How to Change the Icon for a File Type in Windows

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Surprisingly, Windows doesn’t have a built-in option to allow users to set custom icons for file types. If you have a custom file type and the corresponding program doesn’t have a nice-looking icon in its .exe or .dll resource, you can manually change or customize the default icon for that file type.

This article explains how to change the default icon for a file type using different methods in Windows. Instructions apply to all versions of Windows, including Windows 10Read more

WhoCrashed: Free Crash Dump Analyzer for Windows


Frequently experience application crashes, blue screen errors, or sudden reboot problems? For every crash, a memory dump file will be generated by Windows, which can be analyzed using a debugger in order to determine the root cause of the crash.

For those who don’t know how to use a debugger, use WhoCrashed Home Edition, a free Crash Dump Analyzer program from Resplendence Software.Read more

How to Recover Product Keys Offline from Unbootable Windows PC


There are many utilities that can find the lost Product Key of your live Windows installation, but what if the computer is completely dead and unbootable?

This post introduces some third-party utilities that can get the product keys offline (for Windows, Office, and other products) by loading the SOFTWARE registry hive on a mounted hard disk or other sources.Read more

How to Straighten Slanted Photos in Windows 10

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Sometimes your snaps may come up slanted, especially when you take photos while on the move. These snaps can be straightened using Photoshop or other specialized digital imaging tools. If you’re looking for a free option, then you have the Windows 10 Photos app, or Windows Live Photo Gallery (part of Windows Live Essentials).

These two (free) programs have an option to straighten up skewed or crooked pictures easily.Read more

Easily Find and Remove Duplicate URLs in Internet Explorer Favorites

It’s not uncommon to see people ending up with duplicate URLs in their browser Bookmarks/Favorites over a period of time. Finding duplicates by comparing the target URL may be a tedious task especially if you have a lengthy favorites list. Here is an useful tool that can help you easily find and remove duplicate items in Internet Explorer Favorites and Mozilla Firefox Bookmarks.Read more

Determine the Target Path of Windows Installer Shortcuts

When you right-click on a Windows Installer shortcut and choose Properties, the Target field does not show the path to the executable. This is because Windows Installer shortcuts work differently. When you double-click a Windows Installer shortcut, Windows reads the Product code, Component code, and other details stored in the Shortcut to determine the executable file location.Read more

Register Firefox Portable with Default Apps or Default Programs in Windows

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Firefox logoMozilla Firefox®, Portable Edition is the popular Mozilla Firefox web browser bundled with a Launcher as a portable app, so you can take your bookmarks, extensions, and saved passwords with you.

This article lists two methods with which you can register Mozilla Firefox Portable Edition with Default Apps or Default Programs in Windows Vista through Windows 10/11.Read more

How to run .BAT files invisibly, without displaying the Command Prompt window

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Batch files (.BAT) and Windows NT Command Script (.CMD) files run in console window when double-clicked. This means that the Command Prompt window will be visible until the .BAT or .CMD file execution is complete.

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To make .BAT or .CMD file execution less intrusive, you can configure it to run minimized. Or if the .BAT or .CMD file does not require user input during run time, you can launch it in invisible mode using a Script.

The built-in Task Scheduler in Windows is capable of launching programs in hidden mode. If you don’t want to proceed via the Task Scheduler route, check out the options discussed in this article.Read more