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Category: Windows

Microsoft Windows Operating Systems

Malware and Adult content Blocking DNS Servers

Router centralised malware and adult content blocking

Choose Cloudflare 1.1.1.2/1.0.0.2 and 1.1.1.3/1.0.0.3 DNS servers to entrust them to block malware and adult content sites.

Choose Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 primary and secondary DNS servers for Open unrestricted access.

Alternative public Open DNS servers:

  • Google: 8.8.8.8/8.8.4.4
  • OpenDNS: 208.67.222.222/208.67.220.220
  • Quad9: 9.9.9.9/149.112.112.112
  • Comodo: 8.26.56.26/8.20.247.20

For public DNS Servers by country see https://public-dns.info/

Notes:
Cloudflare promises that it won’t use your browsing data to serve ads and commits to never writing the your querying IP address to disk.

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Can’t run Virtualbox VM

Windows 10

Virtualbox v6.1

When trying to run newly created VM the following Virtualbox error is generated:

WHvCapabilityCodeHypervisorPresent is FALSE! Make sure you have enabled the 'Windows Hypervisor Platform' feature. (VERR_NEM_NOT_AVAILABLE).
VT-x is not available (VERR_VMX_NO_VMX).
Result Code:
E_FAIL (0x80004005)
Component:
ConsoleWrap
Interface:
IConsole {872da645-4a9b-1727-bee2-5585105b9eed}

To fix ensure the following Window Features are disabled and VT-x is enabled in the BIOS:

  • Hyper-V
  • Virtual Machine Platform
  • Windows Hypervisor platform
  • Containers

Finally run the following Command Prompt command:

bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype off

Restart the computer

Note: When VT-x is first enabled the PC should be powered off and on again

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Install Windows 11 without Internet

When you reach the “Let’s Connect You To A Network” page, press Shift+F10 to bring up the Command window and enter following command:

taskkill /F /IM oobenetworkconnectionflow.exe

Return to the Windows 11 setup and enter local account information

Enter Safe Mode using Windows 10 Install USB and Command Prompt

  1. Boot USB and set  language
  2. Select Repair your computer
  3. Select Troubleshoot > Command Prompt
  4. Use Bcdedit to set Safe Mode on boot as follows
  5. bcdedit /set {default} safeboot minimal
  6. Close Command prompt
  7. Select Turn off PC
  8. Power up PC to enter Safe Mode

To stop PC entering Safe Mode on every boot run System Configuration tool (msconfig) and under Boot options untick Safe boot, click OK and close

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Firefox Home Search Page moves Focus to Address Bar

To stop Firefox moving Home Search Page text focus to the Address Bar enter about:config in the Address Bar to bring up the advanced configuration page.

Type awesomebar in the search filter box to bring up the following variable

browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.improvesearch.handoffToAwesomebar

Toggle the boolean value from True (default) to False

ref: https://www.askvg.com/fix-restore-real-working-search-box-on-new-tab-page-in-firefox-89-and-later/

Windows 11 Registry Hack for Unsupported CPU and TPM

This patch will allow the Windows 11 to install and run on machines without the required CPU,e.g. Intel 7th generation and lower and with TPM chips less than version 2.0

Type the following address into the address bar in the Registry Editor window (or navigate to it in the left pane):

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\MoSetup

Right-click in the right pane, select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value, and enter the following text as the name:

AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU

Double-click the “AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU” value here,

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Enable USB Quick Removal

In order to safely remove USB in Windows you can enable the Quick Removal feature in Device Manager

  1. For example in Windows 10 right-click the Start button (Windows Logo) and select Device Manager.
  2. Double-click Disk drives to expand it to see list of disk drives including your currently usb drive
  3. Right-click the usb drive and select Properties
  4. Click Policies tab and select “Quick removal (default)” radio button to enable it and click OK to save changes

This disables write caching to allow it to be remove without having to use “Safely Remove Hardware”

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Windows 10 Quick Assist

Run Windows 10 ‘Quick Assist’ to remotely assist someone with their PC.

‘Quick Assist’ , available from version 20H2 onwards, requires a Microsoft account.

  1. Right-click the Start button
  2. Click Search
  3. Type Quick Assist and hit Enter on your keyboard
  4. Ask remote user to do the same
  5. On your PC, click Assist another person
  6. Select your Microsoft account and login
  7. Give the six-digit code (see screenshot above) to the remote user to enter into the ‘Code from assistant’ box
  8. Remote user then clicks Share screen
  9. Assistant then chooses either Take full control of their PC or View only their desktop
  10. Remote user then clicks  Allow

Once connected,

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Windows 10 Edge New Tab Redirect

Google “Edge New Tab Redirect” to find Microsoft page to install extension

Edge New Tab Redirect Overview
Allows a user to provide the URL of the page that loads in a new tab.

Allows you to change the new tab page to the New Tab Redirect app page, or a custom URL of your choice!

Choose from chrome’s about pages, *NewTab, Extensions, Downloads, History*, a few popular URLs, or provide your own. Your custom tab can also be a local file,

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