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Want to have nice bug reports with easy to follow screenshots and description what has been done? Be sure to check out Steps recorder, available in Windows 7 and 8!

Check out this link for more information:

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I got this tip from a friend, i.e. to disable ping in the identity pool to avoid timeouts during debugging of web applications: http://www.shubho.net/2011/02/debugging-timeout-visual-studio-iis7.html. Thanks a lot Per!

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So, where’s a ClickOnce app installed?

Win XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Apps\2.0

Win 7:

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If you want to change the product key for Office 10 after installation (like I wanted), you can do this by simply heading to Control Panel > Program and features. Select the office from the list and right click on it and select change. Select the “Enter a product key” option from the opened windows and enter the new product key here.

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Well, Apple does not support installing Itunes on a W3k server, but it can be done anyway (I’m using it with my Iphone 3Gs). This is how I done (I got info on how from http://sites.google.com/site/yukichigai/iphonex64):

1. I’ve downloaded the latest .exe installer from apple.com
2. I’ve extracted the .exe using winrar to C:\Temp\iTunesSetup.
3. From here I first ran iTunes.msi, which installed without a hassle (I guess you have to install Quicktime first, I but already had it installed).
4. I then tried to run AppleMobileDeviceSupport.msi (but I got an error message that “requires that your computer is running Windows XP SP2 or newer”).
5. I’ve downloaded Orca (from http://sites.google.com/site/yukichigai/Orca.msi?attredirects=0) and opened AppleMobileDeviceSupport.msi in it. Here I changed LaunchCondition to: “(VersionNT=501 And ServicePackLevel>=2) Or VersionNT>=500”, saved the file and re-run AppleMobileDeviceSupport.msi. This time it installed without any error messages.
6. Then I’ve started Itunes and everything worked ok!

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I ran into some problems installing VGA driver on a ASUS G73J notebook. After a fresh installation of Windows 7 32 bit (not the supplied 64 bit), I tried to install the ATI driver from ATI (Mobility version 10.7 both the full package and only the display driver).

Skip to the end if you’re just interested in the solution…

I don’t know if this was wrong, maybe I should have tried the file on ASUS page first. Well, after first installing the whole package, the driver did not install. Then I tried to install the driver from Asus (Version V8.683.0.0), with the same result.
I also tried  letting Windows search for it automatically, but that didn’t work. Then I tried to install it  manually by using the “Have disk” option in control panel. That didn’t work for the ASUS driver, but it worked for the CL102494.inf file (from \Packages\Drivers\Display\W76A_INF catalogue,  I don’t know if this is the correct one as it’s one more .inf in that folder that seems to work).
This now gave me a list of gpu’s to select from. However 6 different rows where listed for the Radion 5800 (but all hade the same name). I tried the first, and that did work.
I’ve checked inside the inf file, and there is only 3 listed rows (“ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series” = ati2mtag_Evergreen, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_6898
“ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series ” = ati2mtag_Evergreen, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_6899
“ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series  ” = ati2mtag_Evergreen, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_689E), so I’m not sure I selected the correct one.

Googling some more on the issue (check this post: http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showpost.php?p=6471741&postcount=4) I found out that you can edit the .inf install files yourself. Doing so on the unpacked files from version of the ATI mobility driver version 10.7, was successful. You’re supposed to edit both CL102494.inf  and CW102494.inf (in the C:\ATI\Support\10-7_vista32_win7_32_dd\Packages\Drivers\Display\W7_INF folder). I added this line to them:
“ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series ASUS G73J” = ati2mtag_Evergreen, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_68A0
just above this line:
“ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series” = ati2mtag_Evergreen, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_6898
I got the device id (DEV_68A0) from the report generated when installing catalyst.

This was then manually installed by using the “Have disk” option in control panel (like above), and selecting the new “ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series ASUS G73J” entry in the list..

Hopefully ASUS and ATI releases a new driver soon without any problems…

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The icons in the toolbox for Visual Studio 2005 on my machine was gone (they all showed the same icon), this can be fixed by importing your own settings!

Do it like this:

From Tools>Import and export settings…>Import selected environment settings>No, just import new setting, overwriting my current settings>My settings>CurrentSettings.vssettings.

Uncheck all by clicking on the “All settings” box, then under “General settings”, check the box left of Toolbox and click Finish. This will fix all you icons!

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How do you write special characters (thats not directly on a key on the keyboard)?

It’s easy, just press the ALT key and the same time enter the ascii code on the numpad for the character, for example ALT + 252 gives you the character ‘³’.  Note that it seems that you must use the numpad to enter the digits (at least on my laptop with Win 7 64 bit installed).

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If you’re using xsd as a data source for you Crystal Report in Visual Studio, and you make some changes to it, it’s a bit tricky to get the new changes into an existing report. Trying to re-add the data source often causes the fields to be lost on an report (and must be re-added manually again). I found out a way that at least works for me in Visual Studio 2005:

In the ‘Field Explorer’, select the data table that exists in the dataset that you have made changes to and simply right click and select ‘Verify database’. When doing so, the data table will be updated and the field on the report will not be lost, at least not for those small changes I made to the data set.

You might also have to close an re-open the solution and or Visual Studio to clear the cache (VS seems to cache the data base fields).

If this does not work, you might want to check out this blog,http://aspadvice.com/blogs/rjdudley/archive/2005/05/27/2606.aspx, but that did not work for me…

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A quick search on google reveiled the solution, simply to run ‘Outlook.exe /resetnavpane’, this fixed the problem. I don’t know why this occurred, but my Windows installation (Windows 7, Enterprise) has behaved a bit peculiar today…

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