When you have problems with your computer, Windows system files may become corrupted or go missing. This might be caused by all kinds of issues like sudden power drops, hardware malfunctions, a hard disk approaching its "death" and so on. If Windows reports that it cannot start because some of its files are corrupted or missing, you should use the System File Checker (SFC) tool in the Command Prompt. You should do the same when Windows starts to Blue Screen on you with weird corruption related errors. SFC scans all the Windows system files on your computer, identifies those that are corrupt or missing and tries to fix the problems it find. Here's how to use it:
Command Prompt tutorials for Windows. How to fix problems, administer the operating system, run networking commands, etc.
The Command Prompt is a very powerful tool that can be used for many purposes, including troubleshooting and fixing problems with Windows. Starting it is easy, if Windows is working correctly but what do you do when Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 refuse to load? How do you start the Command Prompt so that you can fix the issues that you are having? This tutorial will show you how:
You can use system recovery tools to fix most of your computer problems. However, there are times when you'll need to address such issues in a manual way like, for example, when your computer won't boot. In these cases, you can use a tool named Bootrec.exe. It can help you troubleshoot and repair things like the master boot record (MBR), the boot sector or the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store. Here's how it works:
If you have problems with OneDrive and your files are not synchronizing correctly, you may want to consider trying the official OneDrive Troubleshooter that's offered by Microsoft. It is a small troubleshooting wizard that you can download and run in order to fix your problems. Here's where to find it and how it works:
While surfing the Internet you may have stumbled on the term Telnet. Some people might have made fun of it, others may have had fun with it while others may still use it because they are nostalgic and the love the good-old-days. For those of you who don't know what Telnet is and its "relevance" in the modern Internet, read this article. We share a bit of Telnet history, the security implication of using it and some modern-day uses for this old-timer of the Internet.
It is 2014 and Telnet is not exactly the world's most popular protocol. Very few people know about it and you can say without being contradicted that this protocol is almost dead. However, there's a small but active community out there that is still using it for several reasons, including for having fun. We've done a bit of research and here are five fun things you can do with the Telnet Client in Windows:
Telnet was developed as a network protocol in 1969 and it was popular for many years, until the rise of Internet broadband and of more secure alternatives. You might be surprised to learn that in 2014 there are still plenty of Telnet servers and resources available, including several active communities. If you are curious to learn more about Telnet, start with this guide in which we will show how to install a Telnet client in Windows, how to start and end a Telnet session, where to find documentation about Telnet commands and where to find Telnet servers to connect to.
Do you need a quick way of listing all the user accounts that exist on a Windows PC or device? A method that works on all versions of Windows? You can use a quick command in the Command Prompt and learn this information or store it into a text file. Here's how it is done:
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.
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: