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I've had the Icon Packager installed in my computer and after the trial period ended
my icons got messed up..The main problem is in the image.. Its like it has 2 of them the "original" and the image of from Control Panel.. -.- I tried some things but nothing could help me, so.. here I am!

Sorry for not saying much,and my english =/ Thanks for understanding. (:

here is an Image of the Icons --->

Hello all!

I did some surveys a few days ago on some websites and they did seem suspicious, but they were from an official game company to get credits towards their games. I hoped they were not viruses.

Anyways, this morning, I turn on my computer, and my password does not work (This was after I hit F10 + Escape to turn the keyboard backlight off). I tried my secondary account and it did work. The password that didn't work was the account I tried the surveys on... so my thought of a virus increased.

Then, I started typing into notepad on that second account, and I learned that my keymapping was messed up! Ms were 0s, Ts were As, I'd say only about 70% of the keys worked the way they should.

I fixed this problem by unplugging the keyboard and replugging it. If it was a virus then it would continue to mess up my keyboard like that probably?

I will reset my PC and try the same method to see if this is still the case. Thank you.

EDIT1: I tried to recreate the error but it doesn't work (in a good way: the error does not work, the keyboard does )

EDIT2: The make/model of the keyboard is BTC 6300CL

Just wanted to let you know that I went on a website
yesterday afternoon that must have been infected with all
kinds of files that load programs onto your machine.
I've never run into this before. I had about 8 new icons
loaded on my desktop and new program files added to that
directory. I was getting all kinds of pop-ups totally
outside of IE and MSN.

Luckily friends stopped by to go out with us to dinner
and he had the same problem this week, only not so
badly!! He had a computer friend help him out and used free software to find the (360!!) ads and
delete them. I had to reboot and run again about 4 times
to get the ads under 10. I'm running it once a day now
and shutting off my computer at night - Yeah, I had
Gozilla, zula, along with E-Bay, screen savers and other
junk that I hadn't loaded myself. I ran spy-bot too to
catch the cookies. I also have McAfee virus protection

Odd thing is that when I do Cntl-Alt-Del there are still
all kinds of thing running on my computer and I don't
know how to get them out. And I don't know what is
needed and what isn't. I may have deleted some stuff
that I shouldn't have too - will find out as we go with

Whew! It was a mess, but my computer is ok now! I think.

Ok - question is why can't I delete some files? I went
into Program Files and tried to delete some files that
were loaded that day that I didn't load and I got an
access denied message. Seems that the program is in use,
but I don't know where or how to find it!! I did delete
the associated .dll files so hopefully it can't do
anything. But does anyone have any idea of what to do
with this?

I think I may have a brick instead of a desktop computer standing in front of me! I ran a scan on the Crucial web site and it showed that I could upgrade my memory speed from 800 to 1066 on my Gateway FX-540S. The factory had installed 3 gig of ddr2-6400 (2 1 gig and 2 512 mb 800mhz). I changed these out to 2 2 gig 8500 modules using the color coded slots to insure they were correctly installed. The computer booted up OK, showed the 4 gig installed and the 3.6 gig that Vista(32) could use. However, the computer would freeze up several times a day and have to be forced down and re-booted. The logs showed hard memory hits occurring. I should have quit there and put the original modules back and written off the new ones, but unfortunately, I tried to change the memory frequency in the BIOS and that has left me with a computer that cannot boot or even start up. Just the fans run, nothing else occurs. I know, don't say it, it was a stupid thing to do and I've been beating myself up for it since doing it yesterday. I contacted Gateway support and the gist of Acer's answer was that my computer is out of warranty (the three years were up last month!) and they can't help me. I've tried to contact a local computer repair service, but most of them are no longer in business or don't even bother returning my phone call. Is there any way to get out of this, or should I start looking at new machines? This machine is 3 years and 1 month old, a quad-4-6600 and has been reliable up until I did this! Thanks for any help or suggestions any one can give me.

Rich B.

Here is my boot manager info retrieved using the command line command: bcdedit
As you can see the upper {bootmgr} area is pointing to the wrong device - partition=L
I don't know why since this volume never had a OS installed? In windows 7 using computer management/disk management it shows the volume as (System, Active, Primary Partition) and on the volume there exists a Boot folder
all the BCD files and a bcdmgr file? I tried removing them from the volume and no matter how I arranged the permissions it would not let me move or edit the files. Hence I need some help!

If someone can tell me how to use this either at the command prompt or inside windows 7 computer management I would be most grateful. I am the sole user and administrator. I only have one log on as of yet.

I can only boot into windows 7 now by having the boot priority set to cd/dvdrom and having the win7 install dvd in the drive! I tried to figure this out using the help files from bcdedit command but I just couldn't figure out how to replace the entries I wanted to change. And not even though the device/partition is wrong the hex ID is the same? Very confusing!

Thanks vvvm for any assistance!

Windows Boot Manager
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=L:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
resumeobject {668f8e44-ae48-11de-97fa-e42046b654bf}
displayorder {current}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 60
Windows Boot Loader
identifier {current}
device partition=C:
path Windowssystem32winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence {668f8e46-ae48-11de-97fa-e42046b654bf}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot Windows
resumeobject {668f8e44-ae48-11de-97fa-e42046b654bf}
nx OptIn
bootlog No
sos No

Firstly hi to everyone here on the forums.

