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Hi,
I can't connect to the internet anymore. I have a new Dell wireless laptop with a 1397 WLAN Mini-Card. My ISP is virgin media. I have a D-Link DIR 615 Router and a Webstar Modem.

I installed the router a couple of months ago and it was working fine until last week. Then the internet connection dropped and I haven't been able to restore it. I phoned my ISP helpdesk and they had me reset the router and the modem. Nothing seems to work.

I read on here about problems with Apple programs so I have unistalled Itunes, Quicktime and Bonjour.

I have tried calling my ISP 3 times so far and still no solution. They sent a new router (another DLink DIR 615) which I tried to install. I get so far through the process and then it says the default gateway is not available.

When I check the Wireless Network Connection Status it says:

Connection

IPv4 Connectivity No internet access
IPv6 Connectivity No internet access
Media State Enabled
SSID DLink

when I checked the details it gives the following:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix: cable.virginmedia.net
Description: Dell Wireless 1397 WLAN Mini-Card
Physical Address: ‎78-E4-00-57-AD-D0
DHCP Enabled: Yes
IPv4 Address: 192.168.0.101
IPv4 Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Lease Obtained: 12 September 2010 11:08:07
Lease Expires: 19 September 2010 11:19:09
IPv4 Default Gateway: 192.168.0.1
IPv4 DHCP Server: 192.168.0.1
IPv4 DNS Server: 192.168.0.1
IPv4 WINS Server:
NetBIOS over Tcpip Enabled: Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address: fe80::3d6c:56d0:4d67:6a25%12
IPv6 Default Gateway:
IPv6 DNS Server:

When I run the windows network diagnostics it says the default gateway is not available. Below is the troubleshooter report. I have tried shutting everything down, rebooting the router and modem and then powering everything back up. It still doesn't work.

I have also tried putting the IP address: 192.168.0.1 in my browser but is says "address not valid".

Can anyone help get me back online?

Thanks

Troubleshooter report:

The default gateway is not availableDetected
[IMG]res://sdiageng.dll/warning.png[/IMG]The default gateway is a device that connects a local network or computer to the Internet. A broadband modem or router is usually the default gateway.
Reset the "Wireless Network Connection" adapterCompleted
This can sometimes resolve an intermittent problem.
[IMG]res://sdiageng.dll/info.png[/IMG]
Network Diagnostics Log
File Name: B8C74B42-6082-4E1D-A381-1B74EEFFDA2E.Repair.1.etlInvestigate router or broadband modem issuesNot run
If you're connected to a hotspot or domain network, contact the network administrator. Otherwise: 1. Unplug or turn off the device. 2. After all the lights on the device are off, wait at least 10 seconds. 3. Turn the device on or plug it back into the power outlet. To restart a router or modem that has a built-in battery, press and quickly release the Reset button.

