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I've found a file with the file name "^.~" (as in file name "^" and file extension "~") in my Win7 C: root directory. It's just my luck that searching for this in any search engine brings up no results, so I can't get an answer that way.

From what I can tell, the file wasn't already there when I first installed Win7, but I'm not sure if it might just be a part of another program (and harmless), a part of a Win7 Update or if it's some sort of harmful file that I should get rid of ASAP.

If any specs are needed to get an answer, I'll provide them.

Thanks for any help that can be given.




I really need this question answered, not because I am going to downgrade from Windows 7 right now, I just want to be prepared come late July.

My Original OS was Windows Vista w/ SP1.

I downloaded and installed Windows 7 on my laptop using a Upgrade installation because I have no other way of storing all my files.

However, I bought my laptop and it did NOT come with an installation CD. Also, I didn't install 7 on a partition. So all in all, I have no physical form of Windows Vista and come end July I am going to be sitting here wondering how to get back onto Vista.

Will Microsoft be supplying a downgrade on August 1st?
Is there a place I can download the iso for Windows Vista so I can downgrade WITHOUT losing my files?

I just need to have a physical form, or know how I am going to downgrade so my computer doesn't turn into a brick.

Any help would be appreciated.

I am very computer literate, so burning/mounting an iso is something I can do.

I will be subscribing to this thread, so help me ASAP so I can rest peacefully at night.

I forgot to mention, as of now, I DO have a 320GB External Hard Drive.

So if I have to I will backup ALL of my files programs if I have to do a clean Windows Vista installation.

Also, how would I go about backing up all my files. I have seen it saves all of the files in Zip/Rar Files.

HOW would I restore from this back up? Is there a feature which would automatically unzip all the files and install them to their original position?

But again, I would need a place to download a Vista installation.

Any help?

Bump. Any assistance?




I wanted to try the windows 7 beta build 7000, so I installed on my Dell Precision and all went well, I worked with it for a while, but I had to use the Dell machine for another task for which I have to install windows server 2003, I started by inserting the server CD, and it went through all the file copying but when the setup started it displayed an error "Disk drive not found" So I used MSDOS boot disk, I ran FDISK and did a low level format, then started the Windows 2003 install, same result. I used a Linux disk tool and looked to see I have the disk partitions and I did, so I deleted and recreated it and fromated it as an NTFS format, started the install again, same error and same result!!! I figured try to re-install windows 7 that worked, so I made sure that the disk is there, I saw all the partitions, then tried to install windows 2003 again nad same results, I tried changing the boot index by using bootsect.exe and it changed it but the install failed again. PLEASE HELP I am short on time and need the machine with windows 2003 ASAP.

Thank you all




Good afternoon all:

I am using Win 7/64 Pro and need to upgrade to Enterprise. The MSFT sites are extreemly slow downloading the trial version. Finally downloaded a Image file but it states that it is missing files on installation. Tries many times to download the trial from MSFT but at their upload rate it would take a month to get it. Any suggestions on a alternet site to get the Trial or a actual disk image that works? I have the activation code for 10 machines and I need to get three of them up ASAP. Thanks for the help.
(Bill) aiprop




Hi, I am trying to install a fresh copy of windows 7 RTM 64bit (had windows 7 RC previously)
I am at the point where I need to load the raid drivers (2x80gb raid0) my motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P rev1.0
i got it working when i installed the RC version but now its saying "To continue installation, use the Load Driver option to install 32-bit and signed 64-bit drivers, installing an unsigned 64-bit device driver is not supported and might result in an unusable windows installation.
I have the drivers on my usb drive and when i click on Load driver it has 2 options:
Intel ICH8R/ICH9R/ICH10R/DO SATA RAID CONTROLLER (E:iaStor.inf)
Intel ICH8R/ICH9R/ICH10R/DO SATA RAID CONTROLLER (E:iaStor.inf) (x64)

I have tried both of course but the same error comes up, im pretty sure i got these from the gigabyte website. Im not sure what else to try and its very urgent that i get it working asap,

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance.




My issue, no matter what source, or what ram I use, Windows 7 will freeze during install at random points (Mostly during expanding windows files, however, also occurred before even selecting a partition to install on). When I say freeze, i mean the mouse is not able to be moved, and waiting 15+min does nothing.

There is NO trouble installing windows XP, but it runs a little "off" (refusing to install chrome, refusing to keep certain programs up, etc).

What have I attempted to fix this?
-Swap ram (three times between pny/ocz/g skill, all memtest'd fine).
-Remove all non-required hardware.
-Installing from 2 different CD's, one manuf, one burnt, and from a USB. (not including the 2 64 bit CD's im no longer bothering with).
-Swapping settings in bios on the ram (More volt, more leeway time, etc).
-Setting IDE to RAID and the other setting.
-Swapping video cards.
-Updating the MB bios to most recent
-Threating newegg employees.

