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  1. Thanks for the replies. I will probably end up physically swapping the drives around until the order is correct in Windows. All drives are connected to internal SATA connectors and there's no RAID control, so it should be fairly painless. The BIOS order of the drives does not matter to me at all and it was a mistake on my part to assume that the BIOS order would match the order in Windows.
  2. Hi. I recently built a file server using an Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero motherboard. The seven drives that were installed show up in the correct order on the BIOS screen. But in Windows Disk Management the order is changed from 1-7 to 7, 6, 5, 1, 2, 3, 4. Is there a way to make the drive order shown in the BIOS match the drive order in Windows 10? Is my only option to physically swap the drives around until I get the order I want in Disk Management? (Meaning the BIOS order will be scrambled.) And if I do that, would it cause an issues in Windows? I assume drive letters won't change and Windows would simply re-detect the moved drives on their new SATA channels. But would it leave behind any junk in the registry referencing back to their original SATA positions that could cause any future problems? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  3. Hi. I'm trying to transfer large files from a Windows 7 machine to a Windows Server 2012 R2 box and I'm only getting around 45 MB/s. The entire network is on gigabit and I know that both the Windows 7 machine and the server are capable of saturating the gigabit link. If I transfer a single large file to the server, I only get around 45 MB/s, but if I start a second transfer while the first is running then the total speed goes to 85-90 MB/s. Then if I start a third transfer, my total speed goes to 110-115 MB/s which is very close to the gigabit speed limit. Slow read/write speeds on either end are not an issue, the storage devices on both ends are capable of read/write speeds in excess of 300 MB/s. Also, if instead of "pushing" the files to the server, I "pull" a single large file to the server (from the Windows 7 machine) then I get around 90-95 MB/s. Anyone know what could be causing this? I need to transfer a lot of large files to the server, but they must be done sequentially not in parallel and pulling them all from the server side is not an option. I need to find a way to get the full speed on individual file transfers coming from the Windows 7 box to the server. The Windows 7 machine has an integrated Intel 82579V Gigabit Ethernet chip. The server has a Realtek Gigabit controller, not sure what chip. Both machines have the latest network drivers installed. I tried changing some of the advanced driver settings on the Windows 7 machine like enabling Adaptive Inter-Frame Spacing and a few others, but they seem to have no effect on transfer speeds. Any suggestions to improve transfer speeds would be greatly appreciated!
  4. Okay, so you can't load any unsigned visual styles unless your UxTheme.Dll is hacked. So where do I get styles which *are* signed by Microsoft? I tried Google and came up empty. Then I tried Microsoft's maze of a site, which I truly hate. A search for "vistual styles" yields a couple hundred thousand results, none of which are related to what I want. I heard you can get some extra themes with the Microsoft Plus Pack, but that costs money. Did Microsoft release _any_ extra styles for XP that doesn't cost money? And if so, where the heck are they?
  5. I never use any of the commands on the right click Send To menu, except Send To Desktop. I was wondering if anyone knows how to remove the Send To menu and replace it with just Send To Desktop instead. I did some searches, but all I can find is information on how to modify the Send To menu or how to remove it completely. I do want to remove it, but I don't know how I can replace it with just Send To Desktop once I do that. Any ideas?
  6. I haven't been using nLite long, but I don't think you should be getting errors about missing files. Can you maybe post a list of the missing files it was complaining about? You could try gradually removing things to narrow down which components are causing the errors. Remove the obvious stuff first and do an install, then go back and start removing the more questionable components and see when you start getting errors. Yeah, doing it this way would be time consuming for sure, but like I said, you shouldn't be getting errors about missing files. Maybe it's not the removal causing the problems, maybe it's an addon/plugin/driver/etc. that has missing files. It could be a number of different things. Can you tell us more exactly what you're removing/adding to your installation CD?
  7. Hi. Thanks for the guide. I have a few questions maybe someone can answer. I installed all the updates you listed, but after Windows setup is complete, Automatic Update offers to download this file: Security Update for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (KB938127) This was already integrated, so why is it trying to download it again? Does it matter what order the patches are applied? I used the same order that you listed in your post, but nLite did them in a different order anyway. Maybe that's the problem? When I check Add or Remove Programs, I see these two patches on the list: Security Update for Microsoft XML Core Services 6.0 and Service Pack 1 (KB933579) Security Update for Microsoft XML Core Services 4.0 Service Pack 2 (KB936181) Why are they showing up, if they were integrated into the install files?? Then, if I check Show updates, I see this one: Update for Windows XP (KB933360) Does that mean those 3 updates were not integrated, but silently installed? Is there a way to fully integrate them instead? Microsoft® Windows® Malicious Software Removal Tool addon (September 2007) This is the latest Removal Tool (as of now), but RyanVM's Update pack 2.1.11 comes with the following: KB890830 - Malicious Software Removal Tool 1.30 Is it okay to integrate two Removal Tools, one really old one and the newest one? Would they cause any conflicts?
