Scenario : You’ve got a problem with your computer (DELL,HP….etc), you call their technical support team and the person on the other side requires the machine’s serial number (also called as Service Tag) to log your request.. Where do you get it ??
Solution : If you are using a laptop computer, you can easily find the service tag beneath the machine but for desktops, especially the older models, the sticker with the service tag is often placed at a harder-to-reach location. So how do you get that info ??
Scenario : This must have happened a lot of times with you. You take a screenshot of something and then go to save it in MS Paint, but on saving, you come to know that it has been saved as .bmp file but you want it as .jpg. So you again go to “save as” and save it as .jpg. Boy it sure feels tiring!!! Any way to make it simpler such that it by default saves it as .jpg/.jpeg ??
Solution : I wish the answer was something as simple as making a setting change or even modifying the registry (Simple!!!). but unfortunately, no, there is no simple way to do this other than making a few tweaks of our own. And that too varies from Windows version (i.e. XP and Win 7).
Like i said, there are different ways to get this in Win PX and Win 7 (though not for Vista cos they already have jpeg as default type(one of the few good things bout Vista ;P)). I will show you how to get the default savetype for each version so read on…
Scenario : You are a Windows power user. You often use run command to launch programs. It, however, saves history of the commands which is completely wiped out on cleaning. You want to be able to edit the history.
Solution : As a PU (Power User), I mostly rely on Windows Run Commands to quickly launch applications and for accessing network paths. But by default, it maintains MRU list of Run commands. Trying to clean it using a system cleaner or through the registry removes the entire history.
If you are a windows Power User, then you already might be knowing a lot of this tricks but for the uninitiated, here are some Windows command line tricks that might make your life easier.
Save A List of Files to a Text File by Extension
dir *.mp3 /s /b > files.txt
This command line will create a file called files.txt in the same folder. When you open this file, there will be a complete list of all the .mp3 files in that directory and all subdirectories. Replace .mp3 with the extension you want
Get Your IP Address Information
This will retrieve a pile of information about your network connection and IP information. From this command, you can get:
- Host Name
- Primary DNS Suffix
- Node Type
- IP Routing Enabled
- WINS Proxy Enabled
- DNS Suffix Search List
- Connection-specific DNS Suffix
- Network Adapter Description
- Physical (MAC) Address
- DHCP Enabled
- IP Address
- Subnet Mask
- Default Gateway
- DNS Servers
Get Installed Driver Information
This is very useful when you are troubleshooting someone’s pc without any external tools. This command will give you a complete listing of the drivers and when they were installed.
driverquery > drivers.txt
This will output the list to a text file. Read more…
Scenario : What else ?? The same as always….PC infected by Autorun Virus….need some safeguard….you know…
Solution : Read my Previous Posts.
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Scenario : You constantly get issues with your Codecs. You want to know which Codecs have been installed on your Win7 PC.
Solution : I was recently facing some issues with my installed Codecs, So i tried to find out which codecs were installed on my PC. Sure, in XP it is simple, but its not so simple in Win7.
Still here are all the ways to find out a list of all the Audio and Video Codecs installed on your Windows. Read more…
Note : This post is Specific to Windows 7 but its functions might overlap with previous Versions, namely XP
It all began when i was bored to death and had nothing better to do so i decided to do some productive work(?!?!?!) and this is what i come up with !!
Do you really know the use of all the keys on your keyboard ?? If not all, then do you know what the Function keys are there for ?? Function Keys you ask ??? they are the “F” Keys on your keyboard like “F1″, “F2″, “F3″, aso
Not only windows 7 but, in almost all the applications, pressing the F1 function key opens the Help and Support page which contains useful information about how to use the product.
Some more combinations :
Suppose you are in an application, and you want windows help file, press windows key + F1
SHIFT + F1 = Start context-sensitive help or reveal formatting (What is this? help)
ALT + F1 = Go to the next field
ALT + SHIFT + F1 = Go to the previous field
CTRL + ALT + F1 = Display Microsoft system information
For formatting characters and paragraphs: CTRL + SHIFT + F1 = Change the font Read more…
Scenario : You find that Windows Explorer is not enough and feel that it leaves a lot to be desired like tabs.
Solution : Enter QTTabbar. QTTabBar is a wonderful shell extension adding tabs and many other features to Windows Explorer.
Some of its Features are :
- Ability to see the Entire Folder Tree
- Adds Multiple Tabs
- Ability to Lock Tabs to a specific Folder
- Various Functionalities like Generating Hashes, etc.
- Works in Windows 7 as well Read more…
Scenario : You are working on your Windows OS and Suddenly due to no fault of yours the System Hangs and stops responding to your actions. How do you easily isolate the non responsive program and kill it ??
Solution : Anyone who has never faced this problem, raise your hands!!!! . From time to time Wndows OS screws up, and gets stuck on some non-responsive program that refuses to go away. Any user of Windows will vouch for it, that one crashed/hung application results in the whole ‘explorer.exe’ process going down, sometimes even leading to the dreaded BSOD ( blue-screen-of-death).
Though With Win7, Microsoft has managed to resolve these issues fairly well. But still Win7 does tend to crash, and applications do become unresponsive, or get hung up, though not as often(Thats the Saving Grace!!!!). At such times, the user is left with the only solution of having to open task manager, kill the non-responsive application and then restart it. Simple enough ??
But what if your system hangs up with all applicatons nonresponsive and task manager refuses to open. What do you do ?? Read more…