My problem is when I go into computer (my computer) the search in the top right isn't working from within this window! If I click to go into an individual drive the search will then work from within there on the individual drive. When I try to search from my computer I don't get any error(s), it doesn't do anything, and the word / letters I type in remain in the box but nothing happens when I press enter. I have tried several things / searched for many solutions over the course of months with no luck.. the only fix i've been able to come across is restoring my computer to factory conditions, but I keep accidently messing it up somehow and have no idea what the source of the problem is so I can avoid it. Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks!

512 mb ram
Dell dimension 5000

there is a PC in my house that is totally messed up.. there are two main problems:

First of all: When it is on it ranges from 2 minutes to 1 hour, but the screen just freezes. nothing you can do about it. it just freezes no mouse, keyboard or screen works. now i have a feeling that it might be a driver problem for the moniter, because the only way to turn off the PC is to keep the power button on the box pressed. My problem (i think) is the same as these problems:

Windows 7 freezes

Windows 7 Freezes Unknown Reason...


Second Problem: when it freezes and i turn off the computer using the power buttopn i turn it back on, the power button turns orange and a loud fan noise coems up, so i take out the plugs and put them back in and the noise comes back. after waitin g a day, i turn it on for the first time again and it didnt do anything so it was working, i logged in and then guess what? the PC froze again. if i try again im going to TRY and update driver in the device manager but it seems impossible atm.. the problem is similar to:

what can i do???!!!
please help,

PS: Safe mode doesnt work, it freeezes when loading all the files for safe mode to start up, i have tried doing safe mode a couple of times during the past week.

PS 2: this problem only started occuring when we moved the whole PC downstairs, and while things were being moved, the PC was hoovered because of the dust- the hoover Did NOT hoover up any computer components, i am sure of it.

thank you so much,

Using Windows 7. Go to start Username "Joe". My User folder "Joe" is a subgroup of Libraries. I think the folder organization is messed up and probably the reason I can't get MediaCenter to work. Also My Documents data is found under Desktop/Libraries/Documents and also under Desktop/Joe. So all my data is duplicated. See below for description.

indindMy Documents [also below under "Joe"]
ininddPublic Documents
indindPublic Pictures
Videos Home Group
ndiAppData [strange!]
indDesktop [also above?]
indMy Documents [same as My Documents in Libraries above]
My Music [also above?]
indMy Pictures [also above?]
My Videos [also above?]
indSaved Games
Control Panel
Recycle Bin

Start Computer/Local Disk (C/Users/Joe [also contains "AppData"]

Please advise.

Yesterday when I got home I could not get my headset working on my PC. It's a USB headset (Tritton AX720) but it works perfectly on my Xbox 360. There is sound coming from the headset but it is really quiet. My speakers to my computer work fine, it's just when I plug the headset in I'm not getting sound. I was working on it for about an hour last night and I can't figure out what is wrong with it. So far I've tried to make it my default audio device, I did a system restore to a few days ago, and messed with the setting a little bit. This headset has worked on my PC for about 6-8 months up until yesterday. By the way my audio for my computer is still working perfectly. It is only when I plug my headset in that it isn't working properly. I'm completely lost on what is wrong. Any ideas?

Hey guys,

So i was dumb and must have messed something up when i was installing ubuntu 12.10 because after the installation was complete and i tried to boot up windows it just showed a screen that said "A drisk read error occured, press Cntrl Alt Del to restart."

After some research i think i may have destroyed the MBR for windows but nothing seems to fix it.

I inserted a windows 7 Ultimate disc and pressed "repair my computer" and under the screen where it lists which installation of windows you need to repair it doesn't list any and then gives an option to load drivers.

Secondly when i just try to do an entire install and i hit Custom (instead of upgrade) it does not list any hard drives for me to install it onto.

Luckily I have not lost any data because it was all backed up and I can even access my files through ubuntu because when i boot ubuntu up (which works fine, btw), it lists a hard drive in /media which is called OS_Install and when I access it it turns out to be the entirety of the data on my windows installation.

My computer is a MSI GT683-R and it has two 500 GB hard drives in raid 0 to make a 1 TB hard drive. I read somewhere about needing a raid driver for the windows installation to see my hard drives. What can i do in order to repair or reinstall windows?

How do i get it to recognize my hard drives so i can repair/re-install?

Thanks for the advice! I am new to these forums but i sure hope you guys can help!

How do I fix messed up File Permissions, Broken Junctions and Replicated "Application Data" Folders?

I am one of the many that unwillingly jumped from XP3 to W764Pro. First reaction of course was "Hey! It's MY computer you idiots! Why don't I have access?" I sure fixed that by taking ownership of everything in the Program Data folder. And probably other folders I don't remember doing.

I vaguely remember copying from the then last nested Application Data folder to C:Program Data I supposed I figured I'd test it out before I deleted that particular Application Data folder. Of course the darn thing replicated itself every time I ran a program.

I was able to fix most of the C:Program DataApplication DataApplication DataApplication Dataad nauseum problem by running Junction Box ( )

I am still left with:

C:Program Datafoobar
C:Program DataApplication Datafoobar
C:Program DataApplication DataApplication Datafoobar

Things were running okay until I recently tried to install a new version of some tried and true programs. One was Quicken 2012. Holy Moly Rocky! Permissions denied everywhere! I tried Run as Administrator and running from the Administrator account. Installing it from the Administrator account went so-so. No shortcuts created, data was in Administrator folder and I was unable to run it from MyUser account even by drilling down to the exec file. On Quicken's site there is a batch file for XP3 and also info for W7 about changing ownership for certain directories but the directories are wrong and even knowing what they should be their instructions do not work. I did manage to get back to Quicken 2011 by brute force. I must have Quicken installed to manage my dear old Mom's financial stuff. She thinks I'm a financial genius and is the only person who can do as good a job as my dead Dad did. Boy, do I have her fooled!

