How to Add OEM Information and Logo in Windows 10

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Computer manufacturers usually include their OEM brand info and logo in the System Properties applet when preinstalling Windows. This article tells you how to modify or add OEM information to the System Properties window in all versions of Windows, including Windows 10.

In Windows 10, the OEM information is shown in the modern Settings app (“About your PC” page) as well.Read more

A Utility to Unassociate File Types in Windows 7 and Vista

Here is a utility that helps you unassociate a file type quickly in your Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer without the need to edit the registry manually. Windows 7 & Vista do not provide a GUI option to unassociate file types, thus the need arises for such a tool … Read more

How to Clear the Thumbnail Cache in Windows 10?

Clear the Thumbnail Cache in Windows

Windows keeps a copy of all of your picture, video, and document thumbnails in a cache database so they can be displayed quickly when you open a folder. Sometimes due to thumbnail cache corruption, thumbnail previews may not work for some files, for a particular icon size or for all icons sizes.

In some cases, the thumbnail for some items will appear in grayscale although the original image is a color image. Sometimes, the thumbnail quality is mediocre that you can barely recognize the item by looking at it.

Thumbnail preview problems can be resolved by clearing the thumbnail databases and let the system rebuild it as required. To reset the thumbnail cache in Windows Vista, 7, 8 and Windows 10, use one of the methods in this article.Read more

Restore Point creation disabled by Group Policy

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When you start the System Restore utility (rstrui.exe), the message System Restore has been turned off by your system administrator. To turn on System Restore, contact your system administrator.” appears.

Also when you open System Properties and select the System Protection tab, the Create button may be grayed out, and the following message is displayed.Read more

Fix for Gadgets Not Showing Correctly in Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Have you come across the problem where some of the Gadgets that you added to the Sidebar/Desktop are not displayed correctly? For example, the clock gadget may be displayed as a black square containing only the “seconds” hand. Other gadgets may show up as white rectangles with an information (i) … Read more

OpenWithAdd 1.2 – Supports Windows Vista

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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

How to Launch a Vbscript in Elevated Mode (Run as Administrator)

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With the introduction of User Account Control (UAC) in Windows Vista, you usually open an elevated Command Prompt in order to run batch files and scripts that need administrative privileges. Applications can make use of manifest files (using the RequireAdministrator flag) to automatically run elevated.

For scripts, this article provides you some neat little tricks using which you can automatically elevate using the ShellExecute “runas” parameter.

(See also How to Automatically Elevate a Batch file to Run it as Administrator? for another auto-elevation method.)Read more

Desktop.ini file automatically opens when you start Windows

When you start your computer, the desktop.ini file may automatically open (in Notepad) showing the following contents: [.ShellClassInfo] [email protected]%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21787 This happens if the hidden attribute for the desktop.ini file in the Startup folder is somehow removed. Enable the hidden attribute for desktop.ini in your Startup and Common Startup folders to … Read more