Saturday, May 26, 2018

Fix slow Windows Explorer loading/hanging/freezing not showing thumbnails W8.1

I had this issue with Windows Explorer and was a pain in the ass I couldn't stand any longer. So I did some research in the net and nothing really worked for me so I want to share what did the trick.

How to check if you have the same problem as me:

- Provoke a Windows Explorer hang and then open Event Viewer.
- Go to Windows Logs -> System
- Check if an error like this just happened:

Source: DistributedCOM Event ID: 10010
The server {1B1F472E-3221-4826-97DB-2C2324D389AE} did not register with DCOM within the required timeout.

If you get that, you have the same problem and probably the same solution will work.

What's fucking my explorer?

It's the stupid SkyDrive. The following steps are intended for disabling it, so if you really use SkyDrive, don't continue. But no one uses that shit.

Straight fix:

- Go to your local drive -> Windows -> System32
- Find SkyDrive.exe. Right click, Properties, tab 'Security', Advanced.
- Change the owner of the file from 'TrustedInstaller' to an administrator account that you can use. If your current user has admin rights, just change the owner to your current account.
- Below, change the administrators Access to 'Full control'. Apply and accept everything.
- Now you can rename SkyDrive.exe to whatever like fuckSkydrive.exe, so now it won't work any longer.

Restart your computer and your problem is probably solved.

Other things I did but should not make any difference:

If the above doesn't work, you can try this, but with SkyDrive disabled, this is probably pointless.

- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Skydrive
- There, create the following DWORD entries and set them all to 1.


Tell me in the comments if this post helped.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Download daily Bing Wallpaper with this shitty program

I want to share a little program I made some time ago, and that I've been using very often. It's shitty for the reasons below.

Bing Wallpaper Tool is a simple utility that allows you to quickly check the current Bing Wallpaper, and if you like it, you can set it as wallpaper just pressing a button. You can also save the picture for other purposes with another button.

The program is developed with the stupid Windows Forms, so you need the son of a bitch .NET Frameworks for it to work. Also, despite the save functionality works always, the 'Set as Wallpaper' may not work in every Windows version (mine is W8.1 and works OK).

If you want to spend your time with it, download it here:
PASSWORD: englishdrummer

Take care.