Monday, January 9, 2017

Windows 10 takes very long to load/show contenct of Downloads folder because folder type is pictures

My Windows 10 explorer took ages to load and display the content of the "Downloads" folder. All other folders' content was shown immediately.


Find the folder in file explorer
Right click on it and select 'properties' at the bottom of the pop-up window
Click on the customise tab
Change 'optimise this folder for:' to 'General items'

In German / Auf Deutsch:
Windows 10 Explorer braucht sehr lange, um den Inhalt des Download-Ordners anzuzeigen.

Rechtsklick auf den "Downloads"-Ordner -> Eigenschaften
Reiter "Anpassen" -> "Diesen Ordner optimieren für:" ändern von "Bilder" auf "Allgemeine Elemente"

Friday, September 30, 2016

Hyper-V-Installation breaks NCP/Lancom Advanced VPN Client by adding Hyper-V Extensible Virtual Switch

I installed Hyper-V on my Windows 10 laptop and after that, my LANCOM Advanced VPN Client was not able to communicate with my company network any more.
I took very long to connect to the VPN router and even after the connection was established (green), no communication with computers in the company network was possible.

I found out, that Hyper-V setup added couple of virtual network adaptors "vEthernet" to the network settings and a Network bridge device.
The existing network adaptors got added a new device to use "Hyper-V Extensible Virtual Switch" instead of their standard IP settings. It looks to me as this breaks the LANCOM VPN Client Ethernet adaptor.
I went to the settings of the LANCOM Ethernet Adaptor in the network settings and unchecked the "Hyper-V Extensible Virtual Switch". It automatically checked the standard Elements like IPv6, IPv4 and others.
Doing so, the VPN connection was established as fast as before and i was able to communicate over the tunnel without issues.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Printing problems with Dell ColorLaser 3110cn after upgrade to Office 2016 fixed by switching to HP Universal Print Driver

I have two computers (Win7 32bit, Win10 32bit) which have been printing fine over a networked 3110cn printer for ages. I recently upgraded both computers from Office 2007 to Office 2016 and i now see issues with the printer all over the place. Applications can't send more than one printjob to the printer any more. If they send two printjobs in a row, the second one does not get printed, although the printer queue lists two Jobs.
The printjobs list in the WebUI of the Printer lists the second Job with "0" pages.
Applications cannot send more than two jobs to the printer in a row, the printer queue only lists two jobs and the application hangs.
I downloaded the latest Firmware and Drivers (Looks like they are from 2014) from the dell Website, but this did not fix the problem.

I switched to the HP Universal Print Driver for Windows PostScript (32-bit) for this printer and it is working fine now. The driver can be found here: