Category: Windows

Editing the Hosts file

The hosts file is a vital file built into Windows. Its purpose is to convert IP addresses to host names, much like DNS would. This can be useful in pointing an individual PC to a specific server where DNS may point it elsewhere.

For example, normally example.com would point to 93.184.216.34, however you may want it to point to 10.87.1.5 on only one PC. You could use a host file entry to point this one PC to 10.87.1.5.

This guide will show you how you can easily edit the host file on your Windows machine


Enable RDP using the registry editor

Sometimes you might find that you need to connect remotely to a PC, but it is not allowing remote desktop connections. If you do not have any other remote access software available, and the PC is in another location, this quick fix can come in quite handy.

This guide will show you how to enable RDP using the registry editor.


CPL & MSC Definitions

In Windows operating systems, the Control Panel is a vital part of the operating systems functionality, allowing you to change the way the operating system looks and behaves. In some environments, such as a domain with Group Policy restrictions, you may need to call some Control Panel items using the command line.

All Control Panel items run using .cpl files stored in the System32 folder. Here is a reference for the file names & which Control Panel extension it runs.