Category Archives: Windows 10

Helpful Windows Admin Tips


To launch Windows Update from the Windows Run dialog:

ms-settings:windowsupdate


Use Powershell to kill processes with a name filter:

Get-Process | Where-Object {$_.Path -like "*SOME-FILTER*"} | Stop-Process


See what time computer was booted up:

net statistics server


Restart or Shut Down a Remote Computer and Document the Reason (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770416(v=ws.11).aspx)

shutdown /i


 

Configure Windows Defender using PowerShell

References

I found these 2 links very helpful and informative which explain how to use PowerShell commands to observe the current setting of Windows Defender and make configuration changes such as disabling and enabling, and how to add exclusions on certain apps.

#1

http://www.thomasmaurer.ch/2016/07/how-to-disable-and-configure-windows-defender-on-windows-server-2016-using-powershell/

#2

and this one, which has a short but helpful video: http://www.netometer.com/blog/?p=1579

Add Windows Defender exclusion for iBackup exe

In my case, I wanted to add an exclusion for the iBackup exe which runs nightly to do a local disk backup to another drive on the same machine, and Windows Defender was watching every file write operation in real time, and this made the backup take a very long time. So, I added an exclusion for the iBackup processes exe using this command, and it sped up the backup tremendously:

 

Manually update Windows Defender to fix update failures KB2267602 (Definition 1.213.6196.0) – Error 0x80070643

On a few of my Windows 10 computers, Windows Defender was failing to update properly through Windows Update.  I found that you can manually update Windows Defender using this command from a terminal window:

I found this instruction in the comments of this post: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/protect/forum/protect_defender-protect_updating/definition-update-for-windows-defender-kb2267602/d0d06c7a-fd70-4f27-94a6-9320d8114768

Does Microsoft Visual FoxPro 9 run on Windows 10?

I’m sure many die-hard FoxPro developers are curious if Visual FoxPro 9.0 SP 2 will install and run on Windows 10. Well, I wanted to be one of the first to find out, just like I did back when Windows 8 was first released in its early preview.

So, let’s find out…

First, I installed Windows 10 Preview (64 bit) in a BootCamp partition on my 15” MacBook Pro. (Don’t worry about this Mac stuff, it’s still just Windows running on live hardware, just like if it were a Dell or HP computer).  That went very smoothly, and I did a full install, blowing away the Windows 8 playground I had been using  that partition, instead of updating it from Windows 8 to Windows 10.

Next, I gently inserted the Visual FoxPro 9 CD that I still have from circa 2004. First, it prompted me to install some “Prerequisites”, which it did with no problems. Next I moved on to the main VFP install, and I took all the defaults, then the CD spun around for a bit, and finally, it gave me a nice message screen stating “Setup is complete” and “There were no errors during setup.”  Looking good so far!!

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Next, I downloaded and installed Service Pack 2 for VFP 9, and once again, got this nice little affirming message box:

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Finally, I “installed” the VFP 9 Hotfix 3 for SP2 (i.e. copied the replacement files to the correct places per the instructions in the readme file in the zip download).

We now have a promising Microsoft Visual FoxPro 9.0 entry in the fancy new Windows 10 Start menu:

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Yes, but does it actually run??

Now, I finally get to find out if we can run the fully patched Microsoft Visual FoxPro 9.0 SP2 Version 09.00.0000.7423 on Windows 10. So, I launch it from the Start menu, and quickly go the Help –> About screen:

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One small issue with Task Pane…

If you launch VFP 9 it will initially show the the Task Pane, but you will get a small error in the view area of the Task Pane window. (Don’t worry, I’ll show you how to fix this below.)

Class definition MSXML2.DOMDOCUMENT.4.0 is not found.

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The issue is that Task Pane requires MSXML 4.0 Core Services. If it’s not already installed on your Windows 10 machine, you will get this error reported in the Task Pane app from the VFP IDE.

However, this problem is easily fixed… You need to download the MSXML 4.0 Core package from:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3144b72b-b4f2-46da-b4b6-c5d7485f2b42&DisplayLang=en#filelist

Once, installed, now Task Pane will work properly:

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Now, let’s run some code…

Okay, it says the right version number all, but we need  run some FoxPro code to make sure this thing actually works…  So, I just downloaded the Thor Tool Manager for FoxPro from vfpx.codeplex.com, and ran Thor.app to put VFP 9 on Windows 10 to its first test. Thor uses tons of well-architected FoxPro code to do it’s magic, along with some UI forms, and it makes use of our beloved FoxPro cursors, so I figured this would be a good test.  I selected about 10 of my favorite VFPx tools from the Check For Updates form in Thor, and it nicely proceeded to download and install all the tools, and gave this confirming output for each one on the VFP desktop as it did its work:

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I think we’re good folks!

Next, I ran a few of these tools, just to make sure they’d fire off, and they did. I’m pretty certain at this point, that my business apps would work just fine here, if I took the time to finish out this developer setup.

So, I haven’t done any real coding work in the IDE, and I probably won’t any time soon, but from my basic tests in this experiment, it sure appears to me that our old friend Visual FoxPro is ready to continue its legacy of being an awesome development tool, even on Windows 10, and hopefully on Windows 20 and Windows 30 as well.

Finally, here’s a  peak at the whole IDE running in Windows 10. You can see I docked some windows, and you can see the shading effect that Windows 10 adds around the individual windows.

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