McAfee Beta

This year before time is up download and install McAfee onto your computer. It's a great way to get a piece of the software for free while in Beta. Yeah it's still buggy, but at least your computer is protected.



Encrypted Chat

Anyone know can encrypt their chat messages so that information will no longer get out to the entire world. It's not a good ideas to be on the front page of TMZ, unless you want everyone to know your dirty laundry.



Torrenting under the radar

Don't want to be known that your always torrenting stuff. The best way to hide is to use a seedbox. You might have to pay maybe five bucks a month, but it's going to cost you if you don't want to get caught.

Other sites to check out are


Apps on Tv & Pc

Want to install your favorite applications on your personal computer or television. It's simple with the help of this software.



Canary Security

Security Alarm systems are changing dramatically. Now instead of hiring someone to monitor your house, you can do it yourself if it see that it's suitable and makes sense for you.
Technology is already out there for DYI consumers who want control and use of the devices they want in place. It's just a matter of picking the right product that works for you and your budget.
Canary is a great solution at an affordable price, see if it makes sense.



Free Antivirus Not

These free antivirus companies are not only giving their software to you for free, but sharing your habits to others and there is nothing you can do about it, because your using their freeware. If your concern that I suggest you stay away from Avast, AVG and Microsoft. Otherwise your information will be at risk.



Disposable Emails

Yes, I've mentioned this before and these links below will easily enable you to send unknown emails to others, for those individuals who you want them to know but can't tell them it's from you.

Guerrilla Mail


Conceal your IP

Browsing on the internet and want to not be noticed, then these sites below should help you easy go online below the radar.



Encrypted Mail

Yes you can encrypt mail these days and Hushmail still works. It's not cheap but if you are concern that all your mails are being monitored. This is the way to go with a premium price.




Want to hide your ip address for internet privacy and don't want google to remember or know your search habits. Here is a great way to search without tracking online.



Listen to Police Scanners

Not a favorite hobby of mine, but it will keep you entertain on what's going on every minute of the day. For those user's who need excitement in their lives.



Charge Android ASAP

Running out of battery life and need to charge your Android device ASAP so that you can continue doing what you do daily. Here are a few great tips to speed up that charge but you'll need to stay away from USB charging if you want to speed up the process even more.



Win 10 Reservation

Windows 10 reservation outcome. Here's the good and bad about reserving a copy of Windows 10. The good you get Microsoft next generation OS for free. The bad is that if you delay the installation, eventually you will be forced to do a Windows 10 upgrade. Besides forcing you to do an update you will stop getting all together Windows updates until you do this upgrade. Right now there is no on and off switch for the upgrade but we will see what eventually Microsoft will do to those reserve upgrades in the future.



Asus AI Charger

Want to charge your devices even faster. Here's a great way to charge your iPhone, iPad, iPods, Android phones and tablets the quick way. All that was needed was just a quick charging software.



Windows 10 Help

Already installed Windows 10 but recently are having on and off issues with the operating system. No big deal as long as you use the Windows 10 help support menu. It's another easier way to resolve your computer problems when the newsgroups and forums are no longer useful.



Opera Max

Want to watch Netflix and Youtube movies without the excessive data. For most user's they just hitch rides on WiFi networks so that they don't use all there data plans. Now it looks like there is some new help with Free Opera Max streaming your favorite movies.



Handy Job Hunting Tools

Looking for a job, then you understand that this is a full time job. But thanks to these helpful applications, job hunting can be made easier with the help of these great tools. Not only will it narrow your search but lead you to the nearest job qualifications you already have on your resume. Check it out and upgrade your career.



Blink for Home

New Blink is a better home monitor than most systems in the current market. It's package is yet to be finalized but they already have interesting products available. Like the cordless 1 year portable camera that can be mounted anywhere.




Now free advertising can be accomplished buy customers signing into your WiFi and you control what advertisements you want them to see. Take a look at HotSpot for a new generation of advertising.




After the recent Ashley Madison hack, special sites just blew up with new business. Now it's none of my business what you do with your social life, but if you want the truth, here is an easy way to get it all out on the open so that you can make your choices.



