DmiDecode for Windows

The MS-Windows port of the popular Linux tool can be used in Command Line Interface (CLI) of Windows (XP onwards).

Dmidecode reports information about your system's hardware as described in your system BIOS according to the SMBIOS/DMI standard.

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Download DmiDecode

Install it, then you have to set the path

open a command line window and type

path=C:\Program Files\GnuWin32\sbin

if it is installed in C:\Program Files\

Three additional tools come with dmidecode:

  • biosdecode prints all BIOS related information it can find.
  • ownership retrieves the "ownership tag" that can be set on Compaq computers;
  • vpddecode prints the "vital product data" information that can be found in almost all IBM computers

Now you can execute commands

dmidecode –t x

where x can be

  • 0 – BIOS
  • 1 – System
  • 2 – Base Board
  • 3 – Chassis
  • 4 – Processor
  • 5 – Memory Controller
  • 6 – Memory Module
  • 7 – Cache
  • 8 – Port Connector
  • 9 – System Slots
  • 10 – OnBoard Devices
  • 11 – OEMStrings
  • 12 – SystemConfiguration Options

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Windows 7 to be launched on October 22

Windows 7

Microsoft announced that Windows 7 would be “generally available” on October 22, according to a Dow Jones news report. UPDATED with confirmation by Microsoft.

Bill Veghte, SVP of the Windows business, is quoted as saying: “We feel confident that we will deliver Windows 7 with our partners on Oct. 22.” Does this mean it appears in retail PCs before it appears in boxes, or will it all hit together on the same day? Regardless, it’s a pretty nice early date, definitely good for the Christmas PC-buying season, assuming there is a Christmas this year.

We have confirmed the date with Microsoft, and have received this helpful definition: “General Availability (GA) is when consumers can actually purchase the software and PCs with the software preinstalled.” Also, “release to manufacturing” (RTM), when the finished software is given to computer makers to pre-load on new machines, takes place in “late July,” presumably over a matter of weeks.

No Information about its pricing

Using the Recovery Console in XP

If you cannot boot into safe mode you can try using the Recovery Console in Windows XP. This requires you to have a Windows XP CD. Knowledge Base Article 307654 has directions on how to use it. You do not need to follow the instructions for how to install it. In fact, if you have a problem like the 0×00000024 issue above, you probably can not boot from an installed recovery console anyway.

In brief, to boot from the recovery console in XP, do this:

1. Insert your Windows XP CD
2. Boot the computer
3. Select to boot from the CD. On many computers you have to hit a button to do that. On Dell computers the button is usually F12. On HP it is usually ESC.
4. The computer will work for a while and eventually you get a screen that says “Welcome to Setup”. Hit the R key here
5. If will ask you which installation you want to boot. If you have several XP installations on this computer, select the one you want. Of course, if you have several installations, and one still works, you would not need these steps.
6. Type the administrator password for the installation you need to repair.

At this point, you should be at a command prompt. The commands you can run are very limited and they are often different from what you are used to. If you have disabled the intelppm driver on an Intel-based computer and need to re-enable it, run “enable intelppm SERVICE_SYSTEM_START”.

If you need to run chkdsk you can do it from the recovery console window as well. The C: drive is the boot volume in your Windows XP installation. To run the full check run “chkdsk c: /p /r”