Tag Archives: Microsoft

Microsoft updated their OneDrive service

Great news, after several years of OneDrive existence, Microsoft has finally dramatically updated its interface and framework.

As you may have already noticed it, I’m using OneDrive to host larger files on my blog and the main problem or annoyance that I had with it was that you couldn’t link files directly. You had the link to files directly, but when you clicked it, the whole folder opened up and the desired file was just highlighted. It was a really dumb design and thankfully, Microsoft finally got rid of it.

Files are now linked directly so you can’t get confused anymore, description of the file is clearly visible below and the whole experience of users actually getting those files just increased 100x for the better. I love it.

They have also updated the OneDrive interface toolbar with more directly accessible controls and tools and few other cosmetic changes.

All in all, really good and reliable file hosting service just became even more reliable, easy to use and convenient to the end users, be it us who hos the files or users who download them from OneDrive. Good work Microsoft!

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Redistributable Downloads

Programs often fail to work because of missing Visual C++ Runtime libraries, even more so without any error messages. Programs or games simply don’t run or they crash in a second or two after start… You can only see the real reason for these problems within Event Viewer which 99% of people never look at. By installing all C++ runtime libraries, you’ll most likely solve large majority of such issues.

IMPORTANT

For Windows 32bit editions, you only need to install x86 versions. For Windows 64bit, it’s recommended to install both, x86 and x64 versions. Perform Windows Update after installation of all packages in order to fully update them.

If redistributable downloads never start, try downloading them with Internet Explorer.

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Mega Pack (RMP)

Contains all the Visual C++ Redistributable Runtime packages in a single easy to use installer that takes under a minute to install. Contains both, 32bit and 64bit libraries. You might get errors for 64bit packages under 32bit Windows. Just skip them over.

RMP Download

Official Separate downloads

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime 2019
x86 / x64

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime 2017
x86 / x64

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime 2015
x86 / x64

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime 2013
x86 / x64 / ARM

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime 2012
x86 / x64 / ARM

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime 2010
x86 / x64

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime 2008
x86 / x64

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime 2005
x86 / x64

Microsoft’s own Help section list:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2977003/the-latest-supported-visual-c-downloads

I will update this blog post in the future when new versions get released. If any of the links ever goes dead, let me know so I can fix it.

Failed Win8.1 tablet power management

Got my ACER Iconia W4 tablet few days ago and I’m loving it. It’s amazing how a slim 7 inch tablet can run anything I can run on my laptop or desktop. It’s a proper full fledged Windows 8.1 system. However, like always I already have to rant about it. Not about ACER, but more about Microsoft and their idiotic decision to link screen sleep mode with actual sleep mode. What does this mean? It means that if you want to run for example uTorrent or net radio in browser while having your screen turned off to save power, you simply can’t. If you press the button to turn the screen off, tablet goes into sleep and music stops playing. But if you don’t, screen will suck a lot of power even though you don’t need it at all. And this is frankly just straight idiotic.

Question here is, why the hell Microsoft linked both features!? Why not give users ability to control power like we can on a desktop or laptop? We have a Start button and Power button on a tablet, why can’t we have more control with those two? How hard would it be to add a button “Turn off display” on a “Metro” Start menu? or next to a shutdown/sleep button. Or something…

Waiting for Windows 8.2 or Windows 8.1 Update 2…

Formatting portable disk to FAT32

Ever tried formatting a portable hard disk to FAT32? No option for FAT32?
Well, Microsoft did it there. They’ve limited FAT32 to drives that are just 32GB or below in size. For anything above that, all you’ll get as an option are NTFS and exFAT. Nothing wrong with that, except the fact that there are not many devices (DVD players, car stereo etc) that can read NTFS and exFAT is even worse when it comes to support. It’s just too new for any kind of support.

So only way to do it, is by using a specialized tool called “fat32format”.

fat32format homepage and instructions:
http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/fat32format.htm

fat32format download:
fat32format download (official)
fat32format download (mirror)

Just formatted my WD My Passport 250GB with fat32format tool and it worked like a charm. Thanks to guys from RidgeCrop who made this little program.

 

Microsoft reinventing hot water. Again.

Why they have to first dumb down the OS so they can then “improve” it later? WHY!? Why not evolutionize stuff that works instead of reinventing hot water about stupid features we already had years ago?

Start menu is back
So, they placed back the button. And that’s it. You didn’t fuckin solve anything Microsoft. We can use 3rd party apps for that. The dumb start menu still covers up ENTIRE screen and ALL the currently running apps. In Win7 you could still see pretty much entire screen and all the apps below when you clicked Start. So, the movie you were playing on top in the bottom corner of the screen remained there and you could watch it while doing other stuff like lets say browsing through Start menu. I do this all the time so i know that. Now? You click Start and bam, everything goes out the fuckin window.
I said this before and I’ll do it again. Why the fuck don’t you use docking panels instead of this god awful single task piece of crap you call “revolutionary Start menu”. But then again i know why. Fucking touch screen devices. Which PC’s totally aren’t…

Tiles resizing
This really shows they are trying to force mobile phone GUI on a freakin PC platform. IT JUST DOESN’T FUCKIN WORK. You need big fat buttons for touch screens so you can hit something half accurately with a toothpick. On a PC with a mice as an accurate way of pointing at things, it’s unnecessary, dumb and just takes up space that could be used for something else. Anything else.

Multitasking
Here i am, sitting in front of a computer in a year 2013 and I’m wondering when I’ll finally be able to experience multitasking. Because I’ve been wanting it for so long. Wait, what the F…? We had multitasking ever since what, Windows 3.1 ? And now they bring it out as some fat new feature!? Of course you have to brag about multitasking, you fuckin killed it with Windows 8 and its retarded over the whole fuckin screen Start menu. Microsoft, if you forgot, Alt+Tab or even better, that taskbar at the bottom of the screen. It’s a definition of fuckin multitasking. Fuck me. Again another bullshit brought back to PC’s from phones that got proper multitasking with the boom of smartphones (unless you use an iPhone aye? 😀 ). But the PC’s had it ever since i can remember. Why first go two steps back so you can go one forward and then brag about it? It just makes no fuckin sense.

You can view images AND mail now!
No fuckin way. Awesome. Except that I’ve been doing that for the last fuckin 6 or so years using GMail in my browser. Or just the Windows Photo Viewer with the mail panel side by side. Remember, we already had multitasking before Windows 8 came along…

Microsoft, stop selling us BS and make some crazy ass fancy presentations about new features you’ve thrown out in the last Windows version. It seems like they run out of ideas on how to make good new products. Just look at what crap they made out of Xbox One. Like they sit at the table every morning and make plans on how to fuck up things. And then they do all that. And next day they try to find even more ways to fuck shit up. Damn.