Cheap Hosting

Hosting a website doesn't have to be expensive. There are alternatives and choices one can make when you decide to open a website. Don't fall for have it all sites when your still undecided on what you want. Build your site to successful.



Windows 10 Download

If you haven't noticed lately, Microsoft Windows 10 has already arrived and for most user's it will be a free upgrade. Now the rest is really simple and it all depends on your computer manufacture to do the upgrade to Windows new OS.
But if you are confident enough to move forward with the upgrade here is what you need to do.




Take a look at the next world of ovens and how easily you can cook now with a little state of technology added to it. It's still very pricey, but hopefully supply and demand could change that to one day be realistic with today's prices.



Bondic liquid Plastic

This little handy device is a life saver for those users who do daily repairs and DYI projects. You don't know how many times you can easily break something that's plastic and wished that you can easily repair it like this. Still pricey for the refills but worth to keep it in mind.



Online Invoice Maker

Here's a different way to make invoices online and take your invoices to a new level. It's great if you always on the move and don't have time to be in the office and are on the road. It's the next generation for mobile office.



New Cartridgeless Printer

Looking for a printer that will give you more prints, use less ink and good for the money. You might want to look into these new Epson line of printers that are changing how we print. Instead of cartridges it uses ink bags and ink bottles.



Windows 10 Bandwidth Thief

Installed Windows 10 on your computer and curious what else Windows is doing when your not using it. Let's just say there stealing your bandwidth by passing on the Windows 10 updates to other people. This is how you disable this feature and let Microsoft figure out how they want to deliver the update to others.



Windows 10 Serial

Recently upgraded to Windows 10 and want to know where your serial is, just in case you ever need it again to install Windows 10 back to your computer.
Your going to have to use a visual script to get it and here's how you do it.


Script Below
Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
MsgBox ConvertToKey(WshShell.RegRead("HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DigitalProductId"))

Function ConvertToKey(Key)
Const KeyOffset = 52
i = 28
Cur = 0
x = 14
Cur = Cur * 256
Cur = Key(x + KeyOffset) + Cur
Key(x + KeyOffset) = (Cur \ 24) And 255
Cur = Cur Mod 24
x = x -1
Loop While x >= 0
i = i -1
KeyOutput = Mid(Chars, Cur + 1, 1) & KeyOutput
If (((29 - i) Mod 6) = 0) And (i <> -1) Then
i = i -1
KeyOutput = "-" & KeyOutput
End If
Loop While i >= 0
ConvertToKey = KeyOutput
End Function


Windows 10 Upgrade Info

Want to know if the Windows 10 Upgrade is free for you. No problem with this simple graph. Just answer these few question and the graph hopefully will give you a good answer.



Disable Windows Password Expiration

This is a handy tweak to remove the Windows password from resetting. You will have to have administrative rights and it's best when done using the command prompt. If everything is successful you will get a successful message in DOS after hitting enter. To be done for all user's on a computer that has a user password.


CMD prompt code:
wmic path Win32_UserAccount where Name='username' set PasswordExpires=false


Wifi Advertising

Advertising is taking a new direction now with free Public WiFi. You customers not only get free WiFi at your location, but your able to offer specials and deals to them. It's new and different way to advertise and so that other people remember your name and services.
Check it out and take advertisement to a new level. You never know what you can get in the long run with the Smart WiFi.



Windows 10 ISO

If you recently upgraded to Windows 10, it maybe a good time to download the ISO so that in case you ever need to reinstall Windows again. It's easily available.


Free CRM

Running a small business and looking for a free CRM software to enable your business to grow profitable. This CRM software is only 20 mb big and easy to use. It's the start of getting your business together.



Clean Win 10 Install

Want to do a clean install of Windows 10 after upgrading. No problem as long as you activate your product with these easy steps. In just a few clicks you can now do a fresh install of Windows 10 without upgrading.



Win 10 Rollback

Just in case you decide to upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft has a thirty day secret for users who try to rollback. In which they will be not. So before you decide to upgrade to Windows 10. Start counting the days, otherwise you'll have to wait for the next security fix to resolve your problems.



Scary Hack

Looks like this hacker showed everyone how easy it is to open your garage door your car with some creativity.
It's no secret that for a while hackers have been coming up with ideas and tricks to get your secret codes and it's not their fault that the company who made these great products don't easily from time to time update their software. Because in the long run, everything is hackable.



