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  1. Seeing as how Microsoft keeps @#%%@#ing up networking with each new version of Windows so that users have to figure out all the new hoops to jump through... With Win9x it was easy to setup a LAN that was completely open unto itself yet shielded from the internet. All you had to do was NOT bind File and Printer Sharing to TCP/IP for your dialup or NIC connected to the WAN. Sure someone could still pingflood your IP but they weren't getting into your system without inside help from a worm, trojan etc. Then came 2000. 2000 could access Win9x shares just fine- just like another 9x box. But it got all prickly when you wanted to go the other direction. Next came XP, and XP didn't want to talk to anyone else, or have anyone else talk to it. Heck, it wouldn't even talk to another PC running XP until the user found just exactly where to apply the heated tongs... And now we have Vista, and exactly the same NYET-werking garbage all over again! Here's an idea. Someone who knows all the dirty rotten little secrets of 2K/XP/Vista networking write up a program that'll run on all three versions and make all the changes needed to force them to communicate with each other while totally blocking access from WANs. (May I suggest a name? "Windows Networking Sledgehammer*" or "NyetWerk to NetWORK!") I have 2 XP Pro systems and one Vista Home Basic system. One XP system I just reinstalled. They are all set to the same workgroup name, all their shared drives are set to give full control to Everyone and they can all see each other and themselves on the network. Yet the only system that can access anything on any other system is the "old" XP install, it has full read/write access to the "new" XP install. I'm just fed up with having to go and hunt up all the crap again to make what should be a SIMPLE operation actually work every time I reinstall Windows or add a new PC with a new version of Windows. I do not need internal security! I am the only person who ever touches my computers so there's no need to protect anything on my computers from anything on my own computers. Also, I never ever have a need to access my LAN from anywhere else in the world. The only outside WAN access I need is the typical stuff for P2P, HTML and FTP- just ye olde ordinary 'intarweb' stuff. I don't even run separate user accounts on my PCs because I am the only user. So WTH cannot Microsoft make setting that up EASY AND SIMPLE?! P.S. I have installed the WINDOWS XP-KB922120-v5-x86-ENU.EXE patch on the XP boxes, but the Vista box could already see them before. *Ever since the days of Windows 3.0 I've dreamed of an all-purpose program that fixes all the stupid things with Windows, called "Sledgehammer For Windows". It'd have a few 'attitude' settings with appropriate little animations and text to go with various environments and how the user feels... There'd have to be the boring blah 'work safe' setting, but then there'd be Maximum Attitude with the software's mascot pounding a Windows logo into a pancake while it says things like "So you don't wanna talk to Windows 2000? Well I'll fix that!" *POUND*SMASH*CRASH*
  2. That's no help. Where do most OEM installs of Vista have the install files tucked away? They have to be on the hard drive somewhere, especially on PCs that don't include any discs. In previous versions of Windows they were either in %SystemRoot%\options\cabs or C:\i386 (for 2000 or XP) or a folder named Win98 or Win95 or WinMe. I have an Acer laptop with Home Basic on it and so far haven't been able to find the install files. Is there not one path/location that most OEMs put them?
  3. I don't have an OEM install CD. I have an Acer Aspire 5315 laptop. The recovery disc maker produces a set of discs that can only be used to restore the laptop to EXACTLY the out of box condition- complete with infestation of Norton Internet Security, a bunch of game demos, and a load of other useless junkware. The CDs have some type of backup image files on them, so the Windows install files can't be plucked out from there. The recovery disc creator can also create discs to re-install all the 3rd party software it came pre-stuffed with, and the drivers, but NOT Windows. SOMEWHERE on the non-hidden partition must be the Vista install files- wherever it gets the needed files for when I plug things into the USB ports or install software that needs files from the install files. I haven't found a sources folder or install.wim file on the hard drive. I've set the options in the search to look in as many places as it will allow. Is there a Win32 3rd party search program that will search EVERYWHERE on a 2000/XP/Vista hard drive, AND can be set to NOT search inside archives, text files etc? I rarely need to search inside files, 99.99999% of the time I just need to find a #%^ file and it's annoying when Windows won't look in ALL the folders.
  4. Welll, that didn't work. Acer's eRecovery Management completely ignores the Virtual-CD burner- only showing the physical DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive in the option list. Found this link elsewhere on the fora here. http://www.ztekware.com/ But that one doesn't create a virtual DVD burner, only CD-RW.
  5. Where do OEMs put the install files for Vista on computers? I want to see if I can copy them and slipstream Service Pack 1 when it's released, then create a bootable disc to do a clean install of Home Basic on my new laptop.
