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
There are at least a couple of ways to open Command Prompt in the current folder path from a folder window. The two widely used options include running cmd.exe from the File Explorer address bar and using the Open Command window here option from the folder background context menu. But, no built-in option exists to … Read more
Installing updates via Windows Update can be problematic sometimes. Downloads may stall at a specific stage either due to problems with the Windows Update server or the Content Delivery Network (CDN) that hosts the update in your region. It could also be possible that the Windows Update or BITS Services configuration on the local computer … Read more
When you attempt to delete a file or folder which is in use by a process, the File In Use dialog appears showing the name of the program that has locked the file. However, there are cases where the “File In Use” dialog doesn’t show the name of the process that has a lock on … Read more
Sometimes you may want to prevent a particular user from opening the Command Prompt window (cmd.exe) for a number of valid reasons. This article explains how to prevent specific users from opening the Command Prompt or running Windows Batch files.
We saw how to Take Ownership of a file or folder using the takeown.exe command-line tool. You can add “Take Ownership” command to the right-click menu for much easier access.
To elevate batch files manually, you would right-click on it and choose Run as Administrator. Here is a way to automatically elevate a batch file that requires elevated privileges to run correctly. This is equivalent to choosing “Run as Administrator” by right-clicking a batch file. In either case, the UAC prompt would still show up.
Windows Vista users need to use the RunAs.exe console tool or the ShellRunas shell extension from Windows SysInternals to launch programs as a different user. Windows 7 includes the Run as different user feature as a built-in option in the right-click menu.