How to use Symbolic Link to move Google Chrome AppData folder to other location

Few months back I bought a new high end laptop with i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. Decided to give a shot to “SSD hard disc” over conventional hard disc. Performance of my system is incredibly fast, I have SQL Server, Jenkins, Command line Dataloader jobs, Apex static code analyzer all running almost at same time. Windows OS boots up in almost 2-3 seconds only, as compared to 15-25 sec previously. However because of decision of “SSD Drive” I had to compromise storage capacity. My “C” drive is only around 150 GB however D drive has lot of space. After analyzing many folders, I found that google chrome browser creates its temporary folder in “C” drive even though I have installed it explicitly in “D” drive. I wanted to move “Appdata” folder of google chrome to “D” drive to make sure I have enough space in “c” drive.

I came across “Symbolic link” concept in operating System. In “Symbolic link” folder points to other location and its very useful technique to solve problem of storage. We can create symbolic link of many folder from “c” drive to any other location where we have good enough space. 

Change the applicaions icon in Windows xp

Recently, i had deleted the files under installer folder of windows to clean up the space and that leads to one problem. All the icons of Microsoft Office was disappeared and i was not able to set the icon anyways.

But i had worked on changing the icon in past and helped me to setup the new icon for Microsoft office 2007 or any other application.

To set the icon perform following steps:

Go to Tools | Folder Option and select “File Types” tab.

Windows XP Folder Option
Windows XP Folder Option

Install SNMP Service in Windows XP and Overview of MIB Explorer

Enable SNMP services in Windows Xp:

  1. To open the Windows Components Wizard, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Add or Remove Programs, and then click Add/Remove Windows Components.
  2. In Components, click Management and Monitoring Tools (but do not select or clear its check box), and then click Details.
  3. Select the Simple Network Management Protocol check box, and click OK.
  4. Click Next.
Install SNMP Service in Windows XP
Install SNMP Service in Windows XP

MSMQ – Microsoft Message Queue Introduction

Microsoft Message Queue (MSMQ):
MSMQ is a messaging protocol that allows applications running on separate servers/processes to communicate in a failsafe manner. A queue is a temporary storage location from which messages can be sent and received reliably, as and when conditions permit. Queues are used to receive and send the Messages.

To Install MSMQ, Go to Control Panel -> Add Remove Program -> Add Windows Component and select “Message Queuing”

Install MSMQ - Microsoft Messaging Queue
Install MSMQ - Microsoft Messaging Queue

Google Desktop Search in Folder

Google desktop from Google has been discontinued, so below article will not be useful.

Now days, the requirement for hard disc in personal computer is increased dramatically. And if the size increased then necessity of software to manage the files and folders also increased.

To manage the documents and easy search, you can convert your system in “Google search enabled System” by just downloading Google desktop from here.

To enable the google search any time click cntrl Key twice and you will get your own google.

Google Desktop SearchJust start typing, you will get two options:

  • Search on Desktop
  • Search on Web

Change Windows Xp Icon’s Background color to Transparent

If you’ve been wondering why your XP desktop icons have a background color, you’ll be glad to know you can flip a checkbox and have them go back to a normal transparent background.

Here’s the two versions side by side.

Windows Desktop Icon With BackgroundWindows Desktop Icon Without Background

To set the transparent background on the icons, we’ll need to open System Properties in Control Panel (or right-click on My Computer and select Properties).

Windows XP My Computer PropertyIn this dialog, click the Advanced tab, and then the Settings button under the Performance section.

Setting to remove icon background color in Windows XP
Check the option “Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop”.

Disable Autorun in Windows XP

How to use Group Policy settings to disable all Autorun features in Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Professional, and Windows 2000

  1. Click Start, click Run, type Gpedit.msc in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. Under Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, and then click System.
  3. In the Settings pane, right-click Turn off Autoplay, and then click Properties.Note In Windows 2000, the policy setting is named Disable Autoplay.
  4. Click Enabled, and then select All drives in the Turn off Autoplay box to disable Autorun on all drives.
  5. Click OK to close the Turn off Autoplay Properties dialog box.
  6. Restart the computer.

Dos command to close and open port

1)Type  netstat -a -o -n in command prompt.

Netstat command in DOS
Netstat command in DOS

2) find the PID number for that port number (as shown in above image).
3) goto task manager and end process the corresponding PID number.

Close Open Port from Task manager in Windows xp
Close Open Port from Task manager in Windows xp

If  PID is not visible in task manager then goto View->Select Column and select PID column.