Left toolbar Win 7

November 7, 2009 Leave a comment

If you liked my playlist idea from way back, here’s a tweak I discovered for those who want their playlist on Win 7.


You’ll realize when you drag your playlist to the left, you get the same “icon cut-off” problem just as you did on Vista. Sadly, there’s no Quick Launch to fix this. For some, keeping their playlist to the right isn’t much of a problem. For people like me who are more comfortable with a playlist to the left, the icon thing can be somewhat of a peeve.


This isn’t the end of the world. Here’s my discovery after much practice and playing around:

Unlock your taskbar. Click on the dotted lines and drag your playlist to the left if you haven’t done so already.

Right click the toolbar and uncheck Show Text and Show Title.


This should leave you with only your music icons. Shrink your toolbar as much as possible until one music file icon is showing:


Right click the toolbar again and check off Show Text and Show Title.

Lock the taskbar.


Now isn’t that much better?

This works for any toolbar where you only want the title to show. Whether or not this method works with Vista as well, I have no clue. Try and tell me if it works!

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This item is no longer located in C:\

November 6, 2009 2 comments

If you have an impossible to delete 0 byte file with the error message:

Could not find this item. This is no longer located in…

Open your command prompt.
Type dir /x to get the 8.3 name of the directory folder.


If, for example, your problem file is in your Download folder, the 8.3 name is DOWNLO~1.

To delete the file, type del (8.3 name)

Ex. del DOWNLO~1

cmd del

You’ll be prompted to type Y (yes) or N (no) to delete the file. Be advised that all files in that folder will be deleted so keep a backup or move files you do not wish to delete elsewhere.

Also, for impossible to delete folders/files on flash drives, you can right click your removable drive and go to Format. Formatting your drive will wipe all your files. Again, keep a backup of whatever you want to keep on a different flash drive/memory card.


Select Quick format and press Start.

32-bit to Win 7 64-bit

October 24, 2009 Leave a comment

For people who are getting this error message after downloading the student discount Win 7 upgrade:

We are unable to create or save new files in the folder in which this application was downloaded. Please check the folder properties to make sure that you have security permission on the folder to write files and that the folder is not read-only.

There IS a fix.

Note: If you’re going from 32-bit to 64-bit (doesn’t matter what version of Windows), you MUST clean install. Select custom install, format your drives (wipes all your programs and files) and proceed from there. You do not need to buy the full Win 7 installation disc if you already have Windows XP/Vista. When clean installing, make sure to save any files and bookmarks you wish to keep onto an external hard drive.

You need to create a bootable iso. When you reach step 6, copy and paste this into the cmd prompt:

oscdimg -bC:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\Desktop\expandedSetup\boot\etfsboot.com -h -u2 -m -lWIN_EN_DVD C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\Desktop\expandedSetup\ C:\7.iso

This is if your expandedSetup folder is on your desktop, if not, edit the address to the location of the folder.

Once the process is finished, go to your C:\\ drive and you should be able to see the 7.iso.

Download Microsoft’s DVD/USB tool, browse for the iso file in your C:\\ drive and burn it onto a blank DVD disc.

Make sure your BIOS is set to boot disc. What this does is enables your computer to read from the iso disc for installation/upgrade. Most computers already have this set up. If not, restart your computer and press F2 or del to access your BIOS before Windows loads. Go to the Boot tab, and select your CD/DVD drive as the first thing your computer reads when starting your computer.


Happy installing.

Personally, it took me an hour to clean install Windows 7, minus the extra hour it took me to fix the problem I had trying to install the OS. The upgrade took 30 minutes longer on my sister’s computer. So for those worrying about about how long it’ll take to transition to Win 7, the rumoured 20 hour installation time probably only applies to extremely outdated computers.

What’s the hype with 64-bit? Can I downgrade or stick to 32-bit? Of course you can. Most people go for 64-bit to access more memory (4G+). Plus it doesn’t cost extra for the 64-bit disc unlike Vista.

Also, if you purchased the ‘wrong version’ of Windows 7 (ie. I bought Home but I wanted Professional instead) and not the wrong bit, give Digital River a call (e-mail is useless). They’ll send you an e-mail with a link for the version of Windows you request. You don’t need to pay any money for the correct version either. If they don’t send you a link, there’s a chance that they’ll give you a refund instead.

To save people some trouble, here’s their number: 1-888-922-1864

Docks and icons

September 13, 2009 Leave a comment


Ever wonder how you get those set of icons at the bottom of a Mac screen onto your Windows screen?


The dock is an aesthetically pleasing option for those who dislike having to see shortcuts scattered across the screen. Rocketdock and Objectdock are free to use and offer a variety of features such as docklets, themes, zooming options and the ability to change an icon’s image. For the rest of the review, I will be using Rocketdock.

By right clicking your dock, you can access your icon settings, dock settings and easily change the position of your dock. You can drag icons to add or remove them from the dock. You can also add separators by going to the add item menu.

Through your icon settings, you can choose different images to represent your shortcuts. You can also choose what right clicking your icons can do. In the example below, by choosing to display special actions, you can immediately access your recycle bin options: open, explore, empty. Another neat feature is that you can drag files to your folders through the dock.


The icons I use are from Styrizo’s collection which I think are absolutely amazing icons.


For a more Mac inspired dock theme, you can download the Max OS X Leopard Skin. Open your dock folder through:

C:\Program Files\Rocketdock or Objectdock

Copy and paste the folder containing your skin to the skin folder.



August 30, 2009 1 comment

Here’s a little tip to save time when accessing your music with just 2 clicks. It’s simple, saves time, and it’s convenient!

To make a playlist, create a new folder and name it (ex. Playlist). You can add all your favourite tunes and maybe some classical music for studying.

Right click on your taskbar > toolbars > new toolbar as shown on the image above. Go to the location of your playlist and click on your playlist folder. Right click the toolbar and only check off Show Title.

To fix the icon so it doesn’t stick out:

Remove quick launch from your taskbar (if you have it) and then re-add quick launch.

Windows media player tweaks

August 27, 2009 Leave a comment

For people who still use Windows Media Player, you’ll find that it might crash or take a long time to load, especially when it’s loading your Library when launching. What I find annoying is that I never use the Library tab (which causes WMP to launch slowly) and I’d much rather have WMP load the Now Playing tab instead.


Right click on your WMP shortcut, click properties and go to the shortcut tab.


Add /Task NowPlaying after .exe” in the Target box and click OK.


August 25, 2009 1 comment

Welcome to part 2 of customizing your desktop!

Rainmeter is a really great alternative to Windows Sidebar. The program offers a lot of features from system stats to writing your own notes on your desktop. Enigma by Kaelri was recently announced as Rainmeter’s new default skin and it is absolutely beautiful. Another great skin is Espiox’s 10-Foot HUD which features a clock and weather info in large font.

Editing skins is fairly easy. Go to C:\Program Files\Rainmeter\Skins, click on the desired folder containing the skin you want to edit and click on the .ini file.


A .txt file should pop up and within it, instructions (thank you authors) on how to change certain variables such as RSS feeds, weather codes and file directories. You can also do trial and error to test out which set of codes does what.


For Vista users, you might come across this notice. Before editing the .ini file, copy the .ini onto your desktop. Copy the desktop version of the file and paste it back into the skin folder and click Move and Replace. This should fix the problem of not being able to save.


X= refers to horizontal position
Y= refers to vertical position
To change colour to black: 0, 0, 0, 100*
To change colour to white: 255, 255, 255, 100*
Note that many authors offer black AND white versions of their skins so you don’t need to make the changes yourself.
* Last value refers to intensity of colour. To make something more white or more black, increase the value of *

Take the time to familiarize yourself with Rainmeter. :)

For quick editing, right click on the skin, go to skin menu and click edit skin. You can also close a skin and adjust transparency using this method as well. Thanks dragonmage for pointing that out. :)


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