LUA Buglight 2.3, with support for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

LUA Buglight is a utility for identifying admin-permissions issues (a.k.a., “LUA bugs”) in desktop applications. That is, it identifies the specific reasons that a particular application works only when run with administrative rights. Version 2.3 is attached to this blog post and adds support for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows 10. It has…

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LUA Buglight 2.3 PREVIEW — Feedback requested

LUA Buglight is a utility for identifying admin-permissions issues (“LUA bugs”) in desktop applications. That is, it identifies the specific reasons that a particular application works only when run with administrative rights.  The version attached to this blog post is a PREVIEW of v2.3, which adds support for Windows 8.1, Windows 2012 R2, and Windows 10.  I plan…

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Local Administrator Password Solution, at Ignite

Last Friday, Microsoft announced the release of the Local Administrator Password Solution, which solves the problem of having an identical local account and password on large numbers of domain-joined computers. I’ll be discussing and showing LAPS this Thursday, May 7, at the Microsoft Ignite conference, as part of a session I’m sharing with Mark Simos…

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The Case of the App Install Recorder

Adapted from the forthcoming book, Troubleshooting with the Windows® Sysinternals Tools, by Mark E. Russinovich and Aaron Margosis. A customer had nearly a dozen software packages that wouldn’t install on Windows 7 x64. Every installation program failed immediately with an error message like the one shown in the screenshot below. However, they all installed successfully…

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VirtMemTest: a utility to exercise memory and other operations

I wrote the first versions of VirtMemTest while working on the Windows Sysinternals Administrator’s Reference.  The utility made it easy for me to perform a variety of memory operations and to observe how different Sysinternals utilities reacted to them.  I eventually added CPU-stress capabilities, hung UI simulation, and crash-on-exit, particularly for exercising ProcDump.  I have…

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LUA Buglight 2.2 with support for Windows 8

Announcing the release of LUA Buglight 2.2, including support for Windows 8. LUA Buglight is an interactive utility that identifies admin-permissions issues (“LUA bugs”) in desktop applications.  Version 2.2 (attached to this blog post) adds support for Windows 8 and continues support for Windows XP, Vista, and 7, and all corresponding server platforms. Many legacy applications…

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TSSessions utility

Part of my Sysinternals Primer: Gems presentation at TechEd last month covered the topics of terminal services sessions, window stations and desktops.  To illustrate the concepts, I used a utility I wrote called TSSessions.  As promised, I have attached that utility (with source) to this blog post. TSSessions reports four sets of information: The TS session,…

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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…

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