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Hi there I hope someone knows this but is there a good software out there that helps you set policy and restrictions on your PC? Like Novell but less expensive and for your desktop.

I have found a couple but it does not have things like disallowing someone to use f8 or anything like it to by pass the secruity. Like to know that when the software is install the user cannot temp with the setting before windows 7 boots up. I remember that with Novell you can't do anything like that it just boots up and then you have to log in.

Anyway let me know what adminstration software has this feature and one that is not so expensive! $69 is around how much it cost for this for the other ones I found..

Here is one that I found but like to know if there are better ones? with more features. A Kiosk mode will be nice.
1st Security Agent - security and password tools - free downloads

Also there is siteKiosk 8 but it has update fees if you want to upgrade to the next version like from 7x to 8 then for non profit you pay $49 that is expensive!


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.

Hopefully someone here can help me.

I'll start out with the system specs. I'm running a Mac Pro with a bootcamp partition and Windows 7. I was really starting to like Windows 7 until I got into the personalization of it. The previous partition was XP and I had no problem customizing the HUD as the day was long. This new 'fangled windows is giving me a run for my money. The problems are in two parts:

1) When attempting to replace the ExplorerFrame.dll file in System32, obviously I get the 'You need permission to perform this action' when I go to drag/drop/replace the file. I've googled until I'm blue in the face. I've installed a menu option on my right click that 'Takes Ownership' when I click it. Doesn't work. I've gone through the Properties>Security Tab>Edit and gave both "Administrators (Fifth-PCAdministrators)" full control as well as the "Users (Fifth-PCUsers) just in case I was confused as to which one I was. No luck. I've googled and done things like
How to replace Explorer.exe in Windows 7? | Windows 7 Themes
where you run a cmd window to set permission to you. Fails miserably. I downloaded a program called 'Unlocker' because one site said it was the end all be all for getting rid of that error message. Downloaded, installed and set the entire System32 file to be unlocked. Nothing. Useless entirely. I opted for
Properties>Security Tab>Advanced>Owner Tab> and began switching between "Fifth the user and "Fifth" the admin furiously in hope that it would work. I still get the needing permission error when attempting to replace the file.

It has, however, worked one time. In a fit of rage and boredom I went through the same Properties>Security Tab>Advanced>Owner Tab> about 20 times and by sheer miraculous aid from the Gods, it worked one time. And I am now stuck with about the most unflattering replacement file I've ever seen. You should see it, the little back and forth buttons are barely even there. It's hideous really.

2) When attempting to replace a theme. I've patched the three files that I'm supposed to patch from what Google tells me with several programs now. In hopes that switching programs maybe meant more 'correct' patching. I've used 'Universal Theme Patcher' as well as UxStyle Core to patch. Universal Theme patcher verifies that themeservice.dll, themeui.dll and uxtheme.dll are all patched. I go on to the next step of 'download some random theme, take the theme file and drop that bad boy into C:/windows/resources/themes then go into Personalization in control panel and double click the theme' correct? Well when doing that, the themes show up under 'installed themes' with the correct name and everything. It's just that no matter what I dowload, the theme is a black background with clear glass like window color. Wouldn't really call it a theme. I've even gone so far as to find themes with crazy colors like this:

Alternative for Windows 7 by ~oliver182 on deviantART

just to see if it would even change color and verify that my computer is stupid.

I know there's something really lame I'm overlooking. Hopefully someone can point it out and make fun of me.


Hi all,

I have a bit of a problem with windows 7 professional x64.

When I first installed it some time ago I was able to set up a homegroup and share files on my home network with another win 7 pc and an xbox with no problems at all. All was good until I had to reinstall windows on my machine yesterday. For some reason when I go to the home group settings so I can chose what to share, I tick all the boxes and click save and when I go back to it all the boxes are unticked except for the streaming one.

Also if I want to manually share something on the network, and I rightclick on it and go share with specific people and I try to select the homegroup I get an error saying "windows was unable to find" but it doesn't tell me what windows was looking for in the first place.

Also if I try to acces the other computer over the network, I get a window asking me for user name and password. I didn't used to have such a thing the first time around. I don't understand what has happened and how to fix it.

I have first disabled then uninstalled completely my kaspersky internet security 2010 to no avail. I have deleted the files in the PeerNetworking folder to no avail. I don't seem to be able to get it going.

Has anyone come across this and if you fixed it can you please help me?



Look, I've been poking around this site for a bit now- not to mention about the web in general- and, I'm sure that somewhere, there might actually be a straight-forward answer to this (no doubt here-but, again, I couldn't seem to find it)- so, please forgive me for what is probably (yet another) - dumb question, but, can someone please tell me, in plain English exactly what my rights are concerning this software?

To be more precise:

When my family purchased the full OS of XP, we knew and understood that we were given the right to place this OS onto up to 3 computers (so long as they belonged to us). FURTHERMORE, once we had upgraded to Vista, we were allowed the right to pass this software on to someone else...
In other words, it went with the disk- so long as no more than 3 computers were registered with that particular OS-disk, and all three of those rightfully belong to the person in question then, it was our understanding that everything was legal- fair use and all of that....
This does NOT seem to be the case with Windows 7.
It fact, with Windows 7 all we seem to keep finding is more and more confusion concerning our rights and fair usage...
Look, we've NEVER pirated- nor would we want to, but the simple fact of the matter is that we are all completely and utterly in the dark here. And, we just want a couple of questions answered.

Because there are two people in our household- we have purchased 2 Full Windows 7 Home Premiums on the understanding that things now go with the individual and not the hardware with that purchase.(Upgrades and OEM versions go with the Motherboard-understood)- but here's the question:

Let's say that I'm an amateur/homebrew IT person (just trying to keep his computer and mine running), and, let's suppose that as such, I'm going to make mistakes- many of which may indeed require me to employ the "final solution" (ie- wipe the drive and re-install), let us also- for just a moment imagine that some of the various pieces and parts of said home-built machines might actually be replaced over the years.....

Does Windows 7 actually limit the number of times that registration of said system when it's the same one?
Does it go by the person or the system, and if it's the system, which part is it?
And, if it's the person, 1) what in the hell am I supposed to do here?
How many times may I actually install this OS into my system (I'm not kidding, is it really only a limited amount- even after paying for what YOU called an "unlimited OS"?)
If I upgrade something in my system, how many problems can I expect due to your DRM?
Are you really going to expect another $300 every time my husband opens up some malware-laden POS e-mail from his mother?

