Monday, March 28, 2011

ERROR: Outlook 2010 won't start / unable to access Mail Control Panel item

Try this:

Start Run outlook.exe /resetnavpane


Go to Start > Regedit

  1. Locate HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem
  2. Delete the Profiles key under the Windows Messaging (Subsystem) key.
  3. When you start Outlook it will prompt to Repair.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Clear Jump Lists in Windows 7

This article describes how to clear the jump lists on Windows 7:

Scroll to the post by joeboxer Thursday, January 27, 2011 3:05 AM (towards the bottom of the thread) for specific codes in the hidden AutomaticDestinations folder.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Disable Windows Update using a VBScript

Simple VBscript to disable Windows Update.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Adobe Error PDF in browser

"There is a problem with Adobe Acrobat/reader. If it is running, please exit and try again (1014:1014)"

f the above registry item doesn't exist on the system, do the following:

  1. Go to Start > Run
  2. Type regedit and click OK.
  3. Go to Edit > New > Key and create the missing HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Software\Adobe\Acrobat\Exe.
  4. Go to Edit > New > String Value and name this key (Default).
  5. Select (Default), and then go to Edit > Modify. Type the default path (listed above) in the "Value data" for your product.
  6. Restart your computer.
The default path for Reader 9 is "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe".
The default path for Acrobat 9 is "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat\Acrobat.exe".

Monday, March 7, 2011

HOWTO: Turn Windows 7 "Please Wait..." into useful messages.

When booting Windows Vista or 7, you'll see it quite often just says "Please Wait." To change "Please Wait" into useful messages, like "Installing Office 2010" or "Please Wait for the User Profile Service" etc change the policy setting:

Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | System | "Verbose vs normal status messages". Change state to "Enabled"