Microsoft's Secret Stash - 10 Best Unknown Windows Utilities

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PCWolf

Tools every PC Guru should have on their USB Drive!

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SantanaPanero

You forgot PS_Shoutdown !!!

 the EASY way to tell a windows machine to shutdown after X minutes, hours, etc,....

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Hg Dragon

After going 'round-and-'round with one too many person at our locations about restarting their PC's like they should be doing, we installed BGInfo on every box. Now they can't say, "We restarted it like 5 times already!" when we ask them to restart again since we can show them that "Actually, you haven't restarted the terminal in two months."

It also ended up helping us out on disk space issues when our one of our apps would freak out and start filling the hard drive. We would know when it started becasue they would go from 30GB free space to 300MB in a week.We don't have to walk them through running an ipconfig either to find out which station we need to look at since each location refers to their terminals in a different way than any other location. What they call "Register 1" might me "Station 8" ont the network and no amount of coaching will get them to change it. Since the IP is now embedded on the desktop thanks to BGInfo, they simply have to look at that.

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Leo Scott

If you go to the utilities index there is a link to get ALL the utilities in one file.  Much easier.

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nekollx

don't you need like a $300 subscribption to get these off tech net though?

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compro01

Nope, no subscription required for these.

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popstop785

I've always been fond of the wallpaper changer in XP as well as the BSoD screensaver. :D

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franktank

I'm a professional IT guy so maybe I've had more reason to use these utils more than other max pc readers. 

if this is unknow maybe you should write an article covering all the sysinternals stuff. You can run most if not all of the tools directly from the website now.

 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/default.aspx

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StahnAileron

Couldn't you just define a PATH in the start-up config to point to a folder if you wanted the programs in their folder for commandline function? I would guess if you're using these on a regular basis, you'd be a heavy power user and that'd be the most elegant fix.

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HeartBurnKid

I just put PSTools into its own directory, then added that directory to the PATH environment variable in the System control panel.  It works much, much better that way; easier to keep it up to date.

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frewster

I had never heard of any of these programs before, and they all seem to be very useful! Good job!

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