Remove cached passwords on Windows

Windows caches your user names and passwords entered for network shares, drives etc. That’s fine until there’s an incorrect password or username in the cache, and you want to remove it.

The utility to delete cached credentials is hard to find. It stores both certificate data and also user passwords.

Open a command prompt, or enter the following in the run command:

rundll32.exe keymgr.dll, KRShowKeyMgr

~Pouyan

Disable windows 10 non enterprise store tab’s

With the new Windows Store for Business, organizations can make volume purchases of Windows apps. The Store for Business provides app purchases based on organizational identity, flexible distribution options, and the ability to reclaim or re-use licenses. Organizations can also use the Store for Business to create a private store for their employees that includes apps from the Store, as well private Line-of-Business (LOB) apps.

For a Windows 10 project that I am currently  working on we wanted to disable the non enterprise store tabs in the windows Store app and only use the Windows store for business!

Current situation, logged in with an business user account:

currentStore

According to Microsoft, The only way to disable the non enterprise store tabs right now is a mobile CSP. Supposedly, a GPO for this is forthcoming, but not available yet. If you disable the store with the GPO, the private store goes with it!

Well this is not completely true because I managed to find the right registry key to accomplish this. see below for the result:

resultStore

To fix this the only thing you need to change is one registry setting, assuming you already configured Azure AD and Business store of course!

Using Registry Editor
Run regedit and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor. Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftPolicyManagerdefaultApplicationManagementRequirePrivateStoreOnly

Change the DWORD VALUE in the RequirePrivateStoreOnly key  from 0 to 1.

Restart you windows Store app and you should now only see the business store! If you arent’t logged in with an business account then you only see a grey window!

I hope this was informative for you!

This setting is tested on a Windows 10 enterprise (Build 10586.164).

Kind regards,

Pouyan

SCCM 2012 client fails to install Windows 10 Build 10049

When testing the latest Build of Windows 10 I got an error installing the Configuration Manager 2012 R2 client, it fails installing the Windows Update agent with the following error in the CCMSetup.log file.

“File ‘C:WINDOWSccmsetupWindowsUpdateAgent30-x64.exe’ returned failure exit code 775. Fail the installation.”

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“Change product key” link is not available in Windows 8 or in Windows Server 2012

When you try to change the product key in Windows 8 or in Windows Server 2012, you cannot find a “Change product key” link in the System item in Control Panel.

For example, you want to convert a default setup product key to a Multiple Activation Key (MAK) on a computer that is running Windows 8. However, you cannot find an element in the UI that lets you change the product key. Continue reading “Change product key” link is not available in Windows 8 or in Windows Server 2012

Removing Hidden and Non-Present Devices in Device Manager

  1. Click Start. Click Run. Type cmd and press OK.
  2. Type “set DEVMGR_SHOW_DETAILS=1” (without quotation marks) and press Enter.
  3. Type “set DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES=1” (without quotation marks) and Press Enter.
  4. Type “start devmgmt.msc” (without quotation marks) and click press Enter.
  5. Click View. Click Show hidden devices.
  6. Click “+” to expand Imaging devices, Unknown devices and USB devices.
  7. If there any unknown devices (including grayed out devices), right click it and click Uninstall.
  8. Reboot the computer

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Disable/Hide Control Panel

This setting allows you to restrict user access to the Control Panel options and settings.

Create a new text file and rename it to “NoControlPanel.reg”, then copy the key below and past it in the reg file. save the file and right click and select “Merge”
[shell]
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer]
“NoControlPanel”=dword:00000001
[/shell]

More information about this REG Key:
[shell]
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer]
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer]
Value Name: NoControlPanel
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = disable restriction, 1 = enable restriction)
[/shell]

How To Change Windows 7 Logon Screen Easily [Without Using Hacks & Tools]

Follow the procedure below to change the Windows 7 logon screen.

1. Copy this Registry code and save it in a new text document, then change the txt file ro a *.reg file. Double-click on the file to enable this feature (Alternative method: right-click, select Merge).
[shell]
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionAuthenticationLogonUIBackground]
“OEMBackground”=dword:00000001
[/shell]

2. Now, head over to the following folder:

C:WindowsSystem32oobe (“C” is your Windows Seven Installation drive)

3. Here, create a new folder named Info. Again, create a new folder inside the Info folder and rename it as backgrounds.

4. Copy your favorite image file to this folder and rename it as backgroundDefault. Note that the image must be in JPG format and the size should be less than 256 KB.

5. You are done. Reboot your system and see the change.

The following files (sorted by width-to-height ratio) are supported in C:WindowsSystem32oobeInfoBackgrounds folder:

* backgroundDefault.jpg
* background768×1280.jpg (0.6)
* background900×1440.jpg (0.625)
* background960×1280.jpg (0.75)
* background1024×1280.jpg (0.8)
* background1280×1024.jpg (1.25)
* background1024×768.jpg (1.33-)
* background1280×960.jpg (1.33-)
* background1600×1200.jpg (1.33-)
* background1440×900.jpg (1.6)
* background1920×1200.jpg (1.6)
* background1280×768.jpg (1.66-)
* background1360×768.jpg (1.770833-)