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...

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...

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...

Windows Vista DHCP Fix

This post shows how to manually apply Windows Vista DHCP fix to play nice with others on enterprise networks. This is for enterprise networks that use layer 3 switches or routers (mostly from Cisco) who have trouble getting their Vista connectivity rolling. Vista DHCP...

Running SFC Scan from Recovery Environment

This post shows how to run a SFC scan from recovery environment for Windows Vista and later. If you're booting from the recovery partition, this is what you need: Use ‘F8' to boot into the recovery environment Click on ‘Command Prompt' in the list of...

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,...

How to Check the Windows MAC Address

This post shows how to check the Windows MAC address, or ethernet hardware address, on all major Windows systems. In a command prompt window, you'll see 2 headers: The Physical Address: The 12-digit hardware address. The Transport Name: The location of the network...

Delete Locked Files In Windows 7

Windows 7 has been out for a while now so I'm sure you've run into a stubborn file or folder that refuses to delete. This post shows you how to delete locked files in Windows 7. If your file is constantly in use. Try out LockHunter. I've personally used and tested it....

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