Monday, June 22, 2015

Deleting windows.old

I don't know what method Microsoft will use to deploy free Windows 10 to participating Windows machines.

I just upgraded a Windows 8 machine to Windows 8.1 - by way of the green Windows Store tile. It took a while to download 3+ Gb of Windows 8.1, then took its time to install in-place over Windows 8.

After it all settled down after rebooting, we have a Windows.old folder on C: drive. I'm pretty confident I don't need it anymore but it won't delete using Windows Explorer - it gets to the Windows.old\System folder and stalls because of some access rights / permissions. It does not ask for an admin password so I assume that it is some system folder permissions issue with a dodgy no can do error message. I thought, "ugh! do I have to go permissions hacking?"

Turns out, that's not how to delete Windows.old According to Microsoft article How Do I remove the Windows.old folder, I can use the Disk Cleanup tool.

And then I looked at the Disk Cleanup tool and instead of ignoring the short list of boring things it clears (which often does not do enough when I am desperate), there is actually a list of interesting things it can clear off.



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Microsoft Access Tab Control on a Form

Psst. Tab_OnClick event does not trigger when you click on a Tab in the Tab Control. You have to use the OnChange event of the Tab Control. But how do you refer to the current tab or active tab so that you can conditionally execute code?

No point looking at the MSDN article on the Tab Change Event.

Sample code is in an Access 2000 article:  ACC2000: VBA Procedure to Determine Current Page of Tab Control

The current tab name is in TabCtrl.Value - oh, and you don't use the Page Name, you use the Page Index Number.