Drone Rescue

Ever wanted to know what to do if you lost a drone and how to rescue it with another drone. It's simple and very creative. I don't think this will work for ever situation. But with every down drone, there is always a rescue attempt and I must say this was a very successful rescue.



Heimdal Security

Looking for a security software to help you fight malware along with your antivirus program. Look no further Heimdal is here to save the day.
It's a simple handy software to help your fight against malicious programs on the web.



Verizon Early ThanksGiving

Looks like Verizon this holiday is competing against it's rivals by offering existing customers more data for free, so they say so. There is nothing on the internet or it's website that it's free, but label it as a promotion. Only time will tell to see what their intentions are, but in the meantime if your a risk taker go for it and after the promotion you can always challenge their pricing against it's competitors and see what they will do for you. It's still a great treat regardless.



Epson Cartridge Killer

Looks like the cartridge has been killed. Epson new printer will be cartridge free and be a money saver for color printing. Not only did they eliminate the cartridge, but they gave you a money saving printer.



Microsoft Phone Scam

Getting calls from Microsoft and don't know what to do? It's a simple answer to the Microsoft scam that's occurring daily, just file a claim with the FTC and let the authorities do the rest.



Virtual Desktops

Enjoy the virtual desktops in Windows and wished that you could have it with your old OS. No problem with the help from these links below.

Virtual Dimension



Wanna give a friend or a loved one a gift card. Here's a new way to give out gift cards via mobile phone. This will definitely change gift cards and how user's use them daily. Great way not to loose something that is meaningful and useful.



Malwarebytes Improvements

Malwarebytes is getting better every day and from time to time it goes through release changes. Here are some release changes and the improvements that they are making. Malwarebytes is currently the top malware software in the market that was always ahead of the others. Check it and and give it a try.



Change DNS settings

Want to change your DNS settings but wish you can find a quicker way to do this. Here a great software to save you time during the change over. It's fast, quick and simple to use.




Installing Android on a Windows computer is not hard to do. All you have to do is install APK and be able to use your favorite software on your computer. Now you can use all your favorite Android applications everyday.



Iperius Backup

Looking for a home backup or business solution. This is a great start with premium editions for advanced backups. It's a beginners solution for backing up the way you prefer to backup.



Smartphone Cooling

Have a smartphone, then he's a cool item automakers are now doing. They are making a smartphone area in which when you lay down  your smartphone, not only will it be charging, but cooling as well. This will keep the smartphone from getting hot because of recent use while talking, streaming, or browsing.
Car makers are getting concern on what uses your smartphone bring to drivers that they are now developing solutions for the everyday problem. So now be ready to except more smartphone add-on's.



Remote Power Strip

Want to easily reboot and power cycle up and down any device. This power surge is what you've been missing.  Great for easily remote administration.



Malwarebytes Upgrades

Malwarebytes recently upgraded its software and it looks like it's for the better. Not only will it fight everyday malware but search for new malware installers. The dual software is going to strengthen it's dominance in the malware world. Good going Malwarebytes.

Junk Removal Tool


Hosted DNS

Want to host more than one website on a domain. No big deal as long as you have the right hosting company to consolidate all your domains in one. It's simple, practical and very affordable.



Lenovo Pc Stick

Looks like Windows is getting easier to deploy with it's new portable device. Not only will it be easy to carry with you. But it's going to change on how computers look today.



Car Rental No No

Recently rented a car for a few days. Make sure your follow these tricks to insure that your recent phone number has been deleted from the bluetooth settings. If not you can definitely have some identity theft problems in the future.



Best 64bit Software

Have a 64bit computer but lack some great useful software. No problem as long as you have time to check out these great programs for 64bit computers. There's no limit for the new 64bit.




Tired of seeing people park the way they want to park and not have any courtesy to others. This new site shames the drivers who are not following the rules and alerts the authorities and towing companies to hopefully do something in retaliation.



Windows 10 Not Free

If your still upset with Microsoft free Windows 10 giveaway forget it. If you read the fine print you'll see that it's not what it seems to be. In other words what user's of Windows 7 or 8 user's are going to get is a pre-release build of Windows 10. In other words it's an uncomplete version of Windows. Go figure on the freebie.