My specs below:
AMD Athlon 2 x4 635 CPU
Asus m4n75td Mobo
2gb ripjaw G.Skill Ram(supported by the mobo manfuact list)
Evga 9800 gtx+ Video card.

Now I really do like the motherboard, but that is the only thing I have yet to swap out, and I need this fixed ASAP. There are other posts about this, but none of those resolutions helped me. Does anyone have any idea what can be done to resolve this? Ive been hacking away at it non stop for 4 days now (going on 5).

EDIT: This is a custom install, not upgrade.




Hello everyone,

First of all: I'm very new here, I just registered to get some help because i'm in dire need of help. Really, really needy.

My apologies for the wrong layout that needs to be done here but I really can't use that layout, because:
* I can't install anything because I can't login even not in Safe mode
* I'm on my 'slower' desktop now
* I'm not gonna 'waste' time because i'm in my exams and need my laptop for it

So here goes my small explanation.

Today I started my laptop and first thing I noticed was: Damn, it's rather slow starting. I put in my login credentials and bam. BSOD. In the picture below you see what kind of BSOD it is. CI.dll has something to do with it.
I also tried system restore in safe mode, but when it was initializing it suddenly had another BSOD (0X0000004F if I'm not mistaken). I'm not on Hiren's boot cd, browsing the files on my laptop to back them up but the most important map that I really wanted to backup seems to be empty. Is this because of the failed System restore or... Well I don't know, I give up
I'm in my exam period and I really need my laptop to be running again. All help will be heavily appreciated!

The laptop is an Asus N56VZ running Windows 7 home premium x64.
8GB Ram, i7-3610QM, GT650m 2GB DDR3.

Thanks in advance and please reply asap.

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hey to all

starting about 3 months ago, i have been getting random BSOD's on my Windows 7 PC, just while doing everyday things, like browsing the internet, or playing a game

this first happened when i was playing Guild Wars 2, and the game just suddenly crashed, and threw a blue screen at me, with the title "KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR" and a few lines of code.

i didnt think much of the instance at first, rebooted the machine, and tried to carry on, when the same thing happened but 5 minutes later, with the same error...Now a little bemused, i told the machine when it restarted again to run a checkdisk on reboot, to which it completed fine, with no errors or bad sectors.

after this, the PC seemed fine for about another month, and i thought the issue was fixed, until it happened again one morning, with again, the same error as before...At this point i thought it might be a problem with drivers or something being out of date, so i ran a memory diagnostic, which was clean, updated by motherboard bios, and the firmware of the HDD (thinking an inpage error may have been an issue on the HDD's front), and then later that night, i ran my HDD's diagnostic program, and left it overnight to run a full total scan

when i woke up the next morning and checked it, it was clean, all PASS, so i thought it may have not only fixed the issue, but proven my drive was not to blame....but i was wrong

not 10 minutes ago, yet another blue screen appeared, this time while i was listening to music, and then bluescreened again on bootup, before the desktop could even load.. The machine auto checkdisked, and again, came up fine, and rebooted into windows again, where i am now here, asking for help

attached are the logs you ask for, and i very much hope you guys can help me pinpoint what the issue is here, so i can do what is needed to resolve it

many thanks

(PC Specs also, incase they are needed)

Intel i5 2500k @ 3.3ghz
Geforce GTX 560
4gb Ram
ASUS P8Z68-VLX Motherboard
Seagate Barracuda 500gb HDD
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also, one other thing i forgot to mention in my last post..

occasionally, when i boot up the PC, i find that it cannot find anything on the hard disk...all of my icons appear, but when i try and start any application, it claims it does not exist. If i proceed to refresh after this, all my icons disappear (except my recycle bin) and everything stops working, the pc responds, but it is useless until i restart, when it goes back to normal for a while

i haven't had a blue screen since my original post, but i would still love some help with resolving both of these issues ASAP, as i am constantly worried that one day, the PC will blue screen, and then that's it, something dies...

thanks again




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Website: TechNet/Security
Chat Topic: December 2011 Out-Of-Band Security Bulletin Release
Date: Thursday, December 29, 2011
Q: How are Denial of Service, Tampering, Information Disclosure orSpoofing issues rated?
A: The Exploitability Index only attempts to rate vulnerabilities that can be leveraged for code execution. Vulnerabilities that could allow denial of service, tampering, information disclosure or spoofing will receive an Exploitability Index rating of "3." The notes for that particular CVE will also reflect the nature of the vulnerability.
Q: One angle I'm interested in is those Microsoft products that might use forms authentication, such as Exchange 2010 or TMG 2010. If we're using forms authentication there, does that mean we're vulnerable?
A: Any products that are using ASP.NET forms authentication will be secured with this update. This includes SharePoint and Exchange, when they are using ASP.NET forms authentication. If these products are using a Forms Authentication module other than the one provided by ASP.NET, then the issue addressed in this bulletin does not apply to you.
Q: Why does Windows Update on Windows 2008 servers show this update, but the check-box next to it is un-checked? What is the difference between patches that are checked by default and those that are not checked?
A: In the case of "Important Updates", an update that is in the "PENDING" state will be unchecked when you view it in Windows Update. This means it is already queued for downloading. You can manually override this to start the download manually by checking the box next to the update.
Q: Please confirm that if an IIS instance is installed that we are at risk for one of the CVE's and therefore we should patch ASAP. The assumption is that the server has IIS without .NET components.
A: By default, IIS is not installed with .NET and by default, .NET is not installed by ASP.NET. Customers would first need to have installed .NET framework with ASP.NET in order to be vulnerable to the vulnerabilities documented by MS11-100.
Q: What level of testing or specific tests is recommended for applications using ASP.NET? Is it highly likely that the hashing change will impact applications using the framework?
A: Microsoft recommends that customers test this update before deploying. There is a change in how forms authentication occurs and will require updates to be deployed at the same time across server environments. Click here for more about forms authentication.
Q: Can sample DoS requests be provided to allow us to understand what the DOS signature may look like so we can test the patch as well as monitor our production environments until the patching is completed?
A: For more technical information regarding MS11-100, please see the SRD blog, where we have shared a short signature detecting this issue.
Q: Is this critical to environments where there are no Internet-facing systems? And what if there is no IIS installed on the workstation -- is it atrisk?
A: Exploitation requires ASP.NET installed and to be exposed to input from unauthenticated users. Typically this is through IIS. If workstations do not have ASP.NET or IIS installed, then those systems are not exposed.
Q: In the Critical Elevation of Privilege can the attacker elevate is privilege only if they have the username without having the password? Can we have machines with the fix and without the fix working with each other?
A: Yes, the attacker only needs the username to carry out the attack. The fix involves changing the format of the forms authentication ticket, so that unpatched and patched machines cannot work with each other. So after patching you cannot have machines with the fix and without it working together, unless you set a configuration setting on the patched machines. For details, please read the FAQ for this CVE for more information on applying updates to web farms.
Q: For CVE-2011-3414, is there a requirement of authentication to exploit the DoS vulnerability successfully?
A: No, CVE-2011-3414 is anunauthenticated Denial of Service.
Q: What could be a potential impact on server running IIS with custom code? In short, can this update impact server or service to go down after installation? Do you have any suggestions on installation on web servers running custom code?
A: This update is specifically for ASP.NET, but the issue that was disclosed is an industry-wide issue concerning hash collisions. So, it is possible for your custom code to be affected, but you will need to investigate what kind of hash-tables your custom code uses and if it operates on untrusted user data.
Q: Is there a client-side patch that will protect users that fall for phishing attacks and visit websites that have not patched?
A: As clients are not affected by server-sided vulnerability, the security update does need to be installed on the server.
Q: If the main target is Internet facing systems with IIS & ASP.NET installed, should I concentrate on patching my webservers first before patching client systems?
A: Prioritization for this update would be specific to users’ environments, but servers that are internet-facing and accept input from unauthenticated or untrusted user-provided content are most affected and should be prioritized. Likewise, clients are typically not in a web server role, and so systems that are running a web server role should be prioritized.
Q: What steps can I take to reproduce and see if/how my site is affected, and so I can confirm the issue is gone after applying the patch?
A: For the protection of customers, Microsoft does not disclose proof of concept code (POC). The technical details of this issue are however public.
Q: If Microsoft .NET Framework is installed on an IIS Server, does this mean that ASP.NET is also installed but possibly not enabled?
A: Whether you have the .NET Framework (and ASP.NET) installed on a machine will depend upon the specific OS platform. Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 all ship with the .NET Framework 2.0 or higher, which includes ASP.NET, and you should install the corresponding patches listed in the security bulletin. If you are using an older Server OS such as Windows Server 2003 SP2 x86, then that platform includes .NET Framework 1.1 SP1, and you should install the corresponding patch listed in the security bulletin.
Q: From a desktop browsing experience, this update will patch Windows XP, Vista and 7. If machines do not have IIS installed and enabled, as well as ASP.NET enabled, is the criticality of this update reduced? For example if the user goes to an internet site, would their desktop PC be vulnerable? It seems to be mostly if you have IIS and ASP.net installed and acting as a web server.
A: If you have a client machine with no ASP.NET installed, then your desktop PC would not be vulnerable to the particular security issues that are being addressed in this update.
Q: ASP.Net has been identified for the DoS. How about classic ASP/ISAPI applications? Is it just a .Net hash-table issue? And has the Microsoft Foundation Class / ATL / Visual Basic 6.0 been checked?
A: This is an industry-wide issue that could affect a broad spectrum of technologies. Since ASP.NET was at the greatest risk because of the public disclosure, we have focused our efforts so far on making sure we secure ASP.NET. We are actively investigating other technologies where this could be vulnerable and so far we do not think that classic ASP is vulnerable. Information on other affected technologies will be revealed as the issue develops.
Q: So just to be clear, Exchange 2010 Outlook Web Access isn't vulnerable to the privilege of escalation? Just to the DOS?
A: OWA 2010 can be configured for forms-based authentication. Based on this, it should be considered vulnerable. If there is any doubt, Microsoft KB Article 2638420 discusses parameters you can check for to verify if an application is using forms auth. Specifically, to determine whether your application uses forms authentication,
examine the System.web file. Applications that use forms authentication use the following entry in System.web file:
Q: What tools are available to remotely scan systems to see if they’re vulnerable -- that is, that IIS and ASP are installed and active?
A: The Detection and Deployment Tools and Guidance section in the security bulletin provides information on how to identify systems to which this update applies. If you want to identify whether a system has IIS installed with ASP.NET enabled, the answer depends on the operating system that each system is running.
Q: Are only webservers vulnerable? We have limited personnel this weekend for QA and deployment. Are we pretty much covered if we just deploy to systems in our DMZ this weekend and then rest of the enterprise next week?
A: Prioritization for this update would be specific to users’ environments, but servers that are internet-facing and accept input from unauthenticated or untrusted user provided content may be at greater risk than internal servers.
Q: Sites that disallow "application/x-www-form-urlencoded” or “multipart/form-data” HTTP content types are not vulnerable. Is this set to disallow by default? How do we verify if it is set to disallow?
A: No, application/x-www-form-urlencoded or multipart/form-data are not disallowed by default. Customers will need to explicitly disallow these. Customers can do this by using IIS request filtering.
Q: Forms authorization login from TMG/ISA doesn't use ASP.NET. Is it still vulnerable?
A: TMG is not exposed and is not related to the ASP.NET issue described in the bulletin.
Q: Do you suggest immediate patching of all servers (internal/external) or just of externally available servers and allow internal servers to be patched during the next patching cycle?
A: Once again, prioritization for this update would be specific to each user’s environment, but servers that are internet-facing and accept input from unauthenticated or untrusted user provided content may be at greater risk than internal servers.
Q: Is the critical CVE related to forms authentication only an issue if the site is configured to support forms authentication without cookies? Or, are all forms authentication implementations impacted?
A: No, this issue applies to all types of ASP.NET forms authentication, cookie and cookie-less.
Q: For CVE 2011-3414, does the patch change the size of request header accepted, place controls on the amount of CPU that can be used, or change the hashing functions used?
A:The security update addresses this issue by limiting the number of inputs ASP.NET accepts from clients.
Q: Does this patch limit the number of parameters passed in the post request? If so, what is the new limit? I am trying to determine what application problems may arise after applying the update.
A: The security update addresses this issue by limiting the number of inputs ASP.NET accepts from clients. If you are interested in changing the number of parameters passed in the post request, please see the section of the bulletin titled Workarounds for Collisions in HashTable May Cause DoS Vulnerability - CVE-2011-3414.
Q: Can the normally scheduled January bulletins be installed independently of the critical one?
A: Yes, Future security updates can be installed independently of this issue. Microsoft does recommend all customers always read security updates to ensure they fully understand any known issues that may be documented in the security bulletin.
Q: Is the attack vector based on the server or the client? Do we concentrate on server or desktop side first?
A: The vulnerabilities in the bulletins are primarily focused on systems operating in a Web server role that use ASP.NET. Clients are typically not in a web server role.
Q: Could you provide more detail around the 3rd mitigation factor -- specifically the account registration procedure?
A: I am assuming this question is about the first mitigating factor for CVE-2011-3416: forms authentication bypass. Essentially, to pull off an Elevation of Privilege attack, the attacker would need a valid account on the system they are trying to compromise and the user name of the target of the attack.
Q: Can an ASP.NET site (e.g. SharePoint 2010 site) using authentication (NTLM/Kerberos) come under the DoS attack as described in CVE-2011-3414 by an unauthenticated user?
A: NTLM/Kerberos authentication changes the attack vector of the vulnerability. An ASP.NET site can come under a DOS attack – however, the attacker would then need to be authenticated.
Q: Will this affect -- or will I need to be aware of -- this update impacting ASP.NET session and machine key settings in IIS for a load balanced environment, where all machine keys are matches to make sure sessions are the same across a server farm?
A: This update changes the way in which forms authentication tickets are created, so all servers would need to use the old or the new ticket format in order to maintain compatibility. Please refer to Knowledge Base Article 2659968 for deployment guidance for this update.
Q: What about servers that have IP address access limitations? Since we are resource-limited, we'd like to skip these servers that are only allowing certain IPs to access IIS.
A: As we’ve mentioned, prioritization for this update would be specific to users environments, but servers that are Internet-facing and can accept input from unauthenticated or untrusted user provided content may be at greater risk than internal servers. Servers that have additional protections may reduce the potential attack risk of these vulnerabilities. Customers are encouraged to analyze their own environments.
Q: We have ASP.NET prohibited in in our Web Service Extensions -- IIS 6. Are we still vulnerable?
A: No. If ASP.NET is not enabled, you are not vulnerable.
Q: The Section Workarounds for Collisions in HashTable May Cause DoS Vulnerability - CVE-2011-3414 in the bulletin is confusing. Is it required to put this script and then install the update?
A: Workaround refers to a setting or configuration change that does not correct the underlying vulnerability, but would help block known attack vectors before you apply the update. Microsoft has tested the following workarounds and states in the discussion whether a workaround reduces functionality. Customers are always encouraged to apply the security update. The workarounds are not a prerequisite for installing the security update.
Q: If TMG is not affected then, if TMG is protecting an Exchange 2010 server and the TMG is handling the forum authorization, would the patch for an Exchange server be necessary?
A: Although firewall solutions could protect systems behind the firewall it is important to understand the types of traffic that that FW may proxy to servers behind it. Systems behind the firewall are still vulnerable to internal attacks and have vulnerable code and should be updated to be properly protected.
Q: Is AppSettings.MaxHttpCollectionKeys the new parameter that contains the maximum number of form entries?
A: Yes it is.
Q: For ASP.NET on Internet-facing systems requiring authentication, does an attacker have to have a valid user name AND the valid password to carry out an attack?
A: No. The only requirement is to have the target's username, and *any* valid account on the system.
Q: Will any forms authentication tickets generated before the patch is applied be rendered invalid once the patch is applied?
A: Yes. The change in the forms authentication ticket format will render all pre-patch tickets invalid once the update is applied.
[B]Q: Our ASP.NET application requires large file uploads and requires our




