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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Repairing Windows 7 from the recovery console on: March 28, 2014, 09:16:07 PM
Changes in the chipset will indeed trigger the Windows activation system. And it sounds like the HP is too different from the Dell. Luck of the draw there.

What is the problem of the HD in the HP? Does the hard disk not spin up or it does but isn't recognized?
If so you might want to take it out and check if the HD has standard SATA connectors. If that is also true, then I would carefully check the connectors on the HD itself.

At one point in time I could fix a HD with physically broken, but not completely snapped off SATA connector (the data part) by placing the drive in a an upright position and carefully reconnecting the data cable on the connector and gluing the cable to the drive. Gravity and glue keep the drive running till this day.

You said that the HP drive experienced physical stress from being hit, so there could be an off chance that only one or maybe both connectors are broken.

127  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help please! - Unable to install MS SQL Express 2012 on laptop. on: March 28, 2014, 07:44:46 PM
This is the info from the installer with which I successfully installed SQL Server 2012 Express with all standard options on Windows 7 which does have .NET 4 already installed.

On a side note: Oracle states that the Oracle XE 10 version does not work on Windows 7 anymore. And the installer that I downloaded at that time indeed doesn't. However, I received through other ways a similar installer with the same name and all, but it is 5 bytes(!) bigger...and guess what, works like clockwork on Windows 7.

I learned thus, that it is unwise to think installers to be the same, even if they share the same name and apparently the same version, just because the vendor says so. For years now I make sure that I see the exact number of bytes from any file I encounter within my file manager. You'll spot differences far more quickly that way.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help please! - Unable to install MS SQL Express 2012 on laptop. on: March 28, 2014, 05:51:34 AM
I will take a look t the size of the installer I used for SQL Express. As I am testing the full product now,I don't recall the exact version number anymore from the installer. What I do remember though is that it was not much more than 1 GByte and I'm quite sure it didn't include SP1.

But if that installer does work, upgrading later to SP1 is likely less problematic than your current situation.
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help please! - Unable to install MS SQL Express 2012 on laptop. on: March 27, 2014, 08:33:34 PM
There is no way you can provide us with the actual error message? To see where in the installation routine it fails?

According to this MSDN page .NET 3.5 is one of the requirements. Now I don't know which version you run, but it might be possible that you encounter problems because of incorrect versions or a mix-and-match that bums out the SQL 2012 Express installer.

If that is the case, there is a trick that might help:
  • Download the full installer for the .NET you require, not the web installer!
  • Stop the Windows Update service
  • Use Explorer (in Admin mode) to go to 'C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET'
  • Rename the folder 'Assembly'
  • Start the Windows Update service
  • Install .NET
  • Retry installing SQL Server 2012 Express
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: March 27, 2014, 07:49:16 PM
She's a CCB ?

131  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help please! - Unable to install MS SQL Express 2012 on laptop. on: March 27, 2014, 02:25:01 AM
Could it not be that Home Premium is the problem?

Currently I am running a trial of SQL Server2012 after running SQL 2012 Express for a while now on a Win 7 PC that only has a 2GHz Athlon II/2GB RAM in it.

Anyway, I do think that SQL Server products run best on Windows Server editions. And if you are planning to do that, please do consider Server 2012 R2 instead of 2008 R2, because it behaves way more nimble on my server box than 2008 R2 ever did.
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft Word under attack. Don't open RTF files! on: March 26, 2014, 01:58:00 PM
Ooops. Then I am in trouble.

In my defense: I need to send and receive encrypted mail in 3rd party software for (very) specific B2B traffic. This is actually the law in the Netherlands (participants in this traffic have to comply, else they can expect heavy fines or even exclusion which means bankruptcy).

Unfortunately that requires extended MAPI(this is by Microsoft design) which is only supported in Outlook, which requires me to do a (partial) Office installation on a server.

But I do recognize the irony in this. To be able to communicate securely I need to install software known to be insecure and destabilizing a Windows installation.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A three drive system - the sweet spot on: March 25, 2014, 11:01:45 PM
She says only one thing: Joule be sorry for what you just said...
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A three drive system - the sweet spot on: March 25, 2014, 08:17:41 PM
More efficient, yes. But I'm not that sure about the amount of power being consumed.

- RAM consumes a lot of power nowadays, because it needs to read and write very fast.
- A hard disk consumes a lot of power, because it reads and writes quite fast (at least as fast as the mechanics allow for).
- A pen drive consumes hardly any power, but forget fast reading and writing.

