Workaround for changing Installer Forced Romanian language on Bitdefender Antivirus Free to English

The other day I decided to change the anti virus running on my laptop to Bitdefender Antivirus Free. However after having started the installation, I noticed that the whole setup was running on another language (which I later understood was Romanian). After having browsed for a few solutions, I found one simple solution for this on the forum of Bitdefender itself. I had to uninstall the whole antivirus to just change the language! Following are the steps to be followed to change the language to English. (Please note that the steps below can be followed if it’s a fresh installation or a re-installation)

  1. Download Bitdefender Antivirus Free.
  2. Double click on the downloaded file and let it unpack the installation files. Please don’t click on Install yet.
  3. Hit Windows button and R on the keyboard or in plain words get the “run” command and type in %temp% and hit Enter.
  4. Once the temporary folder opens, look for a folder “RarSFX0”.
  5. Right click and copy this folder (you may name this folder as anything you wish) to another folder in another location.
  6. Close the installer and the folder “RarSFX0” will be removed.
  7. Look for a folder “lang” in the folder that was created in Step 5.
  8. Look for a file “lang.xml” in this folder and right click and “Open With” Notepad.
  9. Remove all languages below tag <languages> except for language “en-US”.
  10. Hit Ctrl+S (in other words Save) and close Notepad.
  11. Double click on the downloaded file in Step 1.

Edit PDF documents – Windows 8.1 and Adobe Reader XI

Working in an IT field sometimes, opens your eyes towards a few smart things some brainy users find out. Recently I happened to find out a very interesting work around from a user in my organization. The HR department had asked all our employees to enroll in an HR related campaign and had circulated an application form, which was a PDF document.

All of us including the belittled us in the IT :), had printed out the application form and filled and submitted the handwritten forms to the HR Department. One smart user, had sent his application form in an email to the HR Dept. The person in charge contacted me and told me that they had received the only one application form that was typed and not hand written. This got me curious and I had contacted the user to know from him and how he had achieved this. Following are the steps:

1-      Open any PDF Document, assuming the PDF Document to be an Application form.

2-      Click on “Sign” on the top right hand side of the document. This should be on the top right end of the tool bar.

Image

3-      Upon clicking “Sign” you are presented with a few options

Image

4-      Click on Add Text and then click on that section of the document where you may have to fill in your personal details. A blinking cursor appears and you may just continue typing in all that you need.

5-      The same can be done with “Checkmark” too. Just that a tick mark is the only option available.

I was so surprised at the ease at which the user explained this to me. The enlightenment I had on knowing something that none of us could think of, that moment. I bet you get that feeling only when you work in a support role. But again, where you are required to hand fill an application form, please do so ;).

PS: I’m assuming this to be working with only Windows 8.1 and Adobe Reader XI. I have a feeling that this will definitely work with Windows 8 and Windows 7 too but I feel Adobe Reader XI is a must. If any of you find this to be working with another version of Adobe Reader, please do let us know.

Auto downloading attachments on Outlook to a different folder other than the default one

This morning I had a very interesting query from a user. The request was if he could auto-download all the attachments that he received on his Outlook to another folder other than the temporary one (default folder). I sat down for a while looking for rules or any option on Outlook itself. But nothing to be found. When I did a bit of my own research, I figured out that with a bit of coding and then using the Outlook Rules itself, this was possible.

The link found to be very helpful for this purpose. Please note that in the section where one can specify the file type that needs to be stored to the custom folder, one needs to add a double quote before the file type.

For example, here is the code that I had used for my trial runs

Public Sub saveAttachtoDisk(itm As Outlook.MailItem)

Dim objAtt As Outlook.Attachment

Dim saveFolder As String

saveFolder = “D:\Attachments”

For Each objAtt In itm.Attachments

If InStr(objAtt.DisplayName, “.pdf”) Then

objAtt.SaveAsFile saveFolder & “\” & objAtt.DisplayName

End If

Next

End Sub

In the scenario above, the user only wanted PDF files to be saved to a folder in his D drive. The part of the code where I have highlighted as red should have the file extension (file type) within double quotes. In the link provided above this has been given within single quotes.

Although it is mentioned that this works for Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010, I had tried on Outlook 2013 and it works beautifully without any hiccups. Give it a try! It’s awesome to see it working!

Printers not printing with SafeQ working on Cluster mode

Very recently, I happened to go through a very tricky situation with the printers in our office, all connected through SafeQ ports (not IP ports). The users would print, but when they went to the printers to release the jobs, the jobs were not displayed on the YSoft Terminal. I checked the print server queue and couldn’t find any pending jobs stuck in the queue. I tried restarting both the Print spooler services, that didn’t help. I tried restarting both the CML (Primary Server) and the Secondary Node (Secondary Server) and this helped for about 5 minutes. After 5 minutes or so the prints would stop appearing on the YSoft SafeQ terminal.

After having checked for more than 2 hours, I realized that the secondary partition on the Secondary server had run out of space. When checked, I was shocked to find that the ldf file for the SafeQ Database has consumed almost 90% of space on the secondary partition. Once this file was truncated, the jobs had started appearing on the terminals and the print jobs were all smooth, fast and back to normal.

Access Based Enumeration – Windows Server 2012 R2

This is a continuation of my previous post about ABE. The last post was how to enable ABE on Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 platforms. This post will have the steps to enable ABE on Window Server 2012 R2.

To enable ABE on Windows Server 2012 R2

1. Open Server Manager.

Image

2. Click  “File and Storage Services”.

Image

3. Click “Shares”. This will display the shared folders that are currently present.

4. Right click on the required “Shared Folder” and click Properties.

Image

5. Go to Settings and this will display a list of options on the right hand side of the window.

Image

6. Enable access-based enumeration.

Image

Access Based Enumeration – Windows 2008/ Windows 2008 R2

Access Based Enumeration or ABE as it is known sometimes, is a very handy tool to Administrators. Many a times, at workplaces, an IT person is always faced with users who have prying eyes on accesses that he/she does not have. Like me, many of you may have had experiences where the users come over and request for accesses to Shared folders that they really do not need access to. This led me to think of a way where we can avoid such situations. This is when I got to know about ABE. The feature just hides the folders that users do not have access to. This way users are only going to see folders that they have access to. The other folders are hidden and out of their attention too!

To enable ABE on Windows Server 2008 / Windows Server 2008 R2

1. Open Server Manager.

2. Scroll Down to Share and Storage Management.

ImageImage

3. This should list down all the Shared folders that are currently running on the right window pane.

Share and Storage Management2.jpg

4. Right click on the required share folder and click Properties.

5. Click Sharing tab and click Advanced button in the bottom of this window.Image

6. Click on “Enable access-based enumeration”.

Image

Cannot adjust brightness on a Lenovo Ideapad Z400 after installation of Windows 8.1

300x75_52930061bbfad.gif

After the installation of Windows 8.1, I had noticed  that the brightness of the laptop went down considerably low. Even by increasing or decreasing the brightness (F11 and F12) situation did not improve. The solution is a simple one. One just needs to re-install the graphic drivers and upgrade the Lenovo power management.

Alternatively one can simply visit the official forums of Lenovo about this particular issue.

300x75_52930061bbfad.gif