Differences between Windows Explorer and macOS Finder

The idea behind this post is to explore some of the differences between both File Explorer and Finder and bring out some of the Pros and Cons of each. They both accomplish the task they need to, so which one is “better” is largely going to be up to your personal preference.

Copying, Moving Files

Finder

Deleting multiple files results in a list of files waiting to be deleted till the first task gets completed. Can cause issues if the first folder you are trying to delete has some file that is not available or something and holds up the rest of the deletes till you confirm, skip etc.

File Explorer

I personally really like being able to see the speed the file(s) are transferring at.

Sorting Files and Navigation

Both file browsers sort files and folders differently by default. Note, it looks like recent versions of Windows have changed this to be similar to like it is in Finder.

Finder – List folders and files together
Explorer – Generally folders are at the top, files underneath

I have mixed feelings on this. At times I do like that all my folders are at the top so when I am navigating somewhere I don’t have to go scrolling down to locate them. However it is nice to have them together alphabetically so if you comparing if you have a zipped and unzip file, they are right next to each other.

I do like in Finder how you can view the hierarchy side by side in columns. Makes navigating the filesystem easy.

Other random notes

Finder

Pros

CMD + Shift + G is super handy and nice that it has tab completion.

Zipping and unzipping files is awesome and simple in Finder. Don’t have to go through any “complicated process” of unzip file, pick location, unzip and open that location and now you have two windows open etc.

Cons

Doesn’t give you a warning when you are about to open up a ton of files that will slow your computer down.

I seem to have random issues with Finder when working with external drives. Seems like using the command line to run a rm command can be faster then deleting in Finder. Not sure if it is a Finder issue or my extra drives.

Explorer

Pros

Generally very powerful. Lots of options.

I like how the properties option is at the bottom of the menu when you right click on a file.

Gives you a warning or just doesn’t open the files when you select a ton of files and hit enter

Cons

Can be slow when there are tons of files in a folder which can be extremely frustrating.

It is interesting the differences between MacOS and Windows. Apple it seems limits what they work on and do a good job what they do work on. However there are those cases where it appears that they didn’t try programming any safe guards in (i.e. No warning about opening up a ton of files at once).

At the end of the day both Windows Explorer and macOS Finder work well and get the job done.

Kali Linux Hash Sum Mismatch while doing apt update

https://askubuntu.com/questions/1235914/hash-sum-mismatch-error-due-to-identical-sha1-and-md5-but-different-sha256

Looks like the problem is caused by the Windows Hypervisor Platform. Work around is to disable it.

In the Start menu search for “turn Windows features on or off”

Once open, disable “Virtual Machine Platform” and “Windows Hypervisor Platform”

Disable Virtual Machine Platform

You will need to reboot after it finishes.

Unknown “Program” in Startup Programs – Windows 10

Which start up program is this? Did I install it???

Unknown Startup Program

Enabling the Command line view will show us the location of the executable. Right click on the Top Row and Check “Command line”

Enable Command line

From the Command line column we see that the program is Tomboy

Command line shows us the location of the executable

Add ADB path to Windows Environment Variables

From the start menu search for “Edit environment variables for your account”

Click Path and then Edit.

Edit Environment Variables

Then click new and paste in the path to the ADB directory which should be

%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Android\sdk\platform-tools

And hit OK

Adding ADB path

You should be good now. You’ll need to relaunch and Command Prompts you have open, but you should be able to run adb without having to navigate to the adb folder.

VirtualBox – VERR_NEM_VM_CREATE_FAILED

Looks to be an issue if you have Windows HyperV enabled.

Search for and Open up the “Turn Windows features on or off” and make sure “Windows Hypervisor Platform” is unchecked and hit OK to apply it.

Disable Windows Hypervisor Platform

Reboot computer and launch VM

https://superuser.co/questions/1442766/virtualbox-fails-to-start-with-verr-nem-vm-create-failed

Install Microsoft Precision Drivers on Alienware 13 R3

https://www.howtogeek.com/325347/how-to-enable-microsofts-precision-touchpad-drivers-on-your-laptop/

Download and extract the Lenovo driver
https://download.lenovo.com/pccbbs/mobiles/n1mgx14w.zip

Open Device manager, right click on the touchpad and select Update driver

Update Touchpad driver

Browse My computer for Driver Software

Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer

On the pop up select have disk

Navigate to the extracted Lenovo driver and select Autorun.inf

Open, select next, install, accept the warning

Restart computer

After you restart your computer you can go to the Windows settings and tweak the precision settings

Windows 10 precision touchpad settings

Other interesting touch pad stuff

https://www.multiswipe.com

Helpful Windows Programs and Utilities

The following is a list of programs that can be helpful on Windows for normal maintenance task or making a task easier to accomplish.

Angry IP Scanner – IP scanner. Helpful for finding out which addresses are in use on a network.
https://angryip.org/

WinDirStat – Disk usage statistics tool. Helpful for finding large files and cleaning up.
https://windirstat.net/

WiFi Scanner – Wifi Analyzer tool. It is great for figuring out which channel a router is on, channel bandwidths, or signal strength.
http://wifiscanner.com/index.html

EaseUS Partition Master – Makes it easier to shrink a partition when you have unmovable blocks.
https://www.easeus.com/partition-manager/epm-free.html

Remove hiberfil.sys

The hiberfil.sys is created and used when hibernating in Windows. Sometimes can be needed to help shrink the space on a drive.

Launch a command prompt with administrator privileges.

You can hit Windows Key + R, type in cmd, and hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter together. It’ll ask you to verify that you want to launch it. Hit Yes.
Alternatively you can search for the Command Prompt, Right click on it and Run as Administrator

Turn Hibernate off

powercfg -h off

A reboot should remove the file. If not you should be able to delete it. It is on the root of the drive, but you’ll need to enable hidden files and disable the “Hide protected operating system files” to see it.

You can turn it back on by changing off to on

powercfg -h on

More information:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/920730/how-to-disable-and-re-enable-hibernation-on-a-computer-that-is-running

Unable to access old HTTPS login for WiFi router

Part of the reason some of the older sites do not work is due to insecurities in older SSL protocol’s. Some of the older versions are disabled in newer browsers thereby keeping someone from accessing the device.

Unsupported protocol

Work Around

Internet Explorer will let you change the security settings to allow older security protocols to work. Chrome and Firefox seem to have issues letting you do that.

Open Internet Explorer and then go to the Internet Options and find the Advanced tab. Scroll down and locate the “Use SSL3.0” option and enable it.

Enable SSL 3.0

You may also need to modify the Zones.

Change Internet Zones

You should now be able to accept the Security Certificate and log in.

Proceed to login page for site

This should only be done if absolutely needed and only on sites you trust. It would be a good idea to change the settings back when finished.

More info.
https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/1958251-just-purchased-a-sonicwall-via-ebay-but-after-doing-the-initial-config