Clean install HP ENVY 8 Note

Today I embarked on my voyage to refurbish and restore to working order all my unused technology gadgets that I have let gather dust in my closet.  The first of these is my HP ENVY 8 Note Windows Tablet.

I purchased this quite some time ago when I was using Windows Mobile 10 for a phone platform and converted most everything in my personal arsenal over to Windows land.

At some point I installed Ubuntu on the tablet as well as Arch Linux on it, but today I wanted to restore it back to it’s original OS.  Thanks to Smays Micro USB Ethernet Adapter and USB hub combo, I was able to connect a USB keyboard, mouse and USB thumb drive to it in order to perform a normal clean install of Windows 10 onto the tablet.

After installing all the available OS updates and the available app updates from the Microsoft Store the tablet is as good as new, in fact it actually works better than the original installs, which is likely a testament to the continued development by the coders at MS.

Windows Tip of the Week: Find your account password expiration date in an AD environment

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In many cases your enterprise Active Directory will not involve too many domains, in fact it is quite common for an Active Directory implementation to only include one domain.  In some cases, however, when you have the unfortunate situation of having a username in multliple domains with differing policies on password expiration it is useful to be able to know when your password, or that of another user will expire.  Here is an easy way to accomplish this from the command line.

For the current active user

[code language=”bash”]
net user /domain

For a different user

[code language=”bash”]
net user /domain _username_here_

Here is an example of the output:

[code language=”bash”]
User name afore
Full Name Andrew Fore
User’s comment
Country code 000 (System Default)
Account active Yes
Account expires Never

Password last set 1/29/2015 4:38:37 PM
Password expires 4/29/2015 4:38:37 PM
Password changeable 1/29/2015 4:38:37 PM
Password required Yes
User may change password Yes

Workstations allowed All
Logon script
User profile
Home directory
Last logon 3/18/2015 3:27:55 PM

Logon hours allowed All

Local Group Memberships
Global Group memberships *VMWare Admins *Domain Users

If you notice there is a lot of useful information regarding the user account here, but of particular interest in my situation was the value of Password expires since I was trying to ensure that I got my password reset prior to the policy setting so that I would not find myself locked out over the weekend that I went on call when the Helpdesk would be closed.