Ramblings from an IT manager and long time developer.


Fix: Unable to write files to USB with Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool


Sudo for Windows

With the existance of UAC in the windows world, I find my self looking for easier ways to run a command as administrator (usually via command line) without needing to turn off UAC.

Here are some useful links that helped me solve this very issue

Elevation Power Toys  (note, you also need to sysinternals suite installed in “%ProgramFiles%Sysinternal Suite”

Elevate Utility

Sudo for windows


Put any application in the system tray


A couple of useful free tools

FreeCommanderis an easy-to-use alternative to the standard windows file manager. The program helps you with daily work in Windows. Here you can find all the necessary functions to manage your data stock. You can take FreeCommander anywhere – just copy the installation directory on a CD or USB-Stick – and you can even work with this program on a foreign computer.

FuturixImager is a compact and customizable image viewer. It is capable of opening more then 40 file types, including all most popular ones (GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, JPEG2000, raw, DNG).

Texter saves you countless keystrokes by replacing abbreviations with commonly used phrases you define. Unlike software-specific text replacement features, Texter runs in the Windows system tray and works in any application you’re typing in. Texter can also set return-to markers for your cursor and insert clipboard contents into your replacement text, in addition to more advanced keyboard macros.

Stickies is a PC utility was written to try to cut down on the number of yellow notes I was leaving stuck to my monitor. It is a computerised version of those notes. The design goal behind Stickies is that the program is small and simple. Stickies will not mess with your system files, or write to the registry. Stickies stores information in a single text-based ini file. 

ShellRunAs is a command-line tool call Runas that is handy for launching programs under different accounts, but it’s not convenient if you’re a heavy Explorer user. ShellRunas provides functionality similar to that of Runas to launch programs as a different user via a convenient shell context-menu entry. Read more..

Command Prompt Here tool


Remove the 4 Tuner Limit on Windows Media Center


Backup Tools

Acronis True Image (

DriveImage XML (


Windows 7: The Top 10 Hidden Features

Check out this set of posts regarding some pretty cool hidden features inside Windows 7,2817,2369971,00.asp


Running 32-bit version of the Windows Side Bar on x64 System

After getting Windows 7 x64 installed, I was having a problem getting a few gadgets to work correctly (like the Pandora Gadget). It turns out this gadget uses Flash, which only comes in a 32 bit version. The Sidebar is x64, and can’t access Flash. Since there is no x64 version of flash (come on Adobe — its time to bite the bullet!!), I started digging around for a way to overcome this limitation — as luck would have it, Microsoft ships the 32-bit version of the side bar in the x64 versions.  Now all I needed to do was get it to startup instead of the default x64 bit version.

Edit the following Registry Key:

Change the key to this: C:Program Files (x86)Windows Sidebarsidebar.exe /autoRun

(The only addition is loading sidebar.exe from c:program files (x86) instead of c:program files)

This should get you by until Adobe gets their act together!


Boot from VHD (Windows 7 and/or Server 2008 R2)

Windows 7 Boot from VHD

One of the new features in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is the ability to boot from a VHD. This allows for the use of multiple operation systems on a single computer (like when using Virtualization) however it has much better performance as the OS boots natively.  The great part is that it is pretty simple to enable this feature and have it ready at your disposal!  Before you begin you should note the following…

·         You can only boot a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 VHD

·         You must configure the boot editor from a Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 install

·         You cannot use a Virtual PC VHD, I suggest a Hyper-V VHD

·         You need to start with a clean slate, don’t try and reuse an old VHD

Start by launching a Command Prompt and be sure to run as Administrator, once that is done run the following commands…

bcdedit /copy {current} /d “Boot From VHD (put any name here)”

Copy the CSLID that is displayed and then run…

bcdedit /set {CLSID} device vhd=[C:]vhdname.vhd

bcdedit /set {CLSID} osdevice vhd=[C:]vhdname.vhd

bcdedit /set {CLSID} detecthal on

You can replace [C:]vhdname.vhd with the path and name of your VHD.

Once that is complete reboot and you will have the option to “Boot_From_VHD”!  You can verify the bootloader is configured correctly with the bcdedit command which will list all the boot options.  If you want to delete the entry make note of the GUID listed in bcdedit and use the following command…

bcdedit /delete {GUID} /cleanup

For more information be sure to check out the Windows 7 resource page on

Some other useful links:




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