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Thu, Jul 27, 2017 10:33 pm

Viewing monitor information on a Windows system with DumpEDID

If you want information, e.g., the manufacturer, model, serial number, maximum resolution, display modes, etc. on a monitor connected to a Microsoft Windows system, you can use the free DumpEDID utility created by Nir Sofer of NirSoft. It's a command-line interface (CLI) utility, so you will need to run it from a command prompt. There's no installation process needed; you can extract the program from the downloaded zip file and then run it. Below is output from the program showing information for an HP S2031 monitor (the manufacturer and model number apear in the Monitor Name line) attached to a system running Windows 10.

C:\Program Files\NirSoft\dumpedid>dumpEDID
DumpEDID v1.06
Copyright (c) 2006 - 2017 Nir Sofer
Web site: http://www.nirsoft.net

*****************************************************************
Active                   : No
Registry Key             : DISPLAY\HWP2904\1&8713bca&0&UID0
Monitor Name             : HP S2031
Serial Number            : 3CQ0311PV2
Manufacture Week         : 31 / 2010
ManufacturerID           : 61474 (0xF022)
ProductID                : 10500 (0x2904)
Serial Number (Numeric)  : 16843009 (0x01010101)
EDID Version             : 1.3
Display Gamma            : 2.20
Vertical Frequency       : 50 - 76 Hz
Horizontal Frequency     : 24 - 83 KHz
Maximum Image Size       : 44 X 25 cm (19.9 Inch)
Maximum Resolution       : 1600 X 900
Support Standby Mode     : No
Support Suspend Mode     : No
Support Low-Power Mode   : Yes
Support Default GTF      : No
Digital                  : No

Supported Display Modes  :
     720 X  400  70 Hz
     640 X  480  60 Hz
     800 X  600  60 Hz
    1024 X  768  60 Hz
    1280 X  720  60 Hz
    1440 X  900  60 Hz
    1280 X 1024  60 Hz
    1600 X  900  60 Hz

*****************************************************************

*****************************************************************
Active                   : No
Registry Key             : DISPLAY\HWP2904\4&2199b20&0&UID16843008
Monitor Name             : HP S2031
Serial Number            : 3CQ0311PV2
Manufacture Week         : 31 / 2010
ManufacturerID           : 61474 (0xF022)
ProductID                : 10500 (0x2904)
Serial Number (Numeric)  : 16843009 (0x01010101)
EDID Version             : 1.3
Display Gamma            : 2.20
Vertical Frequency       : 50 - 76 Hz
Horizontal Frequency     : 24 - 83 KHz
Maximum Image Size       : 44 X 25 cm (19.9 Inch)
Maximum Resolution       : 1600 X 900
Support Standby Mode     : No
Support Suspend Mode     : No
Support Low-Power Mode   : Yes
Support Default GTF      : No
Digital                  : No

Supported Display Modes  :
     720 X  400  70 Hz
     640 X  480  60 Hz
     800 X  600  60 Hz
    1024 X  768  60 Hz
    1280 X  720  60 Hz
    1440 X  900  60 Hz
    1280 X 1024  60 Hz
    1600 X  900  60 Hz

*****************************************************************

C:\Program Files\NirSoft\dumpedid>

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Fri, Nov 14, 2014 10:51 pm

Checking Installed Updates with WinUpdatesList (WUL)

WinUpdatesList (WUL) from NirSoft is a free program that can show you the list of intalled updates on a Microsoft Windows system. It was written by Nir Sofer.

You don't need to go through an install process to use the program, though an installer is available for download from the developer's website. If you don't want to go through an installation process, simply download the zip file containing the executable program from the developer's website and unzip the contents of the zip file. Within the zip file are 3 files:

wul.exe43 KB
wul.chm15 KB
readme.txt9 KB

Note: File sizes are for version 1.32, which is the current version.

The wul.chm file is a Compiled HTML Help file.

When you run wul.exe by double-clicking on it, you will see a list of installed Windows updates, aka "patches". On Microsoft Window 98, ME, 2000, and Windows XP you will see a list of files associated with the patch in the lower pane of the WUL window. On Microsoft Windows 8, 7, Vista, and 2008 systems there is no information on files installed by the update in the lower pane.