Last night I installed Windows 7 for the second time, the first time I had the exact same problem and downloading drivers from dell that were 'Windows 7 compatible' didn't seem to fix anything..

http://i47.tinypic.com/1zexx7a.jpg

Pretty sure from that picture you'll be able to see my problem and that's just a mild case of that happening, as you can imagine it is incredibly annoying while trying to play games or check my emails, hell just writing this is getting confusing. (Resizing the window seems to help.. for about 10 minutes.)
I never, ever had this problem with Vista. I'd really hate to have to go back to Vista again because of this.
I have 3GB of RAM and a Pentium(R) Dual core 2.0GHz processor.
32-bit Windows 7 Ultimate.
If there's any more information you need to diagnose the problem please let me know and I'll get it back to you ASAP.

I've noticed that it only seems to do so after doing something visually intensive like games and a 3D Chat application I use, after I close the application causing the problem it will not fix itself till I restart.
Unfortunately that's pretty much all I use my laptop for...




I just bought an HP laptop with Windows 8 on it. I cant stand windows 8 and wanted to put 7 back on but im running into some problems. When i finally boot from the cd and proceed to install windows, it asks me which disk I want to partition, there are five currently which are below. But i cannot install windows7 on any of the disks because i keep getting this "windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk is of the gpt partition style"

1. Disk 0 Partition 1:WINRE OEM(Reserved)
2. Disk 0 Partition 2: Type System
3. Disk 0 Partition 3: MSR (Reserved)
4. Disk 0 Partition 4: Primary I HAVE ALREADY FORMATTED MY PRIMARY.
5. Disk 0 Partition 5: RECOVERY

It will not allow me to create a new partition either. Im stuck right now because my primary disk is formatted and i cant seem to get windows 7 installed so im stuck without an OS right now. Is there anything i can do to fix this? If there is anything else you need to know just ask. Thanks for any help! Waiting for reply i need to fix this asap!




full disclosure, i originally posted this on windows8forums since i'm on windows 8 but it's getting ignored there and my laptop is useless. I kinda doubt this is a specific windows 8 issue and i'm hoping that one of you may know a windows 7 fix that will work. My laptop is basically useless right now and i need this fixed ASAP.

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This is an Asus Zenbook UX32VD, it came with Windows 7 and i upgraded to Windows 8 on friday through the windows upgrade adivsor and everything went just fine.