Guess where an SSD fits in this list. Now there are advantages with the SSD. Although it draws a lot of power, it doesn't do so the whole time. Not in a similar fashion as a mechanical drive has to, at least. So yes, more efficient it will be, but don't underestimate the power consumption when it's active.

And you are completely right about the quality of the PSU in a PC and the quality of the power that "feeds" the CPU. Proper grounding your grid works wonders, using small power groups also helps a lot. In the Netherlands an average house uses about 5 16 Ampere circuit breakers. Usually one for the (master) bath room, one for the kitchen, one for the living/hallway/toilet, one for the bedrooms/attic/toilet, one for the washing machine and one for a garden/shed.

All these small grids practically do not affect each other, whenever there is an appliance connected that is known to generate spikes in a grid ((older) fluorescent light elements, washing machine, dish washer, micro wave, power tools, blow dryers). Saves you already a lot of headache and the appliances that are more or less permanently attached to the 220 Volt grid really last longer. 

You really should take a look sometimes with a scope to your power grid when it is in normal use. You would be amazed how "dirty" the power in your house is.
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A three drive system - the sweet spot on: March 23, 2014, 04:27:36 PM
As long as there is a copy from the image not residing on the PC, I don't see the big problem. Actually it would speed up the restoration a whole lot than doing the same job from CD/DVD. Besides it doesn't require supervision either.

136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A three drive system - the sweet spot on: March 23, 2014, 10:58:15 AM
For 6 months now my main system is set up as a dual-boot Win7 and Server 2012 PC on a i5 with 8GB and a 1TB SATA2 hard disk that is already 3 years old (connected to the 6GB/sec SATA port on my mobo).

Now I must say that the Server 2012 zips along noticeably faster than Windows 7. 80% of the software I use is portable and work as expected on both OS's. I would argue that both systems are the same with one exception, Server2012 runs an Oracle 12 database.

With the above I was expecting similar performance, but Server2012 is really faster, screens open immediately completely populated with varying content full screen. Applying an SSD would improve Windows 7 I have no doubt, but for my intends and purposes I cannot imagine an SSD being faster in Server2012.

Hence I am not planning to upgrade to SSD soon. More RAM and and an extra SATA3 HD would fit me fine and will likely be cheaper than getting an SSD anyway.
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A three drive system - the sweet spot on: March 22, 2014, 07:47:47 PM
System and user specific temp folders can be configured in the advanced settings menu that is accessible through System properties.
138  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Flash video capture on: March 20, 2014, 08:03:31 PM
Sail a different course with this.

139  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: OneNote is now free on: March 20, 2014, 07:13:38 PM
^ heh

3rd party plugins for Office are usually written for 32-bit Office versions and these are more than likely useless on a 64-bit Office version. Hence the advice that MS gave when I downloaded Office 2010 way back then.

140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneNote now on Mac as well, +FREE everywhere, + Cloud service powered. on: March 19, 2014, 08:36:53 AM
It also looks like some (unnecessary in my pov) services are installed. I gave the download up after a Microsoft message mentioning I'm on a slow connection and redirected. But to my surprise the service 'OfficeClickToRun' was already installed and wouldn't let me terminate it, even after a reboot. It was a very active service as well according to Process Hacker (open source alternative to Process Explorer) this service was doing lots of I/O and I had to use SysInternals to make it not start at boot time. I used Process Hacker, because it contains extra ways terminating unwilling services and software.

I'm a bit obsessive in that way, besides anti-virus/malware programs I find that there is hardly any software worth starting at boot time. This keeps my boot times fast and grants me a bit of control about which tasks I plan to do. The constant drain on boot times doesn't weigh up against me starting an application when I want it to. And yes, I turn PC's off after shutting them down, when I don't need them (power switch on the power supply!).
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: couple of one-click requests on: March 19, 2014, 08:09:31 AM
There is 'Host Editor'. That piece of software should do most, if not all you want regarding the host file.
142  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Seeking autohotkey code to make input stop on: March 18, 2014, 03:27:11 PM
The method from Tomos is the way to though. You can make new accounts for your friends and then specify per folder or even file which users can access it.

Right-click on a file or folder and select tab security in the window that appears on screen. The content shown in this tab should not require extra explanation. If it does, you are likely going to mess things up.

Still hell bent on using one (non-admin) account for everyone? Then deny access completely for this user. This is dangerous and should not be applied to the main administrator account! Although booting from CD/USB with an O.S. that allows you to read the file-system of your hard disk will fix that quickly, it is a hassle. It also means that you need to access these files with a different account. So, going over left or going over right...the use of multiple Windows accounts will be the way to go.