WinUpdatesList (WUL)

By default, the list of installed updates is ordered by name, but you can click on the column headers to sort by other criteria. E.g., you can click on the column header Installation Date to sort by date the patch was installed.

You can right-click on an entry in the upper pane of the window and choose "Properties" to see more details as shown in the example below, for the installed patch.

WinUpdatesList (WUL)

The utility can also be run from the command line with the following options:

Command-Line Options

/stext <Filename> Save windows updates list into a regular text file.
/stab <Filename> Save windows updates list into a tab-delimited text file.
/scomma <Filename> Save windows updates list into a comma-delimited text file.
/stabular <Filename> Save windows updates list into a tabular text file.
/shtml <Filename> Save windows updates list into HTML file.
/sverhtml <Filename> Save windows updates list into HTML file. (vertical)
/sxml <Filename> Save windows updates list into XML file.
/another <Windows Folder> connect to another instance of operating system on the same computer (Windows 2000/XP only). You can combine this option with one of the save options in order to save the Windows updates list of another operating system.

Examples:
wul.exe /shtml c:\temp\1.html /another d:\winnt
wul.exe /another f:\winnt

/remote <Computer Name> Connect to remote Windows 2000/XP operating system. You can combine this option with one of the save options in order to save the Windows updates list of a remote computer.

Examples:
wul.exe /shtml c:\temp\1.html /remote \\comp01
wul.exe /another /remote \\192.168.0.101

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Wed, Feb 26, 2014 5:50 pm

MSYS

If you would like to be able to use Unix/Linux utilities such as awk, cut, grep, less, sed, sort, tail, wc, etc. on a Microsoft Windows system, MSYS provides these and many other GNU utilities for Microsoft Windows systems.

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Tue, Sep 22, 2009 7:17 pm

Creating a CD Image with ISO Recorder

I needed the capability to create an ISO file from a CD on a Windows Vista system. I installed the 64-bit version of ISO Recorder for Vista. Once I had it installed, I was able to create the file I needed by the following steps:
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Select Computer.
  3. Right-click on the CD/DVD drive and select "Create image from CD/DVD".
  4. Select the location and file name for the ISO file you wish to create.
  5. Click on the Next button.
  6. Click on the Finish button to exit ISO Recorder.

ISO Recorder also then allowed me to right-click on the ISO file and choose "Copy image to CD/DVD" to create another copy of the CD.

ISO Recorder 3.1 create CD from image

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Mon, Feb 27, 2006 6:02 pm

Suspending An Errant Process with PsSuspend

Quite often I will find some process, usually Internet Explorer or Firefox, will go amuck and start consuming most of the CPU cycles. I usually have to kill the process through the Task Manager, which can be run by hitting the Ctrl, Alt, and Del keys simultaneously and selecting "Task Manager". You can then select the misbehaving application by clicking on it and kill it by then clicking on "End Task". Another alternative for killing a misbehaving task is to get a command prompt and use the taskkill command, which is available on Windows XP and 2003 systems.

There are occasions, though, where I only want to suspend the errant process, not kill it. For instance, if Internet Explorer is the errant application, but you have multiple copies of Internet Explorer open, killing the one that is not responding through the Task Manager will result in all of the other copies of Internet Explorer closing as well.

An alternative is to use the free Sysinternals utility PsSuspend, which allows you to suspend a process temporaily and then resume it when you choose. The PsSuspend command is run from a command prompt. With it you can suspend a process on the system on which you run it or you can even suspend a process on a remote system, if you have administrator access to that system. By using PsSuspend, I can suspend just the one errant Internet Explorer process allowing me to continue working with other open copies of Internet Explorer or other applications without the system being bogged down so much by the errant process consuming 95% to 100% of the CPU's cycles, making working on the system aggravating.

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Sat, Dec 10, 2005 11:30 pm

Backing Up Files to DVD with Sonic RecordNow!

A user needed to backup some of her files to DVDs. The files were on a Dell PC that came with Sonic's RecordNow! software for burning CDs and DVDs. I've written instructions for backing up files to DVDs using the software.

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