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1901  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Best USB/Bootable recovery and "utility" tools on: March 31, 2012, 09:13:34 PM
I don't think the mod of Restore Registry Wizard just means changing paths unfortunately.

Maybe not but the biggest change seems to be in the folder names, RegResWiz looks specifically for folders in System Volume Information starting with _restore.

Under Win7 they don't, they are just identifiers within brackets, eg. {FD721EA1-0DC0-4191-85F7-4D474E00E2DB}.

Maybe making the program parse the filenames within the folders will make it a little more robust.
1902  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Best USB/Bootable recovery and "utility" tools on: March 31, 2012, 08:29:36 PM
Yes - it is under registry tools - called Restore Registry Wizard.

Found it, also found the source code in VB, (attached) - wonder if it's not too hard to update.  I would think it's only a discrepancy between the identifier on the files, (the bit between the {}), and the lookup he uses in the registry, (or wherever it hides).

Or maybe just a dirty port to AutoIt.

Hmmm found this:

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These instructions apply only to Windows 7

This allows you to restore a recent windows vista/7 registry backup manually (note this could be up to 10 days old).

It is very similar to the method I used in XP but doesn't give access to all the restore points but it might save the day. Apparently these backups are made automatically.

I believe that's the backup that's used if you choose Last Known Good Configuration from the F8 boot menu.
1903  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Best USB/Bootable recovery and "utility" tools on: March 31, 2012, 07:09:58 PM
In particular I miss the registry tool for manually applying System Restore points when System Restore fails.

Is this the same as doing this: Manually restore the system registry for Windows XP ?

I wouldn't think that procedure would be all that different under W7, guess I'll have a look.

Is it a particular program that does this on UBCD4Win, (couldn't see anything that mentioned System Restore in the Version History or Tool list) ?
1904  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: PC Time on: March 30, 2012, 06:52:29 PM
I use Windows XP. How can I list WakeUp events there?

I'll have to check further but the XP Pro machine I'm on atm doesn't appear to have any power events listed, which I find a little strange but maybe this is normal for XP.

There appears to be some ready made scripts over on the AutoIt forum so I'll see if I can adapt for your output requirements.

@4wd - thanks for putting that together!  Thmbsup

Thanks 40, I kind of like the Event Log in W7 - it and the Task Scheduler are so much better than previous versions.
1905  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: PC Time on: March 29, 2012, 04:05:55 PM
What OS are you running?

If it's Win7 then the attached Event Log filter will display WakeUp events, (which includes Sleep/WakeUp times), for the last 30 days.  Looking at the details for the events will also tell you whether the Hybernation file was written, (hyber.sys).

Open the Event Log and choose:
1) Import Custom View..., select the Sleep-WakeUp.xml file and hit OK to get back to Event Log.

You'll now have a Custom View called:
2) Sleep-WakeUp, you can select the events and save as a CSV for import into Excel, etc. for a bit of data massaging.  You just need the lines starting with Sleep Time and Wake Time, (the time is in UTC so you need to allow for timezone).

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Event Source Kernel-Power with an Event ID of 42 will also tell you when the system is entering Sleep mode but doesn't provide much info on why.  I've only seen two reasons on my PC: Application API or System Idle.

There's also the free Event Log Explorer, (register for the free license), that'll work on WinNT and later.
1906  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm Going to Build a PC. Suggestions? on: March 29, 2012, 05:15:12 AM
Personally I think the PSU/RAM bundle you mentioned is too cheap - you need a good quality PSU (poor/cheap PSU's are a major cause of intermittent headaches) and the best RAM you can find. Never had any problems with Corsair or Crucial memory.

Um, the PSU/RAM bundle he mentioned is Corsair.  It's the kind of deal you'd go for if you were building your generic business desktop.
1907  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm Going to Build a PC. Suggestions? on: March 29, 2012, 02:37:11 AM
You could save some money by not investing in the Hyper 212+ from the start, as I said above, the stock Intel HSF is more than adequate for that CPU up to around 4.3GHz.  If further down the track you want to push the CPU a little more or just want something quieter, (you'll probably find that the GPU HSF will make more noise than the CPU HSF), then you could invest in the Noctua/CM/etc.

