In case you wondered, 3D Pinball for Windows, aka Space Cadet, (which was introduced in Microsoft Plus 95 and part of Windows NT 4 by default) works great on Windows 8.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The SkyDrive desktop app for Windows only allows synchronizing a single directory (by default C:\Users\<Username>\SkyDrive) between your hard drive and the cloud.
Using NTFS junction points you can “create a symbolic link to a directory which then functions as an alias of that directory”.
The command to execute in the SkyDrive folder is:
mklink /J <name-of-alias> <path-to-existing-folder>
(e.g. mklink /J Photos D:\Skype\Photos)
More information can be found in these articles:
Warning: Unfortunately, if you create junction points in the SkyDrive folder itself, SkyDrive will not correctly monitor for changes (see here). As a workaround you could move the original folders into the SkyDrive folder, and create junctions at the old locations to point at the same data. This way SkyDrive monitors the folders as expected.
Updates to this blog post:
… and “will be officially retired on February 13, 2013”.
When trying to download a file in IE you receive the following error message:
“Security Alert: Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded.”
Steps to fix the problem (found here):
- Start Internet Explorer.
- Click Tools » Options.
- Click on the Security tab.
- Select the Internet Zone.
- Click on the Custom Level button and then scroll down to Downloads.
- Make sure to set File download to Enable.
- Click OK.
When trying to use a smart card, you receive the error message:
A smart card was detected but is not the one required for the current operation. The smart card you are using may be missing required driver software or a required certificate.
Steps to resolve:
- Go to the Microsoft Catalog and download the driver required for your smart card (I searched for "Gemalto" and found the Gemalto Minidriver for .NET, which worked for me).
- Unzip the downloaded file.
- Right-click the .INF file and click “Install”.
- Done. You can use your smart card now. :-)
More information (thanks to Ben and Daniel for those articles):
Monday, December 24, 2012
Saturday, December 22, 2012
If you are stuck at a black screen (blinking cursor) after the first restart, this can have several reasons.
How to solve it
In case you are installing from a USB stick, use the DVD instead.
Source: answer on this forum post
Other possible reasons:
Windows 7 Backup fails after a few seconds with an “Insufficient Space" message and error code 0x81000033
“Windows Backup skipped backing up system image because one of the critical volumes is not having enough free space. Free up some space by deleting unnecessary files and try again.
Error code: 0x81000033”
The problem is caused by lack of free space in the hidden ‘system reserved’ partition (that Windows created).
How to fix:
Enlarge the hidden ‘system reserved’ partition (e.g. to 350 MB).
- For a more detailed description and step-by-step instructions how to resolve this, refer to this article: http://www.pagestart.com/win7br0x8100003301.html
“The validation information class requested was invalid.”
Workaround (found in this forum post):
In the username field, specify the username as “DEVICE\username”, where DEVICE is the network device where you are trying to store the backups to.
PS: The German version of the error message is: “Die Überprüfungsinformationsklasse war unzulässig.”
Taken right from Dell Support article #268873:
- Desktop System Software (DSS) or Notebook System Software (NSS)
- PCMCIA/Smartcard controller
- Intel Storage (located under Serial ATA Category)
- Network Interface Card (NIC) / Ethernet Controller
- Dell Control Point (DCP) (only for some Latitude Laptops)
- Dell Quickset
- Wireless Network Card
- Touchpad, Pointer, Track stick, Mice, and Keyboards
- Other Devices
Note: Please read the original article for many important details!
Friday, December 21, 2012
From the Expression website:
“The web is now about applications as well as traditional web sites, and this requires a new set of tools. Microsoft is committed to offering a unified approach to focus on web design and development features in Microsoft Visual Studio 2012.
Expression Web is now available as a free download from the Microsoft Download Center, and no new versions will be developed. Customers who previously purchased Expression Web will receive support through the established support lifecycle.”
Together with Expression Web, the SuperPreview service will come to an end, too:
“Expression SuperPreview Remote Beta will continue running as a service through June 30, 2013”
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
For example, Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) asks for “Select or enter a SQL instance”. It’s a mandatory field.
If you can’t browse to find your SQL Server, enter “MSSQLSERVER” for the default instance, or an instance name.
Monday, April 16, 2012
- a USB stick
- the tool "HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool"
- a DOS boot disk. You can download a ready-to-use FreeDOS boot disk here (thanks to this blog).
Monday, March 19, 2012
Answer: Use Vmdk2Vhd.
Description from the creators's website:
Vmdk2Vhd is a simple utility to convert virtual hard drive images from VMWare's VMDK format into the Microsoft's VHD format. This is a sector by sector copy operation from one format to the other and the source file remains unaltered.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
- You have a database (e.g. TFS collection database) in SQL Server Enterprise Edition.
- You want to backup and restore this database on a SQL Server Standard Edition.
- You get an error message on restore that some features are not supported.
- On your Enterprise Edition Server:
- Backup your database before the next step.
- As described here, you can run a T-SQL query to determine where Enterprise features like data compression is used.
- Jag Padda provides a script that will return T-SQL statements as the result, which you can then run against the database to disable compression.
- Now backup up your database and restore it on SQL Server Standard Edition.
Update (June 9th, 2012): Ed Holloway pointed out that the easiest way to downgrade your TFS database is to simply run this script:
exec prc_EnablePrefixCompression @online = 0, @disable = 1
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
copy /b "list of old files or * for all files" "newfile"
For example, to join file1.txt, file2.txt and file3.txt together to new file: file4.txt use:
copy /b file1.txt +file2.txt +file3.txt file4.txt
copy /b *.txt newfile.txt