Here's what I have to maybe help fix my problem.

System Repair DVD

System Recovery DVDs(3) from when system was new (Without SP1)

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1-U(Media Refresh) DVD created from Digital River X17-59186.iso File dates are April 12th, 2011. There is a newer one from October 12th, 2011 with all security updates but I'm not going to be the first to try that one.

I do have System Image backups and clones - but not back far enough.

There you have it folks. I'm hoping your reponses will be at the worst something like Fred Langa's "Win7′s no-reformat, nondestructive reinstall" and at the best a batch file to reset owners and permissions.

TIA for any sort of help,


Edited by HansV to reduce VERY wide screenshot in size. Please don't post pictures larger than 640x48- pixels in size.

The taskbar on my Win2000 Pro computer has become messed up and quite unusable. The QuickLaunch toolbar appears twice, the area for minimized programs is located incorrectly and is too small to hold more than two programs, there is a large unusable area in the middle of the screen, and it won't save any changes that I make to it. I don't know what I did to cause this problem (it was fine until two days ago), and I haven't been able to get it back to the way that I want it.

I can manually delete one of the two QuickLaunch items and drag the "main" area for minimized programs over to the left side. However, I can only shrink the "unused" area -- not eliminate it entirely. When I restart Windows, it reverts to the state shown in the attached file.

Any advice how to fix it would be appreciated.

I just recovered from a crash of my computer after downloading and installing the new Windows Updates KB828028 and a driver update from Windows Updates which was "security update nVidia driver version 52.16" . When I rebooted to finish the installation my screen would not come back on, all it said in a little white box was " Out of Range " . I tried to boot into "safe" mode and I couldn't do that showed about half a screen of loaded drivers and then just quit. I had to unplug the computer from the wall and then boot with F8 and go to last known good configuration. After it came back to life I did a system restore to before the point where I put the "new updates" on and now all is well again. Has anyone had any similar problems? I think I will let these updates go by this time, or at least until microsoft gets the bugs worked out!

XP Pro sp1
P4 2.4 ghz
768 rambus RAM
nVidia GeForce 4 MX 420
Flat Panel monitor
Dell Diminsion 8200 etc, etc,etc.

Thanks for all comments / advice in advance!

This is a 3-question post.
One, when you talk about doing a write-over install, does that mean simply inserting a WIN 98-SE disk and letting it run?
Two, when you talk about a "clean" boot, does that mean inserting a start-up disk, reformatting the hard drive, then inserting the WIN 98-SE disk and starting from scratch (then adding all of your programs and devices back on)?
Three, are any of you familiar with a program called Mighty Max that supposedly scans your registry for errors and for $29 will fix it? Is it worthwhile?
I think in my efforts to clean spyware off of my computer (a 5 year old Dell with Windows 98SE) something got deleted from the registry. Now whenever I try to launch MS Office toolbar, it locks up and the start button becomes unavailable. When I shut down the machine, I get an error box saying "this program is not responding...", but it does not identify the program - the title bar is blank, so I don't know what process/program is causing the problem. Any suggestions about fixing it? Thanks. Lana

It was an HP printer, the box said it worked with SP2, so I loaded it onto an older desktop that I use as a backup. It never got SP3 because, for some reason, it wouldn't accept it. I called MS about that, but we couldn't fix it, so I took it offline permanently. That computer has a program on it that I can't load onto any of my new machines. Anyway, I went to load the software. During installation, the program asked for an SP3 file. I was mystified, knowing what the box said, so I skipped the file and continued installing. Everything worked fine- till I rebooted. Now the computer keeps restarting, won't go to the logon screen. I tried gtting it into safe mode, to uninstall the dang software, but for some reason I couldn't, so I tried rebooting it from a CD, with no success. Now the thing is all messed up and unusuable; luckily it's a backup that's been backed up several times so I have all the files, and the programs I need.

The program I have there is an old graphics software that came with a now obsolete scanner; but it hcould do gifs. No newer machine will load it, says there's not enough memory. A techie told me it had something to do with RAM, if I recall.

I'd really be lost without all the tech people who have been willing to share their knowledge. Thanks to you All.


Sure, Win7 breaks less than XP did, but Microsoft has really messed up on security. The "Ownership" and "Permissions" are CONSTANTLY prohibiting me from using my computer. I have wasted HOURS and HOURS of time trying to do things that I could do in seconds in XP. Why in heaven's name did not the geniuses at Microsoft allow ME to access ALL of the files on MY computer when I am running as ADMINISTRATOR. To lock me out of my own computer is simply dumber than dirt! Is there any way to run in "I'll take my chances" mode with Win7? Is there any way that I can regain the full use of my computer without wiping my hard disk and installing "buggy" old XP or endlessly geeky Linux?

My new computer with factory Win7 is not worth much more than a doorstop at this time. I have programmed computers since way before the IBM PC existed, but Microsoft's current idiocy has me thinking Apple for the first time. Is there any way for me to be the owner of this computer?

In a fast paced world, three years after Windows 7, Microsoft’s upcoming successor OS, Windows 8 remains a hard sell. Does that mean it is not worthy of the buzz and hype?