  6. Somehow fixed itself. I ran Firefox, downloaded the Yahoo logo image off Yahoo.com. Went to the download window, which was maximized, and clicked the restore button. It minimized. Then when I clicked the taskbar button, the download window opened up to the upper left corner and made as small as it can be. I stretched it back out and it's OK now. There's no addons at all to IE. It's a brand new laptop that mostly all I've done to is remove factory installed bloatware and installed Firefox, Spybot and AVG.
  7. I want to burn recovery DVDs from my Acer laptop, but it only has a DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive. (I made a set of recovery CDs, 12 of them!) I'd like to be able to make the DVD set, which takes 3 discs. If I had a virtual burner I could create ISO image files then copy those to my desktop with DVD burner. It'd have to respond to software eject commands and have a way for the user to "insert" a new, virtual blank disc. I do have a USB 2.0 to IDE cable but it doesn't work for burning CDs or DVDs because it just quits working when a data transfer has been going for too long. (Gets about halfway through a CD-R then quits.) It'd be so much easier if Acer had just put DVD and/or CD images on the hard drive where the user can get at them! The recovery stuff is all in a hidden partition a bit less than 10 gigs at the front of the hard drive. That's space I could really use on the 80gig drive.
  8. Got a download link to version
  9. I disabled the Windows Defender process, now when I boot up I get Windows Defender Application failed to initialize: 0x800106ba. A problem caused this program's service to stop. To start the service....yada-yada-yada Also, popping up from a red shield in the tray is first a notice about "multiple security problems" then Check your User Account Control settings User Account control is turned off So, Vista makes it somewhat easy to turn UAC off, it's not even really hidden, but then it constantly bitches about the user turning it off. Disabling Windows Defender is a bit more difficult, then Vista tries to make it seem like the sky is falling and malware is going to crawl out of your PC at night and eat your leftovers. I'm running the latest AVG and Spybot Search and Destroy (FINALLY a new version!), I have zero need for Microsoft's things constantly pestering me. (It also came with a 90 day "free" version of Norton Slow Your PC Down, AKA Internet Security. That was the first thing I uninstalled.) P.S. Apparently, nobody on the team who thought up the name "User Account Control" ever played DOOM. UAC, Union Aerospace Corporation, the bad guys whose experiments let loose the demons from hell...
  10. I just got an Acer Aspire 5315 for $348 on sale at Wal-Mart. Has Vista Home Basic* on it. (Bleargh.) I was downloading updates from the Acer site with Firefox and to speed things up I decided I'd download some with IE. When IE launched it minimized the Firefox Download window. Clicking the taskbar button for it just made it blink, so I rightclicked and hit Maximize. Now all I can get on the Download window is maximized or the taskbar button. If I hit restore when it's maximized, it minimizes and the only thing I can do is rightclick and hit maximize, clicking restore when it's minimized just makes it blink. What did IE screw up? How did IE do this? How do I stop it from doing it again after I get it fixed? *First thing I did was change all the desktop settings to Classic style.
  11. I got a pair of Quantum Ultra SCSI 10,000 RPM 9.1 gig drives. I've had an Adaptec 2940U2W SCSI card for ages. That got me to thinking that just for fun, it'd be neat to do an 18 gig RAID 0 striped volume and install 98SE on it. It can be done on something as old and poky as a Macintosh with a 68040 CPU (about equivalent to an 80486) so why not something like a 350Mhz PII Compaq Presario 5610?
  12. I figured it out. I forgot that installing Drive Mapper is something one does not do with PM 8.0, especially NOT when copying the partition Windows 2000 or XP is installed on. It mucks things up without bothering to ask if it's OK to muck them up. I could've unhid the original partition, swapped the drives back, uninstalled then reinstalled PM WITHOUT Drive Mapper, then swapped the drives again and redid the copy etc... but I decided heck with it and did a fresh wipe and clean install on the 74 gig drive. I've seen some posts about Norton Partition Magic 8.05. Where/how did people get hold of that?! I haven't been able to find any updates to 8.0 anywhere.
  13. It boots from the drive I copied the partition to, then expanded it to fill the whole drive. That drive is physically connected as Primary Master. The problem is AFTER BOOTING, during Windows startup. It gets to the screen right before the login prompt would appear (if I didn't have it set to automatic login) and it stops dead. It is NOT FROZEN because the mouse pointer still can be moved. Inserting a CD makes a little CD icon appear on the pointer. The first time I copied the partition from the Primary Master drive (before swapping the drives physically) to the Primary Slave drive, I got a boot menu with a choice of which one to boot from and it would boot and launch Windows just fine. Somehow the boot.ini on the original Primary Master drive got changed to include the two choices. the boot.ini on the other drive was NOT CHANGED from the original. When I swapped the drives, it'd just boot to the original Windows install- now on the Primary Slave drive. How it managed that when boot.ini on the Master drive had no pointer to the second drive, I have no idea! It continued to boot to the slave drive even after I edited the boot.ini on it to not have a pointer to the slave drive. With it still booting to the slave drive, I deleted the partition on the master drive and the rest as listed above. Before I did that I tried disconnecting the slave drive so it could not 'jump' to the wrong drive and got exactly the same situation it's in now. I wonder if anything useful would show up in the boot log? I should be able to get to that with ERD Commander. It's bugging me that for some reason Partition Magic hasn't done something right. It's ALWAYS worked perfectly before, when I've done this on someone else's PC! (Version 7 didn't because it didn't copy the volume ID and serial number, which would cause 2000 and XP to do the endless boot-loop.) I've even copied an XP Pro install from a drive with only one primary partition to a Dell B110's middle partition, nuking XP Home, and all I had to do to make it work was edit boot.ini to point to partition 2.
  14. I had XP on a 32gig partition (with the rest of the drive as a 117 gig partition) and a 74 gig drive as primary slave. I used Partition Magic 8 to copy C: to the 74gig and resize it to fill the drive. Upon rebooting, it asked which windows install to boot and would boot either one. Next try, swap the drives' cable positions and master/slave settings- it SHOULD see the exact copy of the XP install on primary master and boot from it, right? No! It goes direct to partition 0 of the slave drive and boots right into XP without asking which install to boot. I made certain that the BIOS boot order is set to boot the 74gig drive 0 first. Back to Partition Magic. I set this sequence of actions. 1. Delete partition on primary master. 2. Copy partition 0 from primary slave to primary master. 3. Resize copied partition to fill the drive. 4. Hide partition 0 on primary slave. It does all that and now booting hangs at the screen with the small Windows XP logo and the mouse pointer, which can move. I suspect there's something boogerd with the swap file. I have ERD Commander 2005, which has a registry editor. Where in the registry can I change whatever gets changed when using the normal virtual memory settings from within Windows to disable the swap file? I'm hoping that it will then boot and I can delete pagefile.sys, re-enable the swap file the normal way then reboot and Windows will create a new pagefile.sys I'd like to avoid having to reinstall Windows, even though it's a fairly fresh install without much other stuff on it yet. (Might be an opportunity to finally try out the 64bit version on the AMD chip.)
  15. What do I have to do (short of a 'nuke and pave') to make this stupid thing display fonts properly? I "upgraded" to IE7, figuring it's such a huge change it'd have to correct whatever was screwy with IE6's font problems. HA! IE7 is doing EXACTLY the same thing as IE6. 100% of everything on Wikipedia is in Arial Black and same for certain things on a few other sites.
  16. I don't want to wipe the drive because I have other video files on there (that I hope are still OK) I want to keep and don't have enough room anywhere else to move. Unlocker saw nothing having a handle on them so I chose Delete and clicked OK to have them deleted on reboot. That didn't work. DelInvFile couldn't do a **** thing to the files. Same story for GiPo's move on boot. Can't do squat with it due to CRC error. WTF good is a filesystem that provides absolute protection to BAD files?! What it *should do* is when it finds a bad file that can't be fixed is offer to DELETE IT, no mercy, no quarter and with extreme prejudice. Does Vista share this STUPID 'feature'?
  17. A couple days ago I had O&O Defrag set to defrag all four hard drives, reboot and do offline defrag of normally locked files then shutdown. Well during the night there was a power 'blip-out' that lasted just long enough to shut the PC down. It mangled something in XP Pro to where it not only wouldn't boot up, trying a repair install or even a clean install would hang right in the middle. I had to use ERD Commander to move what I wanted to keep then wipe C: then install Windows. THEN the other shoe dropped. Scandisk wants to check E:, the big 233gig drive. Says there's four damaged files and it'll fix them... and it just sits there forever doing nothing. Skip the boot time scan and try it from Windows, same thing. Next I figure I'll see what I can do without on there and start with a folder of large videos of a TV series. Attempting to delete the folder hangs the system for a long time then it pops up with a cyclic redundancy check error. (I don't want to PLAY them, I want them GONE! Don't give a bleepityBLEEP if they're corrupted!) Next step (after rebooting because XP's gone into frozen syrup mode), the Command Prompt. CD to the director and del *.* Takes a bit, it spits back 4 errors- at least the other files are gone. But now I'm quite literally stuck with four almost 400 megabyte each files that are damaged yet for some silly reason XP is protecting better than if it was a mother bald eagle guarding her eggs! Anyone have any idea why XP is determined that it can only delete *perfect* files? Am I going to have to resort to a partition table editor or something even deeper?
