TryHackMe: Pre Security

author: Nathan Acks
date: 2021-09-18

System Configuration

The Tools tab of msconfig.exe can be quite useful, as it provides full pats to various Windows system utilities (in the “Selected command” line).

Computer Management

Want access to (almost) all of the Windows “snap-ins” in one hierarchical tree view? Then run compmgmt.msc!

Some UNIX <-> Windows equivalents:

Event types:

Common logs:

Other interesting parts of compmgmt.msc:

WMI is an interface for allowing the scripting of computer management, now superseded by PowerShell.

System Information

Lots of great stuff in msinfo32.exe (System Information).

All current user and system environment variables are listed here (though to acrually set them you’ll need to use Settings > System > About > System info > Advanced system settings > Environment Variables).

There’s a hand search bar at the bottom of this utility.

Command Prompt

More UNIX <-> Windows equivalents (command line edition):

Where UNIX applications generally use -h or –help to display help information, Windows typically uses /?. (The “/” switches was pretty standard in early DOS and Windows applications, but in the Windows 10 era UNIX-style “-“ and “–” are used instead.)

The “net” command is a Windows-specific command line tool that is a kind of Swiss Army knife for controlling various Windows network-related settings (everything from network shares to NTP to - wait for it - user accounts). Like, it’s kinda nuts.

Registry Editor

Apparently the Registry Editor goes by regedt32.exe in addition to the more familiar regedit.exe.