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Monday, 2016-11-28

How to copy a folder and retain its permissions in Windows 10

Filed under: Windows — bblackmoor @ 10:25
  1. Click the Start button.
  2. In the search box, type “command”.
  3. Right-click the “Command Prompt” item, and select “Run as administrator”.
  4. In the command prompt that opens, type

    xcopy sourcepath destinationpath /O /X /E /H /K

    and then press ENTER, where sourcepath is the source path for the files to be copied, and destinationpath is the destination path for the files.

  5. For example:

    xcopy C:\Users\Public D:\Public /O /X /E /H /K

Monday, 2016-03-28

Playing music into a Google Hangout

Filed under: Music,Podcast,Software,The Internet,Windows — bblackmoor @ 11:04

Here is how I play music (MP3 files) into a Google Hangout.

Hardware

Software

Setup

  1. Install Virtual Audio Cable. Don’t mess with the settings. Just install it.
  2. Run “Audio repeater (MME)”, which was installed by Virtual Audio Cable.
    1. Set “Wave in” to your headset microphone.
    2. Set “Wave out” to Line 1 (Virtual Audio cable).
    3. Set “Total buffer (ms)” to 100.
    4. Click “Start”.
  3. In the task icon area of the taskbar, right-click the speaker, and select “Recording Devices”.
    1. Right-click the headset microphone, and select “Set as Default Device”.
    2. Double-click Line 1. On the Listen tab, select “Listen to this device”.
    3. Also on the Listen tab, set “Playback through this device” to the headset.
  4. Run Chrome.
  5. In Chrome, go to Google Hangouts, and click “Video Call”.
  6. When the Hangouts window opens, click the gear icon in the upper right corner. On the General tab…
    1. Select the webcam for the “Video”.
    2. Select Line 1 for the “Microphone”.
    3. Select the headset for the “Speakers”.
  7. Open VLC Media Player.
    1. Add songs to the playlist.
    2. In the Audio menu, select Audio >> Audio Device >> Line 1 (Virtual Audio Cable).
  8. Invite people to join the hangout.
  9. Play songs in VLC. Other people in the Hangout will hear them. To avoid drowning myself out, I set the VLC output level to about 90%.

Recording

Here are the settings I used to record in Flashback Express.

  1. In the Tools >> Options menu, look in the Sound section.
  2. Under Sound Source, select “PC Speakers (what you hear)”.
  3. In the drop-down under “PC Speakers (what you hear)”, select the headset.
  4. Now, when recording in Flashback Express, check “Record Sound”.
  5. Still in Flashback Express, in the sound section, check “Record Sound”, and for the source select “Speakers (Logitech G930 Headset)”.

When done with the hangout

  1. Close the Hangout window.
  2. Click “Stop” in Audio Repeater, and close it.
  3. In the Windows “Sound” dialog, select “Recording Devices”.
    1. Double-click Line 1. On the Listen tab, un-select “Listen to this device”.
    2. Click “Okay”.
  4. Close VLC Media Player.

Friday, 2015-07-31

Windows 10 tips

Filed under: Windows — bblackmoor @ 15:56

These are notes for my own purposes, but they might be useful to others, as well. Note that it might be helpful for you to download the Windows 10 installation media yourself, rather than waiting for Microsoft to send it to you

  1. Re-install video drivers and mouse drivers
    I had weird problems until I did this. Make sure you get the newest drivers.
  2. Enable Privacy
  3. Turn on System Protection
    1. Open a File Explorer window
    2. Right-click This PC and choose Properties
    3. Select System Protection in the left pane
    4. Select C: drive in the dialog box that opens
    5. Click the Configure button
    6. Select “Turn on system protection” option
    7. Set disk space usage to around 1.5 GB.
  4. Disable World Wide Web Publishing Service
    1. Open Settings
    2. In the search box, type “Services”
    3. Click “View system services”
    4. Right-click “World Wide Web Publishing Serivce” and select “Properties”
    5. Click “Stop”
    6. Locate the “Startup type” dropdown, and set it “Disabled”
    7. Click “Apply” and “OK”
  5. Move the Taskbar
    Move the Taskbar to the left side of the screen. With a widescreen monitor (which any new computer will have), it makes much more sense to waste a small strip on the left than a strip that runs all the way across the bottom of the screen, making a narrow display area even narrower.
  6. Modify Start Menu
    1. Open the Start Menu, right click each pane, and select “Unpin from Start” (optionally, keep the Weather pane, but open it up and set the correct location)
    2. Unpin the Edge and Store icons from the taskbar
    3. Right-click the taskbar and hide the Search and Task View icons from the taskbar
  7. Clean Up Programs
    1. Open the Start Menu, click Settings >> System >> Apps & Features
    2. Sort by name
    3. Uninstall…
      • Get Office
      • Get Skype
      • Microsoft Solitaire Collection
  8. Install Classic Shell
    The settings below are only the changes from the default.

