Powerpoint crashes when user manipulates charts within a presentation

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Published on: 2011/11/17

Powerpoint crashes when user manipulates charts within a presentation.

This is a known issue from Microsoft and there are no hotfixes as of today, or the ones available do not work. Workaround is to use a small app to have Powerpoint start with affinity set to one CPU only.
Application is called RunWithAffinity and can be downloaded here.

Issue: Desktop shortcuts keep getting deleted (Windows 7)

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Published on: 2011/10/14

Issue:
There is a scheduled task in Windows 7 that runs every Sunday at 1:00 AM which includes, among other maintenance tasks, the deletion of shortcuts that have not been used for more than 60 days. This task also deletes what Microsoft calls “broken shortcuts”. These are shortcuts that point to locations or files that are no longer available on local drives or the network. The problem is that it always assumes shortcuts pointing to the network are not valid when they are pointing to a mapped drive, even when they are valid, and deletes them if there are more than 4. Basically the task is not aware of mapped drives even if the user is logged on, just UNC.

Resolution:

  1. Copy the code below to notepad and save it as resolve_deleted_shortcuts.bat
  2. Right click the script and run as administrator. Enter Administrator password if prompted
  3. Done
@echo off

REM **Script to resolve unused and broken shortcuts deletion issue**
REM **Rules out WinXP and other OS's***
If Not Exist "%SystemRoot%\diagnostics\scheduled\Maintenance" goto RESOLVED
REM **Start processing**
takeown /a /f "%SystemRoot%\diagnostics\scheduled\Maintenance\TS_UnusedDesktopIcons.ps1"
takeown /a /f "%SystemRoot%\diagnostics\scheduled\Maintenance\TS_BrokenShortcuts.ps1"
takeown /a /f "%SystemRoot%\diagnostics\scheduled\Maintenance\RS_RemoveShortcuts.ps1"
takeown /a /f "%SystemRoot%\diagnostics\scheduled\Maintenance\RS_RemoveUnusedDesktopIcons.ps1"
icacls "%SystemRoot%\diagnostics\scheduled\Maintenance\TS_UnusedDesktopIcons.ps1" /c /grant *S-1-5-32-544:f
icacls "%SystemRoot%\diagnostics\scheduled\Maintenance\TS_BrokenShortcuts.ps1" /c /grant *S-1-5-32-544:f
icacls "%SystemRoot%\diagnostics\scheduled\Maintenance\RS_RemoveShortcuts.ps1" /c /grant *S-1-5-32-544:f
icacls "%SystemRoot%\diagnostics\scheduled\Maintenance\RS_RemoveUnusedDesktopIcons.ps1" /c /grant *S-1-5-32-544:f
md c:\windows\diagnostics_bkp
move "%SystemRoot%\diagnostics\scheduled\Maintenance\TS_UnusedDesktopIcons.ps1" c:\windows\diagnostics_bkp\
move "%SystemRoot%\diagnostics\scheduled\Maintenance\TS_BrokenShortcuts.ps1" c:\windows\diagnostics_bkp\
move "%SystemRoot%\diagnostics\scheduled\Maintenance\RS_RemoveShortcuts.ps1" c:\windows\diagnostics_bkp\
move "%SystemRoot%\diagnostics\scheduled\Maintenance\RS_RemoveUnusedDesktopIcons.ps1" c:\windows\diagnostics_bkp\
:RESOLVED

Issue: Cannot add shared printer to Windows 7 x64

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Published on: 2011/05/03

Issue:

Cannot add shared printer to Windows 7 x64

Error:
Windows cannot connect to the printer. Operation could not be completed (error 0x0000007e)

Resolution:

On the print server, navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Printers\PrinterName\CopyFiles\

  • Export (backup) the BIDI key
  • Delete the BIDI key

Deleting a user profile in Windows 7

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Published on: 2011/03/16

Deleting a profile in Windows 7 needs to be done a bit differently than in Windows XP.

Steps:

  1. Log on as a Local Administrator
  2. Delete (or rename) profile folder under C:\Users (Example: C:\Users\username)
  3. Run regedit
  4. Navigate to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
  5. In the left pane, look for the folder name starting with S-1-5 (SID key) followed by a long number. then click each folder and locate ProfileImagePath from the right pane, double click to verify that this is the user account profile that needs to be deleted/renamed
  6. Delete the S-1-5number key on the left panel
  7. Reboot computer
  8. log on as the user for the new profile to get created.

…And when you lose control…

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Published on: 2011/03/11

…And when you lose control, you’ll reap the harvest you have sown.
And as the fear grows, the bad blood slows and turns to stone.
And it’s too late to lose the weight you used to need to throw
around.
So have a good drown, as you go down, all alone,
Dragged down by the stone..

