When you attempt to browse the web, a dial-up window may appear prompting for username and password even though the obsolete dial-up connectoid had been deleted from Network Connections window long ago. This may occur when your Wireless goes out of range, or when internet connection goes down in your network.

To resolve the problem, rename the RAS Phone Book file using these steps:

1. Press WinKey + R to bring up the Run dialog

2. Type the following path and press {ENTER}

%AppData%\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk

(The file rasphone.pbk is the Remote Access Phonebook which stores the Dial-Up Connection data.)

3. Rename the file rasphone.pbk to rasphone.pbk.old

That’s it. The old dial-up connection should no longer appear. Note that none of the dial-up connections would show up in the Network Connections window after renaming the above file.

When you click on the Documents, Pictures, Music or Videos library from the Start menu, nothing may happen. Also, these library links may show up with the file extension ".library-ms" in the Windows 7 Start menu.

And the libraries (both the built-in and custom ones) don’t work when double-clicked from Explorer, and they show up with a generic icon. Read the rest of this entry »

After installing Internet Explorer 11, some of your desktop gadgets may not render correctly. The gadgets may appear transparent with pink border and text, as in the graphic below:

And here is how it’s supposed to appear:

This has to do with a bug in Internet Explorer 11 RTM, which breaks some desktop gadgets, if the user has set custom DPI settings (>100%). In my case, gadgets stopped rendering correctly if I set the DPI to a value higher than 115%. In order to make the gadgets display correctly, you have two options.

Option 1. Revert back the DPI settings to 115%. If that doesn’t work, set it to 100%. (via Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Display)

Option 2. If you want to retain your custom DPI settings and still want gadgets to work correctly, edit the protected file gadget.xml located in the following folder:

C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets

The trick is to set <autoscaleDPI> setting to false, inside the XML file. By default, the auto-scaling is enabled in the gadgets configuration, which means the Zoom feature (of Internet Explorer) scales text and images for this gadget to match the DPI settings of the current user. Since IE11 has this bug with higher DPI, disabling the automatic scaling feature for that gadget is a nice workaround.

Detailed instructions to do so are provided in the MSDN forum thread titled Gadgets not working with IE-11 Win7.

Fix Internet Connection Sharing Error Null or 80004005 in Windows 7

When you try to enable Internet Connection Sharing in your Windows 7 computer via your network connection properties, one of the following errors may occur:

An error occurred when enabling internet connection sharing. (null)

-or-

Cannot enable shared access.

Error 0x80004005: Unspecified error

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Fix Explorer.exe Error With Yellow Exclamation at Startup in Windows 8

When you logon to your user account in Windows 8, Explorer.exe error window with yellow exclamation mark may appear, containing no message text. This may occur especially in the aftermath of removing malware from the system.

To fix this, all you need to do is to remove the reference to a non-existent file from one of the startup locations in the registry. Here is how to do so.

1. Press WinKey + R to bring up the Run menu, type Regedit.exe and press {ENTER}

2. Navigate to the following location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ Windows

3. In the right-pane, double-click "Load" and clear the existing value data to set it blank.

4. Exit the Registry Editor.

Note: The above location is one of the many startup launch-points in Windows, and some viruses/malware conveniently add an entry there. The value may be pointing to a malware file which is non-existent after a malware cleanup.