How to build a site Windows 8.1 tile for your blog

With just a few clicks and pasting 3 lines of code you can create a Windows 8.1 live tile for your blog. Here’s what you need to do. Navigate to http://www.buildmypinnedsite.com/en and fill in the requested information. Copy the code. Next copy the code into your website. I added the code to the header.php of my WordPress site. If you use another blogging platform, just add to the other meta tags of your website. Now Read More …

Windows 8 – Script to automatically show the desktop

A few weeks ago I came across a blog post from Brandon where he provides a solution how to automatically show the Windows Desktop when logging on to Windows 8. The solution is actually quite straight forward, all you need to do is to add a shortcut that points to explorer.exe to the Start Menu startup folder. When a user logs on, Windows processes the items stored within the Startup folder and executing explorer.exe then Read More …

ToolTip: Overlay Message Box

Overlay Message Box is a tiny utility that shows a message box or task dialog on a dimmed desktop. This ensures the attention of the user and makes it a great app for any script that needs to inform a user. All options (Title, Text, Icons etc.) can be set using command line parameters. Overlay Message Box can be downloaded from here

How to use vbscripts in BGINFO

Out of the box BGINFO includes a number of predefined fields that can be used to display information on the desktop such as Computer name, IP Address etc. But if the standard fields aren’t enough,BGINFO allows creating custom fields that can pull data from various sources like WMI, Registry, File content, Environment variables or VBScript. The below example shows how to embed VBSCRIPT code output in BGINFO. First we create a VBSCRIPT file called comp.vbs Read More …

BookTip: Group Policy – Fundamentals, Security and the Managed Desktop

Today I’ve received a signed copy of Jeremy Moskowitz latest Book “Group Policy – Fundamentals, Security and the Managed Desktop”, so instead of using my laptop I guess I’ll be holding a real book in my hands this weekend. Jeremy also published 3 FREE chapters: Bonus Chapter 1 – Scripting Group Policy Operations with Windows PowerShell (co-written with PowerShell MVP Jeff Hicks.) Bonus Chapter 2 – Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPMv4) Bonus Chapter 3 – Read More …

ToolTip – Fences

Do you remember the days where your desktop looked like on the picture below ? If you were using Windows in the late 80’s and early 90s you definitely will. The Windows Shell was called Program Manager. In Program Manager the various application shortcuts were organized in groups. With the introduction of Windows 95 Program Manager was replaced by the Windows Explorer as the shell. In simple words, that’s when Microsoft introduced the “Start Menu”. Read More …

Organize your desktop

Sysinternals published a new nice utility called Desktops. Not that this is something we haven’t seen before, but like all the tools from sysinternals it’s all nicely packaged into one executable. It’s definitely worth a try. Thanks Tobi for the hint 🙂