Send to… where?

The send-to menu in Windows is useful for opening a file with an application other than the one you usually use. For example, you have a text file. You know it is a plain text file, but the name ends in something other than txt. So you open Notepad or some other editor that can read and write text files.

Not impossible to do, but it can be tedious. You open Notepad, you click File/Open, you then have to navigate to the appropriate directory and tell Notepad that you want to work with files other than plain text. Why go to all that trouble?

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You have Files that are Ready to Burn to Disk

Make it go away!

Since yesterday, every time I turn on my computer, I get the message that I “have files ready to burn to disk.” It is annoying and, even worse, when I clicked on the message to try to cancel it, the window that should show the list of files ready to burn is empty! So how do you cancel something that you have already canceled?

Here is the answer. When you select files to burn to disk, you drag the files into that window. If you delete the contents of the list, the list goes into the recycle bin. Every time your computer starts up after that, it finds the list and tells you that you have files ready to burn.

Now for the solution. It’s so simple, you may kick yourself when I tell you what it is. In fact, it it so simple that you probably already figured it out. Empty the recycle bin and that “files ready to burn to disk” message will go away once and for all.

At least, until the next time you decide not to burn files to disk.

They’re baaack!

In Windows 8.1, you might still get the message. That is because Windows 8.1 maintains a hidden folder with information about files you have selected to write to a CD or DVD. If that hidden folder isn’t empty you will still see the message. The folder is located here:

C:UsersusernameAppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsBurnTemporary Burn Folder

Replace “username” with your Windows username. Also, this is a hidden folder, so you will have to make hidden files visible. In Windows Explorer, go to the View tab and make sure that the box next to : Hidden items is checked.

When you have opened the folder, delete any files you find there. This should clear up the problem. (It is possible that this will work in earlier versions of Windows as well, but I can’t verify that easily. Let me know if you try it and it works.)

Make SimCity Run in Windows 8.1

I think this one will also work with Windows 8.0, but I’m not sure.

I recently purchased SimCity (now that they allow single player mode, it was worth getting) and I was extremely disappointed when I discovered that it wouldn’t run properly. After installing it and upgrading the files to the latest version, I started the game. The log appeared, and it seemed that a window opened, but it immediately disappeared, minimized to the taskbar. I tried restoring it. No luck there either, I heard a few seconds of music and saw a black background before it I saw both of my monitors flicker. The window was minimized again.

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