbem folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS], and is listed on your system PATH.
View all directories/folders listed in your system PATH from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE):
right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
PATH
WMIC (Windows Management Instrumentation Command):
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/win32/wmisdk/wmic/
MS TechNet: WMIC:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/bb742610.aspx
Dedoimedo: WMIC - The Windows secret weapon:
http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/windows-wmic.html
ComputerHope: WMIC:
http://www.computerhope.com/wmic.htm
Rob van der Woude: WMIC:
http://www.robvanderwoude.com/wmic.php
quux: WMIC Snippets:
http://quux.wiki.zoho.com/WMIC-Snippets.html
SS64: WMIC.EXE:
http://www.ss64.com/nt/wmic.html
Wikipedia: WMI:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Management_Instrumentation
You can also use PowerShell commands: right-click PowerShell shortcut or C:\WINDOWS\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\PowerShell.exe
[default location] -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter (example):
Get-Service | Where-Object {$_.Status -eq "Running"} | Out-File -filepath "SVC_RUNNING.TXT"
All text files above will be saved by default in the directory/folder you're running these executables or DOS consoles from,
unless you've specified a different destination. To change destination you need to add the full path (drive letter +
directory/folder name) in front of each text file (C:\Services used in this example):
NET.EXE START>C:\Services\SVC_STARTED.TXT
View ANSI/Unicode text files using Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
ServiWin 32-bit + 64-bit displays, stops/(re)starts, pauses/continues + disables/(re)enables Windows services + drivers:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/serviwin.html
ServiWin 64-bit:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/serviwin-x64.zip
ServiWin 32-bit:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/serviwin.zip
Create complete Drivers + Services HTML Report:
ServiWin -> Help -> Run As Administrator [or hold Ctrl + press F11] -> View -> HTML Report - All Items.

* Turn OFF Windows Enterprise Vista/newer + Windows Server 2008/newer BranchCache [PeerDistSvc] service used only for wide
area network (WAN) bandwidth optimization if not deploying/maintaining/running/servicing a WAN from your
personal/business/enterprise computer(s)/server(s):
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/networking/branchcache/branchcache/
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/networking/core-network-guide/cncg/bc-hcm/1-deploy-bc-hcm/
http://searchenterprisedesktop.techtarget.com/definition/Microsoft-Windows-BranchCache/
Disable BranchCache [PeerDistSvc] service from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD
shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press Enter after each line:
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP PeerDistSvc
SC.EXE CONFIG PeerDistSvc START= disabled
OR:
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\PeerDistSvc]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\PeerDistSvc]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\PeerDistSvc]
"Start"=dword:4
;
------End cut & paste here------
______________________________________________________________________________



Turn OFF Action/Security Center + Notifications/Messages



* Stop + Disable Windows Security Center (WSC) service from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE):
right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press Enter after each line:
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP wscsvc
SC.EXE CONFIG wscsvc START= disabled
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\wscsvc" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f

