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Command Prompt utility to Set and Display time zone in Windows 7

There are multiple methods to change the current time settings on a Windows PC but this tutorial explains how to convert one PC from one time zone to another by a simple DOS command. The same command format can be used to display the current value configured on a PC. Now let us check the commands available to Set and Display the Time Zone configured.

Display the Zone Configured

To check the current details on DOS window, we can use the combination tzutil /g. Using this simple command we can see the current  zone set on your PC. To use this command follow the steps below.

Start command prompt by typing cmd on search

Type tzutil  /g

Now press enter to display the current details configured.



Set a Time Zone on your computer

To perform it on a laptop, you can use following DOS prompt code.

tzutil /s

Type it on DOS window with the desired  Zone and press enter to set your computer to that value.

Eg: tzutil /s "India Standard Time"



View available Time Zones on a PC

You can use the foll…

Use Problem Step Recorder (PSR) to Capture your Computer issues

While troubleshooting computer failures, we can rely on one built in tool provided by Microsoft to gather information regarding potential failed features. This feature called Problem Step Recorder (PSR) and it helps you to record all activities on your computer by Operating System itself and convert the result in to a MHTML file format. It is supported by both Windows 8 and 7. By reading this output file, you can identify the last done operation and it helps you to make correct solution for your computer issue. To start Problem Step Recorder on your Windows 7 and 8 computers, follow the steps below.


Start Problem Step Recorder on Windows 8 Open Start Menu

Type PSR on Search

Now press enter to open PSR window.


Click on Start Record

Now it will start record all kinds of errors and problems with your computer and store the result as a single zip MHTML file.


When you need to stop this recording you should click on Stop Record. If you need to pause the  recording, click on Pause Record. When …

Use Windows To Set Password For USB Memory Drive

Are you looking for a way to encrypt your pen drive (USB memory) and enable password protection for it? Windows 7 and 8 can enable password protection on your external memory stick using Microsoft's BitLocker technology. Using this feature you can encrypt the data stored in flash memory and assign a password to prevent unauthorized access to those data. If you don't want to set a password you can use your smart card to unlock the flash drive. To use Microsoft BitLock feature to encrypt flash memory, follow the steps below.


Use BitLock to Enable Password Protection For Flash Memory

Right click on Flash drive

Click on Turn on BitLocker


Now the BitLocker feature starts encrypt the flash drive and its content. You should not remove the connected device from your computer during this process.


Now you will be prompted to set a password or smart card protection for the flash memory drive.


Here you need to enter your password which is needed to to unlock the USB drive to continue. You …

Enable POP-UP Blocker in Firefox & Disable Floating Windows

Pop-Ups are the windows which came out without user permission when we visit certain websites. Most of the time it is an advertisement for some products or services. If you are using Firefox browser, there is an option to disable Popups and no floating windows will be opened after enabling popup blocker. This tutorial explains how to turn off popups on Firefox browser and make exceptions from certain websites like banking sites.

Start POP-UP blocker On Firefox Browser
To start using POP-UP blocker in Firefox, follow the steps below.

Start Firefox

Click on Tools. You can start tools menu by pressing [Alt] and [T] buttons together.


Click on Options

Click on Content tab


Check Block POP-UP Windows to enable POP-UP blocker in Firefox
How to Allow Popups In Firefox Browser
If you do not want to use Popup blocker feature of Firefox browser, you can turn off it. After turning off this feature, there won't be any issues in displaying popups on your computer. Some times users will need this f…

Toshiba Mini NB305-N310 Review

Toshiba Mini NB305-N310 is one of the netbook models from Toshiba. Windows XP is installed with this model. Toshiba Mini NB305-N310 included with Atom N450 processor, 1 GB RAM,160 GB hard disk. It offers features like Multi touch TouchPad, LED Backlit display, PC Health Monitor etc. Configuration details of Toshiba Mini NB305-N310 are given below.


