ToolTip: System Sherlock Lite

Came across a nice FREE standalone utility called System Sherlock zetConsultants System Sherlock allows you to take snapshot of the file system and registry and compare the changes. You can run the GUI or command line version. The command line version can come in handy when you want to integrate a before/after snapshot into a script. The tools is easy to use. First define what you want to include into the snapshot and define Read More …

ToolTip: FindUninstallString

‘FindUninstallString’ is a utility program that searches through the Registry and displays a list of programs that have an uninstall command. It’s FREE and does not require installation. More details and download from here

ToolTip: Microsoft Download Manager

If you’re looking for a simple to use Download Manager, have a look at the Microsoft Download Manager. It does not have that many specialized features as many other download managers out there, but it’s a nice FREE and simple to use tool. You must install the software, but it only uses about 1.3 MB. The Microsoft Download Manager can be downloaded from here

How to remove the system reserved partition

Today I worked on something where I needed a Windows 8 client that does not have a system reserved partition. To avoid a fresh installation of Windows I decided to re-use one of my Virtual Machine templates and apply the process described below. I’m sure I’m not the first one that blogs about this but I’ve seen so many lengthy  and over-complicating descriptions (including instructions of loading the registry, use of 3rd party tools and Read More …

ToolTip: LightScreen (Screen Capture Utility)

Here’s yet another FREE screen capture utility I’ve come across. LightScreen allows you to capture the entire screen, just a Window or an area of the screen. LightScreen can be downloaded from here

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 …

ToolTip: .NET Framework Setup Verification Tool

This .NET Framework setup verification tool is designed to automatically perform a set of steps to verify the installation state of one or more versions of the .NET Framework on a computer.  It will verify the presence of files, directories, registry keys and values for the .NET Framework.  It will also verify that simple applications that use the .NET Framework can be run correctly. More details and download links can be found on Aaron Stebner’s Read More …

ToolTip: Move Mouse

Here’s a tool that has came in handy for me during the past 3 days, so let me share this one with you. Move Mouse is a simple application that generates mouse activity. You can either move the mouse pointer, click the left mouse button, send a keystroke, or any combination of the three. For more details and download  go to the Codeplex project page here.

How to prevent pending updates from installing when shutting down Windows

The meeting should have finished since 10 minutes but they keep on talking, you look at your watch and notice that you only have a few minutes until you need to leave the office so that you catch your train. Finally the call ended and you shutdown your machine, but then you get that message “Please do not power off or unplug your machine. Installing update 1 of 5”. Great, that train is probably going Read More …

ToolTip: Mouse Without Borders

If you’re using more than one computer on your desk I strongly recommend you look at the Mouse without borders utility that came out of a Microsoft Garage project this year. With Mouse without borders you can just use one mouse and keyboard to control up to 4 Windows clients. Furthermore you can drag and drop files from one screen to the other, take screen captures or just copy and paste text. Mouse without borders Read More …