How to: Change icon for USB/Removable Drive/Thumb drive/USB Hard Drive

Keywords: USB, USB storage, icon, Removable Drive, USB Hard Drive, USB HDD, USB Drive, Thumb Drive

The default icon for removable drive usually looks like this:

USB Drive icon
USB Drive icon

To change it, follow these steps:

1 Download an icon in “.ico” format, you can find free icons from following websites:

https://www.flaticon.com/

https://icons8.com/

https://thenounproject.com/

https://www.iconfinder.com/free_icons

You can search on the internet for more websites

OR

You can use any picture with help from following websites to convert to “.icon” format:

https://www.zamzar.com/convert/png-to-ico/

https://convertio.co/png-ico/

https://www.icoconverter.com/

2 Connect your USB drive

3 Copy the downloaded “.ico” file to root of the USB drive (Mean do not put it into any folder inside of the USB drive )

USB root - model-craft.ico
USB root – model-craft.ico

4 Create a text file in root of USB drive

USB drive - Create a text file
USB drive – Create a text file

5 Add following text to the text file, save the file

[autorun]
ICON=iconname.ico
Text file
Text file

6 Rename the text file to autorun.inf

Rename to autorun.inf
Rename file to autorun.inf

7 Unplug the USB drive, plug the USB drive to your computer again.

8 You should see the new icon now.

USB drive with custom icon
USB drive with custom icon

Note: Fixed hard drive/Internal hard drive icons can also be changed via the same method.

Bonus:

To avoid accidental deletion, we can hide the “aurorun.inf” and “iconname.icon”.

1 Select both files

Select both files
Select both files

2 Right click on the file

3 Click on Properties

Right click on file - Click on Properties
Right click on file – Click on Properties

4 Tick “Hidden” then click on OK button.

File Properties - Read-only - OK
File Properties – Read-only – OK

How to: Fix Microsoft Outlook showing wrong contact name in “To” Field

Keywords: Microsoft Outlook, Showing wrong name, Showing wrong email address, To field, Outlook contact name and email address mismatch, Showing incorrect contact name, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Office 365

When entering contact’s name in the To field in Microsoft Outlook, it shows correct email address but wrong contact name which can cause confusion.

Microsoft Outlook - To Field (Wrong contact name)
Microsoft Outlook – To Field (Wrong contact name)

Solution

To resolve this issue, we need to remove incorrect “Linked contacts”

1 Click on the correct email address with incorrect name, so that it populates the name to To… field

Microsoft Outlook - To... field
Microsoft Outlook – To… field

2 Double click on the name, a menu will appear

Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft Outlook

3 Click on three dots

Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft Outlook

4 Click on “Link Contacts…”

Microsoft Outlook - Link Contacts...
Microsoft Outlook – Link Contacts…

5 Remove all other contacts except the only correct contact name for that specific contact

Before Modifying

Microsoft Outlook - Linked contacts for (Before Modifying)
Microsoft Outlook – Linked contacts for (Before Modifying)

After Modifying

Microsoft Outlook - Linked contacts for (After Modifying)
Microsoft Outlook – Linked contacts for (After Modifying)

6 Now the issue should be fixed

Note: You need to repeat these steps for each contacts which has this problem.

Linux test TCP/UDP port connectivity with nc command

TCP

# nc -z -v [hostname or IP address] [port number]
nc -z -v 192.168.100.1 443
Connection to  192.168.100.1 443 port [tcp/https] succeeded!

UDP

# nc -z -v -u [hostname or IP address] [port number]
# nc -z -v -u 192.168.100.1 123 
Connection to  192.168.100.1 123 port [udp/ntp] succeeded!

Bouns

We can also test TCP port with telnet command

telnet [hostname or IP address] [port number]
# telnet 192.168.100.1 443
Trying 192.168.100.1…
Connected to 192.168.100.1.
Escape character is '^]'.

If return “Connected to xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx”, it means the port is open and functional

If return “Trying xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx…”, it means the port is closed or not accessible.

Check NTP server working or not, Check NTP server Date and Time – Windows, Linux

Windows

1 Use Win + R to open run Window

Microsoft Windows - Run window
Microsoft Windows – Run window

2 Type cmd, then hit Enter key

Microsoft Windows - Run window - cmd.exe
Microsoft Windows – Run window – cmd.exe

The command we use is in following format:

w32tm /stripchart /computer:domainnameORipaddress /dataonly /samples:5

3 Enter following command to test “time.windows.com”

w32tm /stripchart /computer:time.windows.com /dataonly /samples:5
Microsoft Windows - CMD -   w32tm /stripchart /computer:time.windows.com /dataonly /samples:5 output
Microsoft Windows – CMD – w32tm /stripchart /computer:time.windows.com /dataonly /samples:5 output

Bonus: Other commands

1 Show the current time zone settings:

w32tm /tz

2 List external NTP servers (peers)

w32tm /query /peers
Microsoft Windows - CMD -  w32tm /query /peers output
Microsoft Windows – CMD – w32tm /query /peers output

Note! If you have encountered this error: “The following error occurred: The service has not been started. (0x80070426)”, you need to start the “Windows Time” service, you can start a elevated cmd or PowerShell by using Win + X key combination then select “Command Prompt (Admin)” or “Windows PowerShell (Admin)” then type “sc start W32Time” to start the Windows Time service or using Run window and type “services.msc” then find “Windows Time” service and start it.

3 Restore Windows Time service settings to default

C:\>net stop w32time
C:\>w32tm /unregister
C:\>w32tm /register
C:\>net start w32time

4 Re-sync Time

Resynchronize the clock as soon as possible, disregarding all accumulated error statistics. If no computer is specified, the local computer will resynchronize. The command will wait for resynchronization unless the /nowait switch is used.

w32tm /resync

5 Redirect the network configuration and Re-sync time

Force redetection of network resource before resynchronization.

w32tm /resync /rediscover
Microsoft Windows - PowerShell - w32tm /resync /rediscover output
Microsoft Windows – PowerShell – w32tm /resync /rediscover output

6 Check current NTP configuration

Show Information:

w32tm /query /status
Microsoft Windows - PowerShell -  w32tm /query /status  output
Microsoft Windows – PowerShell – w32tm /query /status output

Show Configuration:

w32tm /query /configuration
Microsoft Windows - PowerShell -  w32tm /query /configuration  output
Microsoft Windows – PowerShell – w32tm /query /configuration output

Linux

1 ntpdate -q domainnameORipaddress

ntpdate -q time.windows.com
Linux - Terminal - ntpdate -q time.windows.com output
Linux – Terminal – ntpdate -q time.windows.com output

2 ntpq -p domainnameORipaddress

ntpq -p 192.168.1.1