Browse a tech magazine lately? Check out a news site about technology? Chances are, you will read something about Windows 8. Just two weeks ago, Microsoft released the Consumer Preview for Windows 8. It hasn’t even hit store shelves yet, and people are already complaining. This is nothing new in tech circles: Everyone is resistant to change. Sometimes, that resistance to change can be helpful, and even good feedback for developers. Other times, it can result in a shouting match that just remains unwinnable. But like many things, thinking in absolutes is often deconstructive, and seldom objective. Business men and women will judge Windows 8 with business acumen; savoring each bit of financial data and sales indicators to prove a point about the new system. Decision-makers in IT circles will look at security and reliability before weighing in with a more structured cost-benefit analysis that deals in infrastructure. Home users are likely to place more value on aesthetics, performance, and ease-of-use as major factors in the upgrade model.

It is the middle of the month: March 15, 2012 to be precise. It is hard to believe that already three years have gone by since the release of Windows 7. Many IT business people, including server administrators, are just starting to become acclimated with the Windows 7 client environment, its off-shoot productivity software, and the Windows Server 2008 family of products, including Windows Server 2008 R2. In one worldview, short and steady wins the race. While more tech savvy companies clearly saw the benefit of migrating quickly upon release, many SMBs, mid-range companies, and home users remain in a Windows XP limbo – either due to the economic mess that most of the world is dealing with, budgetary constraints, or simply a lack of knowledge about how to port all of their important data over to a Windows 7-based network. But as time has gone on, these groups are a minority, for as much as is known. While much of the third world may still be using Windows XP, and even older systems, it is difficult for that data to be chomped up and read by skeptics and true-believers. In agrarian, rural, and largely undeveloped lands, Internet access still remains a commodity that is seldom traded, and where mobile phone companies continue to make inroads.

Back here in the west, the difference is noticeable in how a company conducts its business, especially when you walk into one running Windows XP and Server 2003. It is not uncommon to see pending Windows Updates on every workstation, versus an up-to-date Windows 7 network. If the IT tasks are outsourced, how that time is spent, and for what purpose, will likely face scrutiny and prioritization. For instance, the administration of an important database may take precedence over the application of client operating system updates. Many system administrators may simply ignore, or be unaware of, the capability of domain controllers and file servers to push out updates across the internal network using WSUS. In many offices, however, you will be likely to find a hybrid network. With a lack of EOL policy and strategy, many businesses end up with certain departments stuck between Windows XP and Windows 7, and that difference takes place when they purchase new hardware – not due to a timetable, but out of necessity. A hybrid network of these systems is not exactly the best medicine for either a business or group of home users who rely on their Windows computer systems day-to-day activities, but it may be better than nothing.

A Trip to Seattle: Home to 90’s Alternative Music, Starbucks Coffee, and Microsoft
On April 1, 2011, I received the Microsoft MVP award for Windows Expert – Consumer. It was a real treat to know that Microsoft had recognized my contributions in the form of setting up forum websites and participating in them. I was certainly very thankful for the award, and presumably happy to know that I could continue to do what I do best, as that is why I received it. I wasn’t the first to be recognized by Microsoft for my contributions to my own website: Ross Cameron (handle: kemical) became one of our first Microsoft MVP’s. One of our former members, Greg (handle: cybercore), had contributed thousands of helpful posts on and was nominated. As time went by, we were fortunate enough to see other MVP’s join our website, including Shyam (handle: Captain Jack), Pat Cooke (handle: patcooke), Bill Bright (handle: Digerati), and Ken Johnston (handle: zigzag3143). These people are experts in their field and genuinely reflect an attitude of altruism towards people. Such traits are hard to find, especially over the Internet, and in a field that is driven by individual competitiveness that forces group cohesion as a necessity. I started communicating with one MVP as a result of a disagreement, but have since gained an enormous amount of respect for her: Corrine Chorney, the owner of SecurityGarden. When I made a video that contained an error or two, about ESET Smart Security, I was suddenly contacted by a fellow MVP: Aryeh Goretsky. These types of people live and breathe technology, and thus, even having a brief e-mail exchange can be a breath of fresh air. It becomes recognizable and clear to me that Microsoft’s selection process and choices for those who receive this award is hardly based on pure number crunching, but on gauging a person’s enthusiasm and demonstrated expertise in a field. Understanding how that translates to a much broader audience is compelling. To me, this is a good thing, as it shows that even one of the world’s most successful corporations, in this case Microsoft, perhaps in one of the few acts of selflessness that one could expect from a multi-national corporation, finds customers who have made a mark in information technology and celebrates that. I become hopeful that they recognize the countless others who make contributions on a day-to-day basis. With half a dozen certifications under my belt, and nearly a decade and a half of experience, I am but one person. And for every Microsoft MVP I have met, their dialogue always translated into real energy and enthusiasm. How many countless others have not received an award, or merit, for helping someone “fix their box”? I suspect that number is in the millions. This in no way belittles the award, because to me, such an award really is about helping others.

Often times helping others is giving someone your opinion: even if your opinion runs contrary to running a system consisting purely of Microsoft software. One example is Windows Live: I have a fundamental disagreement about how I chose to use Windows Live, and whether or not I want Windows Live Services embedded into my operating system experience: something that home users with Microsoft-connected accounts will notice almost immediately upon starting the OS. I do not, in any way, undervalue the development of these services, or their potential market value to consumers. I simply have a difference of opinion. And this should no way diminish someone’s ability to receive an award. I am not an employee or pitch man for Microsoft products, but someone who conveys his own thoughts and expertise in that area. To me, the award would have little value if I was expected to tout the benefits of using Microsoft Security Essentials over a paid anti-malware suite. I think that even the developers of the software themselves would take exception to misinformation. And to Microsoft’s credit, they have asked me nothing of the sort. To me, that is a fundamental sign of an award that encourages community participation and expertise in a given area of technology, from a company that is now expected to set standards on the world stage.

