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 XP Update Forever

If you've ever ran Windows XP, you probably have run into the Windows XP update forever bug. This is when you see the update cycle for hours on end as pictured below. First things first, go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution and look at the last date and time of the...

Windows XP Low Disk Space

If you see the XP low disk space warning, do not fret. Simply clear your hard drive of unnecessary files. As far as I know this pesky warning only shows up in Windows XP. If you see this in your notification area: Click it and you will see this warning: Do not fret,...

Windows XP Disable Language Bar

When you're looking to disable language bar you configure it to not run on startup or you attempt to close the bar. The problem is the pesky thing always seems to come back. Try this: Click Start > Run Type: regsvr32.exe /u msutb.dll and hit enter If you ever want...

Windows XP Backup Utility

The Windows XP backup utility gives a built in way of create an automatic backup plan. Just a few settings and you're ready to roll. Without further ado, here's how to use the Windows XP backup wizard should you choose to do so: 1. Click the Start button 2. Mouse over...

Restore Safe Mode With A Registry Entry XP/2000

I wanted to share an interesting problem that came up. You see, I had to restore safe mode to my computer. Shortly after my nostalgia PC was built, I ran into a problem where I had to boot Windows 2000 in safe mode. Problem was, when I rebooted the PC, the option for...

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,...

Windows XP/2003 NTLDR Is Missing

If you get a strange error that NTLDR is missing on your Windows computer based on NT (mostly XP/2003), check out the solution below. In order to fix the NT bootloader, you need to open a command prompt in the recovery environment. You can either boot with the Windows...

Including Updates With Windows XP Install

This post will show how including updates with Windows XP is easier than you think. There are tools out there to help slipstream the updates. Since there are so many Windows XP patches, this saves a ton of time. First you will need to grab the UDC script (previously...

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...

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