Tag Archives: Windows

TeraCopy (Preparing to Copy) on Windows 7

Windows 7 Needs to adjust their copy tool.

Windows 7 Copy Doomsday Message!

Okay, my backup plan is going sour because of Windows 7 today. But, Teracopy (portable), a sweet little app, is making copying a large archive of files (via a Windows 7 library, too!) pretty easy. I just did a ‘Select All’ in my ‘Archive’ library, drag to Teracopy, click Copy to and watch them copy (no Preparing to Copy/Discovering Items). Then, I’ll delete the old files in the Archive library.

Thanks Teracopy!

What took 20 minutes to “prepare” using Windows 7 copy routine, I’ve already copied 1/2 of my 14gb of files. (Smile)

See how I solved deleting a filename with a question mark (?) character on Windows 7

I ran into this problem (actually I’ve ran into it multiple times) when I can’t delete a folder in Windows 7 because a filename has a malformed character. In Linux you can have characters like (ñ). But, when Windows gets a hold of the file at some point (like via my external HD) it renames the character as a question mark (?). That means I couldn’t delete the file using explorer or the del command (or robocopy, deltree, etc). But, after some research and thinking I figured it out.

From: http://superuser.com/questions/315…

  1. In Windows 7: Run cmd.exe in Administator Mode.
  2. cd into the Directory with the filenames.
  3. run: chkdsk /V /f [My bad files were on another drive other than the OS drive, so it was able to dismount it. If it is the OS drive, it may have to do this stage at startup.]
  4. Wait (May have to reboot).
  5. Results/Cmd Log: (See at superuser)

As you will see the result was that chkdsk actually deleted the files for me. So, if you want to keep the files, I don’t know what to do, but this will get rid of the files for sure.

Vote it up if it worked for you!

Get Wampserver 2.0 on Windows 7 Working

So, really, I’m posting this to drive traffic to my site, because I know there are tons of people trying to find out how to get Wampserver 2 working on Windows 7…

Now, you’re going to do lots of Googl’ing, and I tried everything Google told me to do (like always). I have Visual Studio and SQL Server Express, but neither seemed to be the problem. Somehow, I ran into this post. The guy compiled Wampserver 2.0j (an unofficial predecessor to 2.0i). But, it worked! When I installed Wampserver 2.0i, it never even asked Windows Firewall to unblock apache, and it just stayed red and sat there…useless. But, the unofficial 2.0j asked Windows Firewall to unblock it properly, and it has lots of updates…and worked!

Install it, then thank me later… You can find the Unofficial Wampserver 2.0j at http://pampserver.com/

Smooth Ride for Windows 7 on Acer Aspire One

So, the other day I threatened to upgrade from Vista to Windows 7. Since, it’s been the smoothest and most rewarding upgrade I’ve done so far.

I’m not trying to glorify Windows or Microsoft, anyone regular around here knows I love Linux and OSx. But,  I honestly have to give Microsoft some credit with Windows 7. It’s faster, I can use Aero, and common tasks that really bugged me in Windows XP/Vista aren’t that problamatic.

For instance, connecting to wireless networks. It was a little clunky in XP and Vista, but it’s just a click away in Seven – something Linux desktops have been doing for years though. But, it’s been the clunkiness of actions like these that have really put a bad taste in my mouth about Windows, say versus Linux or OSx.

Other activities like using the taskbar, like pinning websites from Chrome, the security warnings, and libraries all made me smile. Even the control panel is easier to use. But the overall thing I’ve noticed is it’s speed. It’s a lot faster, even with resource heavy apps running with Aero enabled. It’s pretty easy to disable Aero, and it’s even snappier. I even noticed using the search in the taskbar was quicker too. Some of my favorite Windows apps are even better too, like Media Player and Paint; the Snipping tool isn’t that bad either. Media Player also recognizes more of my formats than it ever has and has a photo gallery integrated.

So far, using Windows has had me saying, “this is the way it should have been all this time.” And, the only one problem I have been having is not seeing all three power plans when I click the little icon in the taskbar. That seems kind of typical Microsoft oops-ish to me.

Planning on upgrading to Windows 7 on Acer Aspire One

I found out that all students now get a free copy of Windows 7 Professional. So, I’m planning on upgrading to Windows 7. I’ve done some research on the web (the best I could), and it seems Windows 7 works fine on this low-end netbook.

But, I am wondering if it’s really something I should do…I mean, I don’t really have a reason other than just having the newest OS on my netbook. Plus, I heard it has some neat features and I like Aero. But, I really don’t have any really good reason.

But, none the less I will be clicking ‘upgrade’ at some point today or this week. I will post an update as to how well the upgrade went and some of the reasons I will discover when I boot up Windows 7.

Hopefully I will be happy with my impulsive upgrade decision.