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I'm running:
Windows 7 RC 7100 [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]64 [COLOR=blue !important]Bit[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR]
EVGA x58 SLI Motherboard
Intel i7 920 @ 2.6Ghz (Stock)
6GB OCZ DD3 1600 @ stock timings
BFGTech NVidia GTX275 @ Stock Clock
SATA 750GB HD, forgot brand
SB XFI Fatality Sound Card
Antec True Power 2.0 PSU @ 530 Watts, 36 Amp Max 12v1 + 12v2.

Now, with my newly upgraded mobo/cpu/ram/gpu combination, I backed everything up and reformatted to upgrade from xp to W7. Everything seemed good, but as of recently, I've been getting complete lockups.

The system isn't hogged down, i.e., installing a game + itunes + [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]internet [COLOR=blue !important]explorer[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] open. Two of the five or so times it locked up was when i was opening Ventrilo. It completely froze, unresponsive to the point that control + alt + delete was unresponsive. Waiting it out did nothing, only fix was to shut it off cold.

Other times it occured while all that was going, and while I was browsing the [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]internet[/COLOR][/COLOR]. Also while i was initiating a patch. Seemingly random times.

One possible cause, and really the only one i see that could be an issue, is that the motherboard has an 8 pin EPS connector, and my Antec PSU only has a 4 pin ATX connector. Now I read up on different forums, and many people said you'd be ok with only the 4 pin unless you're a heavy overclocker. But you need to keep an eye/finger on the connector to feel it for heat.

Could this be why? Resistance in the plug through 4 pins causes a voltage drop; and possibly the motherboard shuts down/locks up via brown-out precaution?

Or does this sound like a software malfunction of some sort? Maybe caused by Itunes/Ventrilo?

Any help is greatly appreciated,

*New Development*
I was thinking it was possibly a Ventrilo issue, come to find out it just did it to me again with only I.E. 8, iTunes, and A Game Installer running, and it occured right when the installer initiated.

Also, it almost did it again just now, iTunes locked up; cpu usage and memory usage was stable, but itunes stopped playing all together. Swapped from 5.1 speaker mode to 4.1 and back, and it reinitialized it and began playing again. Maybe this is a sound card error?

Dear all,
I was using Windows 7 Internet Connection Sharing to put the internet through my PC to my laptop. One day I opened up the connection to find a polite message from my ISP explaining that routers are not allowed and that anything that preforms Network Address Translation has been blocked, including ICS.

I can understand as the ISP do not want people sharing the wireless connection out to the public, and although I have the connection secured, I am already paying more than I feel I should for a poor service through no choice of my own, so I am not going to pay extra for the additional services.

I don't really understand networks that well, and tried to find an answer online about how to hide the fact that ICS appears to use NAT. The only working solution I've found is to emulate Windows XP in a virtual machine and perform ICS in there, that way the NAT is hidden. But I'd like a solution that doesn't require me to have a virtual machine sitting in the background!

Any ideas?

Best Regards,

Hi, I'm getting a recurring blue screen, rendering my computer basically unusable.

Dump Files:

My specs:
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Processor 3.40 GHz
RAM: 4.00 GB
Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB PCI Express Video Card
Age: About 3 months, from Newegg. Full specs are here

It started a few weeks ago, and only seemed to start crashing when I would be playing WoW. When I would try to restart after the BSOD, the problem seemed to snowball and it would crash on startup, directly after startup, etc. If I left the computer off for a while and came back, it would be back to normal, leading me to believe it was an overheating issue.

I seemed to solve the problem for about a week by pointing a fan at my open tower and raising the tower up off the carpeted floor (the design is kind of open in the bottom which some reviewers said caused problems for them). If the fan was off while playing WoW, I would quickly BSOD.

I thought I had figured out the problem and was controlling it with the fan, but over the past few days it has gotten much worse. I get the BSODs even with the fan on, and just when doing simple things like browsing the internet.

The nature of the BSODs is strange. Before going to the blue screen, my screen turns into weird rainbow pixels and a garbled sound blasts through the speakers. Sometimes on the blue screen, the memory dump seems to get frozen and the sound gets more intense/strange. The error message is not consistent either. Perhaps it is graphics card-related?

Any advice or ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks =)

Hi peeps - newbie here
Have a new Pentium Dual Core PC with Windows Vista. For one week I was able to rip an audio CD to MP3 with Windows Media Player. Mysteriously now when I insert an audio CD nothing happens (auto play is ok/defaulted to Win Media Player). If I browse in Internet Explorer and click on D drive the CD ejects. The same happens when I open Win Media Player and browse to D drive - again the disc ejects. I have no other audio or DVD software (Roxio etc). I can insert a DVD disc and it auto plays ok, problem is only with audio discs.
Any help or suggestion would be most appreciated.


Whenever I try to open/run any of the listed control applets I receive the error as shown in the attachment.......

Display Settings
Internet Options
Regional and Language
Advanced Power
Network Connections
Game Controllers
Date and Time
Security Center

I think that it is a result of a Trojan, this was successfully removed by 'Windows Defender', sorry but I cannot remember the name of the Trojan, I have tried looking for an answer on the internet with no success.

I have tried a system restore with no success, comes back with an error, possibly related.

Can anyone help

Hello, everyone.
My screen frequently breaks horizontally and turns into blue screen. In attempt to fix this problem, I changed my graphic card as well as my hard disk to SSD, and re-installed windows. But I'm still getting BSD now and then.
I attached my DMP file and event logs, could anyone analyze and find a solution for me? It's been giving me a headache for a long time now.

Thanks in advance!
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Join Date Mar 2010 Posts 1,333 Re: Frequent Blue screen problem, Please help! Sorry for the delay in responding. There just aren't that many people who do BSOD analysis, so at times we get a bit overwhelmed!

Only 3 Windows Updates installed. Most systems have 140 or more. Please visit Windows Update and get ALL available updates (it may take several trips to get them all).

You have an ASUS USB-N13 300Mbps 11n Wireless USB dongle:
I do not recommend using wireless USB network devices. Especially in Win7/Win8 systems.
These wireless USB devices have many issues with Win7(and I suspect with Win8) - using Vista drivers with them is almost sure to cause a BSOD.
Should you want to keep using these devices, be sure to have Win7/Win8 drivers - DO NOT use Vista drivers!!!
An installable wireless PCI/PCIe card that's plugged into your motherboard is much more robust, reliable, and powerful. We've seen a number of BSOD issues with SSD's. Here's the information that I've compiled so far:
There's not a whole bunch available to test SSD's. The "easiest" test is to remove the SSD, install a platter-based hard drive, install Windows and test for stability that way.

