Command Line Here

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To open a command prompt anywere you like, use one of the following registry files.

1. cmdprompt-rightclick.reg ################################

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

;Show 'open command window here' on right-click without having to press shift
;Context-menu for folders
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\cmd]
"Extended"=-
;Context-menu for drives
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\cmd]
"Extended"=-
;For context-menu when you right-click in the empty/blank space within a folder
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\cmd]
"Extended"=-

2. cmdprompt-rightclick-admin.reg ##########################

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas]
@="Open Command Window Here (Administrator)"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas\command]
@="cmd.exe /s /k pushd \"%V\""

 ####################################################################

Once installed you will find “Open Command Prompt Here” when you Right Click a Folder.

Windows 7 Classic Logon Prompt

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Do you wish a professional looking windows logon prompt, perhaps close to the one found in Windows XP?

Besides the cosmetic change this can greatly improve the system security given that not all the accounts that have been created on the computer are displayed., both the username and the password are required to log on. You can also configure windows to require CTRL+ALT+DEL everytime a user wants to log on this ensures that users are communicating by means of a trusted path when entering their passwords.

If you are ready to improve your security follow the guide:

1. Windows Key + R type secpol.msc then press Enter. This will open the Local Security Policy editor.
2. Navigate to Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options.

3. Double-Click on “Interactive logon: Do not display last username”, Enable the option and click Apply.
4. Double-click on “Interactive logon: Do not require CTRL + ALT + DEL”, Disable the option and click Apply

DONE ☺

Links: http://www.winvistaclub.com/t47.html

 

No system, no install media cd, now what?

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Recently my system got a problem and windows was not bootable.

I decided to reinstall the laptop however the installation media was in an uncertain location. My first move was to search in whatever place came into my mind. When i got resignated, i remembered that the product key was sticked in the laptop so there must be a official digital download link to get the media, right?

The direct links for windows 7 Professional (the version that i was looking for) were found in another blog (www.mydigitallife.info),  unfortunately the ISO images were only available in en-US and the key was for the pt-pt version.

Windows 7 ISO Direct Download Links
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*32-bit Windows 7 Ultimate x86 ISO*
Amazon.com: http://174.129.85.117/data/Windows7Ultimate32bit.iso
*64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ISO*
Amazon.com: http://174.129.85.117/data/Windows7Ultimate64bit.iso
*32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium x86 ISO*
Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65732/X15-65732.iso
*64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium x64 ISO*
Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65733/X15-65733.iso
*32-bit Windows 7 Professional x86 ISO*
Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65804/X15-65804.iso
*64-bit Windows 7 Professional x64 ISO*
Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65805/X15-65805.iso

Nevertheless i decided to proceed with the ISO installation, the key wasn’t valid as expected. To recapitulate, we got a working system in trial period.
For the key to be accepted we needed to install the Portuguese (Portugal) MUI language pack and make it active.

Individual languages come in the form of an executable and can be downloaded from the official windows update site (download.windowsupdate.com), once extracted we get an lp.cab file (that’s exactly what we are looking for). Alternatively we can get an ISO from MSDN that comes with all the available languages “Microsoft Windows 7 Language Pack (English)”.

To install the pt-pt language follow the steps:

1. Open a command line with Administrator Rights
2. Write DISM /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:d:\lp.cab


Where d:\lp.cab is the path for the desired language

3. Install the language pack, write bcdedit /set {current} locale pt-pt

4. Two steps left… bcdboot %WinDir% /l pt-pt, press Enter
5. Open the Registry Editor (Windows+R) type “regedit” and click OK.
Find the registry branch HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\MUI\UILanguages
Remove the language that is no longer needed (en-US).