Seriously.... Don't try to shunt me off onto the EULA (Defeats the purpose of the question- since it seems that what I want is an actual translation thereof!)
Point is?
What Can I do with this Windows 7 Full OS, and what can't I do?

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!

Hello all,

I've noticed alot of people wondering if they'll be able to simply Upgrade from the RC to the Final Retail version once it goes live on October 22nd, 2009.

Short answer: NO..

You will have to do a Clean Install to go from the RC to the Final Retail Version.. An upgrade just won't work.. So my advice is to start creating backups of all your personal files now so once the Retail goes live your all set to go and won't need to spend hours burning stuff before installing..

Now, this is where you need to remember the little "Upgrade Media Trick" so you don't end up spending more money on Windows 7 than you really have to.. Refer to the following thread for the Guide on "How to perform a Clean Install using the Upgrade Media": Info regarding Upgrade Media..

This trick will allow you to purchase the Upgrade version of Windows 7 and still be able to perform a Clean Install.. Thus saving you a good chunk of money and still allowing you to enjoy the benefits of a Clean Install..

My apologies if this thread is a tad repetitive but I felt it was neccessary as the same questions are being asked over and over in various sections of the forum.. Hopefully this clears things up a bit..

Cheers for now!

So i play CA (Combat arms, a first person shooter) at around 30-50 frames per second.
sometimes with tweaks i can get to around 43-57 consistent frames per second.
On three different computer i have had One moment of insane and godly frames per second around 300-400frames per second

-First time was on my macbook(Dual core 2.6ish GHz /Nvidia, 256 dedicated RAM/ 4GB RAM/)
I installed bootcamp and after a year or so of consistent lagging around 60 frames per second i was lagging in combat arms more , so i reinstalled my Nvidia graphics driver
After i reinstalled i was able to play CA On full graphics Anti-asling x8 anisotropy x8
overall settings high, and still run at around 200+ frames per second
On CA, fallout 3 new vegas, and some others.
As soon as i restarted my laptop it was back to same old laggy 50-60 frames per second.

-On a Metal laptop I had (for like 3 months before i discovered that buzzing feeling was the comp shocking me for those months)I was playing and randomly one night it started running at insane frames per second, i dont remember too much but it was fallout 3 on low then, full graphics.

And most recent on my current AMD quad core:
I was playing laggy games around 20-30 frames per second with lots of freezes.
I reinstalled my graphics drivers and instantly my games were running full graphics and the insane 200-300 frames per second.
Now currently I am running at 30-50 frames per second with rarely any freezes.

MY current laptop: CA 25-55 frames per second
Gateway - Windows 7 home premium 64 BIT
AMD Quadcore 1.5Ghz A8-3500m
4GB RAM DDR3, I did have 6GB but i gave 2GB to my Brother, it only caused me to be at current lower -10 frames per second.
640GB HardDrive space
AMD 6620G, 512 dedicated ram.
1366 x 768 and my VGA Display 1360 x 768.

Macbook/bootcamp:CA 30-80 frames per second
Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
dual core 2.6ish GHz
256 dedicated RAM
250HD space
Gamebooster report has more info

Programs & settings I use
- I sometimes use Gamebooster which gives me +5-10fps
- I also have been trying recently the
windows media player booster program with no signs of fps gain.
- I have fully updated windows 7
- I just now reinstalled my graphics driver with no improvement.
- I reinstalled CA alot and do gain too around consistent 50-65 frames per second frames per second for like 3 days.
-I used overdrive for month and it hurt my comp
It did not boost me and it caused my games to jitter and screech, it also caused my laptop to have other erratic problems
(I even set it to run at just over 100% CPU and had same effects)
I run on the lowest graphics on CA and AMD AMD is set to no v-sync, no antiasling, no anisotropy no triple buffer, and such with 30-50 frames still.
- I have tried in lower resolution screens with only small 10 frames per second.
- I have defragged.

-On the macbook and this AMD quad core i had been playing for over 10 hours
one person told me it takes times for the comp to heat up and then it will run faster
(Problem is I play around 14 hours per day, and it does get faster but only up to around +10 frames and MUCH faster loading speeds)
If this is true, then how could i implement this and keep my comp in correct temperature.
(I have a fan and when i rarely have used it I think it slows my comp down)

-MY CPUs on this quad core never go above 25%
my GPU according to system monitor Gets maxed out during current CA gameplay
Maybe i can somehow get my comp to use my CPUs instead of my GPU?

-I heard the having 3D vision installed on the Nvidia computers sometimes lags people up so i made sure to disable featues like that when i reinstalled, but im not sure if i disabled anything, maybe you know of some feature i should disable.

I think it was prob some feature/setting not being installed with my drivers.
or some setting put in by windows the the AMD/Nvidia driver messed with.
(maybe reinstalling cleared a cache that lags me)

Why it cant be some things.
-I was not running game booster or any program like that.
-I was not running on low graphics i was running on max, after i saw that i was running so fast on low graphics, in attempt to sea how much it could handle.
I had no overdrive.
-I did no hardware changes at all within at least 1-2 months of the 3 incidents.
(probably longer like 1 year)
-I have reinstalled my windows 7 comp and instantly installed CA and then played it with only consistent 50-60 frames.
-Its not CA because i have tried reinstalling and then not installing CA and still ran slow on fallout 3, and even Runescape.
-I have played on no page file, and on 7GB page file
-I have tried turning off themes, running gamebooster, defragging. and it is pretty smooth but still a measly 43-60 frames per second.
-I was playing On 1280 X 800 res during incident.
I defragment.
Current game speeds
Skyrim 30-40frames per second
None of the weak fixes are what im after im after those moments of pure..........insanity...
Where i had 300-400 frames per second.
but maybe a weak fix will be all i need to tide it over.

I got 10 headshots in a row easily on CA where 10 headshots in a row is as rare as winning lottery.

I dont want to post this and watch it get ignored like most forums.

I know its possible because it happened to me three times, and on this AMD laptop.