I connected to my network and internet with no problems on friday, saturday, and even this morning.

Then upon opening the laptop a couple hours ago, i noticed my live tiles were not updating, then i tried to open a couple of them and they would not update, or not load. Then going to the desktop i opened chrome, firefox, IE, and a couple games, none could connect to the internet.

Now according to the computer, it's connected to my network and it says "internet access" i've done all the troubleshooting and nothing comes back with an error.

i opened an elevated command prompt and tried to ping my router and a bunch of websites and they all pinged just fine.

Then i tried restarting the router, restarting the computer, doing a system restore since it installed a couple updates yesterday.

no matter what i have done it's the same result. Windows shows connected to the internet and internet access, and pings work just fine, but nothing will actually load.

I also just tried to use my USB/Ethernet adapter and it does show me being connected to the network with internet access, but nothing actually loads.

tried pings again, worked fine.

tried uninstalling my anti-virus, no change. tried another system restore to the start of W8 instal, no change.

So i put this to you all here, help me please!




I'll start with system spec's to be sure I do not forget to post them after explaining:

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3ghz
4GB of RAM
Windows 7 64-Bit OS
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+
I also run Dual Monitors, the monitors are the exact same model (which i do not have with me currently and don't think would matter, if needed i can get it)
(If need any more info let me know, I'll reply with it asap)

Now for the problem...

I have been using Windows 7 64-bit without a single problem on this machine since Windows 7 was released. Ever since then I have had no problems doing, well really anything until about 2 weeks ago. I usually play video games on my main screen whilst watching movies/streaming tv on the 2nd screen. The stuttering is constant when watching streaming videos in full screen mode, even when doing absolutely nothing else on my computer. If the video is not in full screen mode it plays fine. If I pop the streaming video out of the browser and F11 it to make it full screen that way it does not stutter at all this way either. I do not believe it to be a bandwidth/internet connection issue though as I also encounter problems when watching movies from my hard drive. The movies from hard drive issue is not exactly the same though. When watching a movie from my hard drive and playing a game the audio and video will skip about half a second every 4-5 seconds instead of a constant stutter. However if I am not playing a game or doing anything else on my computer the videos will play fine. I have updated my video card drivers and the audio drivers as well as bios on my computer but am still having the same issue.

Any ideas as to what could possibly be causing this issue and ways to fix it? Thanks for your help, and if you need any other info just let me know.




Hi guys! Stupid me set windows password on my main PC (I am on laptop) in my language(Greek if it is of any help) now whenever I ogin I can not switch keyboards and consequently, I can not login. The little language switch box on the uppermost part of the screen is nowhere to be found and I really need your help to get there asap since there are some projects I need to get finished for work until the end of next week.




i installed win xp pro on compaq presario 1201T, the installation was successfully made done. But the problem is... when my laptop boots, my LCD doesn't support the normal boot of win xp pro. all i need to boot the system is.. i press F8 before the system start and choose VGA mode on start up option and my screen turns back to normal. Now, i'm asking for an help from you to set the normal boot of my laptop using win xp pro operating system without blurding my screen. Hoping that you can help me asap. tnx.




I have found a "fix" to this problem brought on by the SP2 upgrade.
Understand I got many e-mails from Microsoft Support, and one e-mail from
support even stated the only "fix" at this time, to the problem of "burning"
to CD was to uninstall SP2 from the computer, that the fault was in the SP2
upgrade. Another e-mail goes as far as stating that Microsoft is aware of
many problems generated by the SP2 upgrade, and they will be addressing
these problems "in the future in the form of upgrades or "hotfixes"". I
followed Microsoft's advice to do a firmware flash of my CDRW drive. Bad
news. A new CDRW was damaged beyond repair by this firmware flash. I was
also told this new CDRW did not meet SP2 specs. Samsung and Microsoft (on
their own web pages) show it as being compatible with all Microsoft OS's
from 98se on. After growing tired of Microsoft's inability to address this
problem, I used my 30+ years of computer experience to trouble shoot the
problem myself. As follows is the way I fixed the problem. The following is
a copy of the final e-mail I sent to Microsoft Windows Support this morning.
The "fix" works as stated on an 6 month old eMachine computer and new "out
of the box" HP computer. This does not include the same problem some of you
are having with DVDRW drives, as I do not have this type of drive and have
not been able to test it on them. Use it at your own risk with a DVDRW
drive! But waiting on Microsoft to to admit to the problem may take years,
if at all.

"old" devildog
Simper Fi

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To: Jeffrey Tan
Microsoft Windows Support Professional

I was able to find a fix for the problem of "burning" to a CD-R/RW drive
after the upgrade to SP2, you and other support staff had been helping me
with.

