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  • Blog Post: Don't Write Scripts, Write PowerShell Modules

    Summary : The Microsoft Scripting Guys talk about turning three scripts into a single module to configure basic desktop tasks. Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. I have spent the last several days building a new computer. The following photo shows me working on my new computer. It actually...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Work with Windows Explorer

    Summary : Microsoft PFE, Chris Wu, talks about using Windows PowerShell to work with the Windows Desktop through the Windows Explorer interface. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today I have the privilege of welcoming back Chris Wu. Chris is a Microsoft premier field engineer (PFE) in...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Retrieve a List of the Commands Typed Into the Run Dialog Box?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! Sometimes I type commands in the Run dialog box that I’d like to retrieve later on. I know the most recent commands I used are cached somewhere; that’s because they show up when I start typing in the Run dialog box. How can I use a script to retrieve these commands? -- KJ Hey,...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Start Windows Explorer Opened to a Specific Folder?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I start Windows Explorer opened to a specific folder? -- CD Hey, CD. We’re going to let you in on one of the Scripting Guys’ most sordid secrets: sometimes the Scripting Guys don’t agree with each other. No, it’s true; really. For example, some of the Scripting Guys think...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! How Can I Modify Registry Settings That Configure Windows Explorer?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! Why does it feel like every single default setting in Microsoft Windows is wrong? It is so frustrating to me to spend five minutes changing all the defaults. For example, I open Internet Explorer and there are no system files. I look at files, but there are no file extensions. The...
  • Blog Post: Can I Pin a File to the Start Menu by Using a Script?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! Can I pin a file to the Start Menu by using a script? -- ZD Hey, ZD. For those of you who haven’t bought Windows XP yet (hey, what’s the matter with you; we Scripting Guys have families to feed!), by default XP’s Start Menu changes over time: the more you use an application, the...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Change the Icon for an Existing Shortcut?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I change the icon for an existing shortcut? -- DF Hey, DF. You know, the Scripting Guys (some of them, at least) are old enough to remember a time when you would never even think about changing an icon; after all, back in those days having any icon at all was considered...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Use PowerShell to Change Computer Icon Caption to Computer Name

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, shows how to use Windows PowerShell to change the caption of the computer icon to local computer name. Changing desktop icon captions Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. The Charlotte Windows PowerShell User Group this past Thursday was a lot...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Change the Caption for the My Computer Icon?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! Instead of having the My Computer icon on the desktop read My Computer , I’d like to replace that with the name of the computer. Can I do that using a script? -- TG Hey, TG. We get asked this question quite a bit; apparently a lot of you find it convenient to have the computer...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Add Commands to the Windows Explorer Command Bar

    Summary : Learn how to use Windows PowerShell to add commands to the Windows Explorer command bar in Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Weekend Scripter Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, here. Did you ever have one of those times when a seemingly simple project suddenly morphed into a monster project...
  • Blog Post: Learn How to Use PowerShell to Configure Jump Lists

    Summary : Microsoft PFE, Chris Wu, discusses using Windows PowerShell to configure Jump Lists. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Welcome to the weekend. Today we have a special treat in the form of a guest blogger. The Scripting Wife and I had the good fortune to meet Chris Wu in Montreal...