2 February 2018

Open the Windows Control Panel

Windows 7: press/click the Start/Windows key then select Control Panel.

Windows 10:-

press/click the Start/Windows key and "X" then select Control Panel.

If "Control Panel" is not an option, then press/click the Start/Windows, type "control panel" into the Cortana search then click on the Control Panel icon.

Check the View (top left Corner), make sure it says Large Icons or Small Icons. You may pick whichever you prefer.

24 January 2018

Mac and External drives

I wanted to use a USB disk for a Mac backup.

Plugged the disk in and found that it was 'read only'.

I plugged the disk back into my Windows PC and created an ExFat partition.

On plugging back into the Mac it was able to write to the new partition.

30 October 2017

Open Broadcaster

Download from https://obsproject.com/

The RealSense option is only for Real Sense cameras.

Once running, try the Auto Configuration Wizard.

If it asks things you don't understand then cancel it and go to manual. Nothing is lost.

To get started you need to define a scene and name it.

Media input can be selected from a variety of sources.

Audio input capture picks up from a microphone such as the built in laptop one (proved to work).

Video capture device is probably  webcam (not able to test)

Windows Capture is pretty need. It looks at each current browser window and quite a few programs (even Excel) and lets you pick one as a recording source. Works with Youtube and even with BBC iPlayer PC app.

Sound fidelity is not great.

Static web pages can be captured. It is also possible to browse through a series of webpages and do a voice over.

To record, assemble the desired sources and press Start Recording. Continue until done and hit Stop Recording (there is no Pause!).

File - Show Recordings takes you to the standard Videos folder on your computer. Files are stored in .FLV format and can be played by VLC player and probably a variety of other players.

Each Start creates a new file,


Not yet tested


Not yet tested.

28 October 2017

G Suite Add User fails with Outlook 2016.

After installing Office 2016 you then install the Google Apps Sync and try to run the "Set up a G Suite user".

Program runs for a few seconds then vanishes.


Open Settings - Apps (Win 10) or Control Panel - Programs and Features (Win 7).

Left click (Win 10) or Right click (Win 7) on Microsoft Office 365/2016.

Select Change then Repair.

Reboot the computer.

Try the G Suite program again.

10 October 2017

Office 2016/365 "has run into an error that is preventing it from working correctly".

This can afflict newly installed systems.

Check that the installation has been registered with the relevant account. Sometimes Office is slow to do this.

Run the proffered Repair.

Go to File - Account.

Check whether registered. If not then the Registration request should pop up.

Failing this, try running an Update (from the same page)

Finally, reinstall Office and try these steps again.

27 September 2017

iTunes - cannot locate CD configuration folder

A problem first reported in 2004!

Quick fix is to search for a folder called "CD Configuration" then copy it into c:\program files\itunes or c:\program files (x86)\itunes .

This assumes that you can find the missing folder. At present I have no data on how to fix if not present.

Windows Default Programs

To assign a program to a particular file type proceed as follows.

Windows 7.

Right click the file.
If there is an 'Choose default...' option then take this.
You will see a list of candidates.
(If the one you need it not there then see below.)
Make sure that the "Always Use..." box is ticked.
Click on the desired program.
All done.

Windows 10.

Right click the file.
If there is an 'Open With' option then take this.
You will see an initial list of candidates.
If the one you want is not there, then click "View More Apps..."
Make sure that the "Always Use..." box is ticked.
Click on the desired program.
All done.

Can't see the program?

Options are:


Open the required program, select File-Open, browse to and open the file. Close it an repeat the process above. The program should now be on the candidate list.


For Win 7 there is a Browse button, for Win 10, a "Look..on this PC". This can be used to find the executable but this is rather geeky. You'll need information about where the program is located, possibly from the vendor's website.


For Win 10, if you don't have the program there might be a Microsoft program. Use the "Look..in store" to search. You might have to pay for whatever it is.


Probably the same as 10.