The damaged (from the firmware flash suggested by Microsoft) CDRW was
replaced with a 3 year old very well used Samsung CDRW drive ( drivers were
also installed). The inability to write to CD-R or CD-RW media was still
present. The properties of a new CD-R or CD-RW was still showing no free
space.

I removed all of the files related to imapi (exe, dll & sys) from my
computer (noting the locations of all files removed). I then copied the
same files to CD-R media from a brand new (out of the box) HP computer with
XP Home Edition with SP1a service pack preinstalled.

I then installed the "old" imapi files (SP1a versions) into the same
locations the SP2 version files were in. Rebooted my computer, and checked
it. The 3 year old CDRW drive now can burn to CD-R or CD-RW media without
any problems. Properties shows the new media as having free space, or in
the case of the CDR with the imapi files, the space left on the drive. The
damaged CDRW drive was reinstalled (along with it's drivers) in the computer
and is unable to even play a music CD. The "used" CDRW drive was
reinstalled. It still works normally, but as it is 3 years old, much
slower.

The HP computer was then upgraded to SP2, using the upgrade CD provided
by Microsoft. When the HP computer was checked for ability to "burn a CDR
or CDRW after the upgrade to SP2, it failed. Properties showed no free
space even on new media. The same data CD-R was used to restore the imapi
files from SP1a to it. It now is able to "burn" to CD-R and CD-RW media,
without removing the entire SP2 upgrade as suggested by you.

The problem has been found and the problem lies with the SP2 upgrade. My
opinion is either "bad code" in the CD "burning" software of SP2 or
intentional disabling (by Microsoft) of the CD "burning" software to appease
the music industry, are the only logical answers.

I do not copy music CD's, in I fact never listen to them on my computer,
as I have a very nice home system that sounds many times better. All I ever
"burn" to CD is the photo's taken on my digital camera and data files I
back-up to protect my computer in case of OS or hardware failure. I am not
"burning" copyrighted music or software.

My computer came with the eMachine OEM version of XP Home Edition SP1a
preinstalled, and new HP computer came with the HP OEM version of XP Home
Edition SP1a preinstalled. Since reverting back to the SP1a versions of all
imapi files solved the problem on both the eMachine and HP computers, I
would suggest a "hotfix" from Microsoft with the same fix I have discovered.
I will be opening up this "fix" to others who have had the same problem.
But as the "fix" I have discovered requires a pre-SP2 computer, and most
users of XP do not have this advantage. Also a great deal of the XP users
do not have the technical skills to perform this "fix" on their own.

Microsoft should make this "fix" available ASAP. Waiting until the next
"hotfix" cycle leaves many people in the cold. As Windows Xp was advertised
as having the ability to "drag and drop" CD "burning", loss of this ability
by the SP2 upgrade, and the continuing adverting as being able to is a case
the FTC needs to be made aware of. I believe it is called false
advertising. I am still going to pursue the Small Claims case against
Microsoft for the replacement of the CDRW drive damaged by following the
advice of Microsoft Windows Support Staff.

snip
(Deleted my name and e-mail address to stop the spam)
"old" devildog
Simper Fi




I have found a "fix" to this problem brought on by the SP2 upgrade.
Understand I got many e-mails from Microsoft Support, and one e-mail from
support even stated the only "fix" at this time, to the problem of "burning"
to CD was to uninstall SP2 from the computer, that the fault was in the SP2
upgrade. Another e-mail goes as far as stating that Microsoft is aware of
many problems generated by the SP2 upgrade, and they will be addressing
these problems "in the future in the form of upgrades or "hotfixes"". I
followed Microsoft's advice to do a firmware flash of my CDRW drive. Bad
news. A new CDRW was damaged beyond repair by this firmware flash. I was
also told this new CDRW did not meet SP2 specs. Samsung and Microsoft (on
their own web pages) show it as being compatible with all Microsoft OS's
from 98se on. After growing tired of Microsoft's inability to address this
problem, I used my 30+ years of computer experience to trouble shoot the
problem myself. As follows is the way I fixed the problem. The following is
a copy of the final e-mail I sent to Microsoft Windows Support this morning.
The "fix" works as stated on an 6 month old eMachine computer and new "out
of the box" HP computer. This does not include the same problem some of you
are having with DVDRW drives, as I do not have this type of drive and have
not been able to test it on them. Use it at your own risk with a DVDRW
drive! But waiting on Microsoft to to admit to the problem may take years,
if at all.

"old" devildog
Simper Fi

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

To: Jeffrey Tan
Microsoft Windows Support Professional

I was able to find a fix for the problem of "burning" to a CD-R/RW drive
after the upgrade to SP2, you and other support staff had been helping me
with.

