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  1. After switching from XP to Windows 7, I found one new feature annoying. Im quite often dealing with large amount of files. It is very convenient for me to see the summary on the disk space used, when selecting large amount of files using just the keyboad. The problem is, if the amout is 16 or more, the summary gets disabled. I have to click "show more information"(translated from Polish) to get the status bar to show the count, but the focus from keyboard selecting is lost, at that moment. Adding another file to the selection disables the status bar, again.

    Is there a way to disable this feature? Back in the Windows XP, I was able to select as many files as I wanted and the summary was always visible, without having to click anything.

  2. Well. I found yet another solution. It is possible to set a static arp entry inside the remote router to ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff. When a packet is sent to the set IP it is broadcasted through LAN instead of sending it to the IP's specific mac.

    The hack works with the routers I'm working with. What I'm missing is a command tool able to send WOL to a specific IP in other network. The application I'm using now requires Windows 7, and does not have the command line interface.

    By the way, the Poweroff does not work with such an approach.


    Found it. WakeMeOnLan from Nirsoft works, and has a command line option.

  3. On 3/8/2021 at 2:28 PM, Dave-H said:

    Is the Bluetooth device being displayed in Device Manager OK?
    There should be an "Intel Centrino Wireless (Bluetooth Adapter)" entry under "Bluetooth Devices".
    There should be a Bluetooth icon in the system tray and a "My Bluetooth" icon in "My Computer" too.

    Everything seems to be fine in the Device Manager. Bluetooth icons are present where they should be.

    Since the Asus X101CH have just one antenna I had to connect it to the main connector. The auxilary antenna is not connected.

  4. On 3/7/2021 at 1:36 PM, Dave-H said:

    Everything seems to be fine with the driver, but I'm unable to detect any bluetooth device. I can detect it from another Asus X101CH with RTL8821AE and Windows 7. But every attempt at connecting failed. I have to find a driver for Windows 7 in order to test if the adapter is working correctly.

  5. On 1/26/2021 at 5:34 PM, Dave-H said:

    I'm in the process of doing the same with my Asus X102B netbook, which had a rubbish AR5B125 wi-fi card in it, 2.4GHz only and no Bluetooth!
    I've bought an Intel 6235ANHMW card, which I believe and hope is a suitable replacement.
    It does have drivers for XP, but the later APP6P-700973 card which I first considered does not.

    I just installed an Intel 6235ANHMW card in my Asus X101CH. I found just the Windows 7 and newer driver on the Intel site. According to Intel declarations version 21.40.5 is the last one with Windows 7 and 8 support.

  6. On 1/28/2021 at 12:44 PM, IntMD said:

    for the record, what are the hardware ids for the model (and what exact kind of AR5B22 is it)?


    I found a WiFi driver for Windows 7 32bit: Dell Wireless 1901 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz). I have some doubts about how well it works, however.

    I think I'll try the Intel 6235ANHMW.

  7. I did try to edit a non-interactive pdf form in firefox 83 in Windows 7, and I failed.

    Perhaps the function works with interactive forms, as the pdfjs.renderInteractiveForms name suggests. But non-interactive forms is a whole different story. Or perhaps there is some trick to it, I'm not aware of.

    Here is a non-interactive form I'm trying to fill:


    It's a declaration related to comunal waste disposal. The city waste disposal charges are calculated according to the forms sent by the building owners.

  8. I just bought AR5B22 adapter. According to the seller there are XP drivers for WiFi adapter. But, I do not have a solid proof there are XP drivers for Bluetooth.

    As for the Realtek RTL8821AE, I was able to get it working with XP in Asus EEE PC X101CH. However, I found no XP driver for Bluetoth, as well.

    Both these Adapters are dual band with integrated Bluetooth. I bought half size mini PCI-E versions.

  9. 15 hours ago, grey_rat said:

    Firefox pdfjs.renderInteractiveForms - true

    The Adobe Reader IX works fine with interactive forms. So, there is no problem with them.

    The setting pdfjs.renderInteractiveForms does nothing with non-interactive forms, I believe. So, the Firefox can not fill non-interactive forms.

  10. I think filling the forms with Gimp is not a good solution. The Adobe Reader comments are a superior, as they can be modified later.

    The LibreOffice Draw also is not good as well.

    The idea is to be as easy to work with as the Adobe Reader DC Fill & Sign is.

    If the solution is more difficult to use, the users will press on moving to newer OS.

  11. So far, I was able to fill such forms just by using comments in Windows XP.

    In Adobe Reader DC it is possible to fill non-interactive forms with Fill & Sign tool. But in Adobe Reader XI i found no such a function.

    Is there a third party tool working in Windows XP able to do the same as Adobe Reader DC Fill & Sign tool?

  12. I decided to put Windows XP on an Asus Eee PC X101CH netbook. But I had a problem with the WifI adapter in it. So, I started to look for a replacement with Windows XP driver support.

    My first choice was RTL8821AE. It has dual band WiFi and BT. I bought it, installed, but failed to find BT drivers working on Windows XP.

    My next candidate is AR5B22. It is a bit slower when it comes to the maximum WiFi speed, but it has all the other benefits like dual band and BT. It seems there are the WiFi drivers support for XP. But the advertising ommits XP when comes to BT drivers. So it seems to be a little risky to buy it.

