Starting an app on machine startup

Many of you may be aware that applications often run in the background without you being aware of them. Some may run as a Service, whereas others might automatically start when your machine is turned on (booted). An example of this, is the Windows Desktop…

PC staying up past its bedtime?

I recently had an issue with my home PC, which is running Windows 10. Although I had gone through the power settings and configured it to sleep after a few hours, I would find it was always on idle. The display would be off, but…

Loading an .iso with Windows Explorer

You don’t need third party software to access or run a disk image (.iso) file. In Microsoft Windows, just right-click the file and select “Open with…”. From the list, select “Windows Explorer”. Windows will mount the image as though it was a physical disk. You…

Easy access to system information

If you’re after a quick summary of the hardware configuration on a Windows machine, Microsoft has you covered. Just open System Configuration, but following these steps Click WIN+R Enter “MSINFO32” The following window will open.

Shutdown a computer via remote connection

If you’re connecting to a computer using Remote Desktop (RDP), sometimes you are not given the option to shutdown from the Start menu. So instead, you can use command prompt to access a Shutdown option directly. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, and click…

Changing screen orientation in Windows 7

Today I managed to accidentally hit the keyboard shortcut to rotate the screen orientation 90 degrees. It was quite a surprise. After wrestling with the mouse, I managed to search up what keys I had managed to press and was able to resolve the issue….

Scripting AWS commands with Windows Powershell

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of work writing Powershell scripts to automate some deployment tasks for our application environment in the cloud. The environment is hosted with Amazon Web Services (AWS), which provides a toolkit to accept commands via Powershell. As part of our…

Executing programs in Windows Powershell

I’m used to executing programs via Windows Command Prompt (cmd) by doing either Setting the current directory to the executable location path, and then calling the executable e.g. >> cd C:ParentFolderChildFolder >> MyExec.exe /Commands OR Entering the executable path and the executable in quotes e.g. “C:ParentFolderChildFolderMyExec.exe” /Commands…