Printer dialog freezes after setting Properties

Problem

Printer dialog freezes after setting Properties of (any) printer.

Setup

Hardware

  • DELL Optiplex 9020
  • HP LaserJet 400 M401d (connected with USB)

Software/driver/firmware

  • Windows 7 64-bit
  • UAC notify
  • HP PCL 6 driver for Windows 7 64-bit
  • HP printer firmware 20160224

Steps tried before solution

  • carry out sfc /scannnow
  • carry out chkdsk
  • tried updating to lastest firmware and drivers
  • tried different setting in printer properties such as spooling, bidirectional support, rendering, etc.
  • change user role
    • When the user role is User, the printer dialog box freezes.
    • If the user role is Admininstrator, the printer dialog box does not freeze.
    • If the user role is Power Users, the printer dialog box does not freeze.

Solution

Set the user role to Power Users.

Remark

  • This will not solve all the freeze cases as there were other causes
  • Setting the user role to Power Users may not be feasible in certain cases.

Install Pentaho 4.5 CE as service on Windows 7 x64

Pentaho is an open source Business Intelligence suite. I installed the server according to these very informative posts and had been working with the server with bundled script to start and stop.

I tried to install service and the service simply cannot run though successfully installed. (Bundled Pentaho 4.5 only includes Tomcat 6 32-bit. It can be started with bundled start-pentaho.bat and it can be installed as service using bundled service.bat)

After so many searches, trials and errors, I have successfully installed the Pentaho 4.5 as service on my Windows 7 64 bit. The following content describes how did I do it.

Content

  • Some information
  • Install JDK and configure
  • Replace tomcat 6
  • Install and configure service
  • Q&A
  • Sources

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Using many version of firefox

How to use different version of firefox on the same windows machine.

Mozilla team is actively releasing the Firefox recently. It is a good thing and welcomed by many Firefox lovers. Just a thing, not every addon is compatible with the newly released Firefox. Until the addons you used are fully compatible with the latest one, you have to hold your urge to update the firefox or just ignore the addons.

There is a way to run two or more firefoxes (in PC), you need to

  • install the firefoxes to different folder
  • create separate profile for each firefox
  • change shortcuts to run with separate profile

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Quick opening of programs using Keyboard only

Describe how did I achieve to open any program with three key presses.

It is cumbersome to

  • move the cursor to the corner of the screen
  • click the ‘Start’ button
  • click the ‘Programs’
  • click the Program folder you like to open
  • click the shortcut to open the program
  • worst, sometimes mouse slipped and menu disappeared and have to start it all over again.

So I tried program launchers based on menu and still the same problem. And my system resource is taken by that program. (I like my computer running light)

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