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  1. After Steve Jobs passed away, what's next?
  2. oop!
  3. When Windows VirtualPC works well with HAV-based computer, its partner (Microsoft VirtualPC 2007 SP1) which has compatibility issue won't work anymore in Windows 7, however, its rival (Sun VirtualBox 3.0.10) works wonders ! For your information, the most recent IE6 on XP3.VHD created (which is freely distributed ) would start to pop-up WGA balloon and needs to be activated within a day , even though it is alright to gain access Windows XP to perform administrative tasks using Windows 7's WPS remotely.
  4. If you aren't using MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials), then Windows Defender, at least, protects your computer from spyware and malware. Recommended: simply update its latest definition after first running Windows Defender installed for the first use through Internet. Here the latest: Changelog: version: 1.69.1083.0 - 2009/Nov/18 version: 1.69.995.0 - 2009/Nov/16 version: 1.69.946.0 - 2009/Nov/14 Safe Surfing!
  5. open services.msc, look for Help and Support..., Properties, Startup type: automatic, start
  6. First of all, try this command, helpctr.exe from Start | Run. If helpctr.exe not found, then this feature is disabled during the time of nlite-ing.
  7. AVG9 uses its Cache Server engine, i.e. avgchsvx.exe , to store .dat files in each partition making hard disk works harder and slowing down overall system performance. The cached data contains AVG9 shielded code to quicken virus/spyware check, however, this process is inefficient method.
  8. The upgrade might take 20 hours or more , according to recent PC magazine article. For a smoother ride, it is recommended to do a fresh installation , which is also best after using Windows 7 for a few month later. Still confused? Get help from Ina Fried (CNET, as of 2009-Nov-2) who might give you a good relook on his article titled Windows 7 upgrade version: The do and don'ts found on http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10388567-56.html The excerpt, "...The difference between an in-place upgrade and a "clean" installation, in this instance, means backing up one's data, installing Windows 7, restoring the data, and reinstalling all Windows programs. Windows 7 upgrade disks can be used to do this clean installation and will recognize the previously installed version of Windows. So if you don't have any previously installed Windows on the machine, you will want to get yourself a full copy of Windows 7..."
  9. Knowing that Windows 7 installs essential and third-party programs in Program Files folder, programs settings in ProgramData folder, and stores user's profile by creating a softlink Documents and Settings folder to Users folder, Windows system files in Windows folder, leaving XP user not able to store its personal data in Documents and Settings folder. There is an alternative method by creating a common pool directory for XP, for example, c:\HOME, in winnt.sif (unattended script), and saved it into I386 folder of ISO image. [unattended] ; essential and third-party programs ProgramFilesDir = "c:\HOME" <--- specify Drive C: where Windows 7 is going to install later ; shared system programs CommonProgramFilesDir = "c:\HOME\Common Files" <--- manage system files efficiently ; Windows system files TargetPath = HOME <--- remember to choose Drive C: to install XP [GuiUnattended] ; user personal data ProfilesDir="c:\HOME\addins" <--- this folder is seldom use
  10. Step 1) "D:\WCU\SSE\SQLExpr32_x86_enu.exe" /q /ACTION=Install /FEATURES=SQL /INSTANCENAME=SQLEXPRESS /SQLSVCACCOUNT="NT AUTHORITY\Network Service" /SQLSVCStartupType=Automatic /AddCurrentUserAsSqlAdmin /ENABLERANU=1 /SKIPRULES=RebootRequiredCheck /hideconsole /TIMESTAMP="VSExpress_10.0" Warning: the above silent parameters doesn't work for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Nov (CTP3) Recommended: copy and paste into cmd.exe environment step 2) while it is still installing background, open taskmgr.exe, monitor the process SQLxxx in the list Suggestion: when SQLxxx is not shown in the list, it means the silent install fails to work, then check out SQL error log in Temp directory; e.g. missing Windows Installer 4.5 step 3) when these two program services (sqlservr.exe, sqlwriter.exe) running, the installer has finished its task Suggestion: please wait until setup100.exe process in the task manager disappears ( can be verified by CCleaner225 under Win7 environment) Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Corporation Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Browser Microsoft Corporation 7.94 MB Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Native Client Microsoft Corporation 2.89 MB Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Setup Support Files Microsoft Corporation 28.6 MB Microsoft SQL Server VSS Writer Microsoft Corporation 1.81 MB OR, (can be verified by using Win7's Windows PowerShell) IdentifyingNumber : {4A6F34E2-09E5-4616-B227-4A26A488A6F9} Name : Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Common Files Vendor : Microsoft Corporation Version : 10.1.2531.0 Caption : Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Common Files IdentifyingNumber : {B5153233-9AEE-4CD4-9D2C-4FAAC870DBE2} Name : Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database Engine Services Vendor : Microsoft Corporation Version : 10.1.2531.0 Caption : Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database Engine Services IdentifyingNumber : {58721EC3-8D4E-4B79-BC51-1054E2DDCD10} Name : Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database Engine Services Vendor : Microsoft Corporation Version : 10.1.2531.0 Caption : Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database Engine Services IdentifyingNumber : {D441BD04-E548-4F8E-97A4-1B66135BAAA8} Name : Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Setup Support Files Vendor : Microsoft Corporation Version : 10.1.2731.0 Caption : Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Setup Support Files IdentifyingNumber : {196E77C5-F524-4B50-BD1A-2C21EEE9B8F7} Name : Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Common Files Vendor : Microsoft Corporation Version : 10.0.1600.22 Caption : Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Common Files IdentifyingNumber : {F3494AB6-6900-41C6-AF57-823626827ED8} Name : Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database Engine Shared Vendor : Microsoft Corporation Version : 10.1.2531.0 Caption : Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database Engine Shared IdentifyingNumber : {B857D868-F8B0-43EE-BC2B-D9E5ED21F237} Name : Microsoft SQL Server VSS Writer Vendor : Microsoft Corporation Version : 10.1.2531.0 Caption : Microsoft SQL Server VSS Writer IdentifyingNumber : {33AE9E89-47C9-4A0D-9E9D-BDD6966A3804} Name : Microsoft SQL Server 2008 RsFx Driver Vendor : Microsoft Corporation Version : 10.1.2531.0 Caption : Microsoft SQL Server 2008 RsFx Driver IdentifyingNumber : {4815BD99-96A4-49FE-A885-DCF06E9E4E78} Name : Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database Engine Shared Vendor : Microsoft Corporation Version : 10.1.2531.0 Caption : Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database Engine Shared IdentifyingNumber : {C688457E-03FD-4941-923B-A27F4D42A7DD} Name : Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Browser Vendor : Microsoft Corporation Version : 10.1.2531.0 Caption : Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Browser IdentifyingNumber : {4F44B5AE-82A6-4A8A-A3E3-E24D489728E3} Name : Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Native Client Vendor : Microsoft Corporation Version : 10.1.2531.0 Caption : Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Native Client step 4) open cmd.exe, and type: osql -S .\sqlexpress -E 1> print @@version 2> go >>> Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (SP1) - 10.0.2531.0 Express Edition... Suggestion: the above step no. 4 can be used to verify for SQL Server 2005 Express The above steps works for my XP SP2 too!
  11. When XP lays out its directories structure as follows: Documents and Settings #1 Program Files Windows So, does Windows 7, but slightly different naming: Users <--- softlink to #1 Program Files #2 ProgramData <--- configuration of #2 Windows To reinstall Windows 7 or fresh install over old Windows 7, it will gather all old content of Windows folder and dump it into Windows.OLD; disk space sucker . Have you heard of ExplorerXP that help erase easily ? A Google Search brings to `ExplorerXP is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non - commercial use) file ... Download http://www.explorerxp.com/explorerxpsetup.exe - 410 KB. Version 1.07` How it works simply by renaming the folder name with file extension, e.g. changed ProgramFiles to ProgramFiles.old In this sequence of renaming and deletion, i.e. Windows.old, ProgramData.old, ProgramFiles.old, Users.old, Documents and Settings.old (softlink), Perflog.old (optional), Recovery.old (optional) Remember to set 0% in Recycle Bin, or press Shf + Del while deleting them permanently safe and sound Note that the filesize of DirSizeCache.dat, FolderStates.dat, and Groups.dat within ExplorerXP folder will gradually increase, especially the FolderStates.dat, which is safe to delete it when the program exits (optional).
  12. Me too. Mine is a Free Edition. Their file sizes varied differently from each volume. I wonder why AVG uses this mechanism to ensure 'safety net' while requesting for frequent downloading its definition daily or every 4 hours each day?
  13. create a new user account with administrator rights, and then copy all previous documents back into the new user folder, except ntuser.*. keep it safe just in case you need the customization as well as the corrupted data.
  14. go to Safe Mode (F8) and uninstall kmixer.sys and its related drivers (from its .inf), and then Normal Mode. changed 'multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /usepmtimer /noguiboot /bootlog' to 'multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect'