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1  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Best Windows Giveaway Sites on: May 28, 2015, 07:11:42 PM
There is also: MostIWant
2  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Process Lasso Pro for Free on: May 23, 2015, 10:10:52 PM
A small warning though, this free offer from Process Lasso won't work on any of the Windows Server editions. The installer will detect if you run such Windows edition and automatically download the server edition of Process Lasso. The generated activation code from this offer won't work with that edition.

3  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Contraption Maker is FREE this weekend! (23rd May 2015) on: May 23, 2015, 11:54:28 AM
1Mbit ADSL fair-use-policy connection that costs 35 USD/month. And this is one of the cheaper ones here in Paraguay.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how to delete this empty file? on: May 23, 2015, 09:58:29 AM
this works on 32-bit Windows only...there is also such a thing as portable linux. A 1.4GByte installer last time I checked. When you start this software a small bar appears in your Windows session. That small bar grants you access to Ubuntu and you can use that to remove files. Even if Windows says those files are locked in any way...Ubuntu doesn't care and removes it for you. Folders that are inaccessible under Windows? Ubuntu grants you access without any problem.

Last time I checked the coLinux software that virtualizes Ubuntu inside a Windows session only comes in 32-bit and won't work on 64-bit Windows.  
5  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Contraption Maker is FREE this weekend! (23rd May 2015) on: May 23, 2015, 09:06:07 AM
On slow connections like mine, the installation procedure is a drag...and when you try to play the game, only then it starts to download the actual game ?!?

Not a good first impression. Don't know if this is common practice these days, but the one who thought this up deserves to be taken out back...
[/grumpy mode off]
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: sharepoint question on: May 19, 2015, 06:24:10 AM
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Put the line above in a html file and open that html file in a browser.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HDD primary partition not able to resize! on: May 18, 2015, 07:10:45 AM
Do you have another Windows PC (no laptop) that does work?

If so, get: Eassos Partition Guru (the freeware version will do) and install it on that PC. Transfer the hard disk from the broken system into the alternative Windows PC. Make sure the hard disk in the alternative system has sufficient storage space for the data you are going to transfer. If there isn't enough storage space, use your portable HDD instead. The transfer will take (a lot) longer in that case.

Start the software and let it detect all the hard disks and available partitions. Take a good look at the options menu to find transfer and backup methods that you prefer. You are able to transfer files one on one with an interface that looks like the Windows explorer.

When you are done, you have a file backup. Make sure you can access a random set of files without problem on the alternative system. If that check succeeds you can put the hard disk from the broken system back into the broken system. You can use GParted or the Windows installer to wipe all partitions from the hard disk. You should have now one big block of umpartitioned space on the hard disk.

Start the Windows installer and create just the partition for the Windows installation. The installer will say that it creates the 100MB partition. Continue with the installation. Remember the limit of 4 primary partitions? This way your hard disk used up 2 primary partitions already. If you want to make 1 or 2 partitions more everything is still fine. If you want more, you have to return to the extending partition tricks.

I would also suggest to use the Windows 7 installer instead of the XP installer. Because that installer will not burden your hard disk with hard disk alignment problems like the XP installer does.
Also, use the Windows installer or Windows' Disk Manager itself to create the extra partitions. Use GParted only to create the extended partition and all the logical partitions you need or want.

After all the partitioning is done you can continue with the installation and start putting back your data. You could even attempt again to put back the image to see if acronis doesn't up now. If it does, cut your losses. Use the Windows 7 installer again to remove both the Windows partition and the 100MByte partition and reinstall Windows 7 in the unpartitioned space. You should be getting the idea by now.

All of the above results in in a fresh Windows 7 installation and backed up data.

Making images and putting those back is one way of starting fresh. Creating an optimized rebuild routine is another. Especially if you are the only user on your PC, consider the rebuild routine. Do that properly and the same routine will work with different Windows versions as well.

