Tutorials in ‘Windows XP’ Category

Checking the sites your computer is connecting to in Windows

Have you noticed a sudden drop of your Internet speed? A possible explaination is that some nasty program is doing things behind your back. Whether it is spyware, malware or adware you might have a serious case of unauthorized traffic on your hands.

But don’t worry, it’s quite easy to get a list of your connections in Windows. Such a list may turn quite helpful and may help you find some unknown applications are using your bandwidth for their dirty bidding.

Naturally this list will be generated through the Command Prompt. First, open the Command Prompt under Administrator Mode. To do that, open the Start menu, type cmd in the search box:

Right-click on cmd.exe and select Run as administrator:

The command prompt will open:

Enter the following command:

netstat -fab 5 > connections.txt

Now, before we press Enter, let’s take a moment to look what exactly are we doing here. First of all netstat is a command that generates a lot of useful information about your network status. Additionally there are several options we can add to our netstat command, some of which are:

 -f – for displaying the full DNS name for hosts on the other side of each connection. This makes the generated data a lot easier to comprehend.

-a – to put it simply this stands for “all”. As in “all connections and listening ports”.

 -b – to output the name of the application making the connection.

Alternatively to -f you can use -n to display only IP addresses.

Naturally, “5” stands for how often do we want this information to be gathered. Finally, “> connections.txt” means that we want to output this information to connections.txt (so called piping).

So now that we now what we are doing, we can freely hit Enter.

Wait for a couple of minutes and press Ctrl + C to stop netstat. Now you can open connections.txt (which in our case is located in C:\Windows\System32  because we ran netstat from there) and see the activity of every application for the moment you started netstat, until you turned it off.

Note: This information may not be complete as we set netstat to update once in five seconds.

Note: This trick works on Windows 7 and Windows Vista. If you are still using Windows XP you need at least SP2.


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Make Windows remember your folder settings

How often has this happened to you? You have just set everything about a folder (View, Sort by, Group by, folder type, etc.) and a few days later when you open the folder all your settings are gone. Not to mention that it only takes one unmount and remount for a hard drive to reset its settings. Well, this is kind of annoying, isn’t it? Thankfully, this can be solved pretty easy with a little registry tweak.

First open the Registry Editor – open the Start menu, enter regedit in the Start menu search box, wait for search to locate regedit.exe and press Enter:

The registry editor will open:

Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell using the left-hand pane:

Note for Windows Vista x64 and Windows 7 x64 users: You should navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\ instead.

Create a new DWORD key:

And name it BagMRU Size:

Double-click on it and a new window will open:

Choose Decimal base and enter something like 10000:

Click OK, close the registry editor and you are done.

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Diskeeper – how to defragment my hard disk

Diskeeper defragmentator tool designed to keep your hard disk drives always running at their maximum peak performance. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to remove the shortcut arrow on icons in Windows

As you have probably noticed every shortcut in the operating system Windows has a little arrow in the bottom left corner of its icon. This is used to differentiate between shortcuts and the actual files. It is possible, though, to remove this little arrow if it annoys you.

To do this will have to venture in the great depths of the Windows Registry.
Advice: Read the whole tutorial (especially the notes at the end) before editing the registry.

First, let’s run the Registry Editor. Windows 7/Vista users type in regedit in the Start menu search box and press Enter:
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How to change the location of the My Documents folder in Windows XP

By default, the My Documents folder is located at:. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to rename multiple files in Windows XP

Having to rename a lot of file is really frustrating. Especially if the filenames are sequential, for example.: Read the rest of this entry »

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DIY Computer Forensic Investigation

This how-to takes you, step by step, through imaging a suspect\”s hard drive, booting up the image inside a virtual machine and then analyzing the data for evidence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Easiest Way To Speed Up Your Computer – Startup Applications

The easiest way to speed up a computer is to disable some startup applications. This tutorial explains what startup applications are and how to disable them safely. This tutorial applies to all versions of Windows. Read the rest of this entry »

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Windows Regedit

The windows regedit is an Windows administrative application giving you control over low-level core Windows Registry settings and components. The regedit gives you the means to control windows pretty much in every way you wish. With such level of control however it is also very easy to messy your operating system and make it unusable. So be careful of what you will change and if possible create backups of the initial values of the keys that you will change.

Windows regedit execution file resides in the root windows directory of your system. Usually this is C:\\Windows
The quickest way to access windows regedit is by going to Start -> Run and then type regedit Read the rest of this entry »

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Show extensions of filenames in Windows

In this tutorial we will talk about one of the great controls that Windows Operating System offers for its users – the control over the way files are displayed in Windows Explorer. In General the guide is for showing how to manage the display way of the known files types in Explorer.

In my experience I have used to recognize file types based on the icon i see in Windows Explorer. Recently however i had to deal with creating a web gallery for a friend. It turned out that the web gallery software supported only limited number of graphical file types. You may ask why the web gallery did so and the answer is that some picture formats were licensed. Anyway that was not something that will stop me from using the web gallery as I know several ways to convert images from on format to another. Eventually the problem was that all pictures I had were with the same icon in Windows Explorer. Unfortunately I was not seeing the extension of the filename in Windows Explorer. I thought myself \"There has to be a way to see the extension of the filename!. Here is how to do that under Windows XP.

Open My computer and go to Tools-> Folder Options as shown on the screen shot below Read the rest of this entry »

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