Larry, I used to do your style of driver install in the old days, that is that I had 2 cd drives, and would load 'em both, when one finished, swap it for another... until the whole job is done. That's as well as installing apps from the hard drive. Only 3 or 4 things installing at a time though. I mean, you've gotta have limits, right...?!
Windows seems to have gotten stricter over time, or at least the installers have - They don't seem let you do it that way any more. Ah, the good ol' days...
Now, a question, if you don't mind..
You have mentioned a couple of times recently about doing a fresh install on an OEM pc - Could you be specific with licensing details? You say the OEMs use volume keys, but the sticker on the PC is for an OEM version of Windows, right? What I am getting at is that we don't all have the luxury of technet subscriptions ( boo hoo!), so would copyi...downlo...obtaining a clean OEM disk matching the key on the sticker and installing actually be legal...?
You mentioned VLC before too, and on investigation, I came across alot of links about how people use K-Lite, and how it's bad (pirated / hacked stuff)...What are your views on this...?
Oh, and finally: Do I really need to tell you what a great show this is...? lol
1) A few shows ago you talked about Microsoft calling at home, and it got me thinking: Here in the UK lately, we keep getting phone calls from companies stating that they have found malware on your PC and offering to clean it up (for a rather large fee). Probably bullshit, I know, but are there any circumstances that someone else could get into your PC if you have the default firewall settings and up-to-date malware / virus protection (Security Essentials on the other 6 PCs I get guilt-tripped into looking after (ie. the other family members' PCs), and FSecure on my own box, and automatic updates is set to auto-install on all of them). I ask because I am the one in the family who "knows about computers" and someone close got one of these calls recently (and told them to...well, declined the offer...). Obviously, a drive-by download, or being tricked into installing something is the obvious answer (and all too bloody likely with the family...), but Windows keeps itself very well patched, right? That wasn't a dig by the way - I know how serious Microsoft are about security!.
2) What are those big monitors you have behind you there (make / model) Would you consider donating one...? (...lol...)
3) Do you know of any good guides for setting up a HomeGroup between a Windows 7 host and a VMWare guest (running Windows 7)? I've Goo...that-thing-starting-with-G-gled and found stuff but never got it working. By the way, why doesn't Virtual PC like 64-bit guests?
Thanks for any answers you can give, and keep up the great show.
p.s - I hope you find some sponsers soon. Stick a PayPal 'Donate' button on the page...
Loads of useful info! I have a question too, of course...!
I just tried to install Windows Live Essentials on my Windows 7 x64 box, the programs crash on starting - I get stuff like "Windows Live Mail [/ writer...] has stopped working". The thing is, I've installed it all and used it all before on this very box. Also, the installation went through OK the several times that I tried.
Googling the errors didn't help much - A lot of it was only to do with older versions of Essentials, and more about crashing during use, as apposed to when starting. I can't think of anything else stopping it - Temporeraly disabled the AV while installing and using, tried shutting other stuff down completely, but to no avail. I have only really used the same small set of applications for a long time now (you know, you find the ones you like and stick with them...) so it can't be that - They were all there last time.