It's been a while since Microsoft declared its love for Linux, and, at first, it felt strange to see Windows 10 embrace the Tux penguin. However, the fact that Windows 10 can run native Linux applications directly, without having to resort to using virtual machines, is proof of Microsoft's new strategy of embracing other ecosystems. Strange times we're living in, right? Were you expecting to see Ubuntu, openSUSE, Fedora, and the likes, running natively in Windows 10?
The easiest way to view information about your computer is to use Windows graphical tools such as Task Manager or System Information. However, some people prefer to use the Command Prompt or PowerShell for, well, almost anything. If you're wondering how to get system info in CMD (Command Prompt), or if you want to learn how to manage running processes from the command line, read on. We're going to show how you can do all of these things:
There are times when you need to compare two files and check whether their content is different. In some situations, you could just open the two files and look through their contents, like when you want to compare two pictures or two text files. However, that's a rather tedious task to perform, and you might miss small differences, like a slight change in tint on a photo, or a phrase in a text file. That's why it is good to know a few methods to programmatically compare the contents of two files, using software instead of your senses.
While most regular users might have issues understanding the need to create random dummy files of a specific size, geeks, software developers, and power users know why such files can come in handy sometimes. You can use dummy files to figure out if there are any bad sectors on your hard drive, to test network speed, or to ensure that files on your computer or device are deleted beyond recovery. Regardless of your reasons, here are four ways to create such files in any modern version of Windows:
If you frequently use the Command Prompt or PowerShell, you may be tired of their opaque app windows. They are functional, useful, but also dull. Another issue is that when you work in a busy office, people can easily see what you type, due to their opacity. If you are a Windows 10 user, one neat little personalization that you can perform is to make them transparent to the level you want. This can make them more visually appealing to you, and also more difficult to see by people walking around your computer.
While many casual users know about the Command Prompt, only a few have heard about Windows PowerShell. PowerShell is a much more powerful tool than the Command Prompt. It is also intended to replace the Command Prompt, as it delivers more power and control over the Windows operating system. That's why we decided to get a taste of PowerShell and explain to all our readers what this tool is, why it is so powerful and who tends to use it more often. Let's see what PowerShell is and what you can do with it:
Windows 10 comes with quite a few pre-installed universal apps, such as Calendar, Mail, Camera, or Photos. While some people like them and find them useful, others do not. If you do not want some of these bundled apps on your Windows 10 device, you might be wondering if they can be removed from your system. While a few of the built-in apps can be uninstalled by right clicking on them and selecting the Uninstall option, some of them do not offer this option.
Some people do not like the universal apps that are installed by default In Windows 10 and want to get rid of them. They can manually uninstall most of them using the Settings app, or they can use PowerShell to uninstall all or only some. Apps like Calendar, Mail, Camera, Photos or Candy Crush Soda Saga, can be gone from a Windows 10 computer in no time. The question is: how do you get all the default Windows 10 back, when you learn that you need them, or when they are broken and no longer work correctly?
Many IT professionals use PowerShell to manage Windows computers and devices and to execute administrative tasks of all kinds. Before you can use PowerShell, you first need to know how to start it. That's why we made a long list of all the methods available for starting this tool, including with admin rights. Read on and see them all:
In certain situations, you may need to extract a list with all the user accounts that exist on a Windows device. Or you may want to know the hidden user accounts that exist alongside your user account. To help you out, we compiled a list of four methods that you can use to see all the users, including the hidden ones created by Windows or third-party apps that you installed. Here they are: