Interviewed on “Bytes by TechNet”

Last May at TechEd US, I sat down for a six-minute interview with Matt Hester about the Windows Sysinternals Administrators Reference (the book I co-authored with Mark Russinovich) and issues I see in my work with customers.  That interview, part of the Bytes By TechNet series, can now be seen online here.  In addition to…


Top Ten Deployment Blockers

My colleague Shelly Bird, a highly esteemed Architect in Microsoft Public Sector Services, has years of experience in desktop and server deployments.  She has seen what works and a whole lot of what doesn’t.  Now she is bringing her observations to the blogosphere, kicking off with a Top Ten list of deployment blockers.  I was…


FAQ: Where Do I Save Files, and How Exactly Do I Do That?

The correct ways to identify folder paths to store files depends on the programming technology you use. This blog post shows how to do it in C++, C# and VB. NET, PowerShell, Windows Script Host (VBScript and JScript), and as a last resort, environment variables. One of the more common programming mistakes that lead to…


PrivBar Update

PrivBar is a toolbar I first published over seven years ago (!) for Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer.  I updated it three years ago to add support for x64.  Today I am updating it to offer better support for Vista and Windows 7 and the corresponding Server versions.  Specifically, instead of showing a group name…


IEInternals Reviews the Sysinternals Book

We have a lot of really smart people at Microsoft, but among those there are a handful who are the most knowledgeable and the most helpful, the go-to people upon whom I can reliably depend for accurate and detailed answers to rarely-asked or never-before-asked questions.  In the realm of all things Internet Explorer, that person…


Windows Sysinternals Administrator’s Reference – now available!

Many of you have long wished for comprehensive, detailed documentation of the Sysinternals utilities. It has finally arrived. Over two years in the making, the Windows Sysinternals Administrator’s Reference (written by Mark Russinovich and me) is now available for purchase on and available from O’Reilly in 4 ebook formats, or you can read it…


Unintended Consequences and Sysinternals at Tech-Ed Available Online

The two sessions I presented last week at Tech-Ed North America 2011 are now available for on-demand online viewing: Unintended Consequences of Security Lockdowns (which got an unexpected and appreciated plug from Raymond Chen) is here: Sysinternals Primer: Autoruns, Disk2Vhd, ProcDump, BgInfo and AccessChk is here: I am pleased to say that both…


IEZoneAnalyzer updated

I just posted a major update to IEZoneAnalyzer, my IE security zone analysis and comparison utility, over on the Microsoft FDCC/USGCB blog.  Lots of new features, including saving settings so they can be viewed and compared later and on other computers, and export to Excel.  See that blog post for screenshots and the download.


The Case of the Mysterious Law Manager Startup Error

Getting Law Manager v2.4 to run on Windows 7 Overview Several of my customers run old versions (circa 2003) of a legal case management application called Law Manager, since acquired by Bridgeway. These customers reported that their old versions of Law Manager “don’t work” on Windows 7 and that the vendor did not support running…


LUA Buglight 2.1.1 with support for Win7/2008R2 SP1

LUA Buglight 2.1.1 is was attached to this blog post and replaces v2.1.  It adds support for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.  It also fixes a localization bug. Now that I’ve (pretty much) finished work on the Windows Sysinternals Administrators Reference, maybe I can find time to write documentation for LUA…