Driver Tip: Check Your Driver Versions
If you are having issues with your computer it’s often necessary to check the versions of drivers that you have installed on your system, especially when the problem is with display drivers, which always seem to have the most issues.
There’s a command line utility that comes bundled with Windows 7 that gives you similar output. It’s called driverquery.
Running the command with no parameters will give you the default output.
To get detailed output you can use the /v parameter: driverquery /v
Or to output in list or csv format instead of the default table format, you can use the /FO switch:
Driverquery /FO [list, table, csv]
So for instance, if you ran the following command to give you detailed information in list format:
driverquery /FO list /v
You can check out the full list of parameters to use with the command here.
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BIOS Tip: How to Enter the BIOS or CMOS Setup Screens
We still get asked quite often how to enter the BIOS or CMOS Setup screens. Thankfully, computers that have been manufactured in the last few years will allow you to enter the CMOS by pressing one of the below five keys during the boot. Usually it's one of the first three.
If your computer is a new computer and you are unsure of what key to press when the computer is booting, try pressing and holding one or more keys on the keyboard. This will cause a stuck key error, which may allow you to enter the BIOS setup.
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Registry Tip: Add a Program to Your Desktop Context Menu
Do you have a program that you use frequently but you don’t want another icon cluttering up your desktop? Here’s a neat little registry tweak to add any program you want to your context menu for your desktop. This way when you Right Click to bring up the context menu, that application will be there.
For these instructions we’ll use Notepad, but you’ll be able to add any application you want.
The first thing you’ll want to do is open up regedit.exe through the Start Menu search or run box, and then browse down to the following key:
Next, you’ll want to create a new key underneath the shell key, the name of which is exactly what is going to show up on the desktop menu. Right-click on the “shell” key, and then choose New \ Key from the menu. Give the new key the name that you want to show up on the desktop context menu. For this example we’ll be using Notepad.
Next you’ll need to create the command key that will actually hold the command used to launch the application. Right-click on the new Notepad key, and then choose New \ Key from the menu. Give this key the name “command” in lowercase.
To complete this step you’ll need the full path to the application that you want to launch. To get the full path, hold the SHIFT key while Right Clicking on the program icon (in this case, the Notepad icon) and then choose COPY AS PATH.
Now click on “command” on the left side, and then double-click on the (Default) key in the right side to edit the string value. Paste in the full path to the executable that you got from the “Copy as Path” step above, or you can put in the full path yourself if you’d like.
Now right-clicking on the desktop will produce the new menu item. Using this menu item should launch Notepad.
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