Looking for a remote solution to turn on your appliances or lights when your not at home. One product that is making this happen is Ankuoo and if you use it wisely it can change and make things simpler to do in your household.



Burn Dvd's and BlueRay

Want to save your favorite movie's onto your computer. If your a serious collector, you might want to do this so that you can treasure your collection forever.



Best Nail Polish

This nail polish company is willing to give user's new nail polish before it comes out, so that they can get feedback. It's a great way to get nail polish before it comes out and if your lucky to even work for the company.



Install Linux on Chromebook

Missing Chromebook's laptop options and wished you could have it. No big deal as long as your willing to tweak it with Crouton and install Linux OS to get your Windows feeling of a laptop. If all is done correctly your computer will not only have the Chrome OS but Linux

Linux OS
Enable Developer Mode


Chromebook Recovery

Have a Chromebook and want to make a recovery disk just in case. Your just going to need a flashdrive with at least 2 gig of space. And the reason for this is because Chrome is mostly cloud based and your data is safe on Google's servers.
So just plug in the USB to Chromebook then click on imageburner in the chrome browser to backup your Chromebook. 


Recovery Image


No Beats

Ever wonder if those Beats headphone's that your buying is worth the extra bucks. Here's an interesting article telling you things are not what they seem to be. Lucky for us we just made it to the next good beat.



Seagate Home Network

Besides wireless streaming Seagate also has a home cloud personal storage and even though the service has a no fee storage service, it's setup feature is confusing and needs to be done better and easier. It takes a while to set your wireless device up. But if your looking for personal no fee storage, look no more. Hurry, because there's no limit on how long this service is going to last.



Driver Alcohol Detection

Looks like technology is evolving for drunk drivers. Now with a new smart car, the chances that you'll be able to drive your car when your drunk will have it's restrictions.



Find Software Serial

Looking for software serials, no problem as long as you know how to use Google and what what to tell the search engine what you want it to do. Here are some tips with lots of luck.


Software Name 94FBR



Want to share files without cloud storage. Here is a great site to do it with a maximum of a 100 gig. Very cool, fast and interesting way to share files.




Remote support is getting easier and simple do to. Join.me has been around for a while and it's just keeps on getting easier and better to do. If your looking for a low cost, easy to use remote desktop service. Take a look at Join.me. It's features are so simple that it doesn't take a rocket scientist that long to use it.



Google Photo Tips

Already using Google photo's but haven't checked out it's new features. You will be surprised on what you can do with a little pinch and how easily you can go in and out of your current photo albums. It's a great new way to view all your pictures with less energy.



Seagate Wifi

Seagate has recently launched it's wireless wifi service and even though it still does not come with a power outlet. It's still in it's works to connected all devices together via cloud.
The drive space is way to small but it's good to know that they are moving in the right direction for streaming.



SourceForge No No

It looks like our friends at SourceForge are doing a no no when it comes to user's who are downloading hard to get software or open source software. Not only are they tampering with the current software that left there by developers to download, they are installing ads and malware into it. In my opinion I would just move and find a more trust worthy site.



Chromebook Death for Antivirus

Chromebook is changing the way we use computers and if people can easily adapt to Chromes new model you can see a new generation of computers and new ways to deploy software's on these new computers. I believe that in order to combat virus and malware infected computers is to adapt with new technology changes so that we are once step ahead of everyone else.



N able RMM Solution

I recently was able to review N able a RMM solution and this my overall decision with the software. The software is work in progress. Which means it works for some applications but there still a lot of work to do before I can ever get this software to work the way it was intended to be used.
Installation ran smoothly besides having to install some Net framework on some computers. As for running certain tasks it works great but takes some time to initiate. Still N able was better than other RMM software that I have already tried in the market. My only problem was remote desktop and configuring the software to work correctly because it was not configured correctly. Now it nice to see that there are many ways to correct this but you have to be a wizard to finish setting up all the settings. It has a lot to offer but some of the simple things just don't work correctly. Like remote control. I tried it on various days in different areas to see if it was my network or availability problems. The end result is that it's still trying to connect.  And doesn't matter how many times I try to re-configure the application. I keep on getting the same errors. This is where support comes in. Or let's just say support what? So with this I went online and did reviews with the software and didn't like what I discovered. Apparently I am not the only one having the same problems and as for the company goes, I will have to pass for now until there software gets better and support and pricing are clear on what they offer.



