Posts Tagged ‘PowerShell’

Quickly Analyze Windows Update Errors

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

In light of recent problems with Windows Updates, this seems like an extremely useful tool for Windows 10 users.

It is unclear how many Windows users and administrators run into updating issues on Windows machines regularly or occasionally. Updating issues can be frustrating, especially if the system lands in an endless cycle of downloads, installs, reboots and rollbacks that frustrate many users and system admins. The past year alone has seen several borked updates that caused issues on Windows 10 machines.  The Windows 10 updates KB3081424 and KB3194496 caused issues on PCs around the world for instance.


Turn Off Windows 10 Features

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Here’s a quick list of a few of the most common non-essential Windows 10 features, along with instructions for disabling them.

Microsoft operating systems ship with features, several of them enabled by default, that many Windows users may not need when it comes to running the computer. These features are enabled for compatibility purposes, and while that is a good thing, may use memory, cpu cycles, or even expose the device to attacks or security issues. The following guide lists installed features on Microsoft’s operating system Windows 10, and their purpose.


Display which Programs Accept or Have Established Internet Connections on Windows

Monday, December 1st, 2014

If you run a lot of freeware on your system and you’ve noticed that your connection is slowing down, then you might want to check this out.

How do you know which programs on Windows have established connections to the Internet or are accepting them? Some programs may reveal the information to you directly while others may not reveal those information to you. This is especially true for shady applications and those that are outright malicious. If you want to know if a program phones home you need to know how to display those information on the system.


How to Remove All Windows 8 Apps Using PowerShell

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Here’s a handy trick for getting rid of unwanted apps in Windows 8 …

Apps are clearly a focus on Windows 8, not only because the operating system boots into the “apps-interface” on startup by default, but because most of the marketing for the operating system puts it in focus as well. That’s however just one side of Windows 8, and I’m not entirely sure if concentrating all efforts on those features is the smartest move by Microsoft.


Microsoft Script Explorer: PowerShell Script Search

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Here’s an interesting new tool for systems administrators …

PowerShell is a command line scripting language for Windows that Microsoft has designed with system administrators in mind. It empowers Windows users to control and automate administrative tasks on systems running Windows. Windows PowerShell combines a command prompt and scripting language which can be used together or independent of each other.


Three PowerShell queries to obtain critical system information

Friday, July 16th, 2010

These seem like handy tools for administrators …

When it comes to getting information about Windows clients and servers, administrators are sometimes left in the dark. These simple scripts will help you gather succinct info about a computing environment.

There is nothing worse than being given a system requirement and not knowing whether it can be applied to a number of systems. There are countless examples, such as free space on local computers or what levels of JAVA or .NET framework are installed. Sometimes, we may be given more difficult requirements that we may or may not be able to easily determine.

Here are three scripts you can use to get detailed information for specific questions about Windows clients and servers. The scripts are based on PowerShell 2, which can be applied to Windows XP and higher on the client side as well as on Windows Server 2003 and higher on the server editions. For PowerShell 2, it is recommended that you install the Windows PowerShell PowerPack.