Tag Archives: Windows

Deleting Unnecessary Network profiles in Windows

Windows creates a profile for every single network it connects to. The function itself is not a bad idea but over time or when there is a network problem those network profiles may build up excessively and present you with some unpleasant name like ‘Network 139’. I surfed the internet in search for a way to remove all those, tumbled on numerous but useless responses by Microsoft support agents  suggesting to Open network and sharing center and Blah Blah. But now finally I have a proper fix.

I’ll keep it short:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles

Simply erase the above key with Regedit.

Using a custom security certificate for RDP connections

This post is somewhat late, but I decided to upload it for informative purposes.

In early this year I set up my own CA for securing connections between devices that I use.
One of the things I cared about is the Windows Remote Desktop where I did not like the program spitting out warnings about default, non-secure self-signed certificate.
So I thought about using my own certificates for them.
First I created an importable .pfx file with the private key and the certificate.
With the certificate saved on the target machine, do the following:

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Open the mmc console and add a certificate snap-in for local computer account.

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Go to Personal key storage and import the key file(It is NOT Remote Desktop storage despite its name).

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Open Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration.

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Right click your desired RDP connection (RDP-tcp for my case) and go to properties.

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Press ‘Select’ button in the certificates section to locate your certificate.
Then click Apply and disconnect from the RDP session. Further sessions will be secured using the certificate you specified.