I dont think this is a gaming topic because its about graphics, not a specific game.

It also effected the rest of my system at least a little, that i could load games and such faster.

This is unrelated to this problem but im thinking about buying a 8GB RAM stick for my laptop i just want to know how much would that help. My teacher said that upgrading the ram will speed up my computer ALOT. (RAM is Cheap and yet expensive, I need a cheap 8GB high quality stick, said $45 and at Freys instore it was like $25ish, but its like 100miles away now)

I have my CISCO IT essentials so i can easily handle windows tasks and i already have used MANY different tweaks of Regitry, and other system tweaks.




Game Booster Diagnose Report v1.0
Date: 2012/06/26 08:08:20

01 - Operating System

0101 - Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120503-2030)
0102 - Language : English (Regional Setting: English)
0103 - BIOS : InsydeH2O Version CCB.03.61.13V1.04
0104 - Processor : AMD A8-3500M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics (4 CPUs), ~1.5GHz
0105 - Memory : 4096MB RAM
0106 - Available OS Memory : 3562MB RAM
0107 - Page File : 1603MB used, 5520MB available
0108 - Windows Dir : C:Windows
0109 - DirectX Version : DirectX 11
0110 - DX Setup Parameters : Not found
0111 - User DPI Setting : 96 DPI (100 percent)
0112 - System DPI Setting : 96 DPI (100 percent)
0113 - DWM DPI Scaling : Disabled
0114 - DxDiag Version : 6.01.7601.17514

02 - Processor

0201 - Caption : AMD A8-3500M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics x4 ~1500MHz
0202 - Current Clock Speed : 1500MHz
0203 - L1 Cache : 512.00 KB
0204 - L2 Cache : 4.00 MB

03 - Video Adapter

0301 - Card Name : AMD Radeon HD 6620G
0302 - Manufacturer : Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
0303 - Chip Type : ATI display adapter (0x9641)
0304 - DAC Type : Internal DAC(400MHz)
0305 - Device Key : EnumPCIVEN_1002&DEV_9641&SUBSYS_05991025&REV_00
0306 - Display Memory : 2022 MB
0307 - AdapterRAM : 512.00 MB
0308 - Current Mode : 1360 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)
0309 - Monitor Name : Generic PnP Monitor
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0312 - Driver Language : English
0313 - DDI Version : 11
0314 - Driver Model : WDDM 1.1
0315 - Driver Beta : False
0316 - Driver Debug : False
0317 - Driver Date : 4/5/2012 19:20:04
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{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC1,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC2,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC3,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC4,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(S340,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(S342,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
0332 - D3D9 Overlay : Not Supported
0333 - DXVA-HD : Not Supported
0334 - DDraw Status : Enabled
0335 - D3D Status : Enabled
0336 - AGP Status : Enabled
0337 - Notes : No problems found.

0338 - OpenGL : 6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)

04 - Memory

0401 - Total Memory : 3.48 GB
0402 - Free Memory : 2.21 GB
0403 - Total Pagefile : 6.96 GB
0404 - Free Pagefile : 5.39 GB

0405 - Bank Label : BANK0
0406 - Speed : 1066 MHz
0407 - Total Width : 64 Bits
0408 - Capacity : 2.00 GB

0405 - Bank Label : BANK0
0406 - Speed : 1066 MHz
0407 - Total Width : 64 Bits
0408 - Capacity : 2.00 GB

05 - Network

0501 - Description : Broadcom NetLink (TM) Gigabit Ethernet
0502 - Driver Date : 5-10-2011
0503 - Driver Version :

06 - Motherboard

0601 - Model : SJV50-SB
0602 - Manufacturer : Gateway

07 - Sound Device

0701 - Description : Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)
0702 - Default Sound Playback : True
0703 - Default Voice Playback : True
0704 - Hardware ID : HDAUDIOFUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0269&SUBSYS_10250599&REV_1001
0705 - Manufacturer ID : 1
0706 - Product ID : 100
0707 - Type : WDM
0708 - Driver Name : RTKVHD64.sys
0709 - Driver Version : 6.00.0001.6602
0710 - Driver attributes : Final Retail
0711 - Date and Size : 3/27/2012 17:03:36
0713 - Driver Provider : Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
0714 - Min/Max Sample Rate : 5374206, 5374206
0715 - Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs : 5374206, 5374206
0716 - Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs : 5374206, 5374206
0717 - HW Memory : 5374214
0718 - Voice Management : False
0719 - EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src : False, False
0720 - I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src : False, False
0721 - Notes : No problems found.

08 - Hard Disk

0801 - Model : TOSHIBA MK6459GSXP ATA Device
0802 - Media Type : Fixed hard disk media
0803 - Size : 596.17 GB
0804 - Interface Type : Serial ATA
0805 - Driver Date : 6-21-2006
0806 - Driver Version : 6.1.7600.16385

0807 - Caption : C:
0808 - Capacity : 578.07 GB
0809 - Free Space : 256.63 GB
0810 - Drive Type : 3-Fixed
0811 - File System : NTFS

09 - Process

0901 - 000 Idle 0 0 0
0901 - 004 System 0 0 0
0901 - 114 smss.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 1e4 csrss.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 22c wininit.exe 0 0 0 high
0901 - 270 services.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 280 lsass.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 288 lsm.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 320 svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 370 svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 3f4 svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 1b8 svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 1e8 svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 418 svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 4d4 svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 5d4 svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 648 dsiwmis.exe 0 0 0 normal C:Program Files (x86)Launch Manager
0901 - 684 ePowerSvc.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 6a4 svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 878 svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - ab4 svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - c44 dllhost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - d4c svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - ec4 spoolsv.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - f14 csrss.exe 2 170 78 normal
0901 - c88 winlogon.exe 2 6 0 high
0901 - f74 LMutilps32.exe 2 14 4 normal C:Program Files (x86)Launch Manager
0901 - a5c taskhost.exe 2 21 15 normal
0901 - 658 dwm.exe 2 19 2 high
0901 - 8e4 explorer.exe 2 341 239 normal
0901 - dbc RAVCpl64.exe 2 54 19 normal
0901 - d04 PresentationFontCache.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 9b4 taskhost.exe 2 14 4 normal
0901 - e98 atiesrxx.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 9dc atieclxx.exe 2 9 7 normal
0901 - c04 Fuel.Service.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 824 MOM.exe 2 10 9 normal
0901 - 840 CCC.exe 2 73 61 normal
0901 - 568 firefox.exe 2 66 58 normal C:Program Files (x86)Mozilla Firefox
0901 - 3d4 plugin-container.exe 2 33 38 normal C:Program Files (x86)Mozilla Firefox
0901 - 9e8 GameBooster.exe 2 1597 95 normal C:Program Files (x86)IObitGame Booster 3
0901 - 9a4 gbtray.exe 2 54 43 normal C:Program Files (x86)IObitGame Booster 3
0901 - e60 FPSClient.exe 2 35 27 normal C:Program Files (x86)IObitGame Booster 3
0901 - 11c WmiPrvSE.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - e40 WmiPrvSE.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - d00 audiodg.exe 0 0 0