Network Detective

Here's a nice freeware from EMC to monitor traffic for fun or to narrow down your bandwidth eaters. It's a great software for professionals. So if your looking for a DYI project, here you go.



Rental Car Spying

Beware of new rental cars spying on your driving habits and even watching their drivers. They new spyware is disturbing for car renters but the rental companies are justifying their uses. So not only will you be watched every time your drive but also confirm that you are following your rental agreement.



Apple iMessage App

Recently Apple iMessage App was hacked. If you get a text message with certain characters your application will crash or better yet if your phone is locked, your phone can reboot.
This new hack is the beginning of new cell phone malware and if your not careful, your going to be the next victim.



Fooled the Web

Want to be able to view content that's not accessible to you. Just because you think you live in a free country does not necessary mean that all the content you see is not screened or blocked by others.
The best way to be able to see content free where ever you go is by using a proxy. Here's more information below on how to do it and it's simple.




Have an infected USB drive that contains virus, malware, etc. Don't worry you can still re-use the drive but your going to have to use this software to remove those nasty bugs from it before you can use it again.



Pc Inspector

Here's some great file recovery software to retrieve your data. It's a great utility to use especially when it's a freeware.



Great Marketing Excel Templates

Want to simplify your marketing world, then check out these simple templates to make things easier. I was surprised to see how simple and easy they can be used.



Copy files faster

Windows 8 has it's file transfer improvements but it can be better and with this comes copy handler which boots the file transfer copying even faster. You will not be disappointed.



Disposable Emails

They been around for a while and it's a great place to goto when you don't want your email to be cluttered with junk mail. The next time your forced to signup on a website check out these disposable email service to keep your mail spam free.



Desktop Order

Here's is another software that mimic's an old favorite of mine that's now become a premium software. Nimi places lets you easily organize your folders and software's in groups, making it easier for user's to keep everything in order.



Customize your Desktop

Want something new on your computer desktop, you might want to take a look into Rainmeter and take your desktop to a new level where you can get more and make things easier to do.



Windows Library Search

Tired of taking forever to find your files on your computer. Check out this simple software to find and search your computer files with just a few clicks.



New Media Player

Upset that Microsoft removed it's media player on it's new OS. Not to worry once you installed Kodi along with  PVR so that you can watch and record your shows whenever you choose.



Windows Codecs

Tired of Windows not recognizing your video software. Try installing Windows codecs and end the ruthless video format not found problem on your computer. Not all software's are created equal.



Office Alternative

Looking for an Office alternative but love the ribbons of your current Office suite. Check out a software called Kingsoft Office and stop paying for premium office suites.



Specialized Email

Looking for specialized email service. Check out these great software's to take your email where it should be. Which is good and simple to use.



Great Extensions

Here are some great browser extensions and if  you use them correctly, they will help you better browse and keep you identity safe. Most of these links are for chrome, but you can easily find these links for Firefox as well. Enjoy

Adblock Plus
MyPermission Cleaner


$9- PC

Yes, it looks like this kickstart company is on it's way to make a portable computer than can go where ever anyone can imagine. For a few bucks you can get your portable computer and hopefully be one of the first to make computing portable. It's a neat, inexpensive product with lots of plans and ideas to go from. Take the pledge and make this great dream come reality. Is it about time?




Track anything anywhere around the world and don't worry about battery life for up to three years. Great neat device to keep track of your valuables where ever you go, so that you know where it's at all the time.



Receipt Scanning

Want to make is simple to scan your receipts check out these neat receipt software's and keep a track of your expenses with your business during tax time.

Cam Scanner


DVR Reality

This DVR software it's going to change how we watch and record our favorite shows. It not only is a new technological breakthrough but a new way to watch your favorite programs and movies. It's the beginning of something new to come.



Hackers Fingerprint Threat

Looks like your bio metric fingerprint scanner for your cell phone is not all that secure. It looks like there is still a software flaw where hackers can go in and copy your information before it's stored in your device. If so, then your phone is still at risk of getting hack.
I just hope that a fix comes soon so that your device and the future of bio metric scanner continues.



