Connecting to Azure Virtual Machine using alternative port

This is easy when using Classic mode for deploying your virtual machine. Once deployment is complete the RDP port will default to 3389.

To change this:

  1. Select Virtual machines (Classic).
  2. Select the virtual machine you want to change the port for.
  3. Select Endpoints.
  4. Change the public port for both RDP TCP and RDP UDP endpoints to the desired number. DO NOT change the private port.

Setting permissions for Application Pool Identity

IIS 7.5+ runs application pools using an Application Pool Identity rather than NETWORK SERVICE. To allow files to be created/modified you may need to change file permissions.

1. Open Windows Explorer
2. Select a file or directory.
3. Right click the file and select “Properties”
4. Select the “Security” tab
5. Click the “Edit” and then “Add” button
6. Click the “Locations” button and make sure you select the local machine. (Not the Windows domain if the server belongs to one.)
7. Enter “IIS AppPool\DefaultAppPool” in the “Enter the object names to select:” text box. (Don’t forget to change “DefaultAppPool” here to whatever you named your application pool.)
8. Click the “Check Names” button and click “OK”.

Note: Depending on IIS configuration you may need to add permissions for the application pool itself. Repeat the above steps but change AppPool\DefaultAppPool to AppPool\MyApplicationPool where the application pool is called MyApplicationPool

Remove cached credentials from Windows

The utility to delete cached credentials is hard to find. It stores both certificate data and also user passwords.

Open a command prompt, or enter the following in the run command:

rundll32.exe keymgr.dll,KRShowKeyMgr

Windows 7 makes this easier by creating an icon in the control panel called “Credential manager”

Remove One Drive from Explorer in Windows 10

Even if you disable One Drive it will still show in Explorer. The following registry change will remove One Drive from Explorer

  1. Open regedit
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}
  3. Change the DWORD value of System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree too 0
  4. You may need to logout to see the change.

Remove Edge Extensions Using Powershell

Sometimes the extension Edge become ‘stuck’. They don’t work, Windows Store will attempt to reinstall, but they get stuck in a cycle. Using PowerShell the extension can be removed completely, then reinstalled, which should fix most problems. The below example will remove LastPass.


  1. Start PowerShell as an admin
  2. Enter Get-AppxPackage *lastpass* | Remove-AppxPackage

Re-activate Windows 10 after a hardware change

Microsoft introduced a new feature along with Windows 10 Anniversary Update. It’s now possible to link your Microsoft account with the Windows 10 digital license on your device. This allow quick re-activation through the Windows Activation Troubleshooter.

Link you account with a digital license

1. Go to Settings.
2. Click Update & Security
3. Click Activation
4. Click Add an account
5. Enter your MS account details and click sign-in
6. Once complete you will see “Windows is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft account”

How to use the troubleshooter to re-activate Windows 10

Once your account is linked your will be able to re-activate windows through the trouble shooter after a hardware change

1. Go to Settings.
2. Click Update & Security.
3. Click Activation.
4. If you see the activation status message: Windows is not activated, then you can click Troubleshoot to continue.
5. Click the “I changed hardware on this device recently” link.
6. Enter your Microsoft account credentials, and click Sign in.
7. You’ll need to enter you local account password if a Microsoft account hasn’t been added to your computer. Click Next to continue.
8. A list of devices associated with your Microsoft account will populate. Select the device you want to re-activate.
9. Check the “This is the device I’m using right now” option, and click the Activate button.

Devices and Printers hangs on Windows 7

If you find opening the Devices and Printers results in a blank window, it could be Bluetooth support is disabled. 

Check by typing services into the Search programs and files box on the start menu. 

From the Services window find Bluetooth support right click and select start. If it’s disabled you will need to enable it before the start option is available. 

Windows network share folder contents out of date

Some times when the content of a Windows network share folder is updated the changes are not seen on other machines. This can be caused directory cache life time running riot. A possible fix is to change the timeout of this cache so it updates more frequent.

The following registry will change the timeout

1. Run regedit.exe
2. Navigate to – HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanWorkstation\Parameters
3. Right click on Parameters. Select new and then DWORD (32-bit) Value
4. In the highlighted box type in : DirectoryCacheLifetime
5. Too disable the cache leave the value as 0, entering a value greater than 0 will update the cache that amount of minuets.
6. Close regedit
7. Restart your machine.