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USB Drivers not installing automaticly

Locate the latest original USB 2.0 driver from the following folder.

%System Root%\system32\Driver Store\File Repository\usb.inf_xxxxx

Copy everything in that folder to c:\temp\driver

Now plug the device in, find drivers manually and specift c:\temp\driver or you can put them in %System Root%\INF and windows7 should find them automatically.

This worked or an Orico 7 Port USB Powerd Hub that should turn up as a USB Hub (Generic)

Win10 VLC Bluray

FDDI USB COM Port Drivers

Move My Documents Folder

  • Login as the user
  • Start --> <select user name>
  • Right click the 'folder' IE Documents
  • Location tab
  • Select Move
  • Select the new folder
  • 'Select Folder'
  • OK
  • Yes

Hide users from the logon screeen

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList

Add 32bit DWORD with users name

X windows client

Moba Xterm, simple free for personal use.

VMWare Workstation

Makes life easy :)

To get to the bios menu, to be able to toggle numlock on/off on boot

edit the .vmk file for the image add

bios.bootDelay = "5000"

then tap away at F2 as the image boots

Add an additional disk to a RHEL Machine under VMWARE

  • stop the VM
  • Add disk
  • start vm
  • ls -l /dev Should have a new disk like sdb or sdc
  • create a disk - fdisk /dev/sdc, n, p, 1, enter, enter, w
  • make a filesystem - mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdc1
  • mount the disk temporarly - mount /dev/sdc1 /opt
  • add to fstab
vi /etc/fstab
/dev/sdc1               /opt                    ext4    defaults        1 2

Date in the taskbar / clock

If you want to see the date in the taskbar (I used to have a piece of s/w do this for me in xp) - under win 7 there are 2 options

  1. use two rows of icons in the task bar (right click taskbar – properties – uncheck lock task bar, drag top edge up, lock task bar again)
  2. use large icons (right click taskbar – properties – uncheck use small icons)

Quick append text to files in a directory

Using windows powershell

Get-ChildItem -Filter "*MATCH_TEXT*" -Recurse | Rename-Item -NewName {$ + ".APPEND_TEXT"}

Corel Draw

Macro to measure a line [ install process]

Curve Lenth addon


Finally an add-on to open Microsoft Outlook winmail.dat attachments


List sub-directory sizes

Essentially du -hs *

$colItems = Get-ChildItem $startFolder | Where-Object {$_.PSIsContainer -eq $true} | Sort-Object
foreach ($i in $colItems)
    $subFolderItems = Get-ChildItem $i.FullName -recurse -force | Where-Object {$_.PSIsContainer -eq $false} | Measure-Object -property Length -sum | Select-Object Sum
    $i.FullName + " -- " + "{0:N2}" -f ($subFolderItems.sum / 1MB) + " MB"

or use sysinternals du command

du -l 1 c:

Scheduled Tasks

Error 0x80070532 = INVALID PASSWORD, usually happens when the password for the user the task is running as has been changed.

libraries settings

Stored in



Windows Subsystem for Linux

Blocked by Windows firewall

The following gets ping working, but not tracepath hummm

netsh.exe advfirewall firewall add rule name=wsl_ping dir=out action=allow program=C:\Users\tapp\AppData\Local\Packages\CanonicalGroupLimited.UbuntuonWindows_79rhkp1fndgsc\LocalState\rootfs\bin\ping enable=yes

Office =

Remove Password protection from MS Word 2013 Document

DocX is a compressed zip container file. Make a copy of the original docx file. If you unzip it, there is a subfolder named word with a file named settings.xml. You can open settings.xml with a plain text editor.

Within that there is a block of text:

<w:documentProtection .... />

remove it