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

Uninstaller gone bad

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If a program is still displayed in the “Add or Remove Programs Tool” after removal open the registry:

  1. Windows Key + R type regedit then press Enter
  2. Open the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall and make a backup prior to do any changes
  3. Find the program that you wish to remove from the list (DisplayName key represents the name that is displayed on the tool)
  4. To remove it right click the node and then click delete

Links: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314481

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