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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #45 on: February 17, 2017, 01:23:32 PM »

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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #46 on: June 11, 2017, 08:38:19 PM »
The Run box is an excellent way to reach many of the tools built into Windows.
To open it, simply use the Windows Key and the R key:





Tool Shortcut   Name   Description
calc   Calculator   Launches the Calculator
charmap   Character Map   Loads the Character Map which enables you to browse and copy characters.
cleanmgr   Disk Cleanup   Starts Disk Cleanup to remove temporary and no longer needed files from the Windows machine
cmd   Command Prompt   Loads the Command Prompt window to work on the command line.
colorcpl   Color Management   Manage displays and color profiles.
control   Control Panel   Loads the Windows Control Panel
credwiz   Stored User Names and Passwords   Back up or restore your stored user names and passwords
dcomcnfg   Component Services   Loads the Component Services management interface.
defrag   Defragment and optimize drives   
dfrgui   Optimize Drives   List connected drives, optimization status, and option to analyze or optimize manually.
dialer   Phone Dialer   Phone Dialer interface to call someone
dpiscaling   DPI Scaling   Opens the DPI preferences.
dxdiag   DirectX Diagnostic Tool   Run diagnostics on the system’s DirectX capabilities.
eudcedit   Private Character Editor   Create letters or logos for your font library.
eventvwr   Event Viewer   Opens the Windows Event Viewer.
fonts   Fonts   Opens the Fonts folder
iexpress   Iexpress Wizard   Create self-extracting and/or self-installing package
fsquirt   Bluetooth File Transfer   Program to send or receive files using Bluetooth
iexplore   Internet Explorer   Starts the Internet Explorer web browser/td>
lpksetup   Install or uninstall display languages   Lets you install or uninstall display languages on Windows
magnify   Magnifier   Opens the Accessibility tool Magnifier
mblctr   Windows Mobility Center   Control brightness, volume, power and screen on mobile devices
mdsched   Windows Memory Diagnostics   Run tests to find out if memory problems exist
migwiz      Opens Windows\System32\migwiz
mmc   Microsoft Management Console   Opens the Microsoft Management Console interface
mobsync   Sync Center   Loads the Sync Center Control Panel applet
mrt   Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool   Loads the Malicious Software Removal Tool to remove viruses and other dangerous files.
msconfig   System Configuration   Configure startup and boot, and services.
msdt   Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool   Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool
msinfo32   System Information   Displays information on system hardware, and software.
mspaint   Microsoft Paint   Loads the image viewer and editor
msra   Windows Remote Assistance   Offer or receive remote assistance
mstsc   Remote Desktop Connection   Connect to a remote desktop
netplwiz   User Accounts   Manage Windows users acocunts
notepad   Notepad   Opens the text editor
optionalfeatures   Windows Features   Loads Windows Features to turn features on or off.
osk   On-Screen Keyboard   Displays the on-screen keyboard for input
perfmon   Performance Monitor   Loads the Performance Monitor to manage system performance
prefetch   Prefetch Folder   Opens Windows\Prefetch
printbrmui   Printer Migration   Import Printer queues and drivers to a file, or export the data.
presentationsettings   Presentation Settings   Opens Presentation Settings (mobile only)
rasphone   Remote Access Phone Book   Remote Access Phone Book
regedit   Registry Editor   Launches the Windows Registry Editor
rekeywiz   Encrypting File System   Manage file encryption certificates
rstrui   System Restore   Restore system files and settings
shrpubw   Create a shared folder wizard   Wizard to create new shared folders
sigverif   File Signature Verification   Check and configure file signature verification
slui   Windows Activation   Change product key
sndvol   Volume Mixer   Manager volumes for individual apps and globally
snippingtool   Snipping Tool   Capture screenshots
Systempropertiesadvanced   System Properties   Displays the Advanced tab of the System Properties
Systempropertiescomputername   System Properties   Displays the Computer Name tab of System Properties
Systempropertieshardware   System Properties   Loads the Hardware tab of the System Properties
Systempropertiesperformance   Performance options   Tweak performance related settings.
Systempropertiesprotection   System Properties   Loads the System Protection tab of System Properties
Systempropertiesremote   System Properties   Loads the Remote tab of System Properties
syskey   Securing the Windows Account Database   Configure Accounts database to enable additional encryption
system.ini   system.ini   Loads the file system.ini
tabcal   Digitizer Calibration Tool   Calibrate digitizers
taskmgr   Task Manager   Loads the Windows Task Manager interface
telnet   Telnet   Telnet interface
utilman   Accessibility   Opens Accessibility options
verifier   Driver Verifier Manager   Verify installed drivers
wab      Opens the contacts folder of the signed in user
wabmig   Import to Windows Contacts   Import files with contact information to Windows Contacts
wiaacmgr   Windows Scan   Loads the scan interface if a scanner is installed
win.ini   win.ini   Loads the file win.ini
winver   Windows Version   Displays Windows version information
wmplayer   Windows Media Player   Loads the multimedia player
write   WordPad   Loads the WordPad editor


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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #47 on: June 11, 2017, 08:56:56 PM »

The tools in the Microsoft Management Console can also be reached easily via the Run box.






Msc File            Console                             Description
azman.msc   Authorization Manager   Manage Authorization Stores
certlm.msc   Certificates Local Computer   Loads the list of certificates of the local computer.
certmgr.msc   Certificates   Loads the list of certificates of the user
comexp.msc   Component Services   Loads Component Services, Event Viewer, and Services.
compmgmt.msc   Computer Management   Includes System Tools
                                        (Task Scheduler, Event Viewer, Shared Folders, Local Users and Groups,
                                        Performance and Device Manager), Storage (Disk Management), 
                                        and Services and Applications (Services and WMI Control)
devmgmt.msc   Device Manager   Opens the Device Manager to manage hardware and devices.
devmoderunasuserconfig.msc     
diskmgmt.msc   Disk Management   Opens Disk Management to administrate connected storage devices.
eventvwr.msc   Event Viewer   Opens the Event Viewer which displays operating system, software, and hardware events.
fsmgmt.msc   Shared Folders   Loads the list of shared folders, sessions, and open files
gpedit.msc   Group Policy Editor   Loads the Group Policy Editor to manage system policies
lusrmgr.msc   Local Users and Groups   Interface to manage local users and user groups.
perfmon.msc   Performance Monitor   Loads the Windows Performance Monitor
printmanagement.msc   Print Management   Manage printers.
rsop.msc   Resultant Set of Policies   List policies, full results only available through command line tool gpresult
secpol.msc   Local Security Policy   Loads policies such as account policies, public key policies, or advanced audit policy configuration

services.msc   Services Manager   Loads the list of installed services to manage them.
taskschd.msc   Task Scheduler   Loads the Task Scheduler to manage tasks
tpm.msc   Trusted Platform Module Management   Manage the TPM on the local device.
wf.msc   Windows Firewall   Starts Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.
wmimgmt.msc   WMI Management   Configure and Control the Windows Management Instrumentation Service.
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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #48 on: June 12, 2017, 07:13:12 PM »
alt key tips and codes

Beginner help http://fsymbols.com/keyboard/windows/alt-codes/laptop/

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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #49 on: June 13, 2017, 05:50:22 PM »
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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #50 on: October 21, 2017, 05:39:19 PM »

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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #51 on: March 17, 2018, 11:38:29 PM »

Use DISM if SFC /Scannow fails to correct the issues.
Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM)
Use this on computers running Window 7 and newer only.
Must be run in Elevated Command Prompt (Command Prompt (Admin))

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
(Checks Image health) Makes no changes. Very quick.


Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
(Scans Image Health) Makes no Changes. This takes a while.


Run the following only after you've confirmed existence of a problem and,
after you've created a reliable backup.

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
(Fixes (Restores) Image health)

Log File Locations Discussed can be found here:
C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.logC:\Windows\Logs\DISM\dism.log
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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #52 on: May 10, 2018, 05:44:05 PM »
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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #55 on: December 20, 2018, 04:09:24 PM »
When you need more information that just this:


It's time to issue the following Run Command:


You can even create a shortcut on your desktop or, in your Utilities Folder



Here's the end result:







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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #56 on: December 28, 2018, 04:12:29 PM »
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Re: Tips Tricks and Other Helpful Advice
« Reply #57 on: January 19, 2019, 01:27:29 PM »
A new Folder on my Desktop

Once opened, here are all the Goodies inside.

To create your own, simply follow this.
Right click on an empty spot on your desktop and select the following:


Type the following into the next prompt:
%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools


As soon as you select Next, this will open:

The name will already be filled in. (You can change it to your choice.)
Next select Finish and the new folder will now appear on your Desktop.

You can arrange how these tools are displayed. By default the display is Detail but,
you can select your favorite,


I personally selected Large icons.
Enjoy!




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