Here's some suggestions:
- Update the SSD's firmware to the latest available version (VERY IMPORTANT!!!)
- Update the motherboard controllers drivers to the latest available version from the controller manufacturer (NOT the mobo manufacturer unless you can't find any on the controller manufacturer's website)
- Slow the memory (RAM) down to the next slower speed (I've only seen one person who claimed that this worked for them).
- Use any manufacturer's utilities that you may have. If you don't have any, then try this free one (I haven't used it myself): Crystal Dew World
- Update chipset and storage controller drivers to the latest available from the manufacturer of the device (not the manufacturer of the motherboard). Be sure to update ALL controllers on the motherboard!
....NOTE: Recently (Nov 2011) we had BSOD issues with the Marvell 91xx controller and an SSD. You may have to switch controllers also.
- Replace the SSD with a platter based hard drive and see if that stops the BSOD's. If it does, then it's likely that there's a problem with the SSD OR an incompatibility with your system.
It's my opinion that SSD's aren't reliable enough (with current hardware) to be used on a system that needs to work reliably. Until I see reliability I will not recommend, nor will I use, SSD's for critical applications.
06 Dec 2011 - This post tends to confirm issues with certain SSD chipsets and certain controllers - [SOLVED] cant find the cause of BSOD F4 - Tech Support Forum
29 May 2012 - The frequency of BSOD's with SSD's seems to have been decreasing over the last several months. It may be approaching time to re-evaluate my stand on their suitability for use in production systems.
10 Nov 2012 - I'm seeing an upswing in SSD errors - but most appear due to older storage controller drivers. I strongly suggest NOT using storage controller drivers that don't date from 2012 (if none are available, don't connect an SSD to that controller)
05 Jan 2013 - very interesting post about difficulties with the Marvell controllers even when not connected to the SSD drives: AMD OverDrive (AODDriver2.sys) is either a stand-alone application, or a component of the AMD VISION Engine Control Center. This driver is known to cause BSOD's on some Windows systems.
Please un-install all AMD/ATI video stuff from Control Panel...Programs...Un-install a program
Then, download (but DO NOT install) a fresh copy of the ATI drivers from Global Provider of Innovative Graphics, Processors and Media Solutions | AMD (in the upper right corner of the page)
Use this procedure to install the DRIVER ONLY: ATI video cards - DRIVER ONLY installation procedure

If the device (AODDriver or AODDriver4.01) remains a problem, open Device Manager, select the "View" item.
Then select "Show hidden devices" and scroll down to the Non-Plug and Play Drivers section.
Locate the AODDriver entry, right click on it and select "Un-install". Reboot for changes to take affect. Sometimes the driver remains and continues to cause BSOD's. If this is the case for you, post back and we'll give further instructions for safely removing it.

If overclocking, please stop. Remove the overclock and return the system to stock/standard values while we're troubleshooting. Once the system is stable again, feel free to resume the overclocking.

The memory dump blames rtwlanu.sys - a driver component of your wireless USB network adapter:
rtwlanu.sys Tue Sep 6 02:38:48 2011 (4E65BFF8)
Realtek RTLxxxxx Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter Please remove the device from your system and un-install it's software to test. Either use a long cable or a wireless card that plugs into your motherboard for internet access while testing.

If that proves to be the problem you can also try:
- download a fresh copy of the software for this device
- un-install the current software
- install the freshly downloaded software
- monitor for further BSOD's

Please update these older drivers. Links are included to assist in looking up the source of the drivers. If unable to find an update, please remove (un-install) the program responsible for that driver. DO NOT manually delete/rename the driver as it may make the system unbootable! :

L1E62x64.sys Thu Jun 11 02:45:22 2009 (4A30A802)
Atheros AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 PCI-E Ethernet Controller (NDIS6.20)

AiCharger.sys Wed May 5 04:37:36 2010 (4BE12E50)
Asus Charger Driver [br] Likely BSOD cause - haven't seen recently (15Jan2013)

Should the BSOD's continue, please run Driver Verifier according to these instructions: Driver Verifier Settings

The following is for informational purposes only.
Code: **************************Wed Feb 20 12:05:25.306 2013 (UTC - 5:00)************************** Loading Dump File [C:UsersOwnerSysnativeBSODApps22013-13556-01.dmp] Windows 7 Kernel Version 7601 (Service Pack 1) MP (4 procs) Free x64 Built by: 7601.17514.amd64fre.win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850 System Uptime:0 days 0:13:54.007 *** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for Wdf01000.sys *** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for rtwlanu.sys *** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for rtwlanu.sys Probably caused by :rtwlanu.sys ( rtwlanu+1f84d ) BugCheck D1, {fffffac007ebe898, 2, 0, fffff88000c16807} BugCheck Info: DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL (d1) Arguments: Arg1: fffffac007ebe898, memory referenced Arg2: 0000000000000002, IRQL Arg3: 0000000000000000, value 0 = read operation, 1 = write operation Arg4: fffff88000c16807, address which referenced memory BUGCHECK_STR: 0xD1 DEFAULT_BUCKET_ID: WIN7_DRIVER_FAULT PROCESS_NAME: System FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0xD1_rtwlanu+1f84d BIOS Version 3503 BIOS Release Date 04/13/2011 Manufacturer System manufacturer Product Name System Product Name จจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจจ`` 3rd Party Drivers:
The following is for information purposes only.
Any drivers in red should be updated or removed from your system. And should have been discussed in the body of my post.
Code: **************************Wed Feb 20 12:05:25.306 2013 (UTC - 5:00)************************** L1E62x64.sys Thu Jun 11 02:45:22 2009 (4A30A802) ASACPI.sys Wed Jul 15 23:31:29 2009 (4A5E9F11) AsIO.sys Mon Aug 3 03:03:16 2009 (4A768BB4) amdiox64.sys Thu Feb 18 10:17:53 2010 (4B7D5A21) amdxata.sys Fri Mar 19 12:18:18 2010 (4BA3A3CA) AiCharger.sys Wed May 5 04:37:36 2010 (4BE12E50) rtwlanu.sys Tue Sep 6 02:38:48 2011 (4E65BFF8) AODDriver2.sys Tue Mar 6 04:55:00 2012 (4F55DEF4) GEARAspiWDM.sys Thu May 3 15:56:17 2012 (4FA2E2E1) AtihdW76.sys Fri May 11 04:25:40 2012 (4FACCD04) atikmpag.sys Fri Jul 27 21:14:47 2012 (50133D07) atikmdag.sys Fri Jul 27 21:48:09 2012 (501344D9) EstRtw.sys Thu Dec 27 03:52:57 2012 (50DC0C69)