    1. Right click the Start menu icon, and select Settings.
    2. Toggle Show All Settings.
    3. Controls
      • Shift+Click opens: Nothing
      • Windows key opens: Windows Start Menu
    4. Main Menu
      • Show Metro apps: unchecked
      • Programs pane width: 60
      • Minimum menu height: 30
      • Show Start Screen shortcut: unchecked
    5. General Behavior
      • Highlight newly installed programs: unchecked
      • Enable touch features: unchecked
      • Enable accessibility: unchecked
      • Show next to taskbar (when taskbar is vertical): checked
    6. Search Box
      • Search the Internet: unchecked
    7. Skin: Windows Aero
    8. Customize Start Menu
      • User files: Don’t display this item
      • Videos: Display as a link
      • Downloads: Display as a link
      • SEPARATOR (above Games): Don’t display this item
      • Games: Don’t display this item
      • SEPARATOR (add above This PC): Display this item
      • SEPARATOR (above PC Settings): Don’t display this item
      • PC Settings: Display this item
      • Devices and Printers: Don’t display this item
      • Default Programs: Don’t display this item
      • Help: Don’t display this item
      • Windows security: Don’t display this item
  9. Install Winaero Tweaker
    The settings below are only the changes from the default.

    1. Behavior
      • Disable AeroSnap: Checked
      • Disable App Lookup In Store: Checked
    2. File Explorer
      • Customize This PC Folders: remove all
      • Disable “- Shortcut” Text: checked
      • Drive Letters: Drive Letters Before Labels
  10. Install KeyTweak and remap the Caps Lock key to Left Shift
  11. Install Ditto clipboard manager
  12. Install Search Everything
  13. Customize Windows Explorer
    1. Customize Quick Access Toolbar
      This is a small drop-down arrow at the top of Windows Explorer.
      Select “Show below the Ribbon”
    2. Customize Options
      Click “View” button on the Ribbon, click the “Options” button, and select “Change folder and search options”. I am only noting changes from the default settings.

      1. General
        • Open File Explorer to: This PC
        • Show recently used files in Quick Access: unchecked
        • Show recently used folders in Quick Access: unchecked
      2. View
        • Always show menus: checked
        • Display the full path in the title bar: checked
        • Hidden files and folders: Show hidden files, folders, and drives
        • Hide empty drives: not checked
        • Hide extensions for known file types: not checked (this is the most idiotic option ever)
        • Hide folder merge conflicts: not checked
        • Hide protected operating system files: not checked
        • Restore previous folder windows at logon: checked
        • Expand to open folder: checked
        • Show libraries: checked
        • Click the “Apply To Folders” button, and click OK
    3. Show Libraries in Navigation Pane
    4. Add a Take Ownership context menu
    5. Show drive letters before the drive name (use Winaero Tweaker for this, instead)
    6. Remove Documents, Music, etc. links from This PC in the Explorer navigation pane
      Unpin them in the Quick Access section, too. (use Winaero Tweaker for this, instead)
    7. Remove Homegroup link from the Explorer navigation pane (may cause a hard-to-fix file/folder rename bug)
    8. Remove the user folder from the Explorer navigation pane. (may cause a hard-to-fix file/folder rename bug)
  14. Disable Aero Snap (use Winaero Tweaker for this, instead)