* Turn OFF Action/Defender/Security Center + annoying balloon tips/security/taskbar/tile/toast notifications/messages/pop-ups
in Windows 7/newer:
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/105486-enable-disable-notifications-windows-security-windows-10-a.html
http://www.heelpbook.net/2019/windows-10-disable-notifications-and-notifications-balloons/
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-change-windows-10-toast-notifications-into-balloon-notifications/
http://www.askvg.com/secret-trick-to-disable-turn-off-annoying-feature-advertisement-balloon-notifications-in-windows-7/
http://admx.help/?Category=Windows_10_2016&Policy=Microsoft.Policies.TaskBar2::TaskbarNoNotification
http://www.groovypost.com/howto/windows-8-7-disable-notification-balloons-taskbar/
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/disable-all-notification-balloons-in-windows-vista/
http://www.heelpbook.net/2019/windows-10-disable-notifications-and-notifications-balloons/
http://www.technorms.com/24581/
http://smallvoid.com/article/winnt-balloon-tip.html
http://superuser.com/questions/883745/
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/en-us/c5b66543-5b2f-4399-946a-bbd4fa4baccc/
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"DisableActionCenter"=dword:1
"DisableNotificationCenter"=dword:1
"DisableSearchBoxSuggestions"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"DisableActionCenter"=dword:1
"DisableNotificationCenter"=dword:1
"DisableSearchBoxSuggestions"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"DisableActionCenter"=dword:1
"DisableNotificationCenter"=dword:1
"DisableSearchBoxSuggestions"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"DisableActionCenter"=dword:1
"DisableNotificationCenter"=dword:1
"DisableSearchBoxSuggestions"=dword:1
"HideSCAHealth"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"DisableActionCenter"=dword:1
"DisableNotificationCenter"=dword:1
"DisableSearchBoxSuggestions"=dword:1
"HideSCAHealth"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"DisableActionCenter"=dword:1
"DisableNotificationCenter"=dword:1
"DisableSearchBoxSuggestions"=dword:1
"HideSCAHealth"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"HideSCAHealth"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"HideSCAHealth"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"HideSCAHealth"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\Svc]
"AntiVirusDisableNotify"=dword:1
"FirewallDisableNotify"=dword:1
"UpdatesDisableNotify"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Security Center\Svc]
"AntiVirusDisableNotify"=dword:1
"FirewallDisableNotify"=dword:1
"UpdatesDisableNotify"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Security Center\Svc]
"AntiVirusDisableNotify"=dword:1
"FirewallDisableNotify"=dword:1
"UpdatesDisableNotify"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender Security Center\Notifications]
"DisableEnhancedNotifications"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell]
"UseActionCenterExperience"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CloudContent]
"DisableSoftLanding"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"EnableLegacyBalloonNotifications"=dword:1
"NoBalloonFeatureAdvertisements"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"EnableLegacyBalloonNotifications"=dword:1
"NoBalloonFeatureAdvertisements"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"EnableLegacyBalloonNotifications"=dword:1
"NoBalloonFeatureAdvertisements"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"TaskbarNoNotification"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"TaskbarNoNotification"=dword:0
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"TaskbarNoNotification"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"EnableBalloonTips"=dword:0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"EnableBalloonTips"=dword:0
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"EnableBalloonTips"=dword:0
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn ON Balloon Tips Taskbar Notifications/Messages in Windows 7/newer:
http://smallvoid.com/article/winnt-balloon-tip.html
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"EnableBalloonTips"=dword:1
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"EnableBalloonTips"=dword:1
[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"EnableBalloonTips"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Turn OFF all Action/Security Center (Automatic/Scheduled Maintenance) annoying check boxes/messages/notifications/pop-ups
in Windows 7/newer:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/dd492018.aspx
http://docs.microsoft.com/previous-versions/technet-magazine/images/dd492018.alerts3.jpg.jpg
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/en-us/w7itproui/thread/83dc3de6-70b7-450f-992c-60511e4a6c4f/
http://www.winaero.com/blog/registry-tweak-to-disable-action-center-notifications-in-windows-7/
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/automatic-maintenance-windows-8/
http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/automatic-maintenance-disable-schedule-windows-8-10/
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/windows-action-center-message/
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/turn-off-security-and-maintenance-messages-in-windows-10/
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/40161-manually-start-stop-automatic-maintenance-windows-10-a.html
http://thegeekpage.com/manually-start-and-disable-automatic-maintenance-in-windows-10/
http://www.makeuseof.com/how-to-fix-windows-unable-to-run-automatic-maintenance-error/
Turn OFF/stop all automatic/scheduled maintenance + security actions/functions/tasks from a DOS console command prompt
(%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command:
MSchedExe.exe Stop
-> press Enter.
MicroSoft Schedule Executable (Automatic Maintenance) tool [MSchedExe.exe] is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder
[%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS].
Start -> Control Panel (CP) or Run... [hold WinKey + press R] -> type:
control.exe
-> press Enter -> Action Center -> Maintenance -> right hand down arrow -> Automatic Maintenance -> Turn on messages about
Automatic Maintenance -> Change maintenance settings -> uncheck "Allow scheduled maintenanace to wake up my computer at the
scheduled time" box -> Action Center -> Change Action Center settings -> Maintenance messages -> uncheck
"Automatic Maintenance" box -> OK.
Start -> Control Panel (CP) or Run... [hold WinKey + press R] -> type:
control.exe
-> press Enter -> System and Security category -> Security and Maintenance -> Change Security and Maintenance settings ->
Turn messages on or off -> uncheck all available Security messages and Maintenance messages boxes [unfortunately some are
unavailable depending on specific OSes/policies/settings/restrictions ;-(] -> OK.
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\Maintenance]
"MaintenanceDisabled"=dword:1
[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Action Center]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Action Center]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Action Center\Checks\{01979c6a-42fa-414c-b8aa-eee2c8202018}.check.100]
"CheckSetting"=hex:01,00,00,00,d0,8c,9d,df,01,15,d1,11,8c,7a,00,c0,4f,c2,97,eb,\
01,00,00,00,a1,83,01,f4,91,88,0b,41,99,d1,cd,6e,b8,2a,4c,5d,00,00,00,00,02,\
00,00,00,00,00,10,66,00,00,00,01,00,00,20,00,00,00,e2,97,b6,5b,6f,60,f3,7b,\
cf,53,6b,b5,dd,de,0c,32,fb,f9,f1,c9,a8,85,75,4e,23,ce,3e,a7,8d,0e,21,cf,00,\
00,00,00,0e,80,00,00,00,02,00,00,20,00,00,00,9b,6b,77,a4,52,21,2c,5e,09,d6,\
47,f4,f5,02,52,bc,79,e8,ce,e2,7e,71,31,32,a3,15,6a,c0,4d,bf,d3,1e,b0,00,00,\
00,9e,cc,3b,5a,c9,eb,a5,6b,aa,3b,f5,05,22,45,bd,ac,7d,03,ce,1b,58,ea,69,30,\
ed,81,64,17,75,c5,ea,ea,04,51,ad,cb,bf,a3,e8,f8,f4,0b,f1,ed,49,db,04,ce,eb,\
c0,da,d7,7e,bb,d6,81,86,66,23,70,b3,30,9c,5b,53,70,c6,04,d4,5a,67,39,27,4b,\
7c,43,14,74,72,38,95,aa,53,1c,af,5d,44,42,61,09,27,01,14,54,b3,d8,f5,e5,d1,\
5c,65,96,23,50,65,35,66,65,9a,e3,da,af,a4,73,e6,0d,39,17,87,4d,1a,40,67,df,\
f9,51,ef,00,c5,63,d6,01,24,be,43,80,1c,b9,e2,92,dd,7a,e5,8e,5e,45,80,da,a7,\
22,c8,65,85,04,0e,6d,1d,4b,44,99,52,70,a3,13,e1,d4,bd,da,8a,b0,27,31,5f,f2,\
29,fb,40,00,00,00,0f,e8,43,32,cd,b1,1d,1d,fa,34,dd,6b,08,25,af,42,62,02,b9,\
b7,fe,61,ec,60,98,37,23,8e,46,d9,b9,4f,56,dd,21,be,99,8f,5f,03,dc,e4,2d,81,\
21,95,78,8c,2f,08,d2,4e,cc,27,9d,3f,1e,07,f2,fa,3c,72,8b,11
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Action Center\Checks\{01979c6a-42fa-414c-b8aa-eee2c8202018}.check.101]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Action Center\Checks\{11CD958A-C507-4EF3-B3F2-5FD9DFBD2C78}.check.101]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Action Center\Checks\{852FB1F8-5CC6-4567-9C0E-7C330F8807C2}.check.100]
"CheckSetting"=hex:23,00,41,00,43,00,42,00,6c,00,6f,00,62,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Action Center\Checks\{852FB1F8-5CC6-4567-9C0E-7C330F8807C2}.check.101]
"CheckSetting"=hex:23,00,41,00,43,00,42,00,6c,00,6f,00,62,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Action Center\Checks\{945a8954-c147-4acd-923f-40c45405a658}.check.42]
"CheckSetting"=hex:01,00,00,00,d0,8c,9d,df,01,15,d1,11,8c,7a,00,c0,4f,c2,97,eb,\
01,00,00,00,a1,83,01,f4,91,88,0b,41,99,d1,cd,6e,b8,2a,4c,5d,00,00,00,00,02,\
00,00,00,00,00,10,66,00,00,00,01,00,00,20,00,00,00,19,0e,64,43,a7,00,37,cc,\
24,94,48,4a,2f,79,3f,13,dc,b3,c1,11,80,fe,61,e4,1b,6b,dd,9b,41,f7,7e,03,00,\
00,00,00,0e,80,00,00,00,02,00,00,20,00,00,00,ea,0c,21,40,a1,54,3d,98,be,f1,\
ed,1f,99,a2,ba,63,23,41,ea,e8,a3,43,8d,ae,e8,8c,4f,d4,e8,3a,8a,26,30,00,00,\
00,b1,00,f7,23,f2,4d,60,8d,f0,b1,6e,f1,6e,b5,c9,78,4f,ed,14,7f,5c,de,4c,e4,\
04,1e,7e,75,b9,06,91,1d,90,50,7f,9a,ea,af,ed,80,76,e5,2b,72,18,b6,2d,1c,40,\
00,00,00,90,5e,71,72,21,df,fd,63,3a,5b,ad,c8,fb,3d,64,54,3c,a3,2b,e6,c0,df,\
24,c0,77,73,8b,11,9c,41,8e,0b,fe,a6,8c,53,d7,6b,88,e8,f2,b0,38,32,b2,7f,dd,\
4f,cc,97,2d,0d,7a,27,6a,c5,7b,6d,8c,26,e0,46,17,24
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Action Center\Checks\{A5268B8E-7DB5-465b-BAB7-BDCDA39A394A}.check.100]
"CheckSetting"=hex:01,00,00,00,d0,8c,9d,df,01,15,d1,11,8c,7a,00,c0,4f,c2,97,eb,\
01,00,00,00,a1,83,01,f4,91,88,0b,41,99,d1,cd,6e,b8,2a,4c,5d,00,00,00,00,02,\
00,00,00,00,00,10,66,00,00,00,01,00,00,20,00,00,00,ee,7c,38,98,5d,96,3f,0e,\
57,4f,ff,44,e3,44,cc,7f,44,aa,43,a7,dd,0d,e4,9f,43,4c,4a,89,bd,9e,d6,70,00,\
00,00,00,0e,80,00,00,00,02,00,00,20,00,00,00,50,ca,d8,2e,60,f7,f0,7d,ac,7c,\
ea,2c,ca,42,fb,5e,1d,d3,aa,8c,b2,04,3f,3c,b4,ab,71,e6,fc,ca,e9,c3,30,00,00,\
00,4a,a2,2c,d5,41,4b,db,ce,12,a4,d4,09,46,93,dc,56,cd,de,1e,a6,7c,96,ec,89,\
a5,58,6c,75,2c,1d,26,de,07,11,0e,78,92,38,53,2c,d7,29,1b,f4,7d,8c,a7,5f,40,\
00,00,00,0b,53,d6,4e,ed,cf,f0,45,61,82,6a,a8,43,61,68,45,b9,db,b7,66,e7,bc,\
be,cb,de,61,47,7c,87,78,6d,86,02,9f,55,c4,79,d1,23,af,5d,02,98,8a,2e,1e,90,\
97,1d,7b,5e,89,05,0c,8e,e8,1e,27,b9,bb,8a,7b,72,db
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Action Center\Checks\{C8E6F269-B90A-4053-A3BE-499AFCEC98C4}.check.0]
"CheckSetting"=hex:01,00,00,00,d0,8c,9d,df,01,15,d1,11,8c,7a,00,c0,4f,c2,97,eb,\
01,00,00,00,a1,83,01,f4,91,88,0b,41,99,d1,cd,6e,b8,2a,4c,5d,00,00,00,00,02,\
00,00,00,00,00,10,66,00,00,00,01,00,00,20,00,00,00,d4,9a,ac,e0,26,2d,59,a0,\
0a,44,ef,45,da,f6,cc,32,29,96,0a,a8,78,16,aa,3f,b4,47,af,75,7c,3f,1c,3b,00,\
00,00,00,0e,80,00,00,00,02,00,00,20,00,00,00,9a,86,a6,87,00,84,58,01,25,5b,\
79,f0,c8,c8,f1,85,9e,8f,f9,87,7b,81,69,df,28,1d,3f,d5,b1,c3,81,df,30,00,00,\
00,5e,7d,46,e7,14,df,a6,d2,f2,6c,78,be,ab,97,b5,fd,89,56,2d,a5,4f,56,60,f5,\
f6,db,18,dd,23,62,38,cc,79,c3,28,70,42,52,19,34,e0,19,5b,3a,ff,c3,cb,d4,40,\
00,00,00,3a,2d,33,0c,59,9c,3d,e5,83,74,b4,dc,a8,49,38,44,aa,45,00,5b,7a,e0,\
20,88,d3,67,8b,e5,48,d7,e9,79,10,0b,03,1e,ab,54,1f,24,a1,2f,0a,d3,8d,d5,36,\
c0,45,7f,f9,55,43,71,53,d0,33,9e,cd,86,25,2c,6d,13
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Action Center\Checks\{DAB69A6A-4D2A-4D44-94BF-E0091898C881}.check.100]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Action Center\Checks\{E8433B72-5842-4d43-8645-BC2C35960837}.check.100]
"CheckSetting"=hex:01,00,00,00,d0,8c,9d,df,01,15,d1,11,8c,7a,00,c0,4f,c2,97,eb,\
01,00,00,00,a1,83,01,f4,91,88,0b,41,99,d1,cd,6e,b8,2a,4c,5d,00,00,00,00,02,\
00,00,00,00,00,10,66,00,00,00,01,00,00,20,00,00,00,93,86,7f,88,25,8c,28,ff,\
12,39,7f,42,77,8e,46,d5,59,5b,a4,76,35,19,c7,87,98,10,b1,82,de,41,1d,30,00,\
00,00,00,0e,80,00,00,00,02,00,00,20,00,00,00,fd,b3,73,53,df,86,fc,a7,27,47,\
7b,88,c9,d2,c5,45,b4,ac,59,79,8a,0a,4d,ce,86,c4,55,fc,ee,47,d0,87,c0,00,00,\
00,4a,f1,21,2f,78,91,0f,ac,18,54,e3,d8,ae,54,9a,af,62,c1,bd,57,2e,b4,a7,a3,\
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56,ae,45,d4,4d,c9,f2,09,3f,74,38,5e,d2,f4,7e,dc,04,14,fd,d5,fc,70,c4,5c,10,\
1a,ac,1f,61,64,5a,45,fb,db,d4,ec
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Action Center\Checks\{E8433B72-5842-4d43-8645-BC2C35960837}.check.101]
"CheckSetting"=hex:01,00,00,00,d0,8c,9d,df,01,15,d1,11,8c,7a,00,c0,4f,c2,97,eb,\
01,00,00,00,a1,83,01,f4,91,88,0b,41,99,d1,cd,6e,b8,2a,4c,5d,00,00,00,00,02,\
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a9,97,de,a5,ba,bc,51,67,76,55,d5,7e,a3,37,3b,b1,5a,1c,b2,f3,92,6d,42,fb,00,\
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92,ba,2b,ff,20,28,4b,8a,ee,ad,de,f3,60,2d,a4,a1,51,91,ac,c9,78,c6,30,00,00,\
00,ae,25,b6,95,e6,50,f1,eb,62,51,42,3e,2c,b0,3d,cc,52,a7,af,ca,76,8d,20,94,\
bc,23,67,6b,21,ad,f3,cd,76,13,77,07,44,24,70,34,d9,2c,f6,69,51,26,e9,59,40,\
00,00,00,dd,dc,47,be,c7,2a,60,af,73,88,c1,1a,17,cd,fd,c8,bb,ba,b1,83,41,d9,\
83,7b,e2,e1,02,3e,98,82,68,da,b4,33,08,19,8a,d6,52,57,89,72,eb,71,49,26,b1,\
b0,e9,79,0b,d2,8e,d8,6c,25,ca,e2,6c,e5,95,48,1e,11
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Action Center\Checks\{E8433B72-5842-4d43-8645-BC2C35960837}.check.102]
"CheckSetting"=hex:01,00,00,00,d0,8c,9d,df,01,15,d1,11,8c,7a,00,c0,4f,c2,97,eb,\
01,00,00,00,a1,83,01,f4,91,88,0b,41,99,d1,cd,6e,b8,2a,4c,5d,00,00,00,00,02,\
00,00,00,00,00,10,66,00,00,00,01,00,00,20,00,00,00,50,43,6c,78,43,64,b3,b1,\
27,00,50,6a,2b,4b,af,34,d0,fc,8e,5f,21,3f,cd,e8,f2,7b,e4,00,68,18,68,50,00,\
00,00,00,0e,80,00,00,00,02,00,00,20,00,00,00,20,5c,4c,a9,2d,ca,57,f5,03,b7,\
7a,bd,40,93,cb,57,5c,1b,22,3b,be,e3,2e,ac,42,05,b3,db,2d,0e,c8,3f,c0,00,00,\
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c1,7b,ca,b1,be,dd,8b,44,b2,93,06,6f,7a,24,91,42,79,af,25,57,84,27,bd,65,83,\
ff,e4,a9,bd,22,fe,88,70,b1,98,a8,29,f7,ef,e4,b8,00,77,16,28,76,4e,77,04,93,\
e5,42,b3,f1,06,2a,0c,66,29,b9,7f,55,18,68,ac,44,c9,94,10,80,5a,e2,06,0e,4c,\
e6,72,0e,e2,41,8a,86,b8,64,bb,1e,84,20,35,11,d9,ac,22,d5,40,c3,38,74,cf,39,\
18,5d,d0,8f,dc,c0,1c,56,9e,f5,71,40,af,2c,9e,a5,0e,64,18,fb,6c,87,14,72,a3,\
26,de,70,da,7c,89,88,1e,5d,d7,eb,1f,a0,8e,e0,54,b4,6f,71,d3,ec,c7,03,dd,93,\
df,56,01,c0,a2,02,bd,94,13,77,d9,e9,43,5a,8c,a8,58,54,40,00,00,00,9a,80,b6,\
56,38,cb,d9,d0,3f,35,bd,3e,80,7f,1c,3e,a0,55,8c,b8,86,97,cd,37,e6,15,3a,be,\
92,6c,0d,2d,d5,6c,f2,fe,fe,be,85,5e,61,38,2c,df,ea,95,20,71,6b,54,a1,64,c2,\
ab,55,4a,9f,02,95,62,0c,db,2c,d0
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Action Center\Checks\{E8433B72-5842-4d43-8645-BC2C35960837}.check.103]
"CheckSetting"=hex:01,00,00,00,d0,8c,9d,df,01,15,d1,11,8c,7a,00,c0,4f,c2,97,eb,\
01,00,00,00,a1,83,01,f4,91,88,0b,41,99,d1,cd,6e,b8,2a,4c,5d,00,00,00,00,02,\
00,00,00,00,00,10,66,00,00,00,01,00,00,20,00,00,00,4d,55,53,40,ef,8f,10,36,\
39,ae,1c,0d,10,f9,80,c8,20,3e,b9,0d,ff,84,8e,2e,36,85,de,cf,45,17,6c,1d,00,\
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63,62,de,6e,93,f5,be,98,a6,d2,c5,c1,9a,2a,b7,10,42,cc,00,44,4e,35,c0,00,00,\
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09,d9,b9,30,88,e1,c2,c3,b9,c8,27,96,9b,b7,97,47,77,17,8a,78,f3,53,bb,01,97,\
88,2d,09,ed,45,ae,85,2c,73,cb,58,9f,33,9f,9a,94,e9,8c,cd,45,5d,b9,f1,46,9f,\
59,15,7a,93,06,e3,2f,80,66,01,4b,f7,a4,83,d2,e5,bc,14,7e,ac,6a,67,5e,2b,01,\
18,98,64,14,67,02,3f,a8,46,7b,1b,02,d1,8e,bd,20,ca,47,4b,10,44,e7,10,5b,93,\
03,a7,6a,c6,71,3a,b8,23,25,52,09,94,d4,10,0c,ac,5b,07,ba,35,62,cd,80,1d,75,\
dc,9b,ff,93,d6,a3,c4,80,20,f7,13,f5,a8,ed,2a,49,7d,97,40,00,00,00,da,46,de,\
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50,23,89,03,0f,c9,4e,62,62,f2,85
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Action Center\Checks\{E8433B72-5842-4d43-8645-BC2C35960837}.check.104]
"CheckSetting"=hex:01,00,00,00,d0,8c,9d,df,01,15,d1,11,8c,7a,00,c0,4f,c2,97,eb,\
01,00,00,00,a1,83,01,f4,91,88,0b,41,99,d1,cd,6e,b8,2a,4c,5d,00,00,00,00,02,\
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ce,74,7c,b0,21,7d,9f,2b,a0,b1,63,f8,06,ae,45,c2,66
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Action Center\Checks\{E8433B72-5842-4d43-8645-BC2C35960837}.check.106]
;
------End cut & paste here------
______________________________________________________________________________



