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Misleading Messages…

Posted in Windows on April 7, 2007 by vasudevan

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I just discovered this bug when creating a folder in Windows (all flavors after 2000) and it is surprising to see the error message getting displayed. Try creating a folder that begins with a . (example:    .NET Samples). If you examine the message, it is misleading: “You must type a file name”.

I know the real problem. The problem is that Windows thinks that I have typed a filename with no name but just the extension. But, I was infact trying to create a folder that begins with a dot (.).

But, when typing a < or > during folder creation, Windows displays this tooltip tooltip-may-24-2.jpg

and doesn’t even allow you to type a invalid character. Wondering, why didn’t they include this validation when a folder begins with a dot (.).

Btw, I was able to create a folder that begins with a dot (.) like .NET from MS-DOS Command prompt. This is still more confusing !!!

Anybody encountered this?

Windows Media Player 6.4 advantages

Posted in Windows on October 2, 2006 by vasudevan

Windows Media Player 6.4 (albeit pretty old) still has big advantages over the new versions of WMPs. The major one is that it supports seeking a media file. Try the same media file on the new versions, seeking may not work. But, the WMP6.4 install program will not allow you to execute it on XP. It spits this error when  you try to run the installer:


This version of Windows Media Player is not currently supported on Microsoft Windows 2000. A version supporting Windows 2000 will be made available on www.microsoft.com at a future date.

To force WMP6.4 to run on XP, open the installer file “mpfull.exe” in WinRAR, extract all the files to a folder you want and run “mplayer2.exe”. It should open up fine. Go this link to get WMP6.4: WMP6.4

Also, another advantage with this version is smaller footprint when compared to the new versions.