Take Ownership of a File or Folder by Command in Windows

Taking ownership of files in Windows is necessary to edit or delete system or program files that you have no access to by default. There are multiple ways to achieve that goal, like doing everything manually through the Properties menu, applying a registry tweak or, as described here, executing a command in the Command Prompt. ... Read more

Delete Windows.old Folders from Previous Windows Installations

Windows takes a nice precaution for us when it comes to installing a clean Windows system on a hard drive or partition that already has a version of Windows installed: If you forgot to backup files from your old installation but already have the fresh one installed you still have a way of getting what ... Read more

Bring back delete confirmation dialog in Windows 8

When moving an item to the recycle bin in older versions of Windows you were asked to confirm that step - this dialog was removed in Windows 8 but can be brought back with a simple tweak: Right-click the Recycle Bin and select Properties. Afterwards check the Display delete confirmation dialog checkbox. You should now ... Read more

How to delete saved passwords for network drives on Linux desktops

The majority of graphical environments let you choose to remember the passwords you enter somewhere to ease access to something but they usually don't tell you how to delete them again. Most Linux desktop distributions have a tool installed where all your saved passwords for network drives are stored in that is called Passwords and ... Read more

Automatically Delete Older Folder Contents with Powershell on Windows 7

The aim of this guide is to create a folder whose content is deleted if the contained files have not been accessed longer than a specific time (this process is applied to single files, not the whole folder). I will choose two weeks for demonstration purposes (= 14 days). Such a folder can be used ... Read more

Properly Uninstall Software on Windows with Revo Uninstaller

The built-in Windows tool to add and remove software is commonly used to install and uninstall software, in most cases an own uninstaller comes with the program. However, this uninstaller usually does its job quite sloppy, since numerous files, folders and/or registry entries are left behind after installation. This can either be wanted, if the ... Read more

Remove Erroneous Firefox Configuration Entry (Windows 7)

If you entered an erroneous entry into the about:config database of Mozilla Firefox, you will have noticed that there is no option in the browser itself that enables you to remove that entry. Instead, find the config file in your desktop explorer: C:\Users\YourUsername\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\weirdstring\prefs YourUsername has to be replaced with the name of the user you're ... Read more