    1. Open Settings >> System >> Multitasking
    2. Set Snap to off

  15. Install AllSnap (the 64 bit version, if you are running 64-bit Windows, which you should be)
    I set the horizontal and vertical grids to some number that divides equally into the screen resolution. For example, my horizontal setting (which is actually the vertical spacing — AllSnap labels them backwards) is 270 and my vertical setting (which is actually the horizontal spacing) is 240.
  16. If you use Photoshop, install FastPictureViewer Codec Pack
    It costs money, but it’s worth it if you use Photoshop.
  17. Disable and remove OneDrive
  18. If you use DropBox, remove DropBox link from the Explorer navigation pane
  19. If you use DropBox, pin the DropBox folder to Quick Access
  20. Install Q-Dir
    Despite the changes I made above, I still found the default Windows File Explorer frustrating. I tried a number of alternate file managers, including Explorer++, FreeCommander, and XYplorer. Q-Dir met my needs better than anything else I tried.

Now that you have done all of that, there are a few essential applications you should consider installing:

  1. 7-Zip
  2. Bulk Rename Utility
  3. Firefox You might also consider these addons:
  4. FontExpert (It costs money, but if you work with fonts a great deal, it is worth it.) When you put fonts into groups, make sure you create shortcuts, rather than copying the font files. (Note: FontExpert 2016 has removed a crucial font group feature. Stay with FontExpert 2015 until that feature is restored.)
  5. Irfanview and the Irfanview plugins
  6. Ninite Updater
  7. Notepad++
  8. SmartDefrag

Monday, 2011-03-07

Photoshop (*.psd) thumbnails in Windows 7/8

Filed under: Software,Windows — bblackmoor @ 09:07

There are a lot of people asking about this, and a great many sites which tell you how to set it up. They all entail copying DLL files and registering them, etc. Sadly, these methods do not work on 64-bit Windows Vista/Windows 7 or Windows 8. Here is what works:

It costs money ($10, as of this moment, but it’s usually $15).

Saturday, 2011-01-29

Windows 7 network adapter stops working

Filed under: Windows — bblackmoor @ 16:09

I am putting this here in case someone else has the same problem. The network adapter in my laptop kept disconnecting (not all the time — once a day, generally). I could not figure out why. These links helped me solve the problem.

I hope this helps someone.

Monday, 2010-09-20

Windows 7 missing scrollbar in Explorer navigation pane

Filed under: Windows — bblackmoor @ 16:45

Where is the horizontal scrollbar in the left (navigation) pane? This annoys me no end.

Where is the horizontal scrollbar in the left (navigation) pane?

Saturday, 2010-03-13

14 Windows 7 tips

Filed under: Windows — bblackmoor @ 14:12

If you are installing Windows 7, or if you just got a new computer, there are a few things you should do before you start using it. Here they are.

