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I’m sure you’re very busy, but I really need some assistance and would appreciate any you could give. I have a Windows XP Pro update problem: I go to the Windows Update link from Windows XP or type windowsupdate.microsoft.com into my web browser, the page is blank and IE shows “Done” in the bottom-left corner. Am I having a viral problem or is this something wrong with XP? If it’s XP, how do I fix it without completely rebuilding the PC?
Thanks in advance,
I work at a small private christian school where I am responsible for our website. Last Tuesday, I changed a page. When I got back to work on Thursday, the My Webs folder that is usually in My Documents was completely gone – along with my website files. I thought someone might have deleted it by mistake, but it was not in the recycle bin. I know I did not delete it. How could it just “disappear” without a trace? Is there a way to put it back?
I hope you can help me. Anytime I get a box on my screen asking if I would like Windows to remember the password for whatever I am dealing with and I click yes it never does, whether this is for my e-bay account or anything at all. Also if I am in e-bay and I have typed in a product to search for then surely the next time I type the same thing in the word should be finished for me, but it’s not! I believe that this problem occurred when I downloaded a new connection kit for freeserve last year. I am no longer with freeserve however.
Thank you very much
In this example we will see how to use the ErrorProvider control in Windows forms to provide validations in Windows Forms and display user-friendly error messages to the user if the validation fails.
Hello, I booted up my PC this morning and received an interesting little greeting that reads as follows: "Windows logon UI has encountered a problem and needed to close". It gave me the option to send a report to MS, which I selected to do so.
The error continues to return immediately regardless of whatever selection I make. Other than having to move the annoying message box, the error doesn’t appear to have hindered my ability to use my PC….. but how do I fix the problem? What is a Logon UI?
VNC is “Virtual Network Computing” and is a crossplatform method of allowing remote access to desktops (Windows or Unix/Linux, Mac and others)). It is conceptually like using Terminal Services or PcAnywhere etc for Windows but is license free and of course capable of serving Linux/Unix machines also.
Popup windows were the rage for years but are fast becoming extinct as popup blocker software franticly tries to eliminate this overly abused feature. It’s sad to think that a useful web feature that was utilized by millions of websites over the years for all the right reasons will someday be history. But that’s the web!
Did you ever run out of disk space on an important machine? Never? Well, I’ve done so and experienced all the headaches that come along with this situation. In this article, I describe how I implemented a basic automatic monitor system with the help of a little scripting.
In this example, we will create a windows form application to demonstrate the transfer of data between a windows form and a dialog box displayed from the windows form.
Needless to say, just about every system administrator has come across a situation where they installed a patch or application and then had to deal with a system that didn’t work as it was supposed to. To that end, you may also have some trigger-happy user on your network who managed to install an application that later caused you grief. Windows XP helps you better deal with these problems through a great feature called System Restore – a utility that literally takes your desktop back to a previous point in time.
Monitoring Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 is important even for small environments. Automatically monitored, critical failures can often be avoided. But how to monitor a system without too much effort? The basic idea behind a successful monitoring and alerting system is to centralize all system events at a single monitoring station. Once the information is centralized, it can be used to build an alerting system or even carry out corrective actions.
While Windows XP provides a new interface and a number of new features that are easy to get excited about, there are a number of stumbling blocks associated with deployment. Beyond the increased hardware and memory requirements now dictated by Microsoft, the single biggest issue is still the one that seems to forever haunt Windows operating systems – application compatibility. Whether it’s an older version of your office productivity package or some legacy application, at some point you’re still likely to run into issues.
Why care about Password Attacks
Windows servers and workstations have become a primary target for malicious users. Be it hackers that try to deface a web site, the Warez community in search for “free” FTP server space or just your internal users interested in restricted files. One common thing about them is that the need to break in either via a software vulnerability or by breaking in into a user account. This article focuses on the later scenario, the try to break in into an account. Fortunately, this occurs not only often but is also relatively easy to spot – and the countermeasures are very simple and effective.
Welcome to the second installment of Internet Information Services 6.0 on Windows Server 2003. I have decided to write this series of articles aimed at Internet Information Services 6 on Windows Server 2003 as both a refresher for the IT professional that is familiar with designing, deploying and administering IIS 4 and 5 as well as allowing some of the newcomers to IIS services regardless of version to get their feet wet so to speak.
