Tag Archives: Windows

Microsoft, stop fucking switching languages!

I’m so fucking pissed right now. I live in Slovenia, but I want my operating system to be entirely in English. Ok then, so I get my Windows 10 installed, set interface language to English and keyboard to Slovene in order to support our special characters not found in English alphabet (and have keyboard layout set right). All fine except fucking stupid OS with mind of its own insists on switching keyboard layout from SL to ENG for no fucking reason. I have it set to ENG/SL, but when I start CS:GO game, it decides to use ENG/US for no fucking logical reason. Stop doing this motherfucking shit Microsoft. I always notice it when I have to type something in the chat (meaning I’m in the game and can’t go out and switch) and it makes my “Y” and “Z” keys reversed as well as replacing “‘” with “-“. It’s fucking infuriating bullshit that makes no sense. Stop changing shit! Stupid garbage broken OS. Never had this problem till Windows 10 and even this looks like it happened now and not few months back.

Get your shit together Microsoft and stop breaking shit that worked fine for years.

Disable Windows 10 Tracking

I’ve already written about another tool to improve privacy on Windows 10:
https://rejzor.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/oo-shutup10-windows-10-privacy-tool/

But have recently found another tool that essentially does the same thing with few additional things, like the blocking of tracking domains and IP’s.

DisableWin10Tracking.png

You can read a very interesting article behind it here:
https://hackmag.com/security/what-data-windows-10-sends-to-microsoft-and-how-to-make-it-stop

This tool compliments O&O’s ShutUp 10 nicely, especially the domains and IP’s blocking part. So, I’ve first used O&O ShutUp 10 because it has more granular control and more descriptions for each setting and then use domain/IP blocking in DisableWindows10Tracking tool to finish it off.

Download DisableWindows10Tracking:
https://github.com/10se1ucgo/DisableWinTracking

Force integrated Windows 10 apps to use English language

Are you living in a non-English country, but you are using English language in Windows? I absolutely hate localized Windows, because my language simply doesn’t work with computer terminology. However, even when you set Windows to use English language during installation, integrated apps like Calendar, Alarm, Calculator, Music, Video etc that come with Windows 10 automatically gets localized in my native language. Meaning entire Windows OS is in English, but the apps that are integrated in it are in my own native language. You can imagine my OCD going insane. It was like this in Windows 8.1, but I could never really find the solution… until now 🙂

Changing language of integrated Windows 10 apps to English language:

  • Right click on Start and select Control Panel
  • Click on Add language under Clock, Language, and Region category.
  • Click Add language and search for English.

You’ll find bunch of versions, I personally prefer English (United States), you can pick United Kingdom or even Australia… After you’ve picked the one you like, click Add button below.

There should be two languages listed in your panel…

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  • Select English one and click Move up which will force it to be the default language.
  • Click Options on the right (within the English profile) and click Add an input method.

This time, select your own language, so that you’ll have proper support for your local special letters and symbols on your keyboard.

  • Click Add when you’ve found your own language.
  • Click Remove button next to US language entry.
  • Click Save button below.

You’ve set all the necessary things. You can check language of integrated apps by going into Start, clicking All apps and scrolling through the list. If all the integrated apps like Alarm, Calendar, Music etc are in English, you’ve done it right.

To finish it off properly…

  • Go to Control Panel and then Change date, time, or number formats.
  • Select Administrative tab and click Copy Settings… button.
  • Tick both checkboxes below and click OK.

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There you go. It looks complicated, but it’s really easy. By doing this last step, you ensure all the future new profiles will use these settings as well as certain locations like Welcome screen that don’t use custom settings by default after you set them.

Windows 10 is a pile of horse shit

TRIGGER WARNING: UNMEASURABLE AMOUNT OF SWEARING AHEAD

Ok, this fucking does it. Windows 10 is the motherfucking worst Windows OS I’ve ever used. No, Vista was a fucking gem compared to this pile of absolute concentrated excrement.

Lets write down why…

I happen to own a slightly older Compaq laptop. Nothing fancy, it’s powered by an AMD E-450 APU and I’ve bought extra 4GB of RAM to make 8GB in total and replaced the crappy HDD with 128GB Crucial M4 SSD. It’s still kinda weak, but for web, music and movies, perfectly capable device. Has served me well with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Popup came along to update to Windows 10 and so I did it. And that’s where thing went downhill. 90° slope…

There is this wonderful thing with AMD E-450 APU where latest Catalyst 15.7 drivers, the very same that also get delivered to Windows 10 through Windows Update, these drivers don’t fucking work at all. Youtube at 480p lags and stutters like I’m trying to run 4K on a fucking Commodore C-128. It’s absolutely unusable.

Gone through Display Driver Uninstaller, manually disabled automatic driver updating and installed old Catalyst 14.12 Omega, the ones that worked fine and where I could playback 1080p Youtube smoothly. All was well and then I stopped using laptop for a while because I didn’t need it.

Like an hour ago, I’ve fired it up and checked for updates since it passed quite a lot of days. And guess what Windows Update automatically without asking me a single thing. Yup, you guessed it. It installed motherfucking Catalyst 15.7 WHQL drivers on its own that don’t fucking work with HD6320 GPU found on AMD E-450 APU.

If this was the scenario with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, I could simply uncheck the driver in the Windows Update panel where you decide what driver updates to install and what to ignore. Problem would be solved in 5 seconds and I’d have no need to write this rant. But nope in Windows 10. No such thing. Microsoft just forcibly stuffs ALL MOTHERFUCKING DRIVERS down your throat whether they work or they don’t (and most of the time they don’t work, say hello to all the broken wireless drivers from the past). And this is exactly what I’ve been warning about when “new” Windows Update was revealed. Bad shit will happen when Microsoft decides to forcibly install all drivers. And it’s already happening.

I’d blame AMD for not providing functional drivers, but it’s not AMD that is forcing broken drivers onto my system, it’s fucking Microsoft.

How can a multi-billion company like Microsoft fuck it up so badly is beyond any level of comprehension. It’s so terrifyingly bad it’s almost surreal. Fucking hell. And I’ve actually gone and bought a GTX 980 so I’ll have a DirectX 12 capable GPU to properly utilize graphics on a new OS. Which turned out to be this piece of crap (the OS, GTX 980 is fine). And I’ll eventually be forced to use Windows 10 because DirectX 12 will not be available on Windows 8.1 (which works like a charm). I always install all system updates in Windows 8.1 but skip most driver updates per my selection. It’s brilliant, keeps system up to date and under my full control because I know how to handle computers you fucks at Redmond. And then there is Windows 10 with its pathetic forced auto updating of motherfucking everything.

Microsoft, fuck you and fuck your Windows 10. This is by FAR the worst Windows I’ve ever used. It’s so fucking bad it makes Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows Millennium look like fucking perfection. At least it was under MY control and it fucking worked. Windows 10 is apparently entirely under Microsoft’s control and it’s fucking non functional pile of shit.

Microsoft, STOP breaking shit and forcing it on us. You CAN’T possibly know what drivers we want so stop doing this shit. Fuck. Just fucking stop it! Aaaaaargh!!!!

O&O ShutUp10 – Windows 10 Privacy Tool

We all know how weird Windows 10 behaves with its data mining. But since we’ll have to eventually switch over, here is a solution. O&O’s ShutUp10 tool that gives you easy way of disabling all the (or at least majority of) data mining or otherwise privacy related crap in Windows 10.

I currently don’t have Windows 10 installed anymore, but the tool is made by a well known German software studio “O&O Software”, better known for their O&O Defrag tool. O&O ShutUp10 requires no installation so you can easily run it without any crap left behind by the tool itself. And it’s free!

