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 ??
Scenario : You have enabled the Default Administrator account on your Windows PC and want it to be a fail – safe when something goes wrong but it keeps showing up on your Logon Screen. You want it to be active but it should not appear on the Welcome Screen.
Solution : The user accounts that are created in Windows will by default show up in the logon screen. This behavior provides a convenience for the users to login by clicking on their user account and typing their password to login to Windows. However, there are times when you want to hide the user accounts from showing up in the login screen as an additional security especially when you are sharing a computer.
Also, The default admin account on the Windows PC is disabled by default and hence does not show up on the Logon Screen but once you enable it, it does appear there.Fortunately, there is a way to hide it but it involves messing with the Registry. Or what you could do is use the Utility i created and cut out the the manual work….thats what technology is for, right ??
Anyways, i will list what you need to do with both.
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…