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mshoHeadDo 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 here. 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:

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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:

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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:

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Let’s look at the other tabs with more Windows tasks:

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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.

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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.

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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!

Get Matt’s System Helper Outer.

  1. Jason
    October 8, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Karl- Even though I'm a regular user of the command line, I think this is a great little tool. I'm going to add it as a QuickLink instead of my normal WIN-R . . . type in CMD . . . then do ipconfig etc. I like this quick and easy way to get to the same info.

    Gregor- Sometimes when I read your comments (OK, I don't actually know if you've written comments before, I'm just mimicking your syntax) I ask myself, "Does this guy even HAVE an inner monologue? Does he really think anything that pops into his brain needs to be shared with the world?" Karl's much more gracious than I am inclined to be. If you don't have something nice or constructive or even remotely useful to say, then just say it to yourself.

    --Jason

  2. Gregor
    October 7, 2009 at 11:27 am

    i didn't meant to sound that i have anything against you or your webpage, heck, i check it several times on daily basis. i just think you should create a selection on which applications to review/install on computer and which not.

    my personal opinion is that an app like this one is not needed on any pc. the more applications like this you have on your pc, the more "filthy" the pc itself looks.

    i would suggest launchy for this kind of options or just making shortcuts in quicklaunch or pin them to start menu or similar.

    keep up the good work with AA and MakeUseOf!

    • Karl Gechlik
      October 7, 2009 at 11:50 am

      Well the application is actually fully portable and only runs from a single exe file so the comment about filthy is wrong. I simply keep these on a USB drive (32 gigger as of now)

      We are totally open to ideas so please let us know what you would like to see us write about!

  3. Gregor
    October 7, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Karl,

    sometimes i ask myself 2 things when viewing your posts:

    1. where's the point of using that crap?
    2. what did developer think? is he blind? some of the software you show us here are so god damn ugly it hurts my eyes!

    • Karl Gechlik
      October 7, 2009 at 9:52 am

      Gregor,

      Really? Well thanks for the message even if it is derogatory.

      1 - The point of this particular piece of software as stated in the article is to have all of these shortcuts in once place and to let users run commands without knowing the syntax.

      2 - When I need a utility or application I do not care what the basic gui looks like as it DOES WHAT I NEED IT TO DO.

      Thanks for reading anyways!

      Your favorite author,

      Karl L. Gechlik

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