Some Useful Run Commands

This is very handy especially when you are multi-tasking and you need to find applications in your computer in a very easy way.  Special credits to Bladerunner, a former ICafe colleague who shared these useful shortcuts by using the run command.  All you have to do is click Start, then click run and type the corresponding command then hit Ok. 
This list serves as my guide
Application                                          Command
Accessibility Controls                          access.cpl
Add Hardware Wizard                         hdwwiz.cpl
Add/Remove Programs                      appwiz.cpl
Administrative Tools                            control admintools
Automatic Updates                              wuaucpl.cpl
Bluetooth Transfer Wiz                       fsquirt
Calculator                                            calc
Certificate Manager                             certmgr.msc
Check Disk Utility                                chkdsk
Clipboard Viewer                                 clipbrd
Command Prompt                              cmd
Computer Management                      compmgmt.msc
Date / Time Properties                        timedate.cpl
Device Manager                                  devmgmt.msc
Direct X Control Panel                        directx.cpl
Direct X Troubleshooter                      dxdiag
Disk Cleanup Utility                             cleanmgr
Disk Defragment                                 dfrg.msc
Disk Management                               diskmgmt.msc
Disk Partition Manager                        diskpart
Display Properties                               control desktop
Display Properties                               control color (w/Appearance Tab Preselected)
Driver Verifier Utility                              verifier
Event Viewer                                        eventvwr.msc
File Signature Verification Tool             sigverif
Folders Properties                               control folders
Fonts                                                    control fonts
Fonts Folder                                         fonts
Group Policy Editor (XP Prof)              gpedit.msc
Internet Properties                                inetcpl.cpl
IP Configuration (Display Connection Configuration)            ipconfig /all
IP Configuration (Display DNS Cache Contents)                  ipconfig /displaydns
IP Configuration (Delete DNS Cache Contents)                    ipconfig /flushdns
IP Configuration (Release All Connections)                           ipconfig /release
IP Configuration (Renew All Connections)                             ipconfig /renew
IP Configuration (Refreshes DHCP & Re-Registers DNS) ipconfig /registerdns
IP Configuration (Display DHCP Class ID)                            ipconfig /showclassid
IP Configuration (Modifies DHCP Class ID)                           ipconfig /setclassid
Keyboard Properties                           control keyboard
Local Security Settings                       secpol.msc
Local Users and Groups                     lusrmgr.msc
Logs You Out Of Windows                  logoff
Microsoft Chat                                     winchat
Mouse Properties                                control mouse
Mouse Properties                                main.cpl
Network Connections                          control netconnections
Network Setup Wizard                        netsetup.cpl
Notepad                                              notepad
Password Properties                           password.cpl
Performance Monitor                                     perfmon.msc
Power Configuration                           powercfg.cpl
Printers and Faxes                             control printers
Printers Folder                                    printers
Regional Settings                                intl.cpl
Registry Editor                                    regedit
Remote Desktop                                 mstsc
Removable Storage                            ntmsmgr.msc
Scanners and Cameras                     sticpl.cpl
Scheduled Tasks                                control schedtasks
Services                                              services.msc
Shared Folders                                   fsmgmt.msc
Shuts Down Windows                        shutdown
Sounds and Audio                               mmsys.cpl
System Configuration Editor               sysedit
System Configuration Utility                msconfig
System File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately)                   sfc /scannow
System File Checker Utility (Scan Once At Next Boot)         sfc /scanonce
System File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot)               sfc /scanboot
System File Checker Utility (Return to Default Setting)         sfc /revert
System File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache)                    sfc /purgecache
System Properties                               sysdm.cpl
Task Manager                                       taskmgr
User Account Management                 nusrmgr.cpl
Utility Manager                                      utilman
Windows Firewall                                firewall.cpl
Windows Magnifier                              magnify
Windows Management                       wmimgmt.msc
Wordpad                                             write

Speed Up Your Slow PC!

Do you want to speed up your slowing pc? Here’s another tutorial on how to do it.
  • To speed up boot up or Start-up:
Click Start > then click Run > type: msconfig > click OK
System Configuration Window will open
Click on the Startup tab > uncheck or disable all except for your anti-virus > click apply then reboot your pc
  • Run a complete system scan using your anti-virus, but before you do so, make sure that your anti-virus is updated.
  • Do not install two anti-vruses at the same time, aside from the result of slowing down your pc, your anti-virus will not function effectively.
  • Defrag your hard-disk.
Over time, new files get written to your hard disk and you delete the old ones. Sometimes the new data doesn’t quite fit in the gaps and some files get written in multiple areas on the hard disk and because the hard drive has to scan multiple parts of the the disk to read a fragmented file, it can slow down the operation of the computer. 
Defragmentation can optimize the hard disk, which places similar files in similar location. Contiguous files are read more efficiently by the hard drive and therefore lead to faster data access.
  • Use of other utilities or applications. 
I am using Advance System Care.  I availed the professional version but you can download a free version for a start. It is easy to use.  It cleans, configures and optimizes your pc.
The program’s Quick Care option includes the ability to clean your Registry, perform a rudimentary malware scan, fix and remove broken shortcuts, delete junk files, and erase browsing tracks.  Scan time will vary depending on which options you choose, which can fix up to 10 problems simultaneously.
CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it’s fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware!
You may choose among the two, in my case I am using them alternately.
  • Windows Disk Clean Up tool
In case you do not want to use the first two utilities, you can use the Windows disk clean up tool. It will help you free up space on your hard disk to improve the performance of your computer.
You can find the Disk Clean Up tool by clicking Start > go to All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup
  • Check on your disk files. Delete files that you no longer need, or back it up in another external hard disk or burn a copy of it.  Hard disks nearly full will slow down your pc as well.

