#StackBounty: #windows-7 #windows #windows-10 #windows-explorer Explorer is randomly becoming unresponsive

Bounty: 50

I have no idea what this issue is, but at random times when I’m using my PC explorer will NOT respond to any clicks at all, when I click a tab it’ll close it instead of switching to that tab, to fix it I always need to press CTRL + ALT + DEL and click cancel for explorer to start responding properly again, and for tabs to stop closing when I click them.

I’m running Windows 10, and this issue also occurred in Windows 7 before I upgraded, is this a Hardware or Software issue?


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#StackBounty: #windows #docker How can I run a script as administrator inside a Windows container

Bounty: 50

I am trying to install the Windows Enterprise WDK on a Docker image based on windowsservercore. The application installs by unziping and I have already done that and committed that image to Docker. Now I need to run a script that sets environment variables. According to the Enterprise WDK install instructions I must run this script as administrator. I’ve done this directly on my desktop machine and it works file. Within the Docker Container, the default login user is

PS C:> whoami
user managercontaineradministrator

I’ve tried enabling the admin account.

PS C:> net user administrator /active:yes
The command completed successfully.
PS C:> net user administrator Pa$$w0rd
The command completed successfully.

I try to start a shell as administrator, but the user does not change.

PS C:> runas /user:administrator powershell
Enter the password for administrator:
Attempting to start powershell as user "C597C386289Aadministrator" ...
PS C:> whoami
user managercontaineradministrator

And if I run my script it fails to have set any of the environment values specified in the script.

Suggestions?


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#StackBounty: #dual-boot #partitioning #windows #encryption #reinstall How to access encrypted Ubuntu 16.04 files from Windows 10 in a …

Bounty: 50

I am unable to access my Ubuntu 16.04 files from my Windows 10 OS, because I had enabled encryption during installation. Is there a way I can decrypt and use my files from Windows? Else, my plan is to reinstall Ubuntu from a LiveUSB.

Before doing so, I plan to remove my Lenovo (D:) partition (since I have separate recovery media and don’t plan to use Lenovo OneKey Recovery) which is about 20 Gb. I want to dedicate this space for the root partition, and reallocate the current root partition space to creating a separate home partition. Finally, I plan to increase my Linux swap space form 6 Gb to 18 Gb.

I plan to back up my files before doing all this of course (creating disk images, etc.). Could doing all this affect my files, installed packages, and 3rd party software?


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#StackBounty: #windows #compact-disc #disk-image #clonecd CD-ROM subchannel is different when dumping the same disc?

Bounty: 50

I’m making backup copies of old video games with CloneCD 5.3.3.0 on my Windows 10 x64 computer with a Samsung SH-S223L drive.

One of them is Hellfire for PC (Diablo 1 expansion), as far as I know the game has no protection but when I dump the disc twice I end up with different subchannel files (.sub).
The .ccd and .img files are identical, only the .sub differs, I used SHA1 checksums to verify this.

I also dumped several other CD-ROM media, sometimes I get this behaviour sometimes the subchannel is consistent across dumps.

What is the explanation of this behaviour?


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#StackBounty: #windows #performance #remote-desktop #iis #sql-server Slow user session in Windows 2016 Server with SQL Server Standard

Bounty: 100

I’ve recently installed a Windows 2016 Server with SQL Server 2016 Standard. The setup is being used as an IIS webserver with Reporting Services.

Anyhow, when connecting to the server via RDP, the performance is terrible – For instance, launching SQL Server Managment Console takes a couple of minutes instead of seconds, even though the overall CPU usage is about 10% or so. Also, just popping up the Startmenu could take 10 sec or so. This all while the website is performing normally.

I’m guessing that since the server is optimized for “Background services” this might have something to do with it, or that there’s some new super-smart throtteling going on with interface/user sessions.

The previous server was Windows Server 2013, configured about the same, but without this issue. — Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re our only hope!


