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Free LockedUp Applications without Brute Force [How To]

Posted by Thomas On January - 27 - 2011

Once in a while, one of your applications will lock up and you would have to kill it (in the good sense of the word). Of course this will cause you to lose any unsaved data. At least you will learn to save your work more often, right?

But wait, there is something you may try first … before shutting it down “ungracefully”…


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Delete Empty Directories and Subdirectories [How To]

Posted by Rich On January - 10 - 2011

Recently, I asked iTunes to organize my music directory (getting music from different sources other than just the iTunes store left it a little messy and I decided I’d let iTunes do its thing) and it did a great job; however, it left a bunch of empty directories. Although these empty directories didn’t pose any performance impact, they just looked… messy and I decided I’d delete them. I started doing this one by one and soon realized I had over 50 empty directories and sub directories. Being lazy, I decided to run a command to remove these directories. I’ve done this a lot in Linux so I figured it was easy; well, not quite, but it’s also not that hard. In this guide, I’ll show you what I did and hope you can find this useful in some way.

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New to using the command prompt? Check out the Windows Command Prompt Beginner’s Guide

Previously we showed you a collection of shortcut commands you can use, to save you time, from the run dialog and Thomas showed you tips to become a command prompt superuser.

In this guide, we’ll show you some commands you can use on the Windows Command prompt. These commands can save you time if you learn how to use them and rely on them to help you manage your PC.

Not sure how to get to the command prompt? How to open the command prompt in Windows.

Want to customize the command prompt? Customize the appearance of the command prompt.

Want to get more comfortable using the command prompt? Become a Command Prompt Super User

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[Solution] Error 651: The modem has reported an error

Posted by Taylor Ling On December - 13 - 2010

error651kj8You try to initiate the dialer in Windows 7 and only found that it doesn’t work and returned with an Error 651: Your modem (or other connecting device) has reported an error. You had tried to restart your PC, your router, your modem etc. and the problem doesn’t go away.

The Possible Solutions

It is not hard to find that there are a number of users encounter this issue on the internet, but surprisingly this error bugs some of the Windows 7 (Beta or even RTM) users and it seems that there is actually no official solution for it.

There are, however, a lot of workarounds, suggested, of course, by other users. If you have this problem in Windows 7 (or may be Windows Vista/XP as some of the solutions works on these operating systems, too), check out what I have found for the possible solutions for this error:

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New to using the command prompt? Check out the Windows Command Prompt Beginner’s Guide

If you are looking to transfer lots of files, large files, a large amount of data, or a combination of the above, you should consider using Xcopy—a command line tool used to copy data.

In this guide, we’ll take a look at:

  1. The basic syntax of Xcopy.
  2. How to use parameters to refine Xcopy behavior.
  3. How to output Xcopy results to a text file.

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Install PowerShell 2.0 on your Windows XP [How To]

Posted by Thomas On December - 3 - 2010

Doing a quick search on our site reveals several articles and forum posts regarding the new PowerShell functionality that comes shipped with Windows 7. Windows PowerShell is a command-line shell and scripting language designed for system administration and automation. Built on the .NET Framework, Windows PowerShell enables IT professionals and developers to control and automate the administration of Windows and applications.

If you have begun using PowerShell and become so attached to it that you cannot imagine life without – working on a computer (such as Windows XP) that does not have PowerShell seems not worth it. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just install PowerShell on your Windows XP computer ??

The good news is – You can!

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