Do you need to create dummy files with a given size, to perform tests with them? Do you need those files to have some actual content? If you do, luck has it that there are some good alternatives for Windows. It’s not just the Linux geeks who can create dummy files using the command line. Windows geeks can do the same. Here are three ways to create such files in any modern version of Windows.
Command Prompt tutorials for Windows. How to fix problems, administer the operating system, run networking commands, etc.
Both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 offer a new tool for creating recovery drives on all kinds of devices, from USB flash drives, to external hard disks to partitions on your computer's internal hard disk. This is a big step forward from the manual and error prone procedure you had to go through in Windows 7. In this tutorial I will show how to use the new Recovery Media Creator to create a recovery drive on a USB memory stick.
We like the Command Prompt and we are not alone in that. But, even though it is a mighty and powerful tool, it sure looks boring. What if you want to make it prettier? And what about customizing certain aspects about the way it works, like how many commands it stores in its history? To learn all this and more, read this tutorial.
One of our readers asked us: "How do you print the list of running processes from the Task Manager?". The answer is... you can't do this from the Task Manager, not even in Windows 8. In order to print such a list, you need to use the Command Prompt or PowerShell and run some special commands. Let's see how it all works:
After you work for a while with the Command Prompt or PowerShell, you will surely end up customizing the way they look. After all, they both look boring. You will change the font, its size, the color of the background and other things. But, what do you do when you want to reset them to their default look and feel? There's no "Restore Defaults" button available! As always, there's a small hack you can use.
Geeks and IT professionals love the Command Prompt and for good reason - it allows you to perform many administrative tasks with ease. But what are all the possible ways to launch it? Have you thought about that? I did, and I have come up with 7 methods for launching this tool. Do you know other methods?
Do you need to hide or dismount a partition so that Windows can no longer view it and write files on it? If that’s the case, then you are in luck. This tutorial shows how to do this both from Computer Management and the Command Prompt. It also shows how to mount back (unhide) partitions, in case you need to use them again.
At the beginning of 2010, we started a series on system recovery tools for Windows 7. Little did we know that the series would expand tremendously and, in the end, we would cover quite extensively a very old and misunderstood tool: the Command Prompt. While working with it, we were fortunate to truly learn its power and usefulness. Therefore, we would like to end our series of articles with a recap about all the great things the Command Prompt can do.
Together we've learned how to use system recovery tools to fix system problems. We are at the end of the System Recovery and Command Prompt series and, what better way to finish but with a tutorial that shows how to repair master boot problems?
Sometimes important Windows 7 system files can get corrupted or become missing, due to unexpected events like a sudden power drop or some hardware or software malfunctions. One of the tools which can help in such cases is System File Checker (SFC). This is a command-line system tool that scans the integrity of Windows 7 system files and replaces the damaged or missing system files. In this article you will learn how to use this utility from the Command Prompt to solve your problems.
You all probably known how to view information about your computer using different tools such as Task Manager or System Information. For this article, we thought it would be useful to learn how to view complete system information directly from the Command Prompt and how to manage your running processes, with the use of a few advanced commands.
In one of our previous articles, we've shown how to manage your disks using the Disk Management utility. Now it's time to see how the same can be done from the Command Prompt using the DiskPart program. In this article you will learn how to create, format, delete and check your partitions for errors, directly from the Command Prompt.