Detection details
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Diagnostics Information (Network Adapter)
Details about network adapter diagnosis: Network adapter Wireless Network Connection driver information: Description . . . . . . . . . . : Dell Wireless 1397 WLAN Mini-Card Manufacturer . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom Provider . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft Version . . . . . . . . . . . : 4.176.75.21 Inf File Name . . . . . . . . . : C:WindowsINFnetbc664.inf Inf File Date . . . . . . . . . : 13 July 2009 20:37:27 Section Name . . . . . . . . . : BCM43XG_NT61 Hardware ID . . . . . . . . . . : pciven_14e4&dev_4315 Instance Status Flags . . . . . : 0x180200a Device Manager Status Code . . : 0 IfType . . . . . . . . . . . . : 71 Physical Media Type . . . . . . : 9[IMG]res://sdiageng.dll/info.png[/IMG]
Diagnostics Information (Wireless Connectivity)
Details about wireless connectivity diagnosis: Information for connection being diagnosed Interface GUID: 70ae01f8-064a-47d4-bcea-7a1d25713870 Interface name: Dell Wireless 1397 WLAN Mini-Card Interface type: Native WiFiConnection incident diagnosed Auto Configuration ID: 5 Connection ID: 8Connection status summary Connection started at: 2010-09-12 11:19:08-933 Profile match: Success Pre-Association: Success Association: Success Security and Authentication: SuccessList of visible access point(s): 8 item(s) total, 8 item(s) displayed BSSID BSS Type PHY Signal(dB) Chnl/freq SSID-------------------------------------------------------------------------00-18-4D-96-04-56 Infra g -89 11 NETGEAR00-18-F6-79-0A-49 Infra g -73 1 BTHomeHub-F5F8F0-7D-68-4A-7C-F0 Infra -38 6 dlink00-16-0A-0F-BC-8C Infra g -65 6 Simon's house00-24-B2-A0-C0-62 Infra g -87 6 Blyth00-1C-DF-4B-24-E1 Infra -85 8 Cecil_Gaybody1C-AF-F7-14-1E-3C Infra -85 9 (Unnamed Network)00-19-E0-FF-2E-1A Infra g -88 10 TP-LINKConnection History Information for Auto Configuration ID 5 List of visible networks: 8 item(s) total, 8 item(s) displayed BSS Type PHY Security Signal(RSSI) Compatible SSID ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Infra g Yes 2 Yes NETGEAR Infra g Yes 34 Yes BTHomeHub-F5F8 Infra No 94 Yes dlink Infra g Yes 66 Yes Simon's house Infra g Yes 6 Yes Blyth Infra Yes 10 Yes Cecil_Gaybody Infra Yes 10 Yes (Unnamed Network) Infra g No 4 Yes TP-LINK List of preferred networks: 3 item(s) Profile: Nadya SSID: Nadya SSID length: 5 Connection mode: Infra Security: Yes Set by group policy: No Connect even if network is not broadcasting: No Connectable: No Reason: 0x00028002 Profile: dlink SSID: dlink SSID length: 5 Connection mode: Infra Security: Yes Set by group policy: No Connect even if network is not broadcasting: No Connectable: Yes Profile: DELL-LAPTOP_Network SSID: DELL-LAPTOP_Network SSID length: 19 Connection mode: Infra Security: Yes Set by group policy: No Connect even if network is not broadcasting: No Connectable: No Reason: 0x00028002 Information for Connection ID 8 Connection started at: 2010-09-12 11:19:08-933 Auto Configuration ID: 5 Profile: Discovery connection SSID: dlink SSID length: 5 Connection mode: Infra Security: No Pre-Association and Association Connectivity settings provided by hardware manufacturer (IHV): No Security settings provided by hardware manufacturer (IHV): No Profile matches network requirements: Success Pre-association status: Success Association status: Success Last AP: f0-7d-68-4a-7c-f0 Security and Authentication Configured security type: Open Configured encryption type: None 802.1X protocol: No Key exchange initiated: Yes Unicast key received: No Multicast key received: No Number of security packets received: 0 Number of security packets sent: 0 Security attempt status: Success Connectivity Packet statistics Ndis Rx: 835 Ndis Tx: 990 Unicast decrypt success: 0 Multicast decrypt success: 0 Unicast decrypt failure: 0 Multicast decrypt failure: 0 Rx success: 1290 Rx failure: 20590 Tx success: 28 Tx failure: 0 Tx retry: 2 Tx multiple retry: 2 Tx max lifetime exceeded: 0 Tx ACK failure: 4 Roaming history: 0 item(s) Information for Connection ID 7 Connection started at: 1601-01-01 01:00:00-000 Auto Configuration ID: 5 Profile: dlink SSID: dlink SSID length: 5 Connection mode: Infra Security: Yes Pre-Association and Association Connectivity settings provided by hardware manufacturer (IHV): No Security settings provided by hardware manufacturer (IHV): No Profile matches network requirements: Fail Pre-association status: Fail 0x00000000 Association status: Fail 0x00000000 Association reason code: 0x00000000 Information for Auto Configuration ID 4 List of visible networks: 4 item(s) total, 4 item(s) displayed BSS Type PHY Security Signal(RSSI) Compatible SSID ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Infra g Yes 30 Yes BTHomeHub-F5F8 Infra No 100 Yes dlink Infra g Yes 30 Yes Simon's house Infra Yes 14 Yes Cecil_Gaybody List of preferred networks: 3 item(s) Profile: Nadya SSID: Nadya SSID length: 5 Connection mode: Infra Security: Yes Set by group policy: No Connect even if network is not broadcasting: No Connectable: No Reason: 0x00028002 Profile: dlink SSID: dlink SSID length: 5 Connection mode: Infra Security: Yes Set by group policy: No Connect even if network is not broadcasting: No Connectable: Yes Profile: DELL-LAPTOP_Network SSID: DELL-LAPTOP_Network SSID length: 19 Connection mode: Infra Security: Yes Set by group policy: No Connect even if network is not broadcasting: No Connectable: No Reason: 0x00028002 Information for Connection ID 6 Connection started at: 1601-01-01 01:00:00-000 Auto Configuration ID: 4 Profile: dlink SSID: dlink SSID length: 5 Connection mode: Infra Security: Yes Pre-Association and Association Connectivity settings provided by hardware manufacturer (IHV): No Security settings provided by hardware manufacturer (IHV): No Profile matches network requirements: Fail Pre-association status: Fail 0x00000000 Association status: Fail 0x00000000 Association reason code: 0x00000000 Information for Auto Configuration ID 3 List of visible networks: 10 item(s) total, 10 item(s) displayed BSS Type PHY Security Signal(RSSI) Compatible SSID ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Infra g No 32 Yes TP-LINK Infra g Yes 32 Yes BTHomeHub-F5F8 Infra g Yes 34 Yes Simon's house Infra Yes 8 Yes Cecil_Gaybody Infra g Yes 2 Yes NETGEAR Infra Yes 6 Yes (Unnamed Network) Infra g Yes 4 Yes Wireless Gateway Zyxel 1 Infra Yes 6 Yes ethereagle Infra g Yes 8 Yes Shaw Infra No 92 Yes dlink List of preferred networks: 3 item(s) Profile: Nadya SSID: Nadya SSID length: 5 Connection mode: Infra Security: Yes Set by group policy: No Connect even if network is not broadcasting: No Connectable: No Reason: 0x00028002 Profile: dlink SSID: dlink SSID length: 5 Connection mode: Infra Security: Yes Set by group policy: No Connect even if network is not broadcasting: No Connectable: Yes Profile: DELL-LAPTOP_Network SSID: DELL-LAPTOP_Network SSID length: 19 Connection mode: Infra Security: Yes Set by group policy: No Connect even if network is not broadcasting: No Connectable: No Reason: 0x00028002 Information for Connection ID 5 Connection started at: 1601-01-01 01:00:00-000 Auto Configuration ID: 3 Profile: dlink SSID: dlink SSID length: 5 Connection mode: Infra Security: Yes Pre-Association and Association Connectivity settings provided by hardware manufacturer (IHV): No Security settings provided by hardware manufacturer (IHV): No Profile matches network requirements: Fail Pre-association status: Fail 0x00000000 Association status: Fail 0x00000000 Association reason code: 0x00000000[IMG]res://sdiageng.dll/info.png[/IMG]
Diagnostics Information (Wireless Connectivity)
Details about wireless connectivity diagnosis: For complete information about this session see the wireless connectivity information event.Helper Class: Auto Configuration Initialize status: SuccessInformation for connection being diagnosed Interface GUID: 70ae01f8-064a-47d4-bcea-7a1d25713870 Interface name: Dell Wireless 1397 WLAN Mini-Card Interface type: Native WiFiResult of diagnosis: There may be problem[IMG]res://sdiageng.dll/info.png[/IMG]
Diagnostics Information (Wireless Network Adapter)
Details about wireless network adapter diagnosis: For complete information about this session see the wireless connectivity information event.Helper Class: Native WiFi MSM Initialize status: SuccessInformation for connection being diagnosed Interface GUID: 70ae01f8-064a-47d4-bcea-7a1d25713870 Interface name: Dell Wireless 1397 WLAN Mini-Card Interface type: Native WiFi Profile: Discovery connection SSID: dlink SSID length: 5 Connection mode: Infra Security: No Connect even if network is not broadcasting: NoResult of diagnosis: There may be problem




