Windows Automated Installation Kit Error: 0xc1420117 on dism Command

Error: 0xc1420117 The directory could not be completely unmounted. This is usually due to applications that still have files opened within the mount directory. Close these files and unmount again to complete the unmount process. This error happens when you use another Dism.exe which is located in C:\Windows\System32. The correct application to use is C:\Program ... Read more

Create a Self-signed SSL Certificate on Windows

SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is used for encryption and decryption, processing of S/MIME signed or encrypted mails, generation of certificates and more. To use it on Windows (32 and 64 bit versions), download the OpenSSL tools from code.google.com/p/openssl-for-windows/downloads/list. Uncompress it anywhere you like and start it by double-clicking the openssl.exe executable in the \bin folder. ... Read more

How to Call Functions in Powershell (Windows)

Functions in Powershell are called without any comma or parenthesis, although they are defined using them. The correct way to call a function with two variable parameters would be: test $local1 $local2 The wrong way is: test($local1, $local2) If you put parentheses around your parameters, your input is treated as array and thus the processing ... Read more

Use Alternate Datastreams to Hide Important Files (Windows, NTFS)

There is a feature in NTFS data system that lets you easily hide your files from nosy people using your computer which is called Alternate Data Streams. What they basically do is to hide files behind others, using them as a "container", but they only are executable if you enter a specific syntax in your ... Read more

Make Caps Lock Behave Like Shift (Windows)

The minority of Windows users have really ever needed Caps Lock - most of the passages written in capital letters are still done with Shift only. Because of that, most people will find the Caps Lock key rather annoying since everybody has already experienced accidently using it and finding out too late. If you are ... Read more

Back up Files on Windows with HoboCopy

HoboCopy is a commandline program that lets you copy large amounts of data in a comparatively short time to other copy functions. However, the clue is that it takes a snapshot of the file system before copying, making it possible to copy files that are being used without having to close them or end processes. ... Read more