How to stop Google using your SSID for location services

Just found out that you can stop this.

By default, Google, and possibly others, use your SSID to help improve their location services. You can opt out by changing your SSID, shouldn’t it be if you want to opt in? Anyway if you add “_nomap” then they won’t record your data, alternatively maybe hiding the SSID does the same?
More details here: https://support.google.com/nexus/answer/1725632?hl=en&rd=1

Wrong version of C:\Windows\System32\ATL100.dll

Having problems with this DLL on Windows 7?

In my case this stopped notepad.exe from saving files smoothly, okay how many people use notepad still? The files did save but you had to click through a couple of Window’s dialogs saying that the file was running on the wrong version of Windows. Quite why the 64 bit of notepad was running this is beyond the level of investigation I put into this.

I tried to uninstall it using regsv32 but that also complained it was the wrong version. Right clicking on the file and examining the properties was of no help at all, so maybe it is corrupt? Looking at the ATL110.dll we see that that it has been signed by Microsoft, my version of ATL100.dll didn’t even offer up the tab! Should have taken a screen grab before I replaced it.

atl110 properties
Digital signatures of the atl110.dll

Trying to find similar issues, either via Google or Bing, offered up plenty of sites who would provide a copy – but without having any checksum to work with no way was I downloading them! Also no one seemed to provide any solution, maybe I can’t construct the correct query or I should have gone further into the results.

Next was to try and rollback the file, not an option as by the time I’d found the issue I’d helpfully cleared out, read reset, my system restore and windows backups so they were no use. Running the System File Checker (sfc.exe) showed that there were no problems with the Windows installation.

Okay so back to basics and try and figure it out, with vague recollection of my VC++ days (very vague and no fun) we find the DLL is part of the Active Template Library (the ATL in the file name) part of the C++ 2010 Redistributable package (the 100 in the file name).

To resolve the issue I downloaded the 64 and 32 bit 2010 packages using this link: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2977003

First off I ran each installer in repair mode, no luck the error still persisted. The atl100.dll still wasn’t right. So I took the sledgehammer to it and deleted it. Then I ran each installer twice, first removing the package and then to re-install. I didn’t reboot in between removing and installing but it is probably advisable. Certainly once you have re-installed then a reboot would be good practice.

Sorted!

Change Windows password from the command line

This works on Windows 7, Windows Server 2012, but I’ve not tried on other platforms.
First off fire up a cmd prompt, with administrative privileges.
Then into this type the following:
net user account_name *
This will prompt you for your new password, which will not be displayed, and then to verify it afterwards as well.

Windows 7: Drag and drop not working

Trying to drag a file, or folder, in Windows Explorer and nothing is happening?

The solution I found was to left-click on the item, keep the button depressed, and then press the “Esc”ape key. Low and behold you can now drag and drop the item.

Absolutely no idea what causes this to stop working.

Further information, but no root cause, here.