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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReRun 2.5.4.0 on: Today at 12:21:24 PM
Sounds good to me!
Is it worth sticking a constant placeholder icon where a slot is disabled, so there's a difference between disabled and unused?

Do you have anything in mind?  I'm open to suggestions.  smiley
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReRun 2.5.3.0 Beta on: Today at 11:04:02 AM
This gets more to the purpose of restarting an accidentally closed program.
It's a better idea, I think.

With 2540 I get some blank buttons in unexpected slots. Is this what you meant by "The buttons tend to move around a bit."?

At the moment, starting from the right, top, I have 4 blanks, 1 icon, 1 blank, 2 icons.

Yes.  It's sort of scatter shot in appearance.  As I create the buttons I check if the exe path exists, the icon and tooltip loaded ok, and if the program is running.  If any of those disqualifies it I just mark it disabled.  I tried keeping the buttons together by decoupling the loop.  But it's too tightly coupled in other places.  Kind of spaghetti code. smiley

Plus with this scheme what will show up will vary depending on what is running.  There will always be a few things detected that aren't useful, like Windows Scripting Host.  But I figure with 32 buttons chances are the program or two you close and want back will be pulled into the net.

3  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniTool Partition Wizard PRO - do we need a mini review of this software? on: Today at 10:56:59 AM
The real problem with writing reviews of software like this -- is that you really need some descent familiarity with the main alternatives -- it's simply pointless for someone who hasn't used other partition tools to review just one.  And given how rarely people use partition tools, it's not something that most people have much experience with.

Plus the fact that not everyone has a bench with 2 or 3 "guinea pig" machines to try them on.  You have to expect the possibility the PC may not boot after the test.  smiley
4  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniTool Partition Wizard PRO - do we need a mini review of this software? on: Today at 10:24:26 AM
Last May they gave away the Pro version 8 someplace.  I don't really need it either.  The free bootable CD is quite powerful.  I guess I installed the Pro because it was free and had GPT support.  This Windows 8.0 Laptop is GPT and that makes me paranoid.  Not because it isn't better but because my MBR experience is now obsoleted.  smiley

I don't remember where I got it though.  On the W8 W7 and Vista forums I am on they recommend it highly.  (The posters who regularly reconfigure their partition setups.)

If it is spam at least it seems to be for a product that works.  smiley

Edit: after search I see they had v. 9 Pro on GOTD Feb. 15.  But I have no day to day need for it or I would have noticed.  smiley
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReRun 2.5.4.0 on: Today at 08:29:48 AM
v. 2.5.4.0     Added .ini file option ShowNotRunningOnly.  The default is True. When
               this option is True, Buttons for programs will only be shown if the program
               is not currently running.  This is the behavior I had in mind when I started.
               To use the old behavior quit ReRun and edit the .ini file.  Set
               ShowNotRunningOnly=False or =0.

               Note that if you open the ReRun Button Panel right after closing a program's
               window, the process may still be hidden in memory as it shuts down.  Closing
               the Button Panel and opening again should produce the expected results.

The new version is available on my site.  See first post for the link.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why won't my laptop run Firefox? on: Today at 05:41:13 AM
If nothing else, if the hw is good you could do a complete wipe and install and at least have a running Laptop with a clean OS on it.

I'd not be so hasty to do this unless there is a recovery option available (alternatively, clone the existing drive and keep that or the source drive safe somewhere for future reference) -- if the OS that's on there is or "inherits" from an OEM install, there may be OEM-specific files that having access to later may make one's life easier.

I agree that determining the key via the likes of ProduKey as suggested is a good idea.

Also try here:
http://www.dell.com/suppo.../04/Products/?app=drivers

I didn't see Z600 listed.  Autodetect if you can browse there may pick it up though.
If you have an external drive you can always make an image with Macrium Reflect.  You can mount the image in Explorer to access files later.. if you can find what you want in the pile.  smiley
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReRun 2.5.3.0 Beta on: March 04, 2015, 05:48:54 PM
Changing one line of code when the Button Panel opens I think I have this much closer to how I envisaged it.  Now a Button for a detected program will not be displayed if the program is running.  The program info will still be saved to file as before.  This has the effect that when you start ReRun before opening the programs that were running when you closed ReRun(such as by shutting down or logging off) the Buttons for the programs running then will be displayed.

A bit wordy but say you have Notepad, Firefox and PCalc running.  Pressing F9 to display the Button Panel should not display any of them that are already running.  Close PCalc, then open the Button Panel.  It's button should be there.  This gets more to the purpose of restarting an accidentally closed program.

The buttons tend to move around a bit.  It may take a little getting used to.  But I think this is much more useful than the way it functioned previously.

If anyone would like to try it please feel free to download the attachment.  I haven't updated the readme yet.  For any who don't know just unzip to any empty folder and run ReRunSetup.exe.  It just extracts either a 32 or 64 bit version of ReRun depending on your OS.  You may have to set the Compatibility Mode to Run As Administrator on W8.

8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: March 04, 2015, 04:39:46 PM
(see attachment in previous post)The number of the beast. Does this mean that Deozaan is more evil.

