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Procedure to extend Windows System Partition with non-adjacent or non-contiguous unallocated Free space

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Scenario:  You have a single physical disk having System Partition, Data  Partition and some unallocated free space at the end.  Your System Partition gets filled and you want to extend it by adding the free unallocated space available on the same physical disk. Windows Disk Management tool doesn’t enable the “Extend Volume” option (i.e., “Extend Volume” option is greyed out as shown below) This behavior remains same irrespective of Unallocated space is just RAW of Formatted as FAT32/NTFS volume.                      Cause: In order to be able to extend a volume, the Unallocated free space must be on the same disk, […]

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FIX: Arrow Keys Navigation does NOT work in Excel

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Issue: The arrow keys navigation does not work in Excel application on your system. The same arrow keys navigation just works fine in other applications. Solution: You probably have the Scroll Lock special key pressed/enabled on your keyboard which causes this behaviour.  To fix click on Scroll Lock special key to release/unlock/disable it. The Scroll Lock special key varies from keyboard to keyboard. On my system keyboard, the Scroll Lock function is associate with Home button.  To control it, I need to press Function key (Fn) + Home button.

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Fix: Microsoft Office Icons Missing or Replaced with Generic white icons

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Scenario: All of sudden you notice that your Microsoft Office Icons are Missing or Replaced with Generic white icons.  You perform Icon cache Rebuild but still issue remains.  Cause: The Office installer places all Office applications Icons in the Windows installer folder.  When this folder becomes missing or unavailable, then Office applications loose icons to show up.  The setting of Icon path is saved in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT (HKCR) registry as shown below: PS C:\> reg query HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Excel.Addin\DefaultIcon HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Excel.Addin\DefaultIcon    (Default)    REG_SZ    C:\windows\Installer\{91140000-0011-0000-0000-0000000FF1CE}\xlicons.exe,6 PS C:\> You can also use FileTypesMan utility that will lists all the extensions along with their Default Icon path […]