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Simple Programs for Common Computer Chores That Anyone Can Use
The previous page discussed the usefulness of batch and script files and some examples from the Web. Here I provide some easy-to-use scripts written specifically for average PC users.

System administrators and power users run scripts all the time but the average PC user rarely takes advantage of either the built-in command line or the scripting host that is in the Windows operating system. Aiming at the average PC user, I have written some scripts that carry out some common tasks and are simple to use. Since average PC users are accustomed to the point-and-click way of doing things and tend to be averse to entering commands and data from the keyboard, I have tried to keep the necessity of typing input to a minimum. I have wrapped several very useful command line programs inside a graphical user interface to create some small, very easy to use applications.

System administrators and power users run scripts all the time but the average PC user rarely takes advantage of either the built-in command line or the scripting host that is in the Windows operating system. Aiming at the average PC user, I have written some scripts that carry out some common tasks and are simple to use. Since average PC users are accustomed to the point-and-click way of doing things and tend to be averse to entering commands and data from the keyboard, I have tried to keep the necessity of typing input to a minimum. I have wrapped several very useful command line programs inside a graphical user interface to create some small, very easy to use applications.

All the files mentioned below are VBScripts and can be downloaded in zipped form. They are typically only 1 or 2 KB in size. Download and unzip the single file to any convenient location. Assuming that you have the Windows scripting host installed (a standard setup in most home PCs) all that is required to run a program is to click on the file. Anti-virus programs may warn about any VBScript but these files are harmless. The scripts do not change anything on the system and can simply be deleted if you don’t like them. Note: They were originally written for Windows XP systems but should work in Windows Vista/7 except where indicated.

Disclaimer: Unfortunately, we live in an extraordinarily litigious society so I am forced to say the following. All scripts are provided as is with no warranties, express or implied; user assumes all responsibility for their use.

Simple backup script
One thing that keeps people from using backup scripts is complexity. I wrote this script to be as simple as possible. It copies new and updated files from a selected folder and its subfolders. Click on the folder to be updated, click on the backup folder, and copy. If you don't have a backup folder, the program can create one.
Copy all files with a specific extension from a selected folder
This script will copy all files with a user specified extension from a selected folder to another folder. Provides an easy way to get all your files that are MP3 , JPG, or other file type into their own folder. Does not copy subfolders. Updates any files of the same name that are already in the destination folder.
Copy all files with a specific extension from a selected folder and its subfolders
This is the same script as above except that it also copies from subfolders. Uses the subfolder structure of the source folder in the destination folder .
Easy way to remove the Read-Only attribute from files
If you copy files from a CD to your hard drive, they will have a Read-Only attribute. (Unless you use Xcopy.) This can be a nuisance and I have written this script to give a quick way to remove the Read-Only attribute from all the files in a folder (and its subfolders, if desired).
Make a list of all files of a certain type
If you want a list of all the files in a folder or drive with a specific extension (for example, MP3 or JPG or DOC), this script will create a printable list and place it wherever you want. You can choose to list the contents of subfolders as well.
Make a list of all files
This script lists all the files in a selected folder or drive. You can choose to list all the files in the subfolders as well. Does not list "hidden" files
Make a list of hidden files
This script lists all the files in a folder with the "hidden" attribute. Files in the subfolders can be listed as well.
How to make your favorite folder easily accessible in Windows dialog boxes
A number of common Windows tasks use a dialog box listing the folders that are present on a computer. Examples are the file operations "Copy" and "Save As". If you have a favorite folder that you often use, it is convenient to have it readily available in the dialog box. Drives are always listed at or near the top of the tree in the list and this script assigns a drive letter to your favorite folder. (This method is not to be confused with scripts that map network drives to shared folders.)
Clean the Temporary folders
This script deletes files and then empty folders from the temporary environment variable designated folders %TEMP% and %WINDIR%\temp. See this page for definition of environment variables. Files that are in use are not deleted.
Make an XP system restore point
The standard way to create a system restore point in Windows XP requires a number of steps. This little file lets you create a new backup very quickly. If you install a lot of programs or like to tweak your system, you'll appreciate this script. There are a variety of system restore scripts available on the Web but none of them suited me so I wrote my own. XP only.

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