Pretty big news from NVIDAI today, my best bet is that NVIDIA is tired and sick of Intel patent issues preventing them from developing x86 capable hardware. Now that Intel and AMD integrate graphics into their processors NVIDIA will do it the other way around and integrate a processor into its GPUs. It has long been rumored that NVIDIA flirting with the the processor market with some sort of x86 compatibility, many wondered how the firm would do this but with NVIDIA's announcement of Project Denver and Microsoft's confirmation that the next version of Windows will be compatible with ARM the plan is becoming a bit clearer.
Project Denver is the codename of NVIDIA's CPU+GPU combo, which is basically a custom ARM Cortex-A15 processor that will be fully integrated on the same chip as NVIDIA's future GeForce and Tesla GPUs.
NVIDIA announced today that it plans to build high-performance ARMฎ based CPU cores, designed to support future products ranging from personal computers and servers to workstations and supercomputers.
Known under the internal codename "Project Denver," this initiative features an NVIDIAฎ CPU running the ARM instruction set, which will be fully integrated on the same chip as the NVIDIA GPU.
This new processor stems from a strategic partnership, also announced today, in which NVIDIA has obtained rights to develop its own high performance CPU cores based on ARM's future processor architecture. In addition, NVIDIA licensed ARM's current Cortex™-A15 processor for its future-generation Tegraฎ mobile processors.
"ARM is the fastest-growing CPU architecture in history," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer of NVIDIA. "This marks the beginning of the Internet Everywhere era, where every device provides instant access to the Internet, using advanced CPU cores and rich operating systems.
"ARM's pervasiveness and open business model make it the perfect architecture for this new era. With Project Denver, we are designing a high-performing ARM CPU core in combination with our massively parallel GPU cores to create a new class of processor," he said.
Warren East, ARM chief executive officer said, "NVIDIA is a key partner for ARM and this announcement shows the potential that partnership enables. With this architecture license, NVIDIA will be at the forefront of next generation SoC design, enabling the Internet Everywhere era to become a reality."

NVIDIA Chief Scientist Bill Dally touts an ARM processor coupled with an NVIDIA GPU as the computing platform of the future. In a blog post he explains the ARM chip will run the serial parts of applications and provide compatibility while the GPU will take care of the parallel portions of programs.
Oh and guess what ?: Rumors about ARM support in Windows 8 are true as Microsoft announced at CES that the next version of Windows will support SoC architectures, including ARM-based systems from NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments! This development will enable computer makers to create very power efficient Windows-based tablets and other devices, and could mean x86 may finally be getting some competition outside the mobile arena. "

Ref: NVIDIA Project Denver - injecting a CPU core into GPU

Hi everyone – Mike Reavey here. Today, we’re releasing our December set of security updates. As we do every month, we're providing a heads-up on what’s coming in this month’s release as well as offering links to more information so you can plan your deployment. However, since this is the last set of regular monthly security updates this year, I thought I’d take a minute to look back at some of the discoveries the MSRC made in the process of issuing the year’s bulletins.
Decrease in Critical Issues and Bulletins
As far as individual issues, Critical-class CVEs accounted for less than a third of the issues we addressed in bulletin releases for the first time since we began our monthly bulletin-release cadence in 2004.And in absolute numbers, Critical-class CVEs are at their lowest levels since 2005. The fact that we’re seeing lower percentages of Critical issues and bulletins year-over-year demonstrates progress made by the product groups in creating more secure software.
With this regularly scheduled monthly release, our bulletin count for 2011 is 99, with 13 released today. Of those, we determined 10 to be Important-class bulletins, with only three classified as Critical in severity. In 2011, Critical-class bulletins represented just 32 percent of all bulletins – the lowest percentage since we began our monthly bulletin-release cadence in 2004 and, again, the lowest absolute number since 2005. Interestingly, for the second half of the year the numbers are even lower, with under 20 percent of bulletins released in the last six months rated Critical in severity.

Even though there are fewer Critical-class security updates year-over-year, we know that any update has the potential to be disruptive for customers. And so we work hard to make our update process as smooth and transparent as possible for customers – with no surprises. As part of that commitment, in 2011 we were able to address reported security issues effectively without resorting to emergency releases outside of the regular scheduled monthly releases. We understand the disruption that these “out-of-cycle” releases create for customers, and we take the decision to release an update out of cycle very seriously. Effective coordination with product teams, greater use of threat telemetry, the ability to release workarounds, and the ability to release defenses through partners like those in Microsoft’s Active Protection Program (MAPP) have all helped us to release all our 2011 bulletins in the usual monthly process. We’re glad about that, even though we will always reserve the right to release out-of-cycle if the situation merits it.
We also know that a large part of addressing security issues effectively and quickly is dependent on how we work with the community that finds and reports vulnerabilities to us. In 2011, over 80 percent of the issues we addressed were disclosed in a coordinated process. During the second half of the year that rose to over 85 percent. We believe that reporting vulnerabilities in a coordinated manner helps better protect customers and the broader Internet ecosystem and we’re glad that so many in the industry share this sentiment.
However, we didn’t rest on just those numbers. We continued our work with the community, and in the summer of 2011 we made a series of announcements culminating in the kickoff of our first-ever Blue Hat Prize, which will award over a quarter of a million dollars to researchers breaking ground on defensive technologies. This initiative encourages researchers to bring to life mitigations that could potentially address entire classes of vulnerabilities. It’s a big project and we’re incredibly excited about the contest entrants we’ve seen so far. We’ll have more information on the Blue Hat Prize in 2012...we don’t want to spoil the excitement for anyone just yet.
Defensive Technology at Play
2011 also brought strong examples of how defensive technologies can increase the security of the software people use every day. For example, two of the more exciting developments of the year here at the MSRC centered on new and improved mitigations for older versions of Windows and Office. After announcing it in December, we launched Office File Validation (OFV) in April. OFV extends our “Gatekeeper” technology -- effective at detecting and blocking potentially dangerous binary-format files from opening in Office 2010 -- to the 2007 and 2003 editions of Microsoft Office. Since release, approximately 200 million machines have added OFV to their protection arsenal.
And in February, we made an unprecedented change to how Autorun behaves when you insert a USB key on Windows XP and Vista systems. The change reduced the number of infections that rely on Autorun by 59 percent on Windows XP machines and by 74 percent on Windows Vista machines, in comparison to 2010, with a 68 percent year-to-year overall decline in infections for all PCs running all versions of Windows. That’s a staggering change for the better.
As we approach 2012, we’ll continue to deliver the best-tested, highest-quality bulletins possible while facing the security challenges the new year poses. Whatever’s ahead, we’ll continue to work internally, and with the researchers and partners, to find new approaches to security response while keeping customer protection, as always, as our first priority.
Thanks --
Mike Reavey
Senior Director, MSRC


Before we discuss this month’s release, I wanted to briefly touch on the big event happening this week. No, I’m not talking about the romantically-themed holiday on Thursday. I’m talking about the start of spring training and the return of baseball. There are a few things I am very passionate about and those who know me, know how much I love baseball. From playing, to coaching, to watching, it's how I spend most of my free time. Of course, those who know me also know I am passionate about defense, both on the field and off. As a catcher and with Trustworthy Computing, protection is just another part of the job.
When it comes to protections for computers, I usually point to our security updates (mentioned below), but I also like to bring up additional tools that people can use to protect their systems. The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is a free tool that offers great protection, but many people I talk to haven’t heard of it or don’t use it. If you are not familiar with EMET, it provides security mitigation technologies to make it more difficult for an attacker to exploit vulnerabilities in existing software – even those issues that are unknown. EMET does this by stopping known exploit techniques and allowing applications to opt-in to existing mitigations that already exist on your system, like Data Execution Prevention (DEP) and Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR).
We’ve been recommending EMET for a while, and it’s great to see others endorse it as well. While quite a few folks have installed EMET on their home systems, the tool can be a bit daunting to configure at first glance. To help out, we’ve provided some easy installation and configuration tips for home users.
Now, on to today’s bulletins.
We’re releasing 12 bulletins, five Critical-class and seven Important-class, addressing 57 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, Exchange and .NET Framework. For those who need to prioritize deployment, we recommend focusing on MS13-009, MS13-010 and MS13-020 first:
MS13-009 (Microsoft Internet Explorer)

This security update resolves thirteen issues in Internet Explorer. The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could gain the same rights as the current owner. The issues were privately disclosed and we have not detected any attacks or customer impact.
MS13-010 (Vector Markup Language)
This security update resolves an issue in the Microsoft implementation of Vector Markup Language (VML). The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user viewed a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer. This issue was privately reported and we have not detected any attacks or customer impact.
MS13-020 (Microsoft Windows)
This security update resolves an issue in Microsoft Windows Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) Automation. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted file. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could gain the same rights as the current owner. This issue was privately reported and we have not detected any attacks or customer impact.
Please watch the bulletin overview video below for a quick summary of today’s releases.

As always, we recommend that our customers deploy all security updates as soon as possible. Our deployment priority guidance is below to further assist in deployment planning (click for larger view).

Our risk and impact graph shows an aggregate view of this month's severity and exploitability index (click for larger view).

For more information about this month's security updates, visit the Microsoft Security Bulletin summary webpage.
Jonathan Ness and I will host the monthly technical webcast, scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 11 a.m. PST. I invite you to register here, and tune in to learn more about the February security bulletins and advisories.
For all the latest information, you can also follow the MSRC team on Twitter at @MSFTSecResponse.
I hope your team has a great spring, and I look forward to hearing your questions during the webcast.
Thank you,
Dustin Childs
Group Manager, Response Communications
Microsoft Trustworthy Computing


Happy holidays! I hope everyone is enjoying the festive season. I like to get my holiday shopping done early, and this year was no exception. In the middle of my holiday shopping last week, as I passed my cash from one store to the next, I was reminded of “Pass-the-Hash.” (My mind does tend to wander a bit as I shop.) For those not familiar, Pass-the-Hash (PtH) is a technique in which an attacker captures account logon credentials on one computer and then uses those captured credentials to authenticate to other computers over the network. Various folks have discussed this technique in the past, and we have seen it used in attacks as well. Today, TwC released a whitepaper that lays out ways to help prevent these types of attacks. Please take a few minutes to read about the Pass-the-Hash technique on the TwC team blog or download the whitepaper to read on the way over the river and through to woods to Grandma’s house. You won’t be disappointed.
Now, on to the news of the day; today we’re releasing seven bulletins, five Critical-class and two Important-class, addressing 12 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Word and Windows Server. For those who need to prioritize deployment, we recommend focusing on the following two critical updates first:
MS12-077 (Internet Explorer)
This security update addresses three Critical-class Internet Explorer issues that could result in remote code execution. These issues exist in all versions of IE, but there is no evidence that they are known publically or under exploit in the wild. You’ll notice there is no severity rating for IE versions prior to IE 9. On these versions, the update is a defense-in-depth change only. Although there are no known attack vectors for these versions, we still recommend that our customers using these versions apply the update.
MS12-079 (Microsoft Word)
This security update resolves one issue in Microsoft Word. This bulletin has a Critical severity rating and can result in remote code execution. An attacker could run code in the context of the logged-on user if they were to open a specially crafted Rich Text Format (RTF) file, or preview or open a specially-crafted RTF email message in Outlook while using Microsoft Word as the email viewer. This issue was privately disclosed and we’re not aware of any attacks or customer impact.
Security Advisory 2755801
With this month’s release, we are also revising Security Advisory 2755801 to address issues in Adobe Flash Player in IE 10. This is a cumulative update, which means customers do not need to install previous updates as a prerequisite for installing the current update. We remain committed to working closely with Adobe to deliver quality protections that are aligned with Adobe’s update process.
Please watch the bulletin overview video below for more information.

As always, we recommend that our customers deploy all security updates as soon as possible. Our deployment priority guidance is below to further assist in deployment planning (click for larger view).

Our risk and impact graph shows an aggregate view of this month's severity and exploitability index (click for larger view).

For more information about this month's security updates, visit the Microsoft Security Bulletin summary web page.
Per our usual process, Jonathan Ness and I will host the monthly technical webcast on Wednesday. I invite you to tune in and learn more about the December security bulletins and advisories. We’ve scheduled the webcast for Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 at 11 a.m. PST, and you can register here.
For all the latest information, you can also follow the MSRC team on Twitter at @MSFTSecResponse.
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season, safe travels and I look forward to hearing your questions during the webcast.
Dustin Childs
Group Manager
Trustworthy Computing


as the tittle says. i think i have an infection. recently i started with a lil wierd thing. i play this game called combat arms. before i could play without lag. now i get this tiny lag spike very tiny about every 20 seconds or more. i have checked my computer with diff. antivirus and nothing. also on youtube videos played smooth. now when im watching a vid. on youtube and typing at the same time frame rate is kinda choppy. heres a hijackthis file
computer specs are