RESTART THE COMPUTER, ENTER THE PRODUCT KEY AND ENJOY

Links: http://www.mydigitallife.info/windows-7-iso-x86-and-x64-official-direct-download-links-ultimate-professional-and-home-premium/

What to do when you miss the “Show Desktop Icon”

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If your “Show Desktop Icon” on the Quick Launch toolbar disappeared follow the steps given below:

  1. Click Start, click Run, type notepad in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. Carefully copy/paste the following text into the Notepad window:
    [Shell]
    Command=2
    IconFile=explorer.exe,3
    [Taskbar]
    Command=ToggleDesktop
  3. On the File menu, click Save As, and then save the file to your desktop as “Show desktop.scf”. The Show desktop icon is created on your desktop.
  4. Click and then drag the Show desktop icon to your Quick Launch toolbar.

Links: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/190355

Backups with mushroom flavour + Portable

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Wouldn’t be cool if your backup media stores not only your data but also your favorite backup software? In this tutorial we’ll see how to install Cobian Backup on a portable disk or usb flash drive.

1. First of all get the setup from the official site

2. Double-click “cbSetup.exe” and follow the setup screens. Create a folder in your portable media and name it “Cobian” for example

3. Uncheck all the boxes and point to the previously created folder. Click Next

4. Choose “Application (no Auto-Start)” (remember that our main objective is to have a computer-independent installation). Proceed

5. The program starts once the setup finishes, close it. Now the tricky part… all the settings including the backup profiles are stored in a file called MainList.lst, this file is located in the “DB” directory right in the installation folder. This works great as long as your portable hard disk or usb flash drive maintains the drive letter but, as you know, the mapping is a little bit unpredictable.  So we could change the setting’s absolute path by a relative one, to do so open “cbEngine.ini” which is located inside the “Settings” folder

6.Change the highlighted path to “DB\MainList.lst” and you have a portable version of Cobian Backup

Backups with mushroom flavour

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Making backups is a pain especially if you organize your data as a kid organizes his bedroom closet… you know what i mean!

One strategy could be the use of a batch file to copy the folders you specified, however most of the time this option lacks the flexibility and robustness needed. Fortunately there are plenty of programs to get the job done but, most of them are either paid or use a proprietary file format to save the data.

That’s what makes Cobian Backup from Luis Cobian quite a finding, it is highly flexible and customizable, saves your data in a well know format and last but not least it is free. Try it yourself and afterwards, if you also came to the conclusion that the program is awesome, remember to donate.

P.S. The application’s icon is a mushroom, that explains the title

How to create a Multiboot USB Drive? + Norton Ghost

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YUMI makes the creation of multiboot usb drives a piece of cake however if you were like me a crucial weapon in your IT arsenal is missing… Yes i’m talking about Norton Ghost!

To prepare Norton Ghost Rescue Image follow the steps bellow, for further details please refer to the original post.

You will need Norton Ghost 15 and Symantec Recovery Disk ISO image which can be found HERE.

1. After the download is finished, extract the image to a folder, by default the name of the folder will be the same as the name of the ISO image (NGH1501_AllWin_English_SrdOnly).

2. Start Norton Ghost and open the tab Tools then click Create Custom Recovery Disk CD.

3. Follow the screens till the program asks for the Source Location “Specify the media location to an existing Symantec Recovery Disk”, in this step you should point to the folder where you have extracted the Symantec Recovery Disk ISO (NGH1501_AllWin_English_SrdOnly). Hit next.

4. Choose to save an ISO file, by default the name will be SymantecSrd.iso

5. In the next screens you may add any drivers you want, customize your time zone, change the keyboard layout and configure your networks settings. Besides that you should provide a valid key so all features on the CD will be available.

6. Once you have filled all the previous details a summary screen will appear. After you confirm it will be a matter of time till the iso is ready.

7. Now that the image is created we should add it to YUMI to do so, select the drive letter, scroll down to the option “Try an Unlisted ISO” and click Browse. Open SymantecSrd.iso click Create to finish.

8. Now that the USB drive is ready fire up Virtual Box or reboot your pc to test it. If everything goes as expected you should get a screen that resembles the following one.

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