8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HDD primary partition not able to resize! on: May 17, 2015, 05:13:47 PM
Do you remember if the hard disk had a 100MByte partition as first partition before you attempted to put the image back?

That 100MByte partition contains information your system requires to boot. Windows 7 creates this small partition on a fresh installation on a fresh hard disk or hard disk that has enough unpartitioned space (located at the beginning sectors of the hard disk).

In a few situations Windows 7 (and higher) forgoes the creation of this 100MByte partition. Usually when the hard disk you use is already partitioned to its fullest extend. For example: you have a partitioned disk under XP, but you decide to re-use the partitions created by XP to onstall Windows 7 over it.

So, if you forgot to take that partition into the will get into situations like this.

GParted states your current hard disk situation to be:
- a 8MByte primary partition
- a 298GByte extended partition, that is sub-divided into logical partitions of about 70GByte each
- and 10MByte of unpartitioned space

One of these sub-divided partitions inside the extended partition was likely intended as your system disk. When the BIOS in your PC only supports the old-skool MBR partitioning, you cannot have more than 4 primary partitions. However, if you need/want more partitions, you can use an extended partition and create logical partitions inside it.

From what I see and understand, best thing to do is:
- use GParted to remove the extended partition intended as your Windows partition
- shrink the extended partition to accommodate the rest of the partitions
- remove all the different unpartitioned spaces in front of the extended partition to create one big unpartitioned space
- re-install windows (to recreate the 100MByte partition and the Windows partition) in that unpartitioned space
- overwrite (only!!!) the new Windows partition with the image you have and try if you can boot

You might end up completely re-installing windows 7 anyway. With the 20/20 hindsight you have now, you will agree that for the next time, try if your image works on a spare hard disk first, before you try it on your main disk.

One good thing: f..k-ups like this teach you so much more about these matters than any successful image restoration ever could.

If you managed not to touch the Movies and Stuffs partitions, the data inside these partitions should be safe and available after you restored the image.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: sharepoint question on: May 16, 2015, 08:45:06 PM
If the admin(s) closed off access to the command-line, he/she/they should definitely have closed down PowerShell. The latter is much more powerful.

With no access, do you mean: you are not allowed to start the command-line box or are you not allowed to run batch scripts? If only the first is true, then use a (portable) text editor, create the batch file in there and execute it after you saved it in the folder where you need to rename your files (your user account proved to have read/write rights there).

4wd is right about asking your admin(s) to do this. That or do what it takes to get promoted to admin status in your place of employment...which would be handier, if the renaming job is a recurring job.  tongue

10  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Dayu Disk Master Pro giveaway on: May 15, 2015, 10:52:26 AM
When I see something I like from GOTD (which is less and less, to be honest)...I fire up my VM, install it there, register it, "virtualize" it (also known as making it portable)and run the portable on my normal system. If that works, fine. But if it doesn't, I lost maybe 30 minutes...however, if I really like/need it, then I will install & register it again on my normal system.

Bits Du Jour is usually the site with the better offers, although GOTD positively surprised me on occasion. That is the reason I still go there.   
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Virus or ?? on: May 06, 2015, 10:00:11 AM
Are you certain the virus/malware/whatever didn't affect the restore point you want to revert to?

A botched install from a piece of software, an update that proves to be incompatible with your system...that are reasons to use system restore. Infection is not. At least in my book.

Creepy cobweb is the name showing in the screen. Are you sure that the application responsible for the mayhem uses the same name? A simple tool, such as Process Explorer gives much more insight into that which helps with a more fruitful combing through the registry. A lot of malware disables software such as Process Explorer from running after the malware infects a system. Because it is of such a help to the admin/end-user in charge of fixing the system.

