Easily migrate Sickbeard install to another installation

Have a new Sickbeard installation and want to migrate or move your Library and settings across?

Due to the nature of the Sickbeard application – migrating Sickbeard data from one install to another is very easy.


  1. On the Sickbeard install you want to use as your source – open the folder where Sickbeard is installed and copy the following files to the same location on your destination Sickbeard install and overwrite the ones that are there.


  • sickbeard.db
  • config.ini
  • autoProcessTV/autoProcessTV.cfg (if you use it)




Note: Tested on: Sickbeard Alpha Build 504

Windows Networking Protocols and their uses

Networking is a marvel of interconnected devices and languages – Windows networking protocols help that happen by making sure 2 devices are sharing the same method of communicating. This is a quick reference guide on what each Protocol and Client on the Windows OS does.

Client for Microsoft Networks
Used to access other shared resources on your local network running the File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks protocol.
QOS Packet Scheduler
Used to provide traffic management on your network for applications that support the protocol.
File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks
Used to share your printer and files on your computer with other computers on your local network.
Microsoft Network Adapter Multiplexor Protocol
provides the ability to load balance between two or more network cards.
Microsoft LLDP Protocol Driver
Used to create the network map used in the Network browser and Networking and Sharing Centre.
Link Layer Topology Discovery Mapper I/O Driver
Used to discover other computers connected to your local network.
Link Layer Topology Responder
Used to identify your computer to other computers connected to your local network.
Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)
A new version of the IPv4 protocol. Unless you are connected to an IPv6 network (most of you are not), you can safely disable this protocol.
Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
Primary network communication protocol. Do not disable this protocol.

How to show Administrative Tools in Windows 8

Windows 8 (and Windows 8.1) – allows for RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools) just like the previous versions of Windows for remote management of Server 2012 – however you need to reveal or show it.

By default however – this is hidden from the Metro Title menu and you have to enable it – follow the quick guide below to show the Administrative Tools in Windows 8.

  1. Open the Start screen.
  2. Hit Windows Key+C to bring up the charms bar.
  3. Click Settings on the right charms bar.
  4. Click Tiles.
  5. Click the Show Administrative Tools

How to enable numlock on startup in Windows 8

If you are like me – you rely heavily on the Num Lock key and having it disabled on boot is extremely annoying – using a quick registry change you can enable Numlock by default in Windows 8.


  1. Press the Windows Key to open the Tile (Metro) screen
  2. Type: regedit to search for the Windows Registry Editor and press Enter.
  3. When the Registry Editor loads – navigate through:
  4. HKEY_USERS,.DEFAULT, Control Panel, and Keyboard.
  5. Locate the InitialKeyboardIndicators entry and right-click it, select Modify.
  6. Enter 2 into the box.
  7. Click OK to save the changes.


How to disable Numlock on Startup

Follow the same steps till: Step 6 than instead of 2 type: 2147483648.

Changing your user photo in Windows 8

Changing your user photo in Windows 8 is remarkably easy and helps make a standard Windows 8 installation… More… You!

  1. Open the Start screen and click your user picture
  2. Click Change Account Picture.
  3. Click the Browse button.
  4. Navigate the browser until you find an image you want to use and click it.
  5. Select Choose Image.
  6. Done – you have now changed your Account Picture.

Windows 8 Hotkeys

Navigating around Windows 8 can be a lot faster and more efficient with the use of keyboard shortcuts called Hotkeys – the below guide is a list of Windows 8 hotkeys for navigating the user interface.

Windows Key – Opens the Start screen
Windows Key+Tab – Metro app switcher
Windows Key+C – System charms
Windows Key+Z – Application charms
Windows Key+I – Settings menu
Windows Key+K – Devices menu
Windows Key+H – Share menu
Windows Key+F – Search files on Start screen
Windows Key+Q – Application search on Start screen
Windows Key+W – Settings search on Start screen
Windows Key+. (Period) – Snap Metro app to the right side of the screen
Windows Key+Shift+. (Period) – Snap Metro app to the left side of the screen (only works on wide-screen monitors)

Create VHD in Windows 7

Want to create a VHD in Windows 7? Why? You may ask… would you use a VHD?

Using a VHD as a “virtual disk” you can easily use it as a self-contained “folder” or storage mechanism, you can also use it to install operating systems onto allowing to run dual booted operating systems with only one hard drive and not having to worry about partition ids. Creating VHD files in Windows 7 is remarkably easy – follow the guide below:

  1. Click the Start button in Windows 7, type in diskmgmt.msc, and hit Enter.
    2. Click the Action menu and select Create VHD.
    3. Enter a location, such as C:VHDWindows.vhd. Set the size. Dynamic VHD files start out small and only grow with data written to the virtual disk.
  2. Click OK and the file is created.

Optimal Taleo Settings

Taleo is used for many organisations as its tool for managing job applications. These settings are Internet Explorer recommended settings for displaying Taleo with no problems.


The magnification level of your Internet browser must be set to 100%.
Using a setting other than 100% might produce less than optimal results depending on the Taleo product you are
using and the action you are performing. For this reason, 100% is the only recommended magnification level.

Configuring Cookie Policy for Internet Explorer

The default Privacy setting for Internet Explorer is Medium. This setting is normally sufficient to ensure the
proper handling of cookies used by Taleo Enterprise.
Internet Explorer > Tools > Internet Options > Privacy
1. In the Privacy tab, click Advanced.
2. In the Advanced Privacy Settings window, clear the Override automatic cookie handling option.
3. Click OK.
4. In the Privacy tab, click Sites.
5. In the Per Site Privacy Actions window, add “taleo.net” (without quotes) in the Address of Web site field.
6. Click Allow.
7. Click Done.

Enabling JavaScript

JavaScript is required for the proper function and use of Taleo Enterprise.
Internet Explorer > Tools > Internet Options
1. In the Security tab, click the Internet icon.
2. Click Default Level.
3. Click OK.

Troubleshooting JavaScript

Allows users to have the application work properly after enabling JavaScript.
Enabling JavaScript must have been performed.
Internet Explorer > Tools > Internet Options > Security tab
Internet and Browser Settings

1. In the Security tab, click the Internet icon.
2. Click Custom Level.
3. Under Active Scripting, under the Scripting section, click Enable or Prompt.
4. Click OK.
5. Click Yes.
6. Click OK.
Application should run as expected.

Setting Browser to Cache Web Files

Internet Explorer > Tools > Internet Options > Advanced
1. Deselect Empty Temporary Internet Files Folder When Browser Is Closed.
2. Deselect Do not save encrypted files to disk.
3. Click OK.
4. Restart browser.

Optimizing Cache Settings

Many browsers retain Web site files in the “cache” for a certain period of time. This saves browsing time by
accessing the file directly from your computer’s hard drive rather than gathering it from the Internet, thereby
increasing overall performance.
Internet Explorer > Tools > Internet Options > General tab
1. For Internet Explorer 7 or 8, click Settings under the Browsing History section.
2. In the Temporary Internet and History Settings window, select Automatically, for the Check for newer
version of stored pages option.
3. For the Disk space to use setting, select a value greater than100 MB but less than 500 MB. Setting the
cache size higher than 500 MB might actually reduce performance.
4. Click OK.
5. In the Internet Options window, click OK.

Configuring the Printer

Allows users to configure the browser for faster printing results.
Internet Explorer > Tools > Internet Options > Advanced
1. Scroll down to the Printing settings.
2. Select Print background colors and images.
3. Click OK.

Unable to Remote Desktop into Computer

There can be various reasons why people are unable to Remote Desktop into a Computer – one of the reasons could be they are not in the Remote Desktop users group on the local machine or the necessary services – for Remote Desktop connectivity aren’t enabled. Follow the guide below to make sure the services are fully enabled and up and running you can test one at a time.

  1. Open Run
  2. Type in: services.msc
  3. Click Action
  4. Click Connect to another computer
  5. Type in the hostname of the PC you are connecting to and press Enter to connect
  6. In the Services list navigate to the following and make sure they are started by double clicking to open the Services Property box –changing the Start-up type to Automatic and select Start:
    •    Remote Access Auto Connection Manager
    •    Remote Access Connection Manager
    •    Routing and Remote Access
  7. Once those have been changed navigate to the: Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service and change Start-up type to: Disabled and stop the service.

Adjusting java security settings

Adjusting Java Security settings can be used to fix a variety of problems – especially around certification validation and problems with java security updates. However although not recommended for security reasons it can be used as a “quick fix” or “work around” until a permanent solution can be found and also just takes a few clicks of the mouse to change.

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Control Panel
  3. Click on the View by: option – top right and select Small icons
  4. Click Java (32-Bit)
  5. Up the top – click Security
  6. Change the Security Level slider to Medium
  7. Click Apply (down the bottom)