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.

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

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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.

Windows cannot be installed to this disk, the selected disk is of the GPT partition style

Applies to Installation of Windows 8 / 8.1 on Machines running Windows 7 or Vista Previously

  1. Boot using the Installation Disc
  2. Click Install but do not continue ahead.
  3. Press SHIFT-F10 to bring up the console
  4. Type “diskpart”
  5. 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 🙂

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

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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.

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Changing the Background and Accent color in Windows 8.1

This might not be the most important feature that one gets to use on a daily basis. Color schemes on Windows Desktop OS was not even an option until the Windows 8 arrived. It’s just something that users see when they set up their devices (Laptop, Desktop or tablet) for the first time. Later on, they just get used to seeing the background color in the default or the modified color scheme.

With Windows 8.1, changing the background color has become a mystery. For days I tried to change the background color on my laptop after the upgrade to Windows 8.1. What seemed to be a very straight forward procedure with Windows 8 seemed to be a very difficult task to do in Windows 8.1. Well, everything can be changed but with a small trick.

  • Press Start or the Windows button on the keyboard. This should take us to the Start screen with the tiles.
  • Point the mouse to the Right hand top corner of the screen or just press Windows button + C. This should open the charm bar.
  • Click Settings.
  • Click Personalize and there you go! Change the background and the accent colors to your like!!

Sorry, it looks like this PC can’t run Windows 8.1. This might be because the Users or Program Files folder is being redirected to another partition

Most Windows 8 users might not face this issue, but the smarties will surely have faced this issue. I too was one among them until a few days back, but I too have managed to upgrade my OS from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. This error appears, each time you try to download and upgrade from the Windows store. The download goes fine but when it enters the installation stage, the doomed message appears. Most users love to tweak their brand new laptops a little. This includes moving the Users folder to the D or E drive (the second partition). This is being done to save space for the OS partition, commonly known as the C partition or the C Drive. Some users even install programs (Games or bigger applications) on their secondary partition so as to save space. Either ways, this affects the upgrade to Windows 8.1 and you are all but lost.

After having gone through a lot of forums and sitting for days in front of my laptop to find an answer to this problem, I had the final laugh. I too had redirected all my Users folder and also had installed a game on the D drive of my laptop. At the time of installation I encountered this error message and tried reversing all the changes that I had made. That didn’t help. Before we get into all this, please note that my secondary partition was D but that need not be the case for all. The letters could change for different users. Please make a note of the letter on your secondary partitionThe steps that I followed are as follows:

  • On your PC or laptop, type in “regedit” (without quotes). This opens the regedit window. Go to HKLM/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion/ProfileList/ProfilesDirectory and change the value of it back to “%SystemDrive%\Users” (without quotes again). Close this window.
  • Go to control panel and click User Accounts. Click on “Manage Another Account”. In this windows, click on the option “Add a new user in PC Settings”.
  • This will take us to another window asking us to “Add an account”.
  • Click on it but please make sure to click on the bottom most option, “Sign in without a Microsoft Account (not recommended)”. It says not recommended but at this stage I feel it is better to go without one. Click on the option “Local Account”. Create a username of your choice with password and click Finish.
  • Once the account is created, go back to User Accounts in Control Panel and click “Manage Accounts”. Click the new account that was just created and click on “Change the Account type”. Change it to Administrator.
  • Sign out from the current user account.
  • Sign in with the newly created user.
  • The new account will created in C:\Users.
  • In the new account, type in “cmd” (without quotes) and right click on it and click “Run as Administrator”. We now need to make a Junction from the C: profile folders to the D: profile folders.This is done by running the command mklink /J C:\Users\Username D:\Users\Username
  • Once this is done, you are returned with a success status.
  • Open “regedit” again as described in the first step and go to HKLM/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion/ProfileList/S-1-5-xx-xxxxxxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxxxx/ProfileImagePath. We need to change all the keys that point to D:\Users\Username to C:\Users\Username.
  • Once this is done, we need to check if we are able to log on to the old user account again.
  • Log out of the old user account and log in back to the newly created user account.
  • The steps above needs to be repeated for every account which has its profile folders on the D partition.
  • If there are any pending updates, install them and restart the laptop or PC. The restart makes sure that all the Users that are current logged in are logged out and also to make sure that no user on D partition is logged in.
  • After the restart log on to the new user account. Go to Windows Store, download and install the 8.1 update.