Thursday, March 2, 2017

unlock, backup and remote control a broken screen Lumia 950 Windows Phone from a touchscreen PC?

My Microsoft Lumia 950 running windows 10 mobile  had a broken screen which had parts of the screen not functioning at all.  No chance to enter my PIN code to unlock the screen. Even connecting it to my windows PC did not show the data as long as the screen is locked.

How-I-fixed-it:

You need two things to get access to your data again:
- A touchscreen computer running Windows 8 / 10 (Mouse/Keyboard does not work)
- The "Project My Screen App for Windows Phone" from Microsoft which can be downloaded here:     
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=42536

Install and start the app on your tablet. Connect your phone via USB to the computer and tap on the screen. The computer will show your mobile device screen. If your computer is a touchscreen you can interact with the phone screen on the desktop/tablet as you would do with your finger on the phone itself.
Enter your PIN code and... there you go.
                          


I found some hints how to do it here:
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/mobiledevices/forum/mdwindows-mdtips/unlock-a-windows-phone-with-a-broken-screen/4fd97e0e-d83e-4d28-882b-a2b3120f3c0b

Monday, January 23, 2017

Windows Remote Desktop local taskbar hides remote taskbar in fullscreen mode

I did an RDP session to a remote host. In fullscreen mode, the remote taskbar was hidden by my local computer taskbar.

How-I-fixed-it:
Bring up the task manager on the local computer, right-click "Windows Explorer" and select "Restart".

I re-opened the RDP session and now the Fullscreen worked fine again.

I found the solution here:
http://superuser.com/questions/495871/taskbar-disappears-over-remote-desktop-connection-when-outside-local-network


Monday, January 9, 2017

Windows 10 takes very long to load/show contenct of Downloads folder because folder type is pictures

My Windows 10 explorer took ages to load and display the content of the "Downloads" folder. All other folders' content was shown immediately.

How-I-fixed-it:

Find the folder in file explorer
Right click on it and select 'properties' at the bottom of the pop-up window
Click on the customise tab
Change 'optimise this folder for:' to 'General items'

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-files/very-slow-to-load-downloads-folder-in-windows-10/221944ba-55cd-416a-bd2b-0030d6ee7125

In German / Auf Deutsch:
Windows 10 Explorer braucht sehr lange, um den Inhalt des Download-Ordners anzuzeigen.

Lösung:
Rechtsklick auf den "Downloads"-Ordner -> Eigenschaften
Reiter "Anpassen" -> "Diesen Ordner optimieren für:" ändern von "Bilder" auf "Allgemeine Elemente"