Fixing Mouse Disappearing when using Mouse Without Borders in Windows 10

I had an issue when running Mouse Without Borders(MWB) between 2 Windows 10 machines. The mouse would be invisible when on the computer that the mouse was not physically connected to. This is an issue with Windows 10 (and I believe with Windows 8) as it hides the mouse when none are detected. The default solution to this is to enable “Draw mouse cursor” in the “Other Options” section of MWB. When I did this the mouse did appear on the screen and work but… it was HUGE and I wasn’t happy with the result.

The solution I found is to enable MouseKeys. Go to Control Panel -> Ease of Access -> Ease of Access Center -> Make the mouse easier to use -> and click on “Set up Mouse Keys”. Check the box “Turn on Mouse Keys”. Optionally, I unchecked the boxes “Turn on Mouse Keys with left ALT + left SHIFT + NUM LOCK”, “When using keyboard shortcuts to turn Ease of Access Settings on:”, and “Display the Mouse Keys icon on the taskbar”.

Now the mouse looks the way it should… I hope this helps some people.

Remote Desktop Black Screen after Being Minimized

Symptom:
When remote desktoping to a windows 7 (only tested for windows 7 but could plausibly affect Windows 8) Ultimate machine and then minimizing, upon opening the remote desktop connection window, it will be black and unrepsonsive or, will freeze.

I found several solutions across the web saying to do a registry edit or etc but none of them worked for me. Here is what did.

Solution:
What made my remote desktop no longer work, was the fact that Aero was enabled. When i clicked out of the window and went back, the connection would not work because it could not renable Aero. I disabled aero from working through Remote Desktop Connection by installing and enabling Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0 on the remote host machine (the machine you connect too).
Make sure you have Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0 installed. You can get it Here. Once its installed (which for me it already was) you have to manually enable it.
From the support/download page for the windows KB2592687:

“To enable RDP 8.0 on a remote computer that’s running Windows 7 SP1, follow these steps:

Note The following instructions are applicable only to remote computers that are running Windows 7 SP1.

  1. Install the appropriate version of the update package by running the Windows6.1-KB2592687 update file.
  2. Restart the computer.
  3. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  4. Enable the Remote Desktop Protocol policy. The setting for this policy is under the following node:
    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Session Host\Remote Session Environment
  5. If the UDP functionality is required, enable the RDP Transport policy, and then set the value to Use both TCP and UDP. The setting for
    the RDP Transport policy is under the following node:

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Remote Desktop Services\Remote Desktop Session Host\Connections

    Note Configuring the RDP Transport policy also lets the firewall allow UDP port 3389.

  6. Restart the computer.”

After that (I skipped steps 5 and 6) I restarted the machine and RD no longer loads aero (also, enabling RDP8.0 adds some features.

-flyingpengwin

Backing Up Videos After Handbrake has Finished

To automatically copy videos to backup (local or network) after Handbrake is finished is fairly simple. You create a bat file which waits for Handbrake to close and then attempts to copy any new or modified files over to a specified location. You use Handbrakes built in feature to close itself when the Queue is done to prompt the backup. The program will attempt to back up every time Handbrake is closed but if there is nothing new it will just close.

Go to start -> search for “Notepad” -> type:

@echo off
cls
start "C:\Program Files\Handbrake\Handbrake.exe"&wait
xcopy /d /y /s "C:\[Location where Handbrake saves too]" "\\[Network pathway to save too]"exit

Then save the file as Handbrake.bat and put it in C:\Program Files\Handbrake\. (or a location you know it will be safe). You will need to enter the location where Handbrake saves too as well as the network pathway. If your saving to a local drive or to a mapped network drive then the copy should be “xcopy /d /y /s “C:\[Location where Handbrake saves too]” “X:\[Location where you want the backup]”[/quote]
Where “X” should be the letter of the drive your saving too.

Also, before “exit” if you would want windows to shutdown you could enter “shutdown -f -s” in a line before it or to logoff it would be “shutdown -f -l -t 000”

Next open a new Notepad up and type:

Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WshShell.Run chr(34) & "Handbrake.bat" & Chr(34), 0
Set WshShell = Nothing

And save it as Handbrake.vbs to the same location as the Handbrake.bat file. This prevents the Handbrake.bat from popping up while handbrake is running.

Now, run Handbrake -> click on “Show Queue” -> in “When Done:” select “Quit Handbrake” and select that.

The last thing to do is right click on all shortcuts for Handbrake (in the start menu or on your desktop) go to properties -> Change Target: ” to be the location of the Handbrake.vbs file. So it should look something like “C:\Program Files\Handbrake\Handbrake.vbs”. (For links pinned to the startbar you will need to unpin it, then pin the new shortcut targeting the .vbs file.