Logon + Password Tweaks



* WMIC.EXE:
Disable PasswordExpiryWarning Registry value:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/ee829687.aspx
Disable Password expiration for all accounts using WMIC.EXE command:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/73210-password-expiration-enable-disable.html
Example (Run as Administrator):
wbem\WMIC.exe UserAccount set PasswordExpires=False
WMIC.exe is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32\wbem folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS], and is listed on your system PATH.
View all directories/folders listed in your system PATH from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE):
right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
PATH
WMIC (Windows Management Instrumentation Command):
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/win32/wmisdk/wmic/
MS TechNet: WMIC:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/bb742610.aspx
Dedoimedo: WMIC - The Windows secret weapon:
http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/windows-wmic.html
ComputerHope: WMIC:
http://www.computerhope.com/wmic.htm
Rob van der Woude: WMIC:
http://www.robvanderwoude.com/wmic.php
quux: WMIC Snippets:
http://quux.wiki.zoho.com/WMIC-Snippets.html
SS64: WMIC.EXE:
http://www.ss64.com/nt/wmic.html
Wikipedia: WMI:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Management_Instrumentation

* NET.EXE:
http://www.ss64.com/nt/net.html
Syntax:
NET [ ACCOUNTS | COMPUTER | CONFIG | CONTINUE | FILE | GROUP | HELP |
HELPMSG | LOCALGROUP | NAME | PAUSE | PRINT | SEND | SESSION |
SHARE | START | STATISTICS | STOP | TIME | USE | USER | VIEW ]
Logon, Lockout + Password enforcement (Run as Administrator):
C:\>NET.EXE ACCOUNTS
Force user logoff how long after time expires?: Never
Minimum password age (days): 999
Maximum password age (days): Unlimited
Minimum password length: 0
Length of password history maintained: None
Lockout threshold: Never
Lockout duration (minutes): 0
Lockout observation window (minutes): 0
Computer role: WORKSTATION
Run as Administrator:
NET ACCOUNTS /?
http://www.ss64.com/nt/net-useradmin.html
http://support.microsoft.com/help/556003/
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/dd277400.aspx
Syntax:
NET ACCOUNTS
[/FORCELOGOFF:{minutes|NO}]
[/MINPWLEN:length]
[/MAXPWAGE:{days|UNLIMITED}]
[/MINPWAGE:days]
[/UNIQUEPW:number]
[/DOMAIN]
[/lockoutwindow:(0-99999) MUST be = or > than "Lockout duration" number]
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/72271-account-lockout-reset-invalid-logon-counter.html
[/lockoutduration:(1-99999) MUST be = or < than "Lockout observation window" number]
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/72258-account-lockout-duration-locked-out-user-accounts.html
Disable Password age, expiration + length restrictions + Lockout timeouts (Run as Administrator):
NET.EXE ACCOUNTS /lockoutduration:0 /lockoutwindow:0 /MAXPWAGE:UNLIMITED /MINPWAGE:999 /FORCELOGOFF:NO

* WinLogon Registry Settings:
ReportBootOk:
http://franck.kiechel.free.fr/dbr_eng/WinLogon.htm
AutoAdminLogon:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/324737/
ShutdownFlags:
http://github.com/lithnet/idle-logoff/blob/master/src/Lithnet.IdleLogoff/ShutdownFlags.cs
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/windows/aedfc165-5b2c-4f6c-ada8-144b2c7094e6/
DisableCAD:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/960271/
WinLogon Registry file (example):
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
; Some of these settings apply only to Windows 32-bit OSes:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
"Background"="0 0 0"
"DebugServerCommand"="no"
"Shell"="explorer.exe"
"DefaultDomainName"=""
"DefaultUserName"=""
"DisableCAD"=dword:0
"AutoRestartShell"=dword:1
"CachedLogonsCount"="50"
"FirstLogon"=dword:0
"ForceUnlockLogon"=dword:0
"LegalNoticeCaption"=-
"LegalNoticeText"=-
"LogonType"=-
"PasswordExpiryWarning"=dword:fffffff3
"PowerdownAfterShutdown"="1"
"ShutdownWithoutLogon"="1"
"WinStationsDisabled"="0"
"ScRemoveOption"="0"
"ShutdownFlags"=dword:a
; "ShutdownFlags"=dword:2b
"EnableConcurrentSessions"=-
"AllowMultipleTSSessions"=-
"ParseAutoexec"=-
"ShowLogonOptions"=dword:0
; "IgnoreShiftOveride"=dword:0
"IgnoreShiftOveride"=-
"HibernationPreviouslyEnabled"=dword:0
"AutoAdminLogon"="1"
"AutoLogonCount"=-
"ReportControllerMissing"="false"
"ReportBootOk"="1"
"Welcome"="Your Account or Domain Name"
; "PreCreateKnownFolders"="{A520A1A4-1780-4FF6-BD18-167343C5AF16}"
"PreCreateKnownFolders"=""
; "VMApplet"="SystemPropertiesPerformance.exe /pagefile"
"VMApplet"=""
;
------End cut & paste here------
______________________________________________________________________________



Clock Sync



* Fix "Time difference too great" Time Sync Error:
http://www.raymond.cc/blog/auto-sync-pc-clock-on-windows-startup/
Using one of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) NTP public servers in this example:
time-b.nist.gov
List of Network Time Protocol (NTP) public servers:
http://tf.nist.gov/tf-cgi/servers.cgi
http://support.ntp.org/bin/view/Servers/NTPPoolServers
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time]
"Start"=dword:3
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Config]
"MaxPosPhaseCorrection"=dword:ffffffff
"EventLogFlags"=dword:0
"MaxNegPhaseCorrection"=dword:ffffffff
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters]
"ServiceDllUnloadOnStop"=dword:1
"NtpServer"="time-b.nist.gov"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\TimeProviders\NtpClient]
"RunOnVirtualOnly"=dword:0
"Enabled"=dword:1
"EventLogFlags"=dword:0
"SignatureAuthAllowed"=dword:1
"AllowNonstandardModeCombinations"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\TimeProviders\NtpServer]
"RunOnVirtualOnly"=dword:0
"Enabled"=dword:1
"EventLogFlags"=dword:0
"ChainDisable"=dword:0
"RequireSecureTimeSyncRequests"=dword:0
"AllowNonstandardModeCombinations"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\TimeProviders\VMICTimeProvider]
"RunOnVirtualOnly"=dword:0
"Enabled"=dword:1
"EventLogFlags"=dword:0
"AllowNonstandardModeCombinations"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------

* Run batch file (.BAT or .CMD) below to synchronize your computer clock with the NTP public server [time-b.nist.gov] (example)
specified under the "NtpServer" REG_SZ value (see above):
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text BATch (.bat) or CoMmanD (.cmd) script file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below
-> save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the BAT (.bat) or CMD (.cmd) extension -> right-click it ->
Run as Administrator -> wait for completion.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
:: (1) Start Windows Time Server (W32Time) NTP service:
SC.EXE CONFIG W32Time START= demand
ECHO Y|NET.EXE START W32Time
:: (2) Synchronize computer clock with NTP public server (example):
W32TM.EXE /config /manualpeerlist:time-b.nist.gov /syncfromflags:manual /update
W32TM.EXE /resync
:: (3) Stop Windows Time Server (W32Time) NTP service:
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP W32Time
SC.EXE CONFIG W32Time START= demand
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------

