Category Archive: Tweaks & hacks

How To Enable Remote Access To Administrative Shares in Windows 10

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Windows 10 is awesome. Administrative shares are too. This is a quick how to for enabling remote access to admin shares in Windows 10 (also works with Windows 8.1 and older)

This is how you can enable remote access to administrative shares in Windows 10.

(This guide applies to Windows 8.x, 7 and Vista too – only the screenshots are a bit different.)

The issue:
Adminstrative shares are default shares of all the disk drives on a Windows computer. These allow access to the root disks remotely.

If you try to connect to adminstrative shares (for instance C$ or D$) on a remote computer running a newer version of Windows than Windows XP, you will not be able to.

The solution:
First, you need to have a local account with administrative rights on the computer you want to connect to running Windows 10 or older. Continue reading “How To Enable Remote Access To Administrative Shares in Windows 10” »

How to Install QuickTime on Windows 10

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QuickTime + Windows 10 = TRUE

I tried to install QuickTime 7.7.7 today on Windows 10, but was soon halted by a stupid check that Apple has built in to the installation file, preventing installation of QuickTime on a newer OS such as Windows 10.

Well, I know my way around software installations, so I fixed it with a workaround, and thought I would share it here on TommyNation in case someone else might find it useful.

The workaround is pretty straightforward, just follow the steps below! Continue reading “How to Install QuickTime on Windows 10” »

Script to Re-Map Windows Shares

I had some problems with the Windows Shares becoming unavailable at odd times, just randomly now and then. This meant I could no longer list and open my media files from my LG Home Theater or my Raspberry Pi.

I discovered that restarting a few services associated with Windows Folder Sharing solved the problem without the need to reboot.

This is a quick little script that I use to re-map my shared folders in Windows, including the disk shares (i.e. d$, e$) every night:

net stop LanmanServer /y
net start LanManServer
net start Browser
net start HomeGroupListener

Copy these lines in to a text-file using Notepad and save the file as “Sharemap.bat”, for example.

To set up an automatic scheduled job to run the script, open Task Scheduler (Start -> Run -> taskschd.msc) and set up a basic task: Right-click the folder area on the left and select “Create basic task”.

For the actions pane, select “Start a program” and point to the Sharemap.bat script.

For the triggers, you can set it to run every night at 5 in the morning or something similar.

If you’re using TrueCrypt and need to make disk shares (d$, e$ etc) map up after TrueCrypt mapping has taken place, create a trigger and set it to run “At log on”, with a delay that’s long enough to allow you to mount the TrueCrypt volumes before it runs (5-10 minutes maybe).

Alternatively, you can simply create a shortcut to “sharemap.bat” or save the file directly to your desktop and run it manually as needed.

How it works:
Stopping the LanmanServer service automatically stops the child services Browser and HomeGroupListener as well, automagically – so we only need to start those services, or at least I chose to do it that way to be on the safe side.

These network services are responsible for making Windows Shares available on the network, so it is sometimes necessary to restart them if there are any issues with finding shares, especially disk shares that are not automatically mapped by Windows, caused perhaps by delayed mounting from TrueCrypt or similar applications.

How To: Batch Converting FLV files to MKV

FLV to MKV batch conversion (article illustration picture)

To convert, or not convert? That is the question
And the answer is binary…

I wanted to convert some FLV files to a format that would play on my stand-alone LG Blu-Ray player via Home-Link and found a working solution worth sharing.

To convert one or more FLV (Adobe Flash Video Container) files to the more compatible MKV (Matroska) container “format”, simply follow the instructions below:

  1. You’ll need a copy of the FFmpeg executable:
    Download the latest Static 32-bit build from Zeranoe’s FFmpeg Builds page.
  2. You’ll now extract the compressed FFmpeg build you just downloaded.
    To extract the .7z file, I recommend using either 7-Zip (free!) or WinRAR (unlimited use shareware).
  3. Now copy the executable ffmpeg.exe from the bin folder that you just extracted to the same folder as your FLV files reside in.
  4. Open Notepad. (Shortcut: Windows key + R / Windows key + Q and type “notepad”. Hit enter.)
    1. Write or copy the following line into the empty notepad text editor box:
      for %%a in (“*.flv”) do ffmpeg -i %%a -vcodec copy -acodec copy %%~na.mkv
  1. Go to File and click “Save As…”
  2. Browse to the folder where your FLV files reside.
  3. In the file name box, enter (including the double quotes) a name for the file, with a .bat extension. For example:
    “FLVTOMKV.bat”.
  4. Hit Save.
  5. Browse to your newly created batch file and double click it to start the batch conversion process. It should only take up to a couple of minutes for a 300 MB file on a relatively new computer. You should see the progress clearly in the black command box that pops up.

NOTE #1: If nothing happens or you get an error message that you can’t read, try running the .bat file from the command line: Hit the Windows key + R / Windows key + Q . Type CMD. Hit ENTER. Type the full path to the batch file and hit ENTER again. You should now be able to read any error messages.

NOTE #2: You may need to rename the files to remove any spaces or special characters, or else the script can fail. I would suggest making copies of the original files, then you can simply copy and paste the old filenames back after conversion.

NOTE #3: Some FLV files may have MP4 extensions, and vice-versa. Either rename the extension to FLV if this is the case, or try changing the .bat command line to:
for %%a in (“*.mp4″) do ffmpeg -i %%a -vcodec copy -acodec copy %%~na.mkv

How-To: Upgrading the WiFi on the ASUS E45M1-I DELUXE

My media center has an excellent ASUS E45M1-I DELUXE motherboard, based on the dual-core AMD Fusion E-450 (aka “Zakate”) chip. This motherboard has a built-in AMD Radeon HD 6320 graphics chip which can render full HD content just fine.

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ASUS E45M1-I DELUXE
Mini ITX Motherboard

The only problem is that the WiFi card that comes with the ASUS E45M1-I DELUXE motherboard lacks support for the 5GHz band.

The ASUS E45M1-I DELUXE is a Mini ITX  (6.7×6.7 inches / 17×17 cm) card, which I’ve stashed inside an old Silvestone Sugo SG05 case to make a decent media center PC for cheap. I’ve replaced the single 12cm case fan in the front with a silent Noctua fan and used an SSD instead of a regular harddisk, all in the name of silence.

Being the DELUXE edition, it comes with an onboard wireless card, which is connected by two wires to two antenna connectors sticking out at the back of the case (by the IO shield).

It all sounds great, but there’s a problem: the WiFi card that comes with the motherboard doesn’t support the 5GHz band on my wireless home router.

Read on to find out exactly why this is a problem and how I fixed it! Continue reading “How-To: Upgrading the WiFi on the ASUS E45M1-I DELUXE” »

How To Turn Off The Prompt For Active Content When Opening Local Files In Internet Explorer

I just ran into this little issue when testing a small JavaScript, where Internet Explorer came up with this annoying little pop-up on the bottom of the page every time I wanted to test a new change in the code:

Internet Explorer restricted this webpage from running scripts or ActiveX controls | Allow blocked content

Unless I clicked “Allow blocked content” every single time, JavaScript was simply disabled.

That’s just no good… Continue reading “How To Turn Off The Prompt For Active Content When Opening Local Files In Internet Explorer” »

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