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Force Windows to check for updates

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admin on November 9th 2009 in Windows, Windows Server

Central File Storage and Access it from Iphone and different OS

Today I tested some tools which should make your life much easier. You know the pain when you work with different kind of Operating Systems (Linux, Mac OS, Windows) and you want to access your files from everywhere. Or it could be even on your smartphone device like iphone, blackberry etc. First of all there is dropbox which works pretty much like an remote folder. You can simply drag files into it and you have 2 GB server storage. Another one I tested and I like very much is evernote. You can even just select some text or picture in your browser and upload it to the server. It will be indexed and you can simply search for your files. There is even a OCR recognition for images. But to use this service you just have 50Mb storage per month and afterwards you need to pay for premium account.

Programs can found be here:

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admin on November 3rd 2009 in Internet, Linux, MAC, Windows

Copy Files in Windows Command Console

Most of the time you can use xcopy and for more advance copying you can get robocopy. It is free from Microsoft but a little bit different to use. You can find it in Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools. I personally like to use xxcopy. It contains the same flags as xcopy but has more advanced functions. About 160 different flags which you can set. It is free for personal or none commercial use.

You can download it here:

Example (Copy all new files and folders with the NTFS permissions on f:):
xxcopy *.* f: /H /E /R /X /D

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admin on October 28th 2009 in Windows

Create Hot Disk Images for Windows NT/2000/XP/2003

Today I want to introduce to you a great tool with which you can make disk images during the time your OS is running. It is just about 250 KB big and you don’t even need to install it. It’s a dream. It belongs to all administrators pocket.

The name of the program is snapshot and can be downloaded here:

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admin on October 28th 2009 in IT, Windows, Windows Server

Put Windows in Standby Mode from command console

Jus run this command:
rundll32 powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState

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admin on October 1st 2009 in Windows

GPO Commands you should know

gpupdate /force Forcing of refreshing the GPO Policy
gpresult /v Print out of GPO Policy
rsop.msc Showing the result of applied GPO in MMC
gpedit.msc Local Group Policy MMC

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admin on May 28th 2009 in Windows

Find out which process is using which port in Windows

I just installed xampp on my computer today and was not able to start apache. Usually this is the case when port 80 is already used. So how can I find out which process is the suspect?

Netstat will give you a complete list with which process is using which port. So just look up which one is using port 80 and remember the PID.

Replace “1056” with your pid number of course. In my case I found that the criminal was skype.

Skype blocks port 80

To remove skype listening on port 80 do following steps:

  1. Go to Tools\Options\Advanced\Connections
  2. Remove tick  “use port 80 and 443 as alternatives for incoming connections
  3. Restart Skype

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admin on February 3rd 2009 in Windows

Switch off Folder Auto-Detection in Explorer Windows Vista

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The folder auto-detection in Windows Vista drove me crazy. I like to have the details view for all folders as my default setting.

Important: Before you make any changes in the registry create a System Restore Point.

The following changes in the registry will fix the problem:


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admin on February 2nd 2009 in IT, Windows

Change File Association in Command Console

You need two commands to accomplish that.

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admin on January 28th 2009 in Windows

Useful Windows Shortcuts you should know

Windows Buttons
[ Windows Button ] + Pause System Properties
[ Windows Button ] + D Desktop
[ Windows Button ] + E Explorer
[ Windows Button ] + F Search File and Folders
[ Windows Button ] + R Run
Command Run [ Windows Button ]
compmgmt.msc /computer=<computernamme> Open Computer Management Console for another Computer
appwiz.cpl Add and Remove Programs
ncpa.cpl Network Settings
firewall.cpl Firewall Settings
mstsc Remote Desktop Console
services.msc Services Management Console
eventvwr.msc Event Viewer
sndvol32 Change Sound Volume
control Control Panel
winword Run Word
powerpoint Run Powerpoint
excel Run Excel
rsop.msc Applied Group Policy
In Explorer
New Folder in Vista Alt F W F

There are much more shortcuts but these are the ones I use a lot.

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admin on October 28th 2008 in General, Windows

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