Archive for 18 diciembre 2010

How to fix a problem where Windows Live Photo Gallery freezes up or won’t start
diciembre 18, 2010

How to fix a problem where Windows Live Photo Gallery freezes up or won’t start

Windows Live Photo Gallery is a handy free photo editing program, but several readers have reported a problem whereby the application either won’t start at all, or freezes up and stops working after you open it. This happens when the database that’s created by WLPG gets corrupted. Here’s what you can do to fix it.
First be sure to back up pictures you have saved in WLPG.
Close Windows Live Photo Gallery.
Click Start and in the Search box, type %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Photo Gallery
Click OK.
Look for the files OLD_pictures.pd4 and OLD_Pictures.pd5. Delete these.
Locate files called Pictures.pd4 and Pictures.pd5 and rename them to OLD_Pictures.pd4 and OLD_Pictures.pd5
Restart Windows Live Photo Gallery. The database will be regenerated and this should fix the problem.

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Can I get rid of the “Scan and Fix” pop-up?
diciembre 4, 2010

QUESTION:
Whenever I plug in my USB stick, Windows 7 wants to “scan and fix” it. I get a pop-up box saying “Do you want to scan and fix removable drive (J)?” I don’t, and I always click “Continue without scanning.” I’ve never had a problem with the drive but it always wants to do this. Can I get rid of it permanently? Thanks! – R.J.

ANSWER:
The dialog box appears when Windows detects problems with the drive’s file system or if you didn’t dismount the drive (using the “safely remove hardware” function) when you took it out of the computer or reader. You can indeed disable this – but if you do, you’ll also lose the Autoplay function, which pops up the box asking what you want to do when you insert a removable drive (for example, for graphics files, you’re asked if you want to import the pictures, copy them to your computer and view them, just open the folder, or use the drive to speed up your system with ReadyBoost. That means you’ll need to manually open Explorer and navigate to the drive to access its files.

If you don’t mind that (or if Autoplay annoys you too and you’d love to get rid of it), here’s how:

  1. Log on as administrator.
  2. Click Start and in the Search box, type msconfig
  3. Click the Services tab.
  4. Scroll down and find Shell Hardware Detection.
  5. Uncheck the box.
  6. Restart the computer.

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How to add Google Docs shortcut to Windows 7 desktop
diciembre 4, 2010

If you’re a Google Documents user, you know that it takes several steps to create a new document. However, you can create a shortcut icon or a shortcut key combo in Windows 7 that will let you create a new document in a single click. Here’s how:

  1. Click an empty space on your Windows 7 desktop.
  2. Select New | Shortcut.
  3. In the dialog box, type in the following URL:
    http://docs.google.com/?action=newdoc
  4. Assign a shortcut key combination that’s not already in use. You can also create shortcuts to create new spreadsheets or presentations, using the following URLs:
    http://spreadsheets.google.com /ccc?new
    http://docs.google.com/?action=new_presentation

These work for the standard Google Docs service. If you use Google Apps, you’ll need to include your domain and you’ll probably want to use SSL for security (https). For example:
https://docs.google.com/a//?action=newdoc

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