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  1. I have one program that's not completely compatible: Adobe Acrobat Professional 8.1.6 running on x64 RTM. When I use either IE 8 or Firefox 3.5.2 to open a PDF file in the browser, Acrobat itself pops up on the screen, with the following message: "The Adobe Reader that is running can not be used to view PDF files in a Web Browser. Please exit and try again." I do not have Adobe Reader installed, only Acrobat. However, the PDF file still opens in the browser window, after closing the Acrobat window. I do not get the message if Acrobat.exe is a currently running process at the time I attempt to open the PDF file. I've tried several workarounds suggested on various Adobe forums and other web sites, including running the Acrobat installation program as an administrator, setting Acrobat to run as administrator (but then I get the UAC prompt in addition to the error message!), performing a repair installation, and testing in a separate account from the installation account. None of these did the trick. Has anybody else seen this same annoyance? It seems to be limited to 64-bit versions of Win 7, but appears to have been around since the first beta and is still present in RTM. If you can lend me a hand, thanks!
  2. Just got Win 7 RTM, and I'm putting it through the paces. I only dabbled with the beta and the RC, so this is my first experience with 7. I'm liking what I see so far, but have found one snag. I have several scripts in XP and Vista that use RunOnceEx to install programs, copy files, etc. When trying to run those same scripts in Win 7, the expected activity does not occur. While poking through the Registry editor, I see there is no key for RunOnceEx, like there is in XP and Vista. I did a quick Google search, and found this Microsoft page (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310593 which seems to infer, without flat-out saying, that RunOnceEx is present in Windows 7. My question is this: Does RunOnceEx work in Windows 7? If so, are any modifications needed to my scripts? Thanks for your help! EDIT: Now it works. I have no idea why. Same script, same everything. Oh well, I'll look into it more later.
  3. jrf2027

    999 calls

    We just have more than our fair share. For example... http://www.foodfacts.info/blog/2009/03/now...-mcnuggets.html
  4. You can phone activate 24/7/365 - I've personally called several times to activate around 11:00 p.m. local time; as well as called on a Sunday morning around 8:00 a.m. and spoken to a live person. If you call in to activate by phone, you don't automatically get routed to a live person - a computerized system asks you for the first part of the activation code, then gives you the second part to enter. If the first part of the code fails, then you go to a live person for activation.
  5. With XP you could - you just had to insert a CD of an older OS at the time you installed XP. XP's text-based install would scan that CD, then proceed to installation. With Vista, they changed that - if you were using an upgrade key, you had to launch the install from within Windows (no booting from the CD allowed). A workaround was that you could install the OS without a product key, then launch the install from within that Windows installation. Hopefully Win 7 upgrades will follow XP's path and not Vista's; however, I'd guess that this is probably one piece of XP functionality removed in Vista that MS will not reinstate. If you're buying the upgrade version of 7, be prepared to launch the installer from a Windows installation.
  6. The aerial images for my area are also circa 2004. There's no date - I just know this based on what's in the aerial shots. As for Street View, however, those images are circa 2007. Once again, I know this based on what's in the pictures and what isn't. Google constantly updates these street view images, though, and is always adding more.
  7. If you click the link from the OP, the page clearly states in highlighted text: Sounds to me like he's advocating violations of the Vista EULA anyway... But hey, I can understand the FUD about migrating to 64-bit architecture...my hometown used coal gas lighting until the 1920's rather than install an electric system because "they use electricity to kill people!" and "hey, my gas lights work just as well as the next town's fancy eee-lectric lights!" As for me, when I needed (wanted ) 4GB of RAM in my machines, I migrated to 64-bit operating systems because they are made to use it...if I'm driving 100 MPH in a car, I'd rather do it in a modern Ferrari than a Model T.
  8. Most of the problems I see with computers running slow comes from the number of processes running in the background moreso than the number of excess files on the hard drive. Definitely run CCleaner to clean out the files, but you should also check out what services are set to run automatically, and what programs automatically start along with Windows. With no active windows, and immediately after starting up the computer, how many processes are running in Task Manager? On my laptop running Vista Business 64-bit, I'm at 35; on my desktop running Home Premium 64-bit, it hovers around 40. (They both have 24 running processes in 32-bit XP Professional for comparison, with a similar software load.) When I get home later, I'll post my services custom mods for you to review, as well as some registry entries to check for unnecessary startup processes (really, does iTunes need three processes running when you don't plan on using it?). EDIT: OK, here's my services registry settings on my laptop running Vista Business 64-bit - this will set numerous services to "manual" (3) or "disabled" (4); only a couple are disabled outright (Tablet services and Remote Registry); the rest are set to manual. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\AgereModemAudio] "Start"=dword:00000003 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Dnscache] "Start"=dword:00000003 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\EventSystem] "Start"=dword:00000003 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\TapiSrv] "Start"=dword:00000003 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WPDBusEnum] "Start"=dword:00000003 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Browser] "Start"=dword:00000003 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\CryptSvc] "Start"=dword:00000003 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DPS] "Start"=dword:00000003 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\TrkWks] "Start"=dword:00000003 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\IKEEXT] "Start"=dword:00000003 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\iphlpsvc] "Start"=dword:00000003 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\PolicyAgent] "Start"=dword:00000003 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NlaSvc] "Start"=dword:00000003 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\CscService] "Start"=dword:00000003 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RemoteRegistry] "Start"=dword:00000004 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\TabletInputService] "Start"=dword:00000004 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\lmhosts] "Start"=dword:00000003 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WebClient] "Start"=dword:00000003 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WerSvc] "Start"=dword:00000003 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\stisvc] "Start"=dword:00000003 Also, you should check what programs have entries in the following registry keys: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run (64-bit only) HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run Let us know what's located under these keys and we can probably tell you what is essential and what is not. (Of course, make sure you back up those keys before deleting anything in case something we say isn't important actually is!)
