Category Archives: Windows 8

Add-WindowsFeature Alternative for Client OS

Waiting for the add remove features dialog populate on my client OS computer is slow.  Since I started using Add-WindowsFeature wither Server 2008, and Install-WindowsFeature beginning with Server 2012, I was disappointed by the lack of a similar cmdlet for … Continue reading

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Microsoft Updates on Windows 8.x

I sold my iPad and my laptop, using the proceeds to help me get a Surface Pro 3. I bought a subscription for our household to Office 365, because of my familiarity with the Microsoft Office suite of products. After … Continue reading

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That VbScript worked in XP, Why Not Now?

Do you have a script that worked with your x32 XP computer, but no longer works in Windows 7 or 8 x64?  I am finding that some of the scripts I wrote have this problem.  Somethings may rely on an … Continue reading

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Win32_ReliablityRecords, PowerShell and ScriptoMatic

I was reviewing my blog stats today and found a link from a site in UK to my version of ScriptoMatic.hta.  I have upgraded my home laptop to 8.1, and decided to see whether it still works (it does).  If … Continue reading

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The Windows Experience Index and PowerShell

I thought that the Windows Experience Index was pretty useless until I wanted to compare the speed of systems that I was preparing to donate.  One had Windows 7, the other was a lab PC running Windows 8.1.  I was … Continue reading

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Open a Hyperlink URL from Clipboard

I write scripts when I see a way to automate a task that I find myself doing repetitively.  Because I force email to text, I frequently get emails with URLs that have a line break.  Occasionally they will have a … Continue reading

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Windows 8 and 10: Change Network Connection Profile From Public To Private

Did you accidentally set you home network connection profile to “Public”?  Windows 8 and 10 have an easy way to change it to “Private” using PowerShell.  First, you must open PowerShell as an administrator. If you’ve never run PowerShell before, … Continue reading

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Enable AeroLite Theme in Windows 8

Somewhere on the web I found instructions on enabling the “hidden AeroLite” theme in Windows 8.  Having taken the time to do this the long way — and not being really impressed by the results — I thought it would … Continue reading

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Back to Blogging — Thoughts about Windows 8

I changed jobs at VA, had surgery (getting better, thanks), went on vacation, and didn’t take the time to work on the blog.  But, Gentle Reader, I am back with a number of posts today of things that accumulated during … Continue reading

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