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(Windows 8) How to add Icons to desktop - Computer, Network, Users folder, and Control Panel

Did you ask why the start menu in Windows 8 was removed? How will you add some important icons such as “Computer” and “Network” icons to desktop? Where’s the “programs” menu?

Anyway, we are already accustomed with the default design of Windows. Here’s a quick tip to add some important icons to desktop.

For more detailed and advanced options, read the link below:



Use the Right-click button of your mouse to the desktop portion of your Windows 8 to access the “Personalize” window.


Once the window opens, go to the left pane and click “Change desktop icons”


Finally, click to choose what icons will be activated – Computer, User’s files, Network, Recycle Bin and Control panel.


You can change the look by clicking “Change Icon” button and “Allow themes to change desktop icons”

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(Command Prompt) How to automatically open and map a directory

During DOS days, playing with several commands are fun. What if you encounter the longest and the most difficult file path of the century? What can you do to make it easier?

Here’s a quick tip to automatically get into the folder directory from windows to your command window:

Press the Shift key and use the right-click portion of your mouse.



Usual command to go inside the directory

cd C:\Users\hp-test\Desktop\backup>

Or else, you need to use the command cd to change the current directory.

That’s it!


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(Windows 8) How to check and extend the Trial period after three months of used

After downloading the new version of Windows, you’ll be able to try and experience the new features for both hardware (touch) and software functions of the new OS.

Here’s what you can do after the evaluation period expires.

See the license information

slmgr.vbs /dli or slmgr.vbs –dli

- you’ll be able to see the time remaining in terms of minutes and days

For the detailed license status

slmgr.vbs /dlv or slmgr.vbs –dlv

- you’ll see many details regarding software licensing service including the number of times you can extend the evaluation period (Remaining Windows rearm count)


click here for more information

What to-do after Expiration

slmgr –rearm

- you’ll be able to extend the trial period of Windows 8 for another three months.

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Domain, Private and Public: Understanding Firewall Profiles

A firewall profile is a way of grouping all the security rules, such as firewall and connection security settings, that are applied to the computer depending on the location where the computer is connected.

For computers running Vista, Windows 7 and above, there are three profiles for Windows Firewall with Advanced Security:

Profile Description


Domain settings are applied to a network adapter when it is connected to the domain to which the computer is joined. The Domain network is used for domain networks such as those at enterprise workplaces.


Configuration are applied to a network adapter when it is connected to a network that is identified by the administrator as a private network.


Settings are applied to a network adapter when it is connected to a public network such as coffee shops and airports. This helps to protect your computer from any malicious software from the Internet.

These configuration means that if a network adapter is connected to the corresponding group of firewall rules e.g. public network, then all traffic going to or from that network is filtered by the firewall settings associated with the public profile.

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List of Ports number: Understanding Shared Folders and the Windows Firewall

Sharing a folder and files creates an exception of ports in Windows Firewall for File and Printer Sharing. These ports are needed for communication and sharing files.

The exception opens the ports listed in the following table:

Connection Ports
TCP 139, 445
UDP 137, 138

The default configuration is to allow other computer inside the network to access from any location, including computers on the Internet. Unless you block incoming connections on these ports using the table above as reference.

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Built-in Command or Executable file to Monitor a Shared Folder

Last time, we covered how to use the shared folder wizard, now let’s take up how to monitor and control these resources using Shared Folders program.

Shared Folders program displays the current computers network folder, current sessions, and open files. Here’s the command to monitor these sessions and open files:


Shares folder lists all the shared files and folders available on your PC as shown below.


Sessions displays the list of users connected or using your shared folder. It also display the number of open files from your PC.


Open Files folder display the location of the file or the name of the file itself being use by the user connected to your PC.


Computer management is a combination of different disk, network and file management tools. You can also access Shared folders through computer management window.


You can find the program through Start Search… That’s it!


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