* Create a new Task (TaskSchd.msc) using batch file (.BAT or .CMD) above and schedule it to run periodically to sync your
computer clock unattended in the background:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/make-windows-7-task-scheduler-run-a-batch-file/0573dc2e-4941-44a2-8304-264864e94f1a/
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-performance/make-windows-10-task-scheduler-run-a-batch-file/e00b2fb0-02ca-439f-b534-eb34541130a9/

* MS TechNet: Windows Time Service Tools and Settings:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc773263.aspx

* Update Internet Time from the DOS console command line:
http://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/alt.msdos.batch.nt/UpvUnYfxBkw/
http://www.netikka.net/tsneti/info/tscmd169.htm

* Synchronize Windows Clock with Internet Time Server:
http://www.guidingtech.com/3119/windows-clock-sync/

* Windows Time Sync free(ware) tools:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/free-time-synchronization-software-windows/

* Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP) synchronization clients for Windows NTx [free(ware)]:
- Dimension 4:
http://www.thinkman.com/dimension4/
Download:
http://www.thinkman.com/dimension4/download.htm
- Atomic Clock Sync (ACS):
http://www.worldtimeserver.com/atomic-clock/
- Time-Sync:
http://www.speed-soft.de/software/time_sync/
Download:
http://www.speed-soft.de/software/time_sync/details/download.php
- Neutron:
http://www.keir.net/neutron.html
File:
http://www.keir.net/download/neutron.zip

* Wikipedia: Time Server:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_server

* Wikipedia: Network Time Protocol (NTP):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_Time_Protocol
______________________________________________________________________________



CMD, Commands, Environment + Console



* Windows Environment Variables Tutorial:
http://www.xahlee.info/mswin/env_var.html

* What Are Environment Variables & How Can I Use Them?
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/what-are-environment-variables-how-can-i-use-them-windows/

* MSDN: Environment Variables:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/desktop/ms682653.aspx

* Environment variable:
http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/e/envivari.htm

* Wikipedia: Environment variable:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environment_variable

* Introduction to Windows Command Prompt:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/windows-command-prompt-introduction/

* SS64: Windows NTx Operating System (OS) Standard (built-in) Environment Variables:
http://www.ss64.com/nt/syntax-variables.html

* SS64: Detecting 64-bit vs 32-bit Windows NTx Operating System (OS):
http://www.ss64.com/nt/syntax-64bit.html

* How-to Geek: Use Global System Environment Variables in Windows:
http://www.howtogeek.com/51807/how-to-create-and-use-global-system-environment-variables/

* Complete List of Environment Variables in Windows 7:
http://www.sevenforums.com/performance-maintenance/136057-windows-7-environment-variables-list.html

* Complete List of Environment Variables in Windows 10:
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3234-environment-variables-windows-10-a.html

* MS TechNet: Command Line Reference:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc754340.aspx

* SS64: Index of Windows CMD Commands A-Z:
http://www.ss64.com/nt/

* SS64: Categorized List of Windows CMD Commands:
http://www.ss64.com/nt/commands.html

* SS64: CMD.EXE:
http://www.ss64.com/nt/cmd.html

* SS64: Windows Start | Run commands:
http://www.ss64.com/nt/run.html

* MS DOCs: CMD.EXE:
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/administration/windows-commands/cmd/

* SS64: SET:
http://www.ss64.com/nt/set.html

* SS64: SETX.EXE:
http://www.ss64.com/nt/setx.html

* Rob van der Woude's Scripting Pages:
http://www.robvanderwoude.com/

* Complete list of Windows CMD Commands:
http://www.lifewire.com/list-of-4092302/

* Complete list of MS-DOS Commands:
http://www.lifewire.com/dos-commands-4070427/

* Wikipedia: List of DOS commands:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_DOS_commands

* Execute (run) program/batch/script/process/service selectively depending on installed Windows Operating System (OS) bit
strength: 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) (example):
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text BATch (.bat) or CoMmanD (.cmd) script file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below
-> save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the BAT (.bat) or CMD (.cmd) extension -> right-click it ->
Run as Administrator -> wait for completion.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
IF NOT EXIST %WinDir%\SYSTEM32\REG.EXE GOTO END
IF NOT "%PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE%"=="AMD64" GOTO X86
REG.EXE DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run" /v SunJavaUpdateSched /f
GOTO END
:X86
REG.EXE DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run" /v SunJavaUpdateSched /f
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------

* Add custom environment variables to the default list of SET commands (examples):
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text BATch (.bat) or CoMmanD (.cmd) script file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below
-> save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the BAT (.bat) or CMD (.cmd) extension -> right-click it ->
Run as Administrator -> wait for completion.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
IF NOT EXIST %WinDir%\SYSTEM32\SETX.EXE GOTO END
SETX.EXE DIRCMD "/A:-D/B/O:GNE/-P/S"
SETX.EXE COPYCMD "/Y" /M
SETX.EXE DEVMGR_SHOW_DETAILS "1" /M
SETX.EXE DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES "1" /M
SETX.EXE FP_NO_HOST_CHECK "NO" /M
SETX.EXE GOOGLE_API_KEY "NO" /M
SETX.EXE GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_ID "NO" /M
SETX.EXE GOOGLE_DEFAULT_CLIENT_SECRET "NO" /M
SETX.EXE windows_tracing_flags "0" /M
SETX.EXE windows_tracing_logfile "%TEMP%\CSILOG.LOG" /M
SETX.EXE deployment.expiration.check.enabled "false" /M
SETX.EXE SEE_MASK_NOZONECHECKS "1" /M
SETX.EXE __COMPAT_LAYER "RunAsAdmin" /M
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------
Run CMD.EXE (as Administrator) -> type SET -> press Enter to view all installed SET environment variables (examples):
SET | MORE
or save list to plain text file:
SET>%TEMP%\ENVLIST.TXT
Example:
http://www.winaero.com/blog/how-to-see-names-and-values-of-environment-variables-in-windows-8-and-windows-7/

* Environment variables Registry keys:
All Users (system wide) active key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment
All Users (system wide) backup key #1:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Session Manager\Environment
All Users (system wide) backup key #2:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Control\Session Manager\Environment
Current User (logged on user) key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Environment
Default User (generic user) key:
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Environment
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Paging (Swap) File Tweaks



* Optimizing Memory Configuration:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc938581.aspx
Memory Management:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc951698.aspx
Enhance Windows Memory Management Through Registry:
http://www.registryrecycler.com/blog/2013/07/enhance-windows-memory-management-through-registry/
LargeSystemCache + PagedPoolSize + SystemPages registry values:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/bb463205.aspx
PagedPoolQuota registry value:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc759495.aspx
PagedPoolSize registry value:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc738462.aspx
PoolUsageMaximum registry value:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/312362/
http://helpforsure.wordpress.com/tag/poolusagemaximum/
http://arcserve.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/202808835-Insufficient-System-Resources-1450-/
SessionPoolSize + SessionViewSize registry values:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/840342/
ClearPageFileAtShutdown registry value:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/314834/
ClearPageFileAtShutdown FixIt! tool:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/C/1/D/C1DC29D4-FD75-400A-A661-F72D8C6976E1/MicrosoftFixit50463.msi
SecondLevelDataCache registry value:
http://archive.arstechnica.com/tweak/nt/L2-cache-1.html
PhysicalAddressExtension registry value [Windows 32-bit (x86) only]:
http://www.registryrecycler.com/blog/2013/07/enhance-windows-memory-management-through-registry/

* Change pagefile.sys file location to another drive/partition/volume (if available), management, initial + maximum sizes:
http://garvis.ca/2018/02/07/change-the-page-in-command-line/
Right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press Enter after each line (examples):
WMIC.EXE computersystem where name="%ComputerName%" set AutomaticManagedPagefile=False
WMIC.EXE pagefileset where name="D:\\pagefile.sys" set InitialSize=65536,MaximumSize=65536
WMIC.exe is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32\wbem folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS], and is listed on your system PATH.
View all directories/folders listed in your system PATH from a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE):
right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run this command -> press Enter:
PATH
WMIC (Windows Management Instrumentation Command):
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/win32/wmisdk/wmic/
MS TechNet: WMIC:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/bb742610.aspx
Dedoimedo: WMIC - The Windows secret weapon:
http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/windows-wmic.html
ComputerHope: WMIC:
http://www.computerhope.com/wmic.htm
Rob van der Woude: WMIC:
http://www.robvanderwoude.com/wmic.php
quux: WMIC Snippets:
http://quux.wiki.zoho.com/WMIC-Snippets.html
SS64: WMIC.EXE:
http://www.ss64.com/nt/wmic.html
Wikipedia: WMI:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Management_Instrumentation

* PAGEFILE.VBS for Windows Vista/7:
http://www.cluberti.com/blog/2010/06/17/pagefile-vbs-for-vistawin7-systems-may-work-on-xp2003-not-tested/comment-page-1/
pagefileconfig.vbs:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc772827.aspx
http://ww.upgradenrepair.com/Software/Microsoft/Windows%20Server%202003/Library/P/pagefileconfigvbs.htm
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Windows (Defender) Firewall (WF) Tweaks + Tools



* "XP/2003 FIREWALL GUIDE" in TIPSXP.TXT (included) = most of these guidelines also apply to Windows 7/newer:
http://www.mdgx.com/xp2.htm#XFG

* MDGx "Free(ware) Firewalls + Network Toys" section in SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/fw.htm

* Control/optimize/secure advanced Windows Firewall (WF) behavior using Network Shell (NetSh) [NETSH.EXE] command line tool
in Windows 7/newer:
http://support.microsoft.com/help/947709/
http://www.poftut.com/manage-windows-firewall-command-line-netsh-command/
http://www.ss64.com/nt/netsh.html
http://adamtheautomator.com/netsh/
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/70699-turn-off-windows-defender-firewall-windows-10-a.html
http://www.itninja.com/blog/view/how-to-add-firewall-rules-using-netsh-exe-advanced-way/
http://www.stigviewer.com/stig/microsoft_windows_server_2012_domain_controller/2013-07-25/finding/WN12-FW-000005
NetSh [NETSH.EXE] is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS].
Examples (globally for all connection/profile types, or separately for each connection/profile type):
Right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press Enter after each line:
NETSH.EXE advfirewall set allprofiles state on
NETSH.EXE advfirewall set currentprofile state on
NETSH.EXE advfirewall set domainprofile state on
NETSH.EXE advfirewall set privateprofile state on
NETSH.EXE advfirewall set publicprofile state on
NETSH.EXE advfirewall set allprofiles state on
NETSH.EXE advfirewall set allprofiles settings inboundusernotification disable
NETSH.EXE advfirewall set allprofiles settings unicastresponsetomulticast disable
These commands disable all Remote Assistance, Administration, Desktop + Management WF rule(s) (example):
NETSH.EXE advfirewall firewall set rule group="Remote Assistance" new enable=no
NETSH.EXE advfirewall firewall set rule group="Remote Administration" new enable=no
NETSH.EXE advfirewall firewall set rule group="Remote Desktop" new enable=no
NETSH.EXE advfirewall firewall set rule group="Remote Management" new enable=no
NETSH.EXE advfirewall set allprofiles settings remotemanagement disable
To completely disable Windows Remote Assistance, Administration, Desktop + Management: Start -> Run... [hold WinKey + press R]
-> type:
CONTROL.EXE
press Enter -> System -> Remote Settings -> disable/uncheck all check boxes/options -> Apply/OK.
More info:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-remote-assistance-in-windows-8/
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/116749-enable-disable-remote-assistance-connections-windows.html
Turn OFF (set to Disabled) these related services:
Remote Access Auto Connection Manager [RasAuto]
Remote Access Connection Manager [RasMan]
Remote Registry [RemoteRegistry]
Routing and Remote Access [RemoteAccess]
Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) [WinRM]
Run... [hold WinKey + press R] -> type:
services.msc
-> press Enter -> double-click each service above -> Stop (if running) -> Startup type: -> Disabled -> OK/Apply.
OR (if above doesn't work):
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text BATch (.bat) or CoMmanD (.cmd) script file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below
-> save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the BAT (.bat) or CMD (.cmd) extension -> right-click it ->
Run as Administrator -> wait for completion.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP RasAuto
SC.EXE CONFIG RasAuto START= disabled
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP RasMan
SC.EXE CONFIG RasMan START= disabled
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP RemoteRegistry
SC.EXE CONFIG RemoteRegistry START= disabled
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP RemoteAccess
SC.EXE CONFIG RemoteAccess START= disabled
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP WinRM
SC.EXE CONFIG WinRM START= disabled
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RasAuto" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\RasAuto" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\RasAuto" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RasMan" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\RasMan" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\RasMan" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RemoteRegistry" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\RemoteRegistry" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\RemoteRegistry" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RemoteAccess" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\RemoteAccess" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\RemoteAccess" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WinRM" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\WinRM" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\WinRM" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------
Restart/reboot Windows for these changes to take effect.
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
; * Turn OFF remote administration/assistance/desktop/management:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Remote Assistance]
"CreateEncryptedOnlyTickets"=dword:1
"fAllowFullControl"=dword:0
"fAllowToGetHelp"=dword:0
"fEnableChatControl"=dword:0
"MaxTicketExpiry"=dword:0
"MaxTicketExpiryUnits"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\System\ControlSet001\Control\Remote Assistance]
"CreateEncryptedOnlyTickets"=dword:1
"fAllowFullControl"=dword:0
"fAllowToGetHelp"=dword:0
"fEnableChatControl"=dword:0
"MaxTicketExpiry"=dword:0
"MaxTicketExpiryUnits"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\System\ControlSet002\Control\Remote Assistance]
"CreateEncryptedOnlyTickets"=dword:1
"fAllowFullControl"=dword:0
"fAllowToGetHelp"=dword:0
"fEnableChatControl"=dword:0
"MaxTicketExpiry"=dword:0
"MaxTicketExpiryUnits"=dword:0
; * Turn OFF remote administration/assistance/desktop/management services:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RasAuto]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\RasAuto]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\RasAuto]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RasMan]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\RasMan]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\RasMan]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RemoteRegistry]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\RemoteRegistry]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\RemoteRegistry]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RemoteAccess]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\RemoteAccess]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\RemoteAccess]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WinRM]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\WinRM]
"Start"=dword:4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\WinRM]
"Start"=dword:4
;
------End cut & paste here------
Restart/reboot Windows for these changes to take effect.
See also "* Turn OFF/disable Remote Assistance, Remote (Auto) Connection Manager, Remote Registry, Remote Management (WinRM) +
uninstall Quick Assist in Windows 10/11:" section in WIN10.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/10.php
http://www.mdgx.com/WIN10.TXT
To (re)enable all Remote Assistance, Administration, Desktop + Management WF rule(s) run these commands (example):
NETSH.EXE advfirewall firewall set rule group="Remote Assistance" new enable=yes
NETSH.EXE advfirewall firewall set rule group="Remote Administration" new enable=yes
NETSH.EXE advfirewall firewall set rule group="Remote Desktop" new enable=yes
NETSH.EXE advfirewall firewall set rule group="Remote Management" new enable=yes
NETSH.EXE advfirewall set allprofiles settings remotemanagement enable
and then (re)enable all Windows Remote Assistance, Administration, Desktop + Management options in Control Panel (see above)
-> System -> Remote Settings -> enable/check all check boxes/options -> Apply/OK.
Also, make sure all services that contain the word "remote" in their names are either on Automatic or Manual:
Start -> Run... [hold WinKey + press R] -> type:
services.msc
press Enter -> double-click on each service with "remote" in its name that is Disabled -> Startup type: -> select Manual
-> click Apply/OK.
Turn ON (set to Manual, when needed) these related services:
Remote Access Auto Connection Manager [RasAuto]
Remote Access Connection Manager [RasMan]
Remote Registry [RemoteRegistry]
Routing and Remote Access [RemoteAccess]
Windows Remote Management (WS-Management) [WinRM]
Run... [hold WinKey + press R] -> type:
services.msc
-> press Enter -> double-click each service above -> Stop (if running) -> Startup type: -> Manual -> OK/Apply.
OR (if above doesn't work):
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text BATch (.bat) or CoMmanD (.cmd) script file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below
-> save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the BAT (.bat) or CMD (.cmd) extension -> right-click it ->
Run as Administrator -> wait for completion.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP RasAuto
SC.EXE CONFIG RasAuto START= demand
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP RasMan
SC.EXE CONFIG RasMan START= demand
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP RemoteRegistry
SC.EXE CONFIG RemoteRegistry START= demand
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP RemoteAccess
SC.EXE CONFIG RemoteAccess START= demand
ECHO Y|NET.EXE STOP WinRM
SC.EXE CONFIG WinRM START= demand
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RasAuto" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\RasAuto" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\RasAuto" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RasMan" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\RasMan" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\RasMan" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RemoteRegistry" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\RemoteRegistry" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\RemoteRegistry" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RemoteAccess" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\RemoteAccess" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\RemoteAccess" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WinRM" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\WinRM" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f
REG.EXE ADD "HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\WinRM" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------
Restart/reboot Windows for these changes to take effect.
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RasAuto]
"Start"=dword:3
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\RasAuto]
"Start"=dword:3
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\RasAuto]
"Start"=dword:3
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RasMan]
"Start"=dword:3
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\RasMan]
"Start"=dword:3
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\RasMan]
"Start"=dword:3
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RemoteRegistry]
"Start"=dword:3
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\RemoteRegistry]
"Start"=dword:3
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\RemoteRegistry]
"Start"=dword:3
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RemoteAccess]
"Start"=dword:3
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\RemoteAccess]
"Start"=dword:3
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\RemoteAccess]
"Start"=dword:3
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WinRM]
"Start"=dword:3
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\WinRM]
"Start"=dword:3
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\WinRM]
"Start"=dword:3
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Remote Assistance]
"fAllowFullControl"=dword:1
"fAllowToGetHelp"=dword:1
"fEnableChatControl"=dword:1
;
------End cut & paste here------
Restart/reboot Windows for these changes to take effect.
To connect to a remote assistant/chat room/helper/network/provider/etc: Start -> Run... [hold WinKey + press R] -> type:
msra.exe
and follow the step-by-step instructions of the screen.
Windows Remote Assistance (MsRA) [MSRA.EXE] is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS].
Network Shell (NetSh) [NETSH.EXE] is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS].
View firewall status for all connection types:
ECHO Y|NETSH.EXE advfirewall show allprofiles
View list of all IPv4 connection(s) (sub)interface(s):
NETSH.EXE interface ipv4 show subinterfaces
View all NetSh [NETSH.EXE] available command line options, switches + parameters:
NETSH.EXE /?

* Configure/customize, import/export + restore default Windows Firewall rules in Windows 7/newer:
http://www.microsoftpressstore.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2224362&seqNum=2
http://github.com/metablaster/WindowsFirewallRuleset
http://www.winaero.com/export-and-import-specific-firewall-rule-in-windows-10/
http://woshub.com/windows-firewall-settings-group-policy/
http://www.dummies.com/computers/operating-systems/windows-10/how-to-change-windows-10-firewall-settings-to-allow-certain-programs/
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/how-to-backup-restore-reset-to-defaults-windows-7-firewall-settings/
http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/reset-firewall-defaults-restore-rules-advanced-security/
http://docs.microsoft.com/windows/security/threat-protection/windows-firewall/configure-windows-firewall-to-suppress-notifications-when-a-program-is-blocked/
http://www.xspdf.com/resolution/51904145.html
http://www.sourcedaddy.com/windows-7/configuring-windows-firewall-options.html
http://docs.microsoft.com/previous-versions/windows/it-pro/windows-server-2008-R2-and-2008/

* FIX: Stop Windows spying on you using just Windows Firewall (WF):
http://www.winaero.com/blog/stop-windows-10-spying-on-you-using-just-windows-firewall/
File:
http://www.winaero.com/download.php?view.1839
1. Use an unZIPping/unARChiving/unRARing tool [free(ware)]
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#ZIP
to open "block_telemetry.zip" archive and extract "add rules.cmd" + "rules.ps1" into the same dedicated/empty directory/folder.
2. Open Explorer/similar/replacement -> right-click "add rules.cmd" -> Run as Administrator -> wait for all WF rules to be created
-> exit BATch file.
3. Done.