Does windows 7 has a tool to read or export command lines supported by .exe files ? I wanted to find the command for a player to load file, and other commands if possible. If such tool done exist in windows 7, where can i get one ? Thanks in advance Reason why i ask is because using CMD commands such as ASSOC and FTYPE found here Windows XP Commands are not doing their job. File extension is associated correctly but if "%1" is used (as SS64.com says it needs to be used in my case) player says "Cannot load null". If %1 is not there, then player is not even trying to load anything, it just opens up and thats it, as if executed file was not pushed into the player. Command's finder tool would rock my world just about now lol




7 is almost immune to a piece of malware that has proven a real nightmare to users running older versions of the Windows client. Windows XP SP3 customers particularly have been hit extremely hard by Alureon, a rootkit that failed to play nice with a Windows kernel update and ended up rendering unbootable infected PCs earlier this year. Microsofts Malicious Software Removal Tool cleaned no less than 356,959 Windows computers infected with Alureon, with the Redmond company pointing out that the statistics are associated exclusively with the May release of MSRT. Out of all the machines cleaned by the software giants free security tool, only 3.5% were running Windows 7.

In this context, Alureon comes to prove just how unsafe are older versions of Windows, as XP SP3 PCs account for the bulk of infections, no less than 64.8%. The runner-up is XP SP2 with 13.6%, Vista SP2 with 7.3%, Vista RTM with 6.9% and Vista SP2 with 3.8%. Combined, machines running XP SP2 and SP3 make up 78.4% of all the Windows computers compromised by the rootkit. At this point in time, Virus:Win32/Alureon.H is the most prevalent flavor of the browser, having been cleaned from 155,394 PCs, Vishal Kapoor and Joe Johnson, from the Microsoft Malware Protection Center, note.

The new .H variant is the most prominent in terms of prevalence. There were several changes to the design of the rootkit to avoid detection and cleaning, revealing that the rootkit is still under active development and distribution. One of the notable changes was to infect arbitrary system drivers instead of only the hooked miniport driver. Expectedly, this can have negative side effects on the machine depending on the chosen driver. For example, weve seen some machines having their keyboard disabled as a result of an infection. On other machines, Windows XP unexpectedly requests reactivation because the infection appears like a significant hardware change, Johnson reveals.

The Redmond company indicates that the authors of Alureon are working to upgrade older versions of the rootkit to the most recent builds, which are better equipped to dodge antivirus products. The April version of the MSRT cleaned Alureon from 262,969 machines, namely 37% less compared with May. As far as the MSRT May malware families go, Alureon has climbed to the first spot, the software giant notes.

Continuing the trend from last month, more than three-quarters of the infections occur on machines running Windows XP. This is likely due to better security in the later versions of the Microsoft Windows operating systems. The dominance of XP SP3 can be attributed to the combination of the above in conjunction with its high prevalence of use, Johnson adds.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-7...2841.shtml




Microsoft reannounces its exFAT file format is available for licensing | All about Microsoft | ZDNet.com

Microsoft has been licensing its exFAT flash file format for licensing for a while now. In case you forgot, on December 10, the company reminded folks that exFAT is available for licensing.
exFAT, or EXtended File Allocation Table, is an enhanced version of the FAT file system from Microsoft that uses less overhead than the Windows NTFS file system. It extends the maximum file size of 4GB in FAT32 to virtually unlimited. exFAT is part of part of Windows CE and Windows client.
Microsoft officials said that Sony, Canon and Sanyo already have signed IP licensing agreements for exFAT. And SanDisk, “as a member of the SD Card Association and the Memory Stick standard, has endorsed the adoption of exFAT file system for use in the new extra capacity storage media.” Microsoft didn’t mention today that open-source vendor Tuxera also is one of the licensees of exFAT.
Microsoft plans to continue to license the older FAT format alongside exFAT, a company spokesperson told me. (No surprise there; just ask TomTom.)There is a $300,000 flat free to license exFAT for certain consumer device categories, including cameras, camcorders and digital photo frames, with volume-based pricing available for those who want to license it for mobile phones, PCs and networks, the spokesperson added.
So what’s the thinking behind today’s reannouncement? “Today marks our efforts to build awareness of the overall exFAT licensing program,” the spokesperson said.




From Windows 7 RTM to Codenamed Motegi - Microsoft indicates strong commitment for embedded partners - Softpedia

As far as Microsoft is concerned, Windows 7 did in no way stop with the October 22nd official client launch, which followed the release of Windows Server 2008 R2 (formerly codenamed Windows 7 Server). In fact, the Redmond company still has to deliver operating systems based on the Windows 7 code, and is wasting little time in doing so. One such example is Windows Embedded Standard 2011, the componentized version of Windows 7 for specialized devices. But there is more from the Redmond company coming for embedded partners and customers.

December 10 marks the 10th anniversary of the Windows Embedded Partner Program (WEPP), and Microsoft notes that participating partners will be able to enjoy additional benefits as the next-generation program will be rolled out. There are currently over 650 companies that are an integral part of WEPP.

The goal of the Windows Embedded Partner Program is to ensure that OEMs have strong support from our extensive ecosystem to help reduce development time and associated costs as they bring innovative Windows Embedded-based consumer and enterprise devices to market,” Olivier Fontana, group marketing manager for Windows Embedded at Microsoft, stated.

Early adopters can already start test-driving Windows Embedded Standard 2011 community technology preview (CTP), but also leverage the Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 (already released to manufacturing), as well as the RTM’d next-generation platforms for Windows Embedded Server and Windows Embedded Enterprise .




http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/f...=Top%20Stories

GameWear Inc. is one of many small and midsize businesses already realizing cost savings and productivity improvements with Windows 7.
REDMOND, Wash. — Dec. 18, 2009 — Walk into Frank Cerullo’s office, a stone’s throw from the Hudson River in Hoboken, N.J., and you might think you’ve encountered the ultimate sports fanatic. Logos of every major league team adorn the walls of GameWear Inc., Cerullo’s booming business. The company sells team-branded bracelets, necklaces, key chains, and MP3-player, cell-phone and smartphone cases that are made from the same leathers and stitching used to make baseballs, basketballs and footballs.
But, like a lot of burgeoning businesses, GameWear has experienced its share of growing pains, including some of the IT variety. For example, the company has more than 4,000 stock-keeping units (known as SKUs), and associated with each are at least four types of product images. “We have 10 different varieties of bracelets just for the Phillies,” says Cerullo. “When a retailer calls asking for a photo they can put in their catalog, we have to quickly locate the right photo and graphics.”




http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/p...0wepp10pr.mspx

Windows Embedded Partner Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Enhancements to Help Microsoft Ecosystem Support the Latest Windows 7 Technologies
REDMOND, Wash. — Dec. 10, 2009 — Today, Microsoft Corp. celebrated the 10-year anniversary of its Windows Embedded Partner Program (WEPP) by announcing the next-generation program for participating partners, building on its recent release of Windows 7 technologies to manufacturers of specialized devices with new resources for its global ecosystem. Since the program’s inception, WEPP has grown to more than 650 partners globally, including silicon vendors, independent software vendors, systems integrators, design houses and user experience designers, independent hardware vendors, and training partners in countries such as the U.S., China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the U.K., India, Russia, Germany and France. For its anniversary, WEPP is continuing to address the evolving needs of OEMs and partners working with Windows Embedded platforms to deliver reliable consumer and enterprise devices with rich user experiences and connections to the world of Windows.
“The goal of the Windows Embedded Partner Program is to ensure that OEMs have strong support from our extensive ecosystem to help reduce development time and associated costs as they bring innovative Windows Embedded-based consumer and enterprise devices to market,” said Olivier Fontana, director, partner and regional marketing, Windows Embedded business at Microsoft. “Through the updates to the program, Windows Embedded will better serve its global ecosystem by providing partners with tools and information to help meet the needs of their customers during every phase of the specialized device development life cycle.”
Recently, Microsoft released Windows 7 technologies to OEMs of specialized devices through the Windows Embedded Standard 2011 community technology preview (CTP), release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3, and RTMs of the next-generation platforms for Windows Embedded Server and Windows Embedded Enterprise. Microsoft also recently realigned its automotive business within Windows Embedded to capitalize on the synergies between the two business units and leverage the extended, global partner ecosystem of Windows Embedded. The current release of Microsoft Auto (version 4.1) and the next generation of Microsoft Auto, which will be announced in 2010 and is currently code-named “Motegi,” underscore Microsoft’s commitment to the market.
To ensure confidence in these new platforms and technologies, Microsoft will be providing all Windows Embedded and Microsoft Auto partners with extensive training opportunities, ranging from online briefings to hands-on labs. Gold members also will receive a free MSDN Premium subscription, providing simplified access to Microsoft tools and technologies plus Windows Embedded platforms and technologies.
WEPP will continue to help partners stay connected to the global ecosystem through regularly scheduled regional partner summits and briefings, as well as dedicated regional partner marketing managers. Summits and briefings offer partners the opportunity to meet distributors, members of the Windows Embedded product teams and other partners, while regional managers provide support and guidance to help them establish connections in the growing ecosystem. WEPP members also will have the opportunity to collaborate with Windows 7 partners within the Microsoft Partner Network interested in Windows Embedded technologies. Additional information on Windows Embedded outreach efforts with Microsoft Partner Network members can be found at https://partner.microsoft.com/global...ons/psembedded.
All WEPP updates will go into effect in January 2010, including a standardized, points-based system to ensure consistency in rating Gold- and Silver-level members worldwide, helping OEMs identify and establish relationships that meet their unique business needs. Microsoft also will encourage partners and distributors to take an integrated business approach that will assist OEMs in delivering differentiated devices with compelling, immersive and connected user experiences.




