Posts Tagged ‘Windows 7’

How to make IE8 trust a self-signed certificate in 20 irritating steps (and also for Google Chrome)

  1. Browse to the site whose certificate you want to trust. 
  2. When told “There is a problem with this website’s security certificate.”, choose “Continue to this website (not recommended).” 
  3. Select Tools->Internet Options. 
  4. Select Security->Trusted sites->Sites. 
  5. Confirm the URL matches, and click “Add” then “Close”. 
  6. Close the “Internet Options” dialog box with either “OK” or “Cancel”. 
  7. Refresh the current page. 
  8. When told “There is a problem with this website’s security certificate.”, choose “Continue to this website (not recommended).” 
  9. Click on “Certificate Error” at the right of the address bar and select “View certificates”. 
  10. Click on “Install Certificate…”, then in the wizard, click “Next”. 
  11. On the next page select “Place all certificates in the following store”. 
  12. Click “Browse”, select “Trusted Root Certification Authorities”, and click “OK”. 
  13. Back in the wizard, click “Next”, then “Finish”. 
  14. If you get a “Security Warning” message box, click “Yes”. 
  15. Dismiss the message box with “OK”. 
  16. Select Tools->Internet Options. 
  17. Select Security->Trusted sites->Sites. 
  18. Select the URL you just added, click “Remove”, then “Close”. 
  19. Now shut down all running instances of IE, and start up IE again. 
  20. The site’s certificate should now be trusted.

Microsoft Backup – Humoungous System Image


I have been using Windows Backup to backup my windows machine to my
server. Suddenly I noticed that it took a very long time to run, and
that the output files were humoungus!

After researching this a bit, I found that the system image it took
included my data partition (d:), not only the system partition (c:).
Why on earth did it include my data drive with only data files, games
and so on?

After googling a bit, I found the answer: If you have any service
that refers to files on another drive than c:, it will be included in
the system image backup. So, for example the Dragon Age Updater
service makes my windows treat d: as a system-drive, and includes it
in the system image backup.

As far as I have figured out, there is no way to disable this
behaviour. All I could find were very angry people, and none from
Microsoft wanted to comment on it. So I guess I will either be
changing my backup program, not use the system image option or go
through every service and figure out which refers to the d:-drive and
change them… Very annoying!

XBMC on an Asrock 330HT BD



I have been using XBMC for quite some years on my classic Xbox, and was extremely satisfied with it.  However, the hardware was getting a bit outdated, and it couldn’t play HD f.ex..  So after a lot of research I bought an Asrock 330HT BD, which is quite nice.


I have been testing it for a while using Linux with XBMC, but I have to say it’s a lot of hassle to get everything to work.  Most importantly, the remote control drivers for Linux from Asrock sucks, they only work for specific linux kernels, so you’re screwed over every time you update…

So, I went back to Windows 7 with XBMC, and this is a small Howto on what I did to get it to work as I wanted it to.

1) Install and update Windows (duh)
2) Install the remote control drivers from Asrock:
3) Install XBMC (duh):  After installation, your settings on Windows are in %AppData%Xbmc.
4) The windows remote control that comes with the Asrock is by default setup to use Windows Media Center.  To switch some keys around to work better with XBMC, do as follows:
 a) Download MSRemote.reg and merge it into your registry:  – If you ever want to go back to the original setup for the remote, download MSDefault.reg and merge it into your registry and reboot:
 b) Download keyboard.xml to %AppData%XbmcUserdata:
 c) Right click on the icon for XBMC on the start-meny, click on properties and click in the Shortcut Key box.  Then click on the keys ctrl-shift-w. Then click ok.
 d) Reboot
 e) Thanks to the folks on and for these files and tips.
5) If you want Windows to start, login to your passwordprotected useraccount (xbmc f.ex), and start up XBMC automatically when you turn on the Asrock, do the following:
 a) Start regedit as admin
 b) Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogonAutoAdminLogon
 c) Change it from 0 to 1
 d) Windows-r (run) and type “control userpasswords2”
 e) Check/Uncheck “Users must enter a password…” a few times until you get asked for your password.
 f) Copy the XBMC shortcut on the start menu to the startup folder
 g) Thanks to Sarah Perez on the MSDN blog for this tip.
6) I recommend setting up XBMC to go to sleep after 10 minutes of idle time, and that the off button sends the machine to sleep.  This will make the top right button on the remote make the machine go to sleep or wake up.  Only takes a few seconds.

BlueRay playback will come in a later post.

Good luck with your XBMC on the Asrock 🙂


Windows Media Center + Dreambox = sant


En kollega viste meg noe stilig før helgen, og jeg har selv testet dette i dag, og stadfestet at dette er fantastisk! Hvis du har en dreambox, må du teste dette.

Det du trenger: En dreambox og en PC med Windows 7 (en versjon som inkluderer Windows Media Center). Så må du kjøpe et program som heter DVBLink for Dreambox: Dette kan du teste gratis i 20 dager for å se om det er noe for deg, det koster ca. 180 kroner å kjøpe det.

Hva får du?
DVBLink for Dreambox lager 4 virtuelle tv-tunere i Windows. Disse er koblet mot dreambox’en(e) din(e), og gjør at du kan se på TV som om du hadde et tv-kort i pc’en med kort for å dekode alt som dreambox’en(e) din(e) kan. Helt sømløst.

Med på kjøpet får du EPG fra Microsoft, og mulighet for å bruke XMLTV til EPG på de kanalene som ikke Microsoft støtter direkte. Du får også opptaksmuligheter. Windows Media Center fungerer med pause-funksjon, den tar opp de siste x antall minutter så du kan hoppe tilbake og se noe om igjen, du kan ta opp et hvilket som helst program fra EPG’en, eller velge å ta opp en hel tv-serie. Alt sammen veldig brukervennlig.

Absolutt verd en titt hvis du har en dreambox og ønsker tv på en PC, f.eks. en media-pc i stuen.

Sjekk ut vedlagte screenshots.


Installing sound drivers for VirtualBox / Windows 7


Even with the latest version of Windows 7 and VirtualBox 3.0 available, there is no sound drivers for the emulated sound card bundled, unlike in Windows XP. To enable sound in Windows 7 under VirtualBox you need to install the drivers for the sound card.

1) Go to RealTek’s website:
2) Click on “Downloads”, then on “AC’97 Audio Codecs”. On the downloads page download the file with the description “Vista/Win7 (32/64 bits) Driver only (ZIP file)”.
3) Extract the file and run setup.exe. You will need to click on “Install anyway” a few times.
4) Then the device manager should refresh itself, and the sound card should be installed and working.

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