Category Archives: Windows 8
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 🙂
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
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 🙂
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.
Applies to Windows 7 / Windows 8
A reboot would ideally get you through this. A quick option would be to kill explorer.exe and reinstate it
- Open Task Manager
- From the Processes Tab; right-click on explorer.exe and select End Process
- Your task bar would immediately disappear
- From the File Menu, of your Task Manager; click New Task
- Type in explorer.exe and click ok
- Your task bar should return and you can resume uninstallation of your program
Are you a Windows 8 user? Do you have the Bing page popping up (on your default browser) each time you log on to your Desktop or Laptop? Well then, there is a way to stop the page from opening
1- Open Regedit (as Administrator) and go to the following entry “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NlaSvc\Parameters\Internet\EnableActiveProbing”.
2- Change the value from “1” to “0”.
3- Close the window and restart your Desktop or Laptop.
A clean uninstall and a Fresh installation should ideally solve this issue
A clean uninstall means it goes beyond the regular wizard uninstallation from the Control Panel; you will need to manually delete related files and folders
- After you have uninstalled Flash Player; delete contents of folders as listed below (tip: you may copy and paste these paths in your explorer window)
- Verify that the files “FlashPlayerCPLApp.cpl”, “FlashPlayerApp.exe”, and “FlashPlayerInstaller.exe” in C:\Windows\system32\ (for 32-bit systems) or C:\Windows\SysWOW64\ (if you are using a 64-bit system) have been deleted. If any of these files cannot be deleted, use Unlocker to remove them from your system.
- Note that you may not see the .exe suffix on FlashPlayerApp.exe and FlashPlayerInstaller.exe, depending on your Explorer settings.
- Once done; restart your pc and reinstall Adobe Flash Player
You are logged in to the PC and you are realize all your desktop icons, files, folders; my documents and other libraries are missing
This issue happens due to a corrupt profile on Windows 7 and Windows 8 both 32 bit and 64 bit. Follow the steps below to prevent such things from happening ever again.
- Log on with an administrative account.
- Proceed to the registry. “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList”.
- There would be a ProfileID showing .bak as its suffix. Check the value “ProfileImagePath” of this ProfileID. This would be the users original user account profile
- Look for an identical ProfileID which shows the Profile Image Path as C:\Users\Temp. Rename this profile by adding a Suffix as ‘.old’
- Rename the .bak profile by removing the .bak text from the ProfileID
- Restart once again and then you’re done!