Disable Chrome Backward and Forward Navigation with Touchpad Scroll

How to Disable Backward and Forward Navigation with Touchpad Two Finger Scroll in Google Chrome

Google Chrome on Windows integrates its own touchpad gestures for two finger scrolling. While scrolling up and down a page with two fingers is welcome, it overrides the operating system's touchpad gestures for left/right two finger scrolling. It has assigned these actions to navigating back/forward.

Open HEIF or HEIC images on Windows 10, 8.1 and 7

HEIF is the next-generation image container format to succeed and hopefully replace JPEG. It leverages HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding compression) to encode image data. While over the years, many superior or modernized image formats have appeared to replace JPEG, none have succeeded because of lack of ubiquitous support in various software. HEIF is from the Motion Picture Experts Group and its use is subject to licensing of patents. MPEG has standardized several audio and video compression formats over the last many decades - some popular examples being MPEG-2, MP3, H.264 and HEVC (H.265) among several others. In this article, we will see how to get Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 to view HEIF images.

Windows 10 Photos app to get Artificial Intelligence features

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all the rage these days and companies are pouring millions of dollars into its research and development. Soon, the Photos app in Windows 10 will get some AI-magic which should make it easier for you to find the photos you have taken. Let's see how.

Get Classic Taskbar in Windows 10 (Disable Grouped Buttons)

Ever since Microsoft redesigned the taskbar in Windows 7 and simply declared it as a superior one, long-time users of Windows have been frustrated at being unable to use it the way they were accustomed to in classic versions of Windows. Not only did the reimagined taskbar change the design of many features without giving any choice but it also eliminated some features of the classic Taskbar. Let us see how we can make the new Taskbar work exactly like the good, old classic Taskbar. You will need to install a free third party program.

Fix for Event ID error 10016: DCOM server not having Local Activation permissions for PCNAME\Username SID

Recently, on my Windows 8.1 PC, out of nowhere, I started getting errors in the Event Log after installing updates on a Patch Tuesday. The error was related to Distributed COM (DCOM):

The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID {9E175B6D-F52A-11D8-B9A5-505054503030} and APPID {9E175B9C-F52A-11D8-B9A5-505054503030} to the user PCNAME\Username SID S-1-5-21-81864976-3388411891-1937036257-1001 from address LocalHost (Using LRPC) running in the application container Unavailable SID (S-1-15-2-1430448594-2639229838-973813799-439329657-1197984847-4069167804-1277922394). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.

Such a complicated error might make inexperienced users throw up in frustration. They are unfamiliar with this terminology. Plus, troubleshooting DCOM errors is a pain so I ignored it at first but the event log was full of them as it occurred every hour or so. Determined to fix it, I decided to investigate.

Check if your USB 3.0 device supports USB Attached SCSI (UAS) Protocol

As you may or may not be knowing, older USB standards used a Bulk-Only Transport (BOT) protocol to transfer data between devices. When USB 3.0 was introduced, the BOT protocol was retained but a newer USB Attached SCSI protocol (UASP) was defined in the spec which uses the SCSI command set and allows for faster, multi-threaded parallel transfers with command queuing. However, due to low awareness, only a few USB 3.0 mass storage devices adopted UAS. Here is how you can find out if your USB 3.0 device supports UASP.

Fix Windows Update stuck on Checking for Updates

As Windows 7 has gotten older, it has become harder and harder to keep it up-to-date because of too many updates released for it. To ease users' pain, Microsoft released the Convenience Rollup which was like SP2. However despite integrating Convenience Rollup using dism into Windows 7 SP1 Setup, Windows Update does not work after doing a clean install. Here is how to quickly get Windows Update working again.

Use both Task Managers at once in Windows 10 and Windows 8

Windows 8 introduced a completely different task manager which is very different from the Windows 7/Vista/XP task manager. While it has a few advantages and improvements, it is also has bugs, regressions and missing functionality. That is why some users prefer the classic Task Manager app. It is faster and more usable. But there are times when you might occasionally need functionality from the new Task Manager such as analyzing a wait chain or monitoring disk usage without firing up Resource Monitor. So here's a AutoHotkey script to open both Task Managers.

App review: Windows 10 Firewall Control to fully control network access of programs

With Windows 10, there have been increased concerns about privacy because of the entire OS collecting telemetry and sending that data to Microsoft where they inspect it to take future design decisions. Also, new types of malware are always being found to which blocking network access is essential. Allowing network access to only trusted programs is a fundamental step in increasing your security and privacy. Windows 10 Firewall Control is a simple free third party program to control and monitor the network activity of applications. It prevents undesired information leaks for incoming and outgoing connections for applications running locally or remotely on Windows.