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GUID and Random Number Generator

guid Globally Unique Identifier or GUID is a 128-bit integer (16 bytes) identifier  used in software applications in order to provide a unique reference number to identify a particular component. It is so unique that there's a very low probability or its impossible that any two or more component has the same value.

Registry Applications

Network and Sharing Center
{8E908FC9-BECC-40f6-915B-F4CAOE70D03D}
System
{BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6A77EEE}
Taskbar and Start Menu
{0DF44EAA-FF21-4412-828E-260A8728E7F1}
Folder Options
{6DFD7C5C-2451-11d3-A299-00C04F8EF6AF}

{GUID}

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Using GUID Generator: you can use this tool to create your own Guid that can be used for tweaking and customization.

Example: Another Way to Add Icons to Desktop

Random Numbers
Generation of random numbers is very important in computer science. It is a computational algorithm designed to generate a sequence of numbers that appear to be random.

This is often use in gambling, cryptography, computer simulation, websites that predicts the users personality especially in social networking websites such as facebook and others.

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You can try here: Random Number Generator from your selected range

Using the Random numbers in lottery: http://windowsforus.com/LuckyLotto/

Overall, these systems are related to each other because they can produce unique numbers that can be use in many computer applications.

Being familiar is very important.

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Basic to Advance Built-in Network Troubleshooting Tools in Windows 7 (and Vista)

networkCommand line tools for Networking are very useful in many ways since Windows 95 and 98. These utilities will help you diagnose network connections.

This tip came from Mr Ed Bott from Microsoft Press book. I’ve just modified and added more information. Thanks for the list!

Arp  Displays and modifies the IP-to-Physical address translation tables used by Address Resolution Protocol (ARP).

Finger Displays information about a user on a specified remote computer or system that is running the Finger service. The output varies on the remote system.

Get MAC Address (Getmac.exe) Displays the Media Access Control (MAC) address for all network cards either locally or across a network.

Hostname (Hostname.exe) Display the name of the current host. Note: It does not display the computers fully qualified domain name (FQDN).

IP Configuration Utility (Ipconfig.exe) Displays all current Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol network configuration values, and refreshes Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and DNS settings.

Name Server Lookup (Nslookup.exe) Displays information about Domain Name System records for specific IP addresses and host names for troubleshooting DNS problems. Check records, domain host services, domain host aliases, and operating system information by querying DNS servers.

Net services commands (Net.exe) Performs a broad range of network tasks that is use to set, view, access and determine the network settings. Type net with no parameters (or by using net /?) to see the full list of available command-line options.

Netstat (Netstat.exe) Displays active TCP connections, ports on which the computer is listening, Ethernet statistics, the IP routing table, and protocol statistics for IPv4/IPv6. Click Here to read the article for viewing the current connection. 

Network Command Shell (Netsh.exe) Displays and modifies the network configuration of a currently running local or remote computer using thirteen sets of commands called contexts for performing a wide range of network configuration.

PathPing (Pathping.exe) Trace a path to a remote system and report packet losses at each router along the way to identify problems at a router or network link.  Basically, It combines the functions of Traceroute and Ping.

TCP/IP NetBIOS Information (Nbtstat.exe) is a command-line tool to troubleshoot NetBIOS name-resolution problems. It Displays statistics for the NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NetBT) protocol, NetBIOS name tables for both the local computer and remote computers, and the NetBIOS name cache.

TCP/IP Ping (Ping.exe) This is a very useful tool that verifies (IP-level) connectivity to another computer or internet address by sending Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) packets and measuring response time in milliseconds.

TCP/IP Route (Route.exe) Displays and modifies entries in the local IP routing table.

TCP/IP Traceroute (Tracert.exe) Determines the path to an internet address, and lists the time required to reach each hop. It’s useful for troubleshooting connectivity problems on specific network segments.

To learn more about a specific command line tool including its proper syntax, type the executable name followed by /?.

e.g. ping /?

