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Entries Tagged ‘windows’

Windows Desktop Icons Keep Flashing On & Off? In my case, VNC was the cause.

The icons on my Windows XP machine have been flashing on & off intermittently for quite a while.  The problem would come & go, and it wasn’t my primary computer, so I never bothered looking into it, though I did have a few suspicions as to the culprit. I had a little extra time today, [...]

How to Set the Window Size and Position of a Chrome Application Shortcut

Now that I’ve moved into the Android world, I’ve been using Google/Gmail’s “Tasks” feature to keep track of my To Do Lists.  I prefer this method to a separate stand-alone ToDo app because it’s clean & simple, and it’s one less app to manage. I created a Chrome Application Shortcut to my Task List for [...]

AcrobatInfo.exe is as bad as a Virus – How to remove it

I’ve noticed that my older laptop running Windows XP has gotten much slower when browsing files in Windows Explorer. I did some research and found that every time I did anything within the Windows Explorer shell, a process called AcrobatInfo.exe was firing up, eating up system resources, and just generally slowing things down. The result [...]

Fixing the Chrome Error: “Could not create directory for unzipping”

I went to install a new extension in Google Chrome / Chromium and I was getting the error message “Could not create directory for unzipping.” This doesn’t seem to be a permissions issue, as I have full rights on the PC I’m working on. I found this thread in which some others report the same [...]

How to Fix the clock’s “An Error Occurred While Windows was synchronizing with” Error

Ah, daylight savings time. The time of year that reminds us all that our computer’s automatic clock setting mechanism may not work as expected. I’ve been getting the error message “”An Error Occurred While Windows was synchronizing with time.windows.com” error message when trying to manually sync my clock to the Windows time server. A screenshot [...]

How To Get a Kingwin USB Drive Enclosure To Work In Windows XP

I foolishly purchased a Kingwin Blackjack BJK-35USBI from Newegg for the low price of $14.99 + Shipping and Handling. Big mistake – this thing is terrible. First, the documentation says nothing about it working with Windows XP. And it doesn’t – most of the time. That said, I did discover a trick to get it [...]

How To Run Device Manager From The Windows Command Line

Microsoft went and hid the device manager. It’s buried beneath at least 5 separate click events. Fortunately, it is possible to run the device manager from the Windows command line. (That is, the box that pops up when you hit Start->Run.) This should save you a lot of clicking around, particularly if you have to [...]

How to Re-Mount a USB Drive in Windows Without Rebooting

I have a really crappy Kingwin USB external drive enclosure. It doesn’t usually work. When it does work, I am able to connect it to my XP computer exactly once. That’s right – after choosing to “Safely remove hardware” from the computer, when I reconnect the drive it isn’t recognized by Windows until I reboot [...]

Installing WebUI in uTorrent 2.0

Uh oh. The latest update to uTorrent broke its web interface, WebUI. After the automatic update, people are seeing only a spinning “loading” in the middle of the page. I appears that the latest update is incompatible with older versions of WebUI. No worries – here’s how to update it. Steps to fix WebUI Download [...]

Fix the Synergy Copy-and-Paste Clipboard Problem on XP

I use Synergy to use a single keyboard and mouse to control multiple computers. (Or, I should say, I used to use Synergy – more on that later.) It’s really great software. If you’ve never used it, and you have multiple computers on your desktop, I highly recommend that you check it out. For a [...]

How To Take A Screenshot Of A Movie In Windows XP

In Windows XP, taking a screenshot is usually as easy as hitting the “Print Screen” key. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work for movie files. When you try to take a screenshot of a movie in XP, you just get a black box where the still image is supposed to be. I use VLC as my general [...]

How To Force a Full-Screen Game To Run In A Window In XP

Man, nothing bothers me more than computer applications that insist on going full-screen in Windows. (OK, some things bother me more. But it *is* annoying.) This behavior seems to be prevalent in many computer games, and I can’t for the life of me understand why developers insist on abusing their users in this way. Hey [...]

How to take a screenshot in Windows XP

Unfortunately, Windows XP doesn’t come with the nice automatic screenshot utility like Mac OSX does. No worries, though – it’s still possible to take a screenshot with Windows XP, it just requires a few more steps. One of these days, I am going to write a nifty screenshot utility that I’ve been planning for some [...]

Getting My Dell’s Wireless Card to Work With Windows Vista

My status as a business owner scored me a free copy of Microsoft Windows Vista Business Edition. Because of all of the terrible things I’ve heard about Vista, I’ve kept it sitting on a shelf – until today. My morning was free, so I thought I’d install Vista on a Dell Inspiron 5150 laptop that [...]

How to Speed Up Your Computer Running Windows XP – Part 1

OK, so you’ve had Windows XP for a while now and have installed a bunch of third party apps, and Windows just keeps getting slower, and slower, and slower, and slooooower… It might be Microsoft’s fault, since there are a bunch of things that XP should do differently. It might be a third party application [...]

How to Speed up Adobe Acrobat Reader and PDF file opening

Dumb Little Man found this little tidbit at DWTips that I wanted to pass along. (and offer my own alternative solution as well.) DW Writes: Every time you run Adobe Acrobat up to 20 plugins are loaded unnecessarily – most users do not need even a fraction of them! To disable unneeded plugins and make [...]

How to Securely and Completely Erase Your Computer’s Hard Drive

Getting rid of that old computer? You might want to consider either hanging on to the hard drive or making sure that it’s been completely erased before you do so – your personal data may be at stake. If you’re like most computer users, you probably have a few files on your computer that you [...]

XP Setup Disk: INF file txtsetup.sif is corrupt or missing – Status 32768

I’m a RedHat Linux guy, but I wanted to try out the Ubuntu Linux distribution to see if it’s an acceptable solution for Linux newbies (who would likely install a dual-boot XP system) or for cash-strapped non-profit groups (who would likely use it as their primary system). I had no problems setting up the dual-boot [...]

How to disable dumprep.exe (Dump Reporting Tool) on Windows XP

If you’ve ever had to use the task manager (CTRL-ALT-DELETE) to kill a “Not Responding” program, you’ve probably been frustrated by the time it takes for the program to actually disappear from your screen. What’s going on here is that a Microsoft provided tool called “Windows Error Dump Reporting,” or “dumprep.exe,” is creating a file [...]


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