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 12:21:41 AM, on 12/28/2011
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16421)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:Program Files (x86)AVGAVG2012avgtray.exe
C:Program Files (x86)IObitGame Boostergbtray.exe
C:Program Files (x86)AVG Secure Searchvprot.exe
C:Program Files (x86)Mozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe
C:Program Files (x86)Mozilla Firefoxplugin-container.exe
C:Program Files (x86)Trend MicroHiJackThisHiJackThis.exe

R0 - HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain,Start Page = Search Engine - Better Web Search
R1 - HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain,Default_Page_URL =
R1 - HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain,Default_Search_URL = Bing
R1 - HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain,Search Page = Bing
R0 - HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain,Start Page =
R0 - HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerSearch,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerSearch,CustomizeSearch =
R0 - HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain,Local Page = C:WindowsSysWOW64blank.htm
R0 - HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerToolbar,LinksFolderName =
R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - {00000000-6E41-4FD3-8538-502F5495E5FC} - (no file)
R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - {81017EA9-9AA8-4A6A-9734-7AF40E7D593F} - (no file)
F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=userinit.exe,
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {02478D38-C3F9-4efb-9B51-7695ECA05670} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: IESiteBlocker.NavFilter - {3CA2F312-6F6E-4B53-A66E-4E65E497C8C0} - C:Program Files (x86)AVGAVG2012avgssie.dll
O2 - BHO: AVG Security Toolbar - {95B7759C-8C7F-4BF1-B163-73684A933233} - C:Program Files (x86)AVG Secure Search9.0.0.23AVG Secure Search_toolbar.dll
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:Program Files (x86)Javajre6binjp2ssv.dll
O3 - Toolbar: AVG Security Toolbar - {95B7759C-8C7F-4BF1-B163-73684A933233} - C:Program Files (x86)AVG Secure Search9.0.0.23AVG Secure Search_toolbar.dll
O3 - Toolbar: (no name) - {D4027C7F-154A-4066-A1AD-4243D8127440} - (no file)
O4 - HKLM..Run: [Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware] "C:Program Files (x86)Malwarebytes' Anti-Malwarembamgui.exe" /starttray
O4 - HKLM..Run: [StartCCC] "C:Program Files (x86)ATI TechnologiesATI.ACECore-StaticCLIStart.exe" MSRun
O4 - HKLM..Run: [AVG_TRAY] "C:Program Files (x86)AVGAVG2012avgtray.exe"
O4 - HKLM..Run: [vProt] "C:Program Files (x86)AVG Secure Searchvprot.exe"
O4 - HKCU..Run: [msnmsgr] "C:Program Files (x86)Windows LiveMessengermsnmsgr.exe" /background
O4 - HKUSS-1-5-19..Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%Windows SidebarSidebar.exe /autoRun (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUSS-1-5-19..RunOnce: [mctadmin] C:WindowsSystem32mctadmin.exe (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUSS-1-5-20..Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%Windows SidebarSidebar.exe /autoRun (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - HKUSS-1-5-20..RunOnce: [mctadmin] C:WindowsSystem32mctadmin.exe (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O11 - Options group: [ACCELERATED_GRAPHICS] Accelerated graphics
O17 - HKLMSystemCCSServicesTcpip..{89C19D36-11A3-412C-81F9-E9B5DE3575A3}: NameServer =
O18 - Protocol: linkscanner - {F274614C-63F8-47D5-A4D1-FBDDE494F8D1} - C:Program Files (x86)AVGAVG2012avgpp.dll
O18 - Protocol: viprotocol - {B658800C-F66E-4EF3-AB85-6C0C227862A9} - C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesAVG Secure SearchViProtocolInstaller9.0.1ViProtocol.dll
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%system32Alg.exe,-112 (ALG) - Unknown owner - C:WindowsSystem32alg.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: AMD External Events Utility - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32atiesrxx.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: ASUS System Control Service (AsSysCtrlService) - ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - C:Program Files (x86)ASUSAsSysCtrlService1.00.02AsSysCtrlService.exe
O23 - Service: AVG Firewall (avgfws) - AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o. - C:Program Files (x86)AVGAVG2012avgfws.exe
O23 - Service: AVGIDSAgent - AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o. - C:Program Files (x86)AVGAVG2012AVGIDSAgent.exe
O23 - Service: AVG WatchDog (avgwd) - AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o. - C:Program Files (x86)AVGAVG2012avgwdsvc.exe
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%system32efssvc.dll,-100 (EFS) - Unknown owner - C:WindowsSystem32lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%system32fxsresm.dll,-118 (Fax) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32fxssvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @keyiso.dll,-100 (KeyIso) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Logitech Bluetooth Service (LBTServ) - Logitech, Inc. - C:Program FilesCommon FilesLogiShrdBluetoothlbtserv.exe
O23 - Service: MBAMService - Malwarebytes Corporation - C:Program Files (x86)Malwarebytes' Anti-Malwarembamservice.exe
O23 - Service: @comres.dll,-2797 (MSDTC) - Unknown owner - C:WindowsSystem32msdtc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%System32netlogon.dll,-102 (Netlogon) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Nonbrand_WUS-N Service (Nonbrand_WUS-N) - Wireless Service - C:Program Files (x86)KEEBOX150N Wireless UtilityANIWZCSdS.exe
O23 - Service: Nonbrand_WUS-N_WPS Service (Nonbrand_WUS-N_WPS) - Unknown owner - C:Program Files (x86)KEEBOX150N Wireless UtilityANIWConnService.exe
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%system32psbase.dll,-300 (ProtectedStorage) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%system32Locator.exe,-2 (RpcLocator) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32locator.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%system32samsrv.dll,-1 (SamSs) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%system32snmptrap.exe,-3 (SNMPTRAP) - Unknown owner - C:WindowsSystem32snmptrap.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%system32sppsvc.exe,-101 (sppsvc) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32sppsvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%system32ui0detect.exe,-101 (UI0Detect) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32UI0Detect.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%system32vaultsvc.dll,-1003 (VaultSvc) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%system32vds.exe,-100 (vds) - Unknown owner - C:WindowsSystem32vds.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%system32vssvc.exe,-102 (VSS) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32vssvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%system32wbengine.exe,-104 (wbengine) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32wbengine.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%Systemroot%system32wbemwmiapsrv.exe,-110 (wmiApSrv) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32wbemWmiApSrv.exe (file missing)

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Join Date Jan 2012 Posts 149 Re: i think i have a infection Regards to Youtube videos, turn off the AVG YouTube Accelerator, if you happen to use AVG Internet Security Suite 2012.

To do so...

Open the AVG console.Click Tools, then Advance Options.From the left window pane. Scroll to the heading 'LinkScanner' from the menu, and click the 'Online Shield' menu.At the right window pane. Uncheck 'Enable AVG Accelerator.'Click the 'apply', then the 'ok' button.