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#StackBounty: #c++ #windows #winapi #file-properties #shellexecuteex Missing data in Windows file properties dialog when opened by Shel…

Bounty: 200

I want to show the Windows file properties dialog for a file from my C++ code (on Windows 7, using VS 2012). I found the following code in this answer (which also contains a full MCVE). I also tried calling CoInitializeEx() first, as mentioned in the documentation of ShellExecuteEx():

// Whether I initialize COM or not doesn't seem to make a difference.
CoInitializeEx(NULL, COINIT_APARTMENTTHREADED | COINIT_DISABLE_OLE1DDE);

SHELLEXECUTEINFO info = {0};

info.cbSize = sizeof info;
info.lpFile = L"D:\Test.txt";
info.nShow  = SW_SHOW;
info.fMask  = SEE_MASK_INVOKEIDLIST;
info.lpVerb = L"properties";

ShellExecuteEx(&info);

This code works, i.e. the properties dialog is shown and ShellExecuteEx() returns TRUE. However, in the Details tab, the size property is wrong and the date properties are missing:

Properties window opened via my program

The rest of the properties in the Details tab (e.g. the file attributes) are correct. Strangely, the size and date properties are shown correctly in the General tab (left-most tab).

If I open the properties window via the Windows Explorer (file → right-click → Properties), then all properties in the Details tab are shown correctly:

Properties window opened via Windows Explorer

I tried it with several files and file types (e.g. txt, rtf, pdf) on different drives and on three different PCs (1x German 64-bit Windows 7, 1x English 64-bit Windows 7, 1x English 32-bit Windows 7). I always get the same result, even if I run my program as administrator. On (64-bit) Windows 8.1 the code is working for me, though.

My original program in which I discovered the problem is an MFC application, but I see the same problem if I put the above code into a console application.

What do I have to do to show the correct values in the Details tab on Windows 7? Is it even possible?


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#StackBounty: #windows #android #linux #images #photography Software to sort non-photo image files from photos (if photo files lack fro…

Bounty: 100

Trying to sort out my photos, which have all kinds of file types and not necessarily any useful camera metadata (like date taken or camera type, etc) that would help me to work out what was a photo without looking at every single thumbnail. Is there any software which can sort through thousands of images and work out what’s a photo and what’s not?

Windows 7, Linux, or Android… I’m looking for free software, but would consider something very cheap (<5 USD).


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#StackBounty: #windows #android #linux #images #photography Software to sort photo image files from non-photo image files

Bounty: 100

Trying to sort out my photos, which have all kinds of file types and not necessarily any useful camera metadata (like date taken or camera type, etc) that would help me to work out what was a photo without looking at every single thumbnail. Is there any software which can sort through thousands of images and work out what’s a photo and what’s not?

Windows 7, Linux, or Android… I’m looking for free software, but would consider something very cheap (<5 USD).


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#StackBounty: #windows #android #linux #images #photography Software to sort photos image files from non-photo image files

Bounty: 100

Trying to sort out my photos, which have all kinds of file types and not necessarily any useful camera metadata (like date taken or camera type, etc) that would help me to work out what was a photo without looking and every single thumbnail. Is there any software which can sort through thousands of images and work out what’s a photo and what’s not?

Windows 7, Linux, or Android… I’m looking for free software, but would consider something very cheap (<5 USD).


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#StackBounty: #windows #windows-server #task-management Visual planning tool for Windows Server Task scheduler?

Bounty: 50

I’m managing for myself a Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 machine which host things like SVN server, SQL Server, bugtracker, etc.

I am using Windows task scheduler to perform various maintenance and backup operations. Most of these operations must not overlap, so I carefully plan them using an Excel file to have a quick overview of what starts when, but of course it’s not really efficient (error prone, needs to manually maintain the file, etc)

So I was wondering if there is a visual tool, like a daily hour per hour planning to see which task starts up at which hour based on defined schedules in Task Scheduler ? On each row the day of week, on each column the hours, and at intersection each task which starts at the time.

I guess this is the daily routine of a network/server administrator, but I am not myself one and I can’t afford a professional task scheduler for my simple needs.

It could even be better if the tool was able to also retrieve the actual (last) duration of the task, as the scheduler is displaying it. Also, it would be a great feature to have the status of each task (faulty or successful) but both are not a requirement.

I hope it’s the right place for my question, please let me know if I should ask it on “ServerFault” instead.

Have you ever heard of a such tool ? Thank you


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