  18. So can I just install this update or do I have to uninstall the previous edition then run this? I'm running 98SE2Me on a Toshiba Tecra 8000 PII 300Mhz laptop. I'tll randomly bluescreen when shutting down- always seems to be some different reason each time. Sometimes it shuts down just fine. Before applying 98SE2Me, I installed 98SE, IE6, DirectX 9.0c, and all the Toshiba drivers for the laptop and the Deskstation V+ doxking station. After 98SE2Me it can't tell if it's docked or not. I have to select the configuration manually at boot.
  19. I know it's possible to force a full download of IE6 SP1 for all supported versions of Windows, same for IE 5.5. (I've done both.) How about IE6 SP2? I need to reinstall IE on a PC with XP SP2 because something has boogered the fonts in IE and only in IE. It's displaying almost everything in Arial Black. Curiously, MSFN.org looks fine while Wikipedia is 100% Arial black! Some sites only have some parts in Arial black. The problem is not the fonts because nothing else has this problem. I tried the full download I have of IE6 SP1 and it refuses to install because a newer version is already installed. Not even a Repair Install from a slipstreamed XP SP2 CD fixed the IE fonts problem. (Had to do that after that virus which kills AVG, Spybot and other apps sneaked onto it.) What I *think* caused the IE fonts problem was Adobe Font Manager. It appeared soon after that was installed, but uninstalling AFM didn't fix it. If there's no way to pull down a full install of IE6 SP2, is there a way to forcibly install IE6 SP1 then update to SP2? Better yet, is there a way to just fix the #$%@#%#$ fonts problem?
  20. That's strange, I wonder why searching the Registry for Brother or the service name didn't find it there. It's deleted from there now. Will it be removed from the other places? Will companies ever produce an uninstall function that actually removes EVERYTHING the installer installed?
  21. In my experience, deleting the uninstallers and any update installers Windows does keep will only make Windows Update want to download them again, even though they're already installed. CrapCleaner is freeware that can delete them and fix the registry so Windows Update won't download them again. It also does much more. Windows Update prior to 4.0 would keep ALL the installers and you could save a ton of time by just copying that folder full of them to any new install. Windows Update 4.0 would put them into wutemp then delete them after installing. Saving them before being deleted and putting them into the wutemp folder doesn't do squat for a new install. Windows Update 4.0 and later will ignore them and redownload all updates even if the files in wutemp are identical. If you really want to save time, the Autopatcher can still be found on Bittorrent and other P2P filesharing and mirror sites. The final update was August 2007, then Microsoft finally decided to be nasty and stop them. You should have XP SP2 or 2000 SP4 before using autopatcher, but it will install some updates on prior releases that're applicable to them.
  22. I want something that'll fix screwed up fonts in IE6. I have various things on many sites displaying in Arial Black or Arial that should be some other font. Worst of all it displays 100% of Wikipedia in Arial Black. It's an IE6 problem because Netscape 8.1.2 and 7.2 and Firefox show the correct fonts.
  23. Are these in the last update to Autopatcher?
  24. I used to have a Brother 5440cn multifunction printer/scanner/fax. It's 'uninstall' is typical, leaving files and registry keys behind. I think the final bit is BrSplService, the print spooler service it installed. (What? Windows own print spooler not good enough?) Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Enum\Root\LEGACY_BROTHER_XP_SPL_SERVICE] "NextInstance"=dword:00000001 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Enum\Root\LEGACY_BROTHER_XP_SPL_SERVICE000] "Service"="Brother XP spl Service" "Legacy"=dword:00000001 "ConfigFlags"=dword:00000020 "Class"="LegacyDriver" "ClassGUID"="{8ECC055D-047F-11D1-A537-0000F8753ED1}" "DeviceDesc"="BrSplService" This is also in ControlSet001 and ControlSet002 How do I get rid of them?
  25. Now I remember I did one thing, installed Adobe Type Manager Deluxe. Uninstalling it didn't change a thing with IE6 and fonts. It's also using Arial Black in a few things on other sites, but only with Wikipedia does it render the entire site with that font.
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