Feb 26








If you find yourself in need of being able to manually delete an application in Windows then follow the steps below:

1.) Make sure you delete the proper directory for whatever application you are having a problem uninstalling.
2.) Make sure you delete any services that application may have running. You can see how to do that by clicking here!
3.) Now you need to get rid of the application in “Add/Remove Programs” or “Programs and Features”:

a.) Start -> Run -> Regedit or Just run the application Regedit.
b.) Go to -> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
c.) Right click on the application you want to delete and click Delete.

That’s it!  Your application should now be removed from “Add/Remove Programs” or “Programs and Features”.

Feb 26








It never fails that there are a lot of Windows applications that will fail to uninstall correctly or you may be have some kind of adware that was never meant to uninstall correctly. These applications may leave a running service behind. If you need to manually delete a service in Windows from the Command line then follow the steps below:

1.) Open a command prompt.
2.) Type the following: sc delete Service_Name
3.) Press Enter or Return.

That’s it!  Your service should now be deleted.

Jul 08







Do you need to be able to automatically run scripts or services at startup in Windows? I recently needed to have all of my Windows pc’s run a script everytime the box started up. For instance, every time my Windows boxes started up, I wanted all of my install scripts re-copied over to the desktop every time I rebooted the box. That way if I made a change to any of my startup scripts, I would only need to reboot a box for the new scripts to be install automatically for me. If you need this to be able to do this, just follow these quick and easy instructions:

I have tested this method and it works on the following Windows operating systems:

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008

1.) Go to “Start” -> “Run” -> “Notepad.exe” and type the following into your notepad document:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
“copyScripts”=”\”c:\\copyScripts.bat\” -hide”

2.) Now save this document as “installCron.reg“.

3.) Now all that you need to do is to Double-Click the file “installCron.reg” and answer yes to the prompts. Depending on what versions of Windows that you run this on, you should get a prompt similar to the following:

Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?

4.) Click the “Yes” button.

5.) You should then see “Are you sure you want to continue?

6.) Click the “Yes” button again.

7.) You should now see “The keys and values contained in C:\installCron.reg have been successfully added to the registry.

8.) Reboot. When you Windows computer restarts, it should automatically run your script or services for you.

Feb 18








So, you are wanting to setup your Windows boxes so that they automatically login to Windows when you boot them up. Although this is not the best thing to do for obvious security reasons, there are times that people need to setup Windows to automatically login. One specific example is the following, you work in a quality assurance department and you have several hundred Windows boxes ranging from Windows XP to Windows 7 to Windows Server versions and they are all running in a lab. It would take forever to login to each Windows computer or virtual machine. And it would save you valuable time, mouse movements, and keystrokes, if you could set them all up to automatically login for you. If for a reason similar to the one just mentioned or if you just don’t care about security and you want all of your Windows boxes to automatically login for you, then you’ve come to the right place. Just follow the directions below and you will be automatically logging into Windows machines in no time:

I have tested this method and it works on the following Windows operating systems:

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008

1.) Go to “Start” -> “Run” -> “Notepad.exe” and type the following into your notepad document:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
“AutoAdminLogon”=”1″
“DefaultUserName”=”username” ###NOTE: Where username is your Windows username you want to automatically login with.###
“DefaultPassword”=”password” ###NOTE: Where password is your Windows username’s password you want to automatically login with.###

2.) Now save this document as “AutoLogin.reg“.

3.) Now all that you need to do is to Double-Click the file “Autologin.reg” and answer yes to the prompts. Depending on what versions of Windows that you run this on, you should get a prompt similar to the following:

Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?

4.) Click the “Yes” button.

5.) You should then see “Are you sure you want to continue?

6.) Click the “Yes” button again.

7.) You should now see “The keys and values contained in C:\AutoLogin.reg have been successfully added to the registry.

8.) Reboot. When you Windows computer restarts, it should automatically login for you.

Dec 20








So, you have probably already changed your dns entry but you probably still have some Windows, Mac, or Linux boxes that are still resolving to an old dns entry. It’s no problem at all to update your boxes dns cache. The only thing that you need to do is to FLUSH your DNS CACHE. Just follow the steps below for your OS:

1.) Flush your dns cache for Windows:
a.) Simply go to “Start” -> “Run” -> “cmd” or “command” and type “ipconfig /flushdns“.
2.) Flush your dns cache for Mac:
a.) Click on your desktop with the mouse and you will open up the “Finder” menu. Then go to “Go” -> “Utilities” -> “Terminal” and type the following:
I.) For Snow Leopard and Leopard: “sudo dscacheutil -flushcache
II.) For Tiger: “lookupd -flushcache
3.) Flush your dns cache for Linux:
a.) Open up a command terminal or console and type “/etc/rc.d/init.d/nscd restart” as the root user or using sudo(if you have sudo setup for your user).

