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Archive for the ‘Windows NT’ Category

Wow, the Windows 3.x winfile.exe File Manager still lives on!

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/04/01

By sheer luck, Jen Gentleman pointed out that winfile.exe still lives on:

The source is at [Wayback/Archive.is] microsoft/winfile: Original Windows File Manager (winfile) with enhancements, and it looks exactly like the Windows 3.x through Windows NT 4.0 days.

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Posted in Power User, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows, Windows 8.1, Fun, Windows NT, Windows 10, Apri1st, Windows 3.11 | Leave a Comment »

The Evolution of Windows Search | Windows Search Platform

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/01/03

Great post [WayBack] The Evolution of Windows Search | Windows Search Platform, covering some 3 decades of search:

  • 1991 (Cairo with WinFS)
  • 1996 (Windows NT 4.0)
  • 2000 (Windows 2000)
  • 2001 (Windows XP)
  • 2007 (Windows Vista)
  • 2009 (Windows 7)
  • 2012 (Windows 8.x)
  • 2015 (Windows 10)

It is part 1 of a series of 4 posts by [WayBack] Brendan Flynn, Author at Windows Search Platform:

  1. The Evolution of Windows Search  👈  You Are here
  2. Windows Search Configuration and Settings
  3. What’s in my index?
  4. How to make the most of search on Windows

When grabbing them, only the first two parts were available. Part two was about [WayBack] Configuration and Settings | Windows Search Platform with an in depth coverage of both the old style Control Panel applet as the new Windows 10 Settings page.

Via: [Archive.is] Immo Landwerth on Twitter: “If you like Raymond Chen’s The Old New Thing, then you might love this new developer focused blog too. It starts with an interesting history of Windows Search, by @brflynn_ms. Enjoy & subscribe!”

–jeroen

Posted in Power User, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows NT, Windows Server 2000, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Leave a Comment »

The Windows key has no Unicode equivalent, so use ⊞ like Wikipedia and many others do

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/08/23

lFor Mac keyboard keys, almost all (except the old solid and open Apple logo’s) have a Unicode code point, see for instance the modifier keys from the [WayBack] List of Mac/Apple keyboard symbols · GitHub (the “Alt” column has a solid Apple logo in the bottom right; on non-Mac systems it will look differently as it is in the Unicode private range: [WayBack] Unicode Character ” (U+F8FF): ‘<Private Use, Last>’):

Sym Key Alt
Control
Option
Shift
Command

These are the code points for the “Sym” column:

Keys on many platforms

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Posted in Microsoft Surface on Windows 7, Power User, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, Windows Vista, Windows XP | 1 Comment »

17 years ago, C:\nul\nul crashed/BSOD Windows; now $MFT does for Windows < 10

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/05/26

Source:

History repeating itself: [Archive.is31607 – C:\nul\nul crashes/BSOD then, now it’s this:

Via:

All versions prior to Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 seem vulnerable.

So add $MFT to this list:

The following device names have been known to render a system unstable: CON,
NUL, AUX, PRN, CLOCK$, COMx, LPT1, and CONFIG$.

Oh BTW: history repeated itself this year too. With NUL

In short, Steven Sheldon created a rust package named nul which broke the complete package manager on Windows:

BTW: one of my gripes on learning new languages is that they come with a whole new idiom of their ecosystem: rust, cargo, crates, all sound like being a truck mechanic to me.

–jeroen

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Posted in Development, Microsoft Surface on Windows 7, NTFS, Power User, Security, Software Development, The Old New Thing, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 9, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Defender, Windows Development, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Leave a Comment »

Batch files to show the User/System environment variables stored in registry – via: Stack Overflow

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/09/20

I wrote two tiny batch files that would dump the environment variables from the registry.

Various reasons:

  1. Environment variables can be stored in two contexts: System and User (SET will show them all at once and for instance combine PATH up to 1920 characters).
  2. Environment variables can be set to auto-expand or not, which you cannot see from a SET command (REG_EXPAND_SZ versus REG_SZ).

show-user-environment-variables.bat:

reg query "HKCU\Environment"

show-system-environment-variables.bat:

reg query "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment"

Filtered results:

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Posted in Batch-Files, Development, Power User, Scripting, Software Development, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 9, Windows NT, Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Leave a Comment »

 
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