Dogs by Pink Floyd

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Fix Blackberry sync problems

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Published on: 2011/03/10

The following steps reset the synchronization between the Blackberry and the Exchange without the need to re-activate it.

1. Go to Options
2. Select Advanced Options
3. Select Enterprise Activation
4. In the email field hold ALT and type cnfg
5. When the hidden menu appears change Wireless Sync to NO
6. Exit and Save
7. Wait 30 seconds and repeat step 4 (ALT cnfg)
8. Change Wireless Sync back to Yes
9. Exit and Save
10. After approximately 30 seconds you will see an activation status appear.

Receive confirmation that email has been received by Blackberry

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Published on: 2011/03/10

Just add the following to the subject line of the email message:

<confirm>

 

Blackberry keyboard shortcuts

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Published on: 2011/03/10

Available Keyboard Short cuts
ALT-CAP-H is a help screen
ALT-CAP-DEL performs a reset (like taking out the battery)
ALT-L-G-L-G shows a log file
ALT-N-M-L-L Turns signal strength into numbers (and a second time to return to bars)
Pressing the LEFT Alt, Left Shift and H button will show your Vendor ID, Platform, App Version, PIN, IMEI, Uptime, Signal Strength, Battery Level, File Free and File Total

Enterprise Activation
ALT-CNFG In Options -> Advanced Options -> Enterprise Activation Settings for Enterprise Activation

Address Book
ALT-VALD In address book list Validate the data structure and look for inconsistencies
ALT-RBLD In address book list Force a data structure rebuild

Browser
ALT-RBVS Any HTML/WML webpage View web page source code

Calendar
ALT+VIEW Inside any Calendar item Show extra info for a Calendar event
SYNC Calendar app>Options Enable Calendar slow sync
RSET Calendar app>Options Will prompt for a reload of the calendar from the BES
RCFG Calendar app>Options Request BES configuration
SCFG Calendar app>Options Send device configuration
DCFG Calendar app>Options Get CICAL configuration
SUPD Calendar app>Options Enable detailed Cal. report for backup
SUPS Calendar app>Options Disable detailed Cal. report for backup
SUPN Calendar app>Options Disable Cal. report database
LUID Calendar app>Options Enable view by UID
SRSL Calendar app>Options Show Reminder status log

Messaging
ALT + V I E W For messages, displays the RefId and FolderId for that particular message. For PIM items, displays only the RefId.

Search Application
ALT-ADVM Search Application Enabled Advanced Global Search

MMS
MMSC Options -> MMS Show MMS hidden options

Home Screen
ALT-JKVV Home Screen Display cause of PDP reject
ALT + CAP + H Home screen Displays the Help Me screen
ALT + E A C E Home screen Displays the Help Me screen
ALT + E S C R Home Screen Displays the Help Me screen
ALT + N M L L Home screen Switches the signal strength from bars to a numeric value.
ALT + L G L G Home screen Displays the Java™ event log.

WLAN
ALT-SMON WLAN wizard screen Enable simulated Wizard mode
ALT-SMOF WLAN wizard screen Disable simulated Wizard mode

Theme
ALT-THMN Any menu Change to no theme (B&W)
ALT-THMD Any menu Change to default theme

Date/Time
LOLO Options -> Date/Time Show Network time values

SIM CARD
MEPD Options>Advanced options>SIM card Display MEP info
MEP1 Options>Advanced options>SIM card Disable SIM personalization
MEP2 Options>Advanced options>SIM card Disable Network personalization
MEP3 Options>Advanced options>SIM card Disable Network subset personalization
MEP4 Options>Advanced options>SIM card Disable Service provider personalization
MEP5 Options>Advanced options>SIM card Disable Corporate personalization

Test Procedure
To perform a test using the hardware diagnostic tool on the BlackBerry smartphone, complete the following steps:
On the Home screen on the BlackBerry smartphone, Select Options / Status.
On the Status screen, TYPE test.
Note: On BlackBerry smartphones that support SureType® technology, use the multi-tap input method.
From the menu on the Device Self Test Application screen, select Start.

Blackberry: Problems scrolling left and right when in calendar

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Published on: 2011/03/08

Not able to scroll left and right when in calendar (cannot change dates when in Day View)

Issue is due to Blackberry firmware bug

Resolution:

Restart BB (temp fix) or update firmware

Red X when trying to upload multiple files in Sharepoint

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Published on: 2011/03/08

Office 2003 and 2007 are probably installed on the same computer. (maybe Office 2003 web components installed after Office 2007)

Resolution:
Repair Office 2007 installation

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