Sep 20

If you have ever run into the need to convert a mac .dmg file to an .iso file…..It is super easy.  If you have access to a mac computer you only need to type one command to make this conversion:

hdiutil convert /Users/username/Desktop/nameoffile.dmg -format UDTO -o /Users/username/Desktop/nameoffile.iso  - Type this into terminal and that’s it. In just a few minutes you have your dmg converted to windows iso format.







Apr 03









Well, Logmein may be a free appliation, but when you are tired of using it and you want to uninstall it, then you’ve got a problem.  When you go to add/remove programs in windows to uninstall logmein, it does something but it doesn’t completely uninstall the logmein product.  In order to uninstall it and get it off of your computer you need to perform the following steps:

1.)  Go to add/remove programs in windows and remove Logmein.

2.)  Edit the registry by typing “Windows Button” -> Run -> regedit

3.)  Delete the following Items out of your registry:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> LogMeIn

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Microsoft -> Cryptography -> Services -> LogMeIn

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> System -> CurrentControlSet -> Control -> NetworkProvider -> HwOrder -> ProviderOrder and remove the LMIRfsClientNP from the list.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> System -> CurrentControlSet -> Control -> NetworkProvider -> Order -> ProviderOrder and remove the LMIRfsClientNP from the list.

4.) Go to search and find a file called:  LMIRfsClientNP.dll & LMIRfsClientNP.sys.  If either of these files exist then rename them and reboot.

5.) Go to c:\program files\ and delete the folder LogMeIn.

6.) After all of these steps, reboot one more time just to be sure.

Nov 05









Here is a script that creates 13000 users in one ou called Management:

users.vbs:

Set objRootDSE = GetObject(“LDAP://rootDSE”)

Set objContainer = GetObject(“LDAP://OU=Management,” & _

objRootDSE.Get(“defaultNamingContext”))

For i = 1 To 13000

Set objLeaf = objContainer.Create(“User”, “cn=UserNo_” & i)

objLeaf.Put “sAMAccountName”, “UserNo_” & i

objLeaf.SetInfo

Next

Here is a script that creates 13000 Groups in one ou called Management:

groups.vbs:

For i =  1 To 13000

Set objOU = GetObject(“LDAP://OU=Management,dc=qa,dc=example,dc=net”)

Set objGroup = objOU.Create(“Group”, “cn=UserGroup_” & i)

objGroup.Put “sAMAccountName”, “UserGroup_” & i

objGroup.SetInfo

Next

Here is a script that creates 13000 Users and Groups in one ou called Management:

users_groups.vbs:

For i =  1 To 13000

Set objOU = GetObject(“LDAP://OU=Management,dc=qa,dc=example,dc=net”)

Set objUser = objOU.Create(“User”, “cn= UserNo” & i)

objUser.Put “sAMAccountName”, “UserNo” & i

objUser.SetInfo

Set objOU = GetObject(“LDAP://OU=Management,dc=qa,dc=example,dc=net”)

Set objGroup = objOU.Create(“Group”, “cn=UserGroup” & i)

objGroup.Put “sAMAccountName”, “UserGroup” & i

objGroup.SetInfo

objGroup.Add objUser.ADSPath

Next

Sep 24









Well, let me guess…..you are trying to install some version of windows on an esx server and it can’t find the hard drive. Well, you are in luck…the only thing you need to do is download the following file:

vmscsi-1.2.0.4.flp

After downloading this file you need to upload it to your esx datastore. Then you need to set the floppy drive to point to the vmscsi-1.2.0.4.flp on the esx server datastore. Then when you start the Windows XP installation by powering on the VM, When prompted to add ‘Additional SCSI Drivers‘, press F6 (Function key button). Connect your VMware ESX floppy disk ISO (flp) image of the Buslogic SCSI controller driver , then press the ‘S‘ key to specify an additional device. The Windows XP installation process should now read this ISO file and will detect the controller drivers. Press the ‘Enter‘ key to continue. The Windows XP Professional installation this time finds (detected) the hard drive without any issue.

Sep 16









There is a new feature in Windows 7 that reminds me of linux and mac shortcuts.  This new feature is not very publicized but is a very cool feature of the new Windows 7 OS.  If you open up a command prompt or a web browser and you want to quickly open up another command prompt window all you need to do is to hold down the shift key and left click on the taskbar icon for the application that you want to open up more windows for.  This to me is a major step up for Windows 7.  Seems that Microsoft is finally catching up to Mac and Linux who have had this type of functionality for a while now.  To perform this function in Mac OS X all you need to do is type “Command” + N.  To perform this action in Linux, you need to open up a command prompt and press Ctrl + Shift + N.

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