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Install or reinstall Microsoft Windows 10

September 4, 2015
If you need to install or reinstall Windows 10, you can use the tools on this page to create your own installation media using either a USB flash drive or a DVD.

Before you begin

  • Make sure you have:
    • An internet connection (internet service provider fees may apply).
    • Sufficient data storage available on a computer, USB or external drive for the download.
    • A blank USB or DVD (and DVD burner) with at least 4 GB of space if you want to create media. We recommend using a blank USB or blank DVD, because any content on it will be deleted.
  • Read the System Requirements.
  • If you will be installing the operating system for the first time, you will need your Windows product key (xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx). For more information about product keys and when they are required, visit the FAQ page.

Use the media creation tool to download Windows. This tool provides the best download experience for customers running Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. To learn how to use the tool, go to the Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool page. Tool includes:

  • File formats optimized for download speed.
  • Built in media creation options for USBs and DVDs.
  • Optional conversion to ISO file format.
If you’re on an Enterprise edition, the media creation tool won’t work for an upgrade. Please see the Volume Licensing Service Center for more information.
IMPORTANT: To upgrade for free, select Upgrade this PC now in the tool. You should NOT be asked for a product key during the upgrade process. If you create a USB and use it to install, make sure to remove the USB as soon as setup begins. If you don’t, you may be prompted for a product key. If this happens, remove the USB and restart your PC to continue with setup.
Will you be running the tool from a 32 bit or a 64 bit device? Download the version for the device that will run the tool.

Setting Low Disk Space Alerts on Windows Server 2008

January 6, 2015

Here are the steps.

Admin Tools|Task Scheduler and create a new task.
Enter a name for the task
Select When a specific event is logged

Log = System
Source = Srv
Event ID = 2013

Send an e-mail

fill in the form including a valid smtp server

Next and Finish



PowerShell: Create Active Directory Users Based On Excel Input

October 1, 2013

This script will create users in Active Directory  based on the settings in the input file (see the Excel / CSV file below this  script for an example of the input file used). These settings can, of course, be  changed or extended (check this Microsoft Technet Link to get an over.


This script will create users in Active Directory based on the settings in  the input file (see the Excel / CSV file below this script for an example of the  input file used). These settings can, of course, be changed or extended (check  this Microsoft Technet Link to get an overview of all the settings that can be  set with the PowerShell New-ADUser Cmdlet).

Not only can the file be  extended (or decreased) it can also be altered. The column names can be changed  (note that you also need to change it in the PowerShell script), the columns can  be re-ordered, etc. The script will keep working, because it uses the column  names!

Note #1: This script makes use of the Active  Directory Module for PowerShell. 


In the Excel file / Input CSV the following (general) structure was used (the  values are example values).


RegEx Builder

February 23, 2013

Do you need to use regular expression on an occasional basis, but don’t use them enough to become a regular expressions expert. If you answered “yes”, then I have a great solution for you.  RegEx Builder is a small utility to help you build regular expressions.  Especially useful for those, like me, who don’t use regular expressions everyday, and therefore, don’t always remember all the details.  RegEx Builder evaluates your expression as you type so you can see if it is going to match your target text in real-time.  No more edit-compile-test loops.  RegExBuilder is distributed under the Simplified BSD License.

RegEx Builder Screenshot


Rapid Environment Editor

February 21, 2013

Windows environment variables management

7.1 build 845

February 2, 2013

Download this version


Editable tree

Show environment variables and values as an editable tree.

Portable mode

RapidEE doesn’t require installation and could be run as a “portable application”. View details.

Error checking

Automatically checking for invalid pathnames and filenames

Multilanguage interface

RapidEE is translated into number of languages (English, Russian, Japanese, French, Polish, German, Italian, Latvian, Slovak, Greek, Spanish, Chinese, Dutch, Swedish, Korean, Croatian, Danish, Brazilian Portuguese, Finnish), and the language can be changed on the fly.

Variable inspector

Inspector shows miscellaneous information about variables: name, type, value, short file name in the 8.3 naming convention for each long file name and vice versa.

No typing

You don’t need to type long pathnames. Just choose path using File Explorer tree

Easy values manipulation

RapidEE supports drag’n’drop for reordering of variable values


Environment variables can be backed up to the registry file (.reg)


Skins allow you to change the look and feel of RapidEE

Multiuser support

If you have an administrative privileges then you can edit environment variables for any user on your computer.

Command line

RapidEE can accept a number of command line parameters to modify the system and user environment variables. View details.

Path Editor

February 19, 2013

Why are you editing your path with this.

Windows built in environment variable editor

When you could be editing your path with this.


If you have ever had need to alter, manage, or otherwise interact with the System or User Path on your PC then you know how painful it is do with the built in tools. Path Editor is a small utility that makes path management very straightforward with it’s intuitive user interface and drag-and-drop simplicity. Path Editor can clean your path of missing and duplicate entries with a single click of the mouse.


  • Friendly intuitive user interface.
  • Edit System or Current User Path.
  • Edit any HKCU registry key (in advanced mode)
  • Optionally display expanded environment variables used in the path.
  • Automatically clean path of missing and duplicate entries.
  • Rearrange entries using buttons or drag-and-drop.
  • Double-click a path entry to open directory in a file explorer.
  • Add a directory by dragging the directory (or a file) from a file explorer.
  • Use /c on the command line to clean, save, and exit with no user interaction.
  • Path Editor is distributed under the Simplified BSD License
  • Online Users Manual


Note: Drag-and-dropping directories from Windows Explorer into PathEditor works in Windows XP, but Windows 7’s stricter security policy prevents this from working under Windows 7 since PathEditor runs with elevated privs.  (One cannot drag from under-privileged apps to privileged apps.)  I’m looking at implementing some other solution that makes it easier to add directories.


Microsoft RichCopy 4.0.217

November 11, 2012

One of the Microsoft tools that was being used by Microsoft programmers to copy or move files in faster speed. This tool was developed in 1996 but it was being used internally by Microsoft and was not made available for public usages. However, at a later stage they made it available for free public download and now you can also experience faster file copying and moving with this small Windows utility, called RichCopy. RichCopy can copy multiple files.
At a time with up to 8 times faster speed than the normal file copy and moving process. Surprisingly it copies and moves files even faster than RoboCopy tool and XCOPY command. Since the tool was being used by the developers, they made it pretty effective and stable .
download Microsoft Rich copy 4.0

Key Features of RichCopy
1. More powerful, faster and stable than than any other file copying tool. 2. Create several profiles to assign special settings with a specific profile. 3. Copy files from multiple and different locations and save in a single destination. 4. Filter the files based on the date, time and choose to either copy or opt those files. 5. Being on GUI, supports command lines. 6. Suspend and resume file copy at any time.

Reference :Technet Magazine

Microsoft Windows 2003 Securing SMTP

August 26, 2011

Microsoft Windows 2003 Securing SMTP Virtual Servers:

Configuring Access-Related Settings

You can restrict access to your SMTP server by requiring authentication, limiting access according to IP address, or both. Restrict access by using the Access tab of the SMTP virtual server properties dialog box. The Access tab has five important security-related settings: Authentication, Certificate, Communication, Connection, and Relay.


The Authentication option allows you to select from the following methods for authenticating users who attempt to connect to your SMTP server:

  • Anonymous access. Anonymous access does not require users to enter a user name and password. This option is intended for servers that accept mail from outside the network.
    For example, if you are creating a stand-alone smart host that sits outside of your firewall and in front of your Exchange server, then you might select Anonymous access. Or, if you are creating a server to receive e-mail from a public Web site, then you might select Anonymous access.
  • Basic authentication. Basic authentication requires users to enter a valid user name and password; however, the credentials are sent across the network unencrypted. If you select Basic authentication, then select Requires TLS encryption, which encrypts the user credentials. To require TLS encryption, you must have a valid SSL certificate installed on the server.
  • Integrated Windows authentication. Integrated Windows authentication requires users to enter a valid Windows user name and password to connect to your SMTP server. Credentials are sent across the network encrypted. You can select Integrated Windows authentication if you are setting up a smart host to relay messages within your network or if you are setting up a server to receive e-mail from internal sites, such as a company intranet.

Certificate and Communication

The Certificate and Communication options allow you to secure communication by installing security certificates and requiring encryption. To install a certificate, click Certificate to start the New Certificate Wizard. Then, if you want to require the SMTP service to use SSL to encrypt every message, click Communication.


The Connection option allows you to restrict access to your server based on IP address. For example, if you are setting up a smart host that works inside your network, then you can use the Only the list below option to restrict access to the range of IP addresses for your network. If you are setting up a smart host that relays external e-mail or if you are setting up a server to accept e-mail from a public Web site, then connection control can be an effective way to restrict unsolicited commercial e-mail. After you identify the IP address or addresses of computers that send bulk e-mail, you can use the All except the list belowoption to prevent computers with specific IP addresses from connecting to your server. Although you can restrict access based solely on the domain name, this practice is not recommended because of the resources required to perform a reverse DNS lookup to identify the IP address of the computer attempting to connect.

hMailServer free POP3 Server for Microsoft Windows Server 2008

March 21, 2011

hMailServer is a free e-mail server for Microsoft Windows. It’s used by Internet service providers, companies, governments, schools and enthusiasts in all parts of the world.

It supports the common e-mail protocols (IMAP, SMTP and POP3) and can easily be integrated with many existing web mail systems. It has flexible score-based spam protection and can attach to your virus scanner to scan all incoming and outgoing email.

Active Directory specific tools and misc tools free

April 22, 2010

The joeware utilities… Saving administrators around the world time and frustration for over nine years…

For each utility I try to keep a current list of what platforms it will or won’t work on. The mapping for the symbols are + for runs, – for doesn’t run, and † for it runs but not perfectly. The last is specific to Windows Server 2008 and is due to the granular password policy. If the granular password policy is not being used, you will have no issues. If you are using the granular policy the results will be incorrect.