OOShutUp10

LINK:
http://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10

There is also another tool with similar functionality. Check it out here:
https://rejzor.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/disable-windows-10-tracking/

Disable automatic driver updating in Windows 10

Are you tired of stupid Windows 10 automatically updating drivers with versions that are broken or clearly inferior to the one you want to use (I’ve had such horrible experience few days ago with AMD E-450 APU and latest Catalyst 15.7 WHQL drivers that just don’t work good at all)? Since Microsoft doesn’t want to leave us the fuck alone, we have to yet again tweak this shit on our own. Which is annoying, but necessary if you want to use Windows 10 at the moment without losing all your hair. Or turning it grey…

Right-click on Start button and select System. Click Advanced system settings and select Hardware tab and then Device Installation Settings…

Win10_DisableDriverUpdatingSet it as shown on the image above. This will force Windows 10 to stop automatically updating and installing drivers.

I don’t get it what was wrong with the Windows 8.x driver updating!? It automatically updated any missing device drivers on first bootup after installation, but ANYTHING else detected later on Windows Update was just presented to the user who was then able to simply disable notification for that particular driver and never see it again. But you were also able to accept the offer and update it. I loved that system, because it worked like charm and wasn’t invasive. But now, Microsoft just stuffs it down your throat whether you like it or not. Idiotic to the max.

Registry cleaners that you can rely on

I’ve tested tons of registry cleaners through all these years. In fact, I’ve been testing them since year 1999 through Windows 98 up to current Windows 8.1. It’s kinda my obsession I guess. But over all these years, I’ve learned that in case of registry cleaning, cleaning less is in fact more!

Let me explain why. Large majority of registry cleaners want to show user how effective they are by finding massive number of entries to clean. And majority of users actually prefer cleaners that clean more. But the thing is, majority of these cleaners will mess things up sooner or later. You can trust me on that one. And if you’re not the kind of type of person who is willing to do a manual cleaning of registry using RegSeeker, RegScanner or old freeware JV16 PowerTools, you want to stick with easy to use, automated, but tested and trustworthy registry cleaners.

And out of all of them, only two got my “certification” for being absolutely problem free. I’ve been using both of them for years and never ever had a single error because of them being too eager at cleaning. And best of all, they are both free!

CCleaner

I’ve been using CCleaner for years and years and while it probably cleans the least out of all registry cleaners, it is probably the most reliable of them all. Very reliable tool that also comes with few other goodies like cookies cleaning, system startup control, junk files cleaning, but I mostly use it for registry cleaning.

ccleanerapp

DOWNLOAD: https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Wise Registry Cleaner

The second one that I’ve been using for quite a while now, might even be years already is Wise Registry Cleaner. It usually finds a bit more than CCleaner, but seems to be just as reliable with one important condition that I’ll describe below…

wiseregistrycleaner

It is very reliable, but only if you set it to search with “Safe Scan” mode. Those that are found to be potentially risky to remove are entirely ignored and I suggest you keep it this way. Otherwise I cannot guarantee for problem free cleaning. Open the settings and select “Safe Scan” option. Like so…

wisecleaner_safe

Best thing about Wise Registry Cleaner is that it also comes in a portable version so you can throw it on USB drive or if you simply prefer if registry cleaning program itself isn’t making the registry more dirty with its own presence 🙂

You can also use the Registry Defrag option which compacts the physical registry files, but I highly recomend you DO NOT use “System Tuneup” feature. While registry cleaning works amazingly well, the Tuneup part is something I’m not so sure about. Avoid it if possible…

DOWNLOAD: http://www.wisecleaner.com/wise-registry-cleaner.html
PORTABLE VERSION: http://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/wise-registry-cleaner-portable

NTFS Streams Eraser revived!

I’ve decided to revive my old tool designed to erase all NTFS Alternate data Streams on a specified partition. In the old days it was designed for Kaspersky Antivirus users in mind, today it’s focused a bit more on Comodo Internet Security users, because Comodo started using NTFS ADS to track origin of files. And I’m pretty confident there are other programs which still create NTFS ADS. If you for example decide not to use file origin tracking within Comodo or you uninstall it, you can use NTFS Streams Eraser to cleaup NTFS ADS that have already been created or you just want to cleanup the partitions after uninstallation of Comodo Internet Security program.

NTFS Alternate Data Streams are harmless and well documented feature of NTFS filesystem, but there are people who are concerned over concealed data being attached to files.

