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How to remove extra Keyboard from Windows 10 – Language list

To fix this issue, delete the Preload registry folder and restart (or sign out) the computer:

HKEY_USERS.DEFAULT\Keyboard Layout\Preload

This folder seems to be some legacy remnant that contains non-user-specified keyboard layouts to be added to the list of languages when the user signs in. While the fix itself works through restarts, there’s a few things that seem to bring back this folder

To automate the procedure create a txt file and paste the contents below.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Keyboard Layout\Preload]

You can then save the file with .reg extension and run it if registry folder comes back.  You need to logout or restart for changes to take effect.

Tip: From notepad use quotes like to “RemoveLang.reg” to save with new file extension.

Enable AHCI after installing Windows

I windows installed on an SSD with IDE option on BIOS. After changing to AHCI bios setting I windows was popping a BSOD.  The solution seemed really simple.

Before changing the value in BIOS i had to edit the mode. Open command prompt with administrative rights.  Run this command.

bcdedit /set {current} safeboot minimal

Reboot, change the bios entry,  start Windows and run this command (as administrator)

bcdedit /deletevalue {current} safeboot

Then reboot again.

In general, AHCI mode is faster than IDE emu mode. It allows for things like NCQ (native command queuing) and hotplug for SATA. System feels more responsive and smooth. This solution is tested and works on Windows 7, 8, 8.1

Also remember to check if TRIM is supported on your SSD.  While Windows is designed to automatically detect most SSDs, sometimes  it doesn’t work as intended. If you find the performance of your SSD is degrading (or just want to make sure TRIM is properly enabled), run this command (as administrator):

fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify

It will give you one of two results, either a 0 or a 1. A zero indicates that TRIM is enabled correctly, a one means that it is not.

You can now enable TRIM with the following command.

fsutil behavior set DisableDeleteNotify 0

Or disable TRIM as follows

fsutil behavior set DisableDeleteNotify 1

OS X 10.9 Mavericks Workaround for SMB

Upgrading is never easy. There is always some new bug introduced as a feature. That said, you may have noticed that connecting to NAS shares worked perfectly in OS X 10.8.x but doesn’t anymore in OS X 10.9 (Mavericks). Here’s the lowdown:

DISCLAIMER: Though these are pretty harmless changes, any changes you make are at your own risk.

Continue reading OS X 10.9 Mavericks Workaround for SMB

Move itunes backup folder

Having a small SSD disk for your operating system seems a bad practice to perform iTunes backup on the default directory path. You can’t  change backup folder from itunes so this is a solution a found to keep my system disk with lots of space. (actually gained ~50GB of space).

 Fisrt find that back up locations:

goto

C:\Users\XXX\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync

(replace XX with your user account name)
This path may change on different operating systems. (currently displaying path for Windows 8.1)

Secondly choose another disk with lots of free space. (e.x. E:\)

Move contents of

C:\Users\XXX\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

to a new folder.
Go on directory up and delete backup folder.

Lastly run this handy command.

mklink /d Backup "d:\backupItunes\"

This way you create a symbolic link, something like a virtual directory to the new path.

This computer is not running genuine windows 0x8004fe21

windows activation

This solution is the only one worked for me… restoring windows to an earlier point did not work for me. So try the following

1) Click Start button.
2) Type: CMD.exe into the ‘Search programs and files’ field
3) Right-Click on CMD.exe and select Run as Administrator
4) Type: net stop sppsvc (It may ask you if you are sure, select yes)
Note: the Software Protection service may not be running, this is ok.
5) Type: cd %windir%\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SoftwareProtectionPlatform
6) Type: rename tokens.dat tokens.bar
7) Type: cd %windir%\system32
8) Type: net start sppsvc
9) Type: slui.exe
10) After a couple of seconds Windows Activation dialog will appear. You may be asked to re-activate and/or re-enter your product key or Activation may occur automatically.

Chome / Shockwave Flash Crashing

Last 2 months a had an constant issue where Sockwave flash kept crashing after a while. I had to restart chrome to make browser responsive. This is the easiest solution I found to resolve this.

Open Chrome
Copy-Paste this text on Address bar chrome://plugins/
Or go to Options->Under the Hood -> Content Settings -> Disable individual plug-ins… (Click)

Now Locate Flash on this List. If you see Flash (2 files) this is good.

On the right you will see a details button, Expand.

And disable the Flash version with Location
“C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\NPSWF32.dll”

Uninstall XCode / Xcode 4 Preview

There is no application in Mac OSX to uninstall Programs. The only thing you can do is drag an application to the Trash Can.
However, it is quite simple to uninstall applications on MAC OS; you just move the application to the trash bin. Doing this, however, does not completely take care of uninstalling programs on Mac.

To understand why, you need to know that programs on Mac computers are of two types; the bundled programs, which can be uninstalled just by moving them to the Trash bin, and the non-bundled programs, which can be uninstalled using the same method, but additional manual work is required to clean up after them. Many programs leave behind settings and other small files that continue to take up space on your hard drive. These must be cleared out as well to ensure that you efficiently uninstall programs on Mac.

Here are some third-party uninstallers for your Mac, and their features:

Appcleaner

Appcleaner
Finds support files and preferences left behind by programs, and removes them from your hard disk.
Select the program that you want to uninstall and drag and drop it into AppCleaner

Apptrap

Apptrap
Takes care of supporting files, preferences and system files.
When you delete an application, an AppTrap window pops up and asks you if you want to remove the trashed program’s associated files.

Now, what about XCode?

The thing is that XCode is not listed as application, application bunldes and widgets.
To succefully remove XCode you have to run this command

sudo /Library/uninstall-devtools –mode=all

is the directory where the tools are installed. For typical installations the full path is /Developer/Library/uninstall-devtools
Cant find it

find / -type f -name “uninstall-devtools”

Easy enough, just make sure this is what you really intend to do as once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Enable TSQL xp_cmdshell command

SQL Server blocked access to procedure ‘sys.xp_cmdshell’ of component ‘xp_cmdshell’ because this component is turned off as part of the security configuration for this server. A system administrator can enable the use of ‘xp_cmdshell’ by using sp_configure

A simple script to enable xp_cmdshell in SQL Server

sp_configure 'show advanced options',1
GO
RECONFIGURE
GO
sp_configure xp_cmdshell,1
GO
RECONFIGURE