Category Archives: Windows 7

How to fix the issue when your downloads folder takes a long time to open in Windows

Whenever I would open my downloads folder, it would take about 20 seconds to list the files. It only happened on my downloads folder and it was very frustrating.

To fix it, do the steps below.

  1. Right click your download folder (the actual folder, not the shortcut in favourites)
  2. Go to customize
  3. Select documents from the drop down
  4. If documents was already selected, choose “also apply template to all subfolders”

How to see the last logon for a user in Windows

I wanted to see the last time a user had connected to a server that was not on the domain. Use the command below to see the login time, replacing USERNAME with the actual username. This will also work on a domain, but if you have more than one DC you will need to run it on each DC.

net user USERNAME | findstr /B /C:”Last logon”

On a domain joined PC use the command below to find out the last time it logged on to the domain . DO NOT REPLACE THE WORD “DOMAIN” WITH YOUR DOMAIN NAME THOUGH!!

net user USERNAME /DOMAIN| findstr /B /C:”Last logon”

How to find the location of Jump Lists for your pinned items

Go to Run and then enter this:

%Appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations

A folder will open containing lots of “.automaticDestinations-ms”  files.

You can open these with notepad and edit them, or remove them to clear away broken links.

NOTE: removing the files will clear away all shortcuts from the Jump Lists.

How to enable running of scripts in Powershell on Windows 7

I was trying to import the WebAdministration module into Powershell  using “Import-Module WebAdministration” but I got an error saying that running of scripts is disabled on this system.

What you need to do first is type “Get-ExecutionPolicy”  which will come back and show as restricted.

Next, type  in “Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned”

When prompted type “Y” to accept it.

What you need to do first is type “Get-ExecutionPolicy”  which will come back and show as RemoteSigned and the WebAdministration module will import successfully.

How to fix the "Key management services (KMS) host could not be located in domain name system (DNS) – 0×8007232B – MAK – KMS" issue

When you try to activate a volume licence version of Windows 2008 Server (Windows 7 as well), you may get the following message.

Key management services (KMS) host could not be located in domain name system (DNS) – 0×8007232B – MAK – KMS

This is due to some changes made with the way Volume licence activations are done at Microsoft.

The way to fix this is as follows:

1.) Go into Control panel.

2.) Click on system(or System and maintenance depending on your control panel view).

3.) Click on change product key and enter your Volume licence key.

You should now be able to activate Windows!