Shrinking VirtualBox VMs Under Windows

Some times you need to reclaim space from dynamically expanding vdi images for VirtualBox. If you have a Windows guest, I've found this optional but you can try it if jumping to the actual shrinking doesn't work. Remove all unnecessary applications and files, empty the trash, etc. Do a defrag. You can use Defraggler if you … Continue reading Shrinking VirtualBox VMs Under Windows

CrashPlan and VSS (Volume Shadow Copy) Errors with Fix

I have been getting Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) errors in my Windows Application log every few seconds. I use Crashplan to back up my machine and many others. I found out that Crashplan stores its cache on my main hard drive, it was several gigs in size. Since I keep my temp files on a different … Continue reading CrashPlan and VSS (Volume Shadow Copy) Errors with Fix

The server was unable to allocate from the system nonpaged pool because the server reached the configured limit for nonpaged pool allocations.

When you use your Windows 7 workstation for heavy network file copying the lan manager server tends to run out of memory. By making the following setting changes you can avoid this and enhance the file copy speeds. Set the following registry key to ‘1′: HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\LargeSystemCache and set the following registry key to … Continue reading The server was unable to allocate from the system nonpaged pool because the server reached the configured limit for nonpaged pool allocations.

Outlook: Can’t create file : XYZ.pdf. Right-click the folder you want to create the file in, and then click properties on the shortcut menu to check your permissions for the folder.

Error in Outlook 2010: "Outlook: Can't create file : XYZ.pdf. Right-click the folder you want to create the file in, and then click properties on the shortcut menu to check your permissions for the folder." This is an annoying message. Even after fixing the users profile permissions it made no difference. This is what worked … Continue reading Outlook: Can’t create file : XYZ.pdf. Right-click the folder you want to create the file in, and then click properties on the shortcut menu to check your permissions for the folder.

How To Remove All Printer Drivers In Windows 7

Let me start by saying that HP has some of the worst drivers for their small office printers. Shame on you! After many rounds with "re-installing", specifically HP drivers, I found that it was better to just manually wipe them from the computer and start over. Open a command prompt with administrative privileges and enter: … Continue reading How To Remove All Printer Drivers In Windows 7

Disable Java Updates via Group Policy

I have long hunted for this solution as many of our vendor's applications break with each Java "update". So here are the registry entries for Windows XP and Windows 7 x64. Note that this will work w/o Group Policy on a local machine but my purposes is for GP.   XP In Windows XP the EnableJavaUpdate registry … Continue reading Disable Java Updates via Group Policy

How to disable the low disk space warning messages

For some reason I'm always looking for this. This applies to Windows 7. Not sure about other versions. You must run regedit as an administrator. To disable these balloon messages follow the steps below: 1. Open the Registry Editor by clicking on Start -> Run and running REGEDIT. 2. Navigate to the following location:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer 3. Right-click in … Continue reading How to disable the low disk space warning messages

Getting Windows Process Command Line

Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 introduced a neat feature in the Task Manager that allows you to see the command line that instantiated the process. This is great for telling processes apart. Especially when svchost and others can have dozens of instances. Just click View -> Select Columns and pick Command Line at the … Continue reading Getting Windows Process Command Line

Permissions Required To Delete

Windows 7 can be a serious pain in the ass when deleting files. This may help: Take ownership of the file(s). Start a Command Prompt (cmd) as an administrator in the affected folder, and enter: takeown /f file takeown /f directory /r Give yourself full rights on the file: cacls file /G username:F cacls can be … Continue reading Permissions Required To Delete