Wednesday, March 26, 2008

WORKAROUND: "Show window contents while dragging" appearance option deactivated after every restart

You are sure a Dell user!

And you are certainly not alone:

Possible Workarounds:

  • Uninstall Dell Media Experience
    (seems to be cause for the most of the links above, but I handn't installed it)
  • Use MSCONFIG to disable the services of your video and audio drivers.
    (this solved it in my case on a Dell XPS M1330 64-bit)
  • Add this small tool to your autostart programs


WORKAROUND: Mail icon missing in Control Panel of Vista 64-bit

You need to open the item "View 32-bit Control Panel Items". And there it is. :)


Header area is not showing when creating a new Word Document

Where's my header area gone in MS Word? ... and even resetting the won't help you there.

But it's soo simple. A double click between the border between your document and the rulers will display them. Read the full story here.

INFO: Administrative shares (c$, d$, etc.) disabled by default in Windows Vista

Windows Vista Tip

You need to make a registry change to make it work.

  1. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system
  2. New DWORD: LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy = 1


Update (2012-05-23): Download a ready-to-use .REG file here.

Driver: Broadcom 57XX/59XX Gigabit Integrated Controller for Dell XPS M1330 running Vista 64-bit

Thanks to Shad, I have now found Vista 64-bit drivers for my network card as well as a generic driver for the touchpad for my Dell XPS M1330.

Tip: .REG files can also delete keys and values

Windows Tip .REG files can not only add and modify but also delete keys and values from the Windows registry.

To delete a registry key


To delete a registry value


Monday, March 17, 2008

INFO: Access denied on SendTo folder under Windows Vista

If you get the message that the access for "C:\Users\<Username>\SendTo" is denied it doesn't mean you don't have the necessary permissions - but rather that you are looking at the wrong place since the SendTo folder was moved to:


At the old location there is a NTFS junction which redirects read/write access to the SendTo folder. Unfortunately Windows Explorer won't follow this link and doesn't show you want's in there (stating the access was denied).

Saturday, March 15, 2008

WORKAROUND: Installing Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 breaks your XAML Intellisense

A nasty one, you will probably realize in front of customers.

The workaround can be found on the Windows SDK blog.


PRB: Clean Vista x64 installation freezes with blue screen on Dell M1330 after first reboot

You need to turn off the computer completely (restart won't work). Vista should start now and you need to install "Intel Matrix Storage Manager" (provided by Dell) and after the next restart everything worked fine for me.

Another tip would be to turn off ACHI in your BIOS.

Monday, March 10, 2008

PRB: Hibernate option gone in Windows Vista?

Where's the hibernate option gone?Run the command (using admin privileges):

powercfg /hibernate on

Read more about it.

Update: Although in some scenarios the "Hibernate" menu item does not appear, "shutdown /h" works from the command line.