The damaged (from the firmware flash suggested by Microsoft) CDRW was
replaced with a 3 year old very well used Samsung CDRW drive ( drivers were
also installed). The inability to write to CD-R or CD-RW media was still
present. The properties of a new CD-R or CD-RW was still showing no free
space.

I removed all of the files related to imapi (exe, dll & sys) from my
computer (noting the locations of all files removed). I then copied the
same files to CD-R media from a brand new (out of the box) HP computer with
XP Home Edition with SP1a service pack preinstalled.

I then installed the "old" imapi files (SP1a versions) into the same
locations the SP2 version files were in. Rebooted my computer, and checked
it. The 3 year old CDRW drive now can burn to CD-R or CD-RW media without
any problems. Properties shows the new media as having free space, or in
the case of the CDR with the imapi files, the space left on the drive. The
damaged CDRW drive was reinstalled (along with it's drivers) in the computer
and is unable to even play a music CD. The "used" CDRW drive was
reinstalled. It still works normally, but as it is 3 years old, much
slower.

The HP computer was then upgraded to SP2, using the upgrade CD provided
by Microsoft. When the HP computer was checked for ability to "burn a CDR
or CDRW after the upgrade to SP2, it failed. Properties showed no free
space even on new media. The same data CD-R was used to restore the imapi
files from SP1a to it. It now is able to "burn" to CD-R and CD-RW media,
without removing the entire SP2 upgrade as suggested by you.

The problem has been found and the problem lies with the SP2 upgrade. My
opinion is either "bad code" in the CD "burning" software of SP2 or
intentional disabling (by Microsoft) of the CD "burning" software to appease
the music industry, are the only logical answers.

I do not copy music CD's, in I fact never listen to them on my computer,
as I have a very nice home system that sounds many times better. All I ever
"burn" to CD is the photo's taken on my digital camera and data files I
back-up to protect my computer in case of OS or hardware failure. I am not
"burning" copyrighted music or software.

My computer came with the eMachine OEM version of XP Home Edition SP1a
preinstalled, and new HP computer came with the HP OEM version of XP Home
Edition SP1a preinstalled. Since reverting back to the SP1a versions of all
imapi files solved the problem on both the eMachine and HP computers, I
would suggest a "hotfix" from Microsoft with the same fix I have discovered.
I will be opening up this "fix" to others who have had the same problem.
But as the "fix" I have discovered requires a pre-SP2 computer, and most
users of XP do not have this advantage. Also a great deal of the XP users
do not have the technical skills to perform this "fix" on their own.

Microsoft should make this "fix" available ASAP. Waiting until the next
"hotfix" cycle leaves many people in the cold. As Windows Xp was advertised
as having the ability to "drag and drop" CD "burning", loss of this ability
by the SP2 upgrade, and the continuing adverting as being able to is a case
the FTC needs to be made aware of. I believe it is called false
advertising. I am still going to pursue the Small Claims case against
Microsoft for the replacement of the CDRW drive damaged by following the
advice of Microsoft Windows Support Staff.

snip
(Deleted my name and e-mail address to stop the spam)
"old" devildog
Simper Fi




I have an Access 97 application that uses an Oracle 8i database as the back end. The Oracle database is being accessed via Oracle ODBC drivers. The Oracle tables are linked in the Access application. I want to move this application into Access 2000 and Access 2002 (XP). After opened the application in Access 2000 and converting it, everything was okay until Access attempted to update the Oracle database via a form bound to a datasheet. The datasheet displays the table records okay. After updating data in an existing records or adding a new record then moving off the record to initiate a table update, Access 2000 crashes with an General Protection Fault. It does not give any error messages. When restarting the application and again viewing the Oracle data with the form, the record added is there or a changes was performed. I cannot figure out why this is happening because I cannot trap an error within Access. Whatever mechanism that controls the Oracle table update must be external to Access 2000. Has anyone had experience converting Access 97 applicatons to newer versions? Is the a definitive guide for the conversion process that describes the pitfalls? I'm at a loss and need to figure this out ASAP. Please HELP!!!




I know that it is possible to create macros that are stored in a "personal workbook", that can be executed in any workbook I use. My boss wants to create workbooks for each of our sales reps to be housed on a shared server; he also wants to create macros that will automatically update the data for each rep when they open their workbook. Is it possible to create a sort of "mother workbook" that would store the macros, rather than having to store them within each reps workbook? Need to know ASAP.

Thanks for your help.




I am working with a 745 meg database with several hundred thousand records in about a dozen tables. I need to export this data to excel but can't because Excel only allows 65,000 rows per worksheet.
Is there a way to set a report to automatically wrap to the next worksheet when it reaches the 65,xxxth row? If not, can anyone suggest any possible way to get all this data into Excel?
Unfortunately, it absolutely must get into Excel somehow or another ASAP. Can anyone help me???


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