Collecting Internet Explorer Add-on information

The Windows 8 developer preview build installation media contains an executable called wicainventory.exe. Wicainventory tool collects application and device information. There is also a wica.ini file that contains 2 URLs. I assume that the Tool is used by Microsoft to collect telemetry data. While there are plenty of other methods to collect software and hardware inventory data, wicainventory provides a nice way to collect Internet Explorer add-on information. For running wicainventory standalone the following files Read More …

ToolTip: Updated version of lessmsi (View extract MSI content)

There is an updated version of the less misérables utility a utility with a graphical user interface and a command line interface that can be used to view and extract the contents of an MSI file. The updated version now has explorer integration, that can be easily enabled / disabled via the preference menu setting. Download lessmsi from here.

Windows 7 – MFU (Most Frequent Used Programs)

This week I found an interesting tool called UserAssist.exe written by Didier Stevens. The UserAssist tool lists the UserAssist registry keys  stored under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\UserAssist. This is the location where Windows 7 (and earlier versions of Windows) retrieves the information about the execution frequency of applications started by users. If you are interested about the details of the UserAssist registry keys I recommend that you read some of Didier Stevens blog posts and his article he Read More …

Changing the Windows 7 Scheduled Defrag Task

As you probably know Windows 7 has a build-in scheduled task to run Defrag every Wednesday every week. One of my clients asked me to have the day changed from Wednesday to Thursday. Well,  hat I thought would be done in a few minutes ended up in a little journey, but finally I got it to work. As you can see from the below screenshot, by default Defrag is started every Wednesday every week. Windows Read More …