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.

Stop automatic updates from updating microsoft office

this ones more of a quick reference for those that have had some trouble finding the solution. a couple notes, this only applies to windows 7 and be aware of the pitfalls of out-dated software. That is all. enjoy.

The Problem: Microsoft Update wants to update Microsoft Office and I dont want to see the option for this come up again.

The Solution: using Windows 7 go to Windows Update and click on Change settings, there you will see options one of which is: Give me updates for Microsoft products and check for new optional Microsoft software when I update Windows, uncheck this box.

Optional Microsoft Software

Disable updates for other Microsoft products.

adv-entures in video codecs!

Next one up: video codecs that should be obsolete!..

The Problem: you’ve got a video file; avi, mpeg, etc that wont play.

The Solution: your experience WILL vary.

  1. Find what codec was used to encode the video file, to do this.. you can look for the error code that VLC will throw out. or you can download a small little program called G-spot (careful when searching for that) in fact I’ll save you the effort and give you the download link; G-spot download there you go.
  2. Download the actual codec. this part can be fun… or not. in my case I needed the ADV1 codec. which is old and uncommon and generally used for security system and/or CCTV recordings. and of course hard to find. there’s many different developers for codecs so the whole process of searching for them and installing them varies depending on what you need.

often times no specific error is given for video playback issues. after trying 3 different players, only VLC gave me an error prompt with the information I needed.

a little info about the ADV1 codec for those that are interested; its also known as the Loronix Wavelet codec. Loronix, being the developer, doesnt seem to support the codec any more and as such I was unable to find a download package anywhere on there website. however I did find one single page with a downloadable file. which I’m posting here for convenience.

ADV1 Codec Download: Loronix.Wavelet.codec.v3.0



JNLP files, association, and subsequent failure

I cant say I know a lot about JNLP files.. other then that they’re typically opened by “Java Web Start” an application hiding within the Java program folder under the guise of “javaws” …and that in itself is a tidbit of information I didnt know until I had the joy of troubleshooting a JNLP that java wouldnt open.

javaws file location

your version of java may be different

The Problem: you have a web application that wont execute.. the jnlp downloads but once its executed, windows doesn’t know what program to use.

the Details: windows prompts for a program to open the JNLP but there is none… even in the java folder there is nothing that opens it.. redownloading the latest java release doesnt change this..

The Solution: after much troubleshooting, and frustration, the only fix was to downgrade java.
Resources: Java’s website explaining Java web start.

toolbars and lots of them

The Problem: toolbars! (see picture) that is all.

Too many toolbars!

The Solution: … simply uninstall

The Backstory: got a call late in the day about a slow running laptop… so I drive out to the clients location, turn on the computer, open a browser window and BAM! …half the screen is literally taken up by toolbars. crazy is what this is!

Preview not supported

The Problem: print preview will not work when printing a PDF, running snow leopard.

The Solution: okay, this ones interesting but It’s normal because Acrobat has a more powerful printing and preview capability than Preview does, so running output through Preview would just dumb it down.. unfortunately I couldn’t find a fix for this.. other then uninstalling adobe.