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Sorryformyen, great job!  A lot of work you did.  Thanks for sharing.

General Software Discussion / Re: Disabled Services in Windows 10
« on: January 10, 2019, 04:51 PM »
Thanks, wraith808.  I disabled it because of the incessant, never-ending writing to logs.  Thought it could be hurting performance in ways.

General Software Discussion / Re: Disabled Services in Windows 10
« on: January 10, 2019, 02:53 AM »
Yes, 4wd, excellent lead for those that don't know about Black Viper.

That's what I started with.  You betcha.  But I still cut back a few.  Wondering if I trimmed anything I shouldn't have.

Hate unneeded, unwanted stuff running in the background.  If necessary, okay.  If not, seems good to disable.

It's so hard to know for sure which is which.

General Software Discussion / Disabled Services in Windows 10
« on: January 09, 2019, 12:48 AM »
In trying to keep my system running lean, I have disabled the following Windows 10 system services.  If you feel any of these are a mistake -- in terms of performance or stability -- please post your thoughts:

Service Name          Service Display Name                           
AJRouter              AllJoyn Router Service                         
AppMgmt               Application Management                         
AppVClient            Microsoft App-V Client                         
AppXSvc               AppX Deployment Service (AppXSVC)             
BthAvctpSvc           AVCTP service                                 
CDPUserSvc_4039d7     Connected Devices Platform User Service_4039d7
CertPropSvc           Certificate Propagation                       
CscService            CscService                                     
EventLog              Windows Event Log                             
Fax                   Fax                                           
fhsvc                 File History Service                           
FrameServer           Windows Camera Frame Server                   
HvHost                HV Host Service                               
icssvc                Windows Mobile Hotspot Service                 
iphlpsvc              IP Helper                                     
IpxlatCfgSvc          IP Translation Configuration Service           
irmon                 Infrared monitor service                       
lfsvc                 Geolocation Service                           
MapsBroker            Downloaded Maps Manager                       
MSiSCSI               Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service             
NaturalAuthentication Natural Authentication                         
NcdAutoSetup          Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup           
Netlogon              Netlogon                                       
NetTcpPortSharing     Net.Tcp Port Sharing Service                   
PcaSvc                Program Compatibility Assistant Service       
PeerDistSvc           BranchCache                                   
PhoneSvc              Phone Service                                 
RemoteAccess          Routing and Remote Access                     
RemoteRegistry        Remote Registry                               
RetailDemo            Retail Demo Service                           
RpcLocator            Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator           
SCardSvr              Smart Card                                     
ScDeviceEnum          Smart Card Device Enumeration Service         
SCPolicySvc           Smart Card Removal Policy                     
SEMgrSvc              Payments and NFC/SE Manager                   
SensorDataService     Sensor Data Service                           
SensorService         Sensor Service                                 
SensrSvc              Sensor Monitoring Service                     
SessionEnv            Remote Desktop Configuration                   
SharedAccess          Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)             
ShellHWDetection      Shell Hardware Detection                       
shpamsvc              Shared PC Account Manager                     
SmsRouter             Microsoft Windows SMS Router Service.         
SNMPTRAP              SNMPTRAP                                       
TabletInputService    Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service   
TermService           TermService                                   
Themes                Themes                                         
TrkWks                TrkWks                                         
tzautoupdate          Auto Time Zone Updater                         
UevAgentService       User Experience Virtualization Service         
UmRdpService          Remote Desktop Services UserMode Port Redirecto
vmicguestinterface    Hyper-V Guest Service Interface               
vmicheartbeat         Hyper-V Heartbeat Service                     
vmickvpexchange       Hyper-V Data Exchange Service                 
vmicrdv               Hyper-V Remote Desktop Virtualization Service 
vmicshutdown          Hyper-V Guest Shutdown Service                 
vmictimesync          Hyper-V Time Synchronization Service           
vmicvmsession         Hyper-V PowerShell Direct Service             
vmicvss               Hyper-V Volume Shadow Copy Requestor           
wcncsvc               Windows Connect Now - Config Registrar         
WebClient             WebClient                                     
WerSvc                Windows Error Reporting Service               
WinRM                 Windows Remote Management (WS-Management)     
wisvc                 Windows Insider Service                       
wlidsvc               Microsoft Account Sign-in Assistant           
WMPNetworkSvc         WMPNetworkSvc                                 
workfolderssvc        Work Folders                                   
WpcMonSvc             Parental Controls                             
WSearch               WSearch                                       
WwanSvc               WWAN AutoConfig                               
XblAuthManager        Xbox Live Auth Manager                         
XblGameSave           Xbox Live Game Save                           
XboxGipSvc            XboxGipSvc                                     
XboxNetApiSvc         Xbox Live Networking Service                   


That easy??

