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Application that won’t Pin to Taskbar in Windows 7
October 08, 2009 - Maui, Hawaii
I've run into a dead end with an application of mine that won't pin to the Windows 7 taskbar. I've tried a number of different settings but I just cannot get the app to show the Pin to taskbar (or any othe of the taskbar context options) to work.
Vista SP1: Terminal Services /console switch no longer working
February 14, 2008 - Maui, Hawaii
Here's one idiotic change in Vista SP1: Looks like Microsoft decided to change the switch to launch the Terminal Services client so it can log on to the console of the machine/server to /admin from /console. The new switch to connect to the console is: %systemroot%\system32\mstsc.exe /admin I suppose I can understand changing the switch to /admin since it's more descriptive, but why the heck...
Vista Explorer Shell Context Menu Default Actions
October 02, 2007 - Hood River, Oregon
Somehow I managed to hose my Explorer's default context menu actions for folders when browsing in Explorer. The default action when clicking on a folder now is Search... instead of Explore which brings up the Search dialog when clicking on a folder Ugh. A quick check in the registry comparing the...
Opening Word Docs inside Internet Explorer in Vista?
September 04, 2007 - Hood River, Oregon
Ah progress - you gotta love it. Fewer choices, less control the dumbing down of the masses. I'm checking out some old code that I've used to load Word documents for editing into a Web Browser control. It appears that under Vista this doesn't work any longer as a Word document now refuses to load...
Registration Ids: The simpler the better?
August 27, 2007 - Hood River, Oregon
Having gone through easily 50 registration screens in the last few days, reinstalling applications on my new box got me to once again thinking about registration codes in applications. Somebody last week asked me as I provided them with a software key with Help Builder - what's this - this isn't a...
File Locations on Windows Machines = Absolute Madness
August 25, 2007 - Hood River, Oregon
I configured and updated a brand new machine last week and overall the process has been pretty smooth and painless. But once again I'm reminded how silly Windows' scattering of files all over the place really is. I installed the new box on Monday. It's now Saturday night and I'm still picking up a...
Cleaning up a Win32 Application to work under Vista
April 11, 2007 - Maui, Hawaii
So for the last few days I've been going through the final steps of updating Help Builder to properly run under Windows Vista without any file permissions, registry or other sort of elevation requirements. In theory the application should run fine after installation without any sort of crutch like...
Am I an Administrator on Vista? No really am I?
January 15, 2007 - Maui, Hawaii
Who can you trust when it comes to your status as an Administrator. Checking admin priviliges under Vista is no fun at all and I can't tell whether I am in fact an admin or not. Some things seem to indicate I am, while others
Explorer Folder View Customization - what were they thinking?
January 12, 2007 - Maui, Hawaii
Folder views in Windows Vista's Explorer got even more confusing by yet another layer of 'views' that can be applied by yet another dialog separate from the already buggy View selection dropped down on folders. Getting folders to display in a consistent view is getting harder and harder to do in Windows which is ridiculous.
IIS 7 Integrated Pipeline Debugging on Vista, again
December 29, 2006 - Maui, Hawaii
Mike Volodarsky posts more information how to get F5 debugging working properly in Visual Studio. Due to the way Authentication works in ASP.NET 2.0 some debugging scenarios with F5 fail and a workaround is required.
Folder Virtualization in Windows Vista
October 08, 2006 - Maui, Hawaii
Folder Virtualization is a feature of Vista that allows virtualizing installation folders into a virtual store so that users who normally wouldn't be able to modify data in the Program Files folder get a private 'shadow' store so they can write to data. Interesting feature and certainly not very obvious...
Windows Vista and Installing Custom Applications - can you feel the pain?
July 10, 2006 - Maui, Hawaii
Oh man, I’m going to REALLY hate Vista from an application installation and configuration perspective for custom applications. To make a long story short, pretty much none of my Windows applications run or in some cases don't install under the default Vista security configuration.