Recursively Delete in Windows in the Command Prompt

Issue the command below in a cmd.exe Command Prompt. You may have to run the Command Prompt as Administrator.

rd /s /q foldername

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Can’t login with Sharepoint Designer 2013

Recently, trying to use Sharepoint Designer 2013, it kept asking me to login. I just kept getting the message:

“call us overprotective, but we need to verify your account…”

Trying to run as a different user on the Computer didn’t work. Resetting Internet Explorer didn’t work. Removing credentials from the Control Panel didn’t work.


Uninstall the Windows Update: KB2768348
There were two “Update for Microsoft Office 2013” KB2768348 in the Programs and Features. Uninstalling these and rebooting sorted it :-)


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16GB USB Drive – “disk is write protected” – Cannot Format or Wipe or Delete

The USB Pen Drive (16GB no-brand – cheap buy) got stuck on Read Only and I couldn’t format it. The error “Disk is write protected” kept appearing when trying to format the Usb drive in “Computer” on Windows 7.

I tried pretty much everything out there and was nearly ready to pack it in. Most websites (especially the sandisk forums) just said to return the USB Drive and get a refund – that this was a known issue and that if/when the USB Drive encounters an error, it puts the USB Drive into Read Only to allow for disaster recovery. It was possible to read and see the files on the USB Drive, but it wasn’t possible to delete or format the USB Key. You may want to copy everything you can off the USB Key first as the following fix wipes and re-flashes the USB Key.

These didn’t work:

  • URescue_v1.3.0.71
  • MDPT (Multi-Device Production Tool)
  • Registry settings
  • HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool
  • ChkFlsh.exe (in whatever destructive write mode I could find)
  • Running Virus scans etc.
  • Format (via the cli or gui)
  • Repair_Neo2.9.exe

The following worked! :-) ->

  • AlcorMP

While researching this USB Read-Only bug/issue/problem I encountered the program “ChipGenius” (local mirror) which provides detailed information on the memory chip and manufacturer of the USB Pen Drive. This revealed the keyword “Alcor”, however searching for this only revealed foreign language websites and no help.

ChipGenius did however provide the VID and PID numbers I needed for the final solution.

Onto the Solution. As on the website, you need the following program: “AlcorMP_5T2F_6T2F_2011-11-10.02“. Google for it (or use this local mirror).

  1. Run the ChipGenius Program and locate the VID and PID Numbers (see image)
  2. Extract the AlcorMP_…rar File (mirror above) and run LoadDriver.exe Enter the VID and PID and click Install, which only takes a second to run. (see image)
  3. Unplug and Re-Plug in the USB Key
  4. Run the AlcorMP.exe utility. To the left of the Device listed, click the Gray button and click “Start”. (see image)

It took about 2.5 hours to complete, most of which was scanning for bad blocks.

As for what caused the USB Key to go into a Read-Only state, it may have been the fact of unplugging it while in use or some other reason. (This USB key was actually been used on a saorview box to record and pause tv, so it may have caused this problem again in combination with unplugging the tv box instead of powering it off.)

What I was most surprised about was the difficulty in discovering this solution on the Internet. There was so much junk suggested which didn’t work. Hopefully this article will help other people in a similiar situation.


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Error (0xc0000225) installing Windows 7 on VirtualBox

What I thought would be very quick and easy, to install Windows 7 on Virtual Box, led me having to do some googling after getting the error:

Windows Boot Manager
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.
To fix the problem......

Status: 0xc0000225
Info: An unexpected error has occurred.

When creating the VM in VirtualBox it asked me for the guest OS which I choose “Windows 7”, thinking that by doing this, it would all work!

To resolve this error, thankfully its a simple fix:

  • Power Down the Virtual Machine
  • Go to the Settings of the Virtual Machine
  • Under “System” tick on “Enable IO APIC”



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Carving and Merging Multiple PDF Documents – Pdftk

I had a few hundred PDF documents and I wanted to take the first page of each PDF and put them into 1 single PDF document.

Enter: Pdftk – The PDF Toolkit

Downloading the Zip file, and in the bin folder was pdftk.exe and libiconv2.dll. Running the pdftk.exe via the command line fired it up into action.

pdftk A=one.pdf B=two.pdf cat A1 B1 output combined.pdf

I done some command line trickery with dir > outputlist to get a single pdftk command with all the documents.
Other Examples of pdftk can be found at:

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