https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2970908/how-to-use-microsoft-easy-fix-solutions

  • Windows troubleshooter
  • Troubleshoot problems that may prevent Microsoft Store Apps from working properly
  • Find and fix problems playing sounds
  • Find and fix problems recording sounds
  • Find and fix problems that may prevent background downloads from working
  • Troubleshoot problems with devices and printers
  • Find and fix problems with devices and hardware
  • Find and fix problems with Internet Explorer performance
  • Find and fix problems with security and privacy features in Internet Explorer
  • Find and clean up unused files and shortcuts, and perform maintenance tasks
  • Find and fix problems with connecting to the Internet or to websites
  • Find and fix problems with accessing files and folders on other computers
  • Find and fix problems with viewing computers or shared files in a homegroup
  • Find and fix problems with wireless and other network adapters
  • Find and fix problems with incoming computer connections and Windows Firewall
  • Find and fix problems with connecting to your workplace network using DirectAccess
  • Find and fix problems with running older programs on this version of Windows
  • Find and fix problems to help optimize Windows speed and performance
  • Find and fix problems with your computer’s power settings to conserve power and extend battery life
  • Find and fix problems with printing
  • Find and fix problems with Windows Search
  • Find and fix problems playing movies, television, or video
  • Find and fix problems with Windows Media Player settings
  • Find and fix problems with the Windows Media Player Library
  • Find and fix problems with playing DVDs in Windows Media Player
  • Fix Windows Update errors

MobaXterm

https://mobaxterm.mobatek.net/

Description
MobaXterm is your ultimate toolbox for remote computing. In a single Windows application, it provides loads of functions that are tailored for programmers, webmasters, IT administrators and pretty much all users who need to handle their remote jobs in a more simple fashion. MobaXterm provides all the important remote network tools (SSH, X11, RDP, VNC, FTP, MOSH, …) and Unix commands (bash, ls, cat, sed, grep, awk, rsync, …) to Windows desktop, in a single portable exe file which works out of the box.

 

PuTTY

https://portableapps.com/apps/internet/putty_portable

Description
PuTTY is a free and open-source terminal emulator, serial console and network file transfer application. It supports several network protocols, including SCP, SSH, Telnet, rlogin, and raw socket connection. It can also connect to a serial port. PuTTY supports many variations on the secure remote terminal, and provides user control over the SSH encryption key and protocol version, alternate ciphers such as 3DES, Arcfour, Blowfish, DES, and Public-key authentication. It also can emulate control sequences from xterm, VT102 or ECMA-48 terminal emulation, and allows local, remote, or dynamic port forwarding with SSH (including X11 forwarding). The network communication layer supports IPv6, and the SSH protocol supports the [email protected] delayed compression scheme. It can also be used with local serial port connections. PuTTY comes bundled with command-line SCP and SFTP clients, called “pscp” and “psftp” respectively, and plink, a command-line connection tool, used for non-interactive sessions.

 

WinSCP

https://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=214

Description
WinSCP (Windows Secure Copy) is a free and open-source SFTP, FTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3 and SCP client for Microsoft Windows. Its main function is secure file transfer between a local and a remote computer. Beyond this, WinSCP offers basic file manager and file synchronization functionality. For secure transfers, it uses Secure Shell (SSH) and supports the SCP protocol in addition to SFTP.

VM Health Monitor

https://www.manageengine.com/products/vm-health-monitor/free-vmware-health-monitor-index.html

Description
Virtual servers, as opposed to real physical servers, provide great cost benefits. The applications, services, together with the virtual servers, need to be up and running all the time. Any outages or performance degradation in the virtual servers, will effect the users of these applications and services. Hence it becomes imperative to monitor and manage those virtual servers continuously.

The Free “ManageEngine VM Health Monitor” tool will address this monitoring requirement. The ManageEngine VM Health Monitor tool, as the name implies, monitors important parameters of VMWare ESX and ESXi servers. The tool fetches comprehensive data about the servers and presents them as visually elegant graphs and reports. The relevant data, graphs and reports are displayed in a desktop tool dashboard providing wealth of information about the real-time functioning of the virtual servers.

The “ManageEngine VM Health Monitor” tool can monitor two VMWare servers simultaneously. ManageEngine VM Health Monitor tool provides an exclusive ESX / ESXi monitoring, as a desktop tool dashboard. It shows the actual resource utilization of the virtual servers alongwith CPU and memory utilization for each guest OS on the ESX / ESXi server. The dashboard quickly shows how many virtual machines are present, how many are powered on/off or suspended, how much CPU and memory are allocated to / consumed by each virtual machine etc., in an intuitive bar graph.

