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Nov
18
comment USB memory stick discovery is slow
Do you recall if this also occurred with other, non-storage USB devices such as input devices?
Jul
22
comment How to access Windows Registry from actual real MS-DOS
That’s just nitpicking. ◔_◔ DOS was discontinued when they stopped making new standalone versions and switched their focus to Windows only. Yes, it continued to exist even through Windows ME (even though they prevented booting directly into it like with previous Win9x versions), but once Windows 95 came out, they stopped caring about DOS and certainly did not bother to implement a way to access or edit the registry from DOS mode.
Jul
22
comment How to refresh bookmark favicons in chrome
You can try setting a bookmark while having Chrome Sync enabled and set to sync bookmarks. In my experience, it automatically touches every single bookmark, causing them all to float to the top of the history, and ostensibly, also refreshing their icons. I posted a bug-report about this behavior a while back, so they may or may not have fixed it.
Jul
21
comment Map “fn” + “home” to screen brightness using AutoHotKey?
Except that it almost certainly won’t work because in pretty much every system made in the past decade or two, the Fn key is a special case handled internally in the keyboard controller hardware and does not go through software. Therefore, it cannot be intercepted or remapped.
Jun
17
comment What does compatibility option “Disable visual themes” do?
What I said is supposed to be the case. If you’re not seeing an effect, then it could be something specific to the program(s) you applying them to. You said it doesn't work with some applications, which implies that it does work for some. What happens when you use that setting for the ones it does work for? Ostensibly it does exactly what I described. In that case, your question isn’t what does that option do? but rather, why doesn’t that option do anything for some specific program? That is a different question and you’ll need to provide more information (program names) for an answer.
Jun
17
comment Prevent Windows 7 from enabling power saving on USB 3.0 hub
when I manually edit the register, the value of the checkbox in the Device Manager doesn't change, it has to be cached somewhere. Yes, in memory. It reads it once during boot-up while it is initializing hardware, and perhaps again whenever the device is disabled then re-enabled. Otherwise, it treats the registry value as write-only during normal operation (it does not expect it to change, manually, only using the official interface).
Jun
14
comment What does compatibility option “Disable visual themes” do?
I'm fairly sure the 'theme' its talking about relate back to Windows XP's Luna interface Actually, it refers to the Windows 7 theme (either Aero or Basic depending on what’s being used). Windows 7 doesn’t use Luna. Classic on Windows 8 ugh :-) Agreed. The Classic theme in Windows 7 is just fine (assuming you set the taskbar to small), but in Windows 8, it is indeed ugly and doesn’t look right at all.
Jun
9
comment How does Windows 7 taskbar “color hot-tracking” feature calculate the colour to use?
The ONT post has a comment which links to a question about Chrome’s version of this and the linked page explains it by examining the Chrome source-code. The explanation (for that at least) isn’t exactly a simple algorithm.
Jun
2
comment How does Windows 7 taskbar “color hot-tracking” feature calculate the colour to use?
He already explained that it is not a simple/basic average. Run the Chrome icon through the code and you’ll see that for yourself.
Jun
2
comment How does Windows 7 taskbar “color hot-tracking” feature calculate the colour to use?
An average colour value from the entire icon, otherwise you would get brown all the time. That doesn’t make sense. For example, how would the Skype, command-prompt, or µTorrent icons average out to brown? ಠ_ఠ (The last time I reverse-engineered one of Windows’ color-calculation algorithms, it took several years of on and off attention and a lot of different kinds of work to finally figure it out. It looks like I may end up hacking this one at some point.)
Jun
2
comment Windows 7 Taskbar Icon Highlight Sticks
PacMani is correct, 7TT has no effect on this issue. The closest it comes to fixing it is to offer an option to have right-clicks bring up the system context menu instead of the jump-list, which in effect is like holding Shift while right-clicking; so at most it only provides a slight shortcut.
May
31
comment Is 1GB RAM so little?
(I have saved my old systems to “someday” play my old DOS games that I never had a chance to play yet.)
May
31
comment Quick way to tell if an installed application is 64-bit or 32-bit
That’s probably overkill.
May
30
comment The Windows Firewall won’t run on startup
Did you read the answer I already? I had already figured it out, explained the reason for the problem, and posted it in case other people have the same issue.
May
30
comment Remember each folder's view settings in Windows 7?
Doesn't Win7 allow you to check the option to 'Remember each folder's view settings check box under the Advanced settings menu on the View tab of Folder Options in Control Panel'? @shub, no, that option is present in XP, but not Windows 7.
May
30
comment Is there a way to use Windows 3.11 in Virtual box with more than 256 colors?
You’d have to request the VM devs to provide compatible virtual adapters and drivers. Unfortunately, they just don’t support the older OSes that well. For example, I had to try numerous combinations of VM software and Windows versions to find one that would let me play my old copy of DarkSeed 2 with full color and sound. The only combination that ended up working was Windows ME in VirtualBox. Every other combination I tried had some sort of problem. ಠ_ಠ
May
26
comment Change Windows 7 Explorer's Details Pane limits
@IstvánZachar, that’s because it only affects running more than 15 files, not showing information about more than 15 files as the OP was asking about. (I really don’t know what the heck the four people who up-voted this answer were thinking since it obviously doesn’t work. This is a good example of how meaningless votes are since people obviously do it randomly for whatever looks good.)
May
26
comment How to deactivate Ease of Access in window in Windows 7
Where did you find “use computer without mouse or keyboard”? That is not part of the Ease of Access applet (or Windows for that matter). Is it a laptop-specific feature? Did you ever fix it?
May
26
comment How to add Programs in “Ease of access ”?
What do you mean by add to Ease of Access? Do you mean in the Ease of Access folder in the Start menu? If so, then you should be able to simply drag-and-drop some shortcuts in there. If you mean in the Control Panel applet, then I highly doubt it is possible without hacking Windows since they completely changed how the Control Panel works in Vista+.
May
21
comment Prevent Security Essentials from creating a system restore point before definition update?
@techie007, then all software should do that. Like that other person said, does Microsoft not trust its own software? Do they not test anything before releasing it? Turning System Restore off altogether is not the solution. This problem is not with SR, it is with Security Essentials. They can easily set it to enabled by default and provide an option for advanced users to turn it off for whatever reason. There is no reason to deny flexibility. Also, switching to another AV provider isn’t exactly a choice; MS tries very hard to keep people using S.E.