This little hack allows you to pin anything to your Windows 8 (or RT) start menu.
First we need to create a registry file; open Notepad
Copy and paste the following into notepad
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Go File > Save As …
Save as PinToStartGack.reg
Now, open the location you saved the .reg file and double click it. When prompted if you wish to continue click Yes
You can now right click any file or folder and select 'Pin to Start'
How to undo the change
Open regedit (Win + R)
Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\
Delete the pintostartscreen key
Gmail has a handy feature whereby, after hitting the 'Send' button, you have some time to realise you made a typo, forgot to attach a document or that you really don't want to send that message after all–or at least, not to the person you accidentally put in the 'To:' field.
This can be simulated in Outlook:
If you use Microsoft Exchange Server, you can delay delivery of an individual message. Everyone can use rules to delay delivery of all messages by having them held in the Outbox for a specified time after clicking Send.
Delay delivery of a message
In the message, click Options.
Under Delivery options, select the Do not deliver before check box, and then click the delivery date and time you want.
Delay delivery of all messages
On the Tools menu, click Rules and Alerts, and then click New Rule.
Select Start from a blank rule.
In the Step 1: Select when messages should be checked box, click Check messages after sending, and then click Next.
In the Step 1: Select condition(s) list, select any options you want, and then click Next.
If you do not select any check boxes, a confirmation dialog box appears. Clicking Yes applies this rule to all messages you send.
In the Step 1: Select action(s) list, select defer delivery by a number of minutes. Delivery can be delayed up to two hours.
In the Step 2: Edit the rule description (click on an underlined value) box, click the underlined phrase a number of and enter the number of minutes you want messages held before sending.
Click OK, and then click Next.
Select any exceptions, and then click Next.
In the Step 1: Specify a name for this rule box, type a name for the rule.
Source (shamefully copied from)
The problem is caused by Windows incorrectly identifying the notebook's screen.
To fix, open the Device Manager, expand 'Monitors', select your monitor, right-click it and select Uninstall. Then, click the 'Scan for Hardware Changes button. You should now be able to adjust the display's brightness again!
When installing applications on Windows 8 you may be prompted to install the .Net framework. Windows will helpfully offer to download and install it for you, how nice…until it fails. You may be asked to reboot your machine or check it is connected to the Internet but nothing helps.
If you have access to your orginal installation media (which you may not if it was preinstalled on your machine), you can install .Net 3.5 directly.
Open a Command Prompt with administrative previlages (right-click Command Prompt and choose 'Run as administrator')
Where 'D:\' is the location of your mounted Windows 8 installation media run the command
DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:NetFx3 /All /LimitAccess /Source:d:\sources\sxs
Notes: /All (enable all parent features of .Net Framework 3.5), /LimitAccess (prevent DISM from using Windows Update) and /Sources (location of the installation files)
Source and further reading
Having used both the Windows command line and then used PuTTY to control Linux machines, I miss the simple copy and paste functions PuTTY offers however these are already built into CMD!
Simply open a command prompt, click the C:\_ icon in the top-right and select Properites… In the Options Tab, in the Edit Options group, tick the Quick Edit Mode and Insert Mode check boxes.
There you have it, now selections in the command prompt will automatically be copied to the clipboard and right-clicks will perform the paste operation alla PuTTY.
If you include TeamViewer as part of your system image or clone an existing computer with TeamViewer installed, the newly set-up computer will have the same TeamViewer ID as the source computer however each computer needs its own unique ID to work.
To fix, open regedit (Start > Run OR WinKey+R, enter 'regedit' and hit <enter> or press 'ok') and delete two registry keys: ClientIC and ClientID which can be found at:
64 bit Windows
32 bit Windows
where 'X' is the version of TeamViewer
Note that this will not work on the source computer as the ID is calculated based on the hardware of the computer, therefore if this procedure is carried out on the source machine, it will just recreate the same ID.
Bonjour is Apple's auto-network discovery protocol that, among other things, allows iTunes to discover other iTunes libraries on the same network and for devices such as the iPod/Phone/Pad and Apple TV to discover each other and share their libraries or remote control each other. However, if you don't use any of these functions it is yet another service that:
contributes to your bootup time
consumes RAM and CPU resources
increases the attackable surface area of your computer, posing a potential security risk
Below are two methods to disable it:
Method 1: Remove Bonjour
Open Command Prompt (Under Accessories in the Start Menu)
Enter and execute the following command:
"C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe" -remove
move "C:\Program Files\Bonjour\msdnsNSP.dll" "C:\Program Files\Bonjour\msdnsNSP.old"
Note under 64 bit versions of windows this will be:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe" -remove
move "C:\Program Files (x86)\Bonjour\msdnsNSP.dll" "C:\Program Files (x86)\Bonjour\msdnsNSP.old"
Delete the Bonjour folder
Method 2: Disable the Bonjour service
Open the Start Menu, right-click Computer and select Manage
In Computer Management select Services and Applications and then select Services
Right-click Bonjour Service and select Properties
Change Startup type from Automatic to Disabled
If the Service status is Started click the Stop button
Running MacOS X and want to see every file?
To see hidden files in Finder, follow these steps:
Open Terminal (/Applications/Utilities/Terminal or click the magnifine glass in the top right of the screen and type Terminal)
Execute the following command
defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES
Either restart the computer or log out and back in
This registry edit controls whether Numlock is enabled or disabled when you login to Windows.
Launch Registry Editor
(Start > Search: regedit > press [Enter])
Go to the registry key:
Change the value of InitialKeyboardIndicators:
Set it to 0 to set NumLock to OFF
Set it to 2 to set NumLock to ON
Enable/Disable Numlock at Login or Startup
To perminantly block GIF animations in Firefox:
- In the Address Bar type:
and press [Enter]
- In the Filter Bar type:
- Change the string value of image.animation_mode from normal to none
To perminantly block GIF animations in Internet Explorer:
- Click Tools (press the [Alt] key to reveal the menu bar or open Internet Options in the Control Panel)
- Click the Advance tab
- Uncheck the box in the group Multimeida next to Play animations in web pages