Sunday, February 2, 2014

How to remove a wireless profile within Windows 8.1

To remove an existing wireless profile within Windows 8.1, the netsh command must be used.  Below are some examples.

Show all wireless profiles on the PC –> netsh wlan show profiles

Stop automatically connecting to a network that's out of range –> netsh wlan set profileparameter name=”ProfileName” connectionmode=manual

Delete a profile –> netsh wlan delete profile name="ProfileName"

Launch Internet Explorer without any plug-ins

To launch Internet Explorer version 7 or later without any additional add-ons or plug-ins, use the following command line switch.

iexplore.exe –extoff


Guacamole is an HTML5 remote desktop gateway.  The application provides access to desktop environments using remote desktop protocols like VNC and RDP. A centralized server acts as a tunnel and proxy, allowing access to multiple desktops through a web browser.  No browser plugins are needed, and no client software needs to be installed.  The client requires nothing more than a web browser supporting HTML5 and AJAX.


Artweaver is an photo editing application that has a free version available for non-commercial use.

WMI Explorer

WMI Explorer is a utility intended to provide the ability to browse and view WMI namespaces/classes/instances/properties in a single pane of view.  System Center Configuration Manager relies on the individual's ability to create queries utilizing data available in the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) database, which this utility helps to display.


Clumsy is an utility for simulating a broken network for Windows Vista and above.  It is free and requires no installation.

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Analyzer

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Analyzer provides a baseline of what an optimum running System Center implementation should look like and then utilizes Microsoft's Baseline Configuration Analyzer 2.0 to scan the System Center products for inconsistencies.

View Client Device Detector

View Client Device Detector is an utility that collects PCoIP environmental variables from the Windows registry.

How to reset the Windows 8.1 Start Screen to the default tiles layout

To reset the Windows 8.1 Start Screen tiles to the default original layout, access the Desktop and launch Explorer.  Enter the following text in the location bar:


Within the returned folder, two files should be present:




Back up these two files to another location and remove them from the default path.  Restart the computer or log off and back in.  The Start Screen should be back to the original defaults.

Shortcut to access the startup folder area within Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2

The Startup Folder was easy to access in the past, but the new interface with Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 makes it harder to find.  As a shortcut to the personal startup folder, enter the following at the Start Screen:




To access the startup folder for all users, use the following command:

shell:common startup