No contacts on Windows Mobile after adding Google account

If you have just purchased new Microsoft Lumia phone (or any other device, that uses Windows Mobile system), added your Google account to this device and you found out, that even though synchronization was successful, you have absolutely no contacts imported, then you’re in the same situation, as I was and this article should help.

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Error 1618 when installing any software on Windows

You can find this error during for example Skype or Java Runtime Environment installation. And probably many more. It just means that another program’s installation is in progress and current one can’t continue.

It happens in most case, when you try to install some software, when Windows Update is installing heavy portion of updates. And current program can’t install or update some system elements, that are being updated by Windows Update in the same time.

Solution? Wait some time (until end of Windows Update process?) and then restart installer of your program.

Offline installer for Microsoft Office 2010 and other products

Microsoft has changed offline installation policy and you can’t download any offline installer, until you don’t provide your product key and you don’t login with your Microsoft account. If you don’t have it or you don’t want to use it, then the only option, you’re left with is to download offline installer from unofficial sources.

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Making Windows 8 at least usable

Microsoft is a sinusoid, when talking about Windows releases. It always has perfect system followed by a total mistake and nightmare.

Since Windows 7 was a nearly-perfect system (thousand times better that Vista-joke), then we could expect, that Windows 8, that follows it, will be a nightmare, joke and a total mistake. It is.

While we’re waiting for (hopefully “perfect”?) Windows 9, we need to do something to make Windows 8 at least usable. Because, out-of-the-box, this system isn’t usable and is the shortest path to permanent mental illness. If you can avoid Windows 8, then do it, without asking why. If you’re forced to use it, this article should be a start point for restoring your mental stability.

This is rather a check-list (with some coment), what you should do or at least consider, than fully featured article. And, yes! Everything, what is written here, was tested on Windows 8.1, so should work just perfectly on both Windows 8 and 8.1.

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Invert non-consecutive data column in Excel

Let’s say, that you have a one or more columns, in which you would like to invert data. What is most important — data does not follow step-by-step (in which case you’d use simple data sorting function in Excel), It can have something like –1, 5, 76, 23, –65, 124 in each following row of column and you want it to have like 124, –65, 23, 76, 5, –1. How to do this, if you deal with hundreds or thousands of rows, so manual change is not an option?

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Change prompt and enable command auto-completion [updated]

I really like some simple extensions and changes to command line in Linux. An ability to enable command auto-complete, commands history navigation and changing prompts look in particular.

However, not every console is suited with these changes, so I wrote this simple article to keep all my how-tos around Linux command line in one place.

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Remove Shared Folders Synchronization from context menu item

There are several ways to get rid of Shared Folders Synchronization item from context menu (right-click menu) in Windows. They all depends on version of your Windows or Microsoft Office (responsible for adding this) and level of your computers skills. This post started as a quick example of removing this nasty context menu item, but ended up as a list of solutions, that you can use to remove many things that may slow down your computer. Consider reading this, even if you don’t have Microsoft Office, but your computer seems to be too slow.

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Convert NTFS to FAT32 without loosing data

There are many irritiating nerds, on many forums and websites, claiming or tryiny to convince you that their belowed piece of software is able to convert NTFS partition to FAT32 without using data. In most cases this is bullshit and it turns out to be only a huge time waste on installing software, that is only able to achieve such converstion, by formatting drive or that it can’t do that at all.

Formatting means loosing all your data, but those pesky morons just don’t gets this. So, here you have the only known to me method of getting your drive from NTFS to FAT32 under Windows, while keeping your data safe.

Note: Opposite converstion (FAT32 to NTFS) is much, much easier. Take a look at this article for tips on that.

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Free hosting for ASP

You can find a lot of free hostings for PHP and MySQL, but not that much for ASP and MS Access. In addition to being free, these hostings also offer absolutely not ads, neither on your websites nor in sent e-mails:

100 MB might seem to be very low among nowadays offers (counted in GB or even not limited in space). But since you get: ASP Support, MS Access database and ISS 6 (on Windows 2003), absolutely free for lifetime with 100% no ads, then I think it would be hard to find similar offer with higher storage.

Changing keyboard shortcuts in PowerPoint… costs 40 USD!

When you go to Options for changing Ribbon settings, in your Word 2007 or Word 2010, you can see a small button at the bottom of button list letting you to change keyboard shortcuts for most areas of you text editor. When you go to exactly the same place in your PowerPoint 2007 or 2010 you my (surprisingly?) notice, that there is no such thing. Googling around the web let’s you discover that this is… normal situation!

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Incorrect music or audiobook order in MP3 player

You may notice, that many MP3 players (both Windows programs — not tested on other OSs — as good as external hardwares) are making their file lists in some strange order. This may not be a big deal, when talking about music (though, when listening to a particular album, you may get yourself pissed-off as well), but became a really pain in the ass, if we’re talking about audiobooks.

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Can’t pin folders to my Windows Explorer icon on the taskbar

When you right-click Windows Explorer icon on the taskbar in Windows 7, you can see list of recent items (i.e. recently opened folders) with an option to pin some of them permanently. On some Windows 7 systems user may experience issues with recent items and pinned entries list not being displayed, missing or cleared without reason. New items cannot be added to these lists.

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Strange Windows 7 folder names

After installing Service Pack 1 over your Windows 7 (or some other update “around”) you may find, that some of your folders has now a strange name. This happen mostly in non-English versions of Windows 7.

To fix this problem, turn displaying of hidden files on, locate desktop.ini file, edit it and remove LocalizedResourceName key from it or delete entire desktop.ini file at all.

God Mode or admin’s power panel in Windows 7

The magic word is Admin.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. Create a new folder in any folder you like (make it root folder on your first hard disk or deeply hidden secret subfolder) and use exactly above string as folder’s name.

Folder’s icon will be changed right after creation. Double clicking this folder, instead of showing you contents of empty directory, will give you access to a really impressive and long list of shortcuts to most powerful and hidden features of your Windows 7. Happy hacking, folks!

FujitsuSiemens AmiloPro V2060 no HDD found

When installing Windows XP Professional on FujitsuSiemens AmiloPro V2060 laptop in most cases it will turn out, that the hard disk is not found. This is because many Windows XP Installation CDs do not contain drivers for the Intel SATA HDD support, that is available in AmiloPro family of FujitsuSiemens laptops. This article may help in this situation.

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