Using the tool, administrator can also set threshold values for CPU and memory usage, like critical and warning thresholds. If at all, the virtual servers behave abnormally and the CPU and memory utilization dangerously crosses the threshold limits, alert signals are shown in the dashboard tool. The IT administrator can than effortlessly manage instances to prevent server crash, or bring back the serveres to normal functioning state. The ManageEngine VM Health Monitor tool comes handy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RVTools

https://www.robware.net/rvtools/

Description
RVTools is a windows .NET 4.6.1 application which uses the VI SDK to display information about you’re virtual environments. Interacting with VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX Server 3.5, ESX Server 3i, ESX Server 4i, VirtualCenter 4.x, ESX Server 4.x, VirtualCenter 5.x, VirtualCenter Appliance, ESX Server 5.x, VirtualCenter 6.0, ESX Server 6.0, VirtualCenter 6.5 and ESX Server 6.5. RVTools is able to list information about VMs, CPU, Memory, Disks, Partitions, Network, Floppy drives, CD drives, Snapshots, VMware tools, Resource pools, Clusters, ESX hosts, HBAs, Nics, Switches, Ports, Distributed Switches, Distributed Ports, Service consoles, VM Kernels, Datastores, multipath info, license info and health checks. With RVTools you can disconnect the cd-rom or floppy drives from the virtual machines and update the VMware Tools installed inside each virtual machine to the latest version.

HyperV Performance Monitor

https://www.manageengine.com/free-hyperv-performance-monitor/free-hyperv-performance-monitor-index.htm

Description
Hyper-V Performance Monitoring Free Tool helps monitor Hyper-V servers and VM running on it  for CPU, memory, disk read/write and network Rx/Tx traffic. Monitor performance for two Hyper-V servers simultaneously.

Monitor Hyper-V Performance

  • Monitor Hyper-V server for CPU, memory, disk read/write requests and network traffic
  • View the number of virtual machines present, check if the VMs are powered on/off and also watch it’s severity as Critical or Warning
  • Monitor storage, memory and network utilization of each guest VM installed in the ESX host
  • View CPU Usage/Distribution of each Virtual Machine in a graph with color coded alerts

Set Threshold & Refresh Time Value

  • Set warning and critical threshold values for CPU utilization
  • Set auto refresh time interval so that the GUI refreshes periodically to show the latest performance data
  • Retain the server credentials and set thresholds for subsequent restarts

Hyper-V Performance Reports

  • Generate real-time performance reports of hosts and VMs
  • Capture the details of OS, up time, VM count, CPU, memory, disk utilization ,etc. in PDF format

Print and/or email the reports to stake holders directly from the tool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VM Health Monitor

https://www.manageengine.com/products/vm-health-monitor/free-vmware-health-monitor-index.html

Description
View the number of virtual machines present, see if they are powered on/off or suspended Monitor VMware Esx and Esxi servers for CPU, memory, disk read/write, network Rx/Tx utilization and ensure you’re applications run smoothly.

VMware threshold settings

  • Set critical and warning thresholds values. If CPU and Memory utilization crosses the threshold limit, alerts are shown in the dashboard Tool.
  • Set refresh time interval and view the latest performance data periodically

Revo  Uninstaller

https://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/revo_uninstaller_portable

Description
Revo Uninstaller first runs the selected program’s built-in uninstaller, then searches and removes associated files and registry entries that the uninstaller may not have removed from the user’s drive.

Revo Uninstaller also cleans out:

  • Files in the temporary folder
  • Entries in the Windows start-up applications folder
  • Browser history and cache of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Netscape
  • The recently opened file list in Microsoft Office applications

Revo Uninstaller can also irrecoverably delete files.

A portable version is available that can be run without installing onto or modifying the system, in particular from external storage media such as USB and network drives.

The freeware version of Revo Uninstaller does not find or uninstall 64-bit applications.

The freeware version 2 of Revo Uninstaller does now support both 32-bit and 64-bit applications.

 

Online Tools

Qualys SSL Labs

COMODO SSL Analyzer

OpenSSL – CSR & Toolkit

 

DigiCert Utility

https://www.digicert.com/util/utility-check-ssl-certificate-chain.htm

Description
The free DigiCert Certificate Utility for Windows is an indispensable tool for administrators and a must-have for anyone that uses SSL Certificates for Websites and servers or Code Signing Certificates for trusted software with features like automatic CSR creation and SSL Certificate installation, easy code signing, and certificate troubleshooting and management.

Microsoft Security Compliance Manager

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53353

Description
The Security Compliance Manager (SCM) is a free tool from Microsoft that enables you to quickly configure, and manage the computers in your environment using Group Policy and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. This version of SCM supports Windows 10, and Windows Server 2016.
You can easily configure computers running Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 based on Microsoft Recommended Security Baselines and industry best practices.

 

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (Windows Server 2012 R2)

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=7558

Description
The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer provides a streamlined method to identify missing security updates and common security misconfigurations.

Online Tools

Windows Crash Dump Analysis

 

ACT Deployment Guide

Description
This paper provides planning guidance for a Microsoft® Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.6 deployment within an organization. It provides guidelines and procedures for IT Professionals on how to plan for, deploy, and provision resources for the most effective use of the Toolkit.
This information applies for the following operating systems:
– Windows® 7
– Windows Vista®
– Windows Vista with Service Pack 1
– Windows Server 2008 R2
– Microsoft Windows Server 2003
– Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2)
– Microsoft Windows 2000

 

CrystalDiskInfo

https://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/crystaldiskinfo_portable

Description
CrystalDiskInfo is a utility tool that can tell you about the hardware performance of your hard disk, including how likely it is to stop operating in the near future. The app gives you a complete readout of all your computer’s SMART information, as well as a current temperature and health status.

