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Windows Photo Viewer: Can’t Rotate Images on a Network Drive – Solved!

2017/09/22
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Modified: 2017/09/16
Windows Photo Viewer - Error

It is the the LITTLE problems that annoys the most!  I love Windows, but why Windows is so awkward in same strange and unexpected ways? This article is about one of such problems – Image viewing and rotation.  Why it is so hard? Do not even think to joke here. There is a very simple and very useful little program – Windows Photo Viewer.  It is great to open one photo at a time and quickly navigate through a pile of them.  It also allows to rotate and magnify the images. But it has a strange peculiar set of problems: – On Windows 7 x64 it sometimes can’t rotate images located in certain folders…

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Mapping remote WebDAV network drive for free (without NetDrive)

2017/09/15
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Modified: 2017/09/15

If you have a powerful NAS server with massive redundancy (RAID), you wish you can access all files and directories from anywhere on the planet. Recently I switched from Synchronizing Offline file to a real-time access my drive remotely using WebDAV.  This twist is that I am using Synology WebDAV on server side and Windows 10 without any third-party product.  I am using simple Map Network Drive option in Windows Explorer. Here are the steps: -01- Login to your Internet domain provider and create an “A” type DNS record to link your router external IP address with a permanent subdomain string of your choice.   In this example, I will use  nas.yourDomain.com…

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Error 2155348315 in Windows 7 Backup – Resolved

2017/09/10
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Modified: 2017/07/22
Windows 7 Backup Error 2155348315

I started getting this error 2155348315 in Windows 7 Backup, when I switched from wired to a Wi-Fi connection on my desktop PC. Here is what happened...

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IE opens blank new tabs instead of your home page

2017/09/04
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Modified: 2017/07/22
IE - Blank page on new tab

You have  masterfully designed custom home page for your Internet Explorer (IE).  All of a sudden, only first tab displays your home page.  All other new tabs in IE open as a blank page.  What happened?  Something is changing IE settings  back to “A blank page” ? This particular fix for this article was tested on Win7 x64 with IE9. In a few words, you need to delete this registry entry vprot.exe from location HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run   A little bit more radical solution is to run a 3 line script on Startup to delete all intruding entries from all 3 possible Startup locations in Registry. This solution is absolutely great, because it…

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*** Use Wildcards with REG DELETE (Almost) ***

2017/08/19
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Modified: 2017/07/22
Registry-After-Deletion

I loved writing this article.  It tought me so much about power of good old batch commands.  Amazing! Say, I am trying to resolve a problem in a registry.  To isolate the problem, I need to delete hundreds of branches from an externally loaded Registry hive QQ\Classes from a parallel instance. For example, I need to delete all branches that start with letter “M”.  Doing it manually means hours of tedious clicking and possibility of disastrous “user” errors.  Can I do this with a batch file and REG DELETE? This article shows the way to do that.  Here is a plan of action:     First, I saw a quiet lonely post…

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PC Sleep and PC Hibernate Shortcuts

2017/08/17
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Modified: 2017/07/22
Sleep-and-Hibernate

Everybody wants a shortcut for PS Sleep to save time on clicks. Instead of 3 clicks Start - Shutdown - Sleep every time, let's have just one click - Sleep. There is a way to do that. Please tell me, if this also works in Windows XP.

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Win 7 and Win 8 – How to Rename All System Directories
(and W2K8 Server, and R2, and XP too)

2017/07/30
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Modified: 2017/06/25
Multiple Windows Installs on One Drive

If only you could control names of directories, where Microsoft installs Windows, Data and Program Files. If you could, you  would be able to  install multiple instances of operating system on the same drive.  So. let’s do it anyway.  To do that you need two parallel installs of you favorite operating system on the same computer.  For now it has to be on 2 different drives.   You need this so you can manipulate locked files and directories of one install, while booting into the other one. Disclaimer This article applies to any Microsoft operating system, and uses the most complicated Windows 7 64-bit as an example.  This method was also tested…

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Resolved: The system cannot find message text for message …

2017/07/28
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Modified: 2017/06/25
NewCMD-Bad

What a pleasure to resolve a long standing problem.   And not by an accident.   No.  But by applying a heavy-duty problem-solving pressure tactic.  This is gold, Jerry, gold!  Can I use it? At some point you are so fed up with a problem, you are ready to tackle almost anything. Ever since Vista and Windows 2008 Server, if you rename cmd.exe for security reasons, you wouldn’t be able to see any messages in a Command Prompt, and what is even worse, you wouldn’t see any error messages. Instead all you see is something like this: The system cannot find message text for message number 0x2350 in the message file for Application.…

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Remotely Power Up or Wake Your Wired PCs Over the Internet

2017/07/26
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Modified: 2017/06/25
Power-Up

Idea – Reduce Noise, Save on Electricity My electric company installed an electricity consumption gadget, and ability to monitor usage online. A few month into the experiment I realized, that I can easily reduce electric usage, if I turned off my server. It is been over a year since I migrated all my sites to Amazon cloud, so now my server only needs to be on, when I need it on. All the nights and 90% of all work hours it can be off.  But how to do that? I recall seeing something in BIOSes of Intel motherboards called Wake-On-LAN.  First time I saw something like this was in May of…

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Block PC Outbound Connections on Router Level (All but RDP)

2017/06/27
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Modified: 2017/06/25
Router-Open-Ports-for-RDP-3389

This article applies to a scenario, when you already can establish RDP to a machine on your internal network from a remote network.  Now you’ve decided to tighten security screws and close all external access to and from that machine except for RDP on the router level. Inbound connections to a server you can block easily using firewall on the machine itself.  This article deals with a situation, when you need to block access for any process or application running on your server to the external resources.  Other machines on your network still would be able to make external connections through the router. Note: It is good a practice to change…

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How to Reset Win XP Admin Password

2017/06/21
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Modified: 2017/04/30

There are two ways to reset forgotten Administrator password. Method one – Reset During Repair Reinstall: Use Win XP installation disk Run Recovery (not Recovery Console) Press Shift+F10 during GIU portion of repair / install Run LUSRMGR.MSC to reset any user password to whatever you want During my tests, this method always ended up in freeze  during a late install stage on “Deleting Temp Files” Method Two – Use LUNIX bootable CD: Download free boot CD software from http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/ It might be called Offline Registry Editor, but this utility main purpose is to reset Administrator passwords to blank. Burn a bootable disk (only 4MB) Boot from this CD. Blank Administrator password…

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