Archive for the ‘Windows’ Category

Enable virtualization on Gigabyte Z77X-UDH3 motherboard BIOS

Monday, October 7, 2013 posted by CSch

To enable virtualization on a machine with a Z77X-UDH3 motherboard run the BIOS by hitting Del while booting the computer.

Once inside click on the BIOS Features tab and look for the Intel Virtualization Technology entry. If it's set on Disabled, set it on Enabled. Afterwards save the changes made to your settings and quit the BIOS using the last tab from the main tab-line.

Virtualbox: VT-X is not available

Thursday, October 3, 2013 posted by CSch

In some cases when you try to get a virtual machine running with Virtualbox or similar virtualization software you will get an error stating that 'VT-X is not available'. This relates to BIOS settings which, depending on your processor, determine whether your computer is able to virtualize stuff. These settings are not set automatically however, so it's worth a look into your BIOS whether you can actually change the setting and if your processor allows it.

The keyword to look for in the settings is 'Virtualization', it's probably placed in some advanced tab if there are some of those in your BIOS.

To see how it's done with a Z77X-UDH3 motherboard by Gigabyte see this post: Gigabyte Z77X-UDH3

While SkyDrive needed complex folder mapping to be accessed from your computer's file system in the past it is now possible to download a desktop app from the Microsoft website: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/skydrive/download

Scroll down and click the Download the desktop app button to start downlowding. Install it afterwards by double-clicking the executable:

skydrive1After the installation your SkyDrive folder will be placed in your User's folder by default:

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How to change Windows 7’s default fonts

Monday, August 19, 2013 posted by CSch

Windows 7 has hidden away some features and options pretty neatly but nonetheless they still exist. Such as the option to change the system fonts. To get there try searching for Change window colors and metrics in the Start menu (metrics is also sufficient).

Hit enter if you have found it and you will be guided right to the fonts window where you can change the font and size of all the Windows fonts. And since we all love Comic Sans, why not use that on every option?

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How to disable network file-sharing on Windows

Thursday, August 15, 2013 posted by CSch

By default Windows computers participate in file-sharing of local networks - it recognizes other devices in that network such as other computers and printers and shares all data in the folders set to do so.

If you want to turn this feature off at all or partly you can do so through the Control Panel. Open it from the Start menu and head to Control Panel > Network and InternetNetwork and Sharing CenterChange advanced sharing settings.

Here you find two drop-down-menus where you can decide over public- as well as home-network specifics:

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Save changes afterwards!

Reveal hidden files and folders in Windows

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 posted by CSch

Windows hides certain files and folders by default to prevent the unexperienced users from messing with them.  In some situations however it is necessary to view them, e.g. to backup some data from the hidden App Data folder.

So to make hidden files visible, open the Control Center and head to Appearance and PersonalizationFolder Options. Open the View tab and under Advanced Settings check the Show hidden files, folders and drives checkbox. Confirm with Apply or OK and every hidden file and folder will be visible as transparent item in the explorer from now on.

View a list of all shared folders on Windows

Thursday, August 8, 2013 posted by CSch

With preferences you make concerning single files and folders it's easy to lose track of which files you have currently set as whatever you needed them to be. This is especially important for shared files and folders since you don't always want them to be shared with everyone.

Good thing there is a list with all shared files hidden on your system - to get to it search for Computer Management in the Start menu.

On the left pane of the CM window, browse for Computer Management (Local)System ToolsShared FoldersShared:

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You'll get a list of items here that are shared by your computer with path and description given.

Disable “Check for solutions” dialog in Windows

Friday, August 2, 2013 posted by CSch

When something crashes on Windows you will often see a dialog showing that Windows is checking for a solution of the problems. Frankly, Windows has never found a solution for my crashes itself and it made more sense to abort the search and go for it myself.

If you are feeling the same way you might want to turn the dialog off completely. To do that, left click the little flag icon on your task-bar once:

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Select Open Action Center and head to Change Action Center settings on the left side pane, then scroll down and click Problem reporting settings where you have the option to select Never check for solutions. Confirm with OK and you should be good to go.

Use Windows event viewer to track problems

Thursday, August 1, 2013 posted by CSch

All of us know the situation where everything crashes around us (on the monitor) and you don't know what caused it. A nice way to track the problem on Windows is to use the event viewer - a program that lists all the events and information that are logged while the computer is powered.

To get to it, press Windows KeyR to open a Run prompt and enter eventvwr into it.

The window that opens offers you a nicely sorted overview over everything that happened - browse the left pane for the categories and click on an event in the middle pane to get information about it below:

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PrtScr key on a Mac keyboard on a Windows computer

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 posted by CSch

PrtScr is the key that is used on Windows keyboard to make screenshots - this key however is specific to Windows keyboards and does not exist on Mac keyboards. So if you attach one of those to a PC you will face a problem whenever you want to make screen shots.

Now a possible solution is given with the F13-F15 keys of the Mac keyboard which are sometimes mapped as different keys on a Windows computer. It is possible that one of those acts as the PrtScr key on your machine (most likely F13) - try and press them all and then pasting a screenshot into Paint to see if Windows has mapped one of them!