Fix Recycle Bin Icon Does Not Refresh Automatically in Windows Vista

I came across a case where Recycle Bin icon in Windows Vista not changing to show whether or not it is full or empty. It would either stuck on the empty icon or the full icon, but the Recycle Bin icon updates correctly when you press the F5 button on the keyboard to refresh the Desktop manually. I have observed that this problem occurs if you use the Restore Default button in the Desktop Icon Settings dialog to reset the Recycle Bin icon, and this appears to be a minor bug in Windows Vista. Use one of the following methods to correct this problem:

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Unable to open .PDF attachments from Windows Mail

When you attempt to open a .PDF file that came as a mail attachment in Windows Mail, the following error may occur: This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Set Associations control panel. This may happen even though you have Adobe Reader installed. … Read more

Unable to Open .DOC Attachments from Windows Mail or Windows Live Mail

When you attempt to open a .DOC file that came as a mail attachment in Windows Mail or Windows Live Mail, the following error may occur and the document does not open. This may happen even though you have Microsoft Word installed. Also, the same file may open correctly when saved to disk and then viewed. This article and the utility discussed below, are applicable for Windows® Vista and Windows® 7 systems with Microsoft® Word installed.Read more

OpenWithAdd 1.2 – Supports Windows Vista

When you right-click a file and choose Open With, and click the Choose Program… option, the list of registered applications are displayed in the Open With dialog. Programs that are not already listed in the Open With dialog can be added manually using the Browse… option.

OpenWithAdd tool which I wrote, can be helpful in circumstances where, when you browse to locate an application, it does not get added to the Open With dialog. It can now (v1.2 onwards) run under Windows Vista as well. Here are some screenshots:Read more

Unable to Open .PPS attachments directly from Windows Mail or Windows Live Mail

When you open a .PPS or .PPT file that came as a mail attachment in Windows Mail or Windows Live Mail, you may see the Open / Cancel dialog box. When you select Open, the following error may be displayed. This may happen even though you have PowerPoint Viewer 2003 or 2007 installed. However, the same file may open correctly when saved to disk, and then viewed. Note that this problem does not occur if you have Microsoft Office or PowerPoint installed.Read more