Toshiba Mini NB305-N310 Mini Laptop Configuration

Let us start with the processor model and its speed. NB305-N310 has Intel ATOM N450 Processor with 1.66 GHz speed and has 1GB DDR2 RAM. It has reasonable hard disk space of 160 GB SATA HDD with 5400RPM. It has 10.1" WSVGA TruBrite Backlit LED(1024 x 600) display. This model has variable weights Starting at 2.60 lbs. As I explained above, it has Genuine Windows XP (Home) SP3 and Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150. Toshiba Mini NB305-N310 has 6 cell battery with life up to 11 hours. Comparing to most other models, it has reasonably very good battery life. 11 hours support is enough …

Stop installing Unwanted Programs in Windows 7 -Application lock

To ensure the safety of a computer, we must ensure that no unauthorized programs are installed automatically without our permission. There are so many malicious programs which comes with other genuine applications and get installed without user instruction. Windows has a feature called AppLocker which prevent the installation of third party applications on Windows PC. However, to run this feature to prevent the installation of unwanted programs on Windows, we must enable application identity service. So the first step to activate the AppLocker on Windows, we must start application identity service. Once AppLocker is activated, you can prevent the installation of any potentially harmful software on your computer. To use this feature you should go to group policy editor and set rules in AppLocker.


Prevent the Installation of Unwanted Software
This guide is divided in to two. First part explains how to start the Application Identification service from services window. Second part explai…

Get a Power Efficiency report in Windows 7 and Optimise Energy Consumption

Power efficiency is one of the important features we look while purchasing a computer. If you are going to buy a laptop or netbook, power efficiency is one of the top priority. Windows 8 and Windows 7 has inbuilt tool which monitor how effectively the device is using power. We can initialize this tool by a simple Command Prompt command. This article explains how to generate Power Efficiency Reports on laptop runs on Windows 7 or 8. This feature was not available in older versions of Microsoft Operating Systems. Have you ever used the Energy efficiency report generated by Windows 7 to optimize the power consumption of your Laptop or netbook ? By checking this report, we can easily identify how better we can manage the energy consumption. Follow the steps below to generate this energy spending report.


Generate Power Efficiency Report
Click on Start

Start DOS

On search type command or cmd. Now you can see the command prompt icon

Right Click on command prompt icon and select run as admin…

EEE Docking Feature With Asus 1005P Netbook

Asus 1005P Netbook has the Atom 450 processor and pre-installed with Windows 7 Started edition. It introduces the feature Eee Docking an intuitive software which make our access to useful software products ,Services and digital data easily. It is bundled with Eee PC and 1005P belongs to Eee PC. This article is a review of 1005P Netbook and how EEE Docking feature works on it.

Asus Eee 1005P Netbook Configuration

Now let us examine this product one by one. It has Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz processor with 512k of L2 cache and having Intel NM10 Chipset. It has 1GB DDR2 RAM and 160 GB SATA HDD. It runs on Windows 7 Starter Edition with 10.1" WSVGA (1024 x 600) LED Display. Now let us check the accessories. Asus 1005P has headset port with MP Webcam and SD/MMC Card-Reader. Now let us check how data can be transferred through 1005p mini laptop. We have four modes of communication options. They are RJ-45/Ethernet (10/100), IEEE802.11 b/g adapter, 3 USB 2.0 ports and Bluetooth. Thes…

Edit Boot Menu Option in Windows 8, Windows 7 & XP

Windows allows users to edit the current boot menu by altering the booting options listed in it. There are different methods to alter it and it is important to note that different Microsoft OS versions use different methods to edit it. This tutorial explains how to edit boot menu on Windows 8, Windows 7 and XP computers. At the end of this tutorial, you will learn how to disable Boot Loader by selecting a default OS.


How to Edit Boot Option In Windows XP Right click on my computer


Click Properties

Click Advanced

Click Settings button near Startup and Recovery


Click Edit and make necessary changes in the notepad which shows the current booting sequence and option

Change Boot Entry In Windows 7 and Windows 8
Here let us check how to add a new entry in Windows 8 computer. The same procedure can be followed for Windows 7 and Vista computers.
Open Command Prompt in Run as Administrator mode

To open command prompt in administrative mode, right click on Command prompt and select the option Run as…