  1. Configure the Start Menu.
    • Right-click the Windows logo on the taskbar.
    • Select “Properties”.
    • On the “Start Menu” tab, click the “Customize” button.
    • Computer: display as a menu.
    • Connect to: not checked.
    • Control panel: display as a menu.
    • Default programs: not checked.
    • Devices and printers: not checked.
    • Documents: display as a menu.
    • Downloads: do not display this item.
    • Enable context menus: checked.
    • Favorites menu: not checked.
    • Games: do not display this item.
    • Help: not checked.
    • Highlight newly installed programs: not checked.
    • Homegroup: not checked.
    • Music: display as a menu.
    • Network: not checked.
    • Open submenus: checked.
    • Personal folder: do not display this item.
    • Pictures: display as a menu.
    • Recent items: checked.
    • Recorded TV: do not display this item.
    • Run command: checked.
    • Search other files: search with public folders.
    • Search programs: checked.
    • Sort All programs menu: checked.
    • System administrative tools: Don’t display this item.
    • Use large icons: checked.
    • Videos: Display as a menu.
  2. Configure Windows Explorer.
    • Hide Libraries. (Or hide favorites, but you certainly do not need both.) (I changed my mind about this. I actually do use both.)
    • Make your local network a Work network (or just hide Homegroup).
    • Open Windows Explorer, click the “Organize” button, and select “Folder and Search options”.
      1. On the “General” tab…
      2. Show all folders: not checked
      3. Automatically expand: checked
      4. On the “View” tab…
      5. Always show icons: not checked.
      6. Always show menus: checked.
      7. Display file icon: checked.
      8. Display file size: checked.
      9. Display the full path: checked.
      10. Hidden files and folders: Don’t show (we will do something about this further down).
      11. Hide empty drives: not checked.
      12. Hide extensions: not checked (this is the most idiotic option ever).
      13. Hide protected OS files: not checked.
      14. Launch folder windows in a separate process: not checked.
      15. Restore previous folders: checked.
      16. Show drive letters: checked.
      17. Show encrypted: checked.
      18. Show pop-up: checked.
      19. Show preview handlers: checked.
      20. Use check boxes to select: not checked.
      21. Use Sharing Wizard: checked.
      22. When typing into list view: Select the typed item.
      23. Click the “Apply To Folders” button, and click OK.
  3. Configure My Documents.
    • In Windows Explorer, navigate to “C:\Users\[your user name]”.
    • Right-click “My Documents”, and rename it to “Documents”.
    • Right-click “My Music”, and rename it to “Music”.
    • Right-click “My Pictures”, and rename it to “Images”.
    • Right-click “My Videos”, and rename it to “Videos”.
    • Drag and drop “Music” into the “Documents” folder.
    • Drag and drop “Pictures” into the “Documents” folder.
    • Drag and drop “Videos” into the “Documents” folder.
    • Drag and drop “Downloads” into the “Documents” folder.
  4. Move the Taskbar to the left side of the screen. With a widescreen monitor (which any new computer will have), it makes much more sense to waste a small strip on the left than a strip that runs all the way across the bottom of the screen, making a narrow display area even narrower.
  5. Install Classic Shell.
  6. Install Toggle Hidden Files and assign a hotkey to it (I use “Windows+h”).
  7. Show drive letters before the drive name.
  8. Install Search Everything.
  9. Install KeyTweak and remap the Caps Lock key to Left Shift.
  10. Add a Take Ownership context menu to Windows Explorer.
  11. Install Ditto clipboard manager.
  12. Install AllSnap (the 64 bit version, if you are running 64-bit Windows). You must disable “Aero Snap” (which is useless) first!
  13. If you use Photoshop, install FastPictureViewer Codec Pack
  14. Remove the user folder from the Explorer navigation pane.

Now that you have done all of that, there are a few essential applications you should consider installing:

  1. 7-Zip
  2. Notepad++
  3. Firefox You might also consider these addons:
  4. Thunderbird with the calendar plugin (You might also consider linking Thunderbird’s address book and calendar to Google.)
  5. Irfanview and the Irfanview plugins
  6. OpenOffice LibreOffice
  7. Avast! Free Antivirus (I eventually uninstalled this. It was just too much of a resource hog, even on a brand new computer.)
  8. Copernic Desktop Search (I paid for the professional version. I think it’s worth it.) (I eventually uninstalled this. It was just too much of a resource hog, even on a brand new computer.)
  9. SmartDefrag
  10. Dexpot
  11. Bulk Rename Utility
  12. FontExpert (It costs money, but if you work with fonts a great deal, it is worth it.) When you put fonts into groups, make sure you create shortcuts, rather than copying the font files.
  13. PeerBlock (Idon’t use this anymore. It interfered with games and I think the benefit is dubious.)
  14. Install VistaSwitcher

Sunday, 2009-08-30

Windows 7 Sins campaign

Filed under: Civil Rights,Intellectual Property,Windows — bblackmoor @ 20:19

Windows 7 SinsThe Free Software Foundation has a new educational campaign, and in a shift from previous efforts, it is more openly negative about the costs and morality (or lack thereof) of closed-source software. This is the Windows 7 Sins campaign, and it looks like the mainstream media might actually be picking up on it (if only to heckle).

Personally, I think this is an interesting effort, and I hope that it achieves positive results. I define “positive results” as an increase in the number of people who convert to Linux (what the FSF stubbornly persists in calling “GNU/Linux”), and a decrease in the number of people who continue to blindly hand Microsoft their money.