Install and Run Instagram on PC with Bluestacks App Player

Today I had the pleasure of doing something exciting and out of the ordinary.  You can now Install and Run Instagram on a PC – I successfully installed Instagram on Windows 10 PC and here is how I did it.

For a while now I have had an account on Instagram, except that I uninstalled the app from my phone a long time ago so the Instagram account remained dormant for some time, until today when I was looking into installing Instagram on my Windows 10 PC.

I was getting back in touch with my old and forgotten social media accounts and thought, wouldn’t it be cool if I could use Instagram on my Windows 10 PC?  I had played with the idea about a year or two ago.  That is when I learned that you could now access the account from a PC through the web browser, but it lacked all the functionality and fun features of using the Instagram app on a mobile device.

This time around and with little effort I came across Bluestacks  App Player.  It is emulation software that enables your PC to emulate (fancy word for pretend) a mobile device such as an Android phone or tablet.  And so yes, it allows you to run Instagram on a PC; as a matter of fact, it will allow you to run just about any other app that you would normally install on an Android mobile device.

After doing a bit of research on Bluestacks App Player to make sure it was legit and not some kind of trojan or spyware/malware.  I decided to give it whirl.  The Bluestacks App Player emulation software is over 300mb in size.

During the installation of Bluestacks App Player I was asked to install .net 3.5 which failed on my PC with an error, and I was allowed to skip that step with a warning that the application might not work properly.  I get prompted to install .net 3.5 every time I launch the emulation software; I’ll look into that later as it did not prevent me from using Instagram on my PC.

After Bluestacks App Player installed I launched the application and was prompted to log in with either Facebook or my Google account.  I opted to log in with my Google account and was surprised at how intuitive everything is.  Grant it I’m rather tech savvy but I doubt anyone that is good with a tablet will have a hard time getting the hang of it.

Once I logged in with my Google account I had access to the Google Play Store from which I downloaded Instagram to the newly emulated tablet.  And if you have used Instagram before, you know what to expect from that point on as far as Instagram goes.

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I was able to expand the view and it took over my whole monitor; it felt very tablet-like.  I quickly started to update my Instagram profile and even managed to make two new posts in Instagram, from my Windows 10 PC!

You will find that most settings are what you would find on an Android tablet or phone.  You can post on Instagram your pictures from the Google Photos gallery and albums.   I still have to figure out how to post pictures stored on the PC without having to upload them to Google first, but I’ll get there.

And that is how I manged to install and run Instagram on my Windows 10 PC.  Download Instagram on PC here and give it a try.

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“Cannot connect to the Citrix XenApp server. Unable to locate the requested Citrix XenApp name. The server may be unavailable or you may have entered the server name incorrectly.”

A common problem I’ve experienced working on Citrix XenApp 5.0 running on Windows Server 2008 is corrupt performance counters.

The story goes likes this:

Users call the Helpdesk explaining that they cannot connect to Citrix Xenapp and the following message occurs:

“Cannot connect to the Citrix XenApp server. Unable to locate the requested Citrix XenApp name. The server may be unavailable or you may have entered the server name incorrectly.”

Rebooting the server will not resolve the issue.

From the Server 2008 Start Menu > Citrix > Administration Tools, if we open the XenApp Advanced Configuration utility in XenApp 5, we can tell if the problem is due to Windows Server 2008 corrupt performance counters.

In the Citrix XenApp Advanced Configuration window, under the Server Farm, we expand the Servers tab and select the problem XenApp server on the left column.  On the right column select the Load Manager Monitor tab.

If All 4 of the Load Evaluator percentages are either 100% or 0% then you know that your performance counters are corrupt.

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To resolve corrupt performance counters on Windows Server 2008 running Citrix XenApp, it is necessary to do the following:

Citrix Load Evaluator Memory/CPU Utilization at 100% Fix

  1. Copy Perfstringbackup.ini from a Citrix server which is working.  Perfstringbackup.ini is located in %systemroot%\System32\Perfstringbackup.ini
  2. Rename Perfstringbackup.ini to Perfstringbackup.bak on server experiencing issues.
  3. Paste Perfstringbackup.ini to the same location (%systemroot%\System32) on the server experiencing  the issue.
  4. Open a command prompt on the server experiencing issues and type lodctr /R:perfstringbackup.ini.  You should receive a Successful message after entering the command.  If not, it may be necessary to run the command prompt with elevated privileges.
  5. Reboot the server.

Once the server reboots check that not all 4 Load Evaluator percentages are either at 100% or 0%.  Users should now be able to log in.

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