Not everyone made it to this summit: For many of them Redmond, WA is far, far away. For me, living in New York, that also rings true. But it sure are the people who make it worthwhile – even when you’ve never met them in person, the way they behave and conduct themselves, towards you, speaks volumes. And so I’ve learned a lot from every Microsoft MVP that I have met – both online and off; in a five minute conversation, or a fifteen hundred word e-mail.

During the Microsoft MVP Global Summit in the Seattle-Bellevue-Redmond area, I had the opportunity to meet some of the most interesting and eclectic groups of people in information technology that I’ve encountered in years. Truly, the revolution taking place around technology in Seattle, and its famous campus grounds located at 1 Microsoft Way in Redmond, is in no way limited to laboratories that are seldom, if ever, open to the public. Quite to the contrary, acclimating with Microsoft’s extensive community of worldwide supporters and individual contributors doesn’t just result in hearing success story after success story (although that is fun too). Of the thousands of people invited to the event, from all over the world, including Japan, Asia, Indochina, North America, Brazil, and the world at large, I found myself welcomed by a remarkable group of individuals. These men and women were of no traditional demographic one would think of – in fact quite the opposite was at hand. At 29 years old, I met kids younger and more successful than myself, who had generated their own start-up firms. I also met much older men and women, who witnessed the transformative nature of technology and got involved, one way or the other. These men and women came from all walks of life, but I am reminded, in particular, of a few of them I met who had a real impact on me. As someone who had come so far to be a part of this event, I did feel uneasy knowing that I was there alone. The individuals I met at the summit were polite, courteous, helpful, and informative. It was not difficult to see why they are considered experts in their field.

Whether the issue for them was something simple, like MP3 players like Zune, the Xbox, MS SQL, or the Microsoft Windows family of client and server products, this entire network of community supporters really outlined why Microsoft continues to have far-reaching success around the world. The level of enthusiasm for their technologies is clear, concise, and breaks down the traditional barriers of race, color, nationality, and gender inequality.

At that summit, I was witnessing not just what technology would be capable of doing in the future, but as a first timer, I got to see with my own eyes what it had done for just about every participant I was able to strike up a conversation with. Having been severely jet-lagged and exhausted from my trip, I travelled all the way from New York City to Seattle-Tacoma airport in a few hours. Having travelled, for the first time, outside of my own time zone, suspended at 38,000 feet in the air, I found myself dizzy, drowsy, and often times downright sick once I got off the airplane. It was something really unfamiliar to me, but in a way, strange thoughts began to fill my head. I realized that in Seattle, it nearly almost always rains once per day. There is certainly less sunlight there than in New York. Perhaps this lack of sunlight had inadvertently made people more likely to turn on a computer and create some kind of innovative programming. It was a silly thought, but staring at the horizon in the distance, I could not help but think about Mount Rainier, Lake Washington, and the land I was now interconnected with. In many cases a landmark home to science fiction, Seattle’s own Space Needle is a national treasure. A marvel of all aerodynamic ingenuity west of the Mississippi River valley, the Space Needle is essentially a giant UFO-shaped tower that is capable of housing restaurants, sight-seeing tours, and shines a giant beam of light that was part of the original design, but was only recently added.

Perhaps, I thought to myself, this is how the term “cloud computing” had caught on. With a lack of major sunlight ever permeating this area, to my knowledge, and with rain and humidity always on the horizon in a constant lake effect, it suddenly made sense to me how the area had become famous for its murky alternative rock grunge music in the 1990’s, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the evangelical computer programmers, and a number of activities, like concerts and music performances, that are usually held in-doors! In a way, it all made sense to me now, and I spent a great majority of my time taking in the sights, sounds, and hospitality of an entirely different area of the country. The most populous city in the northern United States is also home and origin to Starbucks. It all began to make sense to me that it would be here, more than anywhere else in the USA, that they would need fresh coffee beans from Jamaica available at a moment’s notice. And as humorous and sophomoric as that may read, I still think there is some truth to this.

This summit was my first experience with my Microsoft MVP award for Windows IT Expert – Consumer on the road. It was certainly a bumpy ride, and I did not take advantage of all of the event activities I could have. Windows product group experts and Microsoft employees were available, nearly from the break of dawn to the dark hours of night, to provide on and off-campus sessions to enthusiastic individuals. Looking back, the path was worthwhile. While most of the people I met had embedded themselves in this event for many years, I was certainly a newcomer. Determined to act the part, I tried my best to overcome the massive jetlag I had encountered, and vowed to myself to never eat sushi after getting off of a six hour flight again. Who could not be anxious when arriving in such a foreign place compared to the east coast of the USA? I have certainly flown and driven up and down that area most of my life, visiting nearly all of the north and south, but I had no idea what to expect near Redmond. An acquaintance of mine from Los Angeles was able to help me deal with the insomnia and time difference that comes with this type of travel, and she probably helped me in a way that she still doesn’t know – all from a few text messages. I am constantly reminded that technology itself has made us all interconnected, no matter where we are. At the Microsoft MVP Global Summit, what I did find were individuals, many of whom who had a certain selflessness about them, and a desire, above all things, to learn more, experience more, and help even more.

