Windows Powershell – “Running scripts is disabled on this system”

Powershell scripts can be run on any Windows system as long as they are run from the ISE by pushing the green play button. As soon as you want to run it from the cmd or the desktop file you'll get this error: script1.ps1 cannot be loaded because running scripts is disabled on this system. ... 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

Scroll the window directly under the cursor in Windows

The ones of you who ever tried a Linux distribution will have noticed the scrolling behavior on the system. While in Windows you can only scroll the active Window, even if your cursor is nowhere near it, in Linux you always scroll the Window that is right beneath the cursor which is far more intuitive ... Read more

Fix “The program can’t start because MSVCR100.dll is missing from your computer.” error on Windows

What hides behind this name is the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable which can easily be downloaded on the Microsoft website as x86 or x64 edition: 32 bit: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=5555 64 bit: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=14632 Usually, the application that misses the dll indicates what version you need - if one does not work, simply install the other.

Disable AVG Advisor memory usage pop-up

Users of AVG 2012 antivirus software will already have noticed the AVG Advisor pop-ups informing you about high memory usage of browsers (I usually get them from 300 MB RAM upwards) which come up relatively often and are quite annoying since your browser uses more memory the more tabs you open. But as in most ... 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

Firefox browser alternatives for Windows

Firefox is a browser designed for a large variety of systems and even meant to run on really old ones. This brings along the conflict of improved performance on newer systems and backwards compatibility. Since Mozilla itself considers the latter more important, other third party developers are providing forks of Firefox that concentrate on effectiveness ... Read more

Using extra modules in Windows PowerShell

Windows PowerShell gives you the option to implement extra modules which can be used from within your scripts after invoking them with the appropriate command. For demonstrative purposes I will use the WASP module (Windows Automation Snapin for PowerShell) here. You can download it from: http://wasp.codeplex.com/releases/view/22118 After downloading, unpack the file and drag the contained ... 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