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  • Avira AntiVirus Personal and Windows 7

    Will Avira AntiVirus Personal software work with Windows 7, both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions?


  • What does the in place upgrade to Windows 7 do?

    What does an in place upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate do?  Does it keep everything someplace so that you can roll back to Vista, or what?


  • Getting Windows Search Indexer stopped

    I've had to rebuild my PC, for the 3 time.  This latest incarnation is less than 1 month old.  Anyway, now I'm getting these stupid pop-up messages constantly coming up saying, "Microsoft Windows Search Indexer stopped working and was closed: A problem caused the aplication to stop working correctly.  Windows will notify you if a solution is available."


    The thing that really bothers me is that now I cannot even get into the event viewer to see what's going on!


    So, what do I do to try and get this working working again?


    I'm using the 64-bit version of Windows Vista Ultimate.




  • IE8 has been crashing while I close it

    I had to reinstall the 64-bot version of Vista Ultimate on my machine recently.  I've got IE8 installed, and as far as I know, am up to date on critical updates.  Recently, when closing IE8 I've been getting a lot of errors like this (from my event log):


    Event ID: 1000

    Faulting application iexplore.exe, version 8.0.6001.18813, time stamp 0x4a6621ae, faulting module mshtml.dll, version 8.0.6001.18813, time stamp 0x4a66380c, exception code 0xc0000005, fault offset 0x000a0fc9, process id 0x110c, application start time 0x01ca2daf4704ae21.


    I've done some searches to try and find out what's going on, and most searches I've come across were for IE6 or IE7.  Anyone know what might be going on and what I can do about it?



  • Retrieving my Favorites from a rebuilt machine

    2 weeks ago my Vista machine had some sort of serious crash.  Last weekend I spent getting the basics of it back together.  I've reloaded Vista and I'm up and running again.  When I reinstalled Vista it put lots of the old things, like Users folder from the previous installation of Vista, into a new folder called Windows.old.  So, I can see my old Favorites folder under my user's name.  I want to restore those favorites to my new installation of IE8.  (The old installation of Vista was also IE8.)  Is the only thing I have to do is copy the folders and the new Favorites for IE8?  Or is there something else that I need to do?


  • A question about Vista's Recovery Console

    AndyC said:
    Doctor Who said:

    If it affects multiple profiles, that probably rules out corruption of the user hive (there is a slim chance that some app/spyware you've all run has caused it) so you're almost certainly looking at a problem with the system hives somewhere. Which makes recovering the system a bit tricky and realistically you're probably looking at a reinstall as the quickest way to get it all up and running and happy again.

    Oh well.  I guess I know what I'll be doing this weekend.  Crying


  • A question about Vista's Recovery Console

    AndyC said:
    Doctor Who said:

    Sounds like either a corrupt User Profile or a corrupt system registry hive. If you create another account on the machine and log in there, do the problems persist?

    AndyC, that is an interesting idea.  I haven't tried that, but I think I will.  I've got 6 profiles on this system.  Mine seems to be the most adversely affected.  However, my daughter, who is the only one that uses this PC a lot, also has a profile.  She's logged into her profile several times and has had similar problems, although not as bad.  For example, she can use her Outlook, but she's experiencing the same problems that I am with IE8 not coming up correctly, none of her Favorites work, etc.


    So I'm wondering, is the only way to test your idea is to create a new profile?  Or is it sufficient to know that the same thing is affecting another profile?



  • Deleting ​files/folde​rs and the recycle bin

    AndyC said:

    1) Select them in Explorer, press Shift+Delete




    2) Use the command line

    Using the command line, how do I recursively delete files and folders?


  • A question about Vista's Recovery Console

    spivonious said:

    What are the symptoms?

    What are the symptoms?  Many different things are not working correctly.  For example, if I bring up MS Outlook, nothing at all shows up in the main window.  The folders are displayed, but that is it.  I don't see any of the mail, preview pane, etc.  And if I click on File to try and do something, Outlook immediately closes.


    Then there's IE.  All of the links in my Favorites don't work.  When I get into IE it tells me that I've got to install things like Real Player, even though I already have it installed.  It tells me I need to install Java, even though I already have it.  And links don't seen to work half of the time.  And further more it looses its configuration from one invocation to the next.  For example, it never comes up on my start page, and when I reset it, if I close IE and then get back into it, it has lost it.


    Then there is Windows Live Messenger.  It never remembers my email address, password, etc.  I enter my credentials and it never logs into the Live Messenger server.


    Then there is just logging in.  It is complaining that all sorts of things which I've installed, are not there.  Yep, things have gotten suddenly very strange, very difficult and basically impossible to work with.


  • A question about Vista's Recovery Console

    I've got a very seriously malfunctioning Vista machine.  I'm trying to salvage it, if possible.  Is it possible to use the Vista Recovery Console.  I don't have a fresh enough system save point in order to do a system restore to that point.  Can I use the Startup Repair to try and get my Vista installation working again?