10 - Service

1001 - Application Experience - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - AMD External Events Utility - [C:Windowssystem32atiesrxx.exe]
1001 - Windows Audio Endpoint Builder - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted]
1001 - Windows Audio - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted]
1001 - Base Filtering Engine - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork]
1001 - Background Intelligent Transfer Service - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - Computer Browser - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - Cryptographic Services - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k NetworkService]
1001 - DHCP Client - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted]
1001 - DNS Client - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k NetworkService]
1001 - Dritek WMI Service - [C:Program Files (x86)Launch Managerdsiwmis.exe]
1001 - Extensible Authentication Protocol - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - ePower Service - [C:Program FilesGatewayGateway Power ManagementePowerSvc.exe]
1001 - Windows Event Log - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted]
1001 - COM+ Event System - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalService]
1001 - Function Discovery Provider Host - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalService]
1001 - Function Discovery Resource Publication - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServiceAndNoImpersonation]
1001 - Windows Font Cache Service - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServiceAndNoImpersonation]
1001 - Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache - [C:WindowsMicrosoft.NetFramework64v3.0WPFPresentationFontCache.exe]
1001 - Human Interface Device Access - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted]
1001 - HomeGroup Listener - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted]
1001 - HomeGroup Provider - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted]
1001 - IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - IP Helper - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k NetSvcs]
1001 - CNG Key Isolation - [C:Windowssystem32lsass.exe]
1001 - Server - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - Workstation - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k NetworkService]
1001 - TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted]
1001 - Windows Firewall - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork]
1001 - Network Connections - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted]
1001 - Network List Service - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalService]
1001 - Network Location Awareness - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k NetworkService]
1001 - Network Store Interface Service - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalService]
1001 - Peer Networking Identity Manager - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServicePeerNet]
1001 - Peer Networking Grouping - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServicePeerNet]
1001 - Program Compatibility Assistant Service - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted]
1001 - Plug and Play - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch]
1001 - Peer Name Resolution Protocol - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServicePeerNet]
1001 - IPsec Policy Agent - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k NetworkServiceNetworkRestricted]
1001 - Power - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch]
1001 - User Profile Service - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - Security Accounts Manager - [C:Windowssystem32lsass.exe]
1001 - System Event Notification Service - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - Shell Hardware Detection - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - Print Spooler - [C:WindowsSystem32spoolsv.exe]
1001 - SSDP Discovery - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServiceAndNoImpersonation]
1001 - Superfetch - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted]
1001 - Themes - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - Distributed Link Tracking Client - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted]
1001 - Desktop Window Manager Session Manager - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted]
1001 - Windows Defender - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k secsvcs]
1001 - Windows Management Instrumentation - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - WLAN AutoConfig - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted]
1001 - Security Center - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted]
1001 - Windows Update - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted]
1001 - AMD FUEL Service - [C:Program FilesATI TechnologiesATI.ACEFuelFuel.Service.exe /launchService]

11 - Windows Express

1101 - System Score : 5.9
1102 - Memory Score : 5.9
1103 - CPU Score : 6.6
1104 - Graphics Score : 5.9
1105 - Gaming Score : 6.5
1106 - Disk Score : 5.9

12 - Event Log

1201 - Time : 6/26/2012 8:48:55 PM
1202 - Source : WinMgmt
1203 - Description : Event filter with query "SELECT * FROM __InstanceModificationEvent WITHIN 60 WHERE TargetInstance ISA "Win32_Processor" AND TargetInstance.LoadPercentage > 99" could not be reactivated in namespace "//./root/CIMV2" because of error 0x80041003. Events cannot be delivered through this filter until the problem is corrected.

1201 - Time : 6/26/2012 8:30:04 PM
1202 - Source : Application Hang
1203 - Description : The program explorer.exe version 6.1.7601.17567 stopped interacting with Windows and was closed. To see if more information about the problem is available, check the problem history in the Action Center control panel.
Process ID: fd4
Start Time: 01cd53064db9af16
Termination Time: 0
Application Path: C:Windowsexplorer.exe
Report Id: 9b95fa7e-bf8a-11e1-876f-b870f4b31d76

1201 - Time : 6/26/2012 12:53:55 AM
1202 - Source : Application Error
1203 - Description : Faulting application name: WLXPhotoGallery.exe, version: 15.4.3555.308, time stamp: 0x4f596a69
Faulting module name: atidxx32.dll, version:, time stamp: 0x4dddd162
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x0000e2a4
Faulting process id: 0x8e0
Faulting application start time: 0x01cd52f315cd647f
Faulting application path: C:Program Files (x86)Windows LivePhoto GalleryWLXPhotoGallery.exe
Faulting module path: C:Windowssystem32atidxx32.dll
Report Id: 592a60dc-bee6-11e1-876f-b870f4b31d76

1201 - Time : 6/25/2012 9:31:57 PM
1202 - Source : Application Error
1203 - Description : Faulting application name: Engine.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x4fd800ca
Faulting module name: unknown, version:, time stamp: 0x00000000
Exception code: 0xc00000fd
Fault offset: 0x73bee2d4
Faulting process id: 0xf08
Faulting application start time: 0x01cd52d449c626a7
Faulting application path: C:NexonCombat ArmsEngine.exe
Faulting module path: unknown
Report Id: 225568f9-beca-11e1-876f-b870f4b31d76

1201 - Time : 6/25/2012 12:44:43 PM
1202 - Source : WinMgmt
1203 - Description : Event filter with query "SELECT * FROM __InstanceModificationEvent WITHIN 60 WHERE TargetInstance ISA "Win32_Processor" AND TargetInstance.LoadPercentage > 99" could not be reactivated in namespace "//./root/CIMV2" because of error 0x80041003. Events cannot be delivered through this filter until the problem is corrected.