Unless you're a real audiophile, the onboard sound will be more than adequate.

Also, I don't think you can plug that CPU into that motherboard - the CPU is a LGA1155 and the motherboard is for LGA2011 i7, (just looked and you can't).

For the i5-2500K you need something like: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 - $224.96

So dropping the HSF and changing the motherboard will save you ~$100

If you then use:
Corsair 600W Builder Series™ CX600 - $49.99
and
2 x Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 8GB - $99.98

You end up with 16GB of faster RAM, (PSU bundle only came with DDR3-1333), and you save $5.00 smiley
1908  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: JustCloud.com: It's All Lies on: March 28, 2012, 06:41:45 AM
...they just seemed to offer unlimited storage for free,

TBH, they don't say you get Free Unlimited Storage.  They say you get Free Storage and there's also Unlimited Storage, (for a price).

It's just the typical marketing doublespeak that's common these days.
1909  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 8 is just a Service/crapware pack for Windows 7 on: March 27, 2012, 07:36:37 PM
Actually, "New Math" does work, and does increase my computational time...

I think I'd prefer any "New Math" to reduce my computational time so I can get on and do other things.
1910  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm Going to Build a PC. Suggestions? on: March 27, 2012, 06:54:11 PM
I'd spring the extra $35 and get the i5-2500K - these things are probably the best 'bang for buck' CPU around, you can go up to 4.3GHz by just changing the multiplier, all on the stock HSF.

You won't need the extra PCI USB card, that motherboard already has 10 x USB2, (4 on the back, 6 on headers), ports and 4 x USB3, (2 on the back, 2 on headers), ports - so all you need is the backplane brackets if you require the extra ports.

Here's a USB2 one:
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Regarding the case, (Ugh! - sorry smiley  I prefer understated ones these days), since it's for a gaming rig - will you be carrying it around to friends and LAN nights?

If you are, then I'd recommend the Cooler Master Storm Scout - a lot of space inside for your build, good cable management and carry handles.

If this is a stationary object that wont be going anywhere, then whatever floats your boat - although one that has front USB3 ports to take advantage of the headers on the motherboard would be good.
These days, I would not think of buying a case with less than either 3 USB ports, (2x USB2 + 1x USB3), or 4 USB2 ports available on the front.  As an example, the Fractal Design Arc Midi which also comes with fan controller.

EDIT: Carol snuck in ahead: +1 for Gigabyte, +1 for Noctua but if you can't afford the Noctua coolers, (in case you want something a bit better than stock), then the Cooler Master Hyper series are good, (eg. Hyper 212+).
1911  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 27, 2012, 03:50:10 AM
Smoking takes 10 years off your life, if I hadn't of smoked when I was 20 I'd be 60 by now.
1912  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Old Hard Drives on: March 26, 2012, 04:14:53 AM

So what is that? Some sort of gryoscope-like device? What's the point of it? I mean besides looking cool/fun?

Tesla Turbinew

It's a turbine, same kind of thing they hang off jet aircraft wings to make them fly, (different design obviously).

It's a bladeless, (normal turbines have blades), turbine engine with one moving part, the rotors.

Not only that but if you have it so the rotor shaft is driven, (instead of driving), then it becomes a pump that will handle gas or liquid.
1913  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm Going to Build a PC. Suggestions? on: March 26, 2012, 03:45:36 AM
^ Good catch.

Swap the CPU for a i5-2500K, double the RAM (2x4GB), and use two HDDs and it should still be under $1000 and have a lot more grunt for pretty much anything.

You could probably squeeze a new Intel Z68 board in there also.
1914  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm Going to Build a PC. Suggestions? on: March 26, 2012, 02:17:05 AM
One other thing I learned from my subscription to MaximumPC is that the AMD GPU's doesn't support PhysX that's included in cool games like Batman:  Arkham City.  So, I guess I'll go with nVidia.

An nVidia GPU isn't required for PhysX - it's only required if you want to offload some of work to the GPU rather than have the CPU do it.

With current model GPUs and CPUs I doubt whether you'd notice any appreciable difference.
1915  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Old Hard Drives on: March 26, 2012, 01:53:34 AM
Make a Tesla Turbine.
1916  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: xlsx corrupt file, password protected, can't open...need help on: March 24, 2012, 07:39:09 PM
...but with USB I need something a little more mobile and complex.