Source: http://WindowsForUs.com?win7networktools

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Tips for creating strong passwords on Windows 7 (and Vista)

bitlocker Passwords are secret string of characters that help ensure unauthorized users do not access the computer. It is being use to log on to a computer system and access programs, documents, and other resources. This is being use widely on websites, and computers running in any operating system.

It can be made up of letters, numbers, especial symbols, and spaces.

Tips for creating a secure password

  • Is at least eight characters long
  • Does not contain your family name, user name, company name or any words relating to you
  • Does not contain a complete word
  • different from previous passwords

Contains characters from each of the following four categories:

Uppercase letters   A, B, C
Lowercase letters   a, b, c
Numbers               0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Symbols found on the keyboard 
\ - +  ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ = { } [ ] | : ; " ' < > , . ? / `

Create an easy-to-remember piece of information that can be use as a password that combines all the categories. Relate your password to a favorite hobby, foods or words. 

Lower Case
facebook 
f@c3800k

Upper Case
regdevelop
r3gd3v3l0p

Alternating Case
yesterday
Y3$73rD@y

There is a Web Application that I’ve made that easily change the words like the above example.

Try here: http://windowsforus.com/passwordgenerator/easy/

If you feel you must write down your password in order to remember the character combination, make sure you don't label it as your “secret” password, and keep it in a safe place. This time a random password generator is recommended.

Try here: http://windowsforus.com/passwordgenerator/Random/

Some people create an acronym from an easy-to-remember information of your personal information. For example, a phrase that is meaningful to you and its impossible for you to forget, such as My brothers birthday is 6 August, 1974. Using that phrase as your guide, you might use Mbbi6/Aug,74 for your password.

If your a kind of person that doesn’t wants to memorize complicated passwords and you want the plain and readable ones. This time, an encrypted password generator is recommended.

Encrypted password generator creates a balance between the unrecognizable secure passwords and easy-to-remember password ones.

From a very simple word like “hello” into a strong and encrypted words.

Try here: http://windowsforus.com/PasswordGenerator/encryptdecrypt/

1. Use the tool to generate the secure password and memorize your suggested word only.

2. Before login to your online bank, mail, facebook, myspace, friendster or any social networking website, go to the Windows For Us Encrypted password Generator and use the tool to create your encrypted password.

You don't need to memorize the secure password because you can go back to the website and generate the secure password again then afterwards, use that for login.

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How to Get the Product Key in 64/32-Bit version of Windows 7

Many users believed in the negative feedback during the start of Vista campaign several years ago. We all know that the operating system has undergone a lot of changes and each changes needs adaption.

Unfortunately, many users wipe out the OS itself after buying a new Vista machine, replaces it with Windows XP and they forget to check if there’s a backup CD or copy of the product key.

Most of the manufacturers nowadays doesn’t give the installer of the OS.

Prevention is Better than Cure

Using the new version of WinGuggle, you can create a backup if you don’t have the original installation disc of your 64-bit version of Windows.

Just run the program and copy the product key for safe keeping.

Windows 7 64-Bit Enterprise Edition

windows7enterprise

Your antivirus program will not give any alarm and also works with 64-Bit version of Vista, Microsoft Office XP, 2003 and 2007!

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Easy way to hide files and folder in Windows 7 (and Vista)


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Using the attribute Hidden in Properties

hiddenattribute

 

 

 

This is one of the simplest way to hide your files and folder.

However, users can easily see the hidden files by changing the option at the folder options. (pressing “Alt + T” and Folder option)

folderoptions

also by using the command prompt:

C:\>dir/ah

Using WinBubbles-lite, you can create “Hide this File” and “Hide this Folder” to your Context Menu.

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Aside from adding those useful right-click menus, you can disable the access to Folder Options and Disable the Command Prompt.

Simply Right-Click the Folder or file and hit the hide option. that’s it!

What if its not working? There’s another option of “Hide this file” or “Hide this Folder” by using an Administrator rights.

Disabling Access to the Folder (Vista only)

Using WinBubble 1.76: This will be the last vista version that focuses on the important and best tweaking functions of Windows Vista.

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At the Right-Click Menu options group, use the “Set the Ownership to Current User Only.

