Alienware Aurora R4 Command Center

so you bought yourself an Alienware R4 rig a few years back, you want to get your value out of the thing so upgrading to windows 10 is the logical thing to do. but wait Command Center no longer works?

The Problem: windows 10 doesn’t play nice with the Command Center software provided by Dell/Alienware.

The Solution: Command Center 3.6 in compatibility mode is your solution. download it here. run it in compatibility mode for windows 8.1 you also must designate window 8.1 on Dells download page for CC3.6 to even show up.

Windows 10 upgrade assistant stuck at 99%

I’ve fixed this problem simply by updating windows 7 past SP1 and when that fails I’ve installed the convenience rollup etc. but when those failed me this is what worked.

Before using the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant, perform these steps:

  • set Windows 7 updates to “Never install updates“, (control panel ->updates).
  • Stop the update service by right clicking on the command prompt, and choose “Run as administrator“.
  • Type

    It should say: “Windows update service is stopping….windows update service is stopped.

  • Windows update service is stopping

After completing the above steps, start the Windows 10 Upgrade assistant, and it should complete.

How to read Mac OS HFS drives in Windows for free

Need to copy files from a Mac-formatted HFS hard disk on a Windows PC? We show you how to do it for free. It even works with Windows 10

Download HFSExplorer. you may also need Java SE Runtime Environment if you don’t already have it. Install the program using the default settings. You’ll end up with a new program in your Start menu: HFSExplorer.

Connect your USB drive. HFSExplorer works with drives formatted with HFS, HFS+ and HFSX.

Run HFSExplorer (using Windows 10 here and it works fine)

The next step is to select the hard disk by clicking File > Load file system from device. If you have only one hard disk inside your PC or laptop, it’s likely that your USB drive will appear as Harddisk1/Partition1, but it may be Harddisk2/Partition1. If your USB disk has more than one partition, you’ll need to choose the one where the files you want are stored.

When you’ve selected the right disk, you should see its contents displayed in a Windows Explorer-like tree structure.

final step, select files and extract!

Microsoft Word Graph Paper?

this is what your problem looks like..

this is what your problem looks like..

The Problem: Microsoft Word (any version) is displaying graph paper on screen.

The Solution: this is not difficult to fix but knowing where to look is key. and there are several solutions. here is the most common.

  • Office 2003: go to the draw menu – Grid – uncheck the Gridlines option
  • Office 2007/2010: click View, de-select “Gridlines” in the “Show” group.


how do I hide the 100MB system partition?

The Problem: so you’ve installed windows and all went well until you notice for some reason the 100MB system partition thats usually invisible in “my computer” is now visible and annoying you..

The Solution: in your start menu, right click on “computer”, in the submenu that appears click on “manage” the will open the “computer management” window. once there you’ll notice theres lots to look at.. but look to the left of the window and click on “disk management” this will list all the drives your computer has. a drive called “system reserved” should appear here. right click on it and click on “change drive letter and paths…” simply remove the drive letter using the window that opens.

start menu

computer management


Windows 7 Sticky Notes

The Problem: and/or typical scenario is that maybe your PC wont boot up, you’ve backed up all the important files off the drive but have important information left on some desktop sticky notes.. how do you retrieve this information?

The Solution: easy, sticky note file location is located at;

C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes\StickyNotes.snt

copy and paste the file located in the directory above to another installation of windows and re-open your stickies.. problem solved.