Sorryformyen, if you have found, or created, a .reg file with the MoveTo ability, please share.  Hugely important function.

MoveTo ability, meaning we can define the specific folders WHERE to move things to beforehand, ideally in a context menu that can appear via right-clicking on in Explorer.

I use FileMenu Tools for that purpose all the time, every day.  Would be great if there were a free way to do it, though, for others out there desiring it.

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Post New Requests Here / Re: How old is this file?
« on: December 30, 2018, 07:46 PM »
4wd, wow, amazing.  You nailed it.  Terrific job.

Hope this gem helps others out there.

Skwire, mission accomplished.

Happy New Year to all.

Post New Requests Here / Re: How old is this file?
« on: December 29, 2018, 05:23 AM »
The files are freshly created, less than 38 hours old, so far.  Creation Date and Modified Date appear to be the same.  Either one will do.

I've been searching on the Internet and no one out there seems to have come up with a solution, though it seems so easy -- Current Time minus (say) Creation Date.

No big deal.  Just wondered if someone here could whip it out.

Post New Requests Here / How old is this file?
« on: December 28, 2018, 06:26 PM »
Looking for a little snack program that does the following:

-- Place shortcut to it in SendTo list.

-- Send a file to it.

-- Up pops window saying how old the file is.

-- Days.  Hours.  Minutes.

Any help or thoughts appreciated!

Nicholas Kormanik

There are some flies in the ointment, at least, that I'm aware of:

In the above scenario Windows (10) expects the Desktop folder to be named "Desktop."  Not, for instance, Desktop#2.

So, Windows goes ahead and changes the name "Desktop#2" to "Desktop".

This even though there already is a "Desktop" -- your original one.  Which you certainly do not want over-written, or altered in any way.

Then it appears you have two "Desktop" folders.  Same name.  Side-by-side.  Go figure.

Additionally, each of the new Desktops will be initially populated with various icons of programs which, I'm assuming, are for "All Users," as opposed to just you.  One has to then delete these icons.  And such deletion could have some unintended consequences.

Frankly it's really not that big of a deal rebooting to get to a new clean desktop, when real estate is desperately needed.  By this I mean, not enough open space on our single Desktop, to strategically place new stuff.

As an analogy, the intent is sort of like having some project mapped out on a physical white board, with dry erase markers markings, sticky Post-It notes, lines, etc., all over.  Nice to have a second or third white board to move to when not ready to erase the first.

Oh, and, of course, you absolutely must be able to maintain the exact arrangement and order.  That's sort of another story (i.e., DesktopOK, or equivalent).

I find it stupefying that Windows doesn't already have this feature, multiple plain old desktops.  Like, as many as you want.  With ability to save icon positions, folders, stuff, independently for each one.

And, what the heck while I'm at it, maybe even some larger labels that can be moved around.

Dream on....

The key was/is to find out where in the registry Desktop location is stored.

Seems easy enough, huh.

Unfortunately, Windows wants that information in hex.

So, here are my four desktops, that I switch among.  I created four reg files, to double click on, when I want to use any particular one of the desktops.  (As said earlier, the actual folders of these desktops are side by side where everyone else's desktops are, c:\users\username\...):

Desktop#0 (original desktop, populated with tons of icons, way too many...)

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]

Thank you all for sharing your wise, experienced insights.  Terrific resource here.

Nirsoft's FolderChangesView seems the best one can do for now, all things considered.

In that program getting 'File Properties' on parent folder additionally updates the current file sizes for all child files.  That eliminates the need to get individual file properties.

The whole purpose here was/is to merely make sure the program process is indeed chugging along as it should be, as the program itself doesn't let one know directly.

I ended up creating additional desktops in my c:\Users\Nicholas folder.  Along with the usual Desktop folder.

So, I have there:


Then I have to change in the registry which desktop I want to use.  Log out, and back in.

The additional desktops are blank slates.  Lots of new real estate.

Skwire, you can close this topic, I guess.

Nirsoft FolderChangesView seems the best option so far.

However, even this doesn't show the actual file size.

Here is an email I just wrote to Nirsoft:

Enhancement Request -- FolderChangesView

Please incorporate a ‘button’ or ‘menu offering’ to really refresh all the present files shown.

For some reason the existing refresh does not really update file sizes, at least not when files are still being written to.

A process I have running keeps adding to a particular file.  Only way to see the increased real file size is to bring up ‘File Properties,’ one individual file at a time.

Far, far better to have a means to refresh all files shown, really refreshing them, showing true file sizes.


Nicholas Kormanik

As 4wd points out, yes, context menu, Properties, does seem to do the trick of updating the filesize.

Other files in the folder don't get updated, I don't think.  Therefore, one would have to right-click on each, and do the Properties route.

Perhaps best to move to more relevant section, Skwire.

