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  1. Some batch files require administrator's rights to perform their tasks, such as writing to the HKLM and HKCR hives, performing disk maintenance, etc. It's easy to forget which do and which don't, leading to some annoying false starts. Starting the batch file with this code fragment at the top will invoke the "Run As" prompt and rerun the batch file as the selected user. ​ @echo off :: Code sample - Request elevated privileges for batch :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: Code here runs as logged-on user :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: net user "%username%" | find /i "group" | find /i "administrators" > NUL if NOT errorlevel 1 goto Elev'd echo Started with %username%'s privileges set tmpVbs="%temp%\~elevTmp.vbs" echo CreateObject("Shell.Application").ShellExecute "%comspec%", "/c "%0"", , "runas">%tmpVbs% start "" /w %tmpVbs% del %tmpVbs% exit /b :Elev'd echo. echo Running with %username%'s privileges :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: Code requiring elevation follows :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: pause ​ In use, you would of course remove "echo Started with..." and "Running with...", "pause", and the "::" comments.
  2. CD/DVD drivers are included in every Windows installation, so there's no good reason to make them available for download. In addition, because Microsoft owns the files, they're apt to threaten legal action if PC Pitstop were to host them.
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    Best FREE Virus Protection?

    Please read PC Magazine's lead analyst's article "Think Windows's Built-In Antivirus Will Keep You Safe? You're Wrong". http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2480487,00.asp
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    Windows Defender 8.1

    Separate and apart from the problem itself, I cannot conceive of any reason to rely on the almost abysmally poor protection of Windows Defender. Almost every free solution is better, and a few nearly equal the best commercial offerings.
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    Fed up

    Enter about:config in the address bar, and click the button to continue. Type ipc.pl in the search box. Double-click dom.ipc.plugins.enabled to toggle the setting. Close Firefox and monitor the Task Manager to determine that Firefox closes, then reopen the program. "plugin-container.exe" should no longer run when a plug-in loads. I've had more trouble with plugin-container.exe than with all the plug-ins combined.
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    SM Bus Controller

    Extract the chipset drivers, then browse for the SMBus INF and CAT files. If they are present, perform a manual driver update, pointing the wizard to the appropriate folder. SetupChipset.exe -extract C:\Chipset
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    SM Bus Controller

    As far as I can tell, an SM Bus INF file should be included in the Intel Management Engine Interface installation. But, the ReadMe for latest chipset INF installer specifically mentions "PCI System Management Bus" in the manual installation description. https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&ProdId=816&DwnldID=20775&&lang=eng ReadMe http://downloadmirror.intel.com/20775/eng/readme.txt
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    Shwicon XP 9106 Error Message

    There appear to be three unrelated files involved in the errors. Shwicon is associated with the Allnet USB 6-in-1 card reader. STService.exe is part of Dell DataSafe Local Backup. The Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT.exe) is described here. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/926079 I'd guess that reinstalling or updating the card reader driver would fix that, and the same may be true for DataSafe.
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    PC Matic & Security Essentials

    Must be misinterpreting something there. BitDefender's false-positive rate is 10, but the highest is 82 (McAfee). The average rate is 13.4.
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    Microsoft Mathamatics

    The product page referenced by kburra appears to no longer exist. You can still use these links. Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 — Microsoft Download Center www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=15702 Teacher's guide (direct download) download.microsoft.com/download/D/F/0/DF087781-EDEF-45E1-9FAA-18FE7CD1E7E3/microsoft%20mathematics_teacherguide.pdf Add-in for Word and OneNote (2013) www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=17786
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    Boot to Recovery Console w/o XP CD

    The Computer Paramedic site is undergoing an upgrade, and files are currently unavailable. A cached copy of RC.ISO can be obtained from Internet Archive. web.archive.org/web/20130925012049/www.thecomputerparamedic.com/files/rc.iso web.archive.org/web/20120819095645/www.thecomputerparamedic.com/?p=8
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    Lost Windows XP Home CD...

    You can, of course, simply borrow an XP CD of the same type as yours (most likely OEM). I have reviewed Microsoft's licensing terms, and nowhere are you required to use an original, Microsoft or OEM-pressed CD, nor is making copies forbidden. The license criteria is centered on the Product Key. Putting aside the legal side of downloaded ISOs, you can verify whether your copy is unaltered by comparing the calculated SHA-1 hash with the published value. Or, using the reciprocal method, look up the SHA-1 for the version you need and search with that value.for files. Calculate the SHA-1 of your download to confirm the match. EDIT: MSDN Subscriber Downloads lists several dozen XP ISOs with SHA-1 hashes, although I think they're full retail and volume licensed editions. Click the "Details" links for, well, details... msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx#searchTerm=&ProductFamilyId=140&Languages=en&PageSize=100&PageIndex=0&FileId=0
  13. Don't try to fix this yourself. An experienced electronics technician will have the materials and skills needed to attach the broken pieces of board, and repair the torn traces. Having poor technique, or using an iron that is too hot or has an inappropriate tip, will further damage the traces and possibly lift some off the board, and could damage or remove some SMDs.
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    How to make a win 7 bootable dvd

    I think that that's not the case. I haven't been able to find a prohibition from Microsoft against copying, which makes sense since software activation is required. For backups in general, the rule is to have at least three copies of anything critical. Another point is that Microsoft provides ISOes of the installation discs, and there is no practicable difference between the ISO and the burned disc. This raises the question that, if there is a "one backup copy" limit, does having the ISO and the disc count as two copies? Or should duplicating the DVD and duplicating the file be considered separately? As I recall, Microsoft provided instructions to users for making XP CDes that integrated SP2 and SP3, and a huge amount of these "slipstreamed" discs have been made. As the critical component is the Product Key without which the disc is useless, I'm fairly certain that you can duplicate the disc an indefinite number of times.
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    How to make a win 7 bootable dvd

    It sounds like you're using an unnecessarily complicated method to copy the DVD. There's usually a simple disc copy function. CDBurnerXP, for example, has a dedicated "Copy Data" feature.
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