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Category: Software 🠪 Other
Chrome - Copy offline Bookmarks
May 24, 2022

To map Chrome to a profile folder in a different folder, create a shortcut like this:
chrome.exe --user-data-dir="c:\Windows.old\Users\Name\Appdata\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data"



Keywords: Chrome, User Data, Folder, Offline, Bookmarks, Old Windows, Chrome offline

https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src/+/refs/heads/main/docs/user_data_dir.md


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Clonespy - Find duplicate files
May 22, 2022

I haven't actually used it yet, but this looks like a neat utility to scan folders and find duplicate files (based on contents or names) or similar files. You can replace one set of files with a hard link so that it only takes up one file worth of space.
https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/clonespy.html


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Download Microsoft Software
May 24, 2022

Windows 10 ISO Download - Media Creation Tool
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

Windows 7 Downloads:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows7



Use Rufus to write an ISO to a USB drive
https://rufus.ie/


Use Imgburn to burn an ISO to a CD/DVD drive
https://www.imgburn.com/


Download any version of Windows 10/11 with this batch file:
https://gist.github.com/AveYo/c74dc774a8fb81a332b5d65613187b15
https://www.ghacks.net/2021/09/27/mediacreationt...<Too long, click to read the rest>


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Download/Backup Website
May 26, 2022

https://www.cyotek.com/cyotek-webcopy


keywords: Backup, Download, HTML, Website, Webpage, Archive, Cyotek, Webcopy


Category: Software 🠪 Other
File/Folder Comparison / Differencing / Highlighting
May 26, 2022

Winmerge - Free and Open Source
https://winmerge.org/


Category: Software 🠪 Other
FormFox not printing from Internet Explorer
May 26, 2022

FormFox opens a window which loads an Adobe Reader component. Windows 10 version 2004 broke it's ability to print from there.
https://community.adobe.com/t5/acrobat-reader/problem-with-print-function-after-windows-10-update-2004/td-p/11165512?page=2
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-10-printing-breaks-due-to-microsoft-june-2020-updates/

Workarounds:
- Disable "Enable Protected Mode at startup" from Adobe Reader Preferences, Security Enhanced tab.
- Try using Chrome instead of ...<Too long, click to read the rest>


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Free Active Directory Servers
May 25, 2022

https://zentyal.com/community/

Microsoft has Free AD services online:
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/active-directory/


Keywords: Ubuntu, Linux, Open Source, AD, domain


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Games
May 20, 2022

Minecraft - cheap location to buy a key ($6.20 as of 1/22/2021):
https://www.instant-gaming.com/fr/5657-acheter-jeu-microsoft-store-minecraft-windows-10-edition/


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Install common windows programs easily
May 24, 2022

I have been using Ninite to do this easily, check the programs you want to install, and it does it quickly.
www.ninite.com

Microsoft has developed a command line tool Winget to do this same thing. It isn't installed directly into Windows yet, but should be soon. Once it is, a simple batch file can install common needed software easily.
https://github.com/microsoft/winget-cli

Update all programs:
winget upgrade --all



Don't forget to turn off Windows nag screens:
https://remote.airinscomputer...<Too long, click to read the rest>


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Internet Explorer not starting
May 24, 2022

https://www.winhelponline.com/blog/disable-auto-redirect-unsupported-sites-ie-to-edge/

Start Microsoft Edge
Goto: edge://settings/defaultbrowser
Set "Let Internet Explorer open sites in Microsoft Edge" to "Never."



Keywords: Internet Explorer, IE11, Crashing, Closing, Exiting, Edge Opening


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Linux Web-based Administration
May 23, 2022

Control Panel to manage Websites/Apache
https://www.virtualmin.com/

Control Panel to manage Linux configuration
https://www.webmin.com/


Keywords: Ubuntu, Linux, web based, browser, configuration, webmin, virtualmin, control panel


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Microsoft Office 365 Unlicensed
May 25, 2022

If you have a valid license on the linked Microsoft account, but the local install doesn't recognize it:
Open Admin Command Prompt, change to the following folder (or similar depending on your version), the folder should have the file 'ospp.vbs' in it:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16

1: cscript ospp.vbs /dstatus

2: Run the following, changing ABCDE to the last 5 of the product key from the above command:
cscript ospp.vbs /unpkey:ABCDE

...<Too long, click to read the rest>


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Microsoft Outlook Autocomplete Cache
May 24, 2022

Find Autocomplete cache from Outlook: Use NK2Edit:
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nk2edit.zip

Outlook NK2 import steps on Outlook 2010 and newer:
https://www.msoutlook.info/question/478
1: Copy the nk2-file to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook
2: Rename the nk2-file to the name of your mail profile. Likely "Outlook".
3: Start --> Run: outlook.exe /importnk2
4: Wait a moment and close Outlook. Make sure the...<Too long, click to read the rest>


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Microsoft Outlook keeps asking for password
May 25, 2022

The symptom I saw was Outlook would not connect to Office 365 Online Exchange because it wouldn't do modern authentication. We had to force it to use IMAP. This failed after a week.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook/troubleshoot/authentication/continually-prompts-password-office-365

Download and run this tool: https://aka.ms/SaRA-OutlookPwdPrompt
It fixed the issue, set up a new Outlook profile with modern authentication, no more issues.