This Right-Click menu option will disable other users access to the folder unless they are an administrator also.

Evolution

The Windows 7 version provides a single option and easy to understand settings that can hide any files easily….

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How to get the Clients and Server IP address


dos Internet Protocol (IP) address identifies the computer that is connected to a network and provides location address. An IP address usually consists of four groups of numbers e.g. 192.200.44.69

 

In this article I’m going to discuss some simple ways to get your IP address for both local and public.


How to get the IP Address using ipconfig.exe

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6001]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

C:\Users\Lawrence>ipconfig

Windows IP Configuration

PPP adapter Broadband Connection:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :  192.200.44.69
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . .: 192.200.44.1

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :


Using WinBubble

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WinBubble incorporates these tools for awareness and education for people starting to learn about computers.

Open the application < go to Windows Utilities Tab < Useful tools group and open the “IP Configuration Utility” to get your ip address.

For more information you can use ipconfig /?



Using the Network Connection Window

If your computer is directly connected to a DSL modem (not using a router), It’s easy to get the servers IP address using the Network Connection Window.

Open the network connection window (How? Read here)

broadband[5] 

Right-Click > Status

 

 

 

Click the Details Tab

broadbandconnectionproperties

 

Alternatively, If your computer is behind a proxy server or firewall, you can get the Public ip address by using web applications to get your servers IP address.

That’s it! Enjoy!


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Using Windows Easy Transfer to migrate Files and Settings

easytransfercable Windows Easy Transfer is a program that help users to migrate files and settings of computers such as personal files, media and e-mail from old computer to the new one such as Windows 7 or Vista.

It helps you choose what to transfer to your new computer, such as user accounts, Program data files and settings, Internet favorites, E-mail messages, settings, and contacts, photos, music, videos, Windows and Internet settings.

easytransfer

The wizard will guide the user through the process o f transferring files and settings from one Windows computer to another.

Note: No information is deleted from your old computer and all applications designed for the old Operating system will NOT be transferred.

Different Methods in Transferring the Files

  • Using the Network
    What you'll need: Both computers must be connected into a network and has the ability to access the same network folders.
  • Using DVDs or CDs
    What you'll need: Enough writeable discs to hold the data and settings and writeable DVD or CD drives on both computers.
  • USB flash drive or external hard disk
  • Easy Transfer Cable
     

How long does will it take to transfer the settings and files?
How fast your files and settings are transferred will depend on several factors such as the amount and size of files and settings, speed of your computers and the transfer method you choose.

Can viruses, worms, trojans and spywares be transferred?
Yes. Microsoft strongly recommend to scan your computer first by running antivirus and spyware protection programs at all times before you select files to transfer.

How to access the program

windowseasytransfer

just use the start menu search or use the new version of WinBubble to open the application located at the Windows Utilities Tab if you forgot the name.

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How to Access the Network Connection List in Windows 7 and Vista

If you want to see the servers ip-address and clients new ip-address while connected in the internet, installed protocols and lists of broadband connections. I wrote several ways to open the Network connection list window easily.

Right Click the Network Icon > Network and Sharing Center

networkconnectionwindow

At the left side of the window click manage network connections

managenetworkconnections

If your a first time user of Windows Vista, it is difficult to find the option.

Anywho, I’m going to give five more ways to open the window easily.

1. Press Win + R and type the following command

control netconnections

 

2. type ncpa.cpl in the Start Menu Search

 

3. In your desktop, create a folder called

Network Connections.{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E}

 

4. Using the new version of WinBubble you can easily add Items to My Computer and Control Panel Window that can serve as alternative to libraries in Windows 7.

computerwindow

Open WinBubble > Tools Tab > Using the second tool “My Computer and Control Panel Items” Group > Use the following settings

Name: Network Connections (or any)

File/Folder: control netconnections

Tool Tip: Network Connections (or any)

Icon: C:\Windows\system32\imageres.dll,113

Click the Set button That’s it! Enjoy using WinBubbles!

 

5. Press Win + R and use the following command

control ncpa.cpl

 

Enjoy!


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