What SeraphimLabs said is very solid advice. Use tools like JRT, ADWCleaner etc. to check for malware that MalwareBytes Anti-malware might have missed. Check if the system has a rootkit.If it has one of those, then system restore won't be of any help at all. Then you better start making backup of her data, thoroughly check if those files aren't infected, thoroughly wipe her hard disk and start re-installing (preferably from non-writable media, such as a DVD).
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: email client and a special feature on: May 05, 2015, 09:41:09 PM
To my (limited) knowledge it is possible to start Thunderbird with a batch script where you can specify which profile it should open. These profiles must exist, you cannot create these on the fly.

skwire is also right, applications need command-line support before you can use them in a batch script. Never, ever expect this support and even if your application has command-line support, don't expect too much usable options/parameters to be included. Besides, the use of batch is dwindling and there is some push towards PowerShell for the persons that make use of the command-line. With good reason, PowerShell is much more powerful and allows you to access applications in ways batch scripts cannot even dream of.

There is nice freeware (Idera) around that enables you to make scripts yourself. It comes with auto-complete, descriptions of all commands and their parameters + working example scripts, a debugger and access to community where you can download scripts as well.

Whatever time you dedicate to PowerShell with this software, it will be time well spent.  
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: moving data from desktop to laptop on: May 05, 2015, 09:01:13 PM
It might even be an idea to get a portable hard disk (roughly the same size as your internal; hard disk. Hook it up to the appropriate computer and start transferring data. This has the advantage that you have a (new) portable hard disk that can be very useful for other purposes (backup ?) after you are finished transferring data.

Although it shouldn't be difficult to get the crossover cable, setting up things always proved less than reliable when I went through that in the XP-era. Perhaps this has improved in the more modern versions of Windows. Never went through that anymore, because now I always have a spare switch (and some UTP cables) lying around for just this kind of problem. Always fast, always reliable and easy to setup.

Moving around a lot of data over wireless connections is never as fast as cables, so if you can get over that inconvenience, this whole ordeal is over in a (significantly) shorter amount of time.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Using a batch file to create a hyperlinked png or jpg image. on: April 23, 2015, 11:25:26 PM
Too little info to go on, but I'll try anyway.

If Outlook is required, you better use PowerShell, which is more powerful and can access applications & servers installed on your system in ways batch scripts cannot even dream of.
But if that isn't the case, you could use batch script in combination with a command-line mailer (3rd party or what is included with Windows) and push out the messages that way. With batch scripts it is usually best to keep things as simple as possible.

There are even SMTP servers you run from the command line on your computer...but use those at your own peril. You don't want your IP address being blocked by organizations that patrol the internet for spammers.

Maintaining your own mail server is a job not for the faint of heart, because there are so many ways of doing it wrong. Better use the mail services provided by your ISP or mail host.
A command-line mailer can send mail through those services without problems, provided you use ports that aren't blocked. Most ISP's block port 25 by default to prevent unsanctioned SMTP traffic (a.k.a spam).

Find out how Outlook is sending your mail now (SMTP/IMAP/Exchange/whatever) and find a command-line mailer that can do the same. Use the settings from Outlook with the command-line mailer and you should be able to send mail just like Outlook does, only without Outlook. From here it should be relatively easy, as you already have the rest of the "building blocks".
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The problem with text compare tools - similar, in database compare tools on: April 21, 2015, 07:41:16 AM
The not free version of ExamDiff Pro will let you edit files directly. It also allows you to configure how "fine-grained" its output is. You can even adjust the colors it uses for this.

The only other compare tool I have experience with is 'Beyond Compare', which is on par with Examdiff Pro regarding configuration (the versions I have from both programs are). Not sure about Beyond Compare's ability to recognize moved text blocks. All I know is that Mouser is a very(!) big fan of Beyond Compare.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Comodo Internet Security -- a cautionary tale? on: April 11, 2015, 11:13:47 AM
An AV solution without real time shield is the open source 'ClamWin'. There are options to add real time scanning to it, if you want it. Because of its limited feature set it isn't represented in a lot of (neutral) AV comparison tests.

Here is one though. User satisfaction is on par with AVG users. The link also provides insights into what ClamWin does and doesn't do. This way you can decide if ClamWin is your cup of tea or not.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a very flexible timer on: April 10, 2015, 06:29:15 AM
'Manic Timer' would be the first timer I would think of when you want a set-it-and-let-it-run timer. Keeps track of anything you do in your system and can create reports from that. Comes in both free and commercial versions.
18  Other Software / Html and CSS School / Re: HTML editor for beginners on: April 08, 2015, 09:59:26 AM
Even the free HTML-Kit has a "preview pane"-like window which could be shown side-by-side with your html coding window. You have drag and click somewhat to make this happen every time, but you can set the refresh interval of the "preview pane" in its settings. If that is still a thing you want to have.

A decent text editor where you create the concept of the page you like to make and only when finished you'll do preview in the browser of your the better way to do things. Sure, at first you'll fail, perhaps even fail miserably. But you will proficient with HTML more quickly than when you keep staring at a preview pane to to see the result of each and every change. This is a time-consuming habit.

Same rules apply with CSS...especially when working with tricks to get the same look on different web-engines, you can fall in this trap.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Adventures in cleaning (my cranky) computer on: April 07, 2015, 09:27:41 PM
Be wary of any registry cleaner. If you have a program that didn't make proper use of the registry, the registry cleaner could mark this as something to fix or remove. Result? Your application wouldn't work anymore.

Not all programs are written properly and registry cleaners have a notion to be over-zealous in getting the highest number of "errors" they need to fix. Once you hit the 'Fix all errors'-button, you could be going from a (reasonably) working system to making a recover attempt from a restore point or even re-installation of Windows in just a minute.

Personally, I haven't used a registry cleaner in years. Sorry for being harsh, but I am inclining to say that you deserve whatever misery you get into after a registry cleaning.

Your registry won't be much smaller or faster or stored more optimal on disk. Only that last item could make some (debatable) difference.

The best advice? Leave the registry alone. Better keep a tool that makes a snapshot of your system (including registry) running in the background when you install some new piece of software. Once you want to get rid of this software, use that same tool again to revert all changes this new piece of software made. This is the better way to keep your system lean and mean. I believe Comodo offers such a tool as (limited) freeware and commercially licensed.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 'create Restore Point' question on: April 06, 2015, 08:08:12 AM
Although SSD's work fine with SATA2 ports, SSD's really start to work for you when you connect these to SATA3 (a.k.a 6g) ports on your mother board. And if your PC is older than 4 or 5 years, it is highly likely your motherboard doesn't have these SATA3 ports. RAM isn't backwards compatible. Your current mobo likely uses DDR2 RAM, your new mobo would use DDR3 RAM or better. Besides, your current RAM 'sticks' would slow down new RAM 'sticks' so significantly that you negate most, if not all, speed gains a new mobo gives you.

Unless you have a very custom build case, your case can handle mobo's build according to ATX standards.

21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 'create Restore Point' question on: April 05, 2015, 10:39:27 PM
The value that is shown here in this overview from my own computer (idling, Firefox opened with 1 tab), this is already too high. Values like this shouldn't appear on idling PC's. If they do, it means there are one or more hardware issues cropping up. This PC is already 7 years old, but it is functioning well enough.

Values should be between 0.00 and 0.25 on an idling system. When doing lots of activities on your PC, this value should not go over 1.00 or at max 1.50. If you see higher values, your PC is encountering serious problems, resulting in a sluggish system at best...but you can wait for the BSOD's to appear soon. This, because your hardware won't (sufficiently) enable Windows anymore to read/write the data and info it requires to be a fully functional OS. This is not Windows fault, your degrading hardware is to blame.

Now, if you have such a system and it only runs 3 to 6 hours a day doing menial tasks still will get some use out of it, hopefully for quite some time. But make no mistake, your hardware continues to degrade.

Network traffic and reading/writing data to a hard disk (internal or external) or pendrive are common to cause 'Interrupt' spikes. Such equipment that you regard as fast will cause hardly any spikes at all, while slow equipment will cause much bigger spikes than you would expect. 

