1. Click on “Start” in the bottom left hand corner of screen

2. Click on “Run”

3. Type in “command” and hit ok

You should now be at an MSDOS prompt screen.

4. Type “ipconfig /release” just like that, and hit “enter”

5. Type “exit” and leave the prompt

6. Right-click on “Network Places” or “My Network Places” on your desktop.

7. Click on “properties”

You should now be on a screen with something titled “Local Area Connection”, or something close to that, and, if you have a network hooked up, all of your other networks. More »

Windows 7 can create a new Microsoft 6to4 adapter on every reboot, if the PC on which the operating system is installed is restarted while a Virtual WiFi is active. 6to4 adapters are components that Windows 7 users employ in order to ensure that IPv6 packets are correctly transmitted through an IPv4 network. The Redmond company explained that this specific issue affected not only Windows 7 clients, but also Windows Server 2008 R2.

There are a few steps that users can take in order to reproduce the issue. First off, they would need to enable the wireless Hosted Network feature in order to be able to use the Virtual WiFi function on a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 machine. Next, the computer has to be restarted while the Virtual WiFi is still running, after which customers start the wireless Hosted Network again.

“In this scenario, a new Microsoft 6to4 adapter is unexpectedly created in Device Manager. Additionally, if you restart the computer multiple times, multiple Microsoft 6to4 adapters are created. To view all the adapters that are created, type ipconfig at a command prompt, and then press ENTER,” Microsoft stated. More »

For many Windows users, the thought of using the Command Prompt is either a scary experience or something that they will never need. But for some, the command prompt is a powerful tool that can be far more useful than many graphical tools available in Windows.

Being a System Administrator, I constantly use the command prompt, mostly because I access systems remotely and many tasks can be performed quickly with out the graphics over head (even though connecting via Terminal Server is very convenient).

So if you are an avid user of the command line, here are my top 10 built-in (non third party) command line tools for XP, Vista and WIndows server versions (remember these commands are not your typical tools, such as find, copy, move, dir, etc..).

1 – systeminfo – Have a need to display operating system configuration information for a local or remote machine, including service pack levels? Then systeminfo is the tool to use. When I need to connect to a system that I am not familiar with, this is the first tool I run. More »

Windows Vista delivers an impressive line up of network tools that can be used to keep the operating system connectivity on a short leash. The total of 12 command-line tools can be used to manage all aspects of Vista networking. Users will be able not only to closely monitor the networking activity of the platform, but also repair network connections. The utilities are not new to Windows Vista, having survived in the operating system from previous Windows versions. Here is the complete list in alphabetical order: More »