Use Command Prompt to return the logged in user of a remote computer

If you need to determine the user account that is logged into a computer with a known IP address or computer name you may use the following command. This command is confirmed to work with Windows 7 but should also work the same on Windows 8 +.

You will need to make sure the Windows Firewall on the remote computer is configured to allow access inbound for “Remote Administration (RPC)” and/or “Remote Service Management (RPC)”

Open the Command Prompt and run:

“wmic.exe /node:(computer name or IP address) computersystem get username”

If you are returned an error of RPC server unavailable make sure the Firewall is open as described above.

Install Windows 7/Vista from USB flash drive

Here is a great article on how to install Windows 7 or Vista from a USB flash drive. It actually works as described.

Change default behavior for unidentified network in Vista/Windows Server 2008/Windows 7

I ran into an issue with a Hyper-V server with 6 NIC’s, some of the NIC’s in Network and Sharing center were being categorized as ‘unidentified network’ and giving the public designation. I could change it to private, but every reboot it would revert back. The issue with public network was that network discovery and file sharing was turned off, so even the NIC that was joined to the domain had little connectivity. Below fixed the issue.

You can change the security setting so that the network is not made public in the first place.

To do this on your local server or Vista/Windows 7 desktop , follow these steps:

1. Start –> run –> MMC –> press enter

2. In MMC console , from menu file select Add/Remove Snap-in

3. Select Group Policy Object editor –> Press Add –> select Local computer –> press OK –>press OK

4. Open Computer configration –>Windows Settings –>Security Settings –>select Network list manager policies
on the right Side you will see options for :

double click –>Unidentified networks

  Then you can select the option to consider the Unidentified networks as private and if user can change the

Find out what Windows Updates have been installed by using command prompt

To find out what Microsoft/Windows Updates have been installed, open command prompt and type:

wmic qfe list

This will work in Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7. You can also pipe it a text file if you needed to print it off or document it.

Windows 7 GodMode

You may have come across news of a hidden feature in Windows 7 that was posted about on called Windows 7 GodMode.  It’s a little know feature of Windows that has been around since Vista, though few were aware of it’s existence until now.

GodMode is a feature that lets users access all of the Windows Control Panel options from a single window. No hidden Control Panel options are exposed,  but all the various options for the different Control Panel applets are shown.

To create your own GodMode folder where you can easily modify your computer settings, try the following:

Create a new folder (right-click and click on “New Folder”). Right-click on the folder and click on rename, copy and paste this: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

The GodMode section at the front of the string can contain any name you like,  GodMode was chosen for dramatic effect I’m sure.

Windows 7 Godmode

By creating a new folder in Windows 7 and renaming it with a certain text string at the end, users are able to have a single place to do everything from changing the look of the mouse pointer to making a new hard-drive partition.

To enter “GodMode,” one need only create a new folder and then rename the folder to the following:



Credit to Ina Fried:

Manually disable Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) Run Once page

If a user is unable to save the “Run Once” page that comes up after installing IE7 (, there is a manual way of disabling it.

Open regedit, goto [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain]
Look for the following two keys.

If the keys aren’t there create both as new DWORD Value and set the value to 1 for each.

Vista ReadyBoost Flash Drive Requirements

Compatibility and requirements:

  • The capacity of the removable media must be at least 256 MB (250 after formatting)
  • Devices larger than 4 GB will have only 4 GB used for ReadyBoost
  • The device should have an access time of 1 ms or less
  • The device must be capable of 2.5 MB/s read speeds for 4 KB random reads spread uniformly across the entire device and 1.75 MB/s write speeds for 512 KB random writes spread uniformly across the device
  • The device must have at least 235 MB of free space
  • NTFS, FAT16 and FAT32 are supported
  • The initial release of ReadyBoost supports one device
  • The recommended amount of flash memory to use for Windows ReadyBoost acceleration is one to three times the amount of random access memory (RAM) installed in your computer

Missing Tabs In Display Properties

Some spyware may create a desktop background to replace your own.  After doing this, I’ve seen the display properties tabs for modifying the screensaver and wallpaper disappear to prevent the user from getting rid of the malicious wallpaper.  To bring these tabs back, navigate to the following Registry string:


Here, you will find the keys responsible.  They are:


These will likely be set to 1.  Set them to 0 or delete them to get your tabs back. 

Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged. (Code 19)

A client of mine recently had 2 CDRom drives that weren’t showing in My Computer. In the device manager, they showed up with exclamation points. Double-clicking them told me that the driver was installed properly but:

“Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged. (Code 19)”

After some research, the solution I found was to remove the LowFilter and UpperFilter entries from this registry area:


Note that you may have several identical keys like this (4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318). The one you are looking for will list DVD/CD Rom Drives as the very first entry.

Reboot after making changes.