Upon immediately striking up a conversation with anyone at the event, it was absolutely easy to see how these men and women achieved recognition of excellence from Microsoft. While many young people who attended the event had created innovative ways to help others by setting up websites or studying the inner-workings of the Microsoft entertainment platform, others had been part of the commercial information technology circles and big businesses that have changed the environment of the Internet. I even caught a glimpse of two individuals who appeared to be working for a former web host that one of my websites was hosted on. These businesses, powered by ingenious individuals, have swept the Internet. And while many people appeared to be there as part of a corporately backed package, it was clear to me that most others had made a name for themselves by creating their own platform for innovation and success. Most important, and pronounced to me, was that each and every person there reached that point through acts of selflessness -- for helping others. In each and every instance, you could go around the area and know that you were surrounded by people who could speak your language: whether that be ASPX, XML, C, PHP, JavaScript, or BBCode. While a person there from Asia may not have had any comprehension of what I was talking about if he did not speak English, if I showed him Process Monitor in Windows, I could probably communicate with him on some technical level.

To contrast that, I came home to an environment back in New York where the Windows 8 Consumer Preview had just been released. It was no surprise to me that Windows 8 had been getting some slag for replacing the Windows Start Orb and Start Menu with the Metro User Interface (Metro UI). Windows 8 still has some major feature improvements going for it. This early in the game, there is no question that many of these features have likely gone undocumented, exist under-the-hood, or simply have not reached a stage in development that was acceptable for the Consumer Preview. First, it is important to note that the Consumer Preview is as much of a beta release for public testing as it is a marketing tool for Microsoft. When we examine how this has been released to the public, it is not hard for me to conclude that it is also a way to gauge public reaction to the first serious and inherent differences to the way the Microsoft Windows GUI has been presented – ever. Other operating system releases have taken the idea of the Start Menu and added search capabilities and refined a core concept. Slowly, but surely, we see an improvement that has occurred over time, with the look and feel of Windows remaining consistent over the ages.

The Consumer Preview Was Released To Test Your Reaction; Not Just The OS

In fact, this is a public release of Microsoft Windows to appear in limelight, in what is essentially a beta (and presumably near release candidate stage), with some features either completely omitted or broken. But not all is lost for Windows 8. There are some under-the-hood changes that show promise. I am not a Windows developer or programmer (most of my tinkering involves Linux, C, HTML, PHP, and JavaScript), but I can start to appreciate the level of changes that are being made on a core level as I get more time to become acquainted with this system and allow various whitepapers and documents to enter my lexicon.

Those looking to upgrade, or who will receive the upgrade already as part of a plan, like Microsoft VLK Software Assurance, will reap some benefits by making the upgrade to Windows 8. Businesses that have been around long enough will be familiar with creating and following a comprehensive End of Life (EOL) cycle plan. Such plans are usually coordinated between an enterprise administrative team that manages the day-to-day changes of internal certificate authorities, domain controllers, and mail servers. This group usually (and hopefully) has the training and forethought necessary to look at the official Microsoft release timetable, as well as the support for commonly used hardware and software. Assessments can be made to better understand how, where, when, and why this software and hardware is deployed, and under what conditions it is upgraded or phased out entirely. Not only does this level of planning bring clarity to what could otherwise become a source of enormous administrative overhead, but it also helps to mitigate the risk associated with allowing systems to continue running under-the-radar and without proper security auditing. Under such a scenario, businesses may choose to have their internal IT department perform network-wide audits of all systems. It is an affordable alternative to bringing in an outside specialist, and comparisons with Microsoft’s official support timetable can help make the transition to new hardware and software – as well as what comes with that -- such as training and significant infrastructure investment -- a more conceivable possibility.

Home users can depend on a much more simple approach, and that is to monitor requirements needed for tasks like school, work, and entertainment, while keeping up-to-date with Microsoft’s in-band and out-of-band security patches. As mentioned previously, Microsoft already publishes a roadmap to indicate when mainstream support, and even updates, will be terminated for their operating systems. Combining all of these ideas together, it is not unreasonable to come to a conclusion that one can continue using Windows 7 for a few more years without much difficulty. When the time comes, an upgrade will be made easy, as the large system manufacturers and independent system builders will, no doubt, bundle OEM copies of the system after RTM (“release-to-manufacturer”). On the side, one could begin to upgrade a small office or a home network with new computers when the need arises, in order to take advantage of the new feature set that is sure to be setting a precedent going forward.

Very large enterprise networks usually already make use of proprietary, custom software and hardware. Those businesses can begin the transition planning in phases, and will have access to fully licensed Microsoft support personnel who work in the corporate sales division of the company. Those resources can be accessed by standard enterprises (approx. 200 clients systems) and by mid-range offices (approx. 50-200 client systems) using Microsoft Gold Certified Partner program members that also specialize in employee training, resource management, and all-inclusive maintenance plans. Even a few well-trained and certified IT consultants and managers could handle a migration and post-migration scenario with the right level of planning and funding.

Stay positive, here is some deductive reasoning as to why not all is lost, and how the feature improvements that Windows 8 customers will benefit from may actually start to appear after the OS hits store shelves. (The kind of stuff that may not be readily apparent in the incomplete Consumer Preview version):

Virtualization Scores A Win

Hyper-V Virtualization included in Windows 8 will allow you to take your computing experience to the next level. If you are not entirely enticed by the prospect of running Windows 8, or still have a co-dependent relationship with legacy applications, Hyper-V will be sure to help you in that area; much like Microsoft Virtual PC brought Windows XP onto the desktop for many Windows 7 users. While Hyper-V isn’t about to take the throne away from VMWare’s line of virtualization products just yet, especially Workstation and ThinApp, expect to see the inclusion of Hyper-V as an experience that has the potential to compartmentalize the installation of applications – even really old ones. With Hyper-V and Metro as platforms likely to be directly controllable and manageable from Windows Server 8, IT admins can rejoice at the concept of virtualizing what is left of the desktop – and preventing inappropriate use of computer system resources at work. With full control of Metro and Hyper-V under Active Directory, system management is about to get a whole lot easier. Windows 8 fits as the one OS that office managers can control directly from Windows Server 8 without remorse. Limiting access to the desktop will reduce headaches for employees who may only be obligated to launch specific company-approved Metro apps.