* simplewall 32-bit + 64-bit configures Windows Filtering Platform (WFP) network traffic:
http://www.henrypp.org/product/simplewall/
http://github.com/henrypp/simplewall/
File:
http://github.com/henrypp/simplewall/releases/latest/
simplewall Portable:
Place portable.dat in the program's main folder or use Notepad/similar plain text editor
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create (if absent) simplewall.ini in the program's folder.
Documentation:
http://github.com/henrypp/simplewall/wiki/
Rules Editor:
http://github.com/henrypp/simplewall/wiki/Rules-editor/

* Firewall App Blocker (FAB) 32-bit + 64-bit blocks outbound EXEcutables:
http://www.sordum.org/8125/
File:
http://www.sordum.org/files/firewall-app-blocker/fab.zip

* Windows Firewall Control (WFC) 32-bit + 64-bit:
http://www.binisoft.org/wfc.php
File:
http://www.binisoft.org/download/wfc5setup.exe
WFC requires:
Microsoft .Net Framework Redistributable (NFR) 4.5/newer:
http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#NFR

* Turn ON DNS Client (DNS Cache) service for Windows Firewall Control (WFC) notifications + network discovery functions:
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text BATch (.bat) or CoMmanD (.cmd) script file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below
-> save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the BAT (.bat) or CMD (.cmd) extension -> right-click it ->
Run as Administrator -> wait for completion.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
:: DNS Client caches Domain Name System names (DNS Cache service):
SC.EXE CONFIG DNSCache START= demand
ECHO Y|NET.EXE START DNSCache
:: DNS Cache can be flushed ONLY if DNS Cache service is running:
START /WAIT IPCONFIG.EXE /flushdns
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------
More info:
http://www.mdgx.com/hosts.php#N2

* FIX: Turn ON network discovery + detection of network(ed) computers + devices in Windows 7/newer:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/why-do-i-get-the-message-network-discovery-is/a6964130-5f98-4640-a064-f59fae974ad3/
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-networking/connecting-pcs-and-users-for-sharing/fb92e439-5dbc-4367-9857-1ef360e9ffdf/
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/49652-turn-off-network-discovery-windows-10-a.html
http://www.itechguides.com/windows-10-network-discovery/
http://www.wintips.org/fix-windows-10-network-computers-not-showing/
http://windowsreport.com/file-explorer-detect-network-devices-fix/
http://support.microsoft.com/help/2722035/
Enable + Start these Windows services:
DNS Client (Dnscache)
Function Discovery Provider Host (fdPHost)
Function Discovery Resource Publication (FDResPub)
HomeGroup Listener (HomeGroupListener)
HomeGroup Provider (HomeGroupProvider)
SSDP Discovery (SSDPSRV)
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper (lmhosts)
UPnP Device Host (upnphost)
In case you're using a large HOSTS file with thousands (or even more) of redirected servers [like I do ;-/], the DNS Cache
service (if started) may take too long to process all the servers listed in the HOSTS file.
In such cases it is recommended to flush the DNS Cache -> see this command line (included in the BATch file below):
START /WAIT IPCONFIG.EXE /flushdns
More info:
http://www.mdgx.com/hosts.php#N2
The HOSTS file is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32\Drivers\ETC folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS].
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text BATch (.bat) or CoMmanD (.cmd) script file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below
-> save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the BAT (.bat) or CMD (.cmd) extension -> right-click it ->
Run as Administrator -> wait for completion.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
:: DNS Client caches Domain Name System names (DNS Cache service):
SC.EXE CONFIG DNSCache START= demand
ECHO Y|NET.EXE START DNSCache
:: DNS Cache can be flushed ONLY if DNS Cache service is running:
START /WAIT IPCONFIG.EXE /flushdns
:: Function Discovery Provider Host (fdPHost) service:
SC.EXE CONFIG fdPHost START= demand
ECHO Y|NET.EXE START fdPHost
:: Function Discovery Resource Publication (FDResPub) service:
SC.EXE CONFIG FDResPub START= demand
ECHO Y|NET.EXE START FDResPub
:: HomeGroup Listener (HomeGroupListener) service:
SC.EXE CONFIG HomeGroupListener START= demand
ECHO Y|NET.EXE START HomeGroupListener
:: HomeGroup Provider (HomeGroupProvider) service:
SC.EXE CONFIG HomeGroupProvider START= demand
ECHO Y|NET.EXE START HomeGroupProvider
:: SSDP Discovery (SSDPSRV) service:
SC.EXE CONFIG SSDPSRV START= demand
ECHO Y|NET.EXE START SSDPSRV
:: TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper (lmhosts) service:
SC.EXE CONFIG lmhosts START= demand
ECHO Y|NET.EXE START lmhosts
:: UPnP Device Host (upnphost) service:
SC.EXE CONFIG upnphost START= demand
ECHO Y|NET.EXE START upnphost
NETSH.EXE advfirewall firewall set rule group="Network Discovery" new enable=yes
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------

* Block Windows Update (WU) service [wuauserv] by creating firewall rule (example):
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/lync/62b9fd5c-10b2-4266-bc15-fcf3e79d20d4/
In order for Windows Update (WU) to check whether an update is available and then to download the update files,
you need 1st to create a rule for outbound to block the WU service (wuauserv) pass through:
Start -> Run... [hold WinKey + press R] -> type:
wf.msc
(Windows Firewall with Advanced Security) -> press Enter -> create new outbound rule to block
%SystemRoot%\SYSTEM32\svchost.exe
from passing through on behalf of Windows Update (WU) service:
wuauserv
Name: Block wuauserv OUTBOUND
Group:
Profile: All
Enabled: Yes
Action: Block
Program: %SystemRoot%\SYSTEM32\svchost.exe
Local Address: Any
Remote Address: Any
Protocol: Any
Local Port: Any
Remote Port: Any
Allowed Computers: Any
Status: Ok
Service: wuauserv
Rule Source: Local Setting
Interface Type: All interface types
Excepted Computers: None
Description:
To close the outbound firewall:
Outbound connections -> blocked (unless explicitly blocked by specific rule).
By default everything is allowed, so the outbound firewall is wide open.

* Windows 7/7 SP1 default built-in firewall rules:
http://technet.microsoft.com/network/bb545423/
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/ee126090/
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/525-windows-firewall-restore-default-settings.html
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/reset-windows-firewall-settings/
http://www.howtogeek.com/201658/
http://www.howtogeek.com/112564/
[AET] = Allow Edge Traversal
[BET] = Block Edge Traversal
Core Networking = INBOUND:
**************************
01. Destination Unreachable (ICMPv6) [AET]
02. Destination Unreachable Fragmentation Needed (ICMPv4) [BET]
03. DHCP [BET]
04. DHCP IPv6 (DHCPv6) [BET]
05. IGMP [BET]
06. TPHTTPS (TCP) = Allows IPHTTPS tunneling technology to provide connectivity across HTTP proxies + firewalls [BET]
07. IPv6 = Required to permit IPv6 traffic for ISATAP (intra site automatic tunnel addressing protocol) and 6-to-4
tunneling services [BET]
08. Multicast Listener Done (ICMPv6) [BET]
09. Multicast Listener Query (ICMPv6) [BET]
10. Multicast Listener Report (ICMPv6) [BET]
11. Multicast Listener Report v2 (ICMPv6) [BET]
12. Neighbor Discovery Advertisement (ICMPv6) [AET]
13. Neighbor Discovery Solicitation (ICMPv6) [AET]
14. Packet Too Big (ICMPv6) [AET]
15. Parameter Problem (ICMPv6) [AET]
16. Router Advertisement (ICMPv6) [BET]
17. Router Solicitation (ICMPv6) [BET]
18. Teredo (UDP) = Allows Teredo edge traversal. Provides address assignment + autotunneling for IPv6 traffic for
IPv6/IPv4 host located behind an IPv4 NAT [BET]
19. Time Exceeded (ICMPv6) [AET]
Core Networking = OUTBOUND:
***************************
01. DNS (UDP)
02. DHCP
03. DHCP IPv6 (DHCPv6)
04. Group Policy (LSASS) [DOMAIN ONLY]
05. Group Policy (NP) [DOMAIN ONLY]
06. Group Policy (TCP) [DOMAIN ONLY]
07. IGMP
08. TPHTTPS (TCP)
09. IPv6
10. Multicast Listener Done (ICMPv6)
11. Multicast Listener Query (ICMPv6)
12. Multicast Listener Report (ICMPv6)
13. Multicast Listener Report v2 (ICMPv6)
14. Neighbor Discovery Advertisement (ICMPv6)
15. Neighbor Discovery Solicitation (ICMPv6)
16. Packet Too Big (ICMPv6)
17. Parameter Problem (ICMPv6)
18. Router Advertisement (ICMPv6)
19. Router Solicitation (ICMPv6)
20. Teredo (UDP)
21. Time Exceeded (ICMPv6)
______________________________________________________________________________



Turn OFF NVidia Telemetry



Turn OFF NVidia Telemetry, NVidia Data Collection + respective services bundled with NVidia graphics Drivers:
Download + install Disable Nvidia Telemetry tool [free, open source]:
http://github.com/NateShoffner/Disable-Nvidia-Telemetry/
File:
http://github.com/NateShoffner/Disable-Nvidia-Telemetry/releases/latest/
Disable Nvidia Telemetry Guide:
http://www.ghacks.net/2016/11/07/nvidia-telemetry-tracking/
http://forum.palemoon.org/viewtopic.php?t=15686&start=20
Right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator -> run these commands -> press Enter after each line:
- Disable NVidia telemetry scheduled tasks commands:
SCHTASKS.EXE /change /TN NvTmMon_{B2FE1952-0186-46C3-BAEC-A80AA35AC5B8} /disable
SCHTASKS.EXE /change /TN NvTmRep_{B2FE1952-0186-46C3-BAEC-A80AA35AC5B8} /disable
SCHTASKS.EXE /change /TN NvTmRepOnLogon_{B2FE1952-0186-46C3-BAEC-A80AA35AC5B8} /disable
- Uninstall NVidia telemetry service command:
RUNDLL32.EXE "%ProgramFiles%\NVIDIA Corporation\Installer2\InstallerCore\NVI2.DLL",UninstallPackage NvTelemetryContainer
Add lines between Cut & Paste below to your %WinDir%\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC\HOSTS [and to your %WinDir%\SysWOW64\DRIVERS\ETC\HOSTS
if using Windows NTx 64-bit (x64)] file -> edit HOSTS using Notepad/similar plain text editor:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
Edit HOSTS file in Windows 7/7 SP1:
http://petri.com/edit-hosts-file-windows-7/
More HOSTS info:
http://www.mdgx.com/hosts.php
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
# Next lines disable NVidia automatic updates, data collection + telemetry:
0.0.0.0 accounts.nvgs.nvidia.com
0.0.0.0 activation.gfe.nvidia.com
0.0.0.0 api.gfe.nvidia.com
0.0.0.0 assets.nvidiagrid.net
0.0.0.0 download.gfe.nvidia.com
0.0.0.0 events.gfe.nvidia.com
0.0.0.0 gfe.geforce.com
0.0.0.0 gfe.nvidia.com
0.0.0.0 gfwsl.geforce.com
0.0.0.0 images.nvidiagrid.net
0.0.0.0 rds-assets.nvidia.com
0.0.0.0 services.gfe.nvidia.com
0.0.0.0 telemetry.nvidia.com
0.0.0.0 telemetry.gfe.nvidia.com
------End cut & paste here------
______________________________________________________________________________



Java No Java



* Oracle (Sun) Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Standard Edition (SE) 32-bit + 64-bit -> SOFTWARE.TXT (included):
http://www.mdgx.com/add.htm#JAVA

