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Saturday, 13 October 2012

Screen Saver Unable to Switch to Lock Function Automatically

In order to protect your computer contents while leaving the computer on and you need to be away for a while without shutting down the computer, windows provides a very simple features by locking out your computer through screen saver mode. By pressing the Windows Key and L key at the same time on the keyboard, you can lock your computer manually without leaving your computer contents ‘bare naked’ for everybody to see. To resume back to windows system to continue what you are doing, you will need to enter your password to relogin.

The windows system screen saver mode will also locked off automatically after a period of time when the window system remains inactive. The timing can be set at Screen Saver Settings option as according to user preference.

Start > Control Panel > Personalization > Screen Saver.

However, some users may also experience abnormal issue that the windows will not lock automatically after the inactive period. If you have confirmed the screen saver settings is not the cause, you may consider to check on network adapter power management.
Start> Control Panel> Device Manager> Network adapters
Select on the network adapter (Right Click) > Properties > Power Management
Uncheck the box “Allow this device to wake the computer”.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

How to Check Hard Disk Drive Model and Serial Numbers Using DOS Command Lines

For some reason, you may want to know what is your internal hard disk model number and serial number without opening out the computer.

Here you can make use of the Windows DOS command lines to check these infomations.

To find hard disk serial number, type the following command line:

wmic diskdrive get serial number

To find hard disk model number, type the following command line:


>list disk

>select disk < #>
Where <#> is refer to disk number

>detail disk

Quick Command Line to Check HDD Serial Number and Model

Command Line Check HDD Serial number:
wmic diskdrive get serialnumber

Command Line to Check HDD Model number:
wmic diskdrive get model

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Useful Command Lines on Window System

1.    System File Checker:
cmd > Run as admin > scf /scannow

2.    Flush DNS
ipconfig /flushdns

3.    Resume Paused BitLocker
cmd > Run as admin> cscript manage-bde.wsf –resume c:

4.    Check Bitlocker Encryption Status
Cmd > Run as admin > cscript manage-bde.wsf -status

5.    Reset Winsock
Run as Admin > netsh winsock reset

Cmd > gpupdate /force

7.    Convert FAT32 to NTFS
Cmd > convert e: /fs:ntfs (where e: refer to external thumb drive)

8.    Reset Outlook Application
Cmd > outlook.exe /resetnavpane

9.    Get serial number from hostname
Host machine must connect to LAN network (ping L11123456)
Run as Admin > wmic /node:L11123456 bios get serialnumber

10.    Get username from hostname
Hostname machine must connect to LAN network (ping L11123456)

Run as Admin > wmic /node:L11123456 computersystem get username

11.    Redirect IPCONFIG Results to External Drive
Useful command line to copy out the log details from DOS, recreate into text file and transfer to external thumbdrive.
To make a copy of ipconfig /all details, convert into text file and redirect it directly into your external thumbdrive(e:\)
Run Admin command prompt.
Type in:
ipconfig /all >e:\ipdetails.txt
where e:\ is refer to your external thumbdrive

12. Redirect System File Checker Results to External Drive
After performing the System File Checker (sfc /scannow),a CBS.LOG will be created.
To make a copy of the log details (CBS.LOG)and redirect it your external thumbdrive (e:\)
Open the Admin command prompt.

Type in:
findstr /c:"[SR]" %windir%\logs\cbs\cbs.log >e:\sfcdetails.txt
where e:\ is refer to your external thumbdrive
 and press "Enter". This will place a sfcdetails.txt file on your desktop with the SFC scan details from the CBS.LOG.
Open the sfcdetails.txt and look for the unfixable entries.

13.    Group Policy Results to generate report as Html
Run as Administrator
gpresult /h GPReport.html

14.    Group Policy Results to text
gpresult /z >policy.txt

15.    Copy ipconfig to text file
Run as Admin > ipconfig /all > c:\test.txt

16.   Check Hardisk for Bad Sector
Run as Admin > chkdsk c: /f

17. Reset Outlook
Run > outlook.exe /resetnavpane

18. Winsock Reset
Run as Admin > netsh winsock reset

19. Check BIOS version
Cmd > systeminfo
Run > msinfo32

20. Check VGA Driver
Run > dxdiag

21. Check Service Pack on Windows
Run > winver

22. Get Computer Serial Number
Cmd > wmic bios get serialnumber

23. Get Computer Model Number
Cmd > wmic csproduct get name

24. Get Computer name / Hostname
Cmd > hostname