Remove services from auto-startup on Windows

Every service you install is usually run on system startup. Sometimes these services do so without asking you before and sometimes they might even be malicious or just too heavy in resources. To select specific services that shall not be started by boot, open msconfig by calling a Run prompt through the main menu and ... Read more

Fix “System error 1290 has occurred.” error on Windows

This error usually comes up when you try to start a new service that would get the same service ID as another service in the process: System error 1290 has occurred. The service start failed since one or more services in the same process have an incompatible service SID type setting. A service with restricted ... Read more

Getting information about your system from dxdiag on Windows

DirectX Diagnostic tool dxdiag is a useful tool on Windows that gives you loads of information about your system, such as GPU, CPU and BIOS info. It is common that tech support asks you to attach your dxdiag report to support requests since it helps to narrow down the problem. Before Windows 8, dxdiag was ... Read more

Switch between English and German keyboard layouts on German keyboards (Windows)

German keyboards are usually QWERTZ keyboards, named after the first line of letters up to the first that differs from the English layout, which is QWERTY. You can switch between these two using the key combination Alt + Shift. This switch may be the cause of your keyboard behaving strangely - for example if you ... Read more

Windows Returnvalue: 2147786788 in wmi EnableStatic method

Successfully using the EnableStatic method for example in powershell always gives the Returnvalue 0. If that is not the case, something will most likely have gone wrong. If you are returned the value 2147786788, this is a sign for a write lock of some sort, meaning you have to look for running processes that are ... Read more

Hide files by merging them with Winrar on Windows

Apart from alternate data streams, there is another, perhaps easier way to hide files within others. All you need for it is WinRar (download the 32 or 64 bit version, depending on what operating system you use). To simplify things, I also like to install WinRar's context menu items. First off, you need the files ... Read more

“No space left on device” error on empty drives

It may occur that when you try to copy files from your hard disk to an external device such as an external HDD or a USB key, you get an error stating that there was no free space left on your device although you just erased everything from it to make some. This is most ... Read more