Why does explorer tell me the file was opened by the wrong program?

(or why Windows Audio is holding an Event Log file open) Today’s blog post will be about the “File in use” dialog. You may have encountered this dialog when trying to delete a file that you happened to have already open. In Windows Vista, all you got was “this file is open in another program”….


Why do .zip files from Mac OS show up as green/encrypted?

It’s kind of funny really. The ZIP specification mandates that a program/OS creating a zip archive include a tag informing about itself to the program trying to decompress the archive. This information is called “version made by”, and looks like this: 0 – MS-DOS and OS/2 (FAT / VFAT / FAT32 file systems) 1 -…


System Tray Notification area icons

If you’re a developer writing for Windows 7, you’ll probably have noticed that icons in the System Tray aren’t shown by default. Raymond Chen blogged about this recently, here and here. Notification icons are identified by a GUID, a Globally Unique IDentifier, which is just a big number. The idea is that each application that…


How do I file a bug for Windows 7?

Ok, so you can’t directly file a bug. Just imagine the number of random noise/issues (“my computer is slow” – well if you didn’t install that crapware you did last week maybe it wouldn’t be?)  we’d have to go through daily just to keep up with the volume. Believe it or not , the team…

How to recover Google Chrome passwords and cookies

If you’re one of the two people in the world that follow my blog (thank you Mom!) then you know that I’ve recently had a run-in with physics and my hard drive lost. Long story short, I was able to recover the files like so. If you’ve reinstalled your machine like me, then recovering your…


How to Install the Visual C 7.1 Runtime on Windows 7

You might ask, why would I want to do that…ever? Well, it may become more clear in my next post, so bear with me. It turns out I wasn’t able to find a download location for the VC 7.1 runtime. Maybe I didn’t look hard enough, whatever. What I did find was a DST update…


Getting the Printer Friendly name from the Device Center shell folder

If you are writing a context menu for the device center, you will probably need to get the “canonical” or “friendly” name of the printer or device that the user has right-clicked on. While your context menu extension gets passed a data object that should contain this information, it unfortunately doesn’t. However, here’s some code…

Windows 7 beta is available!!

The Windows 7 beta is available for download, but only for the first 2.5 million users, so act fast!! Get yours now. Go to http://www.microsoft.com/windows7 for more info or download it here