Metro: The User Interface Revolution
Metro UI will not be alien to anyone who is old enough to remember Microsoft Encarta, or to any youngster who has already owned a Windows Phone. I still remember using Microsoft Encarta’s slick navigation system to look up John F. Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural address. This was one of the first times I saw decent video footage in an encyclopedia. Back in those days, everyone was on dial-up, and an encyclopedia like Encarta was the be-all and end-all of factoid finding for non-academics and kids still in grade school. So expect Metro-powered applications, programmed in C++, C#, HTML, JavaScript, and even VisualBasic. This programming platform, dubbed, Windows Runtime or WindowsRT for short, is object-oriented and just getting started. With enough knowledge of HTML and JavaScript, many people out there with limited knowledge of C++ could create some pretty snazzy object-oriented apps that make use of jQuery and YUI hosted over the web. With the launch of the Windows App Store, don’t be surprised to see some amazing third party apps put long-time industry staples to shame. Once you start looking into the development platform for Metro, then you start to realize that it isn’t just a gimmick for touch screen users. Ostensibly, a great deal of time developing the .NET Framework is about to pay off, in bundles, for everyone who starts using Metro.

Gamers Not Doomed; HID Development Pushed Forward by Windows 8 OS
Gamers likely won’t be left out of the picture. Metro apps are designed to run in full screen, and as all hardcore gamers know, most high intensity games actually throw you into full-screen mode any way. The difference is likely to be negligible, but who wouldn’t like a concise way to manage all entertainment software and keep it running in the background every once in a while? Single player games that enter the market as instant classics like TES: Skyrim could suddenly appear more interactive in the future. Don’t be surprised to see some form of Windows 8 incorporated into the next version of Xbox (Xbox 720?) with DirectX 11 support. It would be nice to see cross-compatibility with the Xbox and Windows PC. Imagine if you could run any console game on a PC and vice versa: Now that kind of unification would prevent a lot of people from buying all those Media Center extenders and going wild on home entertainment systems. Only time will tell how far Microsoft will take us down the rabbit hole. For gamers, that is a great thing.

Multi-monitor and multi-touch support will bring Windows 8 to tablets and phones like never before with certified Metro applications that are programmed for Windows Runtime (WindowsRT). Expect a lot to happen in how we use our desktop and laptop systems. While major advancements in human interface devices are years away, it appears to be one of the major cornerstones of IBM Research and Microsoft Research. Unification across platforms is a recipe for redundancy, but in the case of sensitive data, redundancy is a very good thing. We want to be able to access our office files from home and our home files from the office, without necessarily having to do cartwheels with third party software. The integration of SkyDrive, and ultimately, shell extensions for third-party apps like Dropbox, is a given. Microsoft is never going to take over the cloud-hosted backup market, but they could pull off a pretty neat way of sharing, updating, and collaborating on projects between tablets, phones, desktops, laptops, game consoles, and more. Kinect for Windows is going to be scoffed at in the beginning, but once everyone has such a device linked up to their monitor, moving your hand around to change the active Window on your computer isn’t going to be that bad of a trade-off. In 2009, I gave a speech to a number of people in the public sector about what I saw as the cornerstone for future technology. That presentation included the fact that a device like the SmartBoard would be obsolete within five years’ time, due to the decreasing price of touch screen computers, and the ability for computing devices to detect human movement. While it didn’t go over well with the locals, it is happening, right now. That is something to be excited about. Whatever touch screen advancements Microsoft introduces with Windows 8 will once again push the hardware market to accommodate the software. This means all sorts of new human interface devices are already in development, even from third parties (see: Google Goggles/Google Glasses as one superlative example).

A New World for Software and Hardware Development

It’s not just a Microsoft world: Software companies, game studios, and all sorts of IT companies depend on the reliability and performance of Microsoft products and services, even when their customers aren’t in Microsoft Windows. This happens whenever an e-mail passes through an Exchange server, or a large database is designed for interoperability between a metadata retrieval system and Microsoft Access. Companies that specialize in document management, database administration, and even brand marketing will reap massive benefit from an interface that contains a display mechanism that has the potential to plot and chart raw data into something visually understandable. For example, if I tell you we ordered a hundred pizzas, each consisting of eight slices, and we only have 10 minutes to finish 25 slices, you’re going to wonder how many pizzas we have left. Once data entry software, even stuff that was initially designed with a Mac in mind, is designed for Metro, we’re not just going to be able to see how many pizza slices we have left – we may have the option to order some extras, or watch other people eat the ones left in 10 minutes. It’s that kind of world we’re delving into. We don’t see how great Metro can be: Only because software companies known for their great innovative capabilities like Google and Apple are just getting started on WindowsRT and Metro. This stuff is not going away, and when all the great innovator’s in the world get involved, we’re going to see sparks fly off the third rail.

