View iWork Pages Files on Windows

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File compatibility issues arise when you’re working in a mixed environment of OSes – like Macs and Windows. There are files that can be opened by Macs only and files that can only be ran using Windows. An example is viewing Pages files. When you transfer them on Windows, you get to see the “unknown file” icon and you’re not able to view the contents. It’s a good thing that the term workarounds exists.

Pages files are similar to Microsoft Word files. This tip will let you view these type of files on a Windows system but you can’t edit them. First make sure you’re able to view extension names (filename.extension name). To do this, open a folder, click Tools > Folder Options… and click on the View tab. Uncheck the box that says “Hide extensions for known file types” and click Apply then OK. Below is a snipped image of the Pages file with the unhidden extension.


Pages File

Pages File

Replace your Pages file’s extension name to “.zip” and if Windows tells you that the file will be unusable after changing the extension name just select Yes to continue. Using a zip utility like 7-Zip, extract all files. Open the QuickLook folder and view Preview.pdf. You’re now able to view or even print the file. If you have Adobe Acrobat, you may export the PDF file to Word to be able to edit it.

If you’re a Windows 7 and 7-Zip user, you may immediately extract the files without changing the extension name.


Check out the free Pages converter for Windows. It converts Pages documents into text files.

“IsThreadDesktopComposited” Error

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I was done with my “library” source image for cloning. I was able to upload it to the Fog server. And, yes, I was able to deploy the image to a target workstation. I tested the imaged PC – ran several programs and apps, checked the network. Then I fired up Firefox and this error popped up:

Error when opening Firefox

Error when opening Firefox

It says that Firefox could not locate the entry point “IsThreadDesktopComposited” in the User32 DLL (Dynamic Link Library). Did a search and found answers.

It’s not a Firefox problem. That’s why reinstalling or upgrading Firefox (from 3.6.3 to 3.6.4) didn’t solve it. I found out that this only happens to Windows XP. The culprit is the “dwmapi.dll” file found in the System32 folder. Dwmapi.dll is a Windows Vista file that may have been installed in the said location by another program.

To fix the problem, open C:\Windows\System32 folder. Locate and delete dwmapi.dll. Restart Firefox to check if the problem still occurs.

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Install Windows 7 From a Thumb Drive

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Thumb drives have evolved from storage devices into installation media sources. Operating systems may be installed to computers with defective or no optical drives and netbooks using these devices. Here’s a guide on how to prepare a USB stick and use it to install Windows 7.

First, we’ll be needing a 4-GB thumb drive for our installer and the DiskPart utility. If you’re going to prepare your thumb drive using a Windows 7 system, DiskPart is already present in your system. If not, you may download it from Microsoft’s Download Center. If you already have these, plug in your thumb drive and we’ll start the prep process.

1. Launch DiskPart. Press Windows key + R to open the Run command, type diskpart, and press Enter.
2. On the prompt, type list disk to check your existing drives and their status.
3. Type in select disk #. Replace the hash (octothorpe) with the number that indicates your thumb drive. Check size column to be sure.
4. Type clean. This removes existing partitions.
5. We’ll now create a new partition on the drive by typing create partition primary.
6. Set the partition to be active by typing active.
7. Type format fs=fat32 quick to quick format the partition into Fat32.
8. Load your Windows 7 installation disc and copy all its contents to your thumb drive.

Your thumb drive is now a bootable installer of Windows 7. On a target machine, plug in the thumb drive and make sure the system boots from it and proceed to the installation.

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