  8. Does anyone know a good program for finding bad sectors/physical errors on a hard drive? I've been using chkdsk with the /R switch, but it's not very sophisticated. I can't use the testing utilities provided by the drive manufacturer either. Some of my disks are connected to third party I/O controllers and aren't recognized by those programs. The program doesn't have to be free. I'm willing to pay for something that's good, but I don't want to install something huge and clunky like Norton Utilities for example. All suggestions are welcome.
  9. I know the latest versions of Kaspersky Antivirus no longer add extra NTFS streams to the file system, but a while back I was using a version which did. During uninstall it asked me if those NTFS streams should be removed, but because it showed me some ridiculous time estimate (18+ hours) I chose no. Now I'm wondering if there is tons and tons of hidden junk attached to all my files and how to remove it. I got a program from Microsoft's website that's supposed to show me those extra NTFS streams, but it says none of my files on any of my disks have it. I doubt they magically disappeared on their own. I'm guessing they're just well hidden. Does anyone know how I can get rid of them? There's nothing about this on Kaspersky's official site and version which caused the problem has long since expired. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. [edit] Oops, there *is* a solution on Kaspersky's website, I was just looking in the wrong place. http://www.kaspersky.com/faq?qid=170884737 Unfortunately the utility given on that page does not work for me. It shows there are tens of thousands of files with the extra streams, but it will not remove them. I run the command "KLStreamRemover.exe -r" just as the article suggests and the program scans through all folders and gives me this: Total streams found 58655, w/o stream 703 Then I run ""KLStreamRemover.exe -i" which is supposed to give me information about the streams and it says the same thing as above. Meaning, none of the streams have actually been removed.
  10. I have two questions about Vista and I'd like to apologize in advance if they've already been asked an answered. I did several searches and couldn't find an answer. Maybe my search skills are not so great. Anyway, I've been using Windows XP on several computers, but recently bought a new laptop that came with Vista pre-installed. My first problem is trying to map network drives that are on the Vista laptop. I've never had any problems doing this between XP computers. I would just use something like \\MyComputer1\D$ and enter my login name and password, but this doesn't work with drives which are on the Vista laptop. I enabled file sharing and I can see the exception rule set in the firewall settings. I can also ping the Vista machine and see that the computer name is correct. Is there something else I need to enable or configure in order to access the drives on the Vista laptop (via Map Network Drive) across my network? My second question is about migrating my Outlook Express information and settings from Windows XP to Vista. Is this even possible? I want to give away my old laptop and there are several hundred emails in my Outlook Express that I don't want to lose. Any help with either question would be greatly appreciated.
  11. Well, I just spent several hours trying to get rid of something that's on one of my computers. I rarely get viruses and when I do, I'm pretty quick at getting them removed, but this one really got me. It started when I installed some new Windows updates that came through the automatic updater. It asked me to reboot my computer, so I did. I noticed a very long delay between the BIOS post and the Windows XP boot screen coming up. I thought maybe it had something to do with the updates I just installed. Either way, Windows eventually booted without any problems. Then I went to play a game (MMORPG) which uses GameGuard. GameGuard is an advanced hacking/cheating prevention system some online games use. I got an error saying GameGuard failed to properly initialize. This is bad news, and usually means one of two things; you're trying to hack/cheat and it detected it, or something has hijacked certain system functions/calls which GameGuard is trying to hook. It suggested that I reboot, which I did. I noticed the long delay between the BIOS post and Windows boot screen again. This time even the text based progress bar came up for a couple of seconds. It's the one rarely seen that comes up before the graphical progress bar shows up (under the Windows logo). Anyway, by this time I suspected something was seriously wrong. My guess is I have some kind of boot sector virus or some advanced rootkit. After my reboot I tried my game again and got the same error from GameGuard. Then I tried to install a few different virus scanners. First I tried F-Prot, which installed, but with an error. After rebooting, F-Prot failed to start. It said some files were missing. I un-installed F-Prot and tried Kaspersky, which also failed. Then I tried Avast, which gave an error right away and would not even install. By now I was fairly annoyed and frustrated. I decided to fire up IceSword. IceSword is a very good tool against rootkits and virus-type programs that can evade detection by ordinary antivirus products. It also failed to start. Now I was getting worried. IceSword has never failed before in a situation like this. Next I tried using a boot CD. I booted from the latest version of UBCD4Win (Ultimate Boot CD for Windows) and ran all the malware and virus detection programs that come with it. None of them found anything wrong. I wasn't too surprised at this point. The fact that there is a ~20 second delay after the BIOS post, while the hard disk access LED is solid red, tells me that it's either a rootkit or a boot sector virus. What ever it is doing, it's doing it even before Windows starts to boot. This delay does not happen when booting from a CD, obviously. As a last resort, I tried scanning the infected drive from across my LAN, using Avast on another machine. It scanned the entire hard disk and found nothing. I don't know what else to try. I doubt even re-formatting and re-installing Windows would solve the problem. I hope I described the situation well enough, and any suggestions on what to do would be greatly appreciated. I suppose I could low level format the hard disk, but I'd rather not go that far if there's an easier solution.