Google Find Phone

Google recently setup this service to easily find my phone. The service works similar to the regular installed apps that Apple starting doing years ago and now at least when your droid phone goes missing you now have a great way to retrieve it.



Google Going Cheap

Yes it looks like the big giant is going cheap with cell phone service and data. And if they play there cards right they will reach users where no one yet has gone before. What a great way to reach people and also connect them to the internet.



Best Pc Games

Looking for the best Pc Games on your computer, check out this site and see what games are of great interest to you and enjoy them. This is a great start to pc gaming.




Great place to go if you have a lot of domain names and want to consolidate all your websites and just share access together and pay one fee.




Here's a great way to learn web developing and get hands on help with user friendly tools. If your looking to create basic webpages. Here's a great start.



Android on your Desktop

Enjoy Android apps and with you had them on your desktop, here's a great way to enjoy this application and always be connected and use them daily. You have a choice on which player to use in the long run you can add your favorite apps as you go.



Digital Outlook Signature

Ever wonder how to get a digital Outlook signature. Well this is what it takes and you too can have one for yourself as well. Now you can compare yourself to your competition.



Pc Shortcuts

Want to speed up your computer skills, try this easy Pc Shortcuts and take computing to a new level. Most definitely this will show everyone that your computer skills are above the normal.

Compliments of Stumbleupon.com

  • Copy a selected item: Ctrl+C
  • Cut a selected item: Ctrl+X
  • Paste a selected item: Ctrl+V
  • Undo an action: Ctrl+Z
  • Redo that thing I just undid: Ctrl+Y
  • Select everything: Ctrl+A
  • Print: Ctrl+P

Manage open windows

Chances are, you use your PC to do a lot of things at once. Shortcuts go a long way towards cutting the clutter. Go ahead and try these out as you read about them.
  • Switch between open windows
    If you have lots of open windows and you're not sure exactly which one you need, press Alt+Tab, and get a quick thumbnail view of all open windows. Then, while holding down the Alt key, press the Tab key multiple times until you get to the window you want.
    Switching between windows
    Press Alt+Tab to switch between open windows
  • Clear away everything and show the desktop
    Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key+D
    Use this shortcut when you want to minimize a lot of open windows at once to check something on your desktop. Clutter-to-clean with two fingers.
    A cluttered desktop
    A desktop before pressing Windows logo key+D
    A clean desktop
    The same desktop after pressing Windows logo key+D
  • Minimize the window
    Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key+Down Arrow
    Minimizing a window is a surefire way to see what's underneath it. And it's fast to use the shortcut. If the window is maximized already (covering the entire screen) it'll go to “normal” size. And if it's normal size, it'll minimize entirely.
  • Maximize the window
    Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key+Up Arrow
    Maximizing windows works the same way.

Get even funkier with window management

It might surprise you to learn that there are even more options when it comes to dealing with your open windows and programs—but there are.
  • Compare and contrast in a snap
    Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key+Left Arrow or Right Arrow
    Snap is the easiest way I know to compare two documents—or to write up something while also looking at a web browser. The shortcut for Snap makes it even snappier. Go ahead and try this now.
    While pressing the Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key, click the Right Arrow key or the Left Arrow key and your browser will slide over to one side. Select another window (such as a Word document) and use the shortcut only with the opposite arrow.
    Snap in Windows 7
    You can use a keyboard shortcut to view windows side-by-side with Snap
  • Multitask with multiple monitors
    Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key+Shift+Right Arrow or Left Arrow
    Do you use more than one monitor at a time? Now you can shift an open window to your other monitor in less than a second. 

Manage tasks

You might already be using a shortcut—Ctrl+Alt+Delete—to open up Task Manager or to lock your computer. But there are shortcuts for this shortcut.
  • Open Task Manager 
    This simple shortcut whisks you straight to Task Manager—without any intermediary steps.
    Task Manager
    Task Manager in Windows 7
  • Lock your PC or switch users
    Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key+L
    This shortcut locks your PC and instantly displays the login screen. 