1201 - Time : 6/26/2012 10:44:08 PM
1202 - Source : Service Control Manager
1203 - Description : The AMD External Events Utility service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 1 time(s).

1201 - Time : 6/26/2012 8:47:39 PM
1202 - Source : Service Control Manager
1203 - Description : The Cyberlink RichVideo64 Service(CRVS) service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 1 time(s).

1201 - Time : 6/26/2012 8:47:36 PM
1202 - Source : Service Control Manager
1203 - Description : The PnkBstrA service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 1 time(s).

1201 - Time : 6/26/2012 8:35:21 PM
1202 - Source : Service Control Manager
1203 - Description : The Volume Shadow Copy service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 1 time(s).

1201 - Time : 6/26/2012 8:35:12 PM
1202 - Source : Service Control Manager
1203 - Description : The Windows Defender service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 1 time(s). The following corrective action will be taken in 60000 milliseconds: Restart the service.

End of file - 23098 Bytes

I have Windows 7 64-bit with a Radeon 4850 card. I've recently reinstalled Windows and ever since some icons and everything flash-based is rendering "jagged". I've tried clearing the icon cache db file, reinstalling my video driver, changing to the windows default video driver... but nothing seems to work. Here are some examples (may be a bit hard to see due to image compression, but on my system the "jagged" parts are very crisp. Hopefully you can see what I mean):

My Messenger icon. the icon itself is fine, but check out the jagged red X:

The help icon within messenger:

A capture of a flash image from a website. Note all flash renders as if the quality is set to low, including video:

If anyone has any ideas please let me know. It's not the hardware since my previous installation of Windows didn't have this issue. I'm stumped!

Thanks and Regards,
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The most common problem is screen resolution. Make sure your monitor is running in its native resolution. To do this, right-click on the Desktop, and hit Screen Resolution. Change it to the recommended setting.

Make sure ClearType is on and set to your desired level. Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Display

For this video card, you should most certainly be using the latest ATI Radeon drivers and not the Microsoft Compatibility Drivers. You may want to check in the CCC (Catalyst Control Panel) and set everything to default. This one is a mystery - but the problem at hand could also be how the computer is handling the display. Try going into Control Panel -> System and Security -> System -> Advanced System Settings -> Advanced (tab) -> Performance and set it to "Adjust for best apperance".

Go to Start -> Search -> dxdiag

It will immediately start scanning for problems with DirectX. Make sure none are found.

Make sure there are no drivers for your monitor. For later monitors like the Samsung SyncMaster there are actually drivers for this monitor that need to be installed for proper operation in Windows.

This is a tough one, so we must use the process of elimination.

If you do find a solution, please post the answer in the event other people may find the same problem.

Some of these suggestions range from basic stuff to things that may not solve the issue at all - but we should underscore the need to exhaust every possible option. Any more details you could provide about the issue and whether or not your screen significantly looks different in size would be helpful. The most common cause of jagged icons and display on the screen is almost always the wrong resolution.

No Dump file, no peculiar events in Event Viewer.

Acer TravelMate 5720, 3GB ram, Core2 Duo 2GHz, Windows 7 Professional. (Clean install)

The bloody VGA:
Ati mobility radeon "X2500" 256MB, you know, the one without a decent driver since its non-existence didn't begin. (as its x1700 in fact or something)

A couple of days ago I started to get the black screen of death when launching Half-Life Episode 2, Launch the game, loads for a few seconds, i loose the cursor and the kbd doesnt "work" (no caps lock/ctrl alt del etc). Music stops (that im playing in the background with foobar). I have to power it off manually.

I thought It was only HL2 the issue, since i can still play Counter Strike Source (same engine but indeed HL2 has more advanced stuff). So I tried with Starcraft 2 Beta, I see the loading screen and even the screen after that which is all 3D, with a spinning planet, game music goes on, a few seconds later - Black Screen. BUT music keeps playing, kbd again unresponsive and have to power it down manually (holding the button).

Peculiar things/coincidental facts:
- The first time it happened I was seeking through a XviD video file using Media player classic home cinema with the k-lite codec packs, played other files like that dozens of times before that problem free.
- I think it started happening the day some Silverlight update was proposed to me via WU and i installed it.
- When i get the Black screen, the next boot Foobar doesn't want to start (crashes on startup, no prompts, sound devices problem??) have to reinstall it every time.

Dxdiag shows my DX is 11 and right now;
8.561.0.0 for the driver version (x1700, since I still hadn't managed to find the driver that will make it look like "X2500" in the "fantastic" acer support website)

Tried "reinstalling" the driver if thats ever been possible with ATI products. Windows autmatically falls back.

Scanned with various security software i use comodo internet security as my main thing, specially installed MSE, which didn't find nothing like everything else i tried (as in spybot s&d)

So how do random things like that happen, I really didn't install other software except that silverlight update (i removed silverlight, no result) and Defender updates. Not that there are other vectors though.

I first discovered how to get my old ATI Remote Wonder (RF remote control) to work with 64bit Windows 7 back when I was still Beta testing Win7 in 2009. Works great, and I'm thrilled I didn't have to throw away something so useful.

It does have one minor problem though that I only just figured out yesterday:

Most keypresses (on the remote) produce TWO keystrokes. I've always had trouble getting movies to pause/play, or channel changes going too far. I confirmed this by opening Notepad and "typing" numbers from the remote's keypad, only to discover hitting "1" types "11", "2" gives me "22", etc and so on. Pause/Play actions are usually a simple toggle, so it it can take repeated tries to get "pause/play" to work. Frustrating.

I then discovered (after a little online research) that closing the RW tray app/icon "fixes" this problem, but then you can't use any of your plugins or customizations. Very annoying.