Welcome to the first installment of Internet Information Services 6.0 on Windows Server 2003. I have decided to write this series of articles aimed at Internet Information Services 6.0 on Windows Server 2003 as both a refresher for the IT professional that is familiar with designing and administrating IIS 4 and 5 as well as allowing some of the newcomers to the service to get their feet wet so to speak.
We often think about security measures as ways of protecting resources by preventing access to them. The need for authentication arises because, in the real world, keeping people out of protected areas is only half the battle. Authentication is about letting certain people (or processes) in, while keeping everyone else out. In practice, this usually means some people are going to have to be given secrets (passwords) that will form part of the credentials they need to present in order to gain access to protected resources. But since, as the old saying goes, the best way to keep a secret is not to, the distribution and exchange of access-providing secrets inevitably raises the level of risk to a secure system. A major goal of authentication, from a security point of view, is minimizing that risk – especially when users are being authenticated remotely, over publicly-accessible networks. Authentication is the process of poking minimally risky holes in one’s security.
The Windows XP Professional operating system allows for both compression and encryption natively within the operating system by setting given attributes on the files and folders. Both of these functions are mutually exclusive of each other and only one or the other can be enacted on a particular file or directory at any given time.
Gosh, you’d never expect me to say something pleasant about a Windows machine, would you? Well, actually that’s not entirely true: I’ve been known to grudgingly admit that while it isn’t Unix, Windows XP Professional really isn’t awful. In fact, if you can live without Unixy stuff at your beck and call, Windows XP is pretty good – there are even things I actually LIKE about it.
I am having problems using Windows Update on Windows XP Home Edition. I noticed that Windows update was notifying me that Windows Security Update 823559 needed to be installed. It would install without problems. But the next time I booted up my P.C. Windows Update was giving me the same story. I used Windows update and found Windows SP1 update and tried to apply that as well. The Security update would fail with a message saying that the patch was not compatible with this version of Windows. I look at the Windows Update history log and find multiple failures for the 823559 patch and multiple successful updates for SP1 (which failed when installing – go figure).
Many system administrators are running Unix / Linux based monitoring and alerting for a long term. The basic idea behind a successful monitoring and alerting system is to centralize all system events at a single monitoring station. Once the information is centralized, it can be used to build an alerting system or even carry out corrective actions.
Because Microsoft is retiring so many of its NT 4.0 related MCSE exams on December 31, 2000, life has gotten interesting for MCSEs who may be part of the way through the certification process. It also raises interesting questions about what electives people who are just finishing up their Windows NT 4.0 MCSEs should take, to get the best advantage of their choices when the time comes to upgrade their certification for Windows 2000. In this short article, I address the following issues:
One of the tools included with Windows XP is the System Configuration Utility, a diagnostic program that automates routine troubleshooting tasks. This is the same tool that Microsoft Technical Support engineers will use when walking you through a system with problems. Giving it a look might save you a great deal of time and effort when attempting to solve system issues.
Virtual PC for Windows, Mac (OS 9 or X) and OS/2 creates virtual machines that can run multiple Windows versions. This is particularly advantageous for Mac users, but even ordinary PC users can find value in this. It’s easy to have Linux, Windows 98, Windows ME, 2000, XP Home and XP professional all on the same machine.
Hi Carey, I am a computer tech. at a GIS business in Georgetown. I have been introduced to an Outlook Error that I would like to seek help on. In Outlook 2002, click view, click Current View, click Customize Current View, click the Filter button, and then when you click the Advanced Tab a Microsoft error appears saying that Microsoft Outlook needs to close.
My OS is Win 98 SE and had a perfectly running HP scanner 3530c untill I updated to IE6 from 5.5. Every time I try to scan something now an IE box opens (not the browser itself) and tells me I have an error on the script of this page and do I want to continue running it. No mater what I choose to do it scews up file://C:Program FilesHewlett-PackardDigital Imagingbbfedirectordirector.htm /line 261 char 4, which then adds more lines and characters as I try to get it to dissapear.
The original monitor with my eMachine eTower 566i2 started blinking a few months ago. It would slowly grow dim and then brighten up again. and then one day it just stopped functioning altogether. Then I switched to another used monitor and put on a spike buster just to make sure that this was not because of power fluctuations. But this one started behaving the same way.
Carey: My wife has a windows xp system & