Tag Archive: tweaks


32xIconsThese are my tweaked or custom Datacad toolbar icons. I have moved primarily to 32x pixel toolbars now so most of these have been redone. I also have included PSD Photoshop files with layer support for those who might want to steal parts from one icon to another. The actual icons are much sharper than the animation, as the animation doesn’t support full alpha channel transparency. I haven’t updated everything I have yet and there are a few I am not happy with just yet so there will probably be another update at some time in the future, but for now this is it. Next on my waste time late at night list is a set of High DPI Datacad folder icons. 🙂 I know, I’m a nerd. Thanks to GIFMaker.me for the great online GIF maker. My old Ulead Gif Animator gave up the ghost finally.

Download Datacad Toolbar Icons – 2.7 mb

New 32x Icons - Datacad

New 32x Icons -SunShader

New 32x Icons -O2C

Often I will stroll into my office, drop my gear and power up my computer. Then I’ll buzz around taking care of the normal mundane stuff to start my day. I have Windows set to auto login my password secured main user account using netplwiz.exe which is kind enough to start all the processes that don’t start until a user is signed into the system. Gets my system all ready to go so when I sit down my system is as ready to get to work as I am. I also have my PC and HTPC setup to boot up after a power failure state to make sure my servers are running when the power returns. With the autologin in place it leaves my system open to mischievous co-workers to put pictures of grown men in diapers on my desktop. So I have an event setup in Task Scheduler that gets triggered when any user logs on C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe with the arguments user32.dll, LockWorkStation to lock my desktop immediately to keep my systems safe from outside influence. So I get the benefits of the auto logon, and the security of the password prompt to login.

So here’s the rub. Windows 10’s ( and apparently Windows 8 & 8.1, yuk) Lock Screen has a 1 minute timeout where if you don’t interact to the screen it powers off your display. I don’t know how much strain is put on my monitor powering up, then powering it back down, and then powering it backup if I bump something while sitting down, and then powering down a min later because I still haven’t logged in yet, and then powering back up when I finally log back in. On an almost daily basis, I just don’t think that can be good on the guts, and I can’t be plunking down $$$ on a whim for a new monitor. I want it to power up and stay up for a decent amount of time, and then if I still haven’t logged in yet, then go ahead and save the whales and power down.

Windows doesn’t by default give you a way to adjust the power down wait time at the lock screen. After digging around the net, I found a some gents had shared what I needed. You have to really dig down there into the guts of the registry to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\7516b95f-f776-4464-8c53-06167f40cc99\8EC4B3A5-6868-48c2-BE75-4F3044BE88A7

and set Attributes to a value of 2.

Add Option to Adjust Lock Screen Timeout In Power Settings

Once that’s set, open your Power Options, and under Display you should have a new power option ‘Console lock display off timeout’.
Lock Timeout

 

Get out of my explorer tree OneDrive!

Browse or search the registry to:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6}

Set Dword value System.IsPinnedToSpaceTree to 0 (zero)
Value0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip provided from TheWindowsClub.com – Thanks guys and gals, and go check them out!

How to remove OneDrive icon from Windows 10 File Explorer

Windows 10 includes several apps that Microsoft feels that you should have whether you want them or not. Not on my PC homie! You can force uninstall them using Powershell with admin rights.

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.3DBuilder | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.Getstarted | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftSolitaireCollection | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.SkypeApp | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.WindowsMaps | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.BingWeather | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.Office.OneNote | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.XboxApp | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.ZuneMusic | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.ZuneVideo | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.BingSports | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.BingNews | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.WindowsPhone | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.BingFinance | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.Windows.Photos | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.WindowsCamera | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.WindowsAlarms | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.People | Remove-AppxPackage

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Current User Paths: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

System User Folder Paths : HKEY_USERS\(User SID#)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders\

Go from IDE mode to AHCI mode for your SATA devices by running the Microsoft Fix It tool to enable AHCI driver support. Worked Flawlessly on Windows 7 SP1. After running the MS Fit It Tool, reboot, enter the BIOS, change your controller mode to AHCI, save the BIOS settings and reboot back into Windows. With any luck you should not see the BSOD :p

Microsoft Fit It Tool – Enable Sata AHCI mode

Ever been crusing around on your LAN and try to delete a folder and get this message:

fileinuse

Windows 7 (and Vista SP1) creates a temporary cache in the networked location for quicker displaying of thumbnails from networked locations. The bad thing is the OS keeps the thumb.db file in use for a short time after you leave the folder so in the chance you may browse back to it shortly it can quickly recall the cache file rather than read all the files and rebuild the icons. The bad thing is when the thumbs.db file is still in lock down mode, you can’t delete or rename folders.

So if your network is fast enough (which most should be for most folder contents) you can disable the network location thumbnail caching by editing the following Group Policy:
– Start, type ‘gpedit.msc’ and hit ENTER.
– Drill down into User Config, Admin Templates, Windows Components, Windows Explorer
– Locate ‘Turn off the caching of thumbnails in hidden thumbs.db files’ and double click on it to edit the policy
– Set the Policy to ‘Enabled’ and click Apply, OK.

That should be it. Now go delete a bunch of stuff.

Open an admin level command prompt and type
“powercfg –h off”
and hit enter. That’s it. This will disable hibernation and automaticly remove the hiberfil.sys file.

Windows 7 is a great operating system so far, and it’s new User Folders have some nice features to help you organize your data. But one little problem I’ve had is that it has hard locked the user folder (previously known as Documents & Settings) location to the system drive, which if your like me you like to keep your data off the system drive so you can quickly reload your OS whenever you want and not worry about loosing your data. Microsoft officially allows you to specify the path using a big mess of tools to create installation images, but it’s more trouble than it’s worth. Below is what I did to change the location of the User folder and all of it’s contents. It has a few side effects.

1. You may not be able to upgrade to another version of Windows. Which if your like me you always want to do a fresh install anyway.
2. Microsoft does not support moved system folders (even using the above mentioned method using their own tools), so don’t call them with related issues. It’s seems to be working great here though. This is recommended to be done right after a fresh installation. As you will have to delete your first administrator account (install account). Proceed at your own risk.

1. Install Windows as normal.
2. Once windows is installed, locate the registry key

Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

3. Revise the ProfilesDirectory value to the path you desire. I have chosen D:\Users.
4. Now all NEW user accounts will be created at this location.
5. Reboot your system for the changes to take effect. DO NOT try to just end task on Explorer and start a new shell in any of these reboots.
6. Once rebooted, create a new Administrator account, I’ll call mine CptKemo. This will be a temporary account so you can call it what ever.
7. Log Off and log into your temporary account (CptKemo). Delete your original administrator account created from the install (Mine was called Josh)and reboot.
8. Log back into your temporary account (CptKemo), and create a new Final, administrator account, I’ll call this one Josh once again. Log off and log into your new account (Josh). Delete your temporary account (CptKemo).
9. You should now see your account folder at your specified location ready to transfer all your files to. Make a image of your harddrive once you have your apps installed and you will be all set for quick OS reloads.


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