  9. They brought it back with a vengeance - a quick review of the US, Canada, and Spain websites shows that it does not expire until December 31, 2010, and Australia's is extended "until further notice."
  10. If you're a student, you can pick up the Office 2007 Ultimate Steal and get Office 2007 Ultimate full retail version for $60 (or 52 euros): http://www.microsoft.com/student/discounts...us/default.aspx Back when I was in school, that was just one night out at the bars, so stay sober one night and it's paid for! As a dual-booter myself, I've read the Office 2007 EULA carefully. You can install the full retail version of Office 2007 Ultimate on one desktop and one portable device. Unfortunately, the EULA considers two operating system installations on one physical machine to be two devices; therefore, you couldn't install it on your desktop and both your XP installations on your netbook. But this would get you up to at least three non-infringing installations...maybe you could talk to somebody at your school's IT department to see if they would allow you a second Office install on the academic license, especially if you're using the netbook with two separate languages. From an academic standipoint, you may need to have access to the program in multiple languages.
  11. Download and burn a Live CD and you can test it for yourself. With 512 MB of RAM, you should have enough RAM to get it running.
  12. I've booted XP, Vista 32-bit, Vista 64-bit, and Ubuntu from the same machine before...I strongly recommend using grub or grub4dos if you plan on doing much dual-booting, though, because you can use it to hide the OS partitions from each other and leave the boot files for each OS intact too.
  13. Is there an IDE interface on the motherboard of your computer? Even though you don't use any IDE devices, your motherboard may still have the interface for it. And as more and more systems go all-SATA, the OEM boards may save some money by using a no-name IDE interface (for instance, my desktop uses an IDE interface by ITE, which requires special drivers). Have you tried Windows Update (insert groan here)? Despite its driver reputation, sometimes it has drivers you can't find anywhere else. If all else fails, if your system works otherwise, I wouldn't worry about it too much.
  14. It's only taken me two years to finally figure it out...and I suppose something will change with 7 to make me go back to the drawing board.
  15. Let's break this down a little bit more. If you purchased Vista Home Premium 64-bit, and have a valid product key for Vista Home Premium, you should be able to use that valid product key to install Vista Home Premium 32-bit on your computer. Vista product keys are architecture-neutral - that is, you can install either the 32-bit or 64-bit version of whatever edition you purchased using that product key. MS makes it easy when you buy a retail copy of Vista Ultimate - you get both a 32-bit and a 64-bit disc in the box. Product keys are NOT edition-neutral, however - you cannot buy a copy of Vista Home Premium and use that product key to install Home Basic, for instance, even though it's technically a downgrade of Home Premium. Another thing to keep in mind - if you buy a copy of Vista either through retail or system builder OEM, in the box you get (1) a product key for the edition of Vista you purchased, and (2) a Vista intallation disc. The Vista installation disc should contain all editions of Vista on the disc for whatever system architecture is specified on the label - it's the product key you enter during installation that determines the edition of Vista you are entitled to install. For instance, when I got a retail copy of Vista Business 64-bit with SP1, the disc actually contains 64-bit Home Basic, 64-bit Home Premium, 64-bit Business, and 64-bit Ultimate. A 32-bit purchase gets you the Vista editions in 32-bit. (One caveat - if you purchase Vista with a new computer from a large manufacturer like Dell or Toshiba, you most likely won't get the full disk, you'll get the manufacturer's reinstallation disk which will only have the version of Vista you purchased on it.) You should be able to install Vista Home Premium 32-bit on your computer by using (1) the 32-bit Vista installation disc you got when you bought Home Basic 32-bit for your mom, assuming that the disc was either a retail or system builder OEM disc, and (2) using your Vista Home Premium 64-bit product key. If you have a valid 64-bit product key, you do not need to buy a 32-bit product key to install the same edition of Vista in 32-bit system architecture. You just need the 32-bit installation media. The reverse also applies - if you have a valid 32-bit product key, you do not need to buy a 64-bit product key to install the same edition of Vista in 64-bit architecture. You only need the 64-bit installation media.