Regards to gaming, and I have experienced this on PWE (Star Trek, Champions, Perfect World) and NC Soft server (City of Heroes/Villains, Lineage 2, Guild Wars) that paid and F2P servers will always lag... even after you disabled your AVG or set it game mode.

But you may want to check into this, and see if Nexon, installed a 3rd party program in order for you to play Combat Arms. See if it can be disabled or uninstalled completely.

Reason, I have experienced 3rd party software installs/useage for some games, especially Lineage2 in order to conduct updates and ensure a smooth gameplay (yah right). I can uninstall the program after updates are completed, which does not affect/lag gameplay. That's until I hit a 'bot' town/city where there's a large gathering of gold farm bots in one location, selling numerous amounts of items at a high in game money cost.

Hope this response helps... hopefully, other members can look into this, and post their response.

Good luck and happy gaming.

The Internet is certainly one of the greatest inventions in the history of mankind. It helped open the road to unprecedented levels of innovation and communication between people. But, life on the Internet is by no means perfect.

Numerous gangs of cyber-criminals lurk in the Internet's underground and plot their attacks against unsuspecting people. Because of this, Internet users have a very real and pressing need to protect their assets, be them online (accounts of all sorts) or offline (their computer and personal information).
It would be reasonable to conclude that computer security should be a critical aspect for at least a fifth of the world's population, who use the Internet on a regular basis. However, real-life studies have constantly revealed that a high percentage of users fail to employ even the most basic security precautions online.

In turn, this ends up affecting everyone. A compromised computer or account is subsequently used to attack other users, thus directly contributing to a decline in the quality of the Internet ecosystem.

There are complex reasons why people fail to properly protect themselves. These range from lack of computer knowledge and experience to social and economic background, indifference or plain misinformation. Clearly, some of these aspects are hard to address, but the later in particular is the source of many computer security-related myths.

For example, a lot of people still think that computer security costs big bucks. It's true that many users are willing to pay for advanced solutions or extended support and there is nothing wrong with that. After all, without money, companies would not be able to develop better security models or implement them. But, the sad reality is that a huge number of computer owners, especially those living in developing countries, simply can't afford such investments.

Others seem to think that users running on pirated copies of Windows installed are getting infected because they don't have access to the same level of protection as the people who paid for a license. By no means do we encourage or endorse piracy, but we don't think this is true. While Microsoft doesn't go out of its way to make this clear, we honestly believe that it is not its intention to keep the software pirates vulnerable to attacks.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of users running on non-genuine Windows copies out there, and for the sake of the rest of us, they should learn how to protect themselves. This series of articles wants to challenge the belief that security is inherently expensive and to demonstrate that everyone can achieve a reasonable level of protection online for free. It doesn't aim at being a complete security guide for the computer literate and will only contain the most basic advice that we can give to our readers.

In this respect, some of the articles will name and describe easy-to-use free security solutions from different vendors. However, we are sure that there are plenty of alternatives out there and people are encouraged to discover them on their own. It is also worth noting that even though the principles described in this article hold true for most operating systems, they are particularly meant for Microsoft Windows users.

Part I - Update, update, update!

The three "updates" in the title of this part stand for: update your operating system, update your software and update your antivirus program. Updating is a critical aspect of staying safe online. Some of you might find updating inconvenient, but even if it is not as easy as click and go, it is an effort well worth undertaking and it will make a huge difference to your security.

If you use one of the still supported versions of Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista and 7, without counting the server flavors), make sure that you have the latest Service Pack (SP) for your operating system installed. This is important, as security updates are offered to you based on the SP deployed on your system.

In the Windows world, a Service Pack is a stand-alone package which contains all security updates, hotfixes and other enhancements released over a longer period of time for a particular version of the OS. There are several methods of obtaining the latest service pack.

The recommended way is by using the Windows Update website, who's shortcut is located under the Windows Start menu, or the system's Automatic Updates feature, accessible from the Control Panel. The other method involves obtaining the stand-alone installation package (for Windows XP / for Windows Vista) and installing it manually.

You should note that high priority updates, which include security patches for all Windows components are available for both owners of genuine Windows licenses, as well as for those who choose to illegally run pirated copies of the operating system. The difference is that people who fall in the latter category can only get them through Automatic Update.

By default, the Automatic Update feature is set to download and install all updates automatically, but this can be changed in order to offer more control over the process to the user. For example, one can choose to only be notified of available updates. They can then manually select only the ones they want.

Through this method, certain updates like the Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Notification tool, which is distributed as a critical update, can be hidden and never offered for download again. This is not a hack. This is how Microsoft intended it to be. The user will continue to receive the rest of the high priority updates normally.

Updating third-party software on your computer is another critical aspect, as many of the attacks today attempt to exploit vulnerabilities in popular applications. Programs such as Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader, Adobe Acrobat, Sun's Java Runtime or Mozilla Firefox, are installed on a huge number of computers, which makes them attractive targets for attackers.

So, does this mean that you have to manually check various websites for updates on a daily basis? Fortunately, no. There are special programs or services that can do this for you both automatically and for free.

One such tool is the Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI). Secunia is a reputed vulnerability management company, which maintains an extensive database of security issues that affect different versions of over 12,400 software products, spanning multiple operating systems. The Personal Software Inspector can scan a computer and detect what software installed on it is outdated. If any is found, the program offers direct download links for the available updates, which are rated according to their security impact.

An alternative is using an online service such as the one Softpedia offers. Our software editors work very hard to keep the tens of thousands of programs listed on our website up to date. You can register for free and subscribe to receive e-mail notifications about updates for your favorite software.

Keeping your antivirus software updated is always a must. The antivirus is your last line of defense. If everything else fails, this application should prevent malware from being executed on your system. AV software requires updates for malware definition files, as well as for its own components.

On average, antivirus vendors release malware definition updates a few times a day. Without these updates, an AV application's ability to properly detect the latest threats is significantly affected. Most of the products allow modifying the update checking frequency, therefore make sure to set this interval the lowest possible value.

Free antivirus solutions and their particularities will be covered in the next part of this series. Stay tuned.

Ok, I have a virus that is causing pop-ups everytime i open internet explorer. they tell me that "a virus is in my computer attempting to steal passwords and private info from the infected computer."

also give the info:

Type: Virus
Infection Length: 138,293 bytes
Systems Affected: Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2003, Windows XP, & Vista
Systems Not Affected: DOS, EPOC, Linux, Macintosh, Novell Netware, OS/2, UNIX
Technical Details: Creates files in %Windr%directory. By default this is C:Windows.
2. Adds Values to registry keys: HKEY_LOCAL_MNACHINESoftwareLocalCurrentVersionRun
3. Scans the hardrive for exe. files and infects any excutable files. Searches for passwords/information, which it may send to a remote attacker.

