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wake up Windows automatically using a scheduled task

This seems easy at first, but it turns out to be a lot harder than expected, due to various OS and power settings that get in the way. The idea is simple: you want to have your Windows 10 machine start up at a specific time using a task set in the task scheduler. When […]

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how to stop windows 10 from rearranging your desktop icons

I’m a desktop minimalist myself and the trashcan is about all I want to see on my desktop. However if you like your desktop with lots of icons on it, arranged according to some non-alphabetical grouping system you might find out that Windows sometimes rearranges them nicely in alphabetical order, aligning them all nicely to […]

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class not registered error in PowerShell on commandlet

I ran into this weird COM component error trying to run a commandlet from an IIS administration module. Retrieving the COM class factory for component with CLSID {688EEEE5-6A7E-422F-B2E1-6AF00DC944A6} failed due to the following error: 80040154 Class not registered (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80040154 (REGDB_E_ CLASSNOTREG)). The module imported fine and I could list the available commandlets […]

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erase free space on an SSD drive

As you probably know (because you’re reading this post) Windows doesn’t really destroy a file when it is deleted. It merely removes the references in the file table so you don’t see it in on the file system anymore. But the file is still intact sitting there on your hard drive until some other file […]

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verifying an md5 or sha-256 file hash with just PowerShell

You see this possibility for a lot of software downloads but if you’re like me you hardly ever end up doing it: verifying an installation file’s MD5 or SHA-something hash. For Open Source software this is however recommended if you aren’t downloaded from the official mirror (and even then) and certainly if it’s anything related […]