Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Windows PowerShell Equivalents: Networking Commands (IPCONFIG)

Looking for PowerShell equivalents for older console network commands such as IPCONFIG. The IPCONFIG command is used for displaying IP address information (including the subnet mask, and gateway) for the local NIC adapter attached to the computer.

PowerShell: Get-NetIPConfiguration or Get-NetIPAddress


  • Get-NetIPConfiguration
  • Get-NetIPAddress | Sort-Object InterfaceIndex | Format-Table InterfaceIndex,InterfaceAlias,AddressFamily,IPAddress,PrefixLength -Autosize
  • Get-NetIPAddress | Where-Object AddressFamily -eq IPv6 | Format-Table –AutoSize

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Windows 10's Anniversary Update

If you have not heard, Microsoft is releasing a free Windows 10's Anniversary Update. This upgrade is supposed to be available in July of this year. This is not a small update, it's going to contain a lot of new features and enhancements.

I will post more information as we get closer to the release.  If you want to play with the new enhancements now, join the Insider Preview program and joining fast ring. Open the Setting app, select Update and Security, select Windows Update, press the Advanced options link. Follow the instructions under Get Insider Builds section. 
Please note this is beta prerelease software, so don't run it on your production computer.
To learn more about this and other features check out my book on Windows 10 (Power User Guide: Windows 10 Secrets: The Ultimate Windows Tips and Tricks Guide for Everyone) [shameless plug].

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Window 10: File Explorers New ‘Quick Access’ Menu

Quick Access folders

The File Explorer has a new feature called ‘Quick Access’ list. This feature allows the user to pin their favorite folders to the top of the list for quick, one-click access.

Recently used folders show up below the pinned items in the list, which can be handy when the user is working with a group of files.

To add a folder to this list, right-click it and select Pin to Quick Access. To remove a folder from the list, right-click the folder and select Unpin to Quick Access.

Frequent folders section

When the user first opens the File Explorer, any items in the Quick Access list also show up in the Frequent folders section. Recently used folders show up automatically in this section.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Software: Microsoft Snip

Microsoft has just released a new and very handy screen capture application, it's called Microsoft Snip. The app allows you to capture any window or area of your screen.

You can then annotate it with narrated comments or draw on it with digital ink. You can then copy and paste it into another application, or share it with your friends and colleagues by sending a URL to it, or save it as an MP4 video.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Windows 10: Use the Cortana search to perform quick calculations

One of Cortana's many features is that you can use it to perform quick calculations, such as:

  • How many ounces are in a pound?
  • What’s the square root of 578?
  • 1 USD to CAD (or 1 US Dollar to Canadian Dollar) [most currencies are supported]
Note: These searches will also work in Google and Google Now

Monday, October 12, 2015

Windows 10: How to Get Help (How-To Video)

In this Windows 10 how-to video, it explains how to get help from the operating system using the search box and Cortana.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Windows 10: Windows Hello (How-To Video)

This how-to video explains the Windows Hello feature, which offers a fast, secure, and password-free way to log in to Windows 10.

Note: the hardware on your computer needs to be supported by this technology in order for it work.