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Windows maintainance
 
 
Miscellaneous
To clean up,
- Delete c:\windows\memory.dmp
- Delete c:\windows\$*
- Empty c: emp
- Empty IE's cache & cookies
 
Make sure you have those at hand, just in case :
- NT password cracker
- Ultimate boot CD
- System rescue cd :
- Gentoo install CD
 
When you delete a system, you may need to backup those :
- My Documents
- Firefox bookmarks
- Firefox saved passwords
- appdata/thunderbird (emails, addressbook, configuration and bayesian word lists)
(-) Miranda IM Received Files
(-) appdata/utorrent & utorrent temp files
(-) PuTTY bookmarks
(-) Filezilla site manager passwords
(-) c: p
(-) c:ygwin\home\username
(-) d: mware
(-) d:\...
 
To reboot from the command line,
shutdown -t 0 -r
 
To disable the PC speaker,
Device Manager
View > Show hidden devices
Non-Plug and Play Drivers > Beep Properties
Driver tab
Status : Stop
Type : Disabled
 
 
Automation
Installation
Unattended
 
Preparation
nLite
Winbuilder
 
Rescue
VistaPE
 
 
Network configuration
First, rename your network interfaces for example,
NIC1
WI1
 
Static IP and DNS,
netsh interface ip set address "NIC1" static 10.1.1.9 255.255.255.0 10.1.1.254 1
netsh interface ip set dns "NIC1" static 10.1.1.253 primary
 
Dynamic IP and DNS,
netsh interface ip set address "NIC1" dhcp
netsh interface ip set dns "NIC1" dhcp
 
Note. without gateway,
#netsh interface ip set address "NIC1" static 10.1.1.9 255.255.255.0 none
Note. define only the gateway,
#netsh interface ip set address "NIC1" gateway=10.1.1.254 gw=1
 
 
Network commands
Check for network and name resolution,
ping -a
Note. '-t' to ping forever
 
Empty DNS cashe,
ipconfig /flush
 
Print the routing table,
route print
delete a route,
route delete 10.201.5.41
add a route,
route (-p) add 10.1.0.0 mask 255.255.0.0 GW_IP
or
route (-p) add 10.1.0.0 mask 255.255.0.0 GW_IP
note. '-p' to make it permanent even after reboot
note. 10.1.0.0 is the destination network
note. eventually add "metric 40" after
 
 
Hardware specifics
To install Windows on an HP Proliant L3XX or DL5XX, use HP Smartstart boot CD, select the OS. It then asks for the Windows installation CDs. Otherwise, if Windows is already installed with lots of drivers missing, use the PSP (Proliant Support Pack) from the same Smarstart CD or get them from HP's website.
 
On recent IBM laptops, enable the hotkeys with "FN Incrustation" (http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-68000).
 
 
References
List of the keyboard shortcuts that are available in Windows XP
Environment Variables in Windows XP
 

Last update: Oct 22, 2011