Reccomendations: Click "OK" to download officially approved security software. Always keep your patch levels up-to-date.

If I press "Cancel" it directs me to Security Center and if I press "OK" it goes to MalwareBurn index page

I haven't downloaded anything because I am afraid that the downloads will damage my computer even more. I have no idea what is really going to help my computer and what is fake. I ran the scan my computer and it said it deleted all potentially dangerous material on it, but the problem still exists.
It doesn't seem to matter if I'm browsing the internet or not, the pop-ups still interupt whatever I am doing. My homepage has also been changed, and everytime I change it back, it never stays with what I've assigned it to be. I also get a bubble that comes from the task bar saying, "Security Alert: Spyware found. Your computer is infected with the latest version of PSW.x-Vir trojan. PSW. Click this balloon to remove it." The icon for this bubble is a yellow triangle with an exclamation point in the middle of it and it flashed on my taskbar interupting everything I try to do on my computer. If I click it it directs me to AntispyGolden :: Cutting-Edge Anti-Spyware Protection

I am absolutely stuck because I fear damaging my computer and at this point I have no clue in what to trust as an virus removal program since so many different things pop up whenever I click on anything. Any advice or help is MUCH APPRECIATED!

Sorry if this is long and drawn out!
Thank you for taking the time to read it!


Stable Version:

Internet Explorer 8 : Internet Explorer 8 Windows 7 Security Features Malware Privacy

Internet Explorer 8 is the latest web browser developed by Microsoft in the Internet Explorer browser series.

Mozilla Firefox : Mozilla | Firefox web browser & Thunderbird email client

Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite and managed by Mozilla Corporation.

Chrome : Google Chrome - Get a fast new browser. For PC, Mac, and Linux

Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google that uses the WebKit layout engine and application framework.

Opera : Opera browser | Faster & safer internet | Free download

Opera is a web browser and Internet suite developed by Opera Software. The browser handles common Internet-related tasks such as displaying web sites, sending and receiving e-mail messages, managing contacts, chatting on IRC, downloading files via BitTorrent, and reading web feeds.

Safari :Apple - Safari - Download the world

Safari is a graphical web browser developed by Apple and included as part of the Mac OS X operating system. A version of Safari for the Microsoft Windows operating system, first released on June 11, 2007, supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. The latest stable release of the browser is 5.0.3, which is available as a free download for both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

Maxthon browser: Maxthon Browser - Full-Featured Browser

Maxthon is a China-based freeware web browser for Microsoft Windows. From its early MyIE2 roots, Maxthon has developed a growing user base, especially in China, and in 2006 it received commercial backing for Maxthon 2.0. Maxthon 3, currently on Release Candidate, supports both Trident and the WebKit engine.

Flock browser: Flock Browser - Versions | Flock

The self-described "social Web browser" is built on the same underpinnings as Firefox, but it gets its social on by integrating with sites and services—most recently, Twitter and Facebook.

Avant Browser: Home - Avant Browser, an ultra-fast browser with AutoFills, AD Blocker, Online Bookmarks, Private Browsing and RSS Reader, but NO Memory leak!

Avant Browser can be best described as a custom web browser application. Avant Browser is a standalone application designed to expand services provided by Microsoft Internet Explorer.

SeaMonkey : The SeaMonkey

SeaMonkey is a web-browser, advanced e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editing made simple -- all your Internet needs in one application.

Epic Browser: Epic - The first-ever web browser for India. The world's only sidebar apps browser.

The Epic Browser is the first-ever web browser for India and the first product from the software company Hidden Reflex

xB Browser :

xB Browser is the most popular free and open-source anonymous web browser in the world. It does not store a cache on the user hard drive, nor does it store cookies, so there is no mess to clean up with eraser programs. xB Browser also has advanced features such as SSL MD5 RSA certificate vulnerability detection, DOM object and flash cookie protection, cross-site scripting attack prevention, user-agent cloaking, and java proxy control. xB Browser also detects and disables malicious browser addons that are hidden in the windows registry.

Alpha / Beta Releases

Note: Beta software is preliminary and may change without notice. You should bear the risk of using these software Windows 7 forums is not responsible. Prerelease software may not work the way a final version of the software will. The features and functionality you find in the prerelease software may not appear in the final version.

Internet Explorer 9 Beta: Internet Explorer 9 Test Drive

Mozilla Firefox Beta: Firefox 4 Beta

Firefox Nightly Builds (Alpha release):

Firefox Nightly Builds or Index of /pub/

Opera 11.00b1 Beta: Opera Web Browser | Faster & safer | Download the new Internet browsers free

Chrome Beta: Google Chrome (BETA)

Avant Browser: Index page • Avant Browser (They used to publish their beta release in forums)

These are the link I know we can keep this list updated.

When I mouse over on an active icon in the taskbar, say internet explorer. I get text that pops up instead of an icon showing what I have opened. Is there a way to change this from a text popup to a window icon pop up?


I've had Windows 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista (32 & later 64bit) and now just installed Windows 7 (64bit). I've also tried Macs, which are overpiced trash.

So far, 7 seems to start up and load various items a bit faster than Vista and I also think the transparent or "glass" visual feature looks better on 7 than Vista. Having said that and the fact that I've only had it for about a week, I have found some preferences and features that I am really angry about in Windows 7 and might even switch back to Vista for.

The quick tabs (now called "pinned" items) are a HUGE problem now. On XP and Vista, I hardly ever went into the start menu or any other menu because I had all of the programs I used on a daily basis right there on the taskbar.

#1) They are spaced WAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY too far apart from eachother now. All of my quick tabs on Vista were lined up close to eachother and 6 or 7 of them barely took up an inch and a half on my taskbar. Nice and tidy. NOW on Windows 7, three "pinned" items take up the same amount of space that 6 or 7 used to on Vista. If I had 6 or 7 pinned items on Windows 7, they would take up almost half my taskbar! Seriously, WTF Microsoft????!!!!

#2) You can't place certain items as "pinned" on the taskbar. I used to have games, Adobe software and even internet pages as quick tabs. For example, I listen to the Howard Stern Show online. On Vista, I dragged the Stern Show's site from my favorites bar right onto my taskbar. WINDOWS 7 DOESN'T LET YOU DO THIS. You have to click on the internet icon, then move over to the pinned website. Again, the taskbar is no longer tidy and efficient in Windows 7 for me.

