There are some quick and easy things you can do to make Windows 10 easier to use.
X Window System display server
Download and install the free and open-source vcsxrv package from SourceForge. Then, configure your
ssh to forward X11 packets. Then, when you ssh to a Linux or FreeBSD box, you’ll be able to run X programs. They’ll show up on your Windows desktop.
Get Power Toys. These are Microsoft-furnished addons to Windows.
But some are very useful. Process Monitor is fantastic for finding out what’s going on in your system. TCP View is an interactive version of
netstat, great for figuring out what program is using what port. Here’s a complete listing.
Path Copy Copy
You know this: when you hold the shift key and right-click on a file or directory in Explorer, you get a Copy As Path choice. Well, Charles Lechasseur’s Path Copy Copy package does that kind of thing very well. You can copy paths in all sorts of formats, including the format needed for the Github (MSYS) shell. And, you can put some of the choices on the main menu. No more remembering to hold the shift key.
Command Prompt Here
It used to be possible to right click a directory in the Explorer and choose “Command Prompt Here.” Then Microsoft decided to hide that stuff. You can easily add something to the Windows Registry to let you do that. Be careful when messing with the Registry. It might make sense to create a restore point first.
Here’s how to do it.
Save this text into a file called CommandPromptHere.reg.
</span> <pre> Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Command Prompt Here] [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Command Prompt Here\command] @="cmd.exe /s /k pushd \"%V\""
Double click the file, and let it install your new shell command in the registry.
What does this do?
- Opens up the
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellentry in the registry.
- Adds a registry key called
Command Prompt Here.. the name of the item that will appear on the right-click menu.
- Under that key, adds a key called
- Sets the default value of that key to
cmd.exe /s /k pushd "%V"
You might need to restart Explorer (the file Explorer, not the old Redmond Middle School science project they called Internet Explorer) to see your new menu item. Bounce your machine, or log off and log back on again.