Windows Network Neighborhood is a historic mechanism to access other Windows computers in the same network. The concept of network has evolved over the years and there is now a pretty standard way of using TCP/IP for that purpose in most platforms. However exploring other computers in the same network using “File Explorer –> Network” is still very convenient and works in modern Windows versions, although issues may pop up from time to time mostly related to computers not showing up. Check out this article for potential solutions and ideas on how to fix some of these problems.
Copy All Streams using FFMPEG
If you want to copy all streams in audio and subtitles, you can try using the following command in FFMPEG. This example also shows how to increase the volume in all audio sound tracks.
ffmpeg -i infile.mkv -map 0:v -map 0:a? -map 0:s? -vcodec copy -af “volume=20dB” -c:s copy outfile.mkv
VMware – Connecting a USB3 Device
Depending on the version of VMware Workstation and the guest operating system, problems may occur when connecting a USB 3 device (e.g. external disk) from the host to the guest system. Error messages may include “not recognizing the USB device” or there is no message displayed at all. Device Manager will indicate that the device is not working properly even if it is detected.
Adding the following line to the configuration file (.VMX) of the virtual machine may help resolve the problem. Follow these steps: shutdown the guest operating system, edit the configuration file and restart the system.
usb.generic.keepStreamsEnabled = “FALSE”
Mouse Double Clicking Issues
This seems like a common issue when a mouse has been used for some time, say after a year or so. When you do a click, the mouse actually does a double click causing potential problems depending on what you are doing at the time. There are a number of “solutions” in the web trying to resolve the issue but most of them require disassembling the device with a lot of skill that is too much for the majority of us. Try the following simple solution by all means. It works in my case, and it may work for you too.
Logitech Mouse Double Click Fix – The Most Simple Method. No Dis-assembly Required – YouTube
Advanced MCE Remote Mapper
If you are still holding onto a Microsoft Windows Media Center machine, its remote is critical in operating such a device. The button on the remote can actually be remapped to perform a different function to your liking. One practical usage is to remap the ‘sleep’ function to a button that is seldom used, to supplement the ‘power’ button that may start working inconsistently due to wear and tear over the years. Download the remapping program from here.
Can’t See Other Computers on Network
If you cannot see other computers in Windows Explorer –> Network, check the following link for solutions that could potentially resolve the problem caused by the dated protocol with reduced support in newer versions of Windows.
Chrome Remote Desktop
Chrome Remote Desktop is a free remote desktop program from Google that runs as an extension that’s paired with the Chrome web browser.
You can use it to set up any computer running the Chrome browser to be a host computer that you can connect to at any time, whether the user is logged in or not, for full unattended access. It’s also useful for temporary, on-demand, one-time access/support. (read more)
How to Run Windows 11 on a USB Drive (and Take it With You)
Follow the steps described on this web page How to Run Windows 11 on a USB Drive (and Take it With You) | Tom’s Hardware (tomshardware.com)
If the web page does not exist, here is the page content in PDF format.
Install Android on VMware
If you are into the adventure of running Android on VMware, following the tips from this article may help especially for Android 8 and later. An additional note that I would add is about connecting to Internet after installation. The initial configuration of Android will ask for WiFi setup, just select Virtual WiFi as the network to connect (which is the Ethernet network on the host computer) and it would work.
How to Clean Install Windows 11
Many people are moving their PCs to Windows 11 by upgrading an existing install of Windows 10. However, in order to do that, you must have an activated copy of Windows 10 with its own product key on the computer in the first place. But what if you just want to throw Windows 11 onto an old or experimental PC, without having to install an activated copy of the prior operating system first? ….. (Read the whole story)