Category Archives: Software Tips

Recover/copy a corrupt Quicken file [SOLVED]

If you ever have a problem in Quicken where you cannot backup your QDF data file, and you cannot even copy your QDF data file, then you may want to try the following. This allowed me to save my mom’s Quicken data after nothing else worked (i.e. validate/repair did not work) and all the other solutions I found online did not work. This particular problem was caused by bad blocks on a failing SSD, but it could have just as

Disable Windows 10 download on Windows 7 [SOLVED]

Microsoft made the somewhat odious choice to automatically download the Windows 10 installer onto Windows 7 systems šŸ™ If you are an IT person installing (or reinstalling) Windows 7 Pro onto desktop business systems, you probably do not want multi-gigabyte downloads going on without any user intervention. Likewise, a pesky “upgrade” icon in the taskbar is a nuisance at best. Thankfully, on a clean install of Windows 7 (Pro or otherwise) if you disableĀ the following two updates you should be

[SOLVED] Can’t pin folders to Quick Access (The parameter is incorrect.)

Question. I am trying to pin my Google Drive folder to the new “Quick access” list in Windows 10 but it fails with a dialog showing “The parameter is incorrect“. Can you help? Answer. Certainly! Please try the following šŸ™‚ #1 Open a command prompt (it does not have to have administrator privileges) #2 Paste: del /F /Q %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations (all one line) #3 Press Enter key to run the command Voila, you should be able to add any folder now,

Can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer mac

If you are using Mac OSX El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks or similar, you may encounter the following error: This is of course a very sad message if you know the app is from a reputable source šŸ™ Thankfully, there is an easy fix! Step 1. Go to Finder Step 2. Locate the application you are trying to open In my instance it is Finder -> Applications -> VLC Step 3. Hold down the command button while you right click (option

Prevent iTunes from moving songs when adding to Music Library [SOLVED]

iTunes exhibitsĀ a potentiallyĀ problematic behavior when adding songs. Specifically, when you add songs to an iTunes music library. By default iTunesĀ copies songs to the “iTunes Media folder. This can be rather wasteful as you can end up with a ton of space used by the duplicate media, potentially eatingĀ up a huge chunk ofĀ your SSD/HDD space. šŸ™ Thankfully, this behavior can be adjusted easily. šŸ™‚ Here is the spot to make the change: iTunes -> Preferences -> Advanced

Get Windows Movie Maker for Windows 10

Microsoft’s Windows Movie Maker is a surprisingly useful tool for simple video conversion and re-sizing. While it has not been updated for a number of years, it is still supported in Windows 10. Specifically, Microsoft recommends movie maker version “Windows Movie Maker 2012” for use on Win10. You can download that version directly from Microsoft: dl link NOTE: the onlineĀ installer above seems to beĀ fail periodically when the windows essentials catalog is down.Ā If you get an error likeĀ this: Then you make

Disable Skype Voicemail

I do not care for Skype’s voicemail feature. I much prefer Google Voice or other similar services. Oddly, I have been unable to find a way to disable the voicemail via the Skype app for Android. However, if you login to the Skype.com site you can disable voicemail at the following page: https://secure.skype.com/account?page=voicemail Woot! šŸ™‚ PS here are a couple screenshots showing voicemail enabled and then DISABLED: