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…

How to repair Windows 7 not booting after motherboard replacement with different chipset

Computers need upgrades, and upgrades involve motherboards, and motherboards have chipsets, and chipsets require drivers, which drivers are chipset dependent. And computers also fail, requiring replacing parts. Upgrading or replacing a motherboard with different chipset in Windows Xp used to be both complicated and simple at the same time, requiring the well known repair install. But then Vista and later 7 were released and the repair install was no more.

Fortunately, there is still a way to keep your Windows 7 (and probably Vista, 8, 8.1 and perhaps even the upcoming 10) after switching to a motherboard with different chipset (and driver).

Passwords/accounts don’t work after migrating Thunderbird profile from Linux to Windows

The thing I love about Thunderbird (and its sibling Firefox) is that to transfer a wholly configured instance from one computer/system to another all one needs is to copy over the contents of the profile folder.

However, on the path of a Linux to Windows migration I discovered the oddity that Thunderbird will neither connect to mail server not prompt for password…

How to fix the Windows Updates available but list empty

Every once in a while Windows 7 manages to lose the list of available updates, and while it displays the correct number, the list for both important and optional updates are empty.

The only actual solution seemed to be a computer restart. However, there is an additional way to restore the updates list to proper functionality…

Bluetooth peripheral device no driver installed/available

One may randomly encounter a Windows installation where some bluetooth devices don’t get their drivers installed despite having installed all of the manufacturer’s drivers.

In such cases, one may end up with one or several non-functioning “Bluetooth Peripheral Device”. To solve this, start by downloading and installing Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1…

KB2670838 and the font rendering issue in Firefox

Three months after installing KB2670838 and updating my graphics drivers from Catalyst Mobility 13.12 to 14.4 the font rendering issue popped up. Except I didn’t get issues with text rendered in pages, but in Firefox’s menu /tabs / titlebar itself.

Nobody would think an update installed that long ago could be the culprit. Everyone would think the newly installed driver is (and it definitely has something do to with the issue).

Scheduled backup of your user folder to a network location

One can never have enough backups. Backups are important and you shouldn’t let one day pass without having them. I recommend creating system-wide backups (either the entire system partition or the entire hard disk) periodically.

But for that bit of data which is frequently changed/updated/replaced, you’ll need a more often backup schedule. This can be easily achieved with an archiver and a bit of scripting…

Restoring classic toolbar mode in FoxIt Reader

I’m one of those maniacs who hates the Office 2007+ / Windows 8 “ribbon” interface on programs.

I consider that on a wide screen using an interface where up to a third of the height is filled up with useless huge buttons is just stupid.

Thankfully, FoxIt Reader (still) offers the option to return to the old non-“ribbon” toolbar mode…

Source engine games error in shaderapidx9.dll

This error affects all Source engine based games, including Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 1 & 2, Team Fortress 2.

In my case the issue was caused by using LapLink PCMover to transfer stuff from a 32bit (older) Windows PC to a 64bit one. This broke part of WMI, triggering some rather weird errors later down the road.

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…

Gaining ownership of protected files in Windows 7

Since Vista, Microsoft implemented a more serious protection system concerning core operating system files.

Because of this, replacing, editing, deleting or making any changes to protected files is a tedious task, requiring the additional step of obtaining the appropriate rights and permissions on the files first.

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…