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XML Filtering in Windows Event Viewer

The basic filtering options in Windows Event Viewer are limited as it is not possible to use information from the log details as a filter. This however can be done with an XML filter. This is not an in-depth tutorial, …

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Microsoft Office 2010/2013 VL Activation

Sometimes it happens, that the online activation of Microsoft Office 2010/2013 (Volume License) fails, i.e. with error code 0x80070190. I don’t know the reason for this, but there is a way to fix it without having to call the phone activation …

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Deleting an EFI System Partition with Windows 7

If you connect a hard drive that has been used in another computer before, you might find an undeletable EFI partition on it. In Disk Management this looks as follows:             However, the diskpart command-line utility …

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Installing INF Driver Packages For Disconnected Devices

On Windows 7, drivers (in *.inf format) can be added to the driver store using the built-in pnputil command-line utility. The command-line must be started with administrative privileges. pnputil -a driver.inf See the Technet Documentation for further information.

Deleting WLAN Profiles on Windows 8

Windows 8 doesn’t have a graphical user interface for managing WLAN profiles. Windows XP and 7 had one and it is beyond my comprehension why Microsoft would remove such a useful tool. With the command-line however, it is still possible to …

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Testing A Network Connection with Iperf

Iperf is a nice little tool to measure networking performance/bandwidth. You need two computers for this. One is acting as the server listening for incoming connections. The other one is the client that connects to the server. If the connection …

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Disable RDP Printer Redirection

If you use an RDP connection to administrate a Windows server, you might receive several “TerminalServices-Printers” Errors (ID 1111) in your System log each time you establish the connection, because RDP fails to redirect your local printers due to missing …

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Solving Windows Update Issues

If your Windows Update does not properly work anymore, it might help to delete the update cache which is located in “C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution”. In order to delete this folder, you need to stop the “Windows Update” service first. You can do …

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How To Enter A Product Key on Windows 8 / Server 2012

If you install a corporate version of Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 that uses Volume Licensing, you won’t be asked for a Product Key during installation. However, in order to activate Windows you need to enter your Product Key …

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Retrieving System Information via Command Line on Windows

In Windows operating systems there’s a command-line utility called Windows Management Instrumentation Command-Line (WMIC) which allows you to retrieve plenty of system and hardware information. In this article I’ll show you some exemplary commands.   1. Basic Usage To get a …

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