How to Reboot or Shutdown WinPE

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 include the shutdown.exe command-line tool that can be used for shutting down or rebooting a system within a script or just from the command prompt. WinPE however is only a minimal operating system primarily designed to act as a preinstallation or recovery environment. To keep the footprint of WinPE as small as possible many services or tools usually found within a full Windows installation are not Read More …

Tip: Quickest way to find out the installed Java version

To find out the Java version you have installed, simply open a command prompt and type java –version

ToolTip: Soluto–Improve your Windows Boot Performance

Hey here’s another cool application that can help improving Windows startup boot times. The Application is called Soluto and can be downloaded from here. Using Soluto is a no-brainer, just install it, and reboot. Soluto will show you the applications that are executed during the Windows Boot process and then allows you to either pause or delay the application during future boots.

Troubleshooting Windows Update

Issues with installing Windows Updates? Then have a look at the following Microsoft Support Articles: KB971058 How do I reset Windows Update components? KB947821 Description of the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista, for Windows Server 2008, for Windows 7, and for Windows Server 2008 R2

ToolTip: Hardlink Scanner

Here’s another nice utility I found today called Hard Link Scanner. Hard Link scanner is a command line tool that scans directories for hard linked files. Download Hard Link Scanner from here

ToolTip: Link Shell Extension

Earlier this week I wrote about using Hard Links. By doing my research on this subject I came across the Link Shell Extension utility. As the name says the utility extends the shell with additional options to create hard and symbolic links. So if you don’t want to type commands at the command prompt to create a hard link, this utility is just right for you. Additional very detailed documentation and utility download links can Read More …

ToolTip: Fiddler HTTP Debugging Proxy

During an Application Compatibility webcast I attended recently the presenter mentioned the Fiddler Tool. There are many network traffic monitoring Tools out there, but if you are just after capturing HTTP traffic, this one should get your attention. Fiddler is a Web Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP(S) traffic between your computer and the Internet. Fiddler allows you to inspect all HTTP(S) traffic, set breakpoints, and "fiddle" with incoming or outgoing data Fiddler is FREE Read More …

VMWare Workstation 7 – New Pause Feature

As I wrote in my earlier post this month, VMWare published a Release Candidate for VMWare Workstation 7. One of the most interesting new features (to me) is the Pause feature that is described as following: The pause feature causes a virtual machine to cease operation temporarily, without powering off or suspending. Use the pause feature when a virtual machine is engaged in an lengthy, processor-intensive activity that prevents you from using your computer to Read More …

Windows 7 secrets

Tim Sneath has written a must read article on his blog called “the bumper list of Windows 7 secrets“.  The article describes many new handy features included within Windows 7. I take the freedom of copying one Secret into this post as it works well on Windows Vista too, and is really a must know for those that often use the command prompt. Command Junkies Only. One of the most popular power toys in Windows XP Read More …