Fully Format Drive in Windows

Formatting a drive in Windows is normally done through some version of Disk Management. However, sometime you will run into a hard drive or USB stick that has partitions that you cannot delete from the Disk Management tools. To fully format a drive in Windows 7/8/2008/2012, we need to launch the command line Run cmd.exe as an…

Create a Windows 8.1 USB Install stick for any Mac

If you have a Mac that doesn’t have an optical drive, Apple has modified the Boot Camp Assistant to help create a USB stick that can boot up the Windows 8.1 (or Windows 7) installer. This option is only available on select MacOS X computers– mostly ones without a USB drive; however, you can modify Boot Camp…

Change the Windows 8.1 License Key

I sometime have to change the Windows 8.1 License Key. Normally you should not have to do this after you have install Windows, but I sometimes get stuck with doing a rush install before the volume licensing keys have arrived. They have been purchased, but the person with the Microsoft Volume Licensing Center login is…

How to delete a file with a name that is too long

Recently, we had some files on a Windows 2012 server that have file names that are too long. The UNC path length would be okay if the file name was not too long. And as it would happen on this partition we left the short name 8.3 option disabled (as recommended by Microsoft). So, how…