Category CMD

Clear Windows Update Cache to Fix Error 0x80242006

I’ve occasionally ran into problems where a Windows Update, usually a feature update or cumulative update, fails to install and throws error 0x80242006: Much of the time this error is caused by an update that is already downloaded but is only partial or has become corrupt, and Windows still attempts to install it without re-downloading […]

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables MSI Product Codes

Microsoft makes deploying Visual C++ fairly easy with their plethora of redistributables, but sometimes it can be difficult to detect if a particular Visual C++ version is installed. Below are the MSI Product codes that relate to each release.  This information is particularly helpful when using deployment software such as SCCM. Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable […]

Parse CMD Output into Variables

I was recently in need of getting a Windows operating system and bit version from command line.  I needed to store this data into variables that I could reference later in a batch script. In Windows CMD, it’s not so straightforward to store or pipe the results of a command into into a variable.  For […]

Use Quser To View Which Accounts Are Logged In & Remoted In to a Computer

When restarting a Windows server or computer, you may receive a warning message that other users are still using the computer: So how can you find out who this “someone else” is? Quser (query user) is a built-in Windows command line tool that is particularly useful when needing to identify active user sessions on a computer.  This feature exists […]

Run Multiple Commands from a Single Run Command Line Task in an SCCM 2012 Task Sequence

When building an SCCM 2012 task sequence, a Run Command Line task can be added to execute CMDs: When needing to run multiple commands, adding a separate Run Command Line tasks for each command will work.  But sometimes combining multiple commands into a single step will be more efficient. The & Operator Multiple commands can be ran […]

Fix TABE Online Assessment Install Error “Windows error 2 occured while loading the Java VM”

The organization I work with utilizes CTB’s TABE Online Assessment tool in conjunction with some of our McGraw-Hill services.  I recently ran into a problem while attempting to install TABE that resulted in the following LaunchAnywhere error: Windows error 2 occured while loading the Java VM (yes, I realize “occurred” is misspelled in their error […]

Run an Offline SFC Scan

A System File Checker is an extremely useful tool that will scan all protected Windows system files and replace corrupted files with a cached copy that is located in a compressed folder at %WinDir%\System32\dllcache.  This is useful for fixing a large variety of problems, especially when dealing with Windows boot issues. An SFC scan is generally ran directly […]