Why You Need To Disable 16-Bit Applications

Today, the standard for Windows applications is 64-bit with 32-bit being supported for legacy backwards-compatibility. 64-bit applications will run on 64-bit operating systems and 64-bit-capable hardware supporting up to 16 exabytes of RAM. 32-bit applications will run on 32-bit operating systems with 32-bit-capable hardware supporting up to four gigabytes of RAM, as well as on […]

Giving Users Administrative Rights

Many Windows administrators know that giving users administrative rights on their local workstation has long been a way to avoid issues from applications that need such rights — even if it does open the floodgates for other problems. Some administrators may also argue that with certain measures in place (DeepFreeze, etc.), it decreases the number […]

Shortcuts: The Illicit Command Prompt

Let me give you a scenario. Begin with net.exe, which is located in %windir%\System32. It’s a fairly powerful command-line utility that can be used to map network drives or shared printers, create fileshares, modify time settings, et cetera. Most notably for this post, however, net can also be used to create user accounts and user […]

The Drawbacks of Shortcuts

Nearly every Windows user is familiar with shortcuts, those .lnkĀ files that fill everyone’s desktops with links to their favourite applications. In enterprise environments, administrators often use shortcuts to give users quick access to shared company resources like departmental shared folders on a file server. Classically this would be done by right-clicking, choosing New > Shortcut […]

Getting around Group Policy

The first post should be something fairly juicy so let’s start with getting around restrictions placed on a user via Microsoft Group Policy, the most commonly used method of enforcing security policies on Windows workstations. If you are unfamiliar with Group Policy, it’s defined as being “a hierarchical infrastructure that allows a network administrator in […]