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Better than ‘Open Command Window Here’ – Vista Explorer Shortcut

In Windows Vista, you can no longer drag a folder from Explorer on to a Command Prompt and have it change to that directory.  They say it is a security feature.  But, they did add the ability to shift+right-click on a folder to show the option to Open Command Window Here.  This was something on XP that was you could add through a Windows Explorer extension.  I’ll admit, it’s a nice feature to have built into Vista, however, I stumbled across an even nicer shortcut (read: magic) for those of us that are prone to using the keyboard over the mouse, when it comes to shortcuts.  To quickly open a command prompt to the folder you have open in Explorer, hit Alt+D (mouse users: click on any empty space in the Address Bar), type cmd and then hit Enter.  I told you it was magic!

  1. In Windows Explorer, hit Alt+D
  2. Type cmd
  3. Hit Enter
  4. A command prompt window will open to the folder you had open in Explorer

I’ve been working on some Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer extensions and for the ease of testing I have to constantly restart Explorer.  Heck, I’ve just probably saved myself an extra 10-20 seconds per day.  I know, I’m weird, but you know what they say about special weird people…

If you’ve been looking for a reason to upgrade to Vista folks, this is definitely it (only kidding, of course) because it doesn’t work on XP (ugh, I feel my subconscious bullying me into creating an extension for XP to mimic this functionality…must…resist…urge)!

Windows Vista SP1 Causing Internet Connection Problems

On a Dell Precision 670 (@work), updated to Vista SP1, and a new Dell Inspiron 530 (@friend) with Vista SP1 installed on it when it was received, I have been having issues using the Internet.  Every time I restart my computer, my Internet connection won’t work even though the globe indicator on the network connection icon is showing as being online.  I can browse my local network but I can’t do anything online.  I found that I could temporarily get around this by disabling and re-enabling the Local Area Connection.  However, I wanted a more permanent solution:

Disabling IPv6 on Windows Vista SP1

Option 1:

  1. Click on the Start Menu.
  2. Click on Control Panel.
  3. Once the Control Panel is open, click the Classic View link on the left sidebar.
  4. Find and double-click Network and Sharing Center.
  5. Click Manage Network Connections on the left sidebar.
  6. Find your Broadband connection (usually named Local Area Connection) and right-click on it.
  7. On the context-menu, click Properties.
  8. Click the Networking tab.
  9. Remove the checkmark from Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6).
  10. Click Ok.
  11. Close all the windows opened in the previous steps.
  12. Restart your computer.

Option 2 (requires modifying the registry but allows you to change one setting to affect all network adapters):

  1. Microsoft Knowledge Base Article – KB929852 – How to disable certain Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) components in Windows Vista

Known Issues with disabling IPv6:

  1. Any programs that require IPv6 will not work.  One example is Windows Meeting Space:

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Hopefully Microsoft gets this issue fixed soon as I hate workarounds, especially ones that make compromises.  Though we all know that workarounds are a necessity of the digital life.