How to automate the creation of Windows Eventlog Custom Views

In the past couple of days I have been working on measuring system boot performance and you are probably going to see some posts from me on that subject soon. Today I want to share with you how you can automate the creation of a Windows Eventlog custom view.   While running these boot performance tests I reinstalled Windows several times on different systems and each time I wanted to collect the boot performance data from Read More …

ToolTip: Attribute Changer

While writing a script that checks the number of days between now and when a particular folder is created I found this Windows Explorer extension called Attribute Changer. Very handy utility when you need to change the creation date of a file or folder to simulate an earlier or later date.  Attribute Changer can be downloaded from here

Tip: Remove Redundant Messages from Outlook 2010

The title says it all, if you’re suffering from too much e-mail Outlook 2010 provides a nice feature to get rid of redundant messages with just a few clicks. Before trying this out, I suggest you read this article so you understand what is happening here and if you have some time watch the demo here.

ToolTip: CBS Package Inspector

CBS Package Inspector (Package Inspector) is a GUI tool that allows you to open up a Component Based Servicing (CBS) package and view and examine its manifests. In simple words, with this utility you can open and view the content of Microsoft Security Update and QFE packages provided as MUS or a CAB file. This tool becomes handy when you need to take a closer look what files or registry settings an update applies.   The Read More …

ToolTip: Remote Desktop remote configurator (RDRemote)

I’ve found another useful utility called RDRemote. The RDRemote Utility allows to enable the Remote Desktop connections from a remote computer using WMI. RDRemote can be downloaded from here

ToolTip: Boxcutter – A Command line screenshot utility

Boxcutter is a simple command line-driven screenshot program for Microsoft Windows. Below you find a short script I wrote that will take a screenshot of the full screen every 20 seconds until 100 screenshots are saved. One usage scenario (I plan to use) is where you are running an OS installation within a Virtual Machine and want to take screenshots of the various stages of the installation without having to manually take a screenshot. You Read More …

Changing the Windows 7 Scheduled Defrag Task

As you probably know Windows 7 has a build-in scheduled task to run Defrag every Wednesday every week. One of my clients asked me to have the day changed from Wednesday to Thursday. Well,  hat I thought would be done in a few minutes ended up in a little journey, but finally I got it to work. As you can see from the below screenshot, by default Defrag is started every Wednesday every week. Windows Read More …

ToolTip: Webcam Diagnostics

Webcam Diagnostics is a simple assistant which gathers many system and webcam-related information in a single place. It makes it easy to identify driver installation problems or USB issues: red circles will signal serious issues and yellow triangles will signal minor issues. Right-click a reported issue to access the context menu and click the Fix menu (if available) so that the program attempts to fix the issue or shows you a possible way to fix Read More …

ToolTip: AmiProject–online MS Project Viewer

Today I received a project plan with the request to review it. Since I haven’t installed MS project yet on my new notebook that I just got last week, I replied that I would look at it as soon as I have installed MS Project. I thought I had a good excuse…… well it just took a few minutes until another colleague pointed me to AmiProject, an online viewer for MS Project files. AmiProject supports Read More …

ToolTip: HIDECALC – Hiding Drives in Windows

Want to make a drive disappear in Windows or prevent users from accessing it? then here’s the tool you need. HIDECALC allows you to define the drives to hide or prevent access to. HIDECALC does not apply the change on the system itself, but provides various options for exporting the settings into the following formats: Group Policy ADMX or ADM format Registry File Kix Script PowerShell Script So here’s how this works. Launch HIDECALC, Define Read More …