Helpful Windows Admin Tips

To launch Windows Update from the Windows Run dialog:


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 (

shutdown /i


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  1. Get a list from the registry of all the software installed on your machine (PowerShell script):

    Get-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\* |
    select DisplayName |
    Where-Object { $_.DisplayName.length -gt 0} |
    Sort-Object DisplayName -Unique

  2. List open files on a server/computer:

    Example with filename filter:
    Get-SmbOpenFile | Where-Object { $_.Path -Match “DLL”}

    Example with domain\username filter:
    Get-SmbOpenFile -ClientUserName “<>\<“

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