I have released a new version of my dzEditorLineEndsFix tool for Delphi 2006 to 2010. There is only one change: I removed the balloon hint it used to show at startup. It started to annoy the hell out of me (and I’m probably not the only one).
Windows, Windows 7Comments Off on Force “unidentified networks” to be private or public in Windows 7
Windows 7 has got an annoying feature that categorises network connections to be public, home or work networks. This might work for others but it has never worked for me. Even worse, for some reason the link that usually allows the user to change the network type sometimes is not available.
Microsoft even has got Knowledge base entry KB2578723 for that problem, which unfortunately didn’t work for me. I could change the current network, but after a reboot it again categorised the same network as unidentified network and public.
The solution is described in this article on sevenforums.com. Either use the Local Security Policy editor or RegEdit to change the setting how to treat unidentified networks. This setting is usually missing from the registry, so the keys must be created first. The easiest way to do that is the .reg file you can download from the page linked above. It looks like this:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
As I said: the registry keys don’t exist by default. Creating them manually is difficult because of the long number Microsoft chose to use, so it was either the Policy Editor or the .reg file for me. I took the Policy Editor approach but later verified that it created the registry entry shown above, so it’s probably safe to just use the .reg file.
WindowsComments Off on Opening an explorer window from the folder select dialog
Ever used a program that showed one of the folder select dialogs and you wanted to open a normal explorer window showing that folder? There is no button for that and no entry in the popup menu, but you can add one:
Windows, Windows 7Comments Off on Problem accessing a Windows XP share from a Windows 7 PC
Today a problem drove me crazy: I tried to map a share on a PC running Windows XP from another computer running Windows 7. I kept getting the error that the username or password are invalid. On the other hand, accessing a share on the Windows 7 PC from the Windows XP PC worked fine. I could also use Remote Desktop on the Windows 7 PC to access the Windows XP PC so I know the credentials were fine.
Microsoft dropped support for the old WinHelp (*.hlp) file format in Windows 7 (or was it in Vista?). They provided a download that added the missing WinHlp32.exe (and probably quite a few other files) back so we could display .hlp files again. Today I had the need to do that on Windows 8.1. Unfortunately I run into several issues:
The download is a .msu file which doesn’t install if your windows does not have one of the supported language packs. If you get the error “The update does not apply to your system”, install the English-US language pack (I didn’t have that, I used English-GB.)
The installer package takes forever to prepare, then asks you whether you want to install KB917607. After a while it looks as if it is finished. I tried to open a .hlp file and it still didn’t work. Looking closer revealed yet another window open requiring me to acknowledge the license terms. So I did that and lo and behold: I could finally view .hlp files again.
Why does Microsoft make everything so complicated?
WindowsComments Off on Creating animated GIFs from screenshots
I have posted two animated GIFs lately to show features of GExperts or the popup menu entry for Windows Defender.
These GIFs were created using ScreenToGif which is an open source tool written by Nike S. Manarin. One feature of it that I particularly like is that it is a "Portable App", that is, it works without needing an installer.
Windows, Windows 8.1Comments Off on Add a “Scan with Windows Defender” context menu to any folder or file
Windows Defender is the virus scan tool that is included with Windows 8 and later. While it provides basic security it does not have any of the convenience functions that other virus scanners have. In particular I miss a context menu option to scan a file or folder.
Both open a console window for the console version of Windows Defender to run. That’s a bit ugly but we aren’t in this for a design award, are we?
To add these files to the registry just double click them. Windows will warn you about possible threads. It’s a good idea to read through files like these before double clicking. Maybe I am just trying to hack your computer? 😉
It works for me on Windows 8.1, but it should also work on other Windows versions like 10.