Symbolic Links

Vista and WIN7 now supports symbolic links, a feature that has been enjoyed in UNIX for a long time.

Creates a symbolic link. MKLINK [[/D] | [/H] | [/J]] Link Target /D      Creates a directory symbolic link.  Default is a file
symbolic link.
/H      Creates a hard link instead of a symbolic link.
/J      Creates a Directory Junction.
Link    specifies the new symbolic link name.
Target  specifies the path (relative or absolute) that the new link
refers to.

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Fiddler is an HTTP debugging proxy that logs all HTTP traffic between your computer and the Internet. Fiddler enables you to inspect all HTTP traffic, set breakpoints, and "fiddle" with incoming or outgoing data. Fiddler is much simpler to use than NetMon or other network debuggers because it exposes only HTTP traffic and does so in a user-friendly format.


Fiddler can be downloaded from

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Control panel applets

Control panel applets (.CPL) is a shortcut to launch administrator tools quickly.

These are some that used frequently after new OS is setup.

  • intl.cpl – Regional and Language Options
  • timedate.cpl – Date and Time Properties
  • inetcpl.cpl – Internet Properties
  • ncpa.cpl – Network Connections
  • powercfg.cpl – Power Options Properties


MSCDCRC is a CRC checking tool. It can be used to verify all files in media have no errors to avoid hours later wasted installing with bad media.

Here is example of command output:

d:toolsbin>mscdcrc.exe e:
MSCDCRC 4.11 CD-ROM Disc Verification Utility Copyright (C) Microsoft, 1992-2004
MSCDCRC: Verifying disc in drive E: (3,858,216,960 bytes)
100% complete
MSCDCRC: Computed CRC is 0xBBE6FE57
MSCDCRC: SHA1 hash is 0xDBE664734075EC582FFF4245D89F1AAFBDAB1CC2

MSCDCRC can be downloaded here

OneNote Online Videos and How-To articles

Video Demos

What is OneNote?
Get an up-close look at the benefits of using OneNote and see why electronic notes are better than paper.

Set up a OneNote notebook
See how easy it is to get started with OneNote and why you won’t want to go back to paper notes.

Keep it together with OneNote
Learn why OneNote is perfect for research projects and other types of information gathering.

Organize, search, and find information in OneNote
If it’s in your notebook, OneNote can find it – even if you haven’t spent any time organizing your notes.

See how Jeff Raikes uses OneNote 2007
A video of Microsoft Business Division President using OneNote 2007

Click here to view other OneNote video demos.

Help & How-To Articles

Find your way around OneNote 2007
Take a quick visual tour of the OneNote interface and read tips on maximizing your workspace.

Get started with OneNote 2007
Make the most out of OneNote right from the start with this useful roadmap to online resources.

See how Jeff Raikes uses OneNote 2007
A great article describing how Jeff Raikes uses OneNote 2007.

Top tips for OneNote 2007
Browse a collection of the most popular OneNote 2007 time savers and shortcuts.

Keyboard shortcuts for OneNote 2007
Look up shortcuts and accelerators for common OneNote tasks in this categorized reference.

Click here to view the OneNote Help home page.

Enabling Virtualization in Your BIOS

For Dell Systems

  1. Restart your machine, and press F2 at boot (or whichever key is necessary) to enter BIOS setup
  2. Under Performance > set Virtualization to ON
  3. Under Performance > set VT for Direct I/O Access to ON
  4. Save & Exit BIOS
  5. Restart computer

For HP Systems

  1. Restart your machine, and press F2 at boot (or whichever key is necessary) to enter BIOS setup
  2. Under OS Security > set Intel Virtualization Technology (VTx) to ON
  3. Under OS Security > set IO Virtualization to ON
  4. Save & Exit BIOS
  5. Restart computer

Find Computer Owner

At times people want to find out who owns a certain machine.

My Network places -> Search Active Directory -> Find: Computers, Enter Computer name: “FOOBAR”, Click “Find Now”, Select Result, Right Click “Manage” -> Local Users and Groups -> Groups -> Administrators -> (Find who is an admin on the box).

Another method is to open dsa.msc in MMC and Select “Advanced” View, then lookup computers and look at the Security tab.

The tool, srvinfo.exe, is also useful for learning info about a machine.

Nice Win7 shortcut key combinations

A list of shortcuts specific to Windows 7

Windows shortcuts

WinKey + Up arrow

Maximize window

WinKey + Down arrow

Restore/Minimize window

WinKey + Left arrow

Snap window to left

WinKey + Right arrow

Snap window to right

WinKey + Shift + Left arrow

Jump window to left monitor

WinKey + Shift + Right arrow

Jump window to right monitor

WinKey + Home

Restore/Minimize all other windows

Taskbar shortcuts

WinKey + T

Preview the first taskbar entry

Press again to move forward through taskbar entries

WinKey + Shift + T

Preview the last taskbar entry

Press again to move back through taskbar entries

(after pressing the keystroke once, use left and right arrow keys to cycle through)

Winkey + # (1-9)

Launches a new instance of the application on the # (1-9) slot on the taskbar

Desktop shortcuts

WinKey + Space

View the desktop

WinKey + G

Bring gadgets to the top of the Z-order

WinKey + P

Opens projection options (Computer Only, Duplicate, Extend and Projector Only)

WinKey + X

Mobility Center


Accessibility shortcuts

WinKey + +

Zoom in

WinKey + –

Zoom out

Explorer shortcuts

Alt + P

Show/hide preview pane

Mouse Shortcuts

Shift + Left click on taskbar icon

Open a new instance

Shift + Middle click on taskbar icon

Open a new instance

Ctrl + Shift + Left click on taskbar icon

Open a new instance with admin priveleges

Shift + Right click on taskbar icon

Show window menu (Restore/Minimize/Close, etc)

Shift + Right click on taskbar group

Show window group menu (Restore/Minimize/Close All)

Ctrl + Left click on taskbar icon

Cycle between windows (or tabs) in the group