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# Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Need to know all the exported functions from a DLL? Try DLL Export Finder


Wednesday, 26 November 2008 09:47:52 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    -
# Monday, 24 November 2008

A great little shell extension that opens a command prompt via the context menu in explorer. Has support for UNC paths too :-)


Open Command Prompt Shell Extension Website

Monday, 24 November 2008 11:07:36 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    -
Tools | Windows
# Friday, 14 November 2008

GACView is another great free tool from NirSoft that allows you to quickly and easily view the properties of assemblies stored in the GAC.


Download it here.

Friday, 14 November 2008 15:45:54 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    -
# Thursday, 17 July 2008

Eindhoven University of Technology have a great tool called SequoiaView for displaying a treemap of the contents from a hard drive.
With it you can easily see what large files are consuming your disk space. Here is a pic of my drive:


Eindhoven University of Technology

Thursday, 17 July 2008 18:36:47 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    -
# Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Thought this page: How To Recover Deleted Files at might be useful someday :)
Wednesday, 11 June 2008 07:52:32 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    -
# Monday, 02 June 2008

A great Windows Registry scanning tool can be found at
An example of the search criteria you can use is shown below:


All the great software on Nir Sofa's site,, is written by him and is entirely freeware.

Monday, 02 June 2008 16:58:23 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    -

All the Sysinternals tools can be downloaded directly from without any need for unzipping :-)

Monday, 02 June 2008 09:48:28 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    -
# Thursday, 22 May 2008

WinDowse is a great free application that lets you know technical information about a window such as handles, control hierarchy, classes, modules, exe information, colours and coordinates and much much more.
As an example, by hovering the mouse over the IE address bar you can find the handle and class name of the control that contains the URL from IE:


From the WinDowse website:
WinDowse shows:
text, caption, resource ID, process ID, application instance handle, window handle, parent handle, function address, menu handle, coordinates in parent, coordinates in screen, size, client area size, style, extended style, class name, class function address, icon handle, small icons handle, cursor handle, background brush handle, module handle, class style, list of parent hierarchy, recursive list of children, list of windows under the mouse cursor, full tree of all windows in the system with auto-selecting the current window, exe file path, exe file name, original file name, file description, file version, product name, internal name, legal copyright, legal trademarks, product version, company name, comments from the version information, list of modules used by selected window's application with full paths, absolute cursor position, relative cursor position on window coordinates, relative cursor position on window client area coordinates, color of the pixel under mouse cursor.

WinDowse allows:
to copy any information about the selected window into clipboard, to find any window by text, class name or handle, to modify the window's text, origin or size, to show/hide the window, to enable/disable the window, to make any user action with the selected window by installable plugins, to see the zoomed window image.

WinDowse web site

Thursday, 22 May 2008 12:10:32 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    -
# Wednesday, 26 March 2008

The excellent Paint.NET application does not support .ico files out of the box.
So, to save .ico files you need to install a plug-in from Evan's Web Site.

Extract the IcoCur.dll to the FileTypes folder in the Paint.NET directory, for a default install it is C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\FileTypes

When you do a 'save as' your will now have .ico and .cur file extensions in the type list:


Wednesday, 26 March 2008 11:45:08 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    -
# Monday, 18 February 2008

Cropper is a great .NET screen capture utility, created by Brian Scott, that allows you to capture any part of the screen via a re-sizable window. Output can be redirected to BMP, JPG, PNG, Printer and Clipboard.
Output is created by simply moving and resizing the Cropper window to the area you want to capture and then double-clicking or pressing Enter with the Cropper window selected.

An example of Cropper in use from Brian's Blog:

Cropper can be downloaded here.

Monday, 18 February 2008 17:57:20 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    -

Another great tool for extracting all files contained within an MSI package is Universal Extractor.
it has a huge supported file list and can extract files of type: exe, msi, zip, rar, cab, tar ... etc

It can be run from stand alone or via a Windows context menu from explorer.

Download it here.

Monday, 18 February 2008 17:45:04 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    -
Deployment | Tools
# Friday, 15 February 2008

A simple but great tool is MSI Viewer. It allows you to view the contents of MSI files.
As can be seen from the screenshot, you can view the Summary Info, Properties, Files and Registry details contained within the MSI file.

Download MSI Viewer here.

Friday, 15 February 2008 16:07:59 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    -
Deployment | Tools

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