http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windo...r-129930.shtml

For the next five years, Microsoft will be serving an update to all supported Windows clients in an attempt to promote end user choice when it comes down to the default browser associated with the operating system. The European Antitrust Commission accepted a solution proposed by Microsoft, designed to boost competition on the web browser market on December 16th 2009, noting that the decision it adopted renders legally binding commitments offered by the software giant. The Redmond company will offer a Choice Screen to Windows users in Europe via Windows Update, allowing them to choose Internet Explorer, or a rival product, as the default browser of their platform.

"Millions of European consumers will benefit from this decision by having a free choice about which web browser they use. Such choice will not only serve to improve people's experience of the internet now but also act as an incentive for web browser companies to innovate and offer people better browsers in the future," Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes says.

The decision forces Microsoft to offer the Choice Screen update for the next five years, the European Union regulators underlined, and will impact all users in the European Economic Area. For the time being, the updates served through WU will be offered to EEA customers running Windows 7 RTM, Windows Vista (including SP2) and Windows XP (including SP3). However, due to the consistent time span, the Choice Screen is also bound to be made available through the Windows Update mechanisms to users of the next version of Windows, namely Windows 8, expected to be launched no later than three years after Windows 7, sometime in the 2011-2012 timeframe.

“The Web browser measures cover the inclusion of Internet Explorer in Windows for users in Europe—specifically the region known as the European Economic Area, which includes 30 nations. Under today’s resolution, Microsoft commits that PC manufacturers and users will continue to be able to install any browser on top of Windows, to make any browser the default browser on new PCs, and to turn access to Internet Explorer on or off. In addition, Microsoft will send a “browser choice” screen to Windows users who are running Internet Explorer as their default browser. This browser choice screen will present a list of browsers, making it easy for users to install any one of them. It will be provided both to users of new computers and to the installed base of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 computers in Europe where Internet Explorer is set as the default browser,” revealed Brad Smith, senior vice president and general counsel, Microsoft.

Via the Choice Screen, EEA customers will have the ability to select one or multiple items from a list of up to a dozen web browsers, including Internet Explorer, but also Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, and Opera. In addition, original equipment manufacturers will have a choice of whether to turn IE on or off, and install another default browser instead, with Microsoft getting no say in this. Windows 7 already allows users to switch IE8 off and on, and it’s bound that Windows 8 will feature similar functionality.




For being the fastest growing server product at Microsoft, SharePoint is still largely misunderstood. There’s no question its one of Microsoft’s most important enterprise products, contributing more than $1 billion to the company’s coffers. Yet, as CEO Steve Ballmer himself acknowledged this week, SharePoint an “unsung hero.”
In part, SharePoint is unsung because it’s a complex and ambitious product. It’s not just a content management system or an enterprise social-networking product, or an intranet search system. It’s six different servers bundled into a single back-end for Microsoft Office. There are thousands of Microsoft employees working on 40 different teams contributing to the product. It has provided system integrators, consultants and other partners with a lot of business because it has been tricky to deploy, maintain and customize.
(As my ZDNet blogging colleague David Greenberg noted this week, it’s not the cost of SharePoint server and the associated client-access licenses that are the biggest ticket items. He noted that a new InfoTrends survey found the biggest SharePoint-related expenditures were servers and storage, deployment/assessment services, development/maintenance services, i/o hardware (e.g. scanners, MFPs), and additional software.)

More...........What makes Microsoft's SharePoint tick? | All about Microsoft | ZDNet.com




Under certain circumstances, Microsoft's recently launched Security Essentials (MSE) security solution fails to download updates for several days, despite new anti-virus signatures being available on the server. As a result, the software no longer offers adequate protection against new malware. These are the results found in tests run by The H's associates at heise Security for the latest edition of the computer magazine c't.

