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  • I Don’t Want to Restart My PC after Every Automatic Windows Updates - Solution

    Posted on June 13th, 2009 admin 1 comment

    letting automatic updates wasn’t enough. When they finish, you are prompted to restart your computer. Say what if you ignore. The nuisance that is Windows won’t stop there. The real problem comes into play when Windows gets tired of reminding us and says that the computer is going to reboot in 5 minutes, and the only way you can prevent the inevitable is to temporarily disable Windows Update. How do you overcome this?

    • Go to Start -> Run and then type regedit and press enter.
    • Navigate down to the following key, creating new keys if they don’t exist. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
    • Create a new 32-bit DWORD value named NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers and give it a value of 1 to prevent automatic reboot while users are logged on.
    • If you wish to revert any day just delete the value to put things back to the way they were.

    I am not sure if this trick works for Windows XP home users.

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    Posted on June 3rd, 2009 admin No comments

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  • A convenient way to deal with “Unexpected Error 0×8ffe2740″

    Posted on May 26th, 2009 admin 1 comment

    Ever had the annoying problem of IIS not wanting to start, coughing up the message ”Unexpected Error 0×8ffe2740 Occurred.”?  The reason is that some other application has grabbed port 80.  The most common applications doing this are Skype or Trillion.  You can try just ending task on them and see if IIS will then start.  If you’re not running either of those then what could it be?  Microsoft’s KB article about the subject describes using the third-party utilities TCPView or FPort.  But I think an easier way to find the issue is to simply drop out to a command prompt and run:

    netstat -aon

    Scroll up to the top part with TCP listings and you’ll see something like this:

    netstat-aon

    Then under “Local Address” look for 0.0.0.0:80.  This is your entry, and a the far right is the PID you’re after.  With that number you can then run Task Manager, select the Process tab, and add the PID column in the display from View / Select Columns:

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    When you’ve found the process with the same PID, end task on it.  The universe should then return to a state of perfect harmony.  (Or at least your IIS will be able to start at that point!)

    Another more geeky option to kill the offending app is to compile and run this line of .NET code:

    System.Diagnostics.Process.GetProcessById( PID# ).Kill()

    (Of course putting in the proper PID where indicated there.)

    With everything that the Process class does, you could actually write your own highly effective Task Manager application in .NET if you really wanted to!

  • How do I configure IIS to host my web page?

    Posted on May 26th, 2009 admin No comments

    IIS (Internet Information Services) is an easy-to-use web server from Microsoft. IIS is not installed on Windows XP Professional by default. It is however installed when you upgrade from Windows NT or Windows 2000 to Windows XP Pro. If not installed IIS can be installed as follows:

    1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and double-click Add/Remove Programs. The Add/Remove Programs application starts.
    2. In the left column of the Add/Remove Programs dialog box, click Add/Remove Windows Components.
    3. When the Windows Components Wizard appears, click Next.
    4. In the Windows Components list, select IIS.
    5. Click Next, and follow the instructions.

    IIS allows you to host a web page on your own computer that can be accessed by others using the DNS name or the IP address of the PC on the network. The IP address can be found by using the command ipconfig in command prompt.

    The IIS is configured using the IIS snap-in, previously called the Internet Services Manager. This can be accessed in one of three ways:

    Method 1:

    1. From the Start menu, select Settings and then Control Panel
    2. Open Administrative Tools
    3. Open Internet Information Services

    Method 2:

    1. Right click on My Computer on your desktop
    2. Select Manage to open the Computer Management console
    3. Select Internet Information Services under Services and Applications

    Method 3:

    1. From the Start menu, select Run
    2. Type inetmgr and run the command

    The Internet Information Services snap-in provides server management options to control content and access to your Web or FTP sites. For example, if you are a developer testing a site before uploading it to an intranet or the Internet, you can use this tool to test your settings exactly as they will be on the final server. When the IIS is installed a default Web site and FTP site are created. You can now publish information on these default sites by following the steps outlined below:

    To Publish Content on your Web Site

    1. Create a home page for your Web site using any web page design tool
    2. Name your home page file Default.htm or Default.asp
    3. Copy your home page into the default Web publishing directory for IIS also called the home directory located in \inetpub\wwwroot
    4. If your network has a name resolution system (typically DNS), then visitors can simply type your computer name in the address bar of their browsers to reach your site. If your network does not have a name resolution system, visitors must type the numerical IP address of your computer.

    To Publish Content on your FTP Site

    1. Copy or move your files into the default FTP publishing directory. The default directory provided by Setup is \inetpub\ftproot.
    2. If your network has a name resolution system (typically DNS), then visitors can type ftp:// followed by your computer name in the address bar of their browsers to reach your site. If your network does not have a name resolution system, visitors must type ftp:// and the numerical IP address of your computer.

    Using Windows XP Professional you can host one Web site and one FTP site on a single computer. If you would like to host multiple Web or FTP sites on a single computer, consider upgrading to a server product.

