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Browsing Posts published in August, 2016


Regev – You can reset the time remaining calculations on your Paperwhite as follows:
1) Open up any book
2) Search for ;ReadingTimeReset
– include the leading semicolon, and note that it is case sensitive and there are no spaces
3) You will get 0 search results
4) Hit the back button/icon.
Your books will now show “learning reading speed”. After a bit of reading your speed, and thus time remaining, will be recalculated.

Used it once to fix an app that didn’t like UAC because it had been coded for XP.

How to disable Group By in Windows 7

To turn off Group By completely:

  1. Open any directory in Windows Explorer.
  2. Right-click and choose Group by > (None)
  3. Press the Alt key, so that the Explorer menu bar appears and chooseToolsFolder Options.
  4. Go to the View tab and click Apply to Folders. This will apply the Group By setting to all folders.

Network icon not appearing in taskbar but shows as working in Network Connections. Just doesn’t appear to be getting an IP.

This worked


go to start ,search and type:- cmd, right click on returned cmd.exe and select “run as administrator” at the prompt type:-

net localgroup Administrators /add networkservice
press enter then type:
net localgroup Administrators /add localservice
press enter then type:
press enter and restart your computer

Open services and make sure the service is started.

Kept getting MTP USB Device failed. Works fine on my other Windows 7 machines.

Oddly, this worked (you have to run CMD as admin):

net localgroup Administrators local service /add


I had the same issue and found this fix on a blog:

I came across the following error message when activating Windows 8 Enterprise x64 RTM en-gb, downloaded from MSDN:

“Error 0x8007007B  The File name, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.”

The Solution

Using the key provided to you (MSDN etc.) you will need to run the following in an elevated command prompt –
if you are new to Windows 8, click Start –> type “cmd” –> right-click on a command prompt and select “Run as administrator” in the bottom of the page:

Next type the following commands:


slmgr.vbs /ato

The first command will update the key.

The second command will activate Windows.

Replace the “XXXX” bits with your Windows 8 Key (you do need to enter the dashes and you don’t need to surround it with double quotes).


Graham Sivill – Martley, Worcester. UK