Geek Tool of the Day | Microsoft Fix it Portable

Microsoft Fix It Solution Center will automatically diagnose and repair common software problems in Windows, Internet Explorer or other Microsoft products.

I have used it numerous times  since it’s release in 2010 to fix printer issues, CD/DVD not found, and Internet Explorer issues just to name a few.

1.  Click here to download Fix It portable. (Provided  by Microsoft)
2.  Run the MicrosoftFixit-portable.exe file you just downloaded.

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3.  Accept the license agreement and specify a folder where Portable Microsoft Fix it will be downloaded.

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4.  Once the download completes, you will find a folder named Fix it portable.
6.  In the ‘Fix it portable’ folder, there will be a file ‘Launch Fix it.exe’. That’s your Microsoft Fix it portable edition.

Copy that folder to your USB flash drive and keep it handy for the next Windows issue you have.

Geek Tool of the Day | HandBrake

HandBrake: The open source video transcoder

 

HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.

  1. Convert video from nearly any format
  2. Free and Open Source
  3. Multi-Platform (Windows, Mac and Linux)

Download link

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Geek Tool of the Day | OutlookTempCleaner 1.2

OutlookTempCleaner 1.2 has just been released. The main new addition is that it now also supports Outlook 2013, including the Office 365 editions of Office 2013.

OutlookTempCleaner is a free support tool which gives you easy access to the Temp folder that is being used when you directly open an attachment from Outlook. Under certain circumstances, this folder can become “full” and you are unable to open the attachment.

Aside from easy access to the folder, it can also report its size and gives you the opportunity to empty it. It also supports command line switches which allows you to automate maintenance of the folder via Windows’ Scheduled Tasks or logon/logoff scripts.

Download: OutlookTempCleaner 1.2

License(s) Key Tool – ProduKey v1.61

Here is the Geek Tool of the Day!

ProduKey is a small utility that displays the ProductID and the CD-Key of Microsoft Office (Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office 2007), Windows (Including Windows 7 and Windows Vista), Exchange Server, and SQL Server installed on your computer. You can view this information for your current running operating system, or for another operating system/computer – by using command-line options. This utility can be useful if you lost the product key of your Windows/Office, and you want to reinstall it on your computer.

Download ProduKey (In Zip file)
Download ProduKey for x64
Download ProduKey with full install/uninstall support
Recover keys of other non-Windows products

SAVE2PC 4.28

“SAVE2PC”,  is a free tool that downloads videos from Youtube or Google Video and saves it as avi or mpeg or flv file to your local computer.  Read on

How To Check the Date Windows was Installed on a PC

There is a simple command that tells you what the “Original Install Date of Windows” was, on your PC. (Command works on Windows XP, Vista, 7 & 8 )

Open the Command Prompt and insert:

systeminfo | find "Original Install Date"

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Sure, there are PowerShell commands too:

([WMI]”).ConvertToDateTime((Get-WmiObject Win32_OperatingSystem).InstallDate)

or

[timezone]::CurrentTimeZone.ToLocalTime(([datetime]’1/1/1970′).AddSeconds($(get-itemproperty ‘HKLM:\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion’).InstallDate))

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For more information, head on over to the Super User community.

Thanks go to 7Tutorials.com for their post on this subject.

Ultimate Windows Tweaker – Geek Tool of the Day

I know using the word “Tweaker” may not be the best brand label for this tool. We didn’t name it, they did.

So let’s call it, UWT. UWT is a pocket utility for tweaking and optimizing Windows 7. It is a 345KB .exe file which does not require an install, and has over 150 tweaks & settings. Simply download the zip file, extract its contents and run Ultimate Windows Tweaker.

Oh, and it’s FREE! Pack it on your geek tool belt!

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Geek Tool of the Day – WhoCrashed Free Home Edition 4.01

Whenever a computer running Windows suddenly reboots without displaying any notice or blue screen of death, the first thing that is often thought about is a hardware failure. In reality, most crashes are caused by malfunctioning device drivers and kernel modules. In case of a kernel error, most computers running Windows do not show a blue screen unless they are configured to do so. Instead these systems suddenly reboot without any notice.

WhoCrashed shows the drivers which have been crashing your computer with a single click. In most cases it can pinpoint the offending drivers which have been causing misery on your computer system in the past. It does post-mortem crashdump analysis and presents all gathered information in a comprehensible way.

Normally, debugging skills and a set of debugging tools are required to do post-mortem crash dump analysis. By using this utility you do not need any debugging skills to be able to find out what drivers are causing trouble to your computer.

|MG| WhoCrashed Free Home Edition 4.01 Download.

Unhide Non System Files – Geek Tool of the Day

Here’s your Geek Tool of the Day:

Some new viruses hide every single file on the system. This repair will unhide every file on the system that is not a system file.

small little program…just has a START button and then that’s it…instantly starts

ok… its done….let me go look
NICE….REAL NICE
WORKED LIKE A CHAMP!!!!!!
THANKS!!!

Thanks go to our test monkey Ja!

Unhide Non System Files 1.7.4 Download.

Genuine Windows Validation Error With MS Security Essentials

This issue may occur if the WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) engine does not have permission to access the data.dat file. In order to confirm this point and resolve the issue, do the following:

1. Log on to the computer using an Administrator user account.
2. Click “Start”, and click “My Computer”.
3. On the “Tools” menu, click “Folder Options”.
4. Click the “View” tab.
5. Under “Hidden files and folders”, check on “Show hidden files and folders”.
6. Click to clear the “Hide extensions for known file types” check box, and then click “OK”.
7. We will find the file named “data.dat” under the following folder:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Windows Genuine Advantage\data

8. Right-click the “data.dat” file, and click “Properties”.
9. Click the “Security” tab.

Note: If the “Security” tab cannot be viewed, please refer to the information after Step 12.

10. Click “Advanced”.

11. In the “Name” tab, please check if “Everyone” is listed. If so, please click the “Exit” button, and check on “Full Control”. If “Everyone” is not listed, please click the “Add” button, enter the name “Everyone” (without the quotation marks), press “enter “from the keyboard, choose “Full Control” in the pop-up window, and click “OK”.

12. Please click “OK” to accept the changes.

Please also check the information below regarding viewing of the Security Tab in Window XP Professional Edition.

1. Click “Start”, and click “My Computer”.
2. On the “Tools” menu, click “Folder Options”.
3. In the “View” tab, uncheck the option “Use simple file sharing (Recommended)” at the bottom of the list.
4. Click “OK”.

In order to access the Security Tab in XP Home Edition, you have to restart the computer into Safe Mode.  In Safe Mode, only accounts with Computer Administrator privileges are presented on the friendly logon screen.  Log onto Windows using one of these Computer Administrator accounts, then make the changes to the data.dat file’s permissions as described in the above post.  When done, restart, and resume what you were doing with MSE.

Thanks go to our Test Monkey of the Day, Ja! (For validating this fix works)

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