As a developer, it’s annoying how XP hides advanced features way down deep.
For instance, I often use USB-serial devices, and when I need to check which port one of them’s attached to, here’s the 7-stage clickfest:
- Control Panel
- Device Manager
- Ports (COM & LPT)
Well, it can be much simpler than that. Simply put the following lines in a file called
ports.bat and drag it to your quick launch bar:
reg query HKLM\hardware\devicemap\serialcomm pause
Voila! Every time you click it, you get a nice list of all your COM ports in Lucida Console.
Feel free to drop your own XP developer tips in the comment box.
21 May 2008 by Berwyn 11 comments