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Windows 10 updates resets firewall rules!

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My work machine finally became eligible for the Windows 10 anniversary update yesterday so I dutifully installed it.

After loosing best part of a hour waiting for it to install, it took more precious time to re-remove all the cruft that I’d removed before and the update saw fit to re-install for you such as Zune Music, OneDrive, Cortana etc. This time however it was harder than before with more options being hidden from the UI and buried in group policy editor and AppxPackage. From what is overall a good OS, the obsession for installing bloatware is really disappointing from Microsoft.

Anyway, last night I needed to do some work so went to login remotely, but had no joy. On return to the office this morning I did some digging and sure enough the update had removed the custom firewall options that had been configured!

So if you’re applying any of the major Windows 10 updates be sure to backup your firewall settings and check it hasn’t changed them before leaving the office!

Written by Dilbert

November 22nd, 2016 at 10:18 am

Posted in Windows

Installing Intel 82579V drivers on Windows 2008 R2

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We recently found ourselves trying to install Windows 2008R2 on a 2 year old Intel Sandy Bridge system with an Intel 82579V onboard network card.

As part of the install, we pushed out the standard Intel ProWinx64 drivers, along with Intel Chipset Software installer to install all missing drivers.
Annoyingly this left us without a working network card, which is slightly bit problematic when trying to finish off the install remotely.

After debugging and searching on google we found this thread on the Microsoft Technet forums where the user MGerio is having a very similar issue to ourselves.

It turns out the fix is to extract the ProWinx64.exe file to a folder on the desktop and update a single inf file:

Edit PRO1000\Winx64\NDIS62\e1c62x64.inf
Find the following section

ExcludeFromSelect = \

This needs replacing with just:

ExcludeFromSelect =

Further down in this file, you’ll need to update the [Intel.NTamd64.6.1] block to also include:

; DisplayName Section DeviceID
; ----------- ------- --------
%E1502NC.DeviceDesc% = E1502, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1502
%E1503NC.DeviceDesc% = E1503.6.1.1, PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1503

Following on from this, you should be able to run APPS\PROSETDX\Winx64\DxSetup.exe
This will then do the install with the local edited files and install the missing drivers

Written by Dan Offord

November 22nd, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Posted in Networking,Windows

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Fix for MMC could not create snap-in for Group Policy Object editor

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If when you run gpedit.msc you just get the following error

MMC could not create snap-in because of the current user policies.
Name: Group Policy Object editor
CLSID :{8FC0B734-A0E1-11D1-A7D3-0000F87571E3}

The one reason is that the Group Policy Object editor has been restricted for the current user. You can check and possibly change this with the registry entry:


If the value of Restrict_Run is 1 then you will get the error, if you have enough permissions simply setting it to 0 will allow you to run the Group Policy Object Editor without any further issues.

Written by Dilbert

November 10th, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Posted in Windows

LWP::Protocol::https::Socket: socket: Address family not supported by protocol

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When trying to build LWP::Protocol::https to add https support to libwww the tests fail with:-

LWP::Protocol::https::Socket: socket: Address family not supported by protocol at /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.10/LWP/Protocol/ line 51

After some investigation it turns out there’s nothing wrong with LWP::Protocol::https but IO::Socket::INET6 was broken and trying to interpret : as an IPv6 address instead of IPv4 address + port. Updating to IO::Socket::INET6 v2.69 from the previous v2.57 fixed the issue.

This was encountered under cygwin on Windows in case this is a key factor.

Written by Dilbert

May 24th, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Posted in Code,Cygwin,Perl,Windows

Installing new modules for use with perlapp

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Another really simple little thing when you find it but the ActiveState doc’s really hide how to install new perl modules that are required for compilation with their PDK’s perlapp when targeting a foreign platform.

perlapp --target <target> --target-install <module>


perlapp --target windows --target-install JSON::XS

Written by Dilbert

March 21st, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Posted in Perl,Windows