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The Non-Admin blog - running with least privilege on the desktop... and then dealing with the application compatibility fallout... and using Sysinternals and other utilities to figure things out



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The Case of the Reverting Office Theme (resolved with a long-running Procmon trace)

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:02:57 +0000

Several times a day, all my Office apps kept reverting to the default “Colorful” theme, even though I had set it to the “White” theme. I prefer the “White” theme because I customize the Quick Access Toolbar in my Office apps with extra icons. Those icons have colors, and the oddly-misnamed “Colorful” theme renders them...



Troubleshooting with the Windows Sysinternals Tools – now available!

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:03:57 +0000

Over three years ago, I announced that Mark Russinovich and I had signed a contract with Microsoft Press to write the Second Edition of the Windows Sysinternals Administrator's Reference. I figured it would take a year to finish it. I underestimated. 🙂 But Mark and I are happy that we can finally tell you that Troubleshooting with the...



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

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:46:00 +0000

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...



LUA Buglight 2.3 PREVIEW — Feedback requested

Mon, 22 Jun 2015 22:20:00 +0000

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...



Local Administrator Password Solution, at Ignite

Tue, 05 May 2015 12:16:00 +0000

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...



It rather involved being on the other side of this airtight hatchway: Unquoted service paths

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:21:00 +0000

Or, Why most "Unquoted Service Paths" findings are unnecessarily alarmist In late 2012, the issue of improper quoting in the configuration of paths to service executables seemed to begin getting attention again, possibly due to this article. Or perhaps this one. Or maybe this one, which links to articles describing similar issues going back to...



Interviewed on "Taste of Premier" about Security Guidance for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and IE 11

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:06:59 +0000

Aaron Margosis interviewed on Channel 9's Taste of Premier about Security Guidance for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and IE 11: https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/Taste-of-Premier/Taste-of-Premier-Security-Guidance-for-Windows-8-1-Windows-Server-2012-R2-and-IE-11



The Case of the App Install Recorder

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:06:00 +0000

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...



Security baselines for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11 – FINAL

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:21:00 +0000

Microsoft has published its security guidance and baselines for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11.  If you have been reluctant to evaluate or deploy these technologies in the absence of specific USGCB guidance, NIST essentially says, "Use the vendor's guidance."  Here is the vendor's guidance.  Please see these three new blog...



Sysinternals at TechEd US 2014: LIVE

Tue, 13 May 2014 10:42:00 +0000

Sorry for the late notice, but I just saw this: Sysinternals Primer: TechEd 2014 Edition will be airing live on Channel 9 starting at 5pm Central Daylight Time today.  (That's in just over 4 hours from now as I write this.) Not sure about the link - try either https://channel9.msdn.com/Events or https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2014/DCIM-B340 [Update 5 September 2014: ...