Posts tagged Windows 7

Windows 7 Power Efficiency Diagnostics Report

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

How to get Active Directory Users and Computers with Exchange Management Tools working in Windows 7

h3>1. Install the w7 AdminPak (RSAT)

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC)

2.Install IIS and Remote Server Admin Tools (Active Directory Users and Computers)

Use the “Turn Windows features on or off” feature to add IIS Stuff and the RSAT Stuff


4. Copy some files to your windows system32 foolder.

I used the files from my XP installation with these bat files, you will have to get them yourself
(REMEMBER: you need to run the cmd promt as administrator, use the one in accessories, right click it)

Text file of files that need to be copied

Bat file to copy from old install (assuming D:\windows\system32)

If you dont have these files available, you might find them here

5. Register the files

(same deal with cmd promt as administrator)


regsvr32 /s adprop.dll
regsvr32 /s ws03res.dll

Batch file here

5. Vista ESM

Download from here

Run it to extract the MSI, then run the MSI from command prompt (with admin rights!) with the /q switch to get rid of the ‘not for vista’ error

eg: c:\users\you\downloads\esmvista\esmvista.msi /q

Wait at least 10 minutes while it does its thing.

It is is a silent install, you wont see anything, but I have had cases of it breaking because people started AD too soon.

6. Run Active Directory

Run Active Directory users and computers from your start menu.

Windows 7 – How to rename a corrupt profile

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:
(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


Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool

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)


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.

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.


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!


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.


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

Audacity – Sound and Music Recording Software (FREEWARE)

Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. Get if free from


Audacity can record live audio through a microphone or mixer, or digitize recordings from cassette tapes, vinyl records, or minidiscs. With some sound cards, it can also capture streaming audio.

  • Record from microphone, line input, or other sources.
  • Dub over existing tracks to create multi-track recordings.
  • Record up to 16 channels at once (requires multi-channel hardware).
  • Level meters can monitor volume levels before, during, and after recording.

Import and Export

Import sound files, edit them, and combine them with other files or new recordings. Export your recordings in several common file formats.

  • Import and export WAV, AIFF, AU, and Ogg Vorbis files.
  • Import MPEG audio (including MP2 and MP3 files) with libmad.
  • Export MP3s with the optional LAME encoder library.
  • Create WAV or AIFF files suitable for burning to CD.
  • Import and export all file formats supported by libsndfile.
  • Open raw (headerless) audio files using the “Import Raw” command.
  • Note: Audacity does not currently support WMA, AAC, or most other proprietary or restricted file formats.


  • Easy editing with Cut, Copy, Paste, and Delete.
  • Use unlimited Undo (and Redo) to go back any number of steps.
  • Very fast editing of large files.
  • Edit and mix an unlimited number of tracks.
  • Use the Drawing tool to alter individual sample points.
  • Fade the volume up or down smoothly with the Envelope tool.


  • Change the pitch without altering the tempo, or vice-versa.
  • Remove static, hiss, hum, or other constant background noises.
  • Alter frequencies with Equalization, FFT Filter, and Bass Boost effects.
  • Adjust volumes with Compressor, Amplify, and Normalize effects.
  • Other built-in effects include:
    • Echo
    • Phaser
    • Wahwah
    • Reverse

Sound Quality

  • Record and edit 16-bit, 24-bit, and 32-bit (floating point) samples.
  • Record at up to 96 kHz.
  • Sample rates and formats are converted using high-quality resampling and dithering.
  • Mix tracks with different sample rates or formats, and Audacity will convert them automatically in realtime.


  • Add new effects with LADSPA plug-ins.
  • Audacity includes some sample plug-ins by Steve Harris.
  • Load VST plug-ins for Windows and Mac, with the optional VST Enabler.
  • Write new effects with the built-in Nyquist programming language.


  • Spectrogram mode for visualizing frequencies.
  • “Plot Spectrum” command for detailed frequency analysis.

Free and Cross-Platform

Windows 7 – Copy command output from command prompt to clipboard

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

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.

Windows: Access Every Windows 7 Setting at Once (FREEWARE)

For everyone who made the big switch to Windows 7 here is the ultimate Desktop Tool.Windows7 in a Box .Windows7 in a Box was designed to help guide you through the brand new operating system from Microsoft .Everything from Theme settings to Parental Controls.Sits on your desktop,easy to navigate,and puts an end to all the frustration of endless searching for settings.Spyware,Adware,and Malware free.Windows7 in a box can make the complete novice seem like a pro in just seconds.No need to install anything.Sits on your Desktop or wherever you place it(it even runs off of a thumb drive).Just locate what your looking for and click! It cant get any simpler than that. (you will need a program called WINRAR to open this file)