Let’s say you have connected to your computer some human interface device (HID) that can simulate key presses (e.g. Arduino with a button) and you want to do some debug. If you wonder how to capture a keystroke in Windows and detect which key has been pressed, this can be easily done from the PowerShell.
You may wonder how to find out what proxy server you are using on a Windows machine. Proxy settings in Windows can be configured system-wide (for all users of the same computer) or per-user. In this note i will show how to display system-wide and user-specific proxy settings in Windows from the command-line (CMD) and […]
User-level environment variables in Windows can be set without admin rights. The easiest way to set or change an environment variable for the current user is by using the built-in graphical editor for environment variables. Alternatively, an environment variable for the current user can be set without administrative privileges using the Windows PowerShell.
The process identifier (a.k.a. process ID or PID) is a number used to uniquely identify an active process. In this short note i will show how to display information about the Windows process (incl. the process name and path to an executable file) by PID from the command-line prompt (CMD) or a Windows PowerShell.
The touch command in Linux is used to change a file’s “Access“, “Modify” and “Change” timestamps to the current time and date, but if the file doesn’t exist, the touch command creates it. If you simply want to create an empty file from the command-line prompt (CMD) or a Windows PowerShell – the type and […]
Even though there is still no built-in Windows uptime command, the actual uptime of the server/workstation or the system boot time can be checked from the command-line. In this note i will show several methods of how to check Windows uptime from the command-line prompt and PowerShell.
While troubleshooting an issue that causes an unexpected reboot or shutdown of a Windows machine, it is important to know which event IDs are related to system reboot/shutdown and how to find the appropriate logs. In this note i am publishing all the event IDs related to reboots/shutdowns. I am also showing how to display […]
Some scripts or commands executed in Windows PowerShell or CMD may ask interactive questions that have to be responded with “Yes” or “No” answers. To know how to answer these interactive questions automatically is very handy for different automations. In this note i will show how to respond “Yes” or “No” to prompts in Windows […]
For better readability it is convenient to split long commands over multiple lines. In Windows PowerShell a multi-line command can be created from a long command by splitting it using the backquote character. In this note i will show an example of how to split a long command over multiple lines in PowerShell.
The Get-History command in PowerShell lists only the commands entered during the current session. To get the list of all previously executed commands it is required to locate the file where these commands are stored. In this note i will show how to locate the history file and list all commands executed previously in PowerShell.