Expanding on the tricky, but effective method is to create a new Windows user group, called: Restrictive access
Create a new general account that everyone needs to use
Select the file(s), folder(s) or even partition(s) and adjust the settings from tab security to 'Deny Read' and 'Deny Read & execute' for the user group Restricted access.
Then add the general account to user group Restrictive access.

Accessing your file(s)/folder(s)/partition(s) will not be possible. You can be even more bold and use setting 'Deny Full control'. Make a mistake with this and you will be reinstalling Windows, but when you do this right, you will have blocked access in a very absolute manner.

Now I already put several warnings in this post. When applying this Windows does the same, so it cannot be stretched enough, be very sure of what you are doing when using 'Deny'. In a default Windows installation Windows acts (reasonably) friendly, but when applying 'Deny' it will become an enemy before you know it. Choose your fiends wisely, your enemies even more so!
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Favorite GUI File Managers? on: March 18, 2014, 06:23:41 AM
The first link contains the software I used to make VirtualBox portable. After that I never felt a need to look anywhere else to be honest.

However, a Google search revealed this link
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Favorite GUI File Managers? on: March 17, 2014, 08:07:49 PM
Well, I do like and use file managers. And for the same reasons I despise Windows explorer, others love it. Ah well, another thread, another discussion.

For some reason(s) Nemo wouldn't access files on my Windows shares through samba when installed in my VM (VirtualBox 4.3.8 made portable). Then I went to look for alternative file managers within Mint, found Krusader and five minutes later accessing my Windows shares through Samba was no problem anymore. Besides Krusader I didn't add anything else. Nemo remained stubborn, but then, who cares, Krusader did/does the job more than fine.

This strengthened my view regarding OS native file managers. Nice if they work for you, for me they absolutely don't. Now I'm not a Krusader fanboy, after seeing that name in the repositories I remembered that on a previous attempt with Linux I was looking for a Dopus clone (v4 or higher) and this name looked promising back then. Never got around to trying it out at that time.

Never bothered to look any further though...and that is often one of the fun things to do in Linux :-)
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Favorite GUI File Managers? on: March 17, 2014, 06:53:21 AM

After I installed that one in Mint 16 on a VM, I had no trouble accessing network drives, it is a dual pane file manager and native.
146  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MS Office 2013 US$9.95 Corporate/Enterprise Home Use Program - Mini-Review on: March 16, 2014, 10:32:50 AM
As Windows uses internet explorer functionality for rendering of text and graphics in any of their own applications, I assume this problem might be more related than it appears on first glance with another issue I more regularly encounter.

Whenever an image is surrounded by white lines it is shown blurry. If I view the image in IrfanView it looks fine, it shows up fine in the portable version of the Gimp on my computer as well.
This image is used in an web page, and it shows up fine in Firefox, Opera and Iron (chrome based) browsers. Just not in IE. It is all a blurry mess.

The only thing what helps in my case is adding a 1 pixel-wide border with a color that is close to, but not exactly white. After that, the image shows up as expected, even in IE. This already occurs in IE10 and up (to me).

You should take a good look if the blurry representation of fonts are also not "encased" in a border of white. With Windows 8 close relative, Windows Server 2012 I haven't seen blurry fonts yet
(NVidea's 210 series video card is used on that server and the default MS driver software on a monitor with 1920x1080 resolution). 

If possible, you could try a different colored theme for the application with the blurry fonts and see if the blurry problem disappears. Then a) you have a solution and b) you have also a direction in where to point the MS dev's to reproduce and/or fix this problem (rendering issues with IE).
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: March 14, 2014, 07:45:29 PM
Brilliant, Tomos  Thmbsup
148  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Adding link to webpage when using cut and paste into notepad from a website on: March 11, 2014, 10:14:09 PM
On my systems I use the FireFox browser plugin Zotero. Think it is also available as stand-alone software for Windows. I completely misuse it, but for my intends and purposes it works.

Each time an interesting web page appears in my browser I open the plugin, select the (sub)category list I created and select the save button. An exact replica of the current web page is then stored on my PC. Links to the original webpage are automatically included and I can add extra tags if I feel like it. All these Zotero pages are indexed and searchable within the Zotero plugin.

When I later open the page again I have the option to open the stored page or visit the original link.
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Quick and Easy way to change all IP's for several Maped drives on: March 11, 2014, 09:59:48 PM
Creating your own network topology could help you. See this link.
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: March 11, 2014, 07:30:59 PM
Check this Stanford article (with link to the paper) on how to build a microscope (2000x) for a total of 50 cents (USD) in material costs. Youtube video.
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