Installing an IPP printer in Windows 10

Using a single USB printer on several computers isn’t the simplest task: you have to either connect the printer to each computer separately, share it from one (and start it up every time you need to use the printer) or, my personal choice, set it up on a Raspberry PI and share it with the world.

The information provided here covers the second half of the setup process – the client side of things…

Connect to a VPN server in Windows and Android

A VPN connection is still mostly regarded as “business solution”, only useful to connecting employees to the company network. But this is no longer true nowadays.

VPNs can be very useful in protecting the integrity and security of data transfers, no matter who the two communicating parties are. To learn how to set up a connection and connect to a VPN server…

Low framerate with Aero/Flash on ATI/AMD Radeon in Windows 7

At random times, especially after a long computer uptime (over 2 weeks), all windows animations and especially any Flash-based video player would become sluggish and render at about 10-15FPS.

This happens independent of where using the computer or letting it idle while it is running. The solution…

Skip Avira’s Free Antivirus reboot request on updates

If you’re using Avira’s Free antivirus and are a mad computer user like me that never reboots his computer (unless something blows up), you might have noticed that Avira periodically updates its program (beside the virus definitions) and asks for a system restart to complete this.

Desktop Heap limitation

When running lots of applications, one may notice a moment where no more windows can be opened. This is the Desktop Heap limit; you will see this logged in the Event log as “A desktop heap allocation failed”

Back when I was running Windows Xp I hit this limit quite often (because of my working habits). The solution was to increase the limit; for this one needs to edit a specific registry key (always backup first!):

Disable extended media information on videos and images

Windows Xp reads information from media to let you find out properties (width, height, bitrate and/or others) of avi, mpg, asf, etc. files. This “behavior” can lock your avi files from being deleted, moved or renamed, and sometimes it’s just plain annoying. To disable this action, use Regedit to delete …

How to repair Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)

This error might occur if Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) components are missing or not registered correctly. This error manifest itself, among others, by not displaying any more processor information in System Properties, and by returning a “Class no registered” error message after running the “systeminfo” command. Registering the WMI components …