Websites, Resource Kits, Books and Utilities

Old New Thing - Raymond Chen, Microsoft.
Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) - Microsoft)
Security Bulletins - Microsoft Security TechCenter.
Microsoft Update Catalog - Search for specific updates by KB#
Windows Command Line Tools For Developers - MSDN blog.

Rob van der - Batch files, VBS
CommandLine - Batch File examples and Utilities.
Timo Salmi - Useful script tricks and tips.
Windows 7/2008/R2/Vista Commands Help file - Microsoft.

Resource Kits + updates

Many resource kit tools and utilities will run successfully on multiple versions of Windows. However Active Directory and NTFS have changed significantly over the years so I recommend you only use the tools supported for your platform.

win7 reskit Windows 7 Resource Kit
By Mitch Tulloch, Tony Northrup & Jerry Honeycutt
1,700 pages, Deploy, Manage, Maintain and Troubleshoot. Example VBS and PowerShell scripts, sample chapter (PDF.)

Windows 10 Show or hide Windows Updates - Troubleshooter package.
Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) - Manage local account passwords across a domain.
Windows 10 Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) KBase
Windows 2008/2012 Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) Built-in feature.
WIndows 8.1 Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) KBase
Windows 8 Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) KBase
Windows 7 Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) KBase
RSAT includes Active Directory Domain Services Tools, elements of the RSAT package can be enabled under Control Panel | Programs and Features | Windows features.

Deployment tools

Windows 10 - ISO download
N edition = No Media Player or IE DRM or Camera, KN edition = Korean

Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10, version 1709
Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) - Customize Windows 10 images for large-scale deployment.
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 Update 2 [news] - Automate desktop and server OS deployments.

Other Windows Toolkits:

Sysinternals Suite - Download the Sysinternals utilities.

ADModify - A GUI tool to facilitate making bulk user attribute modifications.

Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit - Evaluate and mitigate application compatibility issues for Vista and Windows 7. Includes the Compatibility Administrator which can be used to set UAC exceptions (Application fix.)

Account Lockout Status (LockoutStatus.exe) - Display lockout information for a particular user account (Aug 2012).

Account Lockout and Management Tools - Includes LockoutStatus, plus tools to troubleshoot account lockouts, and display password ages(Aug 2012).

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer - Scan local and remote systems for missing security updates.

SMB1 How to disable it - Windows 7 up to Windows Server 2016

Elevation PowerToys for Windows Vista + Elevation blog

File, Folder and Share Permission Utility Tool - Enumerate all the permissions, Technet/Monimoy Sanyal
File Checksum Integrity Verifier (FCIV) - Compute and verify cryptographic hash values for files.

Policy Analyzer from Aaron Margosis - Compare sets of Group Policy Objects (GPOs). Highlight redundant settings or internal inconsistencies.

Group Policy Management Console SP1 & Group Policy Object Settings spreadsheet 2003/2008/2008R2/Win7

Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) - Manage local account passwords of domain joined computers (howto)

Remote Desktop Connection Manager - RDP to multiple machines.

Windows Help - Install Windows 7/8 Help, (WinHlp32.exe) fix for 'Help not supported' errors.

WMI Diagnosis Utility - Diagnose and repair problems with the WMI service.

Recommended Books.

Batchography Batchography: The Art of Batch Files Programming
by Elias Bachaalany
Discover the lost art of Batch file programming, start with the basics of manipulating numbers, strings and variables and move on to looping operations, recursion, debugging and troubleshooting of your scripts. The final chapter has a number of batch file recipes: parsing .ini files, creating interactive menus and more. Highly recommended.

sysinternals SysInternals Administrator's Reference
by Mark E. Russinovich
Guidance and inside insights for the Windows Sysinternals tools. Guided by Sysinternals creator Mark Russinovich and Windows expert Aaron Margosis

Windows 7 scripting Windows 7 and Vista Guide to Scripting, Automation, and Command Line Tools
By Brian Knittel
A complete guide covering VBScript, traditional batch files, and PowerShell.

Windows Internals Windows Internals, Part 1 and Part2
by Mark E. Russinovich, David A. Solomon and Alex Ionescu
Insider perspectives and hands-on experiments to demonstrate how Windows operates.

Windows missing manual Windows 10: The Missing Manual
by David Pogue
An enjoyable but still very detailed read with lot's of good tips and keyboard shortcuts.

Mastering Windows Server 2012 R2 Mark Minasi's Mastering Windows Server 2012 R2
by Mark Minasi.

Comprehensive and understandable guide. Improve the performance and manageability of your network.

Windows NT Shell Scripting
by Tim Hill.

First published in 1998 so no mention of VBS or Powershell, despite this it's still a solid introduction to writing batch files under Windows. Sample chapter.

Also see - Recommended VBScript Books

Utilities - Command line

SysInternals - Microsoft System utilities. - Admin, AD and Exchange tools.
Nirsoft Utilities and NirCMD freeware Command-Line Tool.

