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TomGL2

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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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. Must be misinterpreting something there. BitDefender's false-positive rate is 10, but the highest is 82 (McAfee). The average rate is 13.4.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. i tried it, and tried it, and tried it — but it's so buggy. I switched a long time ago to WinCDEmu, with which I've never had a problem. It includes command-line options for a good degree of flexibility. For example, I was able to create a couple of shortcuts in SendTo, to mount ISOes to specific drive letters.
  17. First, identify the hardware using a utility like PC Wizard (www.cpuid.com/softwares/pc-wizard.html). Then, visit the support sites of the hardware makers to search for drivers.
  18. The most obvious reason for using System Restore first is that it's included with Windows and immediately available. This brings the secondary advantages that the entire download / install / update / scan phase is avoided — and downloading by an infected system can be difficult or impossible. Since System Restore does not scan for problems, but performs a wholesale replacement of the Registry, there is no possibility of unrecognized infection vectors remaining. Nor is there a risk of false positives and the resultant removal of valid files.
  19. Tomk_, although MBAM and other utilities can remove this and similar ransomewares, System Restore can revert the computer to a date prior to the invasion. I believe this is the first repair method that should be used, for fairly obvious reasons. My own practise is to select a restore point created two days before the problem occurred.
  20. The advanced options would have allowed you to create one or more partitions, and allowed you to specify the partition sizes, as well as format partitions. KillDisk cannot create or format partitions. The program erased ALL of the data on the disk (which is its purpose) , including the partition information, so no partitions existed when Windows installation started. Therefore, Setup created and formatted the partitions it required, using the entire disk capacity for the larger partition.
  21. The applet brought up by Control.exe UserPasswords2 is certainly handy, so I've often recommended its use. But it's ill-suited for determining the rights conferred to each user, and disabled accounts aren't shown. The Local Users and Groups console (LUsrMgr.msc) does a little better, as it sees disabled accounts, but ascertaning each user's rights is just as tedious. Then, too, neither generates a list (printable or otherwise) of users and the groups of which they're members. Users+Groups.bat lists all users and their associated groups, optionally to a file suitable for viewing and printing. It's really intended as a diagnostic aid to verify users have the rights (and only those rights) that they require. [ By the way, Control UserPasswords2 actually executes rundll32.exe netplwiz.dll,UsersRunDll Which begs the question, why's the old user accounts tool in the Network Places/Map Drives Wizard? ]
  22. www.killdisk.com/ Download the "Compact DOS version" and extract the files, then run BootDisk.exe to create a bootable floppy or USB flash drive containing the utility (contents of the floppy or UFD are lost in the process; be sure to back up).
  23. This batch file will list the privileges of all users accounts, including those that are disabled or have been removed from the login screen. — Users+Groups.bat — @Echo OFF SetLocal EnableDelayedExpansion For /F "SKIP=4 TOKENS=*" %%a In ('net.exe User') Do Call :ProcLine %%a Echo %CmdCmdline%|findstr.exe /C:"%~N0%~X0""">NUL If NOT Errorlevel 1 For %%a In (Echo. Pause) Do %%a Exit /B :ProcLine If NOT "%*"=="The command completed successfully." (Set Names=%* For %%a in (0 25 50) DO Call :ProcName !Names:~%%a,25!) Goto :EOF :ProcName If NOT "%*"=="" (Echo. Echo User: %* net.exe Users "%*"|find "Group") — Usage — Double-click the file or execute it from a command line. Use the form Users+Groups.bat>UserRights.txt at a command line to generate a text file of the data. — Technical Notes — Nothing too clever here. %* strips the leading and trailing spaces from the string passed by Call :ProcName. Echo.%CmdCmdline%| findstr.exe /C:"%~N0%~X0""" detects running from the command line, by checking for the batch filename at the end of CmdCmdline, and returning a non-zero Errorlevel if it's missing. (This may count as somewhat clever )
  24. Please credit the source of a tip when possible. www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-7/add-the-quick-launch-bar-to-the-taskbar-in-windows-7
  25. DLGDiag can completely erase the hard disk, but can't erase specific files. The SliTaz CD that you used to retrieve files is the appropriate tool. There is, however, an alternative that I'll recommend. When the new hard disk is installed, you'll disconnect the cables from the failing unit and connect them to the new one. After Windows is installed, you may then reconnect the old drive to a different connector using a new data cable (you'll also need to attach any available power cable). This will allow Windows to boot from the new drive, and allow you to access the old drive. If you want to discard the hard disk and are (rightly) concerned about security, drill a hole through the disk or hit the metal side hard with a large hammer (a small sledge works very well) before depositing it in the trash.
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