* Block/disable Java (out-of-date) prompts + automatic updates:
http://discussions.citrix.com/topic/363880-your-java-version-is-out-of-date-how-to-blockdisable/
http://www.itninja.com/question/can-t-suppress-java-1-8-upd-74-update-prompts/
Java network:
http://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/65130/
Java Auto Update:
http://www.java.com/en/download/help/java_update.xml
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\AppDataLow\Software\JavaSoft\DeploymentProperties]
"deployment.security.sandbox.awtwarningwindow"="false"
"deployment.expiration.decision"="never"
"deployment.expiration.decision.locked"="false"
"deployment.expiration.decision.suppression"="false"
"deployment.expiration.decision.suppression.locked"="false"
"deployment.expiration.check.enabled"="false"
"deployment.expiration.check.enabled.locked"="false"
"deployment.security.mixcode"="HIDE_RUN"
"deployment.security.jsse.hostmismatch.warning"="false"
"deployment.security.jsse.hostmismatch.warning.locked"="false"
"deployment.roaming.profile"="false"
"deployment.system.tray.icon"="false"
"deployment.webjava.enabled"="false"
; Windows NTx 64-bit (x64) only:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\AppDataLow\Software\JavaSoft\DeploymentProperties]
"deployment.security.sandbox.awtwarningwindow"="false"
"deployment.expiration.decision"="never"
"deployment.expiration.decision.locked"="false"
"deployment.expiration.decision.suppression"="false"
"deployment.expiration.decision.suppression.locked"="false"
"deployment.expiration.check.enabled"="false"
"deployment.expiration.check.enabled.locked"="false"
"deployment.security.mixcode"="HIDE_RUN"
"deployment.security.jsse.hostmismatch.warning"="false"
"deployment.security.jsse.hostmismatch.warning.locked"="false"
"deployment.roaming.profile"="false"
"deployment.system.tray.icon"="false"
"deployment.webjava.enabled"="false"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Oracle\JavaDeploy]
"WebDeployJava"="disabled"
"deployment.modified.timestamp"="9999999999999"
"deployment.webjava.enabled"="false"
; Windows NTx 64-bit (x64) only:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Oracle\JavaDeploy]
"WebDeployJava"="disabled"
"deployment.modified.timestamp"="9999999999999"
"deployment.webjava.enabled"="false"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft]
"RegDeployStatus"="0"
; Windows NTx 64-bit (x64) only:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\JavaSoft]
"RegDeployStatus"="0"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\JreMetrics]
"DisableSponsors"="Y"
; Windows NTx 64-bit (x64) only:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\JreMetrics]
"DisableSponsors"="Y"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy]
"EnableAutoUpdateCheck"=dword:0
"EnableJavaUpdate"=dword:0
"NotifyDownload"=dword:0
"NotifyInstall"=dword:0
"UpdateSchedule"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy\jucheck]
"EnableAutoUpdateCheck"=dword:0
"EnableJavaUpdate"=dword:0
"NotifyDownload"=dword:0
"NotifyInstall"=dword:0
"UpdateSchedule"=dword:0
; Windows NTx 64-bit (x64) only:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy]
"EnableAutoUpdateCheck"=dword:0
"EnableJavaUpdate"=dword:0
"NotifyDownload"=dword:0
"NotifyInstall"=dword:0
"UpdateSchedule"=dword:0
; Windows NTx 64-bit (x64) only:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy\jucheck]
"EnableAutoUpdateCheck"=dword:0
"EnableJavaUpdate"=dword:0
"NotifyDownload"=dword:0
"NotifyInstall"=dword:0
"UpdateSchedule"=dword:0
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"SunJavaUpdateSched"=-
; Windows NTx 64-bit (x64) only:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"SunJavaUpdateSched"=-
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"SunJavaUpdateSched"=-
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Run]
"SunJavaUpdateSched"=-
;
------End cut & paste here------
NOTE:
"Wow6432Node" registry keys are valid only for Windows NTx 64-bit (x64) OSes.

* Customize (see above) deployment.properties plain text/ASCII file located in:
%UserProfile%\AppData\LocalLow\Sun\Java\Deployment
C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\LocalLow\Sun\Java\Deployment
Right-click deployment.properties (see above) -> Open with... -> Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII
editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
-> Run as Administrator -> add/change/delete desired lines/values/strings -> save file.

* Add Java environment variable(s) to the list of SET commands (example):
http://www.ss64.com/nt/set.html
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text BATch (.bat) or CoMmanD (.cmd) script file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below
-> save it as plain text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the BAT (.bat) or CMD (.cmd) extension -> right-click it ->
Run as Administrator -> wait for completion.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT "%OS%"=="Windows_NT" GOTO END
IF NOT EXIST %WinDir%\SYSTEM32\SETX.EXE GOTO END
SETX.EXE deployment.expiration.check.enabled "false" /M
:END
EXIT
------End cut & paste here------
______________________________________________________________________________



Save Files List -> Text



* Create, view/edit, rename, copy/move, print & save/frame/hang on the wall/delete/whatevah the list of all the files inside
the drive/partition/volume or directory/folder of your choice, and all their (sub)directories/(sub)folders, in descending
Latin based alphabetical order,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin-script_alphabet
ordered by logical numeric value [0 -> 9 + A -> Z]:
http://web.archive.org/web/20150429091622/http://www.computing.net/answers/programming/log-file-date-and-time/18190.html
http://web.archive.org/web/20210506121738/http://www.intelliadmin.com/index.php/2007/02/create-a-date-and-time-stamp-in-your-batch-files/
http://www.serverfault.com/questions/16706/
http://www.techrepublic.com/forums/questions/dos-command-help/
http://www.ss64.com/nt/syntax-getdate.html
Usage:
1. Example: Highlight/select all (sub)folders and file(s), if more than 1 -> hold down Shift and left-click the 1st and then
the last (sub)folder/file on the list without releasing the Shift key.
NOTE:
In case you highlight/select more than 1 (sub)folder(s)/file(s) a separate text (.txt) file with different date + time
stamp(s) will be created in each of the selected (sub)folder(s), if more than 1.
2. Right-click on highlight/selection above -> select "Files &List 封> Text File: MM-DD-YYYY_(h)h-mm-ss.txt" -> go to the
(sub)directory/(sub)folder selected above, or to each of them if more than 1 -> now you can see a newly created text (.txt)
file -> right-click on it -> select Open or Edit -> will open in your Notepad/similar/better plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
associated with text (.txt) files as default program.
3. View/edit, rename, copy/move, print & save/delete this text file.
Explanation:
In Windows NTx time displays by default in 24 hours format.
Before 10:00 AM the hour display uses only 1 position to hold numbers from 0 to 9.
This is what it looks like by running the built-in DOS console TIME command (example):
1:14:16.57
with only 10 total available positions, as 1st 0 doesn't display.
After 10:00 AM time display increases to 11 total available positions (example):
11:15:18:33
with 2 positions for hour display.
For hours between 0 and 9 you need to use this TIME command:
%time:~1,1%.
For hours between 0 and 9 you need to use this text (.txt) file naming format (example):
File_Name_%date:~4,2%%date:~7,2%%date:~10,4%%time:~1,1%%time:~3,2%%time:~6,2%%time:~9,2%.txt
Where:
%time:~1,1% = hours
%time:~3,2% = minutes
%time:~6,2% = seconds
%time:~9.2% = milliseconds
From 10:00 AM to 24:00 [00:00 AM], when hour display occupies 2 positions, time display has 11 positions, in which case you
need to use this TIME command:
%time:~0,2%
Final code for file name display from 10:00 AM to 24:00 [00:00 AM] looks like this (example):
File_Name_%date:~4,2%%date:~7,2%%date:~10,4%%time:~0,2%%time:~3,2%%time:~6,2%%time:~9,2%.txt
The built-in DOS console DATE command displays in "Day mm/dd/yyyy" format, so current date looks like this (example):
Wed 07/07/2077
for a total of 14 positions, including spaces and demarcations/forward slashes.
DATE command format:
%date:~4,2% = month display with 2 digits
%date:~6,2% = day display with 2 digits
%date:~10,4% = year display with 4 digits
In case you prefer year display with only 2 digits use this format:
%date:~12,2%,
You can move any part of the DATE command around to customize presentation format to your liking/needs.
Example: if moving year section [%date:10,4%] up front, format changes to [yyyyddmm], and so on.
Example of BATch (.bat)/CoMmanD (.cmd) file used for time of day reference, or/and for BATch/CoMmanD job(s) to be
scheduled at different time(s) of day, say before and/or after 10:00 AM (example):
COPY /Y Old_File_Name.txt New_File_Name_%time:~0,2%%time:~3,2%%time:~6,2%_%date:~-10,2%%date:~-7,2%%date:~-4,4%.txt
You can also customize the built-in DOS console DIR command to list files in a different order (example):
DIR "%1" /A:-D /B /O:GNE /-P /S
View all available DIR command line options, switches + parameters:
DIR /?
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
; Reorder files + folders names alphabetically by logical numeric value [see further above, also: http://www.mdgx.com/7.php]:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoStrCmpLogical"=dword:1
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\shell\Files_List_2_Text]
@="Files &List 封> Text File: MM-DD-YYYY_(h)h-mm-ss.txt"
"Extended"=-
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""
"SuppressionPolicy"=dword:0
"Icon"="SHELL32.DLL,19"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\shell\Files_List_2_Text\command]
@="CMD.EXE /C DIR \"%1\" /A:-D /B /O:GNE /-P /S>\"%1\"\\\"%%date:~-10,2%%-%%date:~-7,2%%-%%date:~-4,4%%_%%time:~1,1%%-%%time:~3,2%%-%%time:~6,2%%.txt\""
"IsolatedCommand"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Drive\shell\Files_List_2_Text]
@="Files &List 封> Text File: MM-DD-YYYY_(h)h-mm-ss.txt"
"Extended"=-
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""
"SuppressionPolicy"=dword:0
"Icon"="SHELL32.DLL,19"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Drive\shell\Files_List_2_Text\command]
@="CMD.EXE /C DIR \"%1\" /A:-D /B /O:GNE /-P /S>\"%1\"\\\"%%date:~-10,2%%-%%date:~-7,2%%-%%date:~-4,4%%_%%time:~1,1%%-%%time:~3,2%%-%%time:~6,2%%.txt\""
"IsolatedCommand"=-
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\*\shell\Files_List_2_Text]
@="Files &List 封> Text File: MM-DD-YYYY_(h)h-mm-ss.txt"
"Extended"=-
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""
"SuppressionPolicy"=dword:0
"Icon"="SHELL32.DLL,19"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\*\shell\Files_List_2_Text\command]
@="CMD.EXE /C DIR \"%1\" /A:-D /B /O:GNE /-P /S>\"%1\"\\\"%%date:~-10,2%%-%%date:~-7,2%%-%%date:~-4,4%%_%%time:~1,1%%-%%time:~3,2%%-%%time:~6,2%%.txt\""
"IsolatedCommand"=-
;
------End cut & paste here------
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Maximize Your Internet/Network Traffic Speed = MTU