The interface can be easily navigated by anyone with an OK understanding of hard drives and the Windows OS. From the dashboard you can quickly see a long list of up-to-date system data. CrystalDiskInfo doesn’t have a lot of options here, or settings or deep drill down menus for that matter. It does, however, give you a clear and straightforward interface that shows all of the data it can retrieve* from each drive on your system.

CrystalDiskInfo can be configured to send you Alerts in the event that there is an issue with one of the drives being monitored. These alerts can be audible or via email, and you can also configure the frequency of application refresh data.

Quick Start Guides

Description
This paper provides step-by-step information about using the Microsoft® Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.6 to create data collection packages (DCPs) and deploy them within your organization. This information applies to the following operating systems:
– Windows® 7
– Windows Vista®
– Windows Server® 2008 R2
– Microsoft Windows Server 2003
– Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2)
– Microsoft Windows 2000

Step-By-Step Guide

Description
This paper provides step-by-step information, guiding you through the major scenarios for using the Microsoft® Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.6. This information applies for the following operating systems:
– Windows® 7 – Windows Vista®
– Windows Server 2008 R2
– Windows Server 2003
– Windows XP with Service Pack 2
– Microsoft Windows 2000

Application Compatibility Toolkit

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=7352

Description
The Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.6 helps customers understand their application compatibility situation by identifying which applications are compatible with the Windows 7® and Windows Vista® operating system and which require further testing. ACT helps customers lower their costs for application compatibility testing, prioritize their applications, and deploy Windows more quickly.

You can use the ACT features to:

– Verify an application’s compatibility with a new version of the Windows operating system, or a Windows Update, including determining your risk assessment.

– Become involved in the ACT Community, including sharing your risk assessment with other ACT users.

– Test your Web applications and Web sites for compatibility with new releases and security updates to the Windows Internet Explorer® Internet browser.

 

Blue Screen View

https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/blue_screen_view.html

Description
Blue screens of death are a bit frightening, because they usually appear without prior notice and most importantly, because it’s hard to know what they really mean.

With BlueScreenView that last issue can be easily solved. This little app recovers the dump file created by any blue screen of death you’ve had lately and displays is again, so that you can look into the error message and look for possible solutions on Google.

BlueScreenView doesn’t require installation and is pretty straightforward – which is good, since it doesn’t include any documentation. The program can display the saved dump files as drivers list or just as the original blue screen, and also generate a report in HTML with all the info displayed on the interface.

 

PortQryUI

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=24009

Description
PortQry is a utility that you can use to help troubleshoot TCP/IP connectivity issues. The application reports the port status of TCP and UDP ports on a computer you choose.

 

Process Explorer

https://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/process-explorer-portable

Description
The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you’ll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you’ll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded. Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded.

The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.

 

Sysinternals Suite

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/sysinternals-suite

Description
The Sysinternals Troubleshooting Utilities have been rolled up into a single Suite of tools. This file contains the individual troubleshooting tools and help files. It does not contain non-troubleshooting tools like the BSOD Screen Saver or NotMyFault.

The Suite is a bundling of the following selected Sysinternals Utilities:

  • AccessChk
  • AccessEnum
  • AdExplorer
  • AdRestore
  • Autologon
  • Autoruns
  • BgInfo
  • CacheSet
  • ClockRes
  • Contig
  • Ctrl2Cap
  • DebugView
  • DiskExt
  • DiskMon
  • DiskView
  • Disk Usage (DU)
  • EFSDump

 

Vmss2core

https://labs.vmware.com/flings/vmss2core

Description
Vmss2core is a tool to convert VMware checkpoint state files into formats that third party debugger tools understand. It can handle both suspend (.vmss) and snapshot (.vmsn) checkpoint state files (hereafter referred to as a ‘vmss file’) as well as both monolithic and non-monolithic (separate .vmem file) encapsulation of checkpoint state data.
The vmss2core tool can produce core dump files for the Windows debugger (WinDbg), Red Hat crash compatible core files, a physical memory view suitable for the Gnu debugger gdb, Solaris MDB (XXX), and Mac OS X formats. Debugging Virtual Machines with the Checkpoint to Core Tool provides the usage information for the vmss2core tool. Note: This last update has improved support for Win 8.1/Win2012 R2 vmss files.

 

WhatIsHang

WhatIsHang (x64)

https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/what_is_hang.html

Description
Sometimes, Windows or a running application hangs, the user interface abruptly stops responding, and you cannot determine what has caused the problem or how to troubleshoot the issue. This utility tries to detect the software or process that is currently hung, and displays some information that may allow you to sort out and understand what exactly is at the root of such unexpected behavior. Most of the information displayed in WhatIsHang’s report, like Call Stack, Stack Data, Processor Registers, and Memory Data is designed for users with Windows programming knowledge. However, WhatIsHang also presents a list of strings and dll files related to the hang issue that can help users without programming skills understand and overcome the causes of the problem and restore normal operation.