Windows 7 forgets default printer

One might ask why we use Windows 7 in 2022, but hey, we didn't manage to migrate some applications...

After migrating a Windows 7 computer to another Windows domain, it started to forget its default printer. It always set HP ePrint or Microsoft XPS Writer as default printer.

After doing some research, I removed everything related to printers from the following registry keys:

HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Devices

After a reboot, the printers were reconnected using our group policies. And Windows finally remembered the default printer! I guess there were some old information which caused this behaviour.

Published on 2022-05-27, 19:28 +0000

MS Office activation window keeps popping up

I tried to install Microsoft Office 2016 on a computer with a preinstalled evaluation version of Office. The installation was successful and I was able to activate it, but on every start the activation window popped up and I was not able to close it.

On the first time this happened, I tried to remove all remains of Office using the uninstall tool, but it didn't work.
After doing some research, I found some forum posts stating that I have to remove all oncurrences of a certain ID from the registry. This did the trick.

Unfortunately, I didn't note down what registry keys I had to remove. When this happened on another computer, I did not find the forum post again. Fortunately, I found another post in a Microsoft forum. As it turns out, all you have to do is to delete the following registry key:


This worked perfectly for me. The activation window didn't pop up again.

Published on 2022-05-14, 11:53 +0000

I like Dell servers

You can say what you want about Dell, but I have to admit that I like their servers! I was able to mount a server in less than 5 minutes thanks to the very simple rackmount rails!
And also the iDRAC management interface is very fancy :)

Published on 2022-04-28, 06:06 +0000

"Imagine" cover by arising music

Great "Imagine" cover by arising music, featuring Lena Thon, a friend of mine (click on the image to watch the video on YouTube):

Imagine Cover 2022 | arising music

Published on 2022-04-17, 09:39 +0000

110 years since the sinking of the Titanic

Today it's been 110 years since the Titanic sank.

I recently discovered this real time animation of the sinking and I like it (click on the image to watch the video on YouTube):

Titanic Sinks REAL TIME

Great work by the people of Titanic: Honor and Glory!

Published on 2022-04-14, 18:26 +0000