Defragment Boot Files on Windows 7

Apart from the usual file defragmentation on Windows 7, there is another undocumented function that rearranges boot files to grant faster access on them, resulting in shorter boot times. The usual boot options can be viewed by entering defrag -? into a command line window (this can be done in any command line window; to ... Read more

Customize Your Windows 7 Installation Disk with 7Customizer

7Customizer is a tool that, with the help of the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK), provides a nice graphical user interface for customizing your Windows 7 installation disk. To start, insert your disk into the disk drive and copy all of its contents to a folder on your hard drive (this should not contain any ... Read more

Use Double-Quotes in Quoted Expressions with ASCII Codes in Windows Powershell

While scripting, you may encouter the problem that you have an expression that uses double-quotes as tags and therefore cannot use any double-quotes inside these tags. You can circumvent this problem by using ASCII codes to add certain keys. This is done by tagging out, joining with ASCII code and joining with the tagged expression ... Read more

Disable Automatic Window Arrangement (Aero Snap, Windows 7)

The window arrangement feature in Windows 7 (the one that maximises windows to full- or half-screen when you drag them to the screen's border) might appeal to many users, I however find it rather annoying than helpful. Therefore I will show an option here that enables you to turn window arrangement off. Open the Windows ... Read more

Disable Updates on Shutdown in Windows

To disable Windows from installing updates when you were about to shut down your computer and have some tea there are two options available in your Local Group Policy Editor. Access it by entering gpedit.msc into a Run... prompt. On the left side you will have a large directory listing where you have to browse ... Read more

Disable “Send to” Option on Windows

When you right-click any object on a Windows system, there is the option Send to which is able to literally send objects to other computers by automatically opening a new mail and attaching the chosen file as attachment, process them with other programs selectable from a list, or just moving the file to a different ... Read more

How to change the update frequency in Microsoft security essentials

Microsoft security essentials is the free antivirus software from Microsoft for Windows 7. Unlike other antivirus tools which update their signatures every few hours, Microsoft security essentials is updating its antivirus signature database only once in 24 hours. But the update frequency can be changed in the Windows regestry and the following tutorial will show ... Read more

How to get a list of all open ports on Windows 7, Vista and XP?

There is a small freeware Utility called CurrPorts from Nirsoft that displays all open ports on windows. Download CurrPorts to your computer: 32Bit version: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports.zip 64Bit version: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/cports-x64.zip Unpack the .zip file and double click on the file cports.exe to start CurrPorts. The application will show you a list of all open ports and offers ... Read more