So apparently, Win7 seems to think there are TWO instances of Remote Wonder running when the program is loaded. How do I "fix" this so RW "ignores" the "background" process and uses just the Tray App (which supports Plugins)?

I was wondering if there are any issue with dual booting Windows 7 pro 64 bit on an internal SSD drive. I currently have Windows 7 pro 64 bit on a 500gb 7200 hard drive plus a backup 1 TB 7200 rpm drive; but I wanted the speed I would get by installing win7 pro 64bit on a 250gb SSD drive. I would basically only install specific essential software like Adobe Premeire Pro and Photoshop, among others. I originally was going to use the SDD drive as a scratch disc but after reading, I thought it might be better to just install Win7 on the SSD drive. This way I could also experiment with what would be the best configuration. I still get confused about scratch disc and how useful they are if you have plenty of memory. thanks for any input.

I have been experiencing some networking troubles since 4 or 5 months ago and I still couldn’t find any solutions because: I’m not able to reproduce it; I can’t identify its cause; I haven’t been able to determine the key words to filter my searching for solutions.

So, I’ll try to describe it to the best of my abilities – I would put myself in the basic user category:

Windows 7 ProfessionalSet to a Public Location, wired network, cable modem DPC 2100 Scientific Atlanta. (no other devices neither wi-fi, one single desktop computer: MoBo Asus f1A75M-PRO; cpu AMD A8 3850 / 8gb; Network Adapter Realtek PCI GBE Family Controller, driver ver. 7.58.411.2012 [up-to-date])Frequently, but not always (~ 3 out of 5 boots), I get “No Internet Access” on my “Local Connection” Upon clicking the yellow warning icon (!) between “Active Network Location” and “Internet” to initialize the diagnostics and troubleshooting wizard I get 3 results: No Problem has been found; Redefine your adapter (auto fix); Invalid IP address (auto-fix) – but the auto-fixes never ever workWork around: sometimes when I notice the dreaded yellow icon I just leave it sitting there and when I come back (a couple minutes later) it resolves itself and reconnect to my “good” “Active Network”; other times I need to use several instances of the command line ipconfig /release and wait for the auto reconnect: why several? Because it usually reconnects the newly made and faulty “Active network” …until it doesn’t:
- If I delete the new and corrupted active network it doesn’t invoke auto-connect
- If I enter ipconfig /renew, it redefines yet another new faulty active network…
- I end up getting a connection a “luck basis”
Work around 2: deleting every “active Network” on that list and rebooting doesn’t work ( I noticed that the few times I tried it, the first one it created -- “Network 1” -- was always corrupted and repeating one or all of the steps I described until it decided to create a working second one – “network2”. On the same page, turning my cable modem on and off had no noticeable effect (it worked on the same “luck basis” as ipconfig /release), and resetting it also didn’t show any improvement (I have also tried some strange resetting method in which you disconnect all the cables from the modem and replug them in a particular order... to no effect)

I’m assuming that my problem is that Win7 always creates a new “Active Network” that is faulty or somehow corrupted, but the real problem is that even when the stars align in a particular way and it creates a second and working active network, after a few reboots, or even after the next one, it decides to stop using it (network #2) and redefines a newly made and corrupted one (or when I forget to delete the messy one it reverts back to it) – until I repeat the steps above and get a connection to network #2 again.

I have tried lots of networking related solutions to problems that aren’t exactly my own, some of which I could remember and revert back and others that are still in effect – cause I have no idea what I did or can’t remember. E.g., enabling/disabling ipv6, some registry edits, nesth commands. There were some solutions that gave me a false hope, leading me to believe that the problem was gone, just to come back again after a couple of days.

In a nutshell:

I’ve got one working “active networking” location;Win7 decides it doesn’t like it any more, and redefines a new and corrupted one (leaving me with #1 and #2);I couldn’t establish a fail-safe fool-proof efficient workaround;I certainly couldn’t find any solution yet;
From the above I’d like to ask two questions:
Workaround related: is there a way (command line) in which I can force a connection to my known and good “active network” bypassing the auto-fix and diagnostics wizard? Probably after entering ipconfig /release. Or, even, a cmd to redefine new ones (2nd and 3rd) till it gets them right?
Solution related: anyone can identify the most probable cause from my description?
I’m not sure if it will be of any use, but the ipconfig /all SS I’ll paste is for this working state (I don’t have one for the non-working) {it's portuguese version}

Event viewer (networking diagnostics):
Produto Microsoft: Windows Operating System;
Verso: 6.1.7600.16385;
ID: 6100;
Origem do Evento: Microsoft-Windows-Diagnostics-Networking

I don’t believe it may be a software related conflict simply because I haven’t installed anything new for a long time, neither games nor productivity or utilities software. Even counting from that extended time span I gave above (4 months). Also I don’t think it might be ISP or modem related because I can always get a connection after all. (EDIT: and when the connection is established I don't have any other issues, speed wise or random intermitent disconnects... everything works perfectly well)

There's a chance I didn't make myself clear since I'm not very sure of how to describe the problem accurately, if so, I'll do my best to reformulate.

Thx in advance,

My machine is dual boot Win 7 x32 and Linux. I'm using a wired Broadcom 400x integrated NIC with a Motorla cable modem. I've been using this setup of about 5 months with Win7.

There is only one computer connected and I have no wireless/router. In the middle of surfing on the Win OS, my connection dropped and the computer froze up, forcing me to do a cold boot.
When rebooting to windows, I got a red X in the sys tray. No Local area connection, no network connectivity.

I booted again, into Linux this time, and it all works fine, leading me to believe this is a software issue for sure. I also downloaded and ran the broadcom diagnostic utility for my NIC and all the tests passed.

The "Network and Sharing" screen shows no connection, (just diagram of computerXGlobe) but the properties screen in the device manager shows it's connected with no problem, other than 0 packets transferred. It also reports no problem with the driver, but I re-installed it anyway, using the latest available.

Most mysterious of all is that running ipconfig/all doesn't show the card at all. It's completely missing. (see below) The only thing it returns is the Teredo Tunneling Pseudo Interface and a 6to4 adapter. Both are reported "Media Disconnected" and neither has a DNS suffix, IP address or Default Gateway listed. Nor do either of these show up in the Device manager under network adapters.