  12. I'm having a problem with my network connections. My network card died and I replaced it with another, which is the same model as the old one. I couldn't remove the old card's driver, because it simply stopped being detected by Windows. Now Windows named the new card Marvel (model) #2 and I get a message about an IP conflict when I try to set the IP. The old card doesn't even show up in Safe Mode, so I can't figure out how to remove it. Does anyone know how to do this, so that I can resolve the naming and IP conflicts? Thanks in advance.
  13. Yes, I am. Actually, it's happening on three different computers and I have full access on all of them.
  14. I was looking for an actual solution, not a way to just sidestep the problem. I don't want to keep checking manually to see if there are updates, I want to be notified.
  15. Hi, I have a strange problem with the Automatic Updates on Windows XP. I have it configured to "Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them." Then I see the yellow shield appear in my tray and when I pass my mouse over it, it says 50% complete and so on. However, when it's finished downloading the updates, the icon disappears from my tray. When I go to restart my computer, there's a warning on the log off screen telling me that important updates will be installed if I shut down my computer. The same thing happens if I change my Automatic Updates setting to "Notify me but don't automatically download or install them." Does anyone know a solution to this problem? It used to do this to me once in a while, but it does it every time now. I have the problem on three different computers. One computer just had a fresh install of Windows XP and it's trying to install about 50 updates without letting me review them first! Any help on this would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  16. Okay, that worked. I feel stupid not thinking about just unticking the update to get rid of it. Thanks for your help, much appriciated.
  17. I had Windows XP on my laptop set to automatically download updates, but not install them. Now I have a couple of downloaded updates which I don't want to install. There's a stupid notification icon in my tray, reminding me to install them. Instead, I'd like to get rid of them. I was wondering if someone could tell me how to do that? I tried a couple of searches regarding this, but couldn't find anything useful.
  18. Is it possible to block outgoing connections to certain IPs using the built-in Windows Firewall? For example; I want to block all outgoing connections to, would it be possible? I don't want to install a 3rd party firewall for this if I can do it with the built-in one. Title Edited - Please follow new posting rules from now on. --Zxian
  19. Hello, I'm looking for a way to get drivers for my hardware off Windows Update. I can't seem to get Windows Update to just give me the **** driver files to save somewhere, instead of only installing them for me. Some of the drivers on WU are newer than anything I can download from the manufacturer's website. So I want to take these drivers and add them to my unattended CD. I tried getting them using Windows Catalog (like suggested by unattended.msfn.org), but that doesn't work. Also, if someone could tell me where the downloaded drivers are stored, before they're automatically installed? Maybe I can get them that way.
  20. Hello, I'm wondering how I could stop IE from appending [1] to filenames when I save a file. When I download a .torrent file for example, in the save dialog IE always adds [1] to the file name for whatever reason. I find this very annoying and would like to get rid of it. I apologize if this has been answered before, my searches turned up nothing.
  21. Hello, I have a computer with two network cards. One card is connected directly to a cable modem and uses DHCP to get its IP. The other card is connected to a US Robotics router (on my LAN) and has a static IP. The router has access to a DSL connection. What I'm trying to do is set things up so I can browse webpages (port 80) through the DSL connection and do everything else internet related through the cable connection. Could anyone give me some suggestions on how to do this? Any help would be greatly appriciated. Thanks in advance.
  22. Unfortunately you can't simply delete the Recycle Bin from the desktop. The easiest way to get rid of it is by using Microsoft's Tweak UI power tool. You can get it here http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/c...wertoySetup.exe The download is ~147k and gives you access to a lot of 'hidden' features. Once installed, simply start it up and go to the Desktop section and remove the checkmark next to the Recycle Bin. Please note that you must have Windows XP SP1 or later for the above program.
  23. Thanks for the reply ZachDoty, I will check it out as soon as I have time. Anyone else have any suggestions? I've tried doing some searches on Google to no avail.

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