Display your way

No matter how you want to view your PC, shortcuts help you get there faster.
  • Choose a presentation display mode
    Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key+P
    Whether you're giving a presentation or are using multiple monitors, it's simple to switch settings.
    Choosing a presentation display mode
    Choosing a presentation display mode
  • Zoom in, zoom out
    Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key+Plus Sign or Minus Sign
    The Plus Sign key (+) zooms you in, the Minus Sign key (-) zooms you out. This lets you see small text on a webpage or to check out the pixels in a photo.
    Magnifier in Windows 7
    You can use your keyboard to zoom in on a photo detail

A few last tricks

Here are a few final shortcuts. For more keyboard shortcuts, check out the complete list.
  • Search for files and folders
    Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key+F
    In the past, finding a file could be like an archaeology expedition. But nowadays, search is really fast and thorough. Use this shortcut to get a search window, type in a few keywords, and presto, you’ll get your file.
  • Open a new instance of a program
    Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key+Shift+Click a taskbar icon
    I like Internet Explorer tabs—but sometimes I want a whole new browser window. To get one, I click the Internet Explorer icon while holding down Shift.
  • And when you need it …get help
    Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key+F1


Dos Hidden Tools

I don't see this as a hidden tool, it's just a tool that most repair technician's and very promising individuals use in order to repair the every day common hard drive and software problems. It has always made my job easier using these commands and it will also help you diagnose a failing hard drive or software problem. When in doubt use it wisely and majority of the times it corrects the problems.


System File Checker

The Best Tools Hidden in Windows' Command Line
Windows can usually detect when a system file is missing and replace it for you without any intervention on your part. You typically won't even be notified when it happens. But even with this ability, system files can become corrupted or the wrong versions of system files can get installed by errant applications. Sometimes, these problems slip by Windows unnoticed.
Windows includes the command line tool System File Checker, which scans several thousand basic Windows files, comparing them against the original versions that shipped with Windows or, depending on the files, that have been updated through Windows Updates. If System File Checker finds a mismatch, it replaces the original file. Depending on how you installed Windows, you may or may not need the installation media, but usually you won't.
To run the tool, just type sfc at the command prompt followed by a space and then any of the following common options:
  • /scannow. This performs an immediate scan of your system and will replace files as necessary. You may need to restart Windows when it's done if it finds problems.
  • /scanonce. This performs a scan the next time you restart your system.
  • /scanboot. This schedules a scan to be performed every time you restart your system.
  • Revert. This returns the System File Checker to its default settings. You can use it to turn off the /scanboot option, for example.

Check Disk

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Check Disk attempts to repair file system errors, locate bad sectors, and recover readable information from those bad sectors. If you ever start Windows and it tells you that it's scanning your hard disks before starting up, that's Check Disk at work. When Windows detects certain types of errors, it schedules a scan all by itself.
It takes a long time to run, especially if you let it scan the entire hard disk, including free space, so it's not really the kind of tool you want to run regularly. If you're concerned about general hard disk health, you should make use of one of the free S.M.A.R.T checkup utilities out there. I'm a fan of Passmark Disk Checkup, personally. It reads various self-monitoring data the hard disk itself collects and gives you a pretty good idea of how your hard disk is doing.
Still, sometimes hard disks are physically fine to keep using, but suffer from the occasional bad sector and corrupted files those bad sectors can cause. Windows tries its best to correct those problems for you, and it does a pretty good job. But if you ever notice that certain programs just refuse to start or you get an error when you try to access particular folders or files, bad sectors on the disk are a possible culprit. Check Disk can find those bad sectors, often recover data from them, and then map those sectors out so Windows doesn't use them anymore.
You can run Check Disk by typing chkdsk at the command prompt, followed by a space, and then any of these options:
  • Volume. If you want to check a whole drive, just type the drive letter.
  • Filename. You can also use chkdsk to check a single file or group of files.
  • /F. Run it with this option to have chkdsk go ahead and fix those errors.
  • /R. This option forces chkdsk to locate bad sectors and recover information from them. If chkdsk cannot lock the disk (which it usually can't since you're actually using Windows), it will prompt you run the command the next time you restart Windows. This is the option you'll use for the most thorough scan because running it also implies that you're running the /F option.
If you run chkdsk with no extra options, it will just perform a scan and give you a report without actually changing anything. So, you'll need to specify a volume or file name and one of the other options to make any fixes. Here's a common example. If you want chkdsk to scan your C: drive, locate bad sectors, recover information, and map over those bad sectors, type:
chkdsk C: /R
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Note that there is a graphical interface of sorts for Check Disk. Open Windows Explorer, right-click a drive, and choose Properties. On the Tools tab, click the Check button. This opens up a prompt that lets you schedule a scan on the next restart. You'll be prompted to fix any errors that are found. This interface doesn't provide any of the advanced options the command line version does and it also doesn't let you scan individual files.


