Friday, October 27, 2006

SoftPerfect Network Scanner stuck off-screen?

I recently ran into sort of an odd issue with the free version of SoftPerfect’s excellent Network Scanner. The window was stuck somewhere off screen. I have a dual screen setup, which probably contributed to the problem, and no amount of cascading the windows would bring it back into view. The problem is compounded by the fact that this program has no installer so there is nothing to reinstall.

After an hour or so of fumbling with this, I finally figured out a solution to my problem. The program may have no installer, but it does write values to the registry and one of these values tells the program it’s dimensions and last location.

To fix your application, if it gets stuck:

  • Launch your Registry Editor (Start > Run > “regedit” and Enter)
  • Navigate to the following registry location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SoftPerfect\Network Scanner\Window
  • Change the Left and Top DWORD values to 0
  • Relaunch the Network Scanner

This was a very frustrating issue to deal with and I am glad it’s fixed.

2 comments:

Nonapeptide said...
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Nonapeptide said...

Thanks for the tip! I never considered that this might be caused by it being off screen. I thought it was a bizarre Vista Problem, but since your post was pre-Vista, that disturbs my theory. =) I found another way of solving the problem that doesn't involve regedit. Take a look here: thenonapeptide.blogspot.com/2009/04/fixing-softperfects-network-scann-being.html