Unfortunately with MS putting the kibosh on autorun.inf, (which was a good idea - the removing of it, that is), there doesn't seem to be an easy way to run removable based programs on insert unless there is a program on each host PC to initiate it - which shouldn't be too hard to do in AutoIt, (the initiating not the syncing).

FWIW, I use SyncBackPro on my PCs and it's set to perform backups when certain removable drives appear on the system.
1917  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: No more WinPE? on: March 24, 2012, 07:24:31 PM
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WinPE will be the first app for sale on Metro - just $2999 - a bargain!

Nope, can't see the smiley and it's a few days early........
1918  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: xlsx corrupt file, password protected, can't open...need help on: March 23, 2012, 09:55:46 PM
I'm not sure what the lesson to be learned here is

Backups...and lots of them.

On multiple devices.
1919  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google to Spy on Your Phone Calls Now... on: March 23, 2012, 08:24:23 PM
It never stops... Now Google will spy on your phone call background noise... yeah... sure... just the background noise... right...

Just one more reason to keep watching pr0n while making phone calls....except now I can turn the sound up and have a legitimate excuse.

tongue
1920  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NAS Recommendations? on: March 23, 2012, 08:21:03 PM


Addendum: It's arrived!  For size reference, it's sitting on a Sugo SG05 case, approximately 1.5 times the height of it but slightly less deep.

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Oh, and I'm still alive...moose and co are very happy.
1921  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: No more WinPE? on: March 23, 2012, 08:12:43 PM
Looks like they're going to make their online WinPE Builder service available as a free local executable.  Thmbsup
1922  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NAS Recommendations? on: March 22, 2012, 07:59:56 PM
The HP-N36L is a very nicely configured box for the price. The AMD CPU lets you avoid getting into the ARM weirdness you'll sometimes encounter if you're going with Linux. And you can fit the HP P410 RAID card into it if you're the type that still believes in RAID for home use.

There's no way you could put together a unit with the same specs as these things - they are magic.  I've been itching to play with one since johnk mentioned them back here.

I'm hoping I actually live long enough to do that  undecided

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P.S. Luck with your wife. Grin

Just got to work out how to get her out of the house when it arrives.

"What, that?   I've had that for years, just hadn't got around to using it."
1923  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 8 is just a Service/crapware pack for Windows 7 on: March 22, 2012, 07:00:09 PM
I'll go to wherever can allow me to use a good old fashioned keyboard and mouse.

I think I better dust off my old Amiga smiley
1924  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: No more WinPE? on: March 22, 2012, 06:53:23 PM
Nothing on the Reatogo, BartPE or UBCD websites about needing to pull it. But they're using the old versions. smiley

But they don't use WinPE per se What I meant, (but my brain deserted me), was unlike Paragon they're not distributing a ready-made PE, they build a replica from scratch using your Windows installation or CD.

BTW, Winbuilder will give you the WinPE 3.x environment because it can use Windows 7 and 8 as the source.  Also, someone has managed to do WinPE 4 to a USB Flash drive using Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows® 8 Consumer Preview.

On a side note, I wonder how that impacts Paragons WinPE Builder?
For $20/year, IIRC, you could log in and create your own customised WinPE, (providing you had the Professional of higher version of their products).
1925  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA to automate few tasks for new installed windows xp sp3 on: March 22, 2012, 07:51:24 AM
i will look at nLite and see which lines it adds to a winnnt.sif file and i will copy it to my mine.

It doesn't add any extra lines to winnt.sif apart from that which are part of the normal winnt.sif commands/options, (eg. timezone, language, etc).

For any tweaks and things which require something more involved, (such as setting the Explorer options you want), it adds a file to the $OEM$ directory of the install media called cmdlines.txt which contains:

Formatted for Generic Code with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. [Commands]
  2. "rundll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection nLite.inf,U"

This calls the nlite.inf, (compressed as nlite.in_), file in the i386 directory during installation which contains changes to the registry and other options you choose, (none of which can be 'just' copied to the winnt.sif file.

For everything you ever wanted to know about unattended and customised installations, you really can't go past MSFN's Unattended Windows tutorials.
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