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No way to schedule a backup, then a sleep.... but

It’s late in the game and who knows if there’s any who will read this or use it. But better late than never again. Right? : ) Ok so once upon an eon ago, someone here or at HowToGeek was saying they needed a way to schedule a Windows backup with Task Scheduler, and then have TS sleep or shut down the computer. They…

Deleted files: Where They Go and How to Get Them Back Deleted files: Where They Go and How to Get Them Back

When you delete a file from your PC, intentionally or by an unfortunate mistake, have you ever wondered what really happens to this data? Does it immediately vanish without a trace or its leftovers are hidden somewhere deep within the hard drive? No matter if you accidentally killed your working project which was…

Set the Default Program for Opening Extension-less Files

I often update my hosts file, one of those text files that has no extension, and I’m always prompted to choose a program to open it. I always choose the same, but the prompt always comes back. Other file types are remembered, not this one. I found a fix at Superuser. Open a cmd window as an admin, and type assoc .=”No…

Restore Missing "New" to the Right-click menu.

Did you lose your “New” entry in the context (right-click) menu? I did. Probably b/c I fkkkt something up. Or maybe not my fault. But this got it back. http://www.askvg.com/how-to-restore-missing-new-menuitem-in-desktop-and-explorer-context-menu/

How to Show Drive Letters Before or After the Drive Name

I don’t know how others like their drive letters to appear in Windows, under Computer or Explorer. My preference is to have the letters after the name. That way, I can select a drive by tapping on the first letter of its name... e.g. S for Sandisk, K for Kingston etc. <- This isn’t possible if drive letters are shown…

Batch Convert Stereo MP3s to Mono

I was looking for a way to batch encode some stereo MP3s into mono. I found this direct download, at “freeware genius” http://www.inspire-soft.net/data/mp3-quality-modifier.zip MQM can do mass-conversions, and then a little more. Try it, if you need such a tool. You wouldn’t believe all the overly 8987ing complicated…

Theme Switcher

I found a tool called “WinaeroThemeSwitcher” for Win7 and 8. http://winaero.com/comment.php?comment.news.209 TS switches to your various themes without a GUI getting inbetween. Works from the cmd line, if you point it at a theme in one of the known paths. Or you can set up a shortcut with a target similar to this: …

a toggle-open-toggle-closed script

A while ago I wrote an ahk script that toggles open a dictionary text file which is used to improve the pronunciation abilities of a text-to-speech program that I use. The same key combo opens the file for changes, saves the edits and closes the file. The lingering problem was that often, the script would close down…

Registry Editor "Favorites"

I’m pretty sure I’ve posted this in the past. Just that I don’t know what search terms to use in order to get Google to dig it up. This involves the Windows 7 Registry editor and its list of Favorites that you can use to bookmark settings that you might want to revisit. I do that a lot. You can see the list with the key…

Autohotkey and Batch Scripts, Found Somewhere

I found a couple of Autohotkey scripts while reading stackoverflow and an ahk subreddit. They work on Win7x64, but might also work on newer versions of Windows. I can’t test though. Anybody want to? This first one moves you back and forth between two windows, be they folders or programs or some document or other. I set…

Attribute Changer

All I wanted to do was change the date of a pic to precede all others in a folder, so it would always be down at the bottom. I had my reasons. Maybe you’ll have your own for using this. https://www.petges.lu/home/download I’m sure this tool was mentioned at Lh in times of yor but a repeat can’t hurt. Probably it’ll work…

Recovering Unallocated Space on a USB Drive

Someone gave me a thumb drive with stuff on it. I decided I wanted to use the drive for something else. It showed a bunch of unallocated space in Disk Management, space that couldn’t be unfrozen from there. I found these steps, which took care of the problem. http://geekswithblogs.net/ilich/archive/… Probably there’s a…

What Taskbar

This script suppresses the taskbar in Win7, including the white line that remains when the taskbar is auto-hidden. <——————————————-> #NoEnv #NoTrayIcon SendMode Input SetWorkingDir %A_ScriptDir% #SingleInstance force SetNumLockState, AlwaysOn Process, Priority, , High Loop { WinWait, ahk_class Shell_TrayWnd WinHide ahk_class…

Delete All System Restore Points

Here’s a tip. It’s not mine. I wish it were. But it’s handy sometimes. This is how to delete all your restore points from the command line. Good at cleanup time.

Batch Image Resize from the Context Menu

I found this thing called Image Resizer, a context menu-based tool. It’s a clone of what was part of the “Power Toys” package for XP and 9x, but died with the advent of Vista/7. https://sourceforge.net/projects/photo… The 2.0 beta x64 version seems fine for this setup. There is a version for 32bit as well at the link. …

Old But Good Tips for Manipulating Files

It never hurts to repeat these tips, to myself included. Cut-copy-paste-undo-redo work in all manner of places on Windows, not just among words. Deleted a file? Want it back? Stop where you are and press ctrl+z. Rename a file or group of files? Stop where you are and do the same, ctrl+z. Do you need to redo something,…

You May Not Be Helpless Without a Mouse

Bit ranty. I watch a lot of computer setup and revival sorts of vids. And often I see the techs getting stuck at a logon screen when the mouse has yet to be enstated or such like. They’re sitting there with a working keyboard but no working mouse. And they’re stuck, helpless to get to the Desktop, waiting for Windows to…

Installing Virtualbox on Linux and Windows

Virtualbox is an X86 and AMD64 virtualization program owned by Oracle (after they bought sun) for enterprise and home use. It is a freely available open source package and runs on Windows, Linux, OSX and Solaris. The latest available version of Virtualbox is 5.0.16

Surf the Web in Material Design with Liri Browser Surf the Web in Material Design with Liri Browser

Do you like Google’s Material Design? No, do you REALLY like the Material Design so much that you’d like to have it everywhere, even in your browser? Surely you can install a theme to re-skin your Chrome or Firefox, but that will only give you the Material look, not the Material feel and experience.

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