Another fun Windows-related debugging article! This time, I had to dive in to find a fix to an error along the lines of “This file does not have an app associated with it for performing this action.” constantly popping up on my Windows 10 workstation. While I had this error constantly popping up, the same fixes should apply to the situation when the error only comes up when you’re actually trying to open a file. Problem The error looks somewhat like the below: This file…Continue reading How to fix “This file does not have an app associated with it for performing this action” in Windows 10/11?
It’s the roaring twenties again, cloud is the hot stuff, and nobody needs a server anymore. Right? Nope! I’ve been involved in more on-prem or hybrid projects in the last 12 months than in the last 3-4 years combined. There are plenty of industries and valid uses for still setting up on-prem servers. And quite often, that includes setting up IIS (Internet Information Services) on said machines. And of course, there’s the classic use case – local development. Depending on what you’re trying to achieve,…Continue reading How to install IIS (Internet Information Services) on Windows 10?
This post describes a few different things that can (and will) go wrong when you’re trying to load DLLs in PowerShell, and a couple of ways you can try to fix them. Typically, you’d run into an error message like “Exception calling LoadFrom with 1 argument(s): Could not load file or assembly…. “ These issues most typically arise when you’re running a PowerShell script that depends on certain DLLs to be loaded (to then execute some of the methods from them). This could happen kind…Continue reading How to resolve issues when loading DLLs in PowerShell?
If you’re like me, you’re not using Adobe Reader, but rather switched to Foxit Reader years ago, and never looked back. Foxit has a great PDF printer, it’s sleek and for the most part a pleasure to use – in other words, it’s a great reader. But it’s not perfect. See, the default save location is “Foxit Drive”, and it pops up any time you try to save your document, and at least for me interrupts my workflow. This post describes how to get rid…Continue reading How to remove Foxit Drive in Foxit Reader?
Ever had issues with different versions of Office programs not living in harmony together? Me too! This post describes how I was able to fix the issue and get Visio and Office 2016 of different installation types to play well together. Preface This blog post was inspired by my need to have Office 365 ProPlus (2016 versions) and Visio running side-by-side on my laptop. That turned out to be a lot more complicated than it arguably should be, so I documented the steps for further…Continue reading Unorthodox configuration: How to use VLK and Click-to-run Office Apps side-by-side (Visio and Office 2016 as an example)
Imagine being deeply focused on a very important and time-sensitive task and, all of a sudden, an incoming email throws you off by jumping into focus. I am sure you don’t need to imagine too hard as this has likely annoyed you in the recent past too, right? Here is a guide to help you make sure that no piece of software has the ability to “jump to the top” and activate your cursor on it, letting you carry on working on that important task…Continue reading How to prevent Outlook and other programs from stealing focus
If you’re developing something like a WPF app and you need to update values on the User Interface based on a long-running operation that runs in a background thread (like depicted in my other blog post right here – that post is for a full-trust SharePoint solution, but the basic principle is the same!). yOU probably need to use Dispatcher, or otherwise, you’ll run into issues with the GUI elements being owned by another thread, and therefore forbidding access to them. This can result in an…Continue reading Using Dispatcher to update values in GUI elements from a background thread
Every now and then comes the time when you’d actually need to debug something, and then you’ll likely be using your Visual Studio to attach the debugger to one or more processes. Using CKSDev to attach to all IIS worker processes (w3wp.exe), or if you don’t use CKSDev, just pressing ctrl+p and selecting the processes from the list, is often a good enough solution. However, sometimes that makes your dev box sluggish, or maybe catches exceptions from code you’re not wishing to debug at the…Continue reading Attaching the Visual Studio debugger to the right IIS worker process
This post describes how to fix possible issues with the Windows hosts file. I’ll first document how to find the damn file, and then go through a bunch of options on what to check and how to fix different possible issues. Opening the hosts -file First of all, the host’s file location is usually: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts (link may or may not work depending on your security settings and browser version, but you can always copy-paste it to your text editor’s “Open”-dialog… :) Editing the file requires…Continue reading Troubleshooting guide for Windows hosts file