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Now Sort items in the Outlook Calendar folder

Posted in Windows by Abhishek Bhowmick on May 25, 2011

With so many mails floating around we often keep on cleaning our mailboxes.  We can easily delete mails from mail folders but what about the “Calendar” folder?

All meeting requests get stored in your Calendar folder, even the ones with attached documents.  Here is a way to create a View for the Calendar folder so that it shows meeting requests just like mails.

We can then sort the requests/appointments by size and delete the unnecessary ones.

  1. Select “Calendar” folder.
  1. Go to View à Current View à Define Views.
  1. Open the “Custom View organizer” . Click on “New.“. Give the name of view .Select type of view as “Table“. Select the option for “All Calendar folders“.
  1. In the “Customize View: Size View” dialog click on “Fields.
  2. In the “Show Fields” dialog box,” Select available fields” drop down option will be available.
  3. Select All Mail fields” for the dropdown.
  1. In the list for “Available fields” select “Size“. Add it to the right side list.
  1. Click all appropriate ‘OK’s and the sorting is done for the calendar items.

You can check the setting by applying the newly created view on the Calendar folder.

Also the steps mentioned above could differ a little bit across Outlook versions

Disable Warning Popup of NonSecure Items on Internet Explorer

Posted in Windows by Abhishek Bhowmick on June 26, 2010

You receive a warning message that either says “This page contains both secure and nonsecure items. Do you want to display the nonsecure items?” or “Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely? This webpage contains content that will not be delivered using a secure HTTPS connection, which could compromise the security of the entire webpage.” Both of this message is actually the same except from different versions of Internet Explorer.

You get this warning when you visit a secured website that is protected with SSL and you will find a HTTPS at the beginning of the URL. This happens due to images in the secured webpage that are linked to non secured HTTP protocol sites.

You can click Yes to continue loading the secured webpage but this selection is not saved and if you encounter such situation again, you will again be prompted about the mixed-content pages which may be annoying. If you want to permanently disable and suppress this error prompt, open Internet explorer > go to Tools > Internet Options > Security tab > make sure Internet zone is selected and click Custom level. Look for “Display mixed content” and select it to Enable. This should disable the prompt.

Take a peek at Windows 7 with screenshots

Posted in Windows by Abhishek Bhowmick on January 20, 2009

Browsing blogs over the internet brought me to this blog where you can be one of the first ones to have a look at the much awaited Windows 7 (formerly codenamed Blackcomb and Vienna).  Click here for the source.

Windows 7 Beta videos: a peek at the coolness to come from Microsoft.  Click here for the source.

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Manually Start Microsoft File Transfer Manager

Posted in Windows by Abhishek Bhowmick on October 21, 2008

Open a command window

Change Directory to %SystemRoot%\Downloaded Program Files\

Type TransferMgr.exe and press Enter

Voila! You should have the dialog box right in front of you.

And just in case you do not have it installed already then follow the link below to install it:


Run Internet Information Services (IIS) in 32 bit emulation mode

Posted in Sharepoint, Windows by Abhishek Bhowmick on September 30, 2008

If you are running Windows Server 2003 x64 based operating system and you are installing x86 based application which would need to run on Internet Information Services (IIS) then you must run IIS in 32 bit emulation mode.  To do this follow the steps below:

• Click Start, and then click Run.
• In the Open box, type cmd, and then click OK.
• In the command prompt window, navigate to the %drive%:\Inetpub\Adminscripts folder, where %drive% is the drive in which Windows Server 2003 is installed.
• In the Adminscripts folder, type the following command:
cscript adsutil.vbs set w3svc/AppPools/Enable32bitAppOnWin64 1

Note: The value “1” for Enable32bitAppOnWin64 specifies 32-bit mode, whereas the value “0” specifies 64-bit mode.

• Press ENTER.
• Type iisreset and then press ENTER.
• Close the command prompt window.

IIS would now run in 32 bit emulation mode and you can now install x86 based applications on the server.

Creating a multi-boot configuration that includes Windows Vista with older versions of Windows