The tests showed that, despite being connected to the Internet, under certain circumstance MSE fails to download updates for up to seven days. The phenomenon was reproducible, occurring, for example, on a laptop which was regularly placed in sleep mode by closing the lid. On resuming from sleep mode every day, MSE assured the user, even after more than an hour online, that anti-virus and spyware signatures were up to date and that the user was protected.

More........Microsoft anti-virus software dawdles over updates - The H Security: News and Features




hey guys i just got home and found an interesting email in my inbox telling me that i can download the 2010 tech preview heres most of the email

Welcome! We are pleased to invite you into the Technical Preview program to be among the first people in the world to experience Microsoft® Office 2010.
The following link will bring you to Microsoft Connect, where you will find downloads available for early, pre-release versions of Microsoft Office 2010 products. You will also find product information and have the chance to participate in newsgroups to engage with our product teams and other program participants. Please note that there is no technical support offered for this program.
To get started, please click on the link below. This is a one-time-use only url associated with this e-mail address, so it cannot be shared with others to join the program. This will bring you to the Connect site where you will need to sign in with your Windows Live ID account. If you do not have a Windows Live ID, you can create one from the Connect site.
Your ticket to the Technical Preview:

Accept the Invitation
or copy the following URL and paste it into your Web browser's address bar:
http://xxxxxxxx.xxxxx/xxxxx/xxxx/xxxxx (oops didnt mean that to be a link)

Thank you for your participation!
The Microsoft Office team you get given a key to office 2010 pro both 64 and 32bit
as well as alot of other office 2010 programs like visio

and here are the upgrade info:

Upgrades

The Office client upgrade scenarios are as follows:
A 32-bit 2007 Office system installation can be upgraded to 32-bit Office 2010. A 2007 Office system running on a 64-bit Windows operating system cannot be upgraded to 64-bit Office 2010. and the rest is straight foward it downloads in microsoft's file transfer manger and pro is 535.9mb

sorry if this is old or anything oh and the email came from microsoft connect




Hello:

I have a unusual problem and I'm seeking guidance on resolving it. I am a musician and this is a problem associated with the use of my DAW and activating a recent plug-in purchase.

Background: About 6 months ago I purchased a Windows 7 upgrade: to upgrade from Vista. I didn'trealize at the time that the Windows 7 upgrade would not totally replace Vista (i.e. be a clean install). In essence the upgrade set up a separate partition with Vista existing in one partition and Windows 7 in another partition. I have since set up my Cubase 6.5 and all my plug-ins on the Windowspartition without incident and everything runs well for my single songwriter setup, even though it is an older Core 2 processor.

My problem: For Xmas, I decided to purchase a Waves plug-in to use for mixing audio. I made the purchase and attempted to download the plug-in using the Waves V9 installer. V9 downloads and installs correctly HOWEVER: and here it where it gets weird: the Waves License Center does not recognize the partition where Cubase 6.5 is installed (i.e. the Windows 7 partition on my H: Drive). Instead it only recognizes the partition where Vista is installed (C: Drive). The bottom line is that the Waves plugin cannot be activated because it does not recognize V9 where the Cubase and the Waves
plug-in are installed.

Efforts to Date: I worked with Waves yesterday and after extensive attempts to get the Waves License Center to recognize the H: Drive (to no avail), we decided to
download the activation code to a USB drive. However, the problem there is that I still must use the Waves License Center to activate the plug-in and the Waves License Center is saying that it does not recognize the USB drive. What a dilemna.

Alternatives: As I see it, I have the
following alternatives:

a. Wipe out 6 months of work, reformat
everything, buy a single license of W7 and start over. (Ugghhh.)

b. Go back to Waves to see if there is any way that the USB Drive can be recognized by V9 on the H partition.

c.Try to get Cubase 6.5 to open on my C Drive with Vista as the operating system (don't know if this is feasible), and authorize the Waves plug-in from my C: Drive. Once
authorized, my problem might be resolved. The problem with this approach is that Cubase relies on files in the Hrive Windows 32 sub-folder to execute. I am not an expert in this, and have serious reservations about copying and pasting files from the current H: partition to the C: partition without hearing from others who may be able to shed some
light on the potential risks and benefits of this alternative.

d. Contacting Microsoft to see if there is any way that the H: Drive can be recognized as the computer HD instead of the C: Drive.

I really need some help with this one. Any thoughts from techies on the forum would be appreciated.

Thanks, Joe




In the old Microsoft Word 2003, the user is capable of printing an address on the envelope with an associated bar-code to make the USPS sending process go much faster. I believe this was accessed through E-postage properties.

On Word 2007, for some reason, the same functionality is absent. Word 2007 allows you to print an address, however; only absent the bar code. Is there a way to put this functionality back in 2007 or is there an alternative way to activate it?

When accessing E-postage properties through the 2007 version, it's saying that you have to install a third party application. That's funny, because that's not what results when this same option is selected through the 2003 version.