#3) Why can't I switch to the "classic" start menu? In the classic start menu, everything opens up and expands so you can find what you are looking for FAST. In the new start menu, you are confined to a tiny programs list where you have to scroll through it. Why did they get rid of the option to switch to the "classic" start menu?

#4) In Vista, you could click a button to scroll through all of the windows you currently have open. They would pop up in the middle of the screen sideways like book pages and you could use your scroll button to cycle through them. This option is GONE on Windows 7.

#5) If you download a new Windows 7 theme, why can't you delete it? I downloaded one from the Windows site to see what it looks like (you can't even preview it on the website. good job, guys.) and when I didn't like it and decided to delete it, I couldn't. WTF?

Everything else has been fine so far, I just really dislike the things I mentioned above and if they get annoying enough, I might switch back to Vista. Can anyone help me troubleshoot these issues? I really really really want my tidy and efficient quick tabs or the now called "pinned" items bar back. I can't stand the fact that (1) I can't have my internet links on there and (2) I hate how far apart they are spaced. HELP!

Hey all,
Recently installed the Win 7 x64 RC and it does not recognize my wifi card (Abit Airpace Wi-Fi Wireless Network Adapter), as in it does not show up in the device manager. It does work in vista x32, and also worked in vista x64 when I had it. I've installed the motherboard drivers to see if that would effect anything, but not change. I tried installing the software that comes with the wifi card, and it does not find the card either (no updated drivers are available on the manufacturers website either).
I've searched other forums, and it seems others may have had similar problems, but they were able to get windows to recognize their card after shutting down, switching off the PSU, waiting a few minutes and rebooting. This has not worked for me.
Another note, in an earlier beta of win 7 x64, the card was recognized and the drivers installed, but it would blue screen each time it connected to the internet or I tried to open a browser.

Anyone else experiencing similar problems? Any advice? I've tried everything I can think, but I'm out of ideas, besides trying a different wifi card. Thanks for any help,


I'm using:
Intel Q6600 @ 3.24 GHz
EVGA 780i mobo
4x1 Gb @ 1000 MHz
Abit Airpace Wifi card

Windows is being painful when viewing folders/files on my network hard drive.

Brand new PC (and I have the same issue on my other Windws 7 PC too).
Now that it is happening on two Windows 7 PCs it is time to get an answer.

How do I get Windows to create thumbnails without doing it manually one by one?

I have searched the Internet high and low but can only find hundreds of people with the same issue. No-one seems to have an answer.

Thumbnails for all four internal HD are fine.
When I open a folder, they are all there. Thumbnails for videos, pictures, documents etc.

On my networked HD it is a different story. Every thumbnail is just the default Windows image for that file type.

I can sit in the window for hours and nothing changes.

I have found a way around it, but I simply cannot apply this fix the entire 1TB networked drive. It would literally take me weeks in front of the PC.

The 'fix' is to open a folder on L Drive and, one by one, hover my mouse over the file. If I leave the mouse there for about a second or two and allow Windows to 'read' the file, the 'information' about that file appears at the bottom of the screen. It shows me the date taken, the file type, tags, dimensions etc (depending on the type of file) and more importantly it shows the thumbnail alongside that information.

However, the thumbnail in the main window is still the defult Windows icon. It does not update as I let windows 'read' the file.
If I 'Refresh' the window that icon now has a thumbnail - but the other files do not.
I have to perform this ritual on every file in the folder, one by one.

At this point I should mention that once I have done ths to every file in the folder I can safely leave the window and when I come back all the thumbnails are displayed correctly.

If however, I miss just one file (and i do mean just one), when I close the window and return, I am back to every thumbnail displaying as the Windows default for the file type.

It seems that Windows must be 'forced' to make thumbnail for each file and only when the entire folder has been 'thumbnailed' and the 'Thumbs' file within each folder has finalised will Windows retain the information. As I said before, if just one file within the folder has been missed, the 'Thumbs' database file forgets everyting about every file in the folder and reverts to it's raw form.

Once I have completed this arduous task on a particular folder I can change the 'view' from Large to Small to Extra Large (or anywhere in between) and the thumbnails appear the instant I change the view.

I have attached a screenshot of just one folder on the network drive.

The new laptop is running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and the old one is Windows 7 Professional 32 bit. Attached Thumbnails   Last edited by mx5boi; 03-15-2012 at 02:37 PM. Share Share this post on Digg Technorati Twitter
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Join Date Feb 2011 Posts 2 Re: Thumbnails on Network Drive You may have already tried this. I looked at pictures I have on a network drive and they all popped up a thumbnail after I left clicked on the folder and and then right clicked on the right side of windows explorer where the folders and pictures are. I put my cursor over view and then left clicked on medium icon. It took the whole folder containing hundreds of pictures and displayed a thumbnail of the pictures. Is that what you're looking for?


I have the above brand of LAN on a ASROCK Z68 Extreme 4 Mobo.
Router: Netgear DG834G

The whole computer is about 7 months old and as per another recent thread it has a fresh install of Windows 7 64bit Pro. However since the reinstall an issue that also existed before continues to annoy me.

Namely, the internet at times drops in and out over a period of hours and then just works.
CAT 5 Cable has been replaced and tested in another machine and is fine.

There is another laptop, older Dell with Vista on the network (wired) that has no issues, everytime my PC drops I check it and 9 times out of 10 its still working.

I just upgraded the latest driver from here - Ethernet NIC NetLink Driver Downloads

Whilst I prefer Firefox, i normally solve the issue by opening Explorer and using its Diagnose tool. Quite often it will say ' The default gateway is not available'

One bit of info, it also continously says I am on a ' Unidentified network' and ' Public Network' despite it being a simple home wired (NO wifi i switched it off) LAN. How do you change it back to HOME network? sometimes the Public Network is in blue and you can click it and tell it yet again to be HOME but other times its not in blue or clickable to change.

Surely there is something we can do other than put a separate LAN card in a slot.

So im running on Windows 7 and when i create an Ad Hoc network my ipod touch discovers it and connects but gets a 169 ip address and the DNS, subnet mask and router fields are empty. Under wireless connection properties i have ipv6 disabled and ipv4 enabled. Under ipv4 properties, if i have it set to optain all the information automatically i get the same problem. If i set the fields manually i still get a message when trying to open safari on my ipod saying 'cannot open page' safari cannot open page because it is not connected to the internet. Ive successfully connected to my ad hoc net work before with my ipod touch but now im not sure whats wrong. im using:
cricket broadband to connect to the internet
Atheros AR298X Wireless Network Adapter

ive tried all the solutions the internet has had to offer with google but ive had no luck. Could anyone help me out? I have ICS on.

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