Archive for the ‘Win XP’ Category

Unable to drag and drop any files

July 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Scenario : You click on a file and try to drag it to drop it into an application but you are unable to do so. Try as much as you may, you are not able to drag it. What do you do ??

Solution : You tried to drag a file into an application but it just does not allow you to do so. You try to drag a window, it does not allow you to do so too. You can click and select the file, you can also resize the window but you cannot drag anything. What do you do ??

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A ‘No to all’ button in Windows

February 9, 2012 1 comment

It all began the day when i was trying to copy a very huge folder with over 1000’s of files and trying to copy it into an already existing folder with a different structure or so i thought. It all began nice and easy but then it hit a reef. It encountered a folder with the same name, containing files with same name but the contents of those files were entirely different and showed me a dialog asking me whether i want to overwrite the files or let it be. It provided me with the options of ‘Yes’, ‘Yes to All’, ‘No’ or ‘Cancel’

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Find the Serial Number of your Computer

September 16, 2011 1 comment

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 ??

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Change Paint’s Default Savetype as jpeg : An Experiment

August 31, 2011 3 comments

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…

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Modify Run Command History

August 4, 2011 2 comments

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.

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Best Command Prompt Tricks

June 3, 2011 Leave a comment

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

ipconfig /all

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…

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