Snipping Tool in Vista/Win7

Now windows have snipping tool in Vista and Win7.

You can use Snipping Tool (normally you can find it at %SystemRoot%system32SnippingTool.exe) to capture a screen shot, or snip, of any object on your screen and then annotate, save, or share the image. Simply use a mouse or tablet pen to capture any of the following types of snips:

  • Free-form Snip.  Draw an irregular line, such as a circle or a triangle, around an object.
  • Rectangular Snip.  Draw a precise line by dragging the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
  • Window Snip.  Select a window, such as a browser window or dialog box, that you want to capture.
  • Full-screen Snip.  Capture the entire screen when you select this type of snip.

After you capture a snip, it’s automatically copied to the mark-up window, where you can annotate, save, or share the snip.

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.