NirCmd Elevate Switch Added – Some Useful Uses

We’ve covered the excellent multi-purpose command-line tool NirCmd from Nirsoft earlier. This post talks about the new command-line switches added in the current version of NirCmd. Earlier this month, I sent a NirCmd feature request to Nir Sofer, asking to include an “elevate” switch, which should launch an application elevated (Windows Vista, Windows 7 & … Read more

How to Free Up Hard Disk Space in Windows 10

Windows 10 updates, especially the feature updates, consume enormous disk space as Windows stores the older copies in case you want to rollback to the previous version. Hard disk drives have become cheaper and affordable nowadays. A 1 TB SATA HDD costs less than $50. But, if you’re using an old, low capacity hard drive … Read more

How to Change File Date or Timestamp in Windows

Windows maintains three different date/timestamps for every file and folder. They are “Date Created”, “Date Modified”, and “Date Accessed”. In some situations, you may have to change the modified, created, or last accessed timestamp of a file or folder. For instance, I had to change the timestamp of some files to test the Robocopy sync … Read more

How to Run a Program as SYSTEM (LocalSystem) Account in Windows

Many Windows system files and registry keys are owned by the SYSTEM (a.k.a LocalSystem) account, which has a high privilege level. If you need to modify a registry key owned by the SYSTEM account, there are at least two options. The first option that comes to your mind is to take ownership of the corresponding … Read more

Clear all notifications in Action Center using Keyboard or Shortcut

The Action Center in Windows 10 is a slide-out pane where all system notifications are displayed and it has quick action buttons to various Windows settings. Any notification shown on your taskbar will be added to the Action Center. The unread (new) notifications count is also displayed on the Action Center notification area icon. The … Read more

Automatically Turn off Monitor when you Lock your Computer

We saw how to turn off your monitor or put your computer to sleep mode using shortcuts. Also, we explained how to automatically lock the workstation immediately after automatic login to your account. By default, after you lock your workstation (computer), the display turns off automatically in 1 minute, and the lock screen display off … Read more

How to Restart Explorer Cleanly Using Shortcut or Command-line

When you make changes to the Windows registry using the Registry Editor, script or any other automation tool, you may have to logoff and login back for the changes to take effect. That’s especially true if you’re altering the UI element metrics or changing the shell namespace folder icons etc. — as Explorer caches these … Read more