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My icon for the Auslogics Registry Cleaner, on my Windows 7 START MENU, got corrupted as soon as I had installed Auslogics Registry Cleanter on January 26, 2010.

I even posted a picture for you folks. I reported it to Auslogics.

I kind of got used to it … that being human nature when working with Microsoft.

Last night I went to invoke Auslogics Registry Cleaner. Something looked different. It was late. Past midnight. I wasn’t at my best. Severe neck problems. Talk about a pain in the neck. Yes, talk to me about a pain in the neck.

The icon on the START MENU was magically restored.

A miracle? Should I report this to the Vatican? << Talking of which, I am on the Newsweek Web site today, talking about the Catholic Church >>

Yes, I ran Registry Cleaner last week. Maybe it got restored at that point. I do not know.

But, it is scary that a START MENU icon that was corrupted gets restored … automatically.

By the way, the Auslogics stuff seems to work. Last night I got to run Auslogics Registry Defrag for the second time. Boy, was I excited. So far so good. I am using their Disk Defrag every couple of weeks. I do not miss System Mechanic. I still get solicitation emails from them. Screw iolo. They screwed me for long enough.

So …

Good luck. Check your Windows 7 machine. Maybe you have had a miracle too.

Anura Guruge

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Over the last few days there has been much made by a statement by a Microsoft blogger that claimed that Windows 7 SP1 will only include minor updates.

I think people are MISINTERPRETING what this guy said … and he … and Microsoft are happy to perpetuate that misnomer.

This Microsoft blogger is a Windows VIRTUALIZATION expert. His blog is mainly about virtualization.

I think what he meant was that Windows 7 SP1 will only contain minor updates to Windows 7 virtualization. Think about it. That would make sense. Windows 7 virtualization probably doesn’t require that many fixes right now.

In my opinion SP1 has to be somewhat significant. Lots of Windows 7 BUGS that Microsoft is not currently fixing with updates … the padlock on icons probably being the most annoying of these.

So, I think, and I could be wrong, that we need to be careful about this ‘only minor updates’ comment.

Good luck.

Anura Guruge

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In general it is fair to say that Windows 7 disk I/O isn’t as fast as one would have hoped. [The slow USB transfer issue is a whole different ball of wax and let us not touch that in this post].

Yes, Windows 7’s background search indexing will exacerbate I/O sluggishness further, and unless you spent much of your time searching for files I recommend that you disable search indexing.

To be fair to Windows 7, it now has to deal with much bigger disks, with many more files, many of them larger, than XP. I used to have dual 60GB drives on my XP system. I now have dual 750GB Western Digital Caviar Black SATA drives. These aren’t the fastest disks that I could have got, but they are also not, by any means, slouches  either. They are high-end, high-performance SATA drives.

I had noticed, from day one (i.e., October 23, 2009), that the INITIAL access to my non-system drive [i.e., drive D, as opposed to C] was unexpectedly slow. I think it is a caching issue. I think Windows 7 does some directory caching to speed up SUBSEQUENT I/O. But, it takes time to do the initial cache the first time you access a drive. You don’t see this on the C-drive because this most likely happens during system start-up.

Sometimes Windows 7 takes a few seconds to display the folder content thumbnails on drive D. Kind of amusing.

Yesterday, however, I discovered another small, but annoying, Windows 7 BUG. Yes, another one.

Succinctly stated, Windows 7 does not dynamically update the THUMBNAIL icon of files — in this case JPEG image files. Thus, the thumbnail does not reflect the updated image! Yes, YIKES.

Here is what I was doing.

It is my youngest daughters 4th birthday tomorrow. I was making her a 4 page booklet so that she will be familiar with the Chucke E. Cheese’s protocol on the day — though she is no stranger to that joint. I had moved half dozen or so of our pictures to this new folder … and I was then using PAINT.NET to takeout the background. I would then save the new JPEG without the background into the folder. The BASIC problem is that Windows 7 would NOT update the thumbnail image to show that I had removed the background. So my AFTER icon was same as my BEFORE icon! That is annoying.

Here … look at this folder view:

That was what I would see. Look at the TWO thumbnails in the middle of ROW 1. See how they look the same.

Now here is the same folder view, AFTER I increased the thumbnail icon size:

Look at the thumbnails on the TOP row and the last thumbnail. AGAIN, I STRESS, I didn’t change the files between these views. It is JUST a case of Windows 7 NOT updating the thumbnail icon to reflect what is in the file. So see the images … cropped and with background removed … in the 2nd view. But, if I hadn’t ENLARGED the icons I would have still seen thumbnails that showed me the BEFORE image.


Talk about NOT-WYSIWYG. Not good.

Good luck.

Anura Guruge

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As you probably know by now, I check the Web, daily, for Windows 7 information that maybe of use to US.

So yesterday, in Google News, I happened to see this InformationWeek article by a ‘Dave Methvin‘ that seems to sing the praises of the Windows 7 taskbar.

To his credit, Mr. Methvin states right up front that he started LIKING computers again … as of Windows 7 and that computers seem to like him too, of late. Lucky MAN. I hate computers. Have for 30 years. But, I have to use them, 7×12 at a minimum. So I guess that is what separates me from Mr. Methvin. I like red wine. Computers are a necessity. A tool. They are supposed to work.

I get a feeling that Mr. Methvin is not exactly what I would class as a power user. Because, if he was … he MIGHT have discovered, like WE have … that there are a NUMBER of rather serious Windows 7 bugs related to the taskbar.

Let us START with the disappearing taskbar icons. That is a pretty serious problem … a problem that we now know has been in Widows 7 since the Release Candidate. Mr. Methvin does NOT mention this. Lucky MAN. I wish I was that blessed. Taskbar icon problems have plagued me for months.

I won’t even mention the GHOST icons that persist in the taskbar when you have deleted a program. Oh, did I just mention that? Sorry. Old age.

Then remember that SOME taskbar icons perambulate on their own volition and you can’t pin them to the spot YOU would like. That is bloody annoying. Mr. Methvin hasn’t obviously seen that. Lucky man.

Mr. Methvin does RAVE about the taskbar icon displaying file transfer progress. We hit that way back in on Boxing Day … and I even showed you a picture because I can make Windows 7 snipper sit up and beg (and most days I do).

But, Mr. Methvin does NOT mention that Windows 7 still have problems calculating the time remaining to complete a file transfer.

All I can say is, IF you really think that the taskbar really is the most compelling feature of Windows 7 … you haven’t lived YET.

Yes, the taskbar is nice. It would be better if it didn’t lose icons, but then again … people will say I am unreasonable in my expectations. << smile >>

Good luck.

Anura Guruge

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Spine of "The Next Pope" Book by Anura GurugeTwelve days ago I got to see the little padlock icon beguilingly ‘appear’ next to a JPEG file icon — and then have the satisfaction of getting rid of it, using my instructions (albeit on the second try).

Happened to me TWICE toady, in quick succession — each time on files that were being created from scratch.

As with the incident 12 days ago, the first padlock today was yet again against JPEG I created from a PDF — using my fully legit Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.3.1. As in that prior instance I was creating JPEG of the cover of my latest book … from the final-form, camera-ready PDF. This time it was the spine … and it was for Amazon. << See right >>

As soon as I created it … BANG … padlock against the file icon … and I could see it come up because I had the folder it was being created open within an instance of Windows Explorer.

By now having encountered this problem so many times, I was not perturbed. Just annoyed. It is a waste of OUR time.

Again I fixed it quickly using the instructions I had got from Microsoft … and posted on this blog. It worked.

I know the problem. Since the file was created by Adobe Acrobat 9.3 Professional, Windows 7 was basically assuming that Adobe was the owner!

I now had to create a ZIPPED folder. I used the BUILT-IN capability within Windows 7, i.e., right-click on file or folder and select SEND TO COMPRESSED (ZIPPED) folder.

The zipping worked like a charm. I was happy and impressed. BUT I had a padlock against the zipped file! DAMN. Ballmer looks best in drag.

Followed the instructions again. Presto. Gone.

So our instructions do appear to work — consistently and well. For that I am glad.

So this definitely is a PERMISSIONS related issue — having much to do with WHO creates a file/folder. Obviously, it doesn’t happen when Adobe Acrobat creates PDFs … but does when it creates JPEG.

Happened when Windows 7 created a zipped file. I am sure that Microsoft uses 3rd party code for this. So there might be some other application ‘coded’ in there.

I know that a LOT of you have this same problem. I see search results, that end  up on this blog, on a daily basis that go “padlock icon Windows 7”. This is crazy. Ballmer looks best in drag.

