Window 7 64 bit on Mac Mini – driver issues solved

I was having loads of problems getting the 64-bit version of Windows 7 to install on my Mac. Until I found this: [Read more…]

Force link to open in IE when it’s not the default browser

Some sites or apps (mainly badly written ones) really only like to open properly in Internet Explorer. However, anyone with half a brain would  have ditched IE and set a better browser like FireFox, or my personal favourite, Chrome, as the default – which is great but can cause problems with your desktop shortcuts to web pages.

If you need to create a desktop shortcut to a web page that only works properly in Internet Explorer, [Read more…]

AVG 9 – Install Issues

I like AVG, it’s free, quiet, small and keeps me safe. But sometimes it can be frustrating to install. If you ever had any problems upgrading from version 8 or 8.5 to the latest release (V9), then check this out: [Read more…]

‘Cannot Delete File or Folder’ – SOLVED!

At last! A fix for any or all of the following messages:

– Cannot delete folder: It is being used by another person or program.
– Cannot delete file: Access is denied.
– There has been a sharing violation.
– The source or destination file may be in use.
– The file is in use by another program or user.
– Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use. [Read more…]

Shutdown Windows from the command line

I had an odd problem with an SBS 2003 box that just would not shutdown the other day. A quick bit of research taught me that it can be done from the command line, which I totally didn’t know (‘cos I’m an idiot): [Read more…]

IE8 – force your site to display in compatibility mode

If you have just seen your site in IE8 and you feel like crying because all of your hard work has been thrown out of the window, don’t rush into that re-design just yet. You can force IE8 to act like IE7 while you work on a full time fix, by just including this in the header of your pages(s):

<meta http-equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”IE=EmulateIE7″ />

This will get round some of the new behaviour. [Read more…]

Invalid update control CTF file – AVG 8

Can’t update AVG 8 because it tells you that you have an invalid update control CTF file?  

(I hate error messages that give no clue as to what you should do about it).  Well, here’s the answer I found deep in the AVG user forums:

AVG 8

AVG 8

[Read more…]

Really annoying missing CD drives in Windows XP & Vista

It really annoys me when they go missing, but it’s ok as there is a simple fix. If you used to have a CD or DVD drive listed under ‘My Computer’ but the icon has just disappeared, don’t panic, just do this:

1. Fire up regedit. (If you don’t know what that is, stop now and get some more help first).
2. Look for – HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE> SYSTEM, and then CurrentControlSet. [Read more…]