Posts tagged “tweaks”.

Remove Windows 10 Upgrade Notification

W10How to remove the Windows 10 Upgrade Notification

If your PC runs Windows 7, Microsoft may send you notifications to upgrade to Windows 10. In case you do not want to upgrade and want to get rid of the notifications, you can follow these steps:

  • Uninstall Update for Windows KB3035583
  • Delete the GWX Program
    the GWX process has to be stopped and the program removed. It’s located in C:\Windows\System32\GWX and C:\Windows\SysWOW64\GWX in 64 bit systems. Delete the entire GWX folder.

Firefox and Flash plug-in

Firefox (25.x)

Firefox running on Windows 7 may have issues with Flash plug-in installers or updates. In those cases you can download and install the Flash Player installation packages available on the Adobe Flash Player Distribution site.


Windows 7 – Change Default Location

Windows 7 – Change Default Location

Changing the default location of your personal files is handled very differently in Windows XP and Windows 7.

While in XP this is done through a built-in option, it requires manually actions to perform this in Windows 7.

You can the individual folders in the Properties, Location tab as explained by W7Forums or follow the steps below:

The steps to achieve this is well explained by SevenForums.

In summary:

after copying the user profile folders and files, change the registry entry

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
update the ProfileImagePath the attribute in each S-1-5 key

The User Profile Service service failed to login.

How to fix the Windows Vista and Windows 7 error:

“The User Profile Service service failed to login.

User Profile cannot be loaded”

This is the only way I was able to fix this error. These steps were found on the Microsoft Windows Forum.

In my case, only one account was configured (obiously with admin rights) and the only way out was to press the F8 key while the system boots and start windows in ‘Safe Mode’. Then I proceeded with step 2 and beyond.

1. Log into an admin account (using safe mode if necessary)

2. Launch Regedit, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

3. The relevant profile existed in two forms: one with a long number, the other with the same long number plus .bak

4. Rename the one without the .bak extension to have a .old extension (or anything else really)

5. Rename the one with the .bak extension to _not_ have the .bak extension

6. In the one without the .bak extension (as changed in step 5), change refcount to 0

7. In the same profile, change state to 0

8. Close regedit, reboot

This is an example of how the registry entry looks after the fix:

501 Method Not Implemented

‘501 Method Not Implemented’ error may occur when the firewall blocks any of your pages with scripting language.

This occured on one of my pages which included a script for a weather magnet.

To fix the error, it requires the server administrator to add an exception rule for ‘wp-admin/post.php’ in the firewall configuration.

Optimize Firefox

Optimize Firefox (3.0.x)

Firefox can be manually tweaked by typing ‘ about:config’ in the address bar and then modifying the values of the respective fields of the Firefox control panel (i.e. the page that is displayed).

However, the easier way is to use FireTune, a freeware tool that helps to fine tune network related settings of Firefox.

If that is not enough, then you may consider the Configuration Mania extension to tweak many of the advanced (and hidden) settings.

Disable or remove any unused or unnecessary plug-ins, extensions and add-ons.

To minize page load time, I recommend to install these extensions:

Flashblock (to control Flash animation)

PDF Download (to control PDF files)

While Firefox can be instaled without (Windows) administration rights, you may encounter problems to install plug-ins. Here is some good advice to install the Flash Player plugin.

Tuning the Windows environment – Name and Company Information entries

Name and Company Information (after installation of Windows XP) can be changed in the Registry.

Follow the Microsoft instructions:

Click Start, and then click Run.

In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.

Locate the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

To change the company name, do the following:

In the right pane, double-click RegisteredOrganization. Under Value data, type the name that you want, and then click OK.

To change the name of the registered owner, do the following:

In the right pane, double-click RegisteredOwner. Under Value data, type the name that you want, and then click OK.

Click Exit on the File menu to quit Registry Editor.

source: Microsoft Support Website

FileZilla Server – removable drive support

FileZilla Server for windows removable drive support

To support several drives, including removable drives, you need to create an alias for every resource other than your homedirectory.


Here is how you can add directory aliases to Filezilla server:

1) Start the Filezilla server interface

click the user/group button on the menu bar, create a user/group if you don’t have one already.

2) Select Shared folders from the left panel, and select a user/group from the right panel

3) Right click one of the directories other than the home directory (denoted by a leading H) and choose Edit Aliases from the popup menu (see picture above – shared drive L:).

4) Enter the alias for the directory with a leading slash “/”. For example, /LaCie (for an USB attached drive)

5) Click OK to close Enter Directory Alias dialog and click OK on Users/Groups dialog to make the changes take effect.

Now shared drive ‘L:\ will be available as /LaCie for your ftp clients.

Songbird mediaplayer – QuickTime Playback

Songbird is a good alternative music player for iTunes.

Songbird for Windows can play protected AAC, m4a and m4p (protected FairPlay) audio files, provided that:

Mac OS – Mac OS 8.6 support

MAC OS 8.6 support

The 233 Mhz iMac Bondi system will run fine with Mac OS 8.6. Make sure you run the ‘Drive setup‘ after each software upgrade. Also check if your ‘Mac OS ROM‘ is still up to date.

General comment:

Do not apply any patch or upgrade unless you experience the problems that are described by the vendors. Indeed, in some cases you only make life difficult. Follow the golden rule ‘do not touch it, when it works’.

Conflicts with USB extensions

symptom: this system was not able to boot and needed the PRAM to be cleared at each startup.

solution: disable the ‘USBSuperDiskDriver‘ and ‘USBSuperDiskUTDriver‘ extensions.