Windows Notes Section

    The plans for this section were/are to take notes as things are dicovered and store them here. These will be for both myself and anyone that happens to stop by. In order to attempt some organization I'm starting out with a scrollable alphabetized list. (There are one or two notes in here. Sorry it is not more filled. I spend more time in Linux.)

    @$#^%!!! I am getting different views in different Browsers. Guess I still haven't found the magic. Sorry.... In Firefox the Letters are properly along the sides. In IE 6, some are indented and others are properly along the side. (26 Nov 08 cmt)
    Wellll... if you use the tools that you have accumulated and have available things might be better. I finally woKe up and used the Validator function inside Homesite and got lambasted with a ton of warnings and errors. These involved using tags inside tags that are ... theoretically ... not allowed. Seems that they allowed it in the past and now are not. BUT it mostly works, depending on the Browser. So... until I have the time to figure out a better way ... it will stay the way it is. (My Glossary has the same problem!!)

Windows 7 RC was made obtainable on May 5th, 2009. I don' know why, but for some reason this has sparked my interest in Windows again. So in conjunction with the openSuSE 11.2, I will be evaluating Windows 7. This will be done via VMware cause I don't have another powerful machine with which to do it. At present I have Windows 2000, Windows Vista and SuSE 11.2 loaded in my VMware. This is all inside my home dir of openSuSE Linux 11.1. I need more room so I am going to have to boot up in Winodws XP (I have a dual boot setup) and use Partition Magic to move things around a bit. With two 300GB drives I should be able to do this!! Just have to allocate space better.... and, hopefully, this page will get more info.

    Note: I am working on ... installing ... writing Webpages ... 3 different OS's at the same time. That is the reason for the Linux and Windows references. Installing multiple OS's on one PC can get trying. There will be notes about all this in all three files. If you are interested.


AntiVirus Info
This is actually found on my Virus Info pages at: Virus Info



Comm Ports - Win 7
Borrowed/Taken/Stolen from:
How to find the program or device that is using other comm ports (1 to10) so that I can uninstall/delete it and reassign the comm port to the USB to Serial device?
Welcome to TSF!

Right click the Command Prompt icon and select "Run as Administrator"

"set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1" - without the quotes

then Enter

then type

"start devmgmt.msc" without the quotes

In the box that opens, select "Show hidden devices" in the 'view' menu.

Now if you expand the section on COM ports, all the COM ports that have ever
been created will be displayed, the non present ones being in grey. You can
uninstall away anything that you don't want (right click, select uninstall).

To hide again the nonpresent devices


"set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=0" - without the quotes



Explorer Command Switches
So Explorer starts at C:\\ with all the drives and folders showing, use the following switches:
     explorer /e,/root,
Notice the comma after root. It must be there. If you specify a path after root, that is where it will start and you won't see the other drives offered. This change is made inside the properties settings of Explorer.
Also see: Microsoft Support









Borrowed from: Zugg Software
May need to update your system: Windows Update
   The Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) are a standard database interface for Windows. MDAC is already included as part of Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows ME, and Windows XP. Some early Windows 98 OEM systems shipped without MDAC, however. MDAC is also already installed on your system if you have Internet Explorer 5.0 (or higher) or Microsoft Office. MDAC is FREE and is fully supported by Microsoft on all versions of Windows.
   If your system does not already have MDAC installed, you need to download it and install it. Microsoft has thoroughly tested MDAC. However, since this software becomes part of your operating system, there might be some very old systems that have trouble with MDAC. TRComputing is not responsible for any damage to your system or data loss caused by MDAC. Because MDAC is system software, there is no way to uninstall MDAC without reformatting your hard disk and reinstalling Windows. However, as scary as that sounds, problems with MDAC are very rare. If you are running a database server on your computer, such as SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase, etc, consult with your system administrator before updating the MDAC software on your computer to be sure it's compatible with the database server you are using.



Owner Change - If youíve ever wondered how to change the name of the person that Windows is registered to, this is the quick tip for you. Itís not all that useful, but it might come in handy if you got a computer from somebody else. (This should work in all versions of Windows, including Windows 7.)
Open up regedit.exe through the start menu search box, and then locate the following registry key:
     HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
Now you can find the RegisteredOwner and RegisteredOrganization keys in the right-hand pane. Change them to whatever values you want.


Partition Magic
I am making note of it here cause it is a Windows program. I have mentioned it other places because of its use:
Key Technologies
  • Partitions hard drive
  • Create, resize, copy partitions
  • Run multiple operating systems
I am also making note of it here cause ... I want to mention a problem. Said previously that I have two 300GB drives in my New PC. Well, drive 1 is the C: drive in Windows and it is also the main drive for Linux via partitioning. Now on this drive I wanted to expand the Linux portion. I was able to shorten the C: drive but could not expand the Extended Partion or move Linux. It would screw up Grub. The version of the Partitioner in openSuSE Linux would not allow me to change the extended partition. The new one in 11.2 might but I haven't gotten a good working copy yet. They are insisting on KDE4 and I am not comfortable with it yet. On top of that, the latest version crashes Plasma on login (KDE4.3). A newer 11.2 will be out on 28 May 09 so I am just going to wait till then. In the meantime, I am going to try to open up my drive so that I can have a triple boot. In my testing of the newer versions of Linux I don't get to test VMware because ... I am running them in VMware. So, if I open up another Partition for test purposes I will be able to check out VMware... before re-loading my main system and finding out it don't work!!



This is covered in my The Registry Page.


Sonic DigitalMedia Plus
Whilst attmpting to install Windows 7 in VMware under Linux, I experienced some difficulties with K3B, the Linux CD/DVD writer. So I jumped, via the dual boot, over to my Windows Media Center. Unfortunately, some updates had created problems with Sonic, mainly on exit.
The update was Windows Media 11. The fix(s) can be found at:
     Windows Media Player 11 Patch



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