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Friday, July 05, 2013

Windows 8: My Views

Windows 8 has got a lot of buzz in the last year.. Now that 8.1 preview is available I wonder how much peoples impressions will change.. If at all. I've been using Personal Computers since the dawn of the PC. My first "PC" was an Altair 8080 which I had to put together from a box of parts, my display device was a Model 28 teletype, so I've been around the block a few times. My Impressions of Windows 8 are very favourable.. I like it as much as if not more than Windows 7, do I want to go back. No.. I've had to adapt and overcome many times in my lifetime. My opinion is if you don't like it, you are not forced to use the new operating systems. If you want you can still run Windows 98. Every time Microsoft makes a change there are thousands of users that reject the change and want the old ways back.. There are choices that YOU can make.. Use it and accept the new changes or NOT use it and use something else.. Apple is always looking to sell more computers and the linux distro's would love a higher market share. One of the AA motto's comes to mind to paraphrase : Change what I can, Accept what I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference. As for the Windows 8 start menu replacements, the same thing occurred when Microsoft got rid of Program Manager. Personally I resisted the change to any form of Windows for a long time and used Desqview or OS/2 for multitasking environments. Traditional PC sales are declining and tablets are on the increase. Have you ever tried to use the traditional start menu on a tablet, it is not nice. How often are you in the start menu? How often do you see the metro desktop? Myself perhaps .001% of the day. Was it a jarring change? Yes, does it really matter to me.. NO.. I tried start8/classic shell and removed them within a few days. I am more upset about Technet going away.. so I have to pay more for Action Pack

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Create Symbolic Links, Hard Links and Directory Junctions in Vista/Win 7/8 with MKLINK

For Unix-like or Linux system users, symbolic link is a common feature in use almost daily. Symbolic link (aka soft link) or symlink as it often shortened to, is a special type of file or file-system object that serves as a reference or points to another file, UNC or directory, known as target. In Windows Vista, symlinks feature has been added to NTFS filesystem and can be created by using MKLINK command. In previous Windows operating system, the closer thing to symbolic links is NTFS junction point, or worse, Windows shell shortcut (.lnk) file.
Symlink in Vista, unlike .lnk shortcut in desktop or Windows Explorer, allow user to access files within the symbolic link created itself via explorer, the console and etc. And symbolic link also differ from NTFS junction point which can only link to folders and volumes, in which symlinks can point to a file, a UNC, a folder or a volume, as well as able to span file systems.
Symbolic link is useful when you have a lot of folders and files are scattered all over the directory tree, and you need to manage them from a single location. Another scenario is that you have a deep nested file that you want to access quickly instead of traverse through one branch by one branch. And furthermore, for programmer, symlink provides a static file path that can be point to a ever changing object without affecting the functionality of the program. In all these situation, symbolic links can be created at a convenient location which point to the ‘real’ objects.
As mentioned, to create a symbolic link, use MKLINK command line tool. MKLINK can be used to create a hard link or directory junction too. Hard link is essentially giving another name or label to the objects, while NTFS directory junction point is used to redirect the whole folder to another folder as if it’s the original folder itself. Junction point is used extensively in Vista to provide support for old directory structures for user profiles (i.e Documents and Settings) to point to the new user folders located inside Users directory.
Syntax and Options of MKLINK
MKLINK [[/D] | [/H] | [/J]] Link Target
/D – Creates a directory symbolic link. Default to file symbolic link.
/H – Creates a hard link instead of a symbolic link.
/J – Creates a Directory Junction.
Link – Specifies the new symbolic link name.
Target – Specifies the path (relative or absolute) that the new link refers to.
Examples and Usages of MKLINK
Note: Only Administrators can use MKLINK to create symbolic links unless override by using secpol.msc, so you need to run Command Prompt with elevated privileges, or else you will get “You do not have sufficient privilege to perform this operation.” error.
To create symbolic link called foo to reference to c:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe:
C:\test>mklink foo c:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe
You will see the following result:
symbolic link created for foo <<===>> c:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe
If you type dir in commnd prompt, you will see the following listing:

Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is 2211-7428
Directory of C:\test
04/14/2006 11:24 AM <DIR> .
04/14/2006 11:24 AM <DIR> ..
04/14/2006 11:24 AM <SYMLINK> foo [c:\Windows\system32\notepad.exe]
1 File(s) 0 bytes
2 Dir(s) 69,238,722,560 bytes free
To create symbolic link to a folder, simply use /D switch:
C:\test>mklink /d bar c:\windows
symbolic link created for bar <<===>> c:\windows
Results of dir command:

Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is 2211-7428
Directory of C:\test
04/14/2006 11:24 AM <DIR> .
04/14/2006 11:24 AM <DIR> ..
04/14/2006 11:24 AM <SYMLINKD> bar [c:\windows]
04/14/2006 11:24 AM <SYMLINK> foo [c:\Windows\system32\notepad.exe]
1 File(s) 0 bytes
3 Dir(s) 69,238,722,560 bytes free
MKLINK cannot use to delete symbolic link. To remove a symbolic link, simply delete them as if you’re removing a normal file. For example, to delete the foo symbolic link created above, enter the following command:
C:\test>del foo
To remove the bar symbolic link to a folder created above, use the following command:
C:\test>rd bar