The property screen that comes up when you right-click the Local Area Connection on the "Network and Sharing" screen and double click the IPV4 line returns the message "Windows couldn't automatically bind the IP protocol stack to the network adapter".
IPV4 and IPV6 show no connectivity. Looking through the event log at the time of the crash confirms the problem (see below).
That's the best and only hint I've gotten so far as to what is going wrong, but I can't find a clue of how to correct it.

The network troubleshooter acts like it is resolving the problem but is useless in the end and just reports that my network card is "experiencing problems"....Duh!

This is what I've done so far, (not necessarily in this order):

Ran Farbar (shows no connection to net, but localhost, Yahoo and Google accessible, see log below)
Installed newest drivers I could find.
Power off/on the modem and rebooted (warm and cold) multiple times.
Ran a sfc /scannow
Did full virus and malware scans
Reset winsock
Reset IPV4 and IPV6 TCP/IP stacks to installation defaults
Cleared and registered DNS cache
Release and renew current IP address
Checked Hosts file for any strange entries.
Checked all services and process lists for any remnants of any possibly interfering process.
Repeatedly boot into safe mode with network connectivity.
Uninstalled network card in device manager and reboot, cold and warm.
Unchecked IPV6 and both topographical protocols, one at a time, and rebooted after each change.
Uninstalled AVG, Comodo Firewall, Open VPN and Wireshark, all of which were present for a week or more when everything was running just fine.
Spit, cursed, rendered my clothes and tore at my hair.
Spent 17 hours on google trying to figure this out. (Running Linux)

PLEASE!!! If anyone has any idea what's going on here, please chime in. I have wore out my google finger and have not found anything like what I'm experiencing here. At least most people get something reported in their ipconfig window.
I can't use a system restore because, evidently, the VSS shadow service has been turned off lately.

In the event log, there are references to the "RootCauseGUID. I Found 3 instances of them under the same sub-key in the registry. PC-Tools reports them as having/being invalid D-Values of 2 bytes.
The "RepairGUID"s don't exist at all in the registry. Is there any significance to this, or to the mention of "70 seconds Required"? If I didn't know better, I'd think this could be fixed in 70 seconds by editing these 2 invalid "RootCauseGUID"s.

Anyway, here are the results of some of the logs, etc. that I have generated. I desperately need to get this fixed. I can't do a restore because my VSS was disabled. I can't even do a re-install because the Mickey Mouse outfit I bought this machine from never gave me a disc or any way to reinstall it. All I have is a 6 month old img. file iif worse comes to worse.

BTW, I had been running AVG AV and Comodo FW for a month before this happened. I uninstalled them and scoured the computer for any remaning remnants. I still suspect they may have changed something in the registry that "stuck" when it crashed. But that's 100% speculation.

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:UsersUser>ipconfig /all (Yeah, that's ALL!!)

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : User-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Tunnel adapter Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter 6TO4 Adapter:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft 6to4 Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Farbar Service Scanner Version: 01-03-2012
Ran by User (administrator) on 12-04-2012 at 10:03:37
Running from "C:UsersUserDesktop"
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 (X86)
Boot Mode: Normal

Internet Services:

Connection Status:
Localhost is accessible.
There is no connection to network.
Google IP is accessible.
Yahoo IP is accessible.

Windows Update:

File Check:
C:Windowssystem32nsisvc.dll => MD5 is legit
C:Windowssystem32Driversnsiproxy.sys => MD5 is legit
C:Windowssystem32dhcpcore.dll => MD5 is legit
C:Windowssystem32Driversafd.sys => MD5 is legit
C:Windowssystem32Driverstdx.sys => MD5 is legit
C:Windowssystem32Driverstcpip.sys => MD5 is legit
C:Windowssystem32dnsrslvr.dll => MD5 is legit
C:Windowssystem32wuaueng.dll => MD5 is legit
C:Windowssystem32qmgr.dll => MD5 is legit
C:Windowssystem32es.dll => MD5 is legit
C:Windowssystem32cryptsvc.dll => MD5 is legit
C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe => MD5 is legit
C:Windowssystem32rpcss.dll => MD5 is legit

**** End of log ****


Last, but not least, the Event ID 4000 from the event viewer

[ Name] Microsoft-Windows-Diagnostics-Networking
[ Guid] {36C23E18-0E66-11D9-BBEB-505054503030}

EventID 4000
Version 1
Level 4
Task 4
Opcode 0
Keywords 0x4000400000000001

- TimeCreated
[ SystemTime] 2012-04-12T01:52:23.662353000Z

EventRecordID 3923908

- Correlation
[ ActivityID] {2FD171E5-DC3B-47BE-8465-CF94C0BE1DC9}

- Execution
[ ProcessID] 1692
[ ThreadID] 1716

Channel System

Computer User-PC
- Security
[ UserID] S-1-5-19

- EventData

RootCause There might be a problem with the driver for the Local Area Connection adapter Windows couldn't automatically bind the IP protocol stack to the network adapter.
RootCauseGUID {46EC1E49-CA70-4561-9AB7-009F6B1B3709}
RepairOption Set up the 'Local Area Connection' adapter Set up the network adapter to communicate with this network. This ensures that both Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) can be used on the network adapter.
RepairGUID {4406F2CC-9CBD-4098-A03A-E5C9810E4895}
SecondsRequired 70
SIDTypeRequired 37
HelperClassName NdisHC
InterfaceDesc Local Area Connection
InterfaceGUID {E87B74C6-1D82-41F3-A792-3CA9360CB0A6}

I am trying to setup a connection between our two PCs with the HP linkup.

I can get the files from the client PC on the remote PC, but not vice-versa. Actually, I can get some of the files but nothing is in them.

The error message I get from the linkup #1101, is not even listed on their error code. I believe it has to do with a connection failure. When I look connection failure it says to make sure the cables are plugged in and the hub router is working. So that does not apply to wireless.

In the windows help section it says you can't use Remote Desktop Connection to connect computers running Windows 7 Starter/Home Basic or Home Premium. So, how is it I can have access on one PC and not the other?

Over the past week, there have been many rumors surrounding RTM.
We are close, but have not yet signed off on Windows 7. When we RTM you will most certainly hear it here. As we’ve said all along, we will RTM Windows 7 when it’s ready. As previously stated, we expect Windows 7 to RTM in the 2nd half of July.

