Category Archives: Microsoft Windows

A review of Stardock Fences: The best desktop icons organizer


I had posted an article about how to effectively organize your Windows desktop before, which included a several software, one of them is Stardock Fences, which is the software that will be reviewed. If you still do not know what is Stardock Fence, I would say that it is a unique software (which is one-of-a-kind) that allows you to organize the shortcut icons on your desktop in the way you desired. Besides a multiple-shaded-area for each different categories of icons is possible, it also has this killing feature – double click to make all (customizable) shortcut icons to become disappear. And one more advantage of this software is that it is absolutely FREE. In conjunction with the just release version 1.00 Customer Technical Preview of Stardock Fences, I have decided to do a simple review on this free software. So, let’s go on with the review of the software:

How to forcefully rename/delete a file that are in used (Windows)?


Tried to delete/rename the file but Windows said it is being used by application or access denied? Found a virus file but it doesn’t allowed to get deleted because it is running? Natively Windows does have the task manager to kill applications that is running, however, if the file is in used, there is almost no way for you to find out which application is using it, at least, no easy way. Below is one of the example that popped-up when you try to delete a folder:

As well as other variants such as:

Cannot delete file: Access is denied
There has been a sharing violation.
The source or destination file may be in use.
The file is in use by another program or user.
Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

How to view chinese (unicode) character in software natively in Windows 7?

There are some of the nice software such as TTplayer, Xunlei(Thunder) etc. are all written by Chinese and thus the interfaces of those software, of course, in Chinese language as well. Ever since the time for Windows XP, there are a lot of problem (mostly messy characters) when running those Unicode-based software. However, with Microsoft Applocale released, it is a very famous solution for executing Unicode software eg. Japanese and Chinese game, Chinese software etc. Although it is a good solution for Windows XP and above (for Vista and above, Applocale requires elevated command prompt to install), which obviously included Windows 7, but I have found another way of using Unicode-based-language software natively without installing anything.

Be a Geek: What is Windows 7?


With the retail box release of Windows 7, I believe many of you have seen a lot of advertisement about Windows 7 in any IT malls. But what is Windows 7? For those who does not study all the features and highlights of Windows 7, most likely one will think that it’s just a refreshed UI Windows Vista. If you think it that way, I urge you to think again. Check out all the new features of Windows 7 and judge yourself this new Operating System which is tested by 8 million testers before proceed to release.

Continue reading Be a Geek: What is Windows 7?

How to solve "USB device not recognized" problem in Microsoft Windows? Alternative Solution

USB Device

Few days back, I had posted a solution to solve the “USB device not recognized” problem, which is about the unplugging power supply to recover the USB ports. The original idea is from OnlineTechTips. After reviewing all the replies, some of the computer users had suggested several other possible solutions if the power supply trick doesn’t work well for you.

The suggestion below is by Kallulu and Rakesh:

Disable power management of the USB hub. To disable the power management on the USB hub, follow these steps:

* Click Start, and then click Run.
* Type devmgmt.msc in the Open box, and then click OK.
* Expand the Universal Serial Bus controllers’ node, and then follow these steps for each USB Root Hub that is listed:
* Right-click the USB Root Hub and then click Properties.
* Click the Power Management tab.
* Click to clear the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power check box, and then click OK.

Note: If you perform the following procedure on a laptop computer, you may reduce the battery life.

Sometimes, simply unplugging the USB device and turning off the computer for twenty minutes and then restarting may solve the issue. If none of the above options have solved the problem, check the manufacturer’s website for new driver information. It is possible that your drivers need to be updated.

If the above doesn’t work for you, go to the properties of USB Root Hub of that particular device, click on the Driver tab and disable driver. I did this and it worked for me like magic!.

Hopefully this does work for you for the problem bugging you if the power supply solution doesn’t solve your problem. Leave a comment if it helps you.

How to solve Windows 7 ‘Devices and Printers’ forever loading and blank?


I still remember when I was using the RC bit of Windows 7 Ultimate, I had problem loading the Devices and Printers option, where it takes forever to load and remains blank. Then I kept searching in many forums but seems not much people had this problem, and no one could provide a solution but one day I foun this post from snappydog:

Really weird, when selecting Devices and Printers (Device Stage) in the menu the progress bar would take forever and never display anything – just blank.

Finally discovered it was actually a bluetooth issue in services. I don’t even know why I looked there – –

THE FIX at least for me..

Click Start button, type “services” into the search program and files box. This brings up a list in the menu, select Services. This should open a list of local services on your system.., Find ‘Bluetooth Service” and make sure it has started, right click and set to ‘automatic’ (mine was already set), Select “Bluetooth Support Service” and start, set to automatic (mine was set on manual) —

This fixed my issue, hopefully yours as well..

So, yup, it definitely fixed my problem, and I repost it in several Windows 7 forum and it did helped some people as well, so hopefully you see this if you facing this problem and pulling your hair.