Windows XP, 7, 8 Tips

Windows 8/8.1 Moving Icons

Lately I was really annoyed from my moving icons – after every login all of my icons were moving left – it turns out that the solution is easy – untick “Align Icons To Grid” and “Auto Arange Icons” (right click o nthe desktop –>View), that’s it, done 🙂

Windows 10 Technical Preview

Installation finished – it was pretty fast, less than 10 minutes on top of my home Hyper-v to the desktop, let’s check the user experience.
VM Specs are pretty standard – in the wizard I selected Generation 2 machine, gave it 2gb of RAM and 60 gb of HDD. To be honest I was impressed that 18 hours after the installation finished Windows 10 expaned on 9.2GB only and didn’t had a single glitch yet.


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Check program/app ports

To check which ports are used by an app/program go to Task Manager, find the needed one and note its PID. Then Open a command prompt and type: netstat -ano | findstr xxxx (where “xxxx” is PID number)

External HDD Access Denied Windows 8.1

When pissed off by my own external hdd asking for administrator approval every time when I move fielks around i did this: takeown /F “Complete path of the file location”: icacls “Complete path of the file location”: /grant “ComputerName”\”UserName”:F It helped. Somehow 🙂

Set Ip Server 2012 PowerShell

To set a static IP address In Windows PowerShell, run Get-NetIPInterface. Make a note of the number shown in the IfIndex column of the output for your IP interface or the InterfaceDescription string. If your computer has more than one network adapter, make a note of the number or string corresponding to the interface for which you wish to set a static IP address. In Windows PowerShell, run New-NetIPAddress –InterfaceIndex 12 –IPAddress - –PrefixLength 24 –DefaultGateway - Where: InterfaceIndex is the value of IfIndex from Step 2 (in this example, 12) IPAddress is the static IP address you intend to set (in this example, PrefixLength is the prefix length (another form of subnet mask)… Read More »Set Ip Server 2012 PowerShell


I was digging a blue screen minidump today and received weird “symbols not correct!” error. c:\program files\debugging tools for windows> dumpchk -y srv*c:\websymbols* c:\windows\minidump\mmddyy-nn.dmp The command above is downloading correct symbols directly from Microsoft and downloads them in c:\websymbols more on this tomorrow…

Skype advertisments

If you like me are annoyed from the Skype advertisements during calls just add the following line in your hosts file

Check is Program/Outlook/ running

If for whatever reason you want to check is specific program run in Windows and start it if not, check the attached file, it is made for Outlook /can be adapted to any program / and set a schedule to run .bat file check outlook.bat