Annoying Vista Pen and Input Devices service

loocas | miscellaneous,technical | Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

If you have a Wacom tablet, properly installed its drivers and expected it to work as advertised on your Vista system, you’re out of luck, buddy!

I totally hate Vista’s Pen and Input Devices service. It’s integrated and thus cannot be disabled or removed from the system. The issue I’ve always had was with the right-click and hold (especially useful in Total Commander) when using Tablet. The cursor froze until I moved the pen. I’ve always had this problem after reinstalling Vista and have always resolved it somehow.

But this one last time I’ve reinstalled Vista and included all the Service Packs (maybe that’s the reason?), I just couldn’t get rid of the annoying bug! So I searched the web for a solution until I found a hint in the Wacom documentation. All I needed to do was to install the latest Wacom drivers (at the time of writing this, the latest drivers for Intuos3 are pro611-3_int.exe) and, strangely enough, disable the Wacom HID Driver in Vista’s Computer Management.

Vista's Computer Management Dialog

That was it. After a reboot I was up and running with a properly functioning tablet and its buttons, including the pen buttons. All programs, so far, seem to work just fine, especially Photoshop CS4 (64bit), no problems here. So if you have similar problems, try this and see if it works for you or not. If not, just revert to the original state, no problems.

Vista is getting on my nerves…

loocas | opinions,software,technical | Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

I’m starting to seriously think about either reverting to Windows XP or radically switching to a different OS every day.

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Windows Vista, WOW! Chapter II

loocas | miscellaneous,opinions,software,technical | Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

HA! Well, who would’ve guessed? I just reverted back to the classic Windows 2000 theme after reading:

If you are running Vista 64-bit the application setting is currently broken, hence forcing users to disable the feature at the operating system level.

By the way, a very interesting read, I strongly recommend going through the whole page.

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Windows Vista, WOW!

loocas | miscellaneous,opinions,software,technical | Monday, October 27th, 2008

I spent this weekend reinstalling the Windows, then configuring it and finally installing all the applications and programs I use. I hate this procedure so much (I know, I should use some image restore utilities etc…) I tried to avoid it as much as possible until the OS finally completely collapsed. Reinstallation also has some positive aspects to it, like revising your workflow and software you use. Like Mail, I stopped using it even on the previous installation, then I installed the Live Mail (or whatever the name), such a shitty app., I really don’t recommend anyone even trying it out as I did, since you then get stuck with it due to some important mail conversations you suddenly receive and then just try to put up with it.

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How is it with W@R3Z?

loocas | opinions | Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

vista_photoshop_boxes.jpgDisclaimer: this article is in NO WAY intednded to guide anyone to using pirated software! It’s solely my own opinion based on my own experience.

So, what is all about that oh-so-prohibited word “warez”? Is it really that bad, evil and immoral using pirated software? It all depends on your point of view and other circumstances. On one hand, companies try very hard to avoid their software being pirated all over the web and even go as far as “hiring” legal force to do whatever it takes to stop you or anyone else from using their software without a “legally” obtained licence. On the other hand, there’re always hobbyists, students who can’t afford it or simply people who don’t like paying big bucks for software that they’re not sure they’ll be able to handle/use and the trials (that are often being crippled by the manufacturers) aren’t good enough for a full and thorough evaluation. Of course, there are also users who simply don’t give a damn and pirate even open source software ;)

One of the major features the companies scream about when it comes to software piracy is support. This, almost mythical, word should mean something like when you run into serious problems with your software, you’re, as a valued customer, eligible for some professional advice, help or simply a solution to the problem of yours. I say “should” as you’ll see it is not always true that you will get an answer to your question/problem, if any!

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