Category Archives: Windows 7

Rename computer icon in Windows

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Problem You might want to rename the computer icon on the desktop to show the real name of the computer instead of “Computer”. Solution To change the name of the computer icon, you have to change a value in Registry Editor. Key: HKCR\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} Value: LocalizedString Type: String Data: %COMPUTERNAME% or %USERNAME% it’s also possible to use combinations like %USERNAME% at… Read more »

Change drive letter position in Windows Explorer

Problem Windows is showing the drive letter by default after the name of the drive. This might cause problems on network drives, as they might have long names not completely showing in Windows Explorer. Solution This behaviour can be changed by using the Registry Editor. Key: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer Value: ShowDriveLettersFirst Type: DWORD 32-bit Data: 0 (After) 1 (Mixed) 2 (None) 4… Read more »

The User Profile Service failed the logon

Problem Occasionally it can happen that the user receives the following error message when logging on to Windows with a temporary Profile: The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded. Solution Windows might not read your user profile correctly. Before you follow the methods below, try restarting your computer and logging on with your user account… Read more »

The shared type icons do not appear when you use Windows Explorer

Problem When you use Windows Explorer to view some shared folders on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, the shared type icons for these folders do not appear. Therefore, the shared folders cannot be identified quickly when you view many folders at the same time. Solution To resolve this issue, install the following hotfix…. Read more »

Reset offline files in Windows

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Problem To reset the offline files store in Windows, you have to create a registry entry and reboot your computer. Solution Windows XP Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\NetCache Entry: FormatDatabase (DWORD 32bit) Value: 1 (Decimal) Windows 7 Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\CSC\Parameters Entry: FormatDatabase (DWORD 32bit) Value: 1 (Decimal)