Console 2 - Windows console emulator for CMD and/or PowerShell (review)
ConEmu-Maximus5 - Windows console emulator for CMD and/or PowerShell (review) - Useful tools (free Win32 utilities - mostly console)
CryptoPrevent - A Group Policy to block executables from specific paths.
Cygwin - Linux-like environment for Windows, tutorial: 1, 2, 3
FastCopy - An alternative to RoboCopy.
Frank P. Westlake Batch Scripts + mirror of older console utilities.
Gow - Lightweight UNIX utilities compiled as native win32 binaries.
ImageMagick - Edit/Convert bitmap images(PNG, JPEG, GIF) on the command line (scripts)
Jason Hood - Utilities including Search & Replace, Date/Time, ANSI escape recognition for CMD.
Npocmaka - Batch scripts, zipjs.bat + others
PDFtk - Command-line tool for processing PDFs
Petter Nordahl-Hagen - Offline Windows Password & Registry Editor
pretentiousname - Utilities by Leo Davidson
Repl.bat - FInd and Replace text, JScript/Batch script
FindRepl.bat - FInd and Replace text, JScript/Batch script
SetRes - Set screen resolution (Ian Sharpe)
Bill Stewart - Batch script and Windows admin tools (TrueLast LogonTime)
SetACL - Utility to manage permissions, auditing and ownership (free)
System Tools - Dump Event Log, Registry or Security info
unxutils - Port of unix utilities to run under the CMD shell
Wake On Lan Command Line: Depicus / Gammadyne / Nirsoft

Package Managers

Chocolatey - Package manager for Windows.
Ninite - Automate software installations and updates.

GUI Applications

Agent Ransack - File Search (search all file types)
AIMP3 - Fully featured free music player.
Autohotkey - Automate keystrokes, mouse clicks.
AutoIT - GUI scripting.
CamStudio - Record screen and audio activity on your computer.
Clonezilla - Partition and disk imaging/cloning program.
CPU-Z - gather information on system devices.

Dban - Darik's Boot and Nuke, a boot CD that securely wipes hard disks.
Event Sentry - Event log monitoring.
Everything - Locate files and folders by name instantly.

FTP - Cyberduck - FTP client
FTP - FileZilla - FTP client [Warning: some official builds contain malware] (also via Ninite)
FTP - WinSCP - Free SFTP, SCP and FTP client for Windows .

Flash uninstall
Firefox Enterprise - with Windows Group Policy support.
foobar2000 - freeware audio player.
Ghost Solution Suite - Disk / Partition Imaging.
Glasswire - Firewall with network monitoring.
Inkscape - Vector Graphics (Illustrator) - Free CD/DVD/Blu-ray burner (MajorGeeks link to avoid OpenCandy malware).
isoRecorder - Burn iso image to bootable CD.
Krita - Open Source photo/graphics editor.
Lansweeper - Network Monitoring.
Lost NT password
MakeMSI - Build Windows Installer files.
MalwareBytes - Anti Malware, detect and remove worms, Trojans, rootkits, etc.
Metapad - Simple notepad replacement .
Notepad++ - Notepad replacement (n.b. the syntax highlighting for parentheses in CMD/BAT files is faulty.)
Photoshop Elements - Basic photo editing and organisation.
Trinity Rescue Kit - Recovery and repair of Windows machines.
Netikus - Password, Ping, FTP, event log alerts.
Panda AntiVirus Free
PhotoRec - Data recovery software - hard disk, CD-ROM & Memory Cards.
PuTTY - Free Telnet/SSH Client.
Rapid Environment Editor - Edit environment variables.
Servers Alive - Network monitoring.
Shotcutapp - free, open source, cross-platform video editor.
SoftPerfect - Search, Scan for open file shares and other utils.
Speccy - System information, hardware and software (serial numbers etc).
Sumatra - PDF viewer.
SyncBack - GUI Backup and synchronize files.
SyncToy - Synchronize files and folders.
TeamViewer - Screen sharing/Remote control (Mac/PC/Linux.)
Textadept - cross-platform text editor.
TightVNC - Remote control.
TribbleSoft - Easy Robocopy (GUI)
UnDelete - Condusiv/Diskeeper.
USB install for Windows 7 - Copy iso images to a bootable USB stick.
WinAmp 2.95 - Old but still usable MP3 player.
WinMerge - open source WinDiff
VirtualBox - Open Source virtualisation for Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris.
VirtualDub - Process/Edit .AVI files.
Virtual PC - Virtualisation for Windows.
VLC Media Player - Free versatile media player.
VMWare - Free
VueScan - Scanner Software.
WSUS Offline Update - Microsoft updates without an internet connection.
Wink - Capture screenshots/video, add help text.
Zero Assumption Recovery - data recovery.

Find more utilities, or add you own over in the forum


Usenet - news: alt.msdos.batch.nt
DosTips forum
The Scripting Guys Forum - a mix of VBScript, Batch and PowerShell.
SS64 - Windows CMD discussion Forum

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