I suspect that Microsoft, just to torment us, will not fix this until SP1.

Good luck.


Anura Guruge

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Wow. Quite a slap in the face for Microsoft. Or is it more egg on face. But this confirms my continued rant that Microsoft is not serious about cracking down on pirated copies of Windows 7. If they were, they wouldn’t be so sloppy and half-hearted about making sure folks can’t bypass Windows 7 validation with ease.

The freely available Windows 7 Release Candidates (that you were able to download prior to the October 22, 2009 release) are supposed to start going into forced shutdown mode, for up to 2 hours at a time, starting on March 1, 2010. I have already talked about this.

These March 1 forced shutdowns were going to start happening at the same time that Microsoft was going to pushing the WAT (Windows Activation Technologies) update, KB971033, to SUPPOSEDLY crack down on pirated copies.

KB971033 has been available on a VOLUNTARY basis for three days. So, to keep YOU FOLKS appraised, I was checking the Web and blogs to see if KB971033 was causing any problems.

Found two things of interest. Somebody, albeit using a Virtual Machine, had tested KB971033 against a pirated copy of Windows 7. KB971033 didn’t flag it as not genuine! So much for WAT. As you can imagine the rampant software pirating community is already cock-a-hoop. But, they really don’t have to crow. Microsoft has NO INTENTIONS of cracking down on Windows 7. Having pirated copies of Windows 7 is the ONLY WAY Microsoft can claim the market share they desire.

The second thing that I discovered, to my amusement, is that somebody has already worked out how you can push-back the RC forced shutdowns by 30 days at a time! From the instructions provided, it is pretty simple too. Just three very straightforward and short instructions entered into the CMD field. Wow. So the Release Candidates can continue to function, unimpeded, for months … if not ever. Way to go Microsoft.

Well, that is the state of play today. Pirates: 1,000,000,000 Microsoft: egg-on-face.

Good luck.


Anura Guruge

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Last night I got to see the little padlock against an icon ‘appear’ — and then have the satisfaction of getting rid of it, using my instructions (albeit on the second try).

I am no stranger to the padlock on the left of icon problem. I first encountered it, against 7 files (in the same folder), on December 4, 2009. Microsoft support, to their credit, helped me fix it. I then saw this problem come back on two of the originally impacted files two weeks later. This time I just fixed it using the instructions I had got from Microsoft … and posted on this blog. In both these instances I only saw the padlock icons when I opened the subject folder.

But yesterday I actually saw an icon appearing, in an Open Folder (within Windows Explorer), as I created the file.

Seeing the padlock appear allowed to get a good ideas as to what had happened. Since the file was created by Adobe Acrobat 9.3 Professional, Windows 7 was basically assuming that Adobe was the owner!

The Next Pope Book by Anura GurugeThis was NOT a PDF file. It was JPEG created from a PDF using Adobe. Yes, you can do that. Using Acrobat you can save a PDF into a myriad of other formats, JPEGs and PNGs among them. Before Windows 7 gave me its very handy SNIPPER TOOL, Acrobat was one of my favored means of creating JPEGs (PowerPoint coming after that).

My latest book, ‘The Next Pope,’ is out. I was submitting it to Google Books so that you folks can look inside it — online.

Google books likes you to give them the front and back covers — typically as JPEGs. I didn’t have these as JPEGs. I had created a one-piece cover. Front-Spine-Back as one big Word file … then converted to a big PDF. So I used Acrobat crop to get the Front Cover … then Acrobat ‘Save As’ to create the JPEG.

Since I have dual monitors, I happened to have open the folder into which the JPEG was being saved. BINGO. Saw the icon appear with the padlock.  I was a bit annoyed. But, as I had done previously I immediately made a copy. No icon.

I went ahead and did all the Google book uploads and ‘paperwork.’ Pretty smooth. They provide a very slick, Java-based FTP upload tool. Very quick. Uploaded my 30MB PDF, of the body, across my 415KB uplink in about 10 minutes.

I then decided to fix the icon. Used the posting on this blog. Since Adobe was appearing as an owner things looked slightly different. And I screwed up on my first try. No harm. The padlock just stayed on. Did it again. Using the same instructions. Was more careful. Bingo, as I typed in ‘everyone’ and hit OK … the padlock disappeared.

So at least we know we can get rid of that damn annoying padlock.

Good luck.


Anura Guruge

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