Posted in Windows by Abhishek Bhowmick on September 17, 2008

To create a working multi-boot configuration, install the oldest version of the Windows operating system first. Then, install each newer version in order. Every new Windows version preserves backward compatibility for starting earlier Windows versions.
To create a multi-boot configuration that includes Windows Vista, you must have at least one partition for each earlier Windows version that you install. Follow these general guidelines:
• Create at least two partitions. Use one partition for the Windows Vista installation.
Note: If the partition for Windows Vista is already formatted, make sure that it is formatted by using the NTFS file system. However, we recommend that you use one of the following methods:
• Create the second unformatted partition. 
• Do not create the second partition and leave the space as free space. Instead, create the second partition during the Windows Vista installation.
• If the computer does not have an operating system installed, install the oldest Windows version first.
Note Install Windows XP before you install Windows Server 2003.  
• Run the Windows Vista Setup program. Install Windows Vista in the free space or in the existing partition. You can run this Setup program in the earlier Windows version, or you can start the computer when the Windows Vista disc is in the CD or DVD drive.  
After Windows Vista Setup finishes, you will have a correctly-configured, multi-boot environment that includes Windows Vista and the earlier versions of Windows. The Bootmgr boot menu that appears resembles the following menu: “Microsoft Windows Earlier Windows Operating System”
SOURCE: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919529
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Windows Vista fails to boot after an older version of Windows is installed

Posted in Windows by Abhishek Bhowmick on September 17, 2008

• If you install an earlier version of the Windows operating system on a Windows Vista-based computer, Windows Vista no longer starts. In this case, only the earlier version of the Windows operating system starts. 
• If you install an additional instance of Microsoft Windows XP on a computer where Windows XP and Windows Vista are already installed in a dual-boot configuration, you may receive the following error message: “Disk read error has occurred.”
These issues occur because earlier versions of the Windows operating system are incompatible with the new Windows Vista startup method. Windows Vista uses a new Boot Configuration Database (BCD) store. This store contains a boot menu and all the information about operating systems that are installed on the computer. Therefore, a Boot.ini file that is from an earlier version of the Windows operating system cannot be used to start Windows Vista.
When Windows Vista starts on a BIOS-based computer, the BIOS loads the MBR and then loads the boot sector. However, boot code loads the new Windows Boot Manager program (Bootmgr). The Windows Boot Manager program parses the Boot Configuration Data file, enumerates the installed operating systems, and then displays the boot menu. If an earlier version of the Windows operating system is installed in a dual-boot configuration with Windows Vista, the Windows Boot Manager program transfers control to the Ntldr program for the earlier version of the Windows operating system. The Windows Boot Manager program does this when you select Windows Vista from the boot menu. When you install an earlier version of the Windows operating system on a Windows Vista-based computer, Setup overwrites everything from the MBR, the boot sector, and the boot files. Therefore, the earlier version the Windows operating system loses forward compatibility with Windows Vista.
To resolve these issues, follow these steps.
Note: You can run the commands in the following procedure by using the command prompt. If you run these commands in Windows Vista, run them at a command prompt that has elevated user rights. To do this, click Start, click Accessories, right-click the command-prompt shortcut, and then click Run as Administrator.
• Use Bootsect.exe to restore the Windows Vista MBR and the boot code that transfers control to the Windows Boot Manager program. To do this, type the following command at a command prompt: Drive:\boot\Bootsect.exe /NT60 All
In this command, Drive is the drive where the Windows Vista installation media is located.
Note The boot folder for this step is on the DVD drive. 
• Use Bcdedit.exe to manually create an entry in the BCD Boot.ini file for the earlier version of the Windows operating system. To do this, type the following commands at a command prompt.
Note In these commands, Drive is the drive where Windows Vista is installed. • Drive:\Windows\system32\Bcdedit /create {ntldr} /d “Description for earlier Windows version”
Note In this command, Description for earlier Windows version can be any text that you want. For example, Description for earlier Windows version can be “Windows XP” or “Windows Server 2003”. 
• Drive:\Windows\system32\Bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=x:
Note In this command, x: is the drive letter for the active partition.  
• Drive:\Windows\system32\Bcdedit /set {ntldr} path \ntldr 
• Drive:\Windows\system32\Bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} /addlast 
• Restart the computer.
SOURCE: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919529
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Troubleshooting Active Desktop Recovery (Version 2)

Posted in Windows by Abhishek Bhowmick on September 17, 2008

Open Registry Editor.
Navigate to the following key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\SafeMode\Components
Double click on “DeskHtmlVersion” and change the Value Data to “0”
Log off the user and log back in to get rid of the Active Directory Screen.

Troubleshooting Active Desktop Recovery (Version 1)

Posted in Windows by Abhishek Bhowmick on September 17, 2008

Open Windows Explorer

Click on Tools in the Menu bar

Select Folder Options

Select the the tab View

Under Advanced Settings, uncheck “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)”

Search for “desktop.htt” in your Operating System drive (You should find it normally in your Local Drive C)

Delete any “desktop.htt” file. (You may find more than one file in that location depending on how many user profiles are there on the computer. They should be located in ..\Documents and Settings\User\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer)

Close all windows and reboot your computer.

Once the computer reboots it will create a new “desktop.htt” file in that location.

You should be able to get rid off that white screen now.

Once you are done go ahead and check the option to “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)” in the folder options.

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