Solution to issue, my hunch is, a small alternative to Explorer, that can dig in to the actual size, and has a refresh button.  Periodically press refresh to see updated sizes of files in particular folder.

Not sure that such program exists.

A lot of people are complaining about this out there, I see.  Just wondering what you folks have to say on the issue.

Given:  I have a 'process' executing.  And an Explorer window open, to monitor a folder that is supposed to be 'populated' with the results of 'process.'  A file exists there which is supposed to grow in size.

Existing file: XXYY.xxyy
Existing file size: 0 bytes

I'm expecting said file to increase.  12kb.  130kb.  256kb.  etc.

After an hour the file still remains at 0 bytes.

That is, in Explorer.  The little Explorer window I have open to watch it.

Yet, the actual fact of the matter is, the file HAS been growing.  Is now growing.  Is around 5 megabytes in size.  And growing still.

Yet Explorer continues to show the file as 0 bytes in size.

So..., out there in cyberland, various solutions to this issue have been proposed.

I'm wondering what your take is.


Nicholas Kormanik

Nice find, wraith808.  I'll try it out and see how it compares.

Fences, by the way, offered some benefits, but had shortfalls.  Not exactly what I was asking for.

Virtual desktops seem not to provide new 'canvases' on which to work and organize your projects.  Virtual desktops appear to be mostly for separating open windows and running programs.

Unless I missed something.

If anyone knows of a program that provides new clear desktops or folders, on which one can carefully place icons, etc., and re-establish as desired, please let me know.

As said before, strikes me as absurd that such doesn't already exist.

Best approach for now regarding the objective of providing more 'desktop-like' working space in which to carefully arrange icons, etc., is to create additional desktops.

Windows directly allows this.  Google for instructions to change desktop folder.

In order to change desktops one has to log-off and back on.  New desktop will then be in effect.

After one finishes working on new desktop, one can use the same procedure to go back to original desktop.

DesktopOK works with whatever the current desktop is.  So just save icon positioning within each as wanted.

Skwire, another one done.

KodeZwerg, worthy suggestion.  Appreciate it!

Unfortunately, desktop.ini seems to only contain a few lines, and nothing about icon placement on desktop (or folder).

The idea I'm after, to clarify, is to place icons within folder, exactly where I want them to be placed.  So that when you open that folder the icons are where they are supposed to be, because I strategically placed them there.

Icon Placement Critical.png

Please see above image.  Worth 1000 words.

wraith808, Windows 10 Pro.  There is still that feature, to arrange and place your icons as desired, within each folder.

But, as said, as spotty as hell.  Pathetic.  Hit and miss.  Sometimes saved, mostly forgotten.

That's why a third-party solution is called for.  Microsoft engineers have other things requesting their attention.

By the way, icon arrangements appear to be held at the following registry location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\

But not at all easy to understand.  Coded.  Take a peek.

Theoretically one might be able to 'Export' that branch of the registry tree in order to save folder icon positions.  Then 'Import' back in to re-establish.

Trouble is, nearly EVERYTHING in the entire system regarding icon positionings is included there.  Each and every folder.  On all hard disks.  Plus extra stuff for good measure.

wraith808, Windows does indeed allow one to move icons around and place 'em in a folder.  And is supposed to remember such.  As long as the context menu... View, Auto-arrange... is unchecked.

Trouble is, in practice that's super spotty.  Even with Auto-arrange unchecked, often you close that folder and re-open only to find your icons lined up as you have described.  After you've spent countless amounts of time precisely arranging, with clarity and purpose.

Can't trust it at all.

So need a third-party solution.  One that specifically saves your icon arrangement in a particular folder, and can re-establish said arrangement.

Let's call the folder:  c:\Carefully_Arranged_Folder.

Perhaps a suitable approach would be to double-click a batch file, PowerShell file, .reg file... to save present precise arrangement.  And have another such file to re-establish arrangement.

Curious that nothing seems to exist that already does this.

Perplexing that no one else apparently perceives the usefulness.

As usual, go figure.

On the desktop we already have a few good programs to save icon positions.  I use DesktopOK.  Another is Relcon.

Presently, however, there doesn't appear to be any program allowing one to backup/restore icon positions of some other folder.

I've written to the authors of both programs mentioned above to please "enhance" or extend their respective offerings.

The notion is to have additional desktops, just like the one you presently have:  Desktop#1, Desktop#2, Desktop#3, ....  Each one with icons, folders, files arranged exactly as you want.  Ability to save the arrangements.  And to instantly restore as needed.

My hunch is the job would take more work than you folks want to tackle.  But I thought I'd just throw out the idea.

Thoughts appreciated.

Nicholas Kormanik

By the way, I ended up regressing to back-up.  All the "fixing" screwed the pooch.  Clear anomalies.  As said, no definitive answers.

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