Tag: Windows 8 Administrative Tools

If you are a normal user, then let me stop you right now. This topic is not more than a scribbling of black ink for you. Microsoft introduced Component Object Model (COM) technology in early 90s. The goal of COM was to enable the developers to produce reusable binary code in a language-neutral and...

Historically, the command-line support in Windows has always been considered laughable in spite of the scripting languages like VBScript and Jscript. These languages are not natively integrated into the shell, have a meager documentation, and have a lot of exploitable vulnerabilities. However, the day Windows...

Computer Management, an MMC snap-in, is a one-stop management tool. Aptly named, it is a collection of several administrative tools used to manage your system. This tool includes several other tools like Task Scheduler, Event Viewer, Local Users & Groups, Device Manager, Disk Management, etc., as a part of...

iSCSI, abbreviation of Internet Small Computer System Interface, and interestingly pronounced like “eye-skuzee”, is a standard for network storage devices. iSCSI is used to link and maintain storage devices across the networks. It can be used to transfer data over LAN, WAN or internet. The best part is that...

This tool is an extremely advanced Task Manager. Using Resource Monitor, you can monitor the impact of each process on your system – how much CPU and RAM it consumes, the extent of its hard disk activity, its network activity, etc. You can individually suspend or terminate each process or service. Besides...

Control Panel provides an applet to manage Windows Firewall settings. However, that applet just touches the tip of the iceberg. Windows Firewall contains a plethora of settings, all of which you can access through this admin tool. With this tool, you can apply any tweak on Firewall that you can think of. You...

In case of a sluggish computer, you may want to check the performance of system’s components in order to find the culprit that is causing the slow performance. This tool, an MMC snap-in, helps you monitor the performance of your system. You can see real-time performance as well access its past performance...

Windows runs a lot of scheduled tasks in background. For example, it runs disk defragmentation at scheduled time, whenever possible, in order to keep the disk space in healthy state. Similarly, Windows checks and, if available, installs updates at regular intervals. Along with such system scheduled tasks, you...

Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) is a generic medium to access data from a variety of database management systems (DBMS). An application using ODBC need not worry about the underlying DBMS from which the data is extracted. Windows’ ODBC components talks to a database management system through an appropriate...

Windows has a habit of logging information whenever it faces some kind of issue. These logged data are called events. Events are logged in case of a system crash, a security issue, malfunctioning application, etc. You can view the details of such events through this tool. Event Viewer is actually an overload...