Tag: Windows

Printer connection cannot be removed. Operation could not be completed

Sometimes things that seem so obvious aren’t. Earlier this week, I was trying to be cool and add a new network printer to a number of computers using a basic script. After a number of attempts at a test work station, I finally found a solution that I thought worked well. However, when attempting to remove some of my earlier failed attempts at adding the printer I encountered the following error ‘Printer connection cannot be removed. Operation could not be completed.’

What do you mean printer connection cannot be removed? I am the Administrator and therefore though shalt be removed.

Well apparently, the easiest way to resolve this problem is to:

  1. Disable your active network adapter or unplug the network cable
  2. Delete the printer that you were having trouble deleting
  3. Enable your active network adapter or reconnect the network cable

Sometimes you wonder, are we all webmasters living lives as webslaves?

Changing the order of Windows network connections

Increasingly, from what I’ve observed, depending on the number of network hardware you have in your computer, network connections in Windows attempt a wireless connection first and then an ethernet connection. However, it’s not obvious where to change the order or preference of network connections in Windows. To modify the priority of network connections try the steps listed below:

  1. Open Network Connections. Since the whole Windows Vista network redesign, I’ve found it easier to use the Control Panel shortcut by clicking on the Start orb and typing in ncpa.cpl in the search box and pressing enter
  2. Click on Advanced
  3. Click on Advanced Settings and you should now see the following windowAdvanced Network Settings
  4. Under Connections select the connection whose priority you would like to change and use the arrows to modify the priority or change the bindings that are associated with the specific connection

Search in Windows Vista

For the longest time, search functionality in Windows has been rather limited. In fact, I believe the plethora of search products and toolbars such as Google Desktop Search and Yahoo! Desktop Search are a direct result of this limitation. With Windows Vista, Microsoft has definitely improved search. Earlier today I came across one search improvement termed ‘natural language search’. Mike Torres has a great write up of Natural Language Search in Windows Vista but for quick summary, before I enabled natural language search, a query such as “Email to John about Scripts’ resulted in 0 search results.

Search with Natural Language Search disabled

I enabled natural language search and the same query now results with the following results:

Results with Natural Search Enabled

To enable Natural Language Search in Windows Vista:

  1. Open any folder in Windows Vista
  2. Click on Organize
  3. Click on Folder and Search Options
  4. Click on the Search tab
  5. Make sure that the box next to ‘Use natural language search’ is checked
  6. Click OK 

You can now enjoy the full power of natural language search in Windows Vista.

Windows Mobile Fix for DST

Because of the Energy Policy Act, daylight saving time is extended by four weeks in 2007. The 2007 daylight saving time implementation is as follows:

  • Daylight saving time starts at 02:00 A.M. on March 11, 2007.
  • Daylight saving time ends at 02:00 A.M. on November 4, 2007.
  • Clocks change at 02:00 A.M. local time. On March 11, 2007, clocks will move forward one hour from 01:59 A.M. to 03:00 A.M. On November 4, 2007, clocks will move back one hour from 01:59 A.M. to 01:00 A.M.

    These changes are okay unless you happen to be running some technology reliant product. For example, if you had a Windows Mobile based device, the Microsoft support article (923953) that provides you with the regisitry changes that you need to make aren’t the easiest to ask your clients to run or install.

    Thanks to Bill, one of the EdgeBack consultants, the registry changes needed for the Daylight Savings Time fix for Windows mobile devices is now available as a CAB file that can be installed fairly easily. I need to install this on my smartphone later this week and will update the post with appropriate results of the installation.

    Related Links:

    Daylight Saving Time – Windows Mobile Fix
    Preparing for daylight saving time changes in 2007

    Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac

    Earlier this November, Microsoft released an update to their popular Remote Desktop Connection client boasting new features such as network level and server authentication, resource redirection, monitor spanning and 32 bit color and font smoothing. While catching up on some 2006 blog posts I came across a Macworld article ( Microsoft updates Universal status of Mac apps ) confirming that Microsoft was also working on updating the Remote Desktop Connection client for the Mac:

    Microsoft is also developing a new version of its Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) client software, which enables Mac users to access Windows PCs on their network. “The next version of RDC will be released as a fully supported free product and details on this release will be shared closer to launch,”

     For more information about the Remote Desktop Connection client for Windows computers check out Remote Desktop Connection 6.0 client update is available for download in the Microsoft Download Center