Heh.  A lot of cab companies here in Miami have phone numbers like 444-4444(so the drunks can just keep jabbing one finger I suppose.)  I've also seen 777-7777.  But I haven't seen a cab with 666-6666 on its side.  smiley
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Super Annoying Freezing Mouse (and Keyboard) - can ANYONE help, PLEASE!? on: March 04, 2015, 04:37:19 PM

My suggestion is to delete the driver for the mouse that is currently connected and reboot.  Let plug and play reinstall it.

I did that for a minimum of 20 tiems! As I wrote I tried EVERYTHING (I am NOT a PC Noob);only my English isn't good enough.
I do repair people's PCs in my spare time, but this bloody problem I never came across & NOBODY seems to ahve a cure, so I
tried to post it here, hoping that someone might have a solution.

But thanks buddy anyways. And yesss, Miles IS the KING!!!!!!!  Thmbsup

I hate it when that happens.  I don't know that much about computer hardware.  I studied a bit when learning assembler but that was back in the days of ISA bus and edge triggered interrupts.  I haven't kept up.  I hate intermittent problems.  Hope you track it down.  smiley

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is anyone doing this Bing Rewards thing? on: March 04, 2015, 01:37:41 PM
Sounds about right.  Thanks smiley
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Beware of download sites on: March 04, 2015, 10:35:20 AM
As far as the saying "Don't believe anything you read and half of what you see." goes, it is totally false now too. You can't believe anything you hear and only at most 10% of what you see. Or can you trust any photos etc on the internet?

Or, as Chico Marx said in Duck Soup

"Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?"
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why won't my laptop run Firefox? on: March 04, 2015, 10:29:07 AM
^ oh, yes, Thank you for the adware-installing jelly thing! hehe  Grin



Sorry about that.  I just went by the blog.  On reading the NirSoft description again is does seem ProduKey will detect the Product Key for the OS for Vista and W7 but W8 is not mentioned.

I should have suggested running that Jelly thing under Toolwiz Time Freeze.  But I didn't think a blogger would link to such a utility without even mentioning it's adware.  Naive I guess.  smiley

I wouldn't be surprised if the Registry was corrupted.  Just lots of things seem weird.  It might not hurt to try CCleaner's Registry cleaning option.  It makes a .reg file to restore changes before making deletions(provided you click OK when asked.)  So if the machine still boots you should be able to get back where you were.  But a whacky registry can definitely produce strange behavior.

If CCleaner shows about 10 screens worth of "issues" then a repair install may be a minimum.

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why won't my laptop run Firefox? on: March 04, 2015, 09:19:52 AM
Maybe the Laptop came with W8 and the owner did a "free downgrade" to W7. Many people did.

I am scheduled to meet him in a week from now, so I will remember to ask him this. Thanks!


Have you tried the Product Key search utility?  If nothing else, if the hw is good you could do a complete wipe and install and at least have a running Laptop with a clean OS on it.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Is anyone doing this Bing Rewards thing? on: March 04, 2015, 09:17:32 AM
I'm just curious if anyone really actively participates in this promotion because I'm trying it.  But it seems like it would take an investment of my time just to figure out if I ever get anything besides "points" out of it.  I remember when I first started getting credit cards.  I signed up for a Sky Miles card because in my naivety I thought 5,000 free sky miles meant I could travel 5,000 air miles free.  Uh uh.  I think it bought one change of business class to first class on one flight.

So, I'm just wondering if it's even worth setting Bing as default search engine.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Super Annoying Freezing Mouse (and Keyboard) - can ANYONE help, PLEASE!? on: March 04, 2015, 09:12:05 AM
All I see in the first post relevant to my suggestion is
Quote
deleted ALL non present HW from the HW-Manager

which is not the same thing.  My suggestion is to delete the driver for the mouse that is currently connected and reboot.  Let plug and play reinstall it.

16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why won't my laptop run Firefox? on: March 04, 2015, 09:02:28 AM
The listed files are not installed. But should they be?
I have at least one copy of each on my Windows 8.0 Laptop

According to msdn "Windows API Sets" they are not designed to work on Windows 7.

Maybe 'something' is installed that makes DW confuse my Win 7 for a Win 8 / RT 2012 ?



Maybe the Laptop came with W8 and the owner did a "free downgrade" to W7.  Many people did.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Super Annoying Freezing Mouse (and Keyboard) - can ANYONE help, PLEASE!? on: March 03, 2015, 04:23:43 PM
so I just replaced both (keyboard and mouse) and it has worked fine ever since.

Thanks SJ, but I tried that already,as I stated. I tried 2 diff. Mice & one KB, same shit Sad

This Problem started SUDDENLY around the 10.-15. of Octobe last year, after the monthly MS Updates....
so I taught it has something to do with the MS-Updates, so I made a system recovery to the state before the updates
but that didn't help neither...

