Category Archives: SysInternals

Case of the Unwanted Chrome Search Modification

A friend’s machine had the Google Chrome home page set to But there is no homepage set in settings. Checking the Chrome Shortcut in Start Menu we can see it’s been modified, so we remove the piesearch parameter. This … Continue reading

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App-V Visio and Thick Excel Collide

A 3rd party Excel add-in had stopped working for a group of users, and they all received an error message on launching Excel: Microsoft Visual Basic for ApplicationsSystem Error &H8007007E (-2147024770) Unfortunately the VBA code in question was from the … Continue reading

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Case of the KB2919355 Installation Failure (Windows 8.1 Update)

We had already updated a Windows 8.1 x64 machine with KB2919442 and was starting to install Windows8.1-KB2919355-x64.msu. Firstly it was hanging for ages at the “Installing” phase with no progress… Well that is normal. What is going on here? Using … Continue reading

Posted in ProcMon, SysInternals, Troubleshooting, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 | 35 Comments

Don’t Use WScript To Launch Batch Files

I had a customer who was rolling out a new Anti-Virus product across tens of thousands of machines via the classic deployment tool ZenWorks 7. However the deployment success was quite low, around 80% success rate. Initial diagnostics by support … Continue reading

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Case of the Broken UAC Prompt – Extended Attributes are Inconsistent

One day while happily working away on my liquid cooled Windows Developer Preview beast I came across this error when launching regedit: Pretty quickly I found every program that tried to elevate to Administrative privileges had this problem. The UAC … Continue reading

Posted in Debugging, ProcMon, SysInternals, Windows 8 | Tagged | 39 Comments

Customizing Default Start Menu in Windows Developer Preview

For those of you trying out deploying Windows Developer Preview via MDT or SCCM (a.k.a. Windows 8) one big annoyance may the Start Menu layout. If you have any applications installed into your image you will find a new user … Continue reading

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Case of the Incorrect Side-by-Side Configuration

So I had downloaded the latest version of BIND DNS server for Windows from as I wanted to have an up-to-date version of DNS diagnosis tool dig to be available. However if you just tried running dig.exe by itself  … Continue reading

Posted in 64-bit, Application Compatibility, ProcMon, SysInternals, Windows 7 | Tagged | 8 Comments