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Windows Tips are mostly version dependent. So they are grouped by windows version into three categories:

But at the same time there are several generic tips that are applicable to all versions of Window. Among them:

  1. Remap Caps Lock to Ctrl. The easiest way to do it is to install RandyRants SharpKeys -- registry hack that permits remapping Caps Lock to Alt and remap Caps Lock to Ctrl.  This is a blunder in the design of IBM keyboard that, thanks God, is easily correctable.
  2. Tweak look and feel using built-in ClearType text tuning utility by typing cttune in the Start Menu search field and opening the search result.
  3. Install Cygwin.
  4. Install Active Perl  (or Iron Python if you prefer the latter)
  5. Install ISO Recorder Power Toy . The tool that can create ISO images from CD/DVD disks as well as burn CD/DVD ISO images to media. The tool was written by Alex Feinman
  6. OFM managers are really superior file manager for advanced users then Windows Explorer. Two leading OFM are Windows 7 compatible:
  7. Install better editors. For example:
    1. NOTEPAD++ -- great free replacement for notepad. Another option is to install Notetab.
    2. Komodo Editor: Komodo Edit Free Editor for Perl, Python, Tcl, PHP, Ruby, HTML, CSS, Javascript
  8. Install 7-zip. You might wish also to install (and license) RAR.  Beware that 7-zip encryption is flaky
  9. Install ArsClip. This is a wonderful free clipboard manager. In windows 7 it is better to install it outside Program_files tree.
  10. Install Teraterm
  11. Install WinSCP. An excellent scp client with Orthodox file manager like interface. Better and more convenient to use then  Filezilla
  12. Create C:\Utils directory and install  info-zip in it.
  13. Correct path to include C:\Utils directory, Perl and C:\Cygwin\bin directory.
  14. Install clip.exe from Windows 2003 server

    Quickly Copy Error and Display Messages

    ...copy the CLIP.EXE file from a Windows Server 2003 into your system's path (best if placed in %systemroot%\system32 folder). You can also get the file from HERE (14kb)

  15. Install console2. Console Free software downloads at
  16. Install one of Windows bulk file copy tools

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[May 23, 2017] Sysinternals Sync

May 23, 2017 |

See Sysinternals Sync.

UNIX provides a standard utility called Sync, which can be used to direct the operating system to flush all file system data to disk in order to insure that it is stable and won't be lost in case of a system failure. Otherwise, any modified data present in the cache would be lost. Here is an equivalent that I wrote, called Sync, that works on all versions of Windows. Use it whenever you want to know that modified file data is safely stored on your hard drives. Unfortunately, Sync requires administrative privileges to run. This version also lets you flush removable drives such as ZIP drives.

Using Sync

Usage: sync [-r] [-e] [drive letter list]

-r Flush removable drives.
-e Ejects removable drives.

Specifying specific drives (e.g. "c e") will result in Sync only flushing those drives.

[May 17, 2017] How to Enable Volume Shadow Copy in windows 7 - Microsoft Community

May 17, 2017 |
The title and message were edited so now we know what is needed.

How to Create a System Restore Point in Windows 7

How to Do a System Restore in Windows 7

System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage

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Adjusting the amount of disk space System Restore uses to hold restore points

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Windows Vista System Restore Guide

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A good utility :

Shadow Explorer - Free

Hope this helps.
Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP <- profile - Windows and Devices for IT: Bicycle - Mark Twain said it right.

[Aug 08, 2013] Creating Symbolic Links

[Jan 14, 2013] Run the Windows Explorer GUI

Here are a few easy ways to invoke the Windows Explorer GUI, which displays certain parts of the directory/folder tree depending on given syntax. I also threw in a few other miscellaneous items.

1. Select Run
Then type "."
This action will invoke the C:\Documents and Settings\mysysad

2. Select Run
Then type ".."
This action will invoke a window that displays C:\Documents and Settings

3. Select Run
Then type "..."
This action will invoke a window that displays My Computer

Other misc Run exercises

Select Run
Type "explorer" - same as Type "My Documents"
Type "explorer c:"
Type "explorer desktop"
Type "explorer ."
Type "explorer .."

Select Run
Type "control panel"

Select Run
Type "recent"

Select Run
Type "calc"

Select Run
Type "notepad"

Select Run
Type "wordpad"

Select Run
Type "ping MySysAdDOTCOM"

Select Run
Type "c:" or "d:" or "a:"

Select Run
Type "freecell"
Type "sol"
Type "mshearts"
Type "spider"
Type "winmine"

Select Run
Type "mspaint"

Select Run
Type "nslookup"

Select Run
Type "cmd"



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