This sucks BIG time Sad

Were the 2 different mice the same make?  Logitech perhaps?  One trick that works sometimes is to open Device Manager, right click on the device giving the problem, then click Delete.  Reboot.  Windows will say it has found new hardware and reinstall the same driver.  For some reason this seems to work about 50% of the time or better.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why won't my laptop run Firefox? on: March 03, 2015, 03:16:48 PM
The listed files are not installed. But should they be?

I have at least one copy of each on my Windows 8.0 Laptop

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Quote
Info:
This 64-bits laptop was given to me "pre-registered" with 32-bits Win 7 PRO installed, without any disc or available key.

I mean "registered" in the COM sense.  If you have COM DLL or OCX files the system doesn't know where to get them unless they are listed in the Registry.  Regsvr32.exe just loads the OCX or DLL and calls the required RegisterServer function.  This puts the entry in the Registry.  But if the files are missing I must assume the dependency checker is finding the call to access them in Firefox.  I forget most of the COM stuff I knew.  But I believe the program uses the Clsid to call QueryInterface to see if a particular COM component supports what it wants to do.  The clsid is looked up in the Registry to find the file to load.  Then the COM component answers it does or doesn't support the requested interface.

Edit:  Never mind.  The Nirsoft product key finder is only for Windows Office.

Edit2: I found this article.  Skip down to the part about the Magical Jellybean Key Finder.

http://www.pcworld.com/ar...r_office_product_key.html

Edit3:  The first link to Magical Jellybean gets a 404 error.  But the second one works:
https://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/

The free one claims to find product keys for W7 and 8.



19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why won't my laptop run Firefox? on: March 03, 2015, 02:39:07 PM
Dependency Walker [DW] ... giving these error messages: (see attachment in previous post)

On stackoverflow a user listed the exact same DLLs (as shown in above screenshot), as being named by Dependency Walker as missing. He then installed three OCX files, and voila his problem was gone - even though DW still listed the many DLLs as "missing"! Maybe a coincidence. He never came back to name the OCX files.

http://stackoverflow.com/...win-7-64-bit-dll-problems

Quote from: Stack Overflow
dependency walker is telling me that the following DLLs are missing:

    API-MS-WIN-CORE-COM-L1-1-0.DLL
    API-MS-WIN-CORE-WINRT-ERROR-L1-1-0.DLL
    API-MS-WIN-CORE-WINRT-L1-1-0.DLL
    API-MS-WIN-CORE-WINRT-ROBUFFER-L1-1-0.DLL
    API-MS-WIN-CORE-WINRT-STRING-L1-1-0.DLL
    API-MS-WIN-SHCORE-SCALING-L1-1-0.DLL
    DCOMP.DLL
    GPSVC.DLL
    IESHIMS.DL

Did you check via Dir command if the files are there? If they are it could just be a matter that somehow they got unregistered.  If they are COM Dlls you may be able to put them back in use by running
regsvr32 DllName.dll
on each one.  Maybe copy and paste all the dll names into a batch or something along those lines.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why won't my laptop run Firefox? on: March 03, 2015, 02:35:21 PM
Quote from: cmd.exe
Verification 100% complete.
Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.

But No, I don't have a CD for this one either.
-so this was merely a cmd.exe on the desktop, not during boot.

MS just pulled the W7 ISO images from Digital River too.  Otherwise you could just download one.  Although if you have the product key I believe you can still download directly from MS.  But I don't know the server.

Here's the Softpedia News Item
21  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: My new freeware domain (or I have gone .org) :) on: March 03, 2015, 02:29:29 PM
Funny, I also wrote a freeware program (first version in 2008) called DriveAlive which does the same and in the same way (writing a text file to the disks). It just has a GUI instead of command line. smiley

http://taosoft.dk/software/freeware/drivealive/

It does rhyme after all.  smiley

The Gui looks good.  I had a couple of USB 3 docking stations driving me crazy.  I could not believe they insisted on spinning down the inserted HD after about 5 minutes idle.  I never found any way to disable that "feature" on that model dock.  smiley

Great minds think alike?  smiley
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Launch any windows application on the cloud (online) on: March 03, 2015, 02:02:35 PM

Quote from: Contro

Miles says in a tablet or in the cloud ?

I would like on the cloud...



I just pointed to that blog.  The author knows more about it than I.  I have never used a chromebook or android or any of the mobile or cloud stuff.  I'm just now using OneDrive.  I am a troglodyte in some areas.  smiley
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best Linux Distro for Windows HDD recovery on: March 03, 2015, 05:47:55 AM
This may be a good place to search
DistroWatch
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why won't my laptop run Firefox? on: March 03, 2015, 05:39:49 AM
Do you have the install disc for this machine?  I'm starting to think it may be a case of running
sfc /SCANNOW to replace missing system files.  Probably some Dlls.

According to the boards I'm on they say to run it 3 times.

Here's a tutorial for W7

http://www.sevenforums.co...-command-prompt-boot.html
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser? on: March 03, 2015, 05:29:53 AM
New forum theme!

I vote for a "view first unread" button at the top of threads.  That way I can view the thread in chronological order and still get right to the first unread post.  Plus when people follow up with "^^^^" it won't point the wrong way.  smiley
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