Category Archives: Operating Systems

How to Fix iTunes Home Sharing

I had trouble sharing my iTunes libraries across two Windows 7 machines. I tried reinstalling iTunes, restarting both computers, and using the Apple Application Support (Control Panel –> Add or Remove Programs –> right click on Apple Application Support) to repair my Apple programs, but nothing worked. I wondered if it was caused by the fact that one of the computers used a wired connection and the other was wireless, but I figured that couldn’t be the main problem because who uses wired connections for every device they own these days?

What did eventually work was shutting both computers down, shutting my modem/router down (by pulling out the plug from the wall), waiting two minutes, turning my modem/router back on, waiting two minutes, then turning the computers back on. The computers both had some issues getting reconnected to the internet, but opening up Network and Sharing and click on the “X” seemed to solve that problem on both computers. Once they were reconnected, I opened up iTunes and both computers found the other computer’s library. Problem solved.

At least for now. I will report back if this doesn’t end up being a permanent solution.

(P.S. I hate iTunes, but Home Sharing is nice when it works. But I still hate iTunes.)

P.P.S. This worked once, and never again. Annoying.

Problem With Receiving (Yahoo) Email on Android

I received the following message on my Android phone whenever I tried to access my Yahoo mail account.

The application PC-mail (process com.android.email) has stopped unexpectedly. Please try again.

This problem happened all of a sudden after the application had been working fine for a long time (since I got the phone). From what I understand, this error message can pop up when the application can’t handle certain email headers. I was able to fix the problem on my phone by going to my Yahoo account online and moving all of my email into another folder (removing it from the inbox). It might be possible to try to guess which email includes the offensive header, and move only that email to another folder, but I found it faster just to move everything. Seems to work fine now.

How to Show Different Wallpapers on Dual Monitors in Windows 7

From what I understand, Windows 8 will have a feature that will let you display two different desktop images (wallpapers) on your dual monitor setup. However, there are at least two ways you can accomplish the same in Windows 7 (and possibly other versions of Windows, but I haven’t checked).

1. Use a custom-sized image and set it to “tile” rather than “center”.

You can download custom-sized wallpapers for multiple monitor setups here and here (and many other places — just search). Right click on the full-sized image (make sure it is the full-sized image and not just a thumbnail) and select “tile” instead of “center” for the layout of the image.

If you want to use specific photos, you can figure out the dimensions of your two monitors (e.g. 3360 x 1050 — you can find this out in your display settings) and create an image of that size, and then tile it.

2. Download a program that will sort it out for you.

e.g.

I haven’t tried either of these, but they seem to be reputable.


Lifehacker also has some hints of ways to make the most of your dual monitors.

How To Remove a Printer Driver in Windows 7 Home Premium

I installed a network printer with an incorrect driver and when I tried to replace it with the correct one on my Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit) system, I found that it was quite impossible. I deleted the printer from the printer list and then tried to reinstall it; however, when it came to the part where it asks if I wanted to use the original driver or replace it with a new driver, no matter which option I chose, it would always use the original driver. Frustrating!!

I eventually realized that I needed to delete the driver, but I couldn’t find it. I checked the device manager, but there were no printers listed there. I also checked online and several sites told me to launch “Print Management”, but I could not find that option anywhere on any of my menus. I finally found some instructions that told me how to get to Print Management on a Windows 7 computer. (NOTE: This did not work for me, so skip this part and scroll down to see the final answer if you are on a Windows 7 Home Premium Machine.)

How to See Print Management on a Windows 7 Computer
(but not Windows 7 Home Premium!!!)

  • Right click on the Windows orb (that round thingy at the bottom left corner of your screen).
  • Select Properties.
  • Under “Start Menu”, choose “Customize”.
  • Look for the option “Administration Tools”. Yours is likely set to “do not display” right now. Change your selection to “Show under All Programs and Start Menu”.
  • Click OK. Click OK again to close the Properties box.
  • Click on the Windows orb again (left click this time) and look for “Administration Tools”. Click on it and look for “Print Management”

(I may not have the right names for everything above as I am working on a Japanese system and just translating what I am seeing on my Japanese system.)

HOWEVER, Print Management still did not show up as an option after I did that!! The reason is that Windows 7 Home Premium does not give you any way to access Print Management through menus. So, you have to do this instead.

How to See Print Management on a Windows 7 Home Premium Computer

  • Click on the Windows Orb.
  • Type cmd in the search box at the bottom of the menu.
  • You will see the option of cmd.exe appear at the top of the menu. Click it.
  • This will launch a window in which you can type direct commands into your computer.
  • Type the following after the “greater than” sign (>): printui /s /t2
  • This will magically open a Print Management screen.

From here you can delete the offensive driver and regain some of the sanity you lost through your previous attempts to get the printer to do what it was meant to do.

How to Shut Down Ubuntu 11.10 Computer

My little Ubuntu machine wouldn’t let me shut down. I had to click on “Dash Home” and search for the term “shut down” and then it would do it, but there was no button for me to click to get it to shut down without searching. Very annoying. When I looked up this problem online, I realized that there should have been a little “gear icon” at the top right of the screen. There wasn’t. I don’t know why, but this seems to be a problem with the theme called “Ambiance”. You can fix this problem by changing your them to “Radiance” instead.

Settings –> Appearance –> Theme –> Change from Ambiance to Radiance

This change also added extra icons to the top menu and provided actual pictures for the “Settings” and “Trash” buttons on the side menu. With the Ambiance theme, these were all blank.

Hope this helps!