Tag Archives: Fix

How to repair broken user folders in Windows

Tried moving my Documents/Desktop/Music/etc folders to a Google Drive mounted via Drive File Stream. Seemed to work well at first, but after the first reboot Windows clearly wasn’t happy and kept complaining about not finding the Desktop or the Documents…

Possibly because that drive seems to be mounted a bit too slowly (i.e. happens a bit after one has logged in)? And/or because it’s just mounted in a way Windows doesn’t like?

Either way, here’s how to…

Fix

  1. Open up regedit.
  2. Go to:
    Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
  3. Update all incorrect values.
  4. Reboot.

That seems to have fixed it for me anyways…

Source: scottiestech.info

Windows 10 Default app removal

Just a note to self…

Remove

Get-AppxPackage *xbox* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *windowsalarms* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *windowscamera* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *windowsmaps* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *people* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *zune* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *solitairecollection* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *bing* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *onenote* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *sway* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *messaging* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *phone* | Remove-AppxPackage

Get-AppxPackage drawboardpdf | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage freshpaint | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage SurfaceHub | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage flipboard | Remove-AppxPackage

List

Get-AppxPackage | Select-Object -expandproperty name

Reinstall

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers| Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

Source: www.howtogeek.com

How to lower USB headphone audio levels on Windows

When connecting my headphones via a simple USB-plug, the audio levels are often way, way, too loud. Today I had to turn the Windows audio level all the way down to 2% for the audio just to be OK’ish. That’s not very usable, and also kind of scary…

Finally I found something to fix it!

  1. Install Equalizer APO
  2. Open up “C:\Program Files\EqualizerAPO\config\config.txt”
  3. Replace its contents with:
    Preamp: -30 dB
  4. And adjust that level as necessary…

Finally I can use the Windows audio levels, and also not be afraid of suddenly having my ears destroyed if the audio were to move up a percentage or two…

How to fix unstable continously synchronizing CrashPlan service

CrashPlan has been backing up my stuff for several years. Been very happy with it and it has already saved me from losing everything in a complete hard drive crash.

The last few months however it as been extremely unstable and never been able to complete a full backup. Which is very very bad. I’ve basically been stuck at 90% for a couple of months and the missing 10% in my case is over 100 GB. A lot of potential loss.

Symptoms

  • Highly unstable user interface.
  • Keeps “synchronizing”.
  • Backup never completes.
  • High CPU usage of the CrashPlan service and memory usage close to 512 MB.

Contacted their customer support and after sending them my CrashPlan log files it turns out the poor CrashPlan service is a Java application and, by default, runs on a JVM limited to 512 MB of memory. Probably usually OK, but I have a lot of files. So basically the service has been garbage collecting itself to death these months and not gotten anywhere.

How to fix it

  1. Open an elevated command prompt.
  2. Stop the CrashPlan service.
    C:\> net stop CrashPlanService
  3. Open the configuration file for the CrashPlan service.
    C:\> notepad %ProgramFiles%\CrashPlan\CrashPlanService.ini
  4. Change -Xmx512M to for example -Xmx1024M or -Xmx2048M, depending on how much memory you have to spare.
  5. Start the CrashPlanService.
    C:\> net start CrashPlanService

If your problem was lack of memory, it should now run more smoothly. Does for me anyways 🙂

Skype crash on Windows with offset 006eb5e2

Probably an obscure issue I’ll never experience again, but in case it does, I found a solution that worked in a thread on Yahoo Answers.

Run one of the commands below in a Command Prompt or just stick it into the Run dialog (win + r). Then restart Skype *sigh*… 🙄

Windows XP

> del "%userprofile%\Application Data\Skype\shared.xml"

Windows 7 (and Vista?)

> del "%appdata%\Skype\shared.xml"
Note: You may of course also find and delete the file by using Windows Explorer. I just prefer a quick one-off command 🙂

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