Negativity Bias
Many people who try the Windows Consumer Preview may be inexperienced with running beta software. And when your whole operating system is a big chunk of bugs, in many cases unbranded, and in some cases feature incomplete, there is going to be a heck of a lot to complain about. I admit that I’m one of them. Take a look at my post about Windows 8 being a platform to sell Windows Live connected services. Well, of course that is what Windows 8 is, but it has the potential to be much more. Studies show us that, on average, people tend to remember a negative outcome 2.5x more than they do a good one. That means you’re 2.5 times more likely to remember when you got a bad haircut then when you got a good one. You’re 2.5 times more likely to dwell on the day you lost your job, than you are to remember the years you spent at the very same job when you contributed an enormous amount of productivity to the company’s bottom line. You’re 2.5 times more likely to remember that turbulence on the airplane. It was unbearable for ten minutes, and now you’re 2.5 times less likely to remember the time you struck up a great conversation with someone on that long flight. You’re 2.5x more likely to remember that woman or man who rejected you on that first date then you are to remember the laughs you shared going into the restaurant. This negativity bias is something we usually learn about in the first or second year of undergraduate psychology, but very few of us even remember or know what it is. In general, your body is trained to remember when bad things happened more than good things, and actually dwell on it. It is truly a response from the Stone Age, and is a very healthy response. It keeps you in balance. But in today’s high tech and demanding world, it can be taken too far.
So yes, we can look at Windows 8 and positively say, “Maybe this thing won’t be so bad. Maybe I can learn it, and enjoy it.”

The True Test: Greater Than The Sum of Its Parts?

Don’t forget that Windows 8 will include a Start on Demand model for all system-related services. For years, I found myself sending Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 customers to a web page called Black Viper ( This site contained detailed guides on how to configure your Windows operating system to use as few services as absolutely necessary. That site became especially popular during the Windows Vista release. Essentially, the site goes through every single service running on your system and will tell you, not only what the default start setting is for it, but how best to optimize it to suit your needs. If you were trying to squeeze every last drop of performance out of the operating system, without much care for its ability to perform certain operations, you could always use BlackViper’s “Service Configurations” lists to decide whether or not it was safe to make sure that something like the Distributed Link Tracking Client service or the World Wide Web Publishing Service could be completely disabled or not. If I haven’t lost you on this one, Microsoft has come up with a novel solution that is sure to improve your experience with Windows 8, and that is by using “Start on Demand”. Under Start on Demand, when Windows 8 needs a service, it launches it – only when. So that, in and of itself, will save resources. And when we look at what is coming up with memory deduplication, we are looking at true advancement in operating system performance at its most basic level.

Yes, the Consumer Preview is flawed, but for all its flaws, let us all think about these things and realize that the best is yet to come for an operating system ahead of its time.


Today I logged into Windows 7 for most of the day.
I did all the updates, security scans, new video drivers etc.

Then I messed around with some of the stuff I've been doing in Windows 8.

I can't get Google Chrome to work in Windows 7 for some reason but everything else is normal. Chrome opens but won't go to any page. I ran all my malware scans didn't find anything, and Internet Explorer works fine. Even removing and reinstalling Chrome didn't help.

Windows 7 really feels slow!!!

I could hardly stand to work in it.

I guess my mind is made up, as soon as Windows 8 becomes available I'll be a full time user, especially at the price they are going to sell it for.

I think I'll then, remove Windows 7 and install Ubuntu as my backup OS.

I like dual booting, it means that you can almost always get into your computer, even when things go to pot.

Here is a question, I assume the disks they are selling for $39 is an upgrade.

Will it let you install in on another partition the way we do now, or will it insist on replacing Windows 7?

Better yet will it let us upgrade our present Windows 8 install so we don't have to start all over again?


hello all

a couple of weeks ago i bought an hp laptop with vista home premium pre installed on it. so far, i have had to reinstall the factory settings 3 times and have done countless systems restores. i have used different windows OSs for the past 15 years and never have i had such a nightmare as this.

the thing is i havent even been able to use my computer to any extent to mess things up myself as all i have so far gotten around to doing is installing a few basic programs, viz zone alarms, spyware doctor, foxit reader, a motorola modem and firefox (nb all software is the current vista version). i havent even used the computer as such yet because after i close it down and reboot, vista suddenly 'forgets' eveything i've installed, viz it forgets to load zone alarms on start up, i lose my bookmarks and add-on in firefox, then windows explorer suddenly crashes etc etc etc. then it'll tell me i cant open control panel or system restore etc because i dont have adminstrator rights!!! what is wrong with this ****** machine? please help. this is driving me mad and i need this computer for work.

cheers and thanks in advance


ps i really want to put xp on the laptop but i just get the bsod when i try to install it. i'm thinking about switching to linux...

Okay I have done so many steps on BCDEDIT and Bootrec and Bootsect that i just dont know what ive done now ... Okay at first my computer didnt boot up (WINDOWS 7) because Bootmgr was failing and it happens to me a lot since i mess with the inside of my computer on a daily basis with other things... okay anyway well i was going to rebuild the BCD and i did something wrong because now when i do a BOOTREC /ScanOS in Windows RE enviroment i get


if im not mistaken i think i redirected everything to Windows.old or something in other steps prior to this..

BCDEDIT looks like this..

Windows Boot Manager
identifier {Bootmgr}
device partition =C:
description windows boot manager
default {default}
displayorder {default}
timeout 10

Windows Boot Loader
identifier {default}
device Partition=C:
path windowssystem32winload.exe
description windows vista
osdevice partition =C:
systemroot windows

I am only running one current Hard drive and it has apparently two parts one Being C: AND D: But C: is called System Reserve or something on those terms and is only 100 Megs while D: contains the actual windows installation so i was wondering how i can redirect the boot again

-thanks in advance, Chris

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