For more inspiration, sometimes I think about taking ongoing computer classes to stay sharp. My eldest son is a graduate of BS Information Technology and he really enjoys his job. With my youngest son, I encourage him to earn a computer science major, since technology is at the heart of all employment. My husband, children and I  are computer users, definitely we enjoy using  a well-maintained pc, especially if it is not slow.
Happy Computing!

Ways on How to Block Sites

We as parents are very much concerned about our kid’s safety online.  Primarily, we are not after our children’s time wasting in the internet but on what activities they are engaged and what they are doing in these sites.  Possibilities of they might be interacting already with complete strangers who are asking for our personal information that would risk not only the family’s security but might exploit our kids as well.  Most viruses are acquired in visiting these harmful sites too.  So it is our duty to educate our children about the dangers of sharing private and personal information online. Furthermore, explaining them the reason of blocking certain sites for them not to be able to outsmart us.  Kids also have their know-how in unblocking certain sites they want to view.  In my case I am using the Open DNS in my home network, making sure they do not know my password.
We cannot always have an eye on them to monitor their activities in the computer especially on the internet, so to make sure of their safety, we need to block and restrict certain websites which we think might be harmful.
Website Filtering is used to allow or deny computers on your network from accessing specific web sites by keywords or specific Domain Names.
There are a number of ways to block porn sites, or any other website that you would like to prevent from showing up in your browser.
    1. Use Open DNS
    2. Use K9, Net Nanny, Norton Internet Security or Naomi internet filter or other website  blocking softwares that you may purchase online.
    3. Use manual filtering. This is one way of blocking sites that can be done without the use of any software.  Just follow the instructions below:

        Step 1: Click the Start button and select Run. Now type the following text in that Run box:
notepad c:WINDOWSsystem32driversetchosts
       Step 2: A new notepad window will prompt on your screen containing some cryptic information. Go to the last line of the file, hit the enter key and type the following:
 Note:  you may type and include all the websites you want to be blocked in your network.
       Step 3: Save the file and exit. You are now done! None of the above sites will now open on your computer.  You may delete, edit and add sites to be blocked in the future.
    4.  Use  BlockSite add on, if you are using the Fire Fox browser
    5. Router  “Turn Website Filtering ON and ALLOW computers access to ONLY¨ and then enter in the domains you want your children to have access to.

 Let us keep our family safe from these online predators! 

How To Back Up Files

Have you ever experienced that on the next time you open your personal computer, it just won’t boot up? All of your important files are there and you need to finish a task or work in the soonest time but unluckily you cannot run on your schedule because of your computer’s system failure. 

This is the reason why it is deem necessary to do a back-up or a copy of your most important computer files regularly.  It will surely make you worry-free and save your time retrieving lost files if your computer hard disk failed or has been corrupted.

Here is a tutorial on how to make a back up file.

  • First, organize your files.  Simply create folders on separate files, then rename it accordingly for easy navigation and find.
  • Put all your important files in one place, or on your desired drive partition, in my case I have my important files in my Drive D.
  • Decide on which of the following options you want your files copied and saved: 
              a. flash disk 
              b. external hard drive
              c. burn it into a dvd recordable format
              d. online file storage, the web offers online storage, and you have plenty of sites to choose from
  • Start copying the files you want to back-up and you’re done!

Just make sure to do it on a regular basis, so new added files will be saved on to your external copy.


How To Show the Classic Navigation Pane in Windows

As much as possible refrain from double clicking folders and drives.  Make a habit of clicking drives and folders through the folder tree or navigation tree pane. 
How to Show or Display Classic Navigation Pane in Windows Explorer in:

Windows 7
  • Open Windows Explorer.
  • Click on Organize pull down menu.
  • Select Folder and search options.
  • In the General tab, tick the check box for Show all folders option under Navigation pane section.

For Windows XP
  • Go to start menu
  • Click on Run
  • Type ‘explorer’ and press enter

Right click Start then click explore

Important Reminder:  Always back up your files.