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  1. Can someone please explain what the HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT is for. My interpretation from everything that I read is any time you create a new account on your computer the HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT will be copied over to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER. Is that correct? If it is, then my computer is not behaving, I have created 3 accounts and my hive from HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT is not being copied over to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER hive.

    The HKU\.DEFAULT is for the Local System account--when no users are logged on:

    The .Default user is not the default user

    If you ever gone spelunking in the HKEY_USERS registry key, you've no doubt found the user named HKEY_USERS\.Default. Who is this guy?

    Despite its name, the profile for the .Default user is not the default user profile. It's actually the profile for the Local System account and is an alias for HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-18. (S-1-5-18 is the security identifier for the Local System account.) Consequently, settings in HKEY_USERS\.Default are used by programs and services that run as Local System. The most visible examples of programs that run as Local System are winlogon and logonui, the programs that display the interface for logging onto the system. Whatever color scheme and screen saver you choose for the Local System profile get used at the logon screen.

    Unfortunately, the name .Default has led people to believe that this user's settings are the basis for new user profiles. In retrospect, calling it .Default was probably a bad decision. It just gave people the wrong idea.


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  2. Is there anyway you can include the "Burn Rights" component in these Lite and Micro versions? If I try to run either install in a limited user account, it denies me access to use the program. :huh:
    Burn Rights seems to works OK in Nero Lite, just tried it with Where is the problem?

    must be in an a couple old micro versions a while back, do you know if it works in the current micro version? I don't want to put my system thru the ringer by having to uninstall these burning programs then reinstalling it :hello:

  3. Does anyone know how I can remove the duplicate entry (or any duplicate entires) in the Open With dialog box (1)? :unsure: Where is it in the registry? Is there a general place where this is kept all together or does it depend on the file extension? It's annoying to see the list in (2) of duplicates as well as in (1). Thanks :hello:



  4. If you mean software that phones home, yes, Vista checks home every so often to verify that the OS is genuine and activated properly.

    what about for those poor folks still on dial-up who don't stay connected to the net all the time :unsure:

  5. 912310: How to disable the corrected machine check on a Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based computer


    Updated link here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/912310/en-us

    Thanks for this...I have been looking for a work around for an annoying error similar to this I keep getting:

    Event Type: Warning

    Event Source: WMIxWDM

    Event Category: None

    Event ID: 106


    Machine Check Event reported is a corrected error.

    Event Type: Information

    Event Source: Application Popup

    Event Category: None

    Event ID: 26


    Application popup: Windows - System Error : A Machine Check Error has occurred. Please check the system eventlog for additional information.

    I tested my ram with MemTest86+, and it yielded nothing. People have also said it could be the AMD Athlon 64 CPU itself. Another person from another board also mentioned about going back to an older version on the nvidia drivers. This system is not overclocked or anything. The CPU however is a packaged bundle with an nForce3 board with the geForce FX nVidia video component.

    I get no BSODs though...nothing except the annoying popup on event ID 26, and then the warning icon in the taskbar. I also notice some sluggish video performance when watching videos. What I do not understand is that even though this is an x64 system, still a lot of the windows components like WMP, Outlook Express, etcetera, are still not native 64 bit--they heavily reside in the Program Files (x86) folder. In a clean installation, the subfolders in the x86 program files greatly outnumbers the ones in the regular program files folder (64 bit).

    If Microsoft made a 64 bit OS, almost everything should have been rewritten to 64 bit...at least the basic window components and accessories. I do like the idea that there are two versions of IE, and the fact that we still can run most x86 programs via the WOW64 of course.

  6. Hmm...how weird, if you go here:


    It will say:

    Setup detected that you are running: Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

    If I go back to the main page:


    and click through to download the WMP11 b2, it says:

    Setup detected that you are running: Windows 2003 Server

    It may switch between these randomly, and once it detects x64, it allows the download. Just refresh or go back and forward and you will see at times it say one thing and at other times it says the other. :blink:

  7. Pardon my n00bish question :lol:

    Prior to 1999 (the release of DeCSS), was watching DVDs on Linux based systems possible? Was it even possible on Macs? :unsure:

    The answer to this sort of is implied here I think, but does any seasoned Linux/Mac guru out there remember?

    Also, does anyone remember what year or when DVD-ROM drives were introduced into computers? :unsure:

    My old memory is getting foggy and technology has been moving too fast to keep up now a days :}

    Thanks :hello:

  8. @andromeda: thanks :)

    yeah, supposedly where I am at DSL is not available either, so I have to pay up the arse for cable modem access. It's funny that they should say DSL is not available, but when I enable my wireless, I see at least three wireless routers with their SIDs as "2WIRE" and I know for a fact 2WIRE is highly prominent in this region for being used with the local DSL provider.

    Do you know if DSL has some sort of capacity in terms of users? Which is why they would tell me that it is not available?

    I mean, of course, networks have a capacity, but why would they bother to keep advertising it, when they don't have any more "connections" per se (if that were the case)?

    I could be saving more than half if I could get DSL...that's how much Comcast is being a monopoly.

  9. people say that with 56k the shorter the line you have from the wall to modem the faster your speed so would assume the same thing happens with usb. i guess its like with CAT cables, i think the term is signal attenuation

    Not quoting, just replying ;)

    This is why I asked the question too because back in the old school days this was the case...however, I never bothered with it much since I always used those standard cables/wires, and they were pretty short :D Now I am just wondering about the newer technologies out there...like the USB with the external hard drives or even the Firewire cables too.

    So just curious to know what the definitive answer is on that and others likewise ;)

  10. This might sort of a n00bish :lol: question but does does the cord length of a USB 2.0 cable used on an external hard drive matter, that is, would the speed be any faster/slower if I were to use a 5 foot cable versus a 20 foot cable? :huh: Generally, are shorter cables just recommended? Is there any sort of cut off length? :unsure:

    Thanks :D

  11. But why do you want a number of users on the same pc???

    Cost is most likely the factor.

    @general question: besides, how was this done back in the old days, with those green (or white) and black terminals used in banks, where all you see was two cords coming out of the wall, one for the monitor and one for the keyboard? Some sort of timesharing unix thing? :huh:

  12. I'm really frustrated with Internet Exploiter. Why does it insist on asking you where you want to save your file, then it totally ignores you and downloads to the temporary cache folder, then afterwards its wastes your system resources to move the file from the cache to the folder you specified. How stupid is that? :realmad:

    Is there a way to prevent it from doing this, that is if I say download HERE then it downloads HERE without ignoring my request. I mean come on...

    This is one reason why I highly avoid using it, but when I have to, it just stinks because of that among other things... :(

    Is there a "fix" for this? Thanks

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