Manage Windows Optional Features From PowerShell

The first thing you will want to do is see what features you have enabled, to do this we will need to pass the output of the Get-WindowsOptionalFeature cmdlet down the pipeline, where it can be filtered and formatted:

That will give you a nice tabulated view of what is enabled.

If you want to see what features are disabled you can use the following:


If you need to disable a feature you can use the following:

This assumes that the feature that you want to disable is NetFx3.

Of course, you will most likely be adding a feature which can be done like so:

That’s all there is to it.

Reduce Windows 7 WinSxS Folder Size

This howto explains how you can clean up the Windows OS WinSxS folder.

The WinSxS folder is used to store install and uninstall files, windows packages (current and previous versions of a component) and out-of-band releases. You should not completely delete this folder. Post Windows 7 SP1, there is now a way to remove the unnecessary files from this folder using the command line (elevated/admin mode -> Click Start -> Type “cmd” in Search. Right click on “cmd” and choose “Run as Administrator”). This is great for reducing the Windows folder size for SSDs and netbooks. In my case it saved 3.5GB of space.

dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded


Source: technet

Internet Explorer 9 showing a blank page.

Today I’ve encountered a problem with Internet Explorer 9. After opening Internet Explorer today nothing came on, not an error, just a blanco or blank no matter to what site you went.
After doing some research I’ve remembered that IE9 uses GPU acceleration to show everything. So the quite solution was quite simple.

Blank pages, just like this:

To fix this problem, disable hardware rendering:
1. Click on Tools, select Internet Options
2. Go to the Advanced tab, and tick Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering

Note: IE9’s core feature is hardware rendering, so using IE9 without it is useless. Hoping that an upcoming will fix this problem

Note 2: I’m using Intel Integrated graphics

Note 3: This may prevent some programs (like Adobe installers) from working. These programs use the rendering engine of IE, but forces Hardware Rendering. To fix this, you’ll have to downgrade to IE8.

How To remove Admin shares on Windows 7

In many company networks, the admins does not disable the admin shares by GPO. If you do not want to share your drives with everyone, here’s what to do on a Windows 7 machine.

Hit Windows ORB and type ‘REGEDIT‘, hit Enter

Navigate to the following registry key:


Create the new DWORD (32-bit) Value and in the name field type: LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy

Leave the default value of 0.


Navigate to the following registry key:


Create the new DWORD (32-bit) Value and in the name field type: AutoShareWks and press Enter. (You can also leave this setting with its default value of 0.)

Changes should be active after you close the registry editor, but just in case restart your PC.

A Complete list of Windows Run commands

A few day’s ago I was looking for a specific run command and I came across a full list of Windows Run Commands. So here you can find them:

