How to fix The program can’t start because d3dx9_42.dll is missing from your computer

If you’re getting the following error “The program can’t start because d3dx9_42.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.” when loading a game the fix might be as simple as a download.

Try downloading the DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer from the Microsoft site here.

I was getting this error when trying to load ArcheAge and installing the DirectX End-User Runtime worked for me.

Stop Windows Server 2012 from asking for shut down reason

So each time you go to shut down or restart Windows Server it asks you for a reason why… that can get a bit annoying after a while if all you’re doing is testing in a VM or you’re the only person using it.

Here is how to stop it from asking you!

How to stop Server Manager from auto loading with Windows Server 2012

If there is one thing that bothers me is things loading on start-up.  I honestly feel like nothing should start with an OS unless I tell it to start with the OS.  Anyway, getting this application to stop loading with Windows Server 2012 is rather easy.

Here is what you need to do…

  1. On the top right of the Server Manager window click Manage
  2. Click Server Manager Properties
  3. Put a check in Do not start Server Manager automatically at logon
  4. DONE!

How to permanently delete a show/movie from XBMC/Kodi

If you keep trying to remove items from your library in XBMC/Kodi it might be as simple as a setting. The issue I have had is that I remove the item from my library and when I restart XBMC it is there again.

It seems by default there is an option unchecked that is “Allow file renaming and deletion”

You can get to that setting by going to Settings>Appearance>File Lists and there you will find “Allow file renaming and deletion”.

Summoners War: Farming for Essence

I have been playing Summoners War a bit lately on my phone and tablet so I wanted to make a quick post about farming for essence materials. If you are looking to awaken some of your monsters then the list below should help you out.  Each of the following halls can be found in Cairos Dungeon…

How to add a generic mailbox to Outlook 2013

If you are looking to add a generic mailbox to Outlook here are some quick instructions.  It makes managing multiple emails a very simple task for yourself or employees.

  1. Click File on the top left
  2. In the Info section look for Account Settings on the right
  3. Click Account Settings and then click Account Settings again
  4. In the E-Mail tab, click Change…
  5. In the Change Account window, click More Settings…
  6. Select the Advanced tab
  7. Click Add… and type the address of the mailbox you want to manage

The Long Dark, I want to play it now!

I just found about this game and I can’t wait to play it.  The video kind of gives me a Walking Dead feel but kind of sets what I can only assume is anxiety off.  It really gave me that sense of loneliness and despair.

Here is a snippet from their site…

How Far Will You Go to Survive? Imagine the lights go out, never to return. Bright aurora flare across the sky, and all humanity’s technological might is laid to waste, neutralized in a kind of quiet apocalypse. Everything that has shielded humanity from the disinterested power of Mother Nature is suddenly wrenched from us, dropping us a few links down the food chain. Food and water are scarce. The roads are no longer safe. And winter approaches… Welcome to The Long Dark —an immersive survival simulation set in the aftermath of a geomagnetic disaster. Experience a unique first-person survival simulation that will force you to think and push you to your limits with its thought-provoking gameplay and mature storytelling.

Source: The Long Dark

Drag and Drop not working in Windows

Here is a quick guide on how to get your drag and drop to work again.  I am not sure why but my PC from time to time will forget how to drag and drop.

Steps to get drag and drop working

  1. Click on a file
  2. Press Esc key
  3. Drag your file to your new location

Yes… it is that easy! I don’t really know why it happens.  But that always fixes it for me whenever it occurs.  I have tested this in Windows 7.  I have not seen it happen in Windows 8.1.

If anyone knows why this occurs and a permanent solution, I would be really interested in hearing about it.