Do you have a bad short term memory?
Wait what were we talking about again?
Oh right memory. Well I might have a horrible short term memory but the part of my brain that remembers DOS commands works great!
So yours truly remembers all his DOS commands and I have to use them on a daily basis to get my job done. I find myself releasing DNS, requesting a new DHCP address, defragmenting and the list goes on and on. So what do you do if you need to get these Windows tasks done and you don’t know how?
Download and fire up Matt’s System Helper Outer. You can grab the executable from . Once you run that file, the application will be ready to umm uhh help you out :)
You will be greeted by a screen that looks like this:
That is what the programs interface looks like. Let’s take a look at it. You will see 5 tabs across the top and 7 buttons across the bottom. The tabs on top have different Windows tasks and commands associated with them and the buttons on the bottom launch their respective control panel. Go ahead click around we will wait!
Good you are back”¦.let’s look at the tabs. The first tab you see above lets you release and renew your DHCP address, the button below that flushes your DNS cache for faulty entries or register it. All at the push of a button. Need to run IPConfig /all for your full IP settings? Just hit the run button after checking the /all switch!
You can see the output here:
Pretty nifty eh? You can also run DOS commands from that New Command field at the top of the output. As you can see here, I issued a dir to show a directory listing:
Let’s look at the other tabs with more Windows tasks:
The second tab contains a few options for users or admins trying to troubleshoot Windows freaking updates! Here you can stop the Windows update service or re-register it. You can then start it. Having problems with the Windows Installer? Stop or start the service from here as well as registering and unregistering it.
In the storage tab you will find links to defragment a drive with the optional force option as well as running a disk clean up on the drive of your choice. You can choose which drive you want to defragment the same way by trying the drive letter in the box before hitting run.
The Misc. tab holds the System file checker that scans all your windows system files for imposters or problems. There is a button to not only start and stop the print spooler but another one that will empty your spool! Nice!
And that last line will let you issue a custom DOS command or hit the manual cmd button to open a command prompt.
Whooo! This sure does quite a bit! Do you use something similar? We would love to hear about it in the comments!