Category Group Policy

Use a Batch Script to Remotely Delete Windows.old Folder

Once an in-place upgrade of Windows is performed on a machine, a Windows.old folder will be created on the root of the OS drive.  This folder contains a backup of old data prior to the upgrade, including program files, Windows files, and AppData.  In the case of the update being reverted, Windows will resort back to […]

Use 7-Zip to Explore & Extract EXE File Contents

Executable files (EXEs) are very common in the Windows world.  Some EXEs are compressed, meaning they actually contain an archive of files within them that can be explored and extracted. Often these compressed EXEs are application installers, and exploring their archive may allow an application’s MSI installer to be extracted.  MSI install files can be more useful than […]

Control Windows 10 Updates with Active Hours & Restart Options

Since the release of Windows 10 in July 2015, there has been a bit of an uproar among the IT support world and Microsoft.  IT’s outcry came with good backing: Some of the critical mechanisms that IT professionals have been using to manage Windows Updates for YEARS have no effect on Windows 10.  Microsoft didn’t do too good of […]

Clear Windows Local Group Policy Cache

Windows maintains a local cache of all the GPO settings that are applied to the system.  I’ve occasionally seen this cache become corrupt or de-synchronized with the domain controller.  This can cause a variety of problems including Group Policy settings not being able to update. The Windows local Group Policy cache is located at: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Group Policy\History Note […]

Auto Logoff Screensaver for Windows

I recently needed to find a solution that would automatically log out inactive users from a computer lab.  I was hoping to find something that would display a warning and allow users to cancel the process if they were still sitting at the machine. Windows used to have a solution for this.  Older versions included a screensaver […]