  16. Depending on your Linux distro, and if it uses Gnome, you may already have GParted installed, or can install it from your package manager. You will probably also have to install NTFS-3G support, in order to format to NTFS (I know I did when formatting a partition to NTFS using Ubuntu 9.04). I don't know of an equivalent to GParted in KDE, if that's more your flavor.
  17. Thanks for the advice guys. I'm probably going to be using this system as my primary machine for at least the next three years, so I decided to go with 4 GB of DDR2 800 RAM with a CAS latency of 5; I'll add in another 4 GB down the road. For what I do, it should serve my purposes.
  18. I thought about 1066, but my motherboard appears limited to either 667 or 800, based on my research, and it looks to be pretty finicky about what 800 modules it will accept. The motherboard is made by Intel, Gateway calls it a "Schroeder Town", but it's essentially an Intel DG33TL without a DVI output on the board.
  19. I did some searching, and I can't seem to find any recent opinions - everything I found is dated 2006 or earlier... I want to increase my RAM in my desktop (Gateway GM5478 - Q6600, currently 3 GB PC2 667, everything stock, no OC) to 6 GB. The machine came with 2 GB (2 x 1GB), I installed an additional 1 GB (2 x 512 MB) a few months after buying it. I'm not a gamer, and I don't plan on overclocking this RAM, but I do quite a bit of video editing on the machine. My plan is to remove the 2 x 512 MB and replace them with 2 x 2 GB for a total of 6 GB, then do a clean install with Vista x64. In the past, I've bought either Kingston or Corsair, with no problems, but while shopping this morning I discovered a great deal on a 4 GB kit from PNY. (Newegg link) My other choice is a 4 GB kit from Kingston (Newegg link). I've done the research, the specs are perfect for my motherboard, the reviews seem OK...anybody have any personal experience with PNY RAM in the last few months? Should I buy the Kingston RAM and spend the extra money, or buy the PNY RAM and a case of cheap beer? Let me know your thoughts. Thanks!
  20. I've been using the RC for a few days now...very solid build. Speedier startups than under Hardy and Intrepid. Much more stable then Intrepid on both of my machines - IMHO, Intrepid was the "Vista" of Ubuntu distributions, and Jaunty is shaping up to be the "7" made in response. Installation is a breeze under both live CD and the text-based "alternate" installation. I've only tried 32-bit - I should try the 64-bit, but I haven't yet. For those of you considering waiting until the final version is released, I'd say to go ahead and download the RC and install it now - you'll be able to upgrade to the final version when it's released with little to no problems, plus you won't suffer through the delay in downloading from the repositories when everybody else is slamming them on release day.
  21. Not if you use ABR to backup your OEM preactivation prior to reinstalling Vista, and use ABR to restore your OEM preactivation after reinstalling Vista. AFAIK, it only works for royalty OEM preactivations, not system builder OEM activations. But it works beautifully on my Gateway desktop and Toshiba laptop...and should work for the OP's system.
  22. This worked for me, but YMMV... Before I installed IE 8, I had created an image of the system, so I uninstalled IE 8 by reimaging the known good image. The folders opened as they should - in the same window. The files in the IE 8 .exe can be extracted using WinRAR or 7-Zip. Upon extracting the files, there are four files within the .exe - one of which is called ie8.msu. (For those of you who don't know, .msu files are Vista's update files.) I saved this file and deleted the rest. I then reinstalled IE 8 by running the .msu file. The installation proceeds like you are installing a Vista update, rather than the standard IE 8 installation screens. After the install completes, it prompts you to restart Windows. Before restarting, I confirmed that folders still open in the same window. Then, after restarting, but before running IE 8, I once again confirmed that folders still open in the same window. After the first run of IE 8, I checked it one last time - the folders open in the same window, as they should. It worked for me...maybe it won't for you, but I'd rather put this information on the Interweb than not.
  23. After the release of the final IE8 bits this morning, I installed it on my Vista Business 32-bit installation. However, I noticed a significant glitch after installing it: Whenever I am browsing through folders on the hard drive in Explorer, all folders open in a new window. In the Folder Options window, the button for "open each folder in the same window" is selected. I've tried selecting the other button, pressing "apply", then reselecting the "same window" button, selecting "apply", and restarting, but the folders still open in new windows. I have not tried any direct registry edits yet. I do not have this issue on the XP installation on the same computer. Has anybody else noticed this? Anybody know a fix? Thanks in advance!
  24. You will probably need to integrate the driver you need using nLite. Check out the nLite forum below for more details. The top sticky post in the nLite forum appears to be directly on topic for you: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=107504 Or, you may find this guide helpful: http://tech.aroundthehat.com/nlite_sata.html
  25. Have you tried the same disk under XP or Vista?

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