In Windows 7, lots of administrative features are harder to get than in Windows XP. Administrators of small organizations may have to work on a computer locally, not using a manage service type software. Here are some command prompt programs you need to know. Please note that some of these commands need to be run in administrators mode.
- ipconfig: will show you the IP address of the computer.ping: Can verify if that machine can see the internet/network, sometimes browsers have cache pages.
- sfc: Will scan your core files for changes that may have been changed by malware.
- nslookup: Can verify if DNS services are working and if that severer is pointing to the right place
- sigverif: Will scan the signature files of your system and check to see if they are digitally signed. Most vendors will digitally sign the software for their hardware, but may not sign their drivers.
- driverquery: Will list all the drivers installed on your machine.
- tasklist: will show you the task that are running on your computer just like task manager.
You can always add the switch /? At the end of any of the above commands to see what other options you can select, i.e., “sfc /?”.
If your computer responds with too much data to be able to read through, you can always run the program with a > FILE.txt at the end, i.e., “driverquery > drivers.txt” and open the drivers.txt file in notepad.