Useful Shell Commands For Windows

Shell commands are one of those time savers that are fun to use but not many IT pros use them. See below for the more useful shell commands. In order to quickly open special folders in Windows, you can use shell:COMMAND as a shortcut to access these folders. You can...

Useful Environment Variables For Windows

To get a complete list of the environmental variables on your system, all you need to do is type set into a CMD prompt. Here are some of the most common, most useful environment variables for Windows: LocationNotesWin7 x64Vista x64Vista x86XPAll Users...

Useful Run Commands For Windows

There are way more commands to run in Windows than you're currently using. Here's a list of useful run commands for Windows you can start using right now if you already aren't. Enjoy the speed! Office Shortcuts winword – Microsoft Word excel – Microsoft Excel powerpnt...

How To Quickly Rollback/Remove A Windows Patch

It's easier now than ever before to rollback or remove a Windows patch. To avoid this kind of stuff in the future, test Windows patches before deploying. This applies to systems running Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012. I ran into...

Can’t Open Outlook 2010

If you can't open Outlook 2010, I just might have something for you. I helped a user solve this problem recently. This is as far as they could get: After the loading screen, the full error is “Cannot open your default e-mail folders. The information store could...

Windows System Rating Does Not Finish

I ran into an issue on my Windows 7 box where the Windows system rating does not finish. This is part of the Windows Experience Index. Everything would start fine and the tests would start and run through. However, when the scores would calculate it would suddenly...

Windows Installer Has Stopped Working

If the Windows installer has stopped working or the service itself has stopped, one troubleshooting technique is to unregister, and then re-register the Windows installer. This is for Windows 2000 but see below for other versions covered. Open an elevated command...

Windows 7 Install Process – Step by Step

The Windows 7 install process isn't that bad. It's a lot more compatible with hardware than Vista was. It still may run you for a loop if you live and die by XP though. Here is a quick, checklist style guide on how I installed WIndows 7: Go into BIOS – ‘Del' on...

Waiting For sidebar.exe – Can’t Shut Down

Windows Vista and 7 have a safety feature to safely shutdown running programs, so if your sidebar is running you may see – Waiting for sidebar.exe. The rest of the annoying prompt is – This program is preventing Windows from shutting down. The best method...

Recovery Partition Function Keys

Here are the recovery partition function keys necessary to boot a Windows laptop into the recovery partition on most models. Windows XP Recovery Partition Function Keys Acer: Alt+F10 or F10 Asus: F9 Dell: F8 or Shift+F8, older models: Ctrl+F11 Fujitsu: Alt+F11 or F12,...

Install Any Edition Of Windows 7

You can make your Windows 7 installer no longer have a specific version set as the default version. Upon doing this, you will then be prompted to install any edition of Windows 7. Simply choose the version you wish to install, and you're good to go. This is because...

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