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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Images blank in Microsoft Word - Only White Box Shows

A very quick one today , a very infuriating error in word has arisen where all images inserted or pasted into a word document come out toally balnk or with a red x in the top left corner.

This is down to two reasons

1.  You inserted an image via a link, where the image was located on your local computer so the link is no longer accessible.

2. The word option " show picture placeholders" is ticked which causes all images to be blank to improve the scrolling performance of your document,  which sounds like a bit of a silly feature to turn it off goto

Word Options - Advanced Tab 

Under "Show Document Content" , untick Show picture placeholders

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Windows Freeze upon waking from Sleep / Hibernation Power Settings

frustrating issue on windows when waking your computer from a sleep or hibernation, you will reach the login screen to find it frozen or you will be able login but once logged windows will quickly freeze up.

There are 3 easy steps you can take to prevent this from occuring. Most common reasons for this issue include

1. Power Settings / Options

Check your computers power options.  Navigate to
Start -> Control Panel - > Power Options -> Change Plan settings -> Change advanced power settings

Under this window look for under Hark Disk
and ensure that turn off hard disk after , is set to 0

2. Allow this device to wake the computer

Right click My Computer and click Properties then Device Manager

Under the network Adapter and Keyboard right click the device and click on Properties. Under the power management tab place a tick in the box " Allow this device to wake the computer"

3. Graphics card drivers

If your still experiencing the issue after steps 1 and 2, its most likely that your graphics card drivers need updating. Visit your graphics card manufacturers website and download the most recent drivers for your device.  The inbuilt windows drivers are not always ideal.

if you find that even that doesn't resolve the issue, maybe putting your computer to sleep isn't an option :P

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Windows loaded Temporary Profile - Icons files and Wallpaper missing

Very common issue on all versions of windows, especially windows 7. Everything looks normal and and one day you log back on to find all your icons missing and windows telling you that you have been logged on using a temporary profile.

There is no real cause for this issue, just windows being windows. For some reason windows starts creates a temporary profile for you and renames your original profile to .BAK. 

How to Fix - Run Regedit

open the registry editor by typing regedit in command prompt, from the start menu or run menu. If you have trouble finding it the file is located in C:\Windows\regedit.exe

Once the window open navigate using the left pane to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows NT - > Profile List

Here you will be presented with a list of profiles currently on your local machine, note that there will be a two profile with the same ID (letters and number) the only difference being that one will have a .BAK on the end of it.

If you highlight .BAK file you will notice that this is your original profile that has been renamed with a .bak which makes it unusable by windows and it will jump to the other profile without .BAK , which in this case will be a temporary profile.

The fix is simple - Remove .BAK from the correct profile and rename the temporary one to .BAK or .OLD. note: you may have to rename the temp profile to .old before you remove the .bak otherwise it will say that you have duplicate profile id's

log off and back on , and your all done


Monday, August 1, 2011

Windows Easy Transfer on Laptop FIX - There isn't enough disk space available to transfer your files and settings

A very common error when running windows easy transfer , especially on a laptop. Even when there is plenty of disk space free you keep getting the above message.
The reason for this is, when you start an easy transfer it not only copy's your users files and setting but will also take a copy of any recovery partitions you may have. For example on a lenovo or dell laptop there will be a separate partition for factory restores

Open up your windows easy transfer file
Click on Customize then Advanced
In the following window you will see the selected partitions , in this example C: D:, untick the partition that contains the recovery partition that you do not wish to copy. If you do want to copy it you can map it to another drive.
Under Advanced Options on the Map Drives tab you also have the option to map your recovery partition to a selected drive.