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:
- Microsoft TechNet command-line reference
- Five must-know Sysinternals command-line tools
- Pop Quiz: Command-line network troubleshooting tools
- Five Windows command prompt tips every IT pro should know
- Flush the ARP cache in Windows from the command line
- Defrag and optimize your hard drive with the Windows defrag.exe
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. He was most recently Managing Editor for TechRepublic Pro. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.