Friday, April 10, 2015

Adobe Fireworks CS6 crashes when trying to use the align panel on Windows 10 Tech Preview build 10041

Fireworks CS6 was working normally for me on earlier Windows Tech Preview releases, but some time after I've upgraded it to build 10041, I found out that using the align panel makes it throw errors or stop working altogether. The most often displayed message was:

Fireworks unexpected exception: 80000004.

I've learned that the align panel extension is an SFW file that runs ActionScript functions. At first I thought that my problem could be then caused by some update of the Flash Player addon that comes bundled with Internet Explorer, but further research revealed that Fireworks and other older Adobe programs actually install and use their own embedded version of Flash, the authplay.dll file.

I'm still not sure if this issue has really been caused by some design change on Windows 10041 or some setting I've manually changed, but the only workaround I've found was to install an old version of the align panel. It took me a while to find it, but it's working.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Windows Update error 8024A000 on Windows 10 Tech Preview

I was getting the error 8024A000 / 0x8024a000 when trying to install updates on Windows 10 Tech Preview Build 10041, and the solutions suggested on most forums didn't work. I've finally found a post in German with a working solution.

The problem was that I had re-enabled the old Windows Update GUI manually through a registry modification. This change needs to be reverted on this build. If you're also using the old GUI and getting this error, go to this registry key:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows Update \ UX]

And set the dword value of IsConvergedUpdateStackEnabled back to 1. After that, use the new Windows Update GUI on the Settings app.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

How to block ads on the Vivaldi browser?

The new Vivaldi browser is still being developed by former Opera programmers, but you can already hide ads with it. Use the "Page actions" button next to the zoom bar, and select "Content blocker":

Vivaldi content blocker

Update: Vivaldi now allows you to install extensions directly from the Chrome Web Store. You can try the powerful adblocker uBlock Origin by clicking on "Add to Chrome".