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cain cain
  • Windows Server 8 Beta

    Finally found the third thing I was looking for tonight.  http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-server/v8-default.aspx


    Now I can get some sleep while everything downloads.

  • Where is the VS11 download ??

    It's a bit slow, but it's still going for me.  It's up to about 20%.

  • Where is the VS11 download ??

    Oh look, it's a little after 2pm GMT... http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=28975


    More details & downloads can also be found here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/apps/br229516.aspx

  • Unbundle Windows from PCs urges EU think tank

    What's a think tank?


    That's a think tank.

  • Upgrading to Windows Server 2008 Beta 3

    I'm trying to upgrade a Windows Server 2003 (Standard R2 SP2 x64) machine to Windows Server 2008 Beta 3, but I'm getting a compatability error that I can't work out, and I'd appreciate it if anyone can help me get around this problem.  The message it's giving me is:

    You must make the following changes before upgrading Windows

      Uninstall the following Windows components and features:
      • Windows Internal Database - Please read Microsoft Knowledge Base article: 934345

    I can't seem to find that knowledge base article, and when I followed the instructions I found in another knowledge base article about removing Windows Internal Database, a message popped up saying "This operation is only valid for products that are currently installed."

  • Why the ​foot-​dragging with 64 bit?

    I'm running 64 bit Vista on my desktop computer and had no problems getting drivers for any of my hardware - you just have to make sure you buy the right brands.

  • Vista boot problems.

    After another one of my regular multi-boot experiments, Vista became unbootable.  I started writing this post while I expected that I would eventually need to ask here for help so that any helpful 9ers would know what I had already tried, but I eventually managed to fix it myself (see the last two paragraphs for the actual solution to my problem).  Since I'd already written most of this, I decided I may as well just post it anyway and maybe someday someone with a similar problem will come across it and it will help them out.

    I tried booting from the Vista DVD and going into the repair options.  There was no Vista installation listed on the first screen, so I just clicked next.  I then tried running the startup repair tool.  It told me that it was attempting to repair disk errors, but after a few minutes it said it could not repair this computer automatically.

    I then tried running chkdsk /R at the recovery environment command prompt, and it completed succesfully telling me there were no problems (or it had fixed any that were there).

    I then tried running the startup repair tool again, with the same results as before.

    I then tried going back to the recovery environment command prompt and ran bootrec /fixboot and it told me "The volume does not contain a recognized file system."  bootrec /scanos found Vista without problems, bootrec /rebuildbcd found Vista, and then gave the "The volume does not contain a recognized file system" error.

    I then tried navigating around the C: drive on the command prompt and that worked fine.

    I then tried using diskpart and found that the partition was not active, so I made it active and tried bootrec /fixboot again.  This time it said it was successful, so I rebooted the computer but still couldn't boot Vista.

    I went back to the recovery environment and this time it was able to find the Vista installation and before I could even try anything, it came up with a message saying that it had detected some startup problems and did I want it to automatically repair them and restart.  I told it to go ahead and this time it was able to boot Vista fine.

  • Vista per app/device audio

    I was looking for this feature recently too when I had USB headphones plugged into my laptop but some applications were still playing audio through the speakers.

    One of the pages linked to above says "a future version of Windows might enable the user to assign roles to individual devices".  Here's hoping 'a future version of Windows' might mean Vista SP1.

  • Vista = ME II?

    littleguru wrote:
    Got this after a 3 seconds of black screen:

    Display driver nvlddmkm stopped responding and has successfully recovered.

    It's like the 20th time I get this... I don't understand why Microsoft gives nVidia the "Vista certified" logo. They sure aren't!
    I got that once too and was actually quite happy to see it.  Whenever my display drivers stopped responding under XP I was forced to reboot.

  • Firefox needs my permission to continue.

    sushovande wrote:
    cain wrote:Yes, the shield is there.  Is there anyway to tell Vista that it's wrong?

    I have not been able to find a way to tell Vista that, although I have looked for it. The same problem happened to me with WinRAR once, so I installed a new version at another location.
    Thanks for the suggestion Smiley, that worked.