Windows 7

Windows 7 Power Efficiency Diagnostics Report

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Finally… a OS power efficiency report for Windows! This can help laptop users determine if a driver is bad or not installed, or if the battery is charging completely.

1. To run click on the start button and type “CMD” in the search bar.

2. Type in the command “powercfg -energy” and press enter.

This process will give you a general report shown is the command prompt and also build a nice html report. In my case it put the html file on the C: drive at C:\energy-report.html.

3. Navigate to the report using Windows Explorer and open the html file with your browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, etc.)

4. The report will show you programs that are consuming CPU time AKA power.

For laptop users testing the battery charge:
Near the bottom of the report is information about CPU utilization, processes, and this little gem (screen shot above) This report can help troubleshoot battery usage and charge capacity. This gives admin’s a great way to decide when a battery should be replaced. If the last full charge is consistently dropping from the design capacity it may be time to replace the battery.

With this report Admins can tweak power profiles to realize the maximum benefits of new power efficient computer systems.

Some more info about energy costs:
A kilowatt-hour means using 1000 watts of electricity for 1 hour. Ten 100-watt light bulbs lit for one hour would equal 1 kilowatt hour, or one 100 watt bulb lit for ten hours would equal 1 kilowatt-hour, costing 10 cents. So if one 100 watt bulb costs 10 cents to run for 10 hours and there are 8760 hours in a year, and you push a few buttons on a calculator (876 x .10), you’ll find that the actual cost is $87.60!

My power is now 11 cents per kilowatt-hour, so the cost is now 876 x .11, = $96.36 per year.

If you plan on leaving that 100 watt bulb on a lot, it is worthwile to buy the compact fluorescent version, that uses about 20 watts for the same brightness. (20 watts for 1 year at 11 cents per kilowatt-hour = $19.27 , or about 20 cents on the dollar)

An electric clothes dryer or water heater can use four to six thousand watts. Fortunately, they only operate for short periods of time. (4000 watts for 1 hour at 10 cents would be 40 cents.)

Cost = rate x energy, which contains these units:
$ = $/kWh x kWh

The average computer tower consumes 400 watts. If you have your computer on for 4 hours a day then you used .4 kilowatt-hours which is about $0.44… That can really add up. About $160.60 per computer per year if you use it for 4 hours a day.

Some large television sets can use several hundred watts of power. So if you’re a couch potato, add it up

Benchmark Your Current DNS Servers

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I came across Google’s Namebench program while researching internet connection slowness and found that I could increase my DNS lookup time by 191%.  This may not work as well for you but it’s worth a try.  I am on a city fiber network (Spanish Fork City Network) that I’m pretty sure is getting too big for it’s servers.  When I typed in www.google.com for example, it would take up to 5 seconds sometimes for the web page to resolve.  After using the recommended DNS IP adresses from namebench the resolve time is under a second.  It recommended using Comcast’s DNS servers.  Learn more at http://code.google.com/p/namebench/

Windows 7 – How to rename a corrupt profile

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1. Restart PC and Login as a Local Admin or another Domain User.
2. Rename: c:\users\%username%
3. Export (just as a backup in case you need it) and then delete registry key:
“HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList”
(Look through each Profile key under this reg key and view the “ProfileImagePath” to find which key is related to which user)
4. Logout and login as the original user and it will create a new profile for them.

If you do not delete the registry key it will continually give a “temporary” profile to that user infinitely or until you rename their c:\users\%username% folder back.

Final Fantasy XIII Theme Pack For Windows 7

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Get it here: Final Fantasy XIII Theme Pack.zip

 

Primo PDF (free PDF creating software)

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Pretty cool free PDF creator software! It allows you to:

  • Drag-and-drop PDF creation (NEW). PrimoPDF is the only free PDF converter to support one-click, drag-and-drop PDF creation — saving you time whenever you need to create a PDF file.
  • Downloaded 15,000,000+ times. PrimoPDF is the world’s most popular free PDF creator.
  • 100% industry-standard PDF files. Easily create PDF files that can be opened in any PDF viewer, including Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader, and Nitro PDF Professional.
  • Convert 300+ file types to PDF. Convert any file that prints to PDF, including Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX), Excel (XLS, XLSX), PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX), Visio (VSD), Publisher (PUB), WordPerfect (WPD), OpenOffice, HTML, TXT, BMP, TIFF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and many more.
  • Consistent PDF creation. Use PrimoPDF’s creation profiles to produce the same kind of PDF file every time. Profiles include Screen, eBook, Print, Prepress, and Custom.
  • Append PDF files. Combine each newly created PDF file into the one PDF.
  • Secure PDF. Protect and encrypt your information with strong password-based PDF security.
  • PDF metadata. Set the document properties information fields, — including author, title, subject, and keywords — to index your PDF files and make them easier to search.
  • PDF versions. Create different version PDF files: 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, and 1.5

Download from http://www.primopdf.com/download.aspx or download.cnet.com


Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool

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mdsched is a built in memory analyzer that will help you diagnose your RAM problems on Windows Vista and Windows 7

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Network Activity Indicator for Windows 7 (FREEWARE)

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Description

Network Activity Indicator displays the old ‘two monitors’ icon in Windows 7 that flashed blue to show network activity on the System Tray.

Unlike the original Windows XP utility (that has individual indicators for each interface), this program indicates outgoing and incoming network packets on all available interfaces.

Using
This utility is a standalone executable. Run the program, you’ll see a new system tray icon.
Now you can monitor your network traffic in Windows 7 using XP-like ‘two monitors’ icon in the System Tray.
To customize program settings right click the mouse on the System Tray icon.

License

This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don’t charge anything for this. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification!

Disclaimer

The software is provided “AS IS” without any warranty, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.

Downloads

version: 1.2   download program (66KB, revised January 4, 2010)  Setup Wizard (364KB)

Free (FREEWARE) Screen Recorder/Capture Software to AVI

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Bytescout Screen Capturing can record screen video to AVI. It allows you to easily capture full screen, region around the mouse cursor or selected rectangular area.

Screen Capturing automatically saves screen recording as AVI video file. The screen recorder also supports audio recording which can be disabled in Settings dialog window if required. Thus, you can capture screen video to AVI with sound.

Features:

  • record entire screen, region or dynamic region around the mouse;
  • mouse cursor can be recorded and highlighted with a hot spot;
  • supports audio recording including live recording from a microphone;
  • supports different video compression modes (can use almost any video compression codec installed on your computer);
  • output video files are ready to be uploaded to YouTube;

Download Bytescout Screen Capturing (EXE, direct download link)

Windows 7 – Copy command output from command prompt to clipboard

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Ever wanted to get the output from an entered command in the windows command prompt? Well now you can. Try this out:

1. Go to CMD by clicking on the start menu and then in the search bar type “cmd” and press enter.
2. Enter “ipconfig |clip” and press enter.

3. Now type “notepad” and hit enter.
4. Press Crtl + V to paste the output into notepad.

Try this one too. This one will copy the contents of a directory to the clip board: dir |clip. Just make sure that your “working directory” (C:\Users\…) is the directory you want to list. Enjoy!

Windows 7 File Search Tip

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Pressing Windows + F will bring up the Search Results window, allowing you to search for a file. The same can be accomplished by just hitting Windows (or Start) and typing in the little search box, but the Search Results (Windows + F) instantly gives you more sorting options and a better ability to view documents.