More information on a dedicated page:

https://rejzor.wordpress.com/ntfs-streams-eraser/

Display not waking up after being turned off overnight

So, another rant time. My PC is turned on pretty much 24/7, including when I’m sleeping. I set the music to play on low volume, sometimes I run BOINC client or something, so basically system is running. But since I don’t need display, I always turn it off. In the morning, when I wake up, try to turn the display on and then  it’s rage mode on.

Display refuses to wake. Smashing keyboard and mice, nothing. Music is playing normal, Caps and Num lock responds on keyboard and I can also control music with keyboard multimedia controls. Only way to get to the system was to reset it.

So, I checked on The Internet and found out there are LOADS of people with such problems. Mostly seems to be related to Windows 7, Windows 8 in combination with AMD Radeon graphic card (usually HD7xxx series). I didn’t think of it because with Windows 7 I never had such problems, only when I switched to Windows 8.1. I’m using AMD Radeon HD7950 3GB with AMD Catalyst 13.12, so that’s where similarities with other reports started to make sense. Supposedly this problem was happening before, AMD fixed it with some Catalyst version and now with Catalyst 13.12 WHQL, it seems to be back again.

What’s even more annoying is the difficulty of reproducing this issue. It’s not enough to keep PC running and turn off the display by hand, it actually has to be over night. Like AMD drivers are checking that display is turned off over night and it fucks up everything with that. Because when I turn off display through the day, I never had this problem, even though the conditions were identical and the display was turned off for the same period of time (~6 hours). So, 6 hours over day and the problem never happened to me. Have it turned of for 6 hours over night (between midnight and 7 AM), pretty much every single morning, the damn thing won’t wake up when I move the mice around.

I’ve tried everything, changing USB devices sleeping, changed CPU C states, disabled ULPC for graphic card, checked BIOS settings, nothing.

Symptoms:

Display won’t wake up after being turned off over night with PC actually running and not being in a sleep state. Display is set to turn itself of after PC is idle for 15 minutes. Keyboard and mouse seem to be responsive, but Windows refuses to wake up the display. Pressing ON/OFF button on display doesn’t make any difference, changing input mode (between VGA and DVI) using display built-in settings (or button) doesn’t make any difference. It just stays in sleep mode.

This only happens if display is turned off over night for ~6 hours. It never happened when PC was in the same exact conditions over day. Seems like AMD throws the graphic card into some sort of deeper sleep state if it’s night time based on local time read from user computer. And since it’s happening mostly on AMD HD7xxx series which have ZeroCore feature, it seems to me like AMD fucked it up pretty badly.

Temporal solution:

What seems to work for me is to unplug DVI cable from graphic card and plug it back in. This seems to re-initialize the connection and the desktop instantly appears on the screen. Same should apply to HDMI and DisplayPort connections.

Some say switching to lockscreen in Windows 8 also wakes up the display, but I haven’t tested that yet.

Permanent solution:

Well have to wait for AMD to fix this damn thing. Anyone with friends at AMD who could speed things up? Because it’s really annoying and widespread issue with no real solution other than the above.

Create bootable Windows USB drives

There are two tools (that I’m aware of and are worth using), one that I use for years and another one that was sent to me by a reader. The reason for these tools is that fast USB drives are usually A LOT faster than DVD drive for installing Widnows. Besides, more and more laptops these days don’t even have optical drives. I had such “problem” with ACER Aspire One years ago and that’s when I started using WinToFlash. And continued to do so with the use of Lexar Lightining II USB drive which is really fast and makes Windows installation a breeze. Lets start…

WinToFlash
This one is the one which I’ve been using for ages. It might look complex at first glance, but it’s actually very simple to use. It is ad supported, so make sure you read screens properly during first startup.

Link: http://wintoflash.com

ZOTAC WinUSB Maker
This one has been sent to me by a reader. It’s a ZOTAC branded program, but doesn’t come with any ads and is also a much better looking program with nice GUI. It’s also made with drag&drop design in mind, so you have to drag all the drives and elements selected to make a bootable USB drive by dragging them inside the GUI window.

Link: http://joshcellsoftwares.com/products/zotacwinusbmaker/