Category Archives: Windows How-To

Tcpdump usage examples

In most cases you will need root permission to be able to capture packets on an interface. Using tcpdump (with root) to capture the packets and saving them to a file to analyze with Wireshark (using a regular account) is … Continue reading

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What is Cortana?

Cortana is your clever new personal assistant. Cortana will help you find things on your PC, manage your calendar, track packages, find files, chat with you, and tell jokes. The more you use Cortana, the more personalized your experience will … Continue reading

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Do I Really Need to “Eject” USB Drives?

Ever wonder why your computer warns you about ejecting those USB drives before you remove them? It’s because computers use something called write caching to improve performance: if you copy something to your drive, it’ll tell you it’s completed the … Continue reading

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What do Viruses, Trojans, and Other Malware Actually Do?

Everyone knows viruses and trojans are bad, but a lot of people don’t know how exactly they work. Viruses, for example, are programs that copy themselves and infect a computer, spreading from one to another—just like, well, a real life … Continue reading

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How Do I Keep My Laptop’s Battery In Good Health?

You’ve probably heard some people say you should drain your battery completely before charging it, or that you should keep it between 40% and 80% all the time to make it last longer. Most of these rules are outdated, applying … Continue reading

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Tweak Windows 10 for Speed!

Windows 10 much like other Microsoft operating systems has been over-inflated with to many services and features. This guide has some tips, tricks, and tweaks to increase performance on Window 10. Maximizing the amount of physical RAM makes a dramatic … Continue reading

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How to shut down or restart the computer with a batch file

Below are steps on how to restart, shutdown, and hibernate a Windows computer from a batch file or the command line. Windows Vista, 7, and 8 users Windows XP users Windows 95, 98, and ME users MS-DOS users Windows Vista, … Continue reading

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Batch file to copy files from one folder to another folder

xcopy.exe It’s built into Windows, so its cost is nothing. Just xcopy /s c:\source d:\target You’d probably want to tweak a few things; some of the options we also add include these: /s/e – recursive copy, including copying empty directories. … Continue reading

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LAN Tweaks for Windows XP, 2000, 2003 Server

The following tweaks are focused towards increasing local network performance under Windows XP/2k/2k3 Server. They can be used in addition to all the broadband tweaks, to improve your LAN throughput. All information in this article presumes some proficiency in editing … Continue reading

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