Recover Product Keys, Serial Numbers, and Licenses With LicenseCrawler

LicenseCrawler is a portable app that will scan your computer for software product keys, serial numbers, and licenses. This comes in real handy when you have misplaced the original licensing information or when you are setting up a new computer. It is also a nice addition to the tech toolbox if you are in the profession of computer repair and troubleshooting.

LicenseCrawler is FREE for non-commercial use.

Source: LicenseCrawler

ADDED To Bookmarks4Techs: Windows Sysinternals

The Sysinternals web site was created in 1996 by Mark Russinovich to host his advanced system utilities and technical information. Whether you’re an IT Pro or a developer, you’ll find Sysinternals utilities to help you manage, troubleshoot and diagnose your Windows systems and applications.

This website was added to the “Bookmarks4Techs Collection” (on 12/20/19) based on the quality of content and frequency of posting. Bookmarks4Techs is a speed dial collection of quality tech sites and blogs If you see that this site is no longer active, please contact me so that I can rectify the matter.

Sysinternals Suite – A “FREE” Ready-To-Go Tech Toolbox

The Sysinternals Troubleshooting Utilities have been rolled up into a single Suite of tools. This file contains individual troubleshooting tools and help files. How good are these tools? Well, let’s just say, Sysinternals web site was created in 1996 by Mark Russinovich to host his advanced system utilities and technical information and these utilities are now part of Microsoft.

The Suite is a bundling of the following selected Sysinternals Utilities: AccessChk, AccessEnum, AdExplorer, AdInsight, AdRestore, Autologon, Autoruns, BgInfo, BlueScreen, CacheSet, ClockRes, Contig, Coreinfo, Ctrl2Cap, DebugView, Desktops, Disk2vhd, DiskExt, DiskMon, DiskView, Disk Usage (DU), EFSDump, FindLinks, Handle, Hex2dec, Junction, LDMDump, ListDLLs, LiveKd, LoadOrder, LogonSessions, MoveFile, NotMyFault, NTFSInfo, PageDefrag, PendMoves, PipeList, PortMon, ProcDump, Process Explorer, Process Monitor, PsExec, PsFile, PsGetSid, PsInfo, PsKill, PsList, PsLoggedOn, PsLogList, PsPasswd, PsPing, PsService, PsShutdown, PsSuspend, PsTools, RAMMap, RegDelNull, RegHide, RegJump, Registry Usage (RU), SDelete, ShareEnum, ShellRunas, Sigcheck, Streams, Strings, Sync, Sysmon, TCPView, VMMap, VolumeID, WhoIs, WinObj, ZoomIt

Source: Sysinternals Suite – Windows Sysinternals | Microsoft Docs

SIV – A Comprehensive System Information Tool

If you are a computer tech, SIV may of interest to you. This utility is able to generate comprehensive system information for just about any Windows-based computer to assist with identifying and troubleshooting computer components.

SIV – ‘System Information Viewer’ is a general Windows utility for displaying lots of useful Windows, Network and hardware info – CPU info, PCI info, PCMCIA info, USB info SMBus info, SPD info, ACPI methods, Machine info, Hardware Sensors, Networked computers, Operating System Information and more. SIV is designed for Windows 10, 8.1, 8.0, 7, Vista, XP, 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008, 2003, 2000, NT 4.00 and NT 3.51. Windows 95, 98 and Me are also supported.

Source: rh-software – SIV (System Information Viewer)


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A “Ready Made” Tech Toolbox for Computer Repair, Diagnostics and Malware Removal

If you are someone that works as a computer tech, an I.T. Manager; or, you are someone at home who helps family members and friends when computer problems arise, then you need to have the necessary tools to get the job done. Putting together these tools (and keeping them up-to-date) is time-consuming; and, if you are like me, as I continue to age, I often forget or don’t keep up on what is current.

This is where the “Windows Repair Toolbox” comes into play. This portable application is probably the best application put together that I have found that provides an interface that serves as a launcher and updater of just about every important portable diagnostic software and portable anti-malware software that you can find. Not only that, the “Windows Repair Toolbox” will help you keep these software applications up-to-date. If there is a portable software tool that you see that is not included, you can custom add it to the toolbox.

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For you folks at home, who possess that technical expertise in helping family and friends, do this: 

  • Download, unzip the program to a flash drive with at least 8GB of space. Make that flash drive your tech toolbox.
  • After downloading, open the toolbox and click on the buttons on the “Windows Repair Toolbox” of the apps you think you will most likely use (when assisting others). Be patient as each of these apps download and install to your flash drive.
  • After completing these tasks, I keep the drive plugged in. By doing this I occasionally will perform the updates so that I am ready to go; PLUS, it makes me become more knowledgeable of each of the current applications, making it sort of an educational experience, as well. Also, I periodically run some of the applications to scan my PC for malware and/or Windows problems.

Here at “What’s On My PC”, I rank the “Windows Repair Toolbox” as a top-notch application and have included it in the “Bookmarks4Techs” collection.


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How to Scan and Fix Hard Drives with CHKDSK in Windows 10 | TechJunkie

The CHKDSK (Check Disk) command has been around since the beginning of computers. Below is some quoted text from a website called TechJunkie where I found an excellent writeup on CHKDSK and how to use it. To read the full article, click on the source link at the end of this post.

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Because CHKDSK has been updated and upgraded repeatedly with each new generation of storage hardware, the program continues to work correctly to analyze and repair hard drives of any sort, even on the most modern OSes and using the most advanced drive technologies.

The same process that used to be executed to analyze a floppy disk holding 160K, can today be executed to analyze a solid-state, all-electronic SSD holding 15 terabytes.

Millions of Windows 10 users still have mechanical hard drives in their PCs. To keep them healthy and to help investigate any unusual behavior, try the venerable CHKDSK command. Here’s how to…

Source: How to Scan & Fix Hard Drives with CHKDSK in Windows 10

11 Tips to Help You Fix the Windows Blue Screen Error | MakeUseOf

What is a blue screen in Windows? How do you fix blue screen errors? Here are several fixes for this common Windows problem.

What’s commonly called a blue screen of death is technically known as a stop error or fatal system error. This occurs when the operating system crashes, meaning it ran into some issue that prevented it from running safely. When this happens, Windows displays a blue screen with some information about the problem and then restarts.

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