Accessibility Controls – access.cpl

Accessibility Wizard – accwiz

Add Hardware Wizard – hdwwiz.cpl

Add/Remove Programs – appwiz.cpl

Administrative Tools – control admintools

Adobe Acrobat (if installed)- acrobat

Adobe Designer (if installed)- acrodist

Adobe Distiller (if installed)- acrodist

Adobe ImageReady (if installed)- imageready

Adobe Photoshop (if installed) – photoshop

Automatic Updates – wuaucpl.cpl

Bluetooth Transfer Wizard – fsquirt

Calculator – calc

Certificate Manager – certmgr.msc

Character Map – charmap

Check Disk Utility – chkdsk

Clipboard Viewer – clipbrd

Command Prompt – cmd

Component Services – dcomcnfg

Computer Management – compmgmt.msc

Control Panel – control

Date and Time Properties – timedate.cpl

DDE Shares – ddeshare

Device Manager – devmgmt.msc

Direct X Control Panel (If Installed)* – directx.cpl

Direct X Troubleshooter – dxdiag

Disk Cleanup Utility – cleanmgr

Disk Defragment – dfrg.msc

Disk Management – diskmgmt.msc

Disk Partition Manager – diskpart

Display Properties – control desktop

Display Properties – desk.cpl

Display Properties (w/Appearance Tab Preselected) – control color

Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting Utility – drwtsn32

Driver Verifier Utility – verifier

Event Viewer – eventvwr.msc


Files and Settings Transfer Tool – migwiz

File Signature Verification Tool – sigverif

Findfast – findfast.cpl

Firefox (if installed) – firefox

Folders Properties – control folders

Fonts – control fonts

Fonts Folder – fonts

Free Cell Card Game – freecell

Game Controllers – joy.cpl

Group Policy Editor (XP Prof) – gpedit.msc

Hearts Card Game – mshearts

Help and Support – helpctr

HyperTerminal – hypertrm

Iexpress Wizard – iexpress

Indexing Service – ciadv.msc

Internet Connection Wizard – icwconn1

Internet Explorer – iexplore

Internet Properties – inetcpl.cpl

Internet Setup Wizard – inetwiz

IP Configuration (Display Connection Configuration)- ipconfig /all

IP Configuration (Display DNS Cache Contents) – ipconfig /displaydns

IP Configuration (Delete DNS Cache Contents) – ipconfig /flushdns

IP Configuration (Release All Connections) – ipconfig /release

IP Configuration (Renew All Connections) – ipconfig /renew

IP Configuration (Refreshes DHCP & Re-Registers DNS) – ipconfig /registerdns

IP Configuration (Display DHCP Class ID) – ipconfig /showclassid

IP Configuration (Modifies DHCP Class ID)- ipconfig /setclassid


Java Control Panel (If Installed) – jpicpl32.cpl

Java Control Panel (If Installed) – javaws

Keyboard Properties – control keyboard

Local Security Settings – secpol.msc

Local Users and Groups – lusrmgr.msc

Logs You Out Of Windows – logoff

Malicious Software Removal Tool – mrt

Microsoft Access (if installed) – access.cpl

Microsoft Chat – winchat

Microsoft Excel (if installed) – excel

Microsoft Frontpage (if installed) – frontpg

Microsoft Movie Maker – moviemk

Microsoft Paint – mspaint

Microsoft Powerpoint (if installed) – powerpnt

Microsoft Word (if installed) – winword

Microsoft Syncronization Tool – mobsync

Minesweeper Game – winmine

Mouse Properties – control mouse

Mouse Properties – main.cpl


Nero (if installed) – nero

Netmeeting – conf

Network Connections – control netconnections

Network Connections- ncpa.cpl

Network Setup Wizard – netsetup.cpl

Notepad – notepad

Nview Desktop Manager (If Installed) – nvtuicpl.cpl

Object Packager – packager

ODBC Data Source Administrator – odbccp32.cpl

On Screen Keyboard – osk

Opens AC3 Filter (If Installed)- ac3filter.cpl

Outlook Express – msimn

Paint – pbrush

Password Properties – password.cpl

Performance Monitor – perfmon.msc

Performance Monitor – perfmon

Phone and Modem Options – telephon.cpl

Phone Dialer – dialer

Pinball Game – pinball

Power Configuration – powercfg.cpl

Printers and Faxes – control printers

Printers Folder – printers

Private Character Editor – eudcedit

Quicktime (If Installed) – QuickTime.cpl

Quicktime Player (if installed) – quicktimeplayer

Real Player (if installed) – realplay

Regional Settings – intl.cpl

Registry Editor – regedit

Registry Editor – regedit32

Remote Access Phonebook – rasphone

Remote Desktop – mstsc

Removable Storage – ntmsmgr.msc

Removable Storage Operator Requests – ntmsoprq.msc

Resultant Set of Policy (XP Prof) – rsop.msc

Scanners and Cameras – sticpl.cpl

Scheduled Tasks – control schedtasks

Security Center – wscui.cpl

Services – services.msc

Shared Folders – fsmgmt.msc

Shuts Down Windows – shutdown

Sounds and Audio – mmsys.cpl

Spider Solitare Card Game – spider

SQL Client Configuration – cliconfg

System Configuration Editor – sysedit

System Configuration Utility – msconfig

System File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately) – sfc /scannow

System File Checker Utility (Scan Once At Next Boot)- sfc /scanonce

System File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot)- sfc /scanboot

System File Checker Utility (Return to Default Setting) – sfc /revert

System File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache) – sfc /purgecache

System File Checker Utility (Set Cache Size to size x) – sfc /cachesize=x

System Information – msinfo32

System Properties – sysdm.cpl

Task Manager – taskmgr

TCP Tester – tcptest

Telnet Client – telnet

Tweak UI (if installed) – tweakui

User Account Management – nusrmgr.cpl

Utility Manager – utilman

Windows Address Book – wab

Windows Address Book Import Utility – wabmig

Windows Backup Utility (if installed) – ntbackup

Windows Explorer – explorer

Windows Firewall – firewall.cpl

Windows Address Book – wab

Windows Address Book Import Utility – wabmig

Windows Backup Utility (if installed) – ntbackup

Windows Explorer – explorer

Windows Firewall – firewall.cpl

Windows Magnifier – magnify

Windows Management Infrastructure – wmimgmt.msc

Windows Media Player – wmplayer

Windows Messenger – msmsgs

Windows Picture Import Wizard (need camera connected) – wiaacmgr

Windows System Security Tool – syskey

Windows Update Launches – wupdmgr

Windows Version (to show which version of windows) – winver

Windows XP Tour Wizard – tourstart

Understanding IPv6

With approximately a few more months left until there are no more IPv4 addresses left many of you are starting too look into IPv6.  Now just because there are few IPv4 addresses left doesn’t mean the Internet is going to come to a screeching halt but it is definitely time to learn about IPv6 and get your self ready for the transition.  So what’s the difference?

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