From now on, anytime the Handbrake icon is clicked, the .bat file will be running in the programming waiting for handbrake.exe to close (either by you closing it or having it close its self at the end of the Queue). Once closed, it will attempt to back up any new movie files, if nothing has changed than it will simply close as well. (and shutdown/logoff if you choose to tell it too).

 

How to fix Windows 7 error “The local device name is already in use.”

So I get this error every once in a while which causes my mapped network drives to no longer work and sometimes prevents me from accessing the network machine those drives are located on completely (even via ipaddress) even though I can still ping them.

So the solution is to open command prompt under administrator so:

Start -> search "cmd" ->right click on it -> click "Run as Administrator"

Then type inside command prompt,

<code>net use * /delete</code>

Once you do this you can either restart the machine and go to the “Map Network Drive” via the GUI or type

<code>net use Z: \\server\share /user:username password</code>

Into command prompt with the proper network drive letter, network location, and username and password.

Now… This happens to me frequently enough that instead of bothering with remembering how to fix it, I wrote a quick .bat script to do the work for me.

To do this open notepad (start -> search “notepad”) and copy this into it:

::Fix network problem
net use * /delete
net use F: \\Network\share\ /user:Username Password
net use G: \\Network\share\ /user:Username Password
net use H: \\Network\share\ /user:Username Password
shutdown /f /r /t 600 /c "The Computer will now shutdown, please close all applications."
exit

and save it as “FixNetworkDrives.bat”

When ran this will delete all mapped network drives, then remount them and then restart the machine 1 minute later.

Thanks to dekyos for his solution.

Angry IP Scanner “Failed to Load Native Code”

If Angry IP Scanner gives you a prompt of “Failed to load native code. Probably you are using a binary built for the wrong OS or CPU – try downloading both 32 and 64 bit binaries” And you are running Windows 64bit, its probably because Java has replaced its 64bit version of its software with a 32bit version.

Solution:Download the 32bit version of Angry IP Scanner even if your running a 64bit Windows OS.

This worked for me.

Creating a list of File Names in a Directory in Command Prompt

To create a list of all the files in a certain directory is to open up cmd and type:

 cd /d "[the location the directory is]"
dir /b > "[location you want to save the .txt file].txt"

So For example I wanted to create a list of all the song names in my Metallica album “Master of Puppets” I would do:

 cd /d "D:\Music\Metallica\Master of Puppets"
dir /b > "D:\Master of Puppets.txt"

Which outputs:

 01 Battery.mp3
 02 Master of Puppets.mp3
 03 The Thing That Should Not Be.mp3
 04 Welcome Home (Sanitarium).mp3
 05 Disposable Heroes.mp3
 06 Leper Messiah.mp3
 07 Orion [Instrumental].mp3
 08 Damage, Inc.mp3 

If you want more information over the files like when they were created or size or a summary of the folder then do not use the “/b” when doing the dir command.
If you want to do more than one directory say, you wanted to create a list of all songs in the the entire metallica directory which contains all the albums then you could cd to the parent directory in this case it would be D:\Music\Metallica, and do dir /b /s > Metallica.txt.
The downside to doing this is that it will show the path of the files as well (that way you know which album the song belongs too. Which might not be what you want if your trying to keep a nice and clean log you could easily copy and paste from. In that case you would just be better off creating a .txt for each album individually.

-flyingpengwin

Changing Login Screen on Windows 7

To change the background image go to Start> search for “regedit” (with out “”)> and click on “regedit.exe”

Inside Regedit follow the path bellow:

HKEY_Local_Machine\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background

then right click on “OEMBackground” and select modify and make sure that “Value Data:” is 1. If not change it to that and hit Ok.
(if OEMBackground is not there then right click in the open space below “Default” and go to New>DWORD (32bit) Value”. Name it OEMBackground and give it a value of 1 and hit ok.)

 

Now go to:

C:\Windows\System32\oobe\info\Backgrounds

(or C: can be replaced with whatever drive letter has Windows on it but generally that will be C:)

 

Copy and paste the .jpeg image you want into that folder and rename it “BackgroundDefault.jpg”

Now your done, next time you log out/log in you will have a new background image.

 

Note: Depending on who installed your Windows7 copy, so of these steps might not need to be done, but it is best to just do them all just incase. (Like for my Lenovo laptop, they had already changed the default background to a custom Lenovo background so all I had to do was switch out the image.)
Reference and thanks to:  Varun Kashyap for his post at  http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-change-windows-7-logon-screen/