Windows 7 command-line tools for the IT ninja

Bill Detwiler reveals four lesser-known command-line tools for IT pros who troubleshoot Windows 7 problems.

These days, many enterprise IT pros don't spend much time troubleshooting PCs. If a problem takes more than an hour to fix, they're likely to roll the machine back to an earlier restore point or re-image the hard drive. And if users work on VMs, resetting a machine is even easier.

But many consultants and IT pros in smaller shops still spend time identifying and fixing desktop problems. And on Windows 7 machines, troubleshooting often requires a trip to the command line. So during this week's episode of TR Dojo, I show you several lesser-known commands that every Windows ninja should know.

For those who prefer text to video, click the View Transcript link below the video player window or check out Brien Posey's article, "10 Windows 7 commands every administrator should know," on which this video is based. And more Windows command-line tips and tricks, check out the following resources:

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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