Tweak optimal Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) used by your Internet Service Provider (ISP)/network host/provider to
maximize your internet/network connection/interface traffic speed:
http://docs.microsoft.com/troubleshoot/windows-client/networking/change-default-mtu-size-for-ppp-vpn-connection/
http://docs.microsoft.com/answers/questions/535814/
http://www.maketecheasier.com/3-ways-to-increase-network-speed-via-registry-editor-windows/
http://myrandomtechblog.com/cryptomining/change-mtu-size-in-windows-10/
http://www.networkworld.com/article/2224654/
http://www.techtarget.com/searchnetworking/definition/maximum-transmission-unit/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximum_transmission_unit
* Method 1 [the easiest way ;-/]:
*********************************
Test your MTU optimal numeric value [measured in bytes (octets)] in 1 step -> type a server IP in the IPv4 box (using
google.com IP: 142.250.69.238 in this example):
http://www.letmecheck.it/mtu-test.php
In case you already have the optimal value of 1500 [the built-in/preset default/standard in Windows NTx OSes and most ISPs +
IPv4 networks] your MTU is already configured for maximum speed, and you don't need to do anything else, you're all set. ;-/
* Method 2 [the hard way ;-/]:
******************************
From a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator ->
run this command to view your Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) value [the built-in/preset default/standard in Windows NTx
OSes and most ISPs + IPv4 networks] for your active internet/network Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) interface -> press
Enter:
NETSH.EXE interface ipv4 show subinterfaces
In my case: Interface = "Ethernet".
Network Shell (NetSh) [NETSH.EXE] DOS console command line tool is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder [%WinDir% =
usually C:\WINDOWS].
NETSH:
http://ss64.com/nt/netsh.html
From a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator ->
run this command by replacing "Ethernet" with the actual name of your active interface in order to set permanently the value
of your interface MTU parameter to 1472 (using same interface name from example above: Ethernet) -> press Enter:
NETSH.EXE interface ipv4 set subinterface Ethernet mtu=1472 store=persistent
Substitute Ethernet with your actual interface name revealed by running previous NetSh "show subinterfaces" command above.
1472 [bytes (octets)] actually translates to MTU=1500, because the "missing" 28 bytes are used by the Internet Control
Message Protocol (ICMP) header [8 bytes (octets)] + the Internet Protocol (IP) [20 (octets)]:
http://community.arubanetworks.com/browse/articles/blogviewer?blogkey=75a5f030-1e9e-49bd-82d2-9a7f99c5aa82
In case you see this message
Ok.
you already have the optimal value of 1500 [the built-in/preset default/standard in Windows NTx OSes and most ISPs + IPv4
networks], your MTU is already configured for maximum speed, and you don't need to do anything else, you're all set. ;-/
In case you see any other message your MTU value is other than 1472 [which corresponds to MTU=1500 -> see above] (in rare
cases, depending on certain internet/network providers/hosts), and therefore you need to determine its actual value, and set
it accordingly in your registry in order to maximize your connection/interface speed.
From a DOS console command prompt (%WinDir%\SYSTEM32\CMD.EXE): right-click CMD shortcut/CMD.EXE -> Run as Administrator ->
run this command -> press Enter:
PING.EXE google.com -f -l 1472
wait a few seconds, and view the received message.
Ping [PING.EXE] DOS console command line tool is located in the %WinDir%\SYSTEM32 folder [%WinDir% = usually C:\WINDOWS].
PING:
http://ss64.com/nt/ping.html
If you have received a "Reply" message (example):
Reply from 142.250.69.238: bytes=68 (sent 1472) time=14ms TTL=112
followed by
Packets: [...] Lost = 0 (0% loss),
then your MTU value is 1472 [which corresponds to MTU=1500 -> see above] [the built-in/preset default/standard in Windows
NTx OSes and most ISPs + IPv4 networks], and your MTU is already configured for maximum speed, and you don't need to do
anything else, you're all set. ;-/
Values for bytes (octets), time [measured in milliseconds = ms] + Time To Live (TTL) [measured in seconds] can be different
depending on many changing factors (examples): location, distance (number of hops) from pinged server, type of
connection/service, server, latency (lag), traffic health/status.
In case you receive a "fragmented" message
Packet needs to be fragmented but DF set
followed by (example)
Packets: [...] Lost = 4 (100% loss),
you should re-test again (a few more times if necessary) by lowering your MTU numeric value in small increments [2, 3, 4, 6]
until the result is replaced by a normal "Reply" message (example):
Reply from 142.250.69.238: bytes=68 (sent 1472) time=14ms TTL=112
In case the returned value is 1472 [which corresponds to MTU=1500 -> see above], then you already have the optimal value of
1500 [the built-in/preset default/standard in Windows NTx OSes and most ISPs + IPv4 networks], and your MTU is already
configured for maximum speed, and you don't need to do anything else, you're all set. ;-/
In case your returned value is other than 1472 [which corresponds to MTU=1500 -> see above], then you can determine and set
your optimal MTU value -> see "* Method 1 [the easiest way ;-/]:" further above.
You can set the optimal MTU value for your active internet/network connection/connectoid/interface:
- by runing the NetSh "store=persistent" command -> see further above.
- OR by tweaking your registry -> see below:
TIP:
Use Notepad/similar/better free(ware) plain text/ASCII editor/viewer
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#TXT
to create a plain text Registry file containing the lines between Cut & Paste delimiters below -> save it as plain
text/ASCII file (Encode: -> ANSI) with the REG extension (.reg) -> right-click it -> Run as Administrator -> answer Yes/OK
to all prompts to register/merge/import its information into your registry.
-----Begin cut & paste here-----
REGEDIT4
; In this example MTU [32-bit DWORD (REG_DWORD) value] = 5dc [hexadecimal (base 16)] = 1500 [decimal (numeric) (base 10)],
; which is the built-in/preset default/standard in Windows NTx OSes and most ISPs + IPv4 networks:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\{00000000-AAAA-1111-BBBB-222222222222}]
"MTU"=dword:5dc
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\{00000000-AAAA-1111-BBBB-222222222222}]
"MTU"=dword:5dc
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\{00000000-AAAA-1111-BBBB-222222222222}]
"MTU"=dword:5dc
;
------End cut & paste here------
You need to substitute all "00000000-AAAA-1111-BBBB-222222222222" (generic) instances with your actual Decentralized
IDentifier (DID) (hard link) string which corresponds to your active internet/network connection/interface present in your
registry under the "CurrentControlSet" Hive Key Local Machine (HKLM) subkey above.
See "Link Directory IDentifier (LDID)/DIRectory IDentifier (DIRID)/Decentralized IDentifier (DID)..." topic further above:
http://www.mdgx.com/7.php
http://www.mdgx.com/WINDOWS7.TXT
More info:
Wikipedia: Time To Live (TTL):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_to_live
Wikipedia: Ping:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ping_(networking_utility)
Wikipedia: NetSh:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netsh
MDGx: Comprehensive Windows Registry Guide:
http://www.mdgx.com/reg.htm
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Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 Wikipedia Resources + Free eBooks



* Windows 7/newer Wikipedia resources (English language):
- Windows 10:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_10
- Category -> Windows 10:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Windows_10
- Windows 10 Editions:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_10_editions
- Windows 10 Version History:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_10_version_history
- List of features removed/missing in Windows 10:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_10
- Criticism of Windows 10:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Windows_10
- Windows 8.1:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_8.1
- Windows 8:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_8
- Category -> Windows 8/8.1:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Windows_8
- Windows 8 Editions:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_8_editions
- List of features removed/missing in Windows 8/8.1:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_8
- Criticism of Windows:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Microsoft_Windows
- Windows 7:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7
- Category -> Windows 7:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Windows_7
- Features new to Windows 7:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Features_new_to_Windows_7
- List of features removed/missing in Windows 7:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_features_removed_in_Windows_7
- Windows NT [NTx]:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_NT
- Comparison of Windows versions:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Microsoft_Windows_versions
- List of Windows versions:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Microsoft_Windows_versions
- List of Windows NT [NTx] family codenames:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Microsoft_codenames#Windows_NT_family

* Windows 7/newer eBooks, Guides + Tutorials in PDF format (free):
- Thiel College: Windows 10 Step by Step (2018) [PDF]:
http://www.thiel.edu/assets/documents/offices/information-technology/Windows_10_Training.pdf
- MS Press: Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals - Preview Edition (2015) [PDF]:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/D/2/B/D2B18586-8C4F-4F40-828D-99D96489152A/Microsoft_Press_eBook_Introducing_Windows_10_Preview_PDF.pdf
- MS Press: Windows 7 Step by Step (2010) [PDF]:
http://www.spumonte.com/files/PDFs/_PC%20Books_/Windows%207/MS%20Press%20-%20Windows%207%20Step%20by%20Step.pdf
- Windows Guides: Windows 7 The Pocket Guide (RC1) (2009) [PDF]:
http://www.spumonte.com/files/PDFs/_PC%20Books_/Windows%207/Windows%207%20-%20The%20Pocket%20Guide.pdf
- QUE: Learn Windows 7 (2011) [PDF]:
http://www.pearsoned.co.uk/media/learn_win_7_download.pdf
- WindowsVJ: Windows 7 Tips & Tricks (2009) [PDF]:
http://www.windowsvj.com/wpblog/downloads/Windows%207%20%20Tips%20&%20Trics%20%5BVasu%20Jain%5D.pdf
- Wiley: Windows 7 Secrets (2009) [PDF]:
http://muricmilorad.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/windows-7-secrets.pdf
- MakeUseOf: The Windows 7 Guide (2009) [PDF]:
http://manuals.makeuseof.com.s3.amazonaws.com/for-mobile/makeuseof_Windows_7_Guide_r2.pdf
- UDM: Windows 7 Quick Reference Guide (2008) [PDF]:
http://www.udmercy.edu/about/its/help/files/windows7.pdf
- TheLongClimb: Windows 7 Power Users Guide (2009) [PDF]:
http://web.archive.org/web/20111110041616/http://www.thelongclimb.com/books/win7powerfree.pdf
- MS Press: Windows 7 Resource Kit (2009) [PDF]:
http://jacermeno.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/microsoft-press-windows-7-resource-kit-oct-2009.pdf
- TheWindowsClub: Windows 7 A Beginner's Guide (2009) [ZIPped PDF]:
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/downloads/W7ebookpdf.zip
- Computer-PDF: Windows 7/newer Tutorials [PDF]:
http://www.computer-pdf.com/operating-system/windows/
______________________________________________________________________________



Free(ware), Open Source + Portable Software + Games @ MDGx.com



* MDGx web pages (all included):
- "List of Useful Windows NTx Tools" in TOOLS.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/tools.php
http://www.mdgx.com/TOOLS.TXT
- "Windows NTx Power Toys" section in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm
- "Power Toys on the Internet" section in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#PTL
- "Windows NTx Tools" section in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/xptoy.htm
- "Internet Power Toys" section in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/nettoys.htm
- "Firewalls + Network Toys" section in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/fw.htm
- "Speed-Up + Benchmark Tools" section in SOFTWARE.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/speed.htm
- "Disk Partitioning, Formatting, Backup + Recovery Tools" section in SECRETS.TXT:
http://www.mdgx.com/secrets.htm#FDPT
- "WWW/FTP, HTML + Image Publishing Tools":
http://www.mdgx.com/html.htm
- "FREEbies: Software Sites":
http://www.mdgx.com/free.htm
- "PC Games":
http://www.mdgx.com/g.htm#GL

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