Keywords: Outlook 2013, 2016, Forgets, lost, passwo...<Too long, click to read the rest>


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Paint Shop Pro 9/10/X Issues
May 26, 2022

Freezing during startup:
Change display driver. If you are using a laptop with integrated and dedicated graphics, switch to dedicated.

Freezing during installation, probably at Registering Modules:
Uncheck options to install toolbar or right click options during install settings.


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Quickbooks Database Server Manager fails to start causing users to be stuck in Single User Mode
May 24, 2022

Quickbooks 2021 Error switching to multiuser mode - H202 or H505
https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/en-us/open-programs/how-to-fix-error-h202-and-h505/00/186029

If the database manager is running on a server running DNS server, then the DNS service may be using the same port UDP 55333.
Temporary Solution: Stop DNS server, Start QuickbooksDB31 Service, then start DNS.

http://www.devonstephens.com/quickbooks-database-manager-conflicting-dns-server/


-- An example error log from Event Mana...<Too long, click to read the rest>


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Quickbooks Download and License Location
May 24, 2022
Download Quickbooks:
https://downloads.quickbooks.com/app/qbdt/products
21.0 - 2020

License and Version numbering:
To find your existing license number, open this in Notepad:
C:\ProgramData\COMMON FILES\INTUIT\QUICKBOOKS\qbregistration.dat

To find the version you had installed:

Flavor Names ():
belacct = QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions Accountant Edition
bel = QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions (not...<Too long, click to read the rest>

Category: Software 🠪 Other
Quickbooks Forms won't print or print preview
May 25, 2022

Issue: Quickbooks 2021 won't print or print-preview for 1099-NEC forms, but does work for 1099-MISC.

Fix:
1: Go to Help/Update/Options/Select all (they were already all selected)
2: Go to the updates screen/RESET UPDATES box, then reinstall all updates
3: Restart Computer


Keywords: Intuit, Print Crash


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Quickbooks is running slow
May 25, 2022

Run the Quickbooks Diagnostic Tool:
https://dlm2.download.intuit.com/akdlm/SBD/QuickBooks/QBPDF/QuickBooksDesktopInstallDiagnosticTool.exe

Other possible solutions are detailed here:
https://quickbooks.intuit.com/learn-support/en-us/other-questions/wow-my-qb-desktop-is-incredibly-slow/00/251027


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Ransomware Protection
May 25, 2022

You can set a Russian language setting, which some malware/ransomware check and won't run if it is set.
From:
https://github.com/Unit221B/Russian
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/05/try-this-one-weird-trick-russian-hackers-hate/
Save this as a .reg file and import it
--------------------------
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Keyboard Layout\Preload]
"1"="00000419"

[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Keyboard Layout\Preload]
"1"="00000419"
---------------------------


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Ransomware Recovery
May 25, 2022

5 Steps to follow:
Isolate and shutdown critical systems
Enact your business continuity plan
Report the cyberattack
Restore from backup
Remediate, patch, and monitor
https://thehackernews.com/2021/06/5-critical-steps-to-recovering-from.html


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Remove or Install Internet Explorer
May 25, 2022

Enable:
dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:Internet-Explorer-Optional-amd64

Disable:
dism /online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:Internet-Explorer-Optional-amd64

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/troubleshoot/browsers/disable-internet-explorer-windows



Keywords: IE11, Missing, Reinstall, InternetExplorer, Enable, Disable, Uninstall


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Scan to PDF
May 25, 2022

NAPS2 (Not Another PDF Scanner 2)
https://www.naps2.com/

WinScan2PDF 7.22
https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/winscan2pdf.html

PdfScanManager 1.23
https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/pdfscanmanager.html

PaperScan 3.0.130 - Free up to 10 pages per PDF
https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/paperscan_free.html

Ashampoo PDF Free 2.0.7
https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/ashampoo_pdf_free.html


Keywords: TWAIN, WIA, Scan, Scanner, PDF


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Secure Browsing with Windows Defender Application Guard
May 25, 2022

Windows Defender Application Guard basically runs an Edge window (or Microsoft Office applications) in a HyperV VM to enable very secure browsing with very little chance of anything bad escaping.
Enable by going to Programs and Features, Turn Windows features on or off.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/microsoft-defender-application-guard/md-app-guard-overview


Keywords: Secure, Isolated, VM, Virtual Machine, Safe Browsing, Malware, Protected, Web Browser, Edge, Offi...<Too long, click to read the rest>


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Task Manager Programs
May 26, 2022

Process Hacker
https://processhacker.sourceforge.io/

Process Explorer (Sysinternals Suite)
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sysinternals-suite


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Update Office to specific version
May 25, 2022

"C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ClickToRun\OfficeC2RClient.exe" /update user updatetoversion=16.0.13901.20462


Category: Software 🠪 Other
Virtualbox Commands
May 25, 2022

Start VM via command line:
"C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage.exe" startvm "VM-Name"


Do graceful shutdown of Client when Host restarts or shuts down:
"C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage.exe" setextradata "VM-Name" GUI/DefaultCloseAction Shutdown



Keywords: VM, Virtual Machine, Oracle Virtualbox, Hypervisor





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