Opera 10.5 Beta and Windows 7 Integration

Opera 10.5 Beta is out and it’s very impressive, and looks pretty stunning due to its Windows 7 integration.

One thing I don’t really like is how it shows all the tabs using Aero Peek when you click it in the Task Bar.

You can turn this off:

  1. Type “opera:config” in the address bar and hit Enter
  2. Scroll down to User Prefs and expand it, or type in “Windows 7″ in the search box
  3. Untick the “Use Windows 7 Taskbar Thumbnails” setting
  4. Click Save
  5. Restart Opera

Running 32-bit Remote Desktop Connection on Windows 64 bit

Solution: Rename the 64-bit mstsc.exe from System32 to prevent it from replacing the 32-bit process. This is simple if you have rights to rename that file. If you’re on NTFS you may get a “You require permission from TrustedInstaller to make changes to this file” error. To get by this error, you can take Ownership of the file and give yourself full permissions:

  1. Browse to %SystemRoot%System32
  2. Right click mstsc.exe and choose Properties
  3. Go to the Security tab
  4. Click Advanced
  5. Go to the Owner tab
  6. Click Edit
  7. From the “Change owner to:” list, choose your user name
  8. Click OK
  9. Go to the Permissions tab
  10. Click Change Permissions⬦
  11. Click Add
  12. Enter your user name and click OK
  13. Tick the box in the Allow column for Full control
  14. Click OK
  15. Click OK
  16. A Windows Security warning will come up; click Yes to proceed
  17. Click OK
Now, you can rename the file mstsc.exe to something like mstsc.exe.bak Then, you can launch mstsc.exe from %SystemRoot%SysWOW64 and you will have 32-bit Remote Desktop Connection running.]]>

Free Anti-Virus: Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free anti-virus program. All of the free anti-virus programs out there have usually pretty quickly fallen out of favour with me, in particular the previous community darling AVGFree. Having a free option from Microsoft, that performs extremely well with minimal resource usage, is a boon. For privacy reasons, you might want to opt out of the Microsoft SpyNet. Opting out is a very manual process though, with instructions here Download Microsoft Security Essentials ]]>

Solution: Explorer open each folder in same window error and SQL Management Studio, IE and Team Explorer errors

Problem(s):

  • When attempting to open a folder in Windows Explorer, the folder opens in a new window, even if “Open each folder in the same window” is selected in Folder Options.
  • Some links in Internet Explorer don’t open correctly
  • Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio: An error with a message like “Unable to cast COM object of type ‘System.__ComObject’ to interface type ‘Microsoft.VisualStudio.OLE.Interop.IServiceProvider’. This operation failed because the QueryInterface call on the COM component for the interface with IID ‘{6D5140C1-7436-11CE-8034-00AA006009FA}’ failed due to the following error: No such interface supported (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80004002 (E_NOINTERFACE)). (Microsoft.VisualStudio.OLE.Interop)
  • Visual Studio Team Explorer: When browsing using the Team Explorer window, you may get COM errors similar to those in the SQL Management Studio error above

Explanation:

I’m not sure of the exact details, but this is what I think I’ve found. Perhaps someone at Microsoft would correct or elaborate on this. Previously, actxprxy.dll (ActiveX Interface Marshaling Library) was used as the proxy for a multitude of system interfaces, such as IShellFolder and IServiceProvider. In Windows 7 (and probably Vista also), the GUID of this library has changed from {B8DA6310-E19B-11D0-933C-00A0C90DCAA9} to {C90250F3-4D7D-4991-9B69-A5C5BC1C2AE6} Secondly, there is also a new Proxy/Stub provider found in ieproxy.dll of Internet Explorer (IE ActiveX Interface Marshaling Library). Some interfaces that previously used actxprxy.dll are now registered to use ieproxy.dll. Now various problematic software (such as Vault 3.x) will try to register against actxproxy using the old GUID, and for interfaces now proxied by ieproxy.dll.

Solution

Solution 1

You must use regsvr32 to re-register the two proxy DLLs, then reboot You can use the below batch file to do this. You must run this batch file with administrative privileges (right click on the file and choose Run as administrator): RunAsAdministrator If you don’t run the batch file as an administrator, you will get an error as pictured: ActxprxyRegisterError [Download RegisterActxprxyAndIeproxy.cmd] RegisterActxprxyAndIeproxy.cmd source:
@echo off

:: 32 bit and 64 bit
IF EXIST "%SystemRoot%System32actxprxy.dll" "%SystemRoot%System32regsvr32.exe" "%SystemRoot%System32actxprxy.dll"
IF EXIST "%ProgramFiles%Internet Explorerieproxy.dll" "%SystemRoot%System32regsvr32.exe" "%ProgramFiles%Internet Explorerieproxy.dll"

:: 64 bit only (32bit on 64 bit)
IF EXIST "%WinDir%SysWOW64actxprxy.dll" "%WinDir%SysWOW64regsvr32.exe" "%WinDir%SysWOW64actxprxy.dll"
IF EXIST "%ProgramFiles(x86)%Internet Explorerieproxy.dll" "%WinDir%SysWOW64regsvr32.exe" "%ProgramFiles(x86)%Internet Explorerieproxy.dll"
Don’t forget to reboot after re-registering the DLLs! Edit: The script has been updated to support 64-bit Windows

Solution 2

Some people have reported that  the following command may fix the problem when Solution 1 does not work (first mentioned by snir in the comments):
  1. Open up a Command Prompt (presumably in Administrator  mode) Start > Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt
  2. Type in sfc /scannow and hit Enter
For those for which this solution works, I’d like for someone to find what file(s) were affected and repaired, so we can get a more specific solution and see if it’s related to Solution 1. This solution was one I looked at before I made this post which did not work for me. ]]>