The 'Interrupt' value is the first indicator that things aren't running as smoothly as they should be.

When you have determined that networking is the cause of the 'Interrupt' spikes:
If by any chance you have a spare network card laying around (100Mbit/sec or faster) you could build that into your PC, disable the onboard network in your BIOS and start using your PC again. It is quite possible that this action eliminates one or more causes that make the 'Interrupt' value spike and you would have a much more functional PC again. Even if you don't have a spare one, new ones cost between 5 USD and 10 USD here in Paraguay (so should be cheaper in the US).

When you have determined that the reading/writing on HD is the cause of the 'Interrupt' spikes:
Eliminating or reducing spikes is much more tricky here. For example If you used your computer and HD's with Windows XP before and you upgraded to this installation to Windows 7, you might have an unaligned hard disk. Simply stated:
when this is the case, every read/write action on your PC is practically done twice. Partition manager software (MiniTool has an excellent piece of freeware) can identify and fix this for you. Aligning is a very intense operation and will take hours, perhaps even a full day, and if things fail you are in serious trouble (so make backups first if you do this). However, after your HD's are successfully aligned you will be very glad you did this.

However if you installed Windows 7 from scratch, this aligning is already done and the point of the paragraph above is moot. In that case it is more likely that the part of the Nvidia chip-set responsible for the actual reading/writing on your HD's isn't working properly anymore. You can get a SATA controller that fits in one of your mobo's PCI-E connectors, connect your HD's to that controller and disable this part of your BIOS. This won't be that cheap and is more of a 'hail Mary' than anything else.

More often than not, it is cheaper and/or less of a headache to get a new mobo and RAM, move your SATA HD's (no IDE connectors on new mobo's anymore) and video card to the new PC and re-install Windows.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 'create Restore Point' question on: April 05, 2015, 04:53:59 PM
Sounds like an old motherboard to me. I used to have A8N-Pro ones, but these boards use the Nvidia chip-set and I hate to break it to you, these don't last long. I am convinced that the reason why your system is behaving oddly when connecting multiple HD's using different technologies gives you problems is, plain and simple, the quirks of a dying Nvidia chip-set.

Of all the boards I run, none of them have Nvidia chip-sets anymore. My experiences at that time may not be relevant anymore for new boards that have Nvidia chip-sets, but I was so appalled by the problems I encountered, you won't see me buy any mobo with their chip-sets ever again. At least 5 years ago I phased out Nvidia. I still have 3 Asus A8V (10+ years old and based on VIA chip-set) in use 24/7 and those are still going strong.

I do like Nvidia video cards though.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: April 05, 2015, 01:45:25 AM
It isn't my style of music and that is the only thing bad thing I can say about this guy.

With a talent like his, why does the US even put up with a Justin Bieber and consorts? This is awesome and I don't even like his style of music (too close to country for my taste). He reminds me a bit of John Denver (my mother did like his music).
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 'create Restore Point' question on: April 05, 2015, 01:22:32 AM
Read this thread (2nd post) on the Microsoft Community forums. It states that when you enable the Windows services associated with the creation of restore points, your PC should make one RP once a week or when Windows detects that a (big) change occurs on your computer. Automagically...
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best VM Creation Solution on: April 05, 2015, 01:12:55 AM
I would attempt to make a dump of the entire database. The software I mentioned before also allows you to do such a thing. Then I would create a new database, preferably on a different DB server and import this dump into it, again with the already mentioned software. A different DB on the same DB server is an option too.

With these actions you have checked that your data (including its structure) can be restored successfully. Don't underestimate the importance of this. Make the time for it, because you don't want to do this the moment the proverbial sh!t hits the fan. There is a bonus, you have now a second DB running and with that you can experiment to improve access times.

It may not be as easy as using 3rd party software to create database dumps, the software that accompanies the database is usually most reliable when generating and importing these dumps.
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