Archive for the ‘Tools & Diagnostics’ Category

Windows Password Recovery and Reset

May 4, 2014

Password Recovery

Ophcrack – http://ophcrack.sourceforge.net/

Password Reset

Offline NT Password and Registry Editor – http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/

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Removing and Preventing the Automatic Reinstall of Internet Explorer 11

November 26, 2013

To remove IE 11

Control Panel –> Uninstall a Program –> View Installed Updates

IE 10 Uninstall

Right click on the Windows Internet Explorer 10 entry then left click on the uninstall option that appears.

A reboot is required to complete the removal of IE 11.  After the reboot IE 10 should be available.

Prevent the automatic reinstall of IE 11

Microsoft has released the Internet Explorer 10 Installation Blocker Toolkit.  This tool will prevent the automatic installation of Internet Explorer 10.  The toolkit can be downloaded here:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40722

  1. Download and Run IE11_BlockerToolkit.EXE. Specify a location for the files.
  2. Open a command prompt with administrative privileges.  Right click on Command Prompt in Accessories and select Run As Administrator.  Change to the directory that contains the toolkit.
  3. Type IE11_Blocker.cmd /b at the command prompt.  A confirmation will display indicating whether or not the command completed successfully.

The block can be disabled by entering IE11_Blocker.cmd /u at a command prompt.

A PC can still be manually updated to IE 10 even with the block enabled.

Removing and Preventing the Automatic Reinstall of Internet Explorer 10

April 18, 2013

To remove IE 10

Control Panel –> Uninstall a Program –> View Installed Updates

IE 10 Uninstall

Right click on the Windows Internet Explorer 10 entry then left click on the uninstall option that appears.

A reboot will be required to complete the removal of IE 10.  After the reboot IE 9 should be available.  In some cases the system may roll back to IE 8.  In that case, run Windows Update to reinstall IE 9 and all related patches.

Prevent the automatic reinstall of IE 10

Microsoft has released the Internet Explorer 10 Installation Blocker Toolkit.  This tool will prevent the automatic installation of Internet Explorer 10.  The toolkit can be downloaded here:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36512

  1. Download and Run IE10_BlockerToolkit.EXE. Specify a location for the files.
  2. Open a command prompt with administrative privileges.  Right click on Command Prompt in Accessories and select Run As Administrator.  Change to the directory that contains the toolkit.
  3. Type IE10_Blocker.cmd /b at the command prompt.  A confirmation will display indicating whether or not the command completed successfully.

The block can be disabled by entering IE10_Blocker.cmd /u at a command prompt.

A PC can still be manually updated to IE 10 even with the block enabled.

Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool

July 5, 2012

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2659007

Manual Installer for Adobe Acrobat

June 23, 2012

ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/

.NET Repair Tools

June 16, 2012

Microsoft .NET Framework Repair Tool Released

Troubleshoot .NET Frameworks 4.0 Install Issues on Windows 7

AOMEI Partition Assistant 5.0 Home Edition – Free for Commercial Use!

June 6, 2012

http://www.disk-partition.com/free-partition-manager.html

Bypass Windows Logons with the Utilman.exe

April 21, 2012

http://www.technibble.com/bypass-windows-logons-utilman/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bypass-windows-logons-utilman

Windows Defender Offline

April 17, 2012

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/what-is-windows-defender-offline

Free Zip File Repair

April 13, 2012

It isn’t perfect, but it is free and it allowed me to recover most of the files. The recovered files are put back in a new zip file for some reason, which 7-zip was still unable to process.   Take the opinion to view the extracted files, it offers the best chance of getting the files back.  They can be copied and pasted to a new location.

http://www.diskinternals.com/zip-repair/