Archives for the ‘Windows’ Category

Autodesk licensing issues?

Are you having problems with your 3ds Max or other Autodesk license?  Need to change your serial number to a new one?  Does the program keep giving you a license error when you try to activate? To reset your serial number so that the program asks you for a new one, start up regedit.  Look […]

Dual-booting Windows and Leopard with Kalyway

(not for public use) Here’s my plan: Windows partition (NTFS), about 40 GB or more Mac partition (HFS+), about 20 GB or more Data partition (preferably FAT32), the rest of the drive The data partition is for all the documents and music and stuff, so it can be shared by both operating systems. The reason […]

4 Ways to Disable Autoplay in Windows XP

Autoplay can helpfully automatically do things when you insert a disc, but it can get your computer rootkitted or just be plain annoying. If you want to turn it off, there are several ways of doing it. To disable autorun just temporarily, hold down the Shift key as you insert a CD. Go into Device […]

Playing ASS/SSA with Fontconfig in MPlayer on Windows

MPlayer has support for many file formats, most importantly Matroska (.mkv) containers which are common for watching anime. Often, subbers will use custom, nice-looking fonts that they embed into the Matroska containers. However, to use these fonts, MPlayer relies on Fontconfig. Without Fontconfig, MPlayer can’t use custom fonts. First of all, you don’t have Fontconfig […]

HP dv6605 dv6000 XP drivers

I got a new HP dv6605 Pavilion laptop, but it came with Vista. I reimaged it with XP MCE from an older Pavilion onto it, only to find out that none of my drivers worked. HP doesn’t provide XP drivers for this laptop – only Vista drivers. There are three main things that need drivers: […]

Explorer Thumbnails in the Registry

Windows Explorer will show thumbnails for certain file types when browsing a folder. The information for which file types to show a thumbnail for and what DLL to use is stored in the registry. HKCR\ – shows a list of file extensions.  Underneath each file extension’s key may be another key called ShellEx that contains […]

Registered services on Windows

When a program registers itself as a service (that will constantly run in the background and does not show up in the Task Manager, FYI), it puts an entry under HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ in the registry.  If you have a service that won’t go away, you can try deleting its entry from the registry.  As always, make […]

Fixing fork and sshd in cygwin

I decided to go crazy and arm my computer with all I needed to access everything from any Internet-connected computer, including stuff like VNC.  Naturally, I wanted this to be secure, both to prevent unauthorized access and to maintain my privacy. I figured the best way to do it would be to set up a […]

Windows Vista vs. Google Desktop

You want the cool sidebar and instant search features of Windows Vista, but you don’t want to put your computer through surgery to upgrade the OS? Just install Google Desktop.  It’s that easy.  Google Desktop has its own sidebar that closely resembles Vista’s sidebar, and will index your files and do find-as-you-type searching. I installed […]

Bug – Compatibility issue with Internet Explorer and Autodesk VIZ 2007 registration

This bug affects Autodesk VIZ 2007 (and possibly its older-sibling 3ds max 8 ) during registration when Internet Explorer 7 Beta is installed on the system. After Autodesk VIZ 2007 installs, the first time the user runs it it will complain that it cannot find a file in C:\Documents and Settings\User\Local Settings\Temp\~RT65.tmp\. The file in […]