Windows User Must Tool – WhoCrashed

Are you Windows user? Do you face blue screen of death or auto restart issue? Just come and get this, WhoCrashed downloaded. It’s all free for home users.

What it does?

Whenever a computer running Windows suddenly reboots without displaying any notice or blue screen of death, the first thing that is often thought about is a hardware failure. In reality, most crashes are caused by malfunctioning device drivers and kernel modules. In case of a kernel error, most computers running Windows do not show a blue screen unless they are configured to do so. Instead these systems suddenly reboot without any notice.

WhoCrashed shows the drivers which have been crashing your computer with a single click. In most cases it can pinpoint the offending drivers which have been causing misery on your computer system in the past. It does post-mortem crashdump analysis and presents all gathered information in a comprehensible way.

Lets move on with a sample report of my laptop.

Got the WhoCrashed downloaded (Download Here) and I followed simple and quick steps of installation. Pretty fine so far, because it works in Windows 7 Ultimate. Cheers! I opened the software, clicked on Dump Files and then ‘Analyze’ to let it analyze dump files in the default location c:\Windows\Minidump of Windows OS and other dmp files (You no need to specify any file path, it just picks from default location).

Amazing! so it runs so fast and quickly tell me that all my windows crashes are because of ‘Power State’. It’s true my laptop power is giving me really hard time and I need to fix it with new battery.

It is not stopped here, you still get additional details of your problem in ‘Report’ menu.

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Download: 64-bit (x64)  – 3.3 GB Size

Download: 32-bit (x86) – 2.5 GB Size

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You can find additional  details here in Microsoft – Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Server Version:

Download: 64-bit (x64)

Download: VHD

You can find more details here in Microsoft – Windows 8 Server Beta.

Script to retrieve members of local administrator group from LAN computers

The script enumerates members of local administrator group of all network machines specified in clientcomputers.txt and gives output in txt/html.

Requirements for running below script:
a. Administrative privilege on all machines to be enumerated
b. RPC (Remote Procedure Call) service should be running on all machines to respond to the query.

‘Enumerating members of local administrator group in all client machines
‘WMIC script written as batch file

‘Copyright(c) 2008 SKAP
‘Version 1.0 – 24/09/2008
‘This script enumerates members of local administrator group in all client machines.
‘Create a clientcomputers.txt file containing computer names of all machines on which you want to run this script
‘The script should run with administrative privilege on all client machines listed in clientcomputers.txt
‘rename file from txt to bat file to run

‘Output file is created as text file, output.txt
‘BEGIN
echo off
for /f %%i in (clientcomputers.txt) do wmic /failfast:ON /node:%%i /append:output.txt path win32_groupuser where (groupcomponent = “win32_group.name=\”administrators\”,domain=\”%%i\””)
pause
‘END

‘Output file is created as html file, output.html
‘BEGIN
echo off
for /f %%i in (clientcomputers.txt) do wmic /failfast:ON /node:%%i /append:output.html path win32_groupuser where (groupcomponent = “win32_group.name=\”administrators\”,domain=\”%%i\””) get /format:htable.xsl
pause
‘END

Launch IE shortcuts in new window through Group Policy

All might have seen that an option is available in IE to disable Reuse Windows for Launching Shortcuts . Go to Internet Explorer > Tools > Internet Options > Reuse Windows for Launching Shortcuts. But when it comes to scenario of deployment across a domain, such option is not available in Group Policy to easily configure and enforce. All you need to do is creating a Custom Administrative Template.

Here is something that I put after being successfully tested in our environment.

1. Copy, paste below adm in notepad and save it as “Reusewindowsshort_cut.adm”

CLASS USER
CATEGORY !!IEReuseWindows
KEYNAME “Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main”
POLICY !!IEReuseWindowsPolicy
EXPLAIN !!IEReuseWindowsPolicy_Explain
VALUENAME “AllowWindowReuse”
VALUEON NUMERIC 1
VALUEOFF NUMERIC 0

END POLICY

END CATEGORY

[strings]
IEReuseWindows=”IE Custom Settings”
IEReuseWindowsPolicy=”Reuse Windows for Launching Shortcuts”
IEReuseWindowsPolicy_Explain=”Enable this setting to allow the reuse of windows for launching shortcuts”

2. Open Group Policy Editor and then right click on Administrative Templates under Computer Configuration. Choose Add/Remove Templates and browse to the location where you have saved your adm.

3. Click on Administrative Template and navigate to View > Filtering Option. Uncheck “Only show policies that can be fully managed” then only you will be able to see your custom policy.

4. Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > IE Custom Settings. Now you can see a policy “Reuse Windows for Launching Shortcuts” to define your settings

5. Set Enable for reusing windows and set disable to use new windows for launching shortcuts.