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How to get the checksum for a file on Windows

If you're running Windows and ever want to know the md5 checksum for a file you have, did you know there's a built-in command to get it. From the Windows command prompt, run:

certutil -hashfile [path\]filename MD5

The tool is built into Windows 7 and above, and Server 2008 and above (at least). Tools like it are included in other OS's, but I'm sharing the above for Windows users.

Regardless of what OS you use, for more on why knowing the checksum can be useful (and why comparing file sizes instead may not be enough), and especially with regard to some interesting info about installers for CF2016 and CF11, do read on.

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