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

Reorder accounts in Thunderbird (Windows)

There's one important feature missing in Thunderbird that you will need when working with many different accounts, that is, reordering them. You won't find any option for this in the settings, nor is there any obvious way. The only one I found involved editing the prefs.js file (close Thunderbird while doing so!), that is located ... 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

Returnvalue: 2147749891 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 2147749891, this is a sign for a lack of administrative rights. The action you want to perform with your script most likely ... 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

Uninstall USB Drivers on Windows 7

In the time you used your current Windows 7 system you undoubtly have plugged in a lot of different USB devices into your computer, most of them never to be used on it again. You will have notices that for every different device, Windows comes up with a message telling you that it automatically installs ... Read more