Category Archives: Windows 8.1
Just today morning, my laptop had suddenly started acting weird. One of the graphic cards, nVidia, was not being detected. Each time I tried to reinstall the driver it kept saying that there was no nVidia GPU found on my laptop. It was too quite unreal for me because everything was just fine until yesterday. I went ahead and uninstalled all the programs and the driver that were related to nVidia. I then went to the Device Manager to check for the Graphic card, to my shock, there was nothing listed there. However when I checked if it was listed in the hidden devices option, surprisingly not just one but 2 graphic cards (not even the model that was installed on the laptop) were present. I deleted them all and tried to do a Scan Hardware change, but it didn’t fetch any result at all! By this time, I had completely sunk in thoughts about what had happened to my laptop in one night!
I then went to the nVidia website and tried to make it do an autodetect. It failed! The next stop was the manufacturer’s website and I downloaded the default driver from there. It still wasn’t working. I then started researching on the issue quite much. There was no answer until I stumbled upon a question that was posted on Microsoft forums by someone by the name DU. I read through it until my eyes got stuck on what this user had written on the 2nd page of this post. The link above takes you to the same page and not the first page. His laptop was an Asus and it had similar issues as mine. However when he contacted Asus regarding his problems after having gone through all the steps in the forum to resolve this issue, he got a very surprising yet a working solution! They asked him to do a “restore default BIOS”. I’m not sure how, but yes this worked for me after hours of breaking my brains over this issue. PS:This option may appear in different names with different brand of laptops. You will come to know why. Read through!
You can get into the BIOS settings of your laptop/desktop in different ways set by the manufacturer. You can try to run a google search if you do not know how to get to the BIOS settings of your laptop/desktop. However on my laptop which is a Lenovo Z400, you need to first shut it down. Once powered off completely there’s a small button to the left of the laptop (which is called Novo Key I suppose) just beside the power outlet. Just press this button for a few seconds and release it. This powers on the laptop once again but goes to a screen where it asks for a few options.
Scroll down and enter the BIOS Setup option.
Go to the last tab, Exit, and look for the option OS Optimized Defaults.
This on my laptop is the equivalent of “Restore Default Bios”. I got to know this by reading it’s description on the right hand side of the BIOS menu. Each menu had a description on what it does. No magic here! Just logic!
Once done, the PC boots back normally. Go to Device Manager, and you should find the graphic card listed back! I then tried to install the driver and this time it worked! It very well detected the graphic card and sanity was restored!
Note: The below solution is considering the computer you wish to connect to is turned on; has sharing enabled, has the sufficient right active and you are able to ping to it
Solution (Applies to Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1)
- It is most likely that this folder was accessed with a wrong password earlier
- Open Control Panel – User Accounts
- From the left panel – Click Manage your credentials
- For Windows 8 and 8.1 users the Web and Windows Credentials will show separately. Click Windows Credentials
- Under Windows Credentials; the PC name or IP Address that you were trying to connect to must be listed
- Click Remove to delete the existing credential
- Once done; try accessing the shared folder once again.
Quotes, Tilde and Caret Symbol appears only when clicked twice
If you are faced with the above error, it is most likely that you are using US International as your Keyboard Layout
Screen Shot from Window 8.1
- Control Panel – Language
- Click Options to change the Keyboard Input
- Click Add an input method and select US / US English
- Remove the US International entry and Save
Error 1721.There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program required for this install to complete could not be run. Contact your support personnel or package vendor
I had trouble uninstalling a program from Windows 8.1 and the above message showed. For a change I did not end up having to use any Third-Party tools to solve this problem. Microsoft has a useful tool which will help resolve Install and Uninstall issues related to Microsoft Installer
Using below link will guide you through
Strangely, Microsoft does not link the Error 1721 to this post. If it did, I wouldn’t have to write this post
Happy troubleshooting 🙂
I’ve been trying to find a way to take ownership of folder/folders in Windows 8.1. That’w when I happened to find the info given in this website to be quite helpful. Thought of sharing it with many of you who may be trying to find an easier way to add this option to the Menu rather typing scripts (no offense to those who love scripts).
Full credit goes to the website and the person who took the pain in making our lives easier.
PS: I do think that this will work for Windows Vista, Windows 7 too!
Get your Start Menu Back for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
Personally, I thought I too would move on with the Microsoft trend and never get back to using the Start Menu again. After months of toiling with the crippling interface; I was done with it and needed my Start Menu back.
Class Shell is the perfect Start Menu solution for all the freebies available on the web. No ads; No unwanted mess; No promotion links; No tinkering with the registry settings. In short; its just gives you what you want. A perfectly working Start Menu that can actually make you start liking Windows 8.1 for what it is made for.
Though its a free tool; one wouldn’t shy away from donating for their effort
It can be used on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
Of late I have noticed that most of all the Windows 8.1 deivces that we had in our network had all their shared printers going offline very frequently. Until recently I had to restart the print spooler which solved the issue temporarily. However, I came to know lately that Microsoft had released a fix for this issue in the form of an update. The fix which can be downloaded and installed too, has managed to fix the issue with my laptop. I noticed that this update was installed on my laptop already and had fixed the issue which I’ve not faced for a long time. But for all the new devices the issue still persists. I had installed this fix on one of the desktops 2 weeks back and so far the user has not come back with any issues.
Please try installing this fix and see if any of you are facing any issues.
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)
- Download Bitdefender Antivirus Free.
- Double click on the downloaded file and let it unpack the installation files. Please don’t click on Install yet.
- Hit Windows button and R on the keyboard or in plain words get the “run” command and type in %temp% and hit Enter.
- Once the temporary folder opens, look for a folder “RarSFX0”.
- Right click and copy this folder (you may name this folder as anything you wish) to another folder in another location.
- Close the installer and the folder “RarSFX0” will be removed.
- Look for a folder “lang” in the folder that was created in Step 5.
- Look for a file “lang.xml” in this folder and right click and “Open With” Notepad.
- Remove all languages below tag <languages> except for language “en-US”.
- Hit Ctrl+S (in other words Save) and close Notepad.
- Double click on the downloaded file in Step 1.
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.
3- Upon clicking “Sign” you are presented with a few options
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.
Applies to Installation of Windows 8 / 8.1 on Machines running Windows 7 or Vista Previously
- Boot using the Installation Disc
- Click Install but do not continue ahead.
- Press SHIFT-F10 to bring up the console
- Type “diskpart”
- Once within the diskpart prompt
- Type: list disk
- Type : select disk <number> (the number of the disk you wish to convert)
- Type: clean (to remove any existing configuration settings on the drive)
- Type convert to mbr
Apologies for the poor screenshots 🙂