Kodi 18 – goodbye algorithmdirtyregions, hello smartredraw

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You might want to skip tweaking the Kodi 18 advancedsettings.xml with   and  with values guided by even weirder descriptions you found somewhere on the interwebs. Kodi 18 has a new feature called  and it should become the successor of the dirty regions tweak. At the moment (18.3 RC) it's still called an experimental feature but … Continue reading Kodi 18 – goodbye algorithmdirtyregions, hello smartredraw

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Disable Edge Prelaunch and Tab Preloading

Windows 1903 brings some nice features to the PC but not all of them are great. Back in December, Microsoft announced their intention to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility for our customers, and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers. … Continue reading Disable Edge Prelaunch and Tab Preloading

Updating .NET on Windows Server 2016 Core – How hard can it be?

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The reason for this post is a release note of an app i'm using on a virtual machine. In the release notes the orange header stated "Please install the .NET 4.7 framework or later".  I can do that, easily! was my first thought.... it turned out to be not that easy. Microsoft ships some dotNET version … Continue reading Updating .NET on Windows Server 2016 Core – How hard can it be?

Kodi Preparing for v18 – CleanLibrary

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It won't be long before the new Kodi v18 (codename Leia) will be released. A little bit of housekeeping won't harm most databases before we upgrade it. Kodi has a builtin function called CleanLibrary. This function will perform a number of 'cleanup' tasks on your video or music database. It can be run if you have … Continue reading Kodi Preparing for v18 – CleanLibrary

Change a process priority and affinity with PowerShell

Yesterday I was using a virtual machine from my Hyper-V server and I noticed it became sluggish at one point. A quick look at the task manager and it was clearly Windows Update who was slurping away my CPU power. There is no real point in killing the process but it should not interfere as … Continue reading Change a process priority and affinity with PowerShell

Retrieve Disk Health information with PowerShell

With the PowerShell Get-StorageReliabilityCounter cmdlet you can get the storage reliability counters for a specified disk or all disks in your system. These counters include information about such things as the device temperature, errors, wear, and length of time the device has been in use (if your devices supports these). What happen? I just tried … Continue reading Retrieve Disk Health information with PowerShell

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Explorer Network Browsing

The Computer Browser service relies on the SMBv1 protocol to populate the Windows Explorer Network node (also known as "Network Neighborhood"). This legacy protocol is long deprecated, doesn't route, and has limited security but we all tend to make use of it when looking for a share on a remote computer. The Change In Windows … Continue reading Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Explorer Network Browsing

Notifications grayed out and settings closes immediately after opening? – Possible solution

I've come across a few people who had this problem and after doing some cleanup with the registry last night it happened to me (again). The Microsoft forum and other tech fora are full of these questions and i don't know during which night every freaking problem on your pc would be solved by running … Continue reading Notifications grayed out and settings closes immediately after opening? – Possible solution

File association configuration in Windows 10

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Before Windows 10, an application could check default apps, ask for user consent and set default app programmatically using a Windows API. The problem with the previous sentence is the word could. The application should have checked it, should have asked it and then changed it. But some programs skip the user consent and set the … Continue reading File association configuration in Windows 10

Kodi slow after Windows upgrade?

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Yesterday my laptop received the Redstone 3 update and things worked fine. Today i noticed some drivers were being 'updated' and made things really bad. My Intel Graphics driver had been downgraded to some version from 2016... I couldn't use Kodi on the machine anymore because Kodi thought I didn't have a DirectX 11 capable … Continue reading Kodi slow after Windows upgrade?