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Ipconfig lets you view and work with TCP/IP information. You can use it to check your computer's IP address, have it release or renew that IP address if it's automatically assigned, and even purge the local DNS cache.
To use it, just type ipconfig at the command line. By itself, the command shows you IP addressing information about each of the network adapters on your computer. It may show several different adapters, so you'll have to do a little scouting to find the one you're looking for. You'll typically see a Wireless LAN adapter (for your wireless connection) and an Ethernet adapter (for your wired connection), and probably a few tunnel, virtual, or VPN adapters, depending on your setup. The information it shows you includes the IP address, physical (or MAC) address, default gateway, and subnet assigned to the adapter.
You can also add any of the following options to the ipconfig command by typing ipconfig, followed by a space, and then the option.
  • /all. This option shows you all the same information as just running the ipconfig command by itself, plus a whole bunch more, such as whether the adapter is automatically assigned an IP address from a DHCP server, when that address was assigned, and when it expires.
  • /release. Use this option to release all DHCP-assigned IP addresses. Note that your network will not work after this and typically you'll need use the /renew command afterward.
  • /renew. Use this option to release and then immediately try to renew all DHCP-assigned information. This is probably the option you'll use most, as it forces your computer to reconnect to your router or to your ISP's servers (depending on your setup). It can be really helpful when troubleshooting connectivity problems.
  • /flushdns. This option purges the local DNS cache. DNS is used to translate the more human-readable computer names and web addresses we use (like www.lifehacker.com) into IP addresses. The cache is DNS information stored locally on your computer so your computer doesn't have to look it up on a DNS server every time. Sometimes, flushing the DNS cache can resolve problems where you have network connectivity, but can't reach some computers or websites by name.


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The cipher command is mostly for working with encrypted folders and files on NTFS volumes in Windows. Frankly, if you're using that type of encryption, you have a graphical interface available that does most of what you need, though the command is good for controlling encryption programmatically or through batch files and scripts.
However, cipher does include one option at the command line that you might find useful:
cipher /W:pathname
The /W option removes data on unused portions of a volume, effectively erasing data that may be hanging around on your hard drive after deletion. You can point cipher at an entire volume (like C:) or a specific folder. As you probably already know, when you delete files from Windows, they are not actually erased from the hard drive. Instead, Windows marks that space as available to be written over with new files.
Note that this really applies to traditional hard drives and not SSDs. When you delete files from an SSD, those files are removed immediately.


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The driverquery command generates a list of all hardware drivers installed in Windows. It's good for giving you a report about installed drivers that you can save for later reference or for investigating the version number of a currently installed driver so that you can make a better decision should you be thinking of updating.
Typed by itself, driverquery just generates a list of drivers that you can scroll through. As usual, the power comes from the options you can add:
  • /s. This option lets you specify the name or IP address of a remote computer so that you investigate the drivers it has installed.
  • /si. This option shows you the digital signature information for drivers.
  • /fo. This is really the key option you'll use with driverquery. It lets you specify the format in which information is displayed so that you can more effectively save it as a report. After typing /fo add one of the following options: TABLE (the default view), LIST (which lists each driver with all its information one after the other), and CSV (which shows data as comma separated values).
To save a report, you just need to pipe the information to a file instead of displaying it onscreen. To do that add filename.extension to the end of the command. Here's an example of perhaps the most useful way to use the command:
driverquery /fo CSV > drivers.csv
That queries all drivers, formats the result as comma separated values, and then saves them to a file named drivers.csv. You can then import that CSV file into Excel or another spreadsheet program to see a nicely-formatted report of all your installed drivers.
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