  • Configuring Your Computer to Boot from CD

    Posted on May 22nd, 2009 admin No comments

    Many computers are not configured to boot from the CDROM. If you cannot boot from the CDROM, this is probably due to the boot order of your devices being incorrect. You can change this in the BIOS.

    You enter the BIOS from the first screen you see when you turn your computer on. To enter your BIOS, most users here will press the DEL key.

    Most Dell, Toshiba, Gateway, Sony & HP systems will press F2.

    Compaq users will usually have to press F10.

    IBM typically uses F1 or F2.

    Other brands may have different keys to press to enter setup, F1, F2, Del, Tab and CTRL+S. If possible see the manual for your computer or motherboard. Also, the BIOS will usually display which button to press to “enter setup” during POST (if it flashes by too fast, press the Pause key).

    When you enter the BIOS setup, you need to change the boot order. The CDROM should be setup before the Hard Drive. Each BIOS is different, but here is an example:

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    IMPORTANT NOTE: After running a repair, you may find that Windows Update refuses to install the most recent 80 patches. This is because the latest version of Windows Update is broken, and doesn’t register some DLLs if they’re previously been registered (as happens with a repair install). Here’s a work around until they get it fixed:

    1. Stop the Automatic Updates service. To do this, follow these steps:
      1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
      2. At the command prompt, type the following commands, and then press ENTER after each command:
        net stop wuauserv
        exit
    2. Register the file that is used by Windows Update and Microsoft Update. To do this, follow these steps:
      1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
      2. At the command prompt, type the following command, press ENTER after the command, and then click OK when you receive a verification message:
        regsvr32 %windir%\system32\wups2.dll
        Note: for x64 machines regsvr32 %windir%\syswow64\wups2.dll
    3. Start the Automatic Updates service. To do this, follow these steps:
      1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
      2. At the command prompt, type the following commands, and then press ENTER after each command:
        net start wuauserv
        exit

  • How to repair Windows XP

    Posted on May 22nd, 2009 admin No comments

    One of the best kept secrets of Windows XP is it’s built in repair feature!

    In previous versions of Windows, correcting an operating system error, or installing a new motherboard, usually meant formating and reinstalling, resulting in loss of all data. Don’t worry; Windows XP repair feature won’t delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system!

    Note: The system repair function will remove any updates you have previously installed that are not included on the CD. Drivers will also be reverted to their original XP versions, as well as some settings (network & performance settings may sometimes be reset to their defaults). It may be necessary to reactivate your Windows XP as well. When finished, you will have to download all of the updates from Microsoft Windows Update, because they are all replaced during repair.

    Why would I want to reinstall Windows XP?
    1) Can’t start Windows XP in safe mode.
    2) You have problems caused by a recently installed system update (Windows Update, hotfix, Windows XP service pack, or Microsoft Internet Explorer update).
    3) Your problems can’t be solved with system restore, or you can’t access system restore.
    4) You’ve installed a new motherboard, or made other major hardware changes and need to reinstall Windows.

    Let’s get started!

    Step 1: Rule out hardware issues. Windows Repair will only fix software problems. Hardware issues can also cause boot problems (i.e. bad hard drive, memory, CPU, or power supply).

    Step 2: Backup. It’s always a good idea to backup your important data before making changes to Windows XP. Relax, if you follow these instructions your data will be perfectly safe.

    Step 3: Boot from your Windows XP CD. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer’s CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer. When the “Press any key to boot from CD” message appears on the screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD. Can’t boot from your CD? Please see the note at the bottom of this page (Configuring Your Computer to Boot from CD).

    Step 4: A blue screen will appear and begin loading Windows XP Setup from the CD.

    Note: RAID/SCSI/Unsupported UDMA users:
    You will be prompted to “press F6 to install any third party SCSI or RAID drivers”. Most users will not have to press F6, but if you are running RAID, SCSI or unsupported UDMA controllers, then you will have to have your controller drivers on a floppy disk. If you are unsure whether you have RAID/SCSI, then simply let the CD load without pressing F6.

    When completed loading files, you will be presented with the following “Windows Setup” screen, and your first option. Select “To set up Windows XP now, press ENTER”. DO NOT select Recovery Console.

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    When presented with the screen below. press the F8 key to continue.

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    Next, Windows Setup will find existing Windows XP installations. You will be asked to repair an existing XP installation, or install a fresh copy of Windows XP.

    If no installations are found, then you will not be given the option to repair. This may happen if the data or partition on your drive is too corrupted.

    Note: If you install a fresh copy, all data on that partition will be lost!

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    Your almost finished! Windows XP will appear to be installing itself for the first time, but it will retain all of your data and settings. Just follow the prompts, and have your CD-KEY ready if needed.

    Remember to run Windows Update! (install critical updates first)


  • Hello world!

    Posted on May 5th, 2009 admin No comments

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