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    • in reply to: Can CBS logs be deleted? #1944296

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      I’ve just been hit by the huge realisation that I’ve lost absolutely all interest in IT stuff so… goodbye all.

      It’s been a good run… but all things come to an end.

    • in reply to: Can CBS logs be deleted? #1943972

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      The CBS logs proliferate until (after ~50MB) they’re wrapped up into a .CAB file up to a maximum of ~2GB (a hangover from earlier FAT32 filesystem limitations?).

      You can’t just manually delete the files using either the device’s (hidden) Administrator account or as a member of the Administrators group ‘cos they’re owned by System (TrustedInstaller, specifically)… which has greater system privileges than Administrator and/or Administrators.

      So… you *first* have to stop the TrustedInstaller service (using elevated privileges) in order to release the system file locks then delete the files, again using elevated privileges. The TrustedInstaller service – once restarted – will just recreate the CBS log files when it needs to.

      (To be accurate, TrustedInstaller appears to be both a service and an account with a system-privilege level allowing it access everywhere, even to the hallowed grounds of kernel/ring 0 (zero) of the OS… which neither the (hidden) Administrator account nor any account in the Administrators group should *ever* be able to leverage access to without being signed/licensed by Microsoft… which, of course, they won’t be as they’re just arbitrary constructs per device and thus far too easily manipulated.)

      Windows’s built-in cleaner tools do this automatically but it’s not difficult to reproduce… but I’m not going to give info about manipulating account/system privileges which could be misused.

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    • in reply to: Windows Update Blocker #1943674

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      @velociraptor – Thank you for keeping us up-to-date with new releases of WUB.


    • Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      Some great suggestions here!

      I did a sudden roadtrip nearly a month ago… 1650 miles through 4 EU countries in 3 days.

      I just could not have done it without the music (or drugs) to keep me going. I chose music (and coffee), often at full blast whilst I battled tiredness.

      Just so pleased that I have a car which accepts a nano-USB stick with MY choice of music instead of relying on radio for anything other than just traffic reports. (Forget CD’s… my days of carrying CD cases were over 5 or more years ago.)

      (PS – Best wishes to Kebu whilst he recovers from illness/exhaustion.)

      (PPS – Note to Munich’s emergency services. Your immediate responses to traffic accidents on your surrounding speed-limit-free autobahns was *so* impressive… despite the frequency. I saw more road traffic accidents on Munich’s environs in just a few hours than I’ve ever seen before in more than 30 years of motoring. Well done (I think), even though I was scared stupid for most of it. My daughter’s going to be jumping out of a perfectly good airplane on the 20th… I doubt my heart will beat harder than driving in/out of Munich with 2 passengers in my car. ๐Ÿ™ )


    • Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      Fairly recent… Sting And Shaggy

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    • Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      Anyone else love Suzanne Vega? Or how about amazing youngsters like Amira Willighagen?

    • in reply to: Can CBS logs be deleted? #1944106

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      Hah, apparently no way to delete a post.

      CCleaner is just a GUI.

      It’s relatively easy to circumvent system protection using PowerShell from an elevated prompt/script… the API hooks are readily available to developers.

      Use Google searchย  and just be VERY careful.

      (You may need to search/add PS add-ons to elevate PS to use TI/System privileges. I don’t… I use AutoHotkey to wrap/mix PS and third-party utils via convoluted commandlines so I don’t need to get involved in all the API stuff…)

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    • in reply to: Samba #1944098

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      Iโ€™m running Mint 18.2 64-bit xfce on the computer which has the shared drive. The screenshots would be very helpful. It would be much appreciated if you could post them. Thank you.

      No problem… saves me a whole load of time.

      Here you go, mate: mint-share

      Hope this helps…

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    • in reply to: Can CBS logs be deleted? #1944084

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      Nope. ‘Admin’ (either [hidden] Administrator or Administrators level) account rights would NOT allow CCleaner the required access to TrustedInstaller‘s privileges (*almost* the same as System… but not really).

      CCleaner (and, for example, third-party antimalware vendors) use the signed/licensing route allowed by Microsoft… which ever narrows – for very good reasons.

      I haven’t used CCleaner for more than 7 years but it obviously knows the current system hooks to elevate its operations over and above Administrator/Administators to System level privileges if it can force-halt service(s) and delete CBS logs.

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    • in reply to: Customize the initial Windows 10 installation #1943685

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      My apologies, @wavy… I haven’t been very active online at all just recently.

      Yes, I tried Windows10Debloater but quickly realised that I had no wish for an interactive script, just a ‘silent’ debloater I could ‘fire and forget’ from within ‘Audit Mode’… so I looked at the author’s Windows10SysPrepDebloater script.

      The problem is that I have no clue about PowerShell and found the Windows 10 Decrapifier script I mentioned earlier just easier to navigate, understand and adapt to my own preferences, despite the additional hoop of having to join a Spiceworks group to get access to the script (hence why I’m not going to repost it here).

      Hope this helps…

    • in reply to: Samba #1943635

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      Hi Jim… I saw your PM. Sorry for the delay in replying, I’m not online all that much at the moment.

      Unfortunately the step-by-step tutorial I wrote for Windows Secrets Lounge is one of the many posts that were lost for all time (not even archived by the Wayback Machine). ๐Ÿ™

      However, I’ve just checked and I still have the 22 ‘mint-share-xx’ screenshots I did at the time… so all is not quite as lost as I first thought. My tutorial was for Linux Mint Cinnamon 18 at the time.

      What *exact* flavour of Linux are you using at the moment? No promises… (‘cos other stuff is going on) but I may just possibly be able to cobble a replacement tutorial together… only ‘cos it’s been so long that I’ve forgotten myself and desperately need to refresh what few braincells I have left. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Alternatively I can just zip/attach the screenshots. They’re fairly self-explanatory… I think. Let me know. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Hope this helps…

    • in reply to: The new new PowerToys are here #1941158

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      Who cares about ‘toys’ in the absence of a stable, bug-free OS with a robust update mechanism, all within the control of the end-user?

      Who on earth is deciding on personnel resource allocation at MS Windows Development these days? A coin-flipper?

      It’s like Nero fiddling whilst Rome burns…


    • Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      Another classic. It’s good Avengers Endgame has given it a new airing.


    • Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash. My Mum’s favourites which I also got hooked into, especially the duet with the Willie (their guitarwork reminded me of the Shadows).

      Loved their gravelly voices. Not such a fan of Bob Dylan.


    • Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      I just love the humour (as well as the percussion).

      I was going to my first ever Kebu concert in Birmingham in October but he’s had to pull out due to ill-health. ๐Ÿ™

      How about… Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax (Live). I played this on repeat for about 2 weeks back in the day then saw them live in Bristol.

      About a month later I saw ‘The Sensational Alex Harvey Band’ at Tiffany’s on the Downs. OMG, ‘Midnight Moses’ was so loud but ‘Faith Healer’ even louder and the live version was so slow to build up. First and only time I’ve thrown up in a concert ‘cos of the colossal impact of the bass beat on my diaphragm (nearly did it again at a Tangerine Dream concert at the Colston Hall but put motorcycle helmet on to listen. Gave up after 15 minutes so listened to the rest of the concert from the pub at the back of the venue… me and several others driven out by the scarily loud volume).

      Unlike my friends I never got into Emerson, Lake and Palmer except for Fanfare For The Common Man. I was more into King Crimson and Cream.

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