    But perhaps there are other adapters with confirmed XP support.


  13. Avast abandoned Avast Pro Antyvirus product line. The client with pending subscriptions are switched to Avast Premier with the subscription extended by one month.

    The whole thing caused quite a disturbance, because when installed Avast product notices the licence properties are different than the installed version it automaticaly installs the version in the licence. There is no user consent in this process, the whole thing happens in the background, and it is not possible to prevent it.

    When Avast upgrades from Pro Antyvirus to Premier it installs and activates firewall module. Because of that the remote support loses connection to the computer, and the network shares are blocked. In my case it blocked VNC remote access, SMB scaning services, and Network share SMB file backup services from BackupPC servers.

    According to the Avast support, the feature was meant to correct user mistakes involving installation of a wrong Avast software version. But when connected with online licence renewal services it can cause quite a headache for remote support crew.

    This is true to Avast Internet Security, as well. If the firewall module was not installed, a forced version switch can install it.

    I do not know if AVG has the same issues, as the Avast.

  14. Indeed. OpenSSH 3.7.1 and PUTTY solved the problem.

    In PUTTY it is possible to set custom terminal sting. In my case it was CMD.EXE /C WOL.EXE [mac address]. Then it is necessary to save this settings to a profile, as it can not be used from the command line. Then call PUTTY with the command line switches PUTTY.EXE -load [profile name] -ssh [user name@][IP adress] -pw [password].

    This sequence allows to connect to SSH server without specifying the user name and password, then CMD.EXE /C starts the terminal on the server which closes right after calling WOL.EXE.

    The result is, user has just to click on the icon on his desktop. The terminal window appears for the moment then closes.

    The bad side is the link contains login and password. It is possible to create another guest account on the server for this purpose. Still it gives some access to the server. So the user must be trustworthy..

  15. I have a few observations.

    - Open SSH Installer creates profiles for all users present during the installation time. Adding another Windows user at later time requires manual adding the new user to the Open SSH database.

    - While user names are taken from the Open SSH database, passwords are handled by Windows.

    Finally I was unable to enable the RSA key authentication. It just does not work for me. The help file does not specify in what folders particular server related files should be placed. Also there are some differences with the configuration file names. I do not think the help file was created for this particular Open SSH version.

  16. Well. I installed the 3.7.1 with the default path. All went just as the help file said, and it works properly, for now.

    For terminal program I'm using PUTTY, just as I was using with many Linux distributions.

    The first observation is: it is not possible to use \ character, when configuring custom shell command on connection. The shell has to be available somewhere where PATH variable points to, because of that. It is possible to use CMD.EXE /C to run command on connection and disconnect immediately after that, as well.

  17. Is it possible for two people to connect to the same desktop using WinRM? I mean for two people to see exactly the same deskto and to controll it at the same time? (So, one can see the actions of the other, just as two people connected to the same desktop through VNC).

    My initial plan is to secure the SSH tunnel with SSL certficates, so no one without a proper client certificate would be able to connect. In this particular case it will not be possible to restrict the access to predetermined IP list, I'm afraid. The requirement is to provide access from anywhere.

  18. For now, I need it to run a command on connection to a remote Windows XP. It will be WOL command. So the Windows XP will be acting as a WOL proxy.

    Later I will need it as a secure communication channel for TightVNC access, as well.

  19. The first problem is installing the SSH server on Windows XP. Personally I would not treat this thread as a question. Perhaps "investigation" would be a better term. Still I have somewhat limited time I can spare on it.

    There are many tutorials targeted towards Windows XP, but it looks like most of them are based on OpenSSH for Windows v3.8.1p1-1 from 2004. The executables from this version have been removed from sourceforge.net as the project was taken over by a new developer. Comments from following years are stating the installer has destroyed the path variables, and it is a "dangerous stuff". Perhaps, thats why the executables were removed, and just the source code remains there. I think it is safe to assume, the version 3.8.1p1-1 was working correctly, but the new builds were buggy. Still, there is no access to the 3.8.1p1-1 executables.

    Another approach would be to install Cygwin and SSH server separately. For now, all I can say is, the current Cygwin version does not work on Windows XP.


    I was able to get 3.7.1  from https://sourceforge.net/projects/sshwindows/files/OldFiles/

  20. I'm trying to install an SSH server on Windows XP. There are quite a few tutorials on the Internet, but the links to the executables are broken on those targeted for Windows XP. On others the executables are targeted for newer Windows versions or just not running on XP.

  21. There is a free Aquila WOL Agent, but it does not work on Windows XP. There is also Wake-On-LAN Proxy Server, but is costs quite a bit.

    The idea is to send a WOL packet to IP of a Windows XP running computer through VPN. The WOL should be broadcated through the LAN from there.

    The current procedure is to use VNC to log in the Windows XP computer, then to click a link running WOL application with a proper MAC parameter. The problem is, users have to log in to the server, to do so. It is not a good idea to let users to access a server desktop I think. So, i'm looking for some sort of workaround.

    Perhaps remote command running would do the trick, as well. The whole idea is to wake a computer in a remote network by clicking an icon on the desktop. The remote LAN has just one always running computer with Windows XP on it. The routers used (old Linksys RV082) are not WOL directed broadcast compatible.

    I have quite a few such networks under my supervision, and there is a push for users to work remotely, these days.

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