Category Archives: Windows

Audio staggering in Windows 10

Update:

There are now two better solutions:

1. Disable dynamic tick

  1. Open Command prompt (Admin) to bring up elevated command prompt.
  2. Type BCDEDIT /SET DISABLEDYNAMICTICK YES command and press Enter to fix the high DPC latency
  3. restart the computer

2. Install and use TCP optimizer:

  1. Download TCP optimizer
  2. Set settings to optimal
  3. restart the computer

If the above does not work, you can try the older solutions mentioned below.

Continue reading Audio staggering in Windows 10

Windows 8/2012 dark configuration

Here is how you can configure Windows 8/2012 to use a dark task bar with white letters:

  1. Install uxstyle
  2. Download Windows 8.1 Update1 RTM Dark Aero archive (memext mirror link)
  3. Decompress to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes
  4. delete the archive
  5. Right click Desktop → Personalize
    1.  Select Aero Dark MK IV Theme
    2. Click Color
      1. Click “show color mixer”
      2. Configure color as desired
  6. Optionally install classicshell

 

Keep Total Commander in memory

Total Commander is without doubt my favorite and most used application in Windows.

With the following settings combination you can configure Total Commander so that it remains in memory at all times. When you close TC, it will remain on tray. If you launch it via any method (button, shortcut etc) it will be restored. By pinning it to the taskbar you can launch it with Windows key.

In order to exit TC you can:

  1. hold shift down and click on the X button
  2. right click on the tray icon and select close

To configure the settings below, do the following:

  1. go to menu bar → Configuration → Change settings file directly
  2. For each setting, search for it’s name. If it is found, update it’s value accordingly. Otherwise, add the setting.

For more settings, consult the official wincmd.ini settings page

Setting 1: Allow only one copy of TC (per user)

Menu: Configuration → Options → Operation

Setting:

Onlyonce=1

Setting 2: Move icon to system tray when minimized

Menu: Configuration → Options → Operation

Setting:

TrayIcon=1

Setting 3: Close to tray

Menu: Unknown (read more)

For both Alt+F4 and X button methods, setting:

MinimizeOnClose=3

 

 

Clock messed up when dual booting

The problem:

  • Linux store the time on the hardware clock as UTC by default
  • Windows store the time on the hardware clock as the local time by default

Since both operating systems access the hardware clock you may encounter problems when you dual boot between them.

A comment for the geeks:

The advantage of having the hardware clock as UTC is that you don’t need to change the hardware clock when moving between timezones or when Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins or ends as UTC does not have DST or timezone offsets. Continue reading Clock messed up when dual booting

Junctions in Windows 7

To create a junction you can use the following command from a terminal:

mklink /J C:\...\linkname C:\...\OriginalFolder

To add a GUI, you can install the shell extension from:

http://schinagl.priv.at/nt/hardlinkshellext/linkshellextension.html

You perform the following steps:

  1. install the x64 prerequisites package
  2. install the link extension
  3. restart explorer (you will be prompted after installation)

Then, instead of copy and paste, you use pick and drop to create junctions and links:

  1. Right click on the original file/folder  and select Pick link source
  2. Right click on the destination folder and select Drop Here  Symbolic link

 

 

Disable Windows Error Reporting

Here is a small REGISTRY file which disables Windows Error Reporting.

This will disable the “Checking for solutions” popup.

 

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Error Reporting]
"Disabled"=dword:00000001

Lock/Unlock homepage

Here are two small REGISTRY files which lock and unlock your homepage

lock:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel]
"HomePage"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel]
"HomePage"=dword:00000001


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoSaveSettings"=dword:00000000

unlock:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel]
"HomePage"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel]
"HomePage"=dword:00000000

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Group Policy Objects\LocalUser\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel]
"HomePage"=dword:00000001

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Group Policy Objects\LocalUser\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel]
"**del.HomePage"=" "

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoSaveSettings"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Group Policy Objects\LocalUser\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoSaveSettings"=dword:00000000