Keep in mind he is ment to say that. Read the full article here.

Can I continue to use the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) until I receive the RTM version?
Yes, you can continue to use the RC until it expires on June 1st, 2010 (expiration starts March 1, 2010 – this is when the reboots start – final expiration on June 1). Please note that “in-place” (or direct) upgrades from the Windows 7 RC to RTM will not be supported. You will be required to do a Custom installation (aka “clean install”).

I am a TechNet or MSDN subscriber. Will I get a product key?
MSDN and TechNet subscribers, as well as Volume License customers will have access to product keys (PIDs) when Windows 7 is made available to them. Product keys for Windows 7 RTM will be different than the product keys used for Windows 7 Beta and the release candidate. Windows 7 Beta or RC product keys *will not* work with Windows 7 RTM.

I am using one of the so-called “leaked” builds of Windows 7, how will I know if it is the real deal?
As always, beware of what you download. There are many bogus copies of Windows 7 floating around the Internet. More often than not, they contain a rather nice malware payload. And don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. When Windows 7 hits RTM, it will be announced here. Until that happens, any builds you are likely to see on the web are either not the final bits or are laced with malicious code.

How do I get a 64-bit copy of Windows 7?
The Upgrade and Full packaged retail product of Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, and Windows 7 Ultimate will come with both 32-bit and 64-bit DVDs. With Windows Vista, the 64-bit version was only available with Windows Vista Ultimate. Due to the incredible adoption of 64-bit today and customer feedback, we decided to change this for Windows 7. Now all copies of Windows 7 in developed markets will ship with both 32-bit and 64-bit DVDs.

I watch videos on a site and when I finish watching the bandwidth in DU Meter keeps running at 400-500 KB's/s. It would appear that it's like the videos are still running but they are not because the site and anything to do with it is shutdown. Not even a browser is running. Task manager tells me nothing. I have used TCP View and Process Explorer from Sysinternals, but I am not quite sure how to tell which process is using bandwidth. One of them schvost process will say established but how do you tell what exact process is using the bandwidth.
I was just looking at Resource Monitor right now in Windows 7 and it would appear to have a send and receive column to let me know which processes are eating bandwidth. Am I right about this or is it misleading or do you have a better way.
I have checked for Malware too and that is not happening other than some Tracking Cookies that are no longer here. I run Bitdefender Total Security and I just ran Emsisoft Emergency Scanner off of a thumb drive which I believe is every bit as good as Malwarebytes that doesn't have a portable.
Please let me know if you have a better or different way of checking this.

XP: Physical to Virtual & Share Drive w Host? Disk2VHD vs VMWare P2V?

Physical-to-Virtual - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

My Thinkpad X61T with recent 8GB DDR2 Upgrade:

I have an XP Pro 3 instance on a HDD able to use 2.99 GB RAM. I can backup bunch of data files to make size smaller.

I have a Win 7 x64 instance on another HDD that can use most of the 8GB RAM.

Now, I'd like to do two things:

1. Virtualize the XP instance and create a Virtual Disk/ Virtual Machine, with all of the Programs & Settings intact.

2. Run this XP on top of Win 7 x64 Host and "Slowly" Migrate Files/ Settings/ MetaData etc. from GUEST XP to HOST machine.

I'd prefer to be able to SHARE "the C: or Boot Drive" between the GUEST & HOST machines (as it is mounted/ running) and be able to COPY some Specific Files/Folders using ROBOCOPY/ RICHCOPY to maintain attributes that could/ easily get lost with any other copy method.

Thoughts/ suggestions, experiences, comparative reviews on using Software/ Tools out of the above listed page and how could go about doing both the things.

Please do let me know. Thanks.

UPDATE: Some advise/ suggestions I got on another forum was..
If it were me, I'd use DISK2VHD on the XP hard drive, copy it to the Win7 machine, install XP Mode, and fire it up like that.

An alternative, in some ways better, would be to use VMWare's P2V converter on the XP machine, install VMWare Player on the 7 machine, and load the virtual machine on there.

If you're just worried about docs / settings / etc, I'd suggest skipping virtualization and just use Windows Easy Transfer to make a clean break.
I've used VMWare and Virtual PC a LOT in the past, but not used in a long time. I know some functionality for items 1 & 2 exist but wanted to get a comparative idea between the various options LISTED in the Link. I guess I was a little out of touch when I realized so many products existed just to do P to V. I remember only VMWare had that for a while.

For me the ability to "share" & "copy" these files is critical. PS: Also, I may or may not have enough storage on the Win 7 x64 drive so I'll have to run the guest VM from a USB 2.0 HDD. Would that work okay?

For now, if the suggestion give by someone from the other forum still holds..:
What are the pros vs cons of Disk2VHD vs VMWare? (Given the specifics of my scenario?)

Esp Sharing Drive & Copying using RoboCopy/ Richcopy (To maintain Modified/ Created Dates .. Wish there was way to keep Accessed Date)

Originally Posted on the Technet Windows 7 forums:

Recently I took Linux Mint for a test drive and one of the most satisfying features I encountered while using it was this; When inserting a media device or CD it would simply place a icon/shortcut on the desktop and you could access it there rather, than the methods Windows requires like navigating to the device via My Computer or using Autoplay.

My question is simple: Is there any way to enable a feature similar to this in Windows 7 and if not, will Microsoft ever change Windows Autoplay method?
I think I speak for most users when I say Autoplay is intrusive and annoying rather than functional. Sure it works, like if you know you are going to browse the device or watch a movie you can select the appropriate option, but what if you close the dialog box? Then what? You are stuck with navigating to your media; which isn't hard at all, but it is just one more step and one more inconvenience. I would much rather settle with a feature for this situation like the one Linux or even OSX incorporates.

I've been using Win7 since its initial Beta release and am 99% satisfied with nearly all of its features and changes, but when I saw how Linux had taken a extremely simple and elegant approach to managing devices, it really made me feel....well, cheated. Ease of access is the most important feature I require in a OS, and Windows 7 has fallen short in my eyes of achieving that. I will mention again though, I am still 99% satisfied with the product and look forward to its official release.

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.

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