Hello all,

I have been using an arduino ethernet for a few days and everything worked well. While uploading a sketch (arduino code) i received an error stating that the arduino was no longer connected to COM 4. I opened up the device manager, the arduino wasn't connected was there even though there was a USB connecting the arduino to the computer. Confused, I unplugged and replugged the USB cable to the arduino. The arduino showed up under COM and LPT devices. However, there was not a COM port associated with it (instead of "Arduino (COM 4)" it just stated "Arduino"). I tried manually setting one (Properties -> Port Settings -> advanced), but every time I click the okay button under advanced settings to make the arduino COM 4 (which is not being used by other programs), I get a windows error stating "Microsoft Management Console has stopped working", and nothing gets changed.

I've been trying to Google my problem, but searching COM port leads to TCP/IP port settings (even with "" marks around COM port) and I can't find anything.

I have also tried uninstalling the drivers and re installing with the latest drivers. The device manager states that everything is working fine and the "This device is working properly".

I searched on this site and found this post (Serial port problem- can't see assignments). It is related but not exactly what I am looking for. Plus, the arduino is visible, it just doesn't have a COM port assigned

Can someone please help me get my arduino communicating with windows again?

Thanks,
Matt




Hi guys,
i am new to windows 7, just upgraded to windows 7 pro ...
i have encounter a problem where when i right click "My Computer" and click on "Manage" ... an error regarding file associate popped up ... but i am able to open through Control Panel ... (this problem did not occur few days back) ...

will try to attach my Recorded Problem Steps here ...
Attachment 4241

do hope there is a solution to it, else it would be a hassle using device manager ..
thanks in advance ...




hi,

Over the course of several weeks I've been having hangs when Vista starts up. On the BIOs screen, during the loading of the OS and on the desk top. It will hang in excess of 5 minutes at all three of these locations. The problem moves around. Also I've had problems installing a hard drive. All of these are USB related. The hard drive would not install with two USBs in the PC. The hangs are associated with a document text in the PNY 4GB attache Ready Boost USB I have permanently installed in my system. The document has been deleted. I have removed the second USB. The system is booting again correctly but I believe this is short term and will return. Anyone have anything on this? Looks like a driver problem in the OS to me. Might be a hub problem or something related.

omega




Hello everyone,

In Windows XP (32-bit), I used a great program called OpenExpert (link) to add an "Open With" submenu to Explorer's right-click context menu. You could add any number of programs to this menu for each file type. (Example: for videos, I could open with Windows Media Player or VLC; for PNGs I could choose the default picture/fax viewer or Fireworks.)
The utility hasn't been updated since 2002, though, and it is not compatible with 64-bit Windows 7 (I have Windows 7 build 7600).

So, I have two questions:
(1) How can I better customize the existing Open With submenu? I see there's a "set default program" option, but I just want to add things to the list, not set an association.
(2) Does anyone know of any similar software that is compatible with Windows 7 64-bit?

Any tips are greatly appreciated. Thanks.




This article describes a hotfix that enables a Windows 7-based or Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer to create a memory dump file even when there is no page file on the computer.

Currently, the computer must have at least one page file to create a dump file even though the system uses the dedicated dump file feature. Therefore, if there is no page file on the computer, the computer cannot create the memory dump file when the system crashes.

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft website: Microsoft Support (Microsoft Support)

Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must be running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. Additionally, you must configure a valid dedicated dump file on the computer so that the computer can create a memory dump file even when there is no page file available.

For more information about how to obtain a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 976932 (Information about Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2 )
Information about Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2
Registry information

To apply this hotfix, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.File information

The global version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 file information notes

Important Windows 7 hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.
The files that apply to a specific product, SR_Level (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table: Collapse this tableExpand this table

Version Product Milestone Service branch 6.1.760 1.17xxx Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 GDR 6.1.760 1.21xxx Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 LDR GDR service branches contain only those fixes that are widely released to address widespread, critical issues. LDR service branches contain hotfixes in addition to widely released fixes.The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2" section. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintaining the state of the updated component. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7

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File name File version File size Date Time Crashdmp.sys 6.1.7601.17857 35,184 06-Jun-2012 05:18 Crashdmp.sys 6.1.7601.22012 35,184 06-Jun-2012 04:33 Ntkrnlpa.exe 6.1.7601.17857 3,968,368 06-Jun-2012 05:19 Ntoskrnl.exe 6.1.7601.17857 3,913,072 06-Jun-2012 05:19 Ntkrnlpa.exe 6.1.7601.22012 3,971,952 06-Jun-2012 04:34 Ntoskrnl.exe 6.1.7601.22012 3,916,656 06-Jun-2012 04:34
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2

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File name File version File size Date Time Crashdmp.sys 6.1.7601.17857 39,280 06-Jun-2012 06:29 Crashdmp.sys 6.1.7601.22012 39,280 06-Jun-2012 05:43 Ntoskrnl.exe 6.1.7601.17857 5,559,664 06-Jun-2012 06:29 Ntoskrnl.exe 6.1.7601.22012 5,561,200 06-Jun-2012 05:43
For all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2

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File name File version File size Date Time Crashdmp.sys 6.1.7601.17857 78,704 06-Jun-2012 04:45 Crashdmp.sys 6.1.7601.22012 78,704 06-Jun-2012 04:21 Ntoskrnl.exe 6.1.7601.17857 11,117,936 06-Jun-2012 04:46 Ntoskrnl.exe 6.1.7601.22012 11,127,152 06-Jun-2012 04:21

Reference and download:

A hotfix is available that enables a Windows 7-based or Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer to create a memory dump file without a page file




Google and HTC to Create Chrome OS Tablet | TechTremor.com

Everyone and their uncle went out and started conjuring up tablets after Steve Jobs annouced the iPad. It comes as no surprise that the tag team super stars, HTC and Google, will team up yet again to hopefully put the hurt on Apple. By the shear look of the device it seems these two aimed their cross-hairs right into apples neck of the woods. The ammunition? The first of the Chrome OS Tablets.
With the impressive adoption of Android; users already associate big expectations in a HTC/Google device. Its almost the same euphoria that Apple users get when that shiny new iPhone or iPad hits the showroom. This ultimate user experience is what continues to pin Apple and Google against each other. Im sure the new Chrome Tablet will only follow suit.
The device is said to be outfitted with Googles Chrome OS, not to be confused with Android. Its a completely web driven operating system. It leverages online software such as Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Voice, Google Reader, and more, to create a desktop like experience from a simple web browser. Theres no need to install apps, or store files. The device saves everything to the cloud, youre online hard drive, if you will. Those files and services are then able to be replicated no matter what device or computer you access. Providing you have an internet connection of course.
Its not going to be long before these two lock up in the epic tablet battle. In the next few months well be able to size up this new Chrome Tablet a little better and determine whos got the longer reach.




This part is never easy... I write this post in a saddened tone, if a tone could be added to words typed in a word processor. My main system, housing most of my support utilities, files, information, music, games, pictures, and all sorts of fantastic things is on its death bed. Prognosis: Hard drive cleared; CPU fan dead

According to Murphy’s Law, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”, and this certainly applies to this system. Built with the highest quality parts and assembled with the greatest diligence, the Achilles heel of this system was its creator. A vow made never to buy new parts for 10 years is now broken.

An unlocked Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition with a $20 heatsink/fan. A dead fan. It had been dying for weeks. And finally, after I realized my Windows Side-by-Side manifest had been corrupted due to power failures associated with the failure of my UPS system several months ago, this was the nail in the coffin.

Ironically, in a video I had made, showcasing the diagnostic utilities one can use to identify the hardware and software of their system, and relay it to others, I noticed something while making this video. My CPU was idling at 70/80C. I was so busy doing other things, creating graphics, responding to messages, checking service packs, installing virtual machines, that it was placed on my to-do list.

The to-do list that came and went far too late.

As it so happened, I did check the internals of my system, and what I found was punishing. While my backup system is a i7-920 idling around 20C with a high quality cooling system and conventional hard drives, this system had a fan and heatsink teetering on the brink of self-destruction. How long was this happening? Weeks? Months? Was my processor clocking itself down to compensate? The silence of the solid state drives served a newfound and deadly purpose: I could no longer determine a change in any sound if my CPU fan inexplicably stopped working. And it certainly stopped working.

With Windows needing to be re-installed due to problems from power failures that occurred months ago, I checked the internals… in a haste, I tried to release the fan from the bondage of the dust or debris that must have been causing its malfunction. An incorrect assessment, as soon after, I placed the fan back into the chassis and noticed its 200 RPM speed. Its slow, songbird twilight wind was masking the harsh reality of this spinning fan. At the center of its axis, the most tremendous heat could be felt, as it was surely struggling to spin at the highest possible speed. No doubt, the motherboard was sending heavy voltage to the device to increase its speed due to the CPU temperature overload – but it could not compensate.

And now… with the CPU gone, the operating system obliterated, and much of my work destroyed, I await new equipment. It’s not like I had not planned for disaster to strike. I knew that all equipment does eventually fall into disrepair. All systems fail. I had no idea of how quickly it could sweep from underneath me, like a tyrant once again.

Now, stuck on backup equipment, with sub-standard software, and limited capabilities, I have ordered new equipment. But my primary system will never be the same. While I mitigated as much data loss as I could, my two-years of Windows 7 stability has come to an end. Days will be spent restoring my ability to manufacturer even the smallest graphic, or to change even one line of code. A history of files that survived additions and removals from various motherboards, RAID controllers, and so on… all is gone. And the need for a better heatsink and fan ever vexing me, as I am unable to do much but type…

Times like these can often remind us of how much we rely on our computer systems for work, play, news, information, media, and so forth. Without this computer, I feel as though my car died in the middle of the desert. And there is nothing in that car but ice cream.

Now, it is up to me to bring it back. Of course, I will. The installation of a new back plate, the careful recoating of the processor with Artic Silver 5, and the placement of a better heatsink and fan combo will ease the shock to my system, assuming no shock occurs to my other system. For so much as I tried to fortify my backup devices from harm, the main system itself had inadequate protection.

Or perhaps it just was Murphy’s Law. Either way, a system is down today, and it is hoped to be repaired soon. I only hope the CPU is not irrevocably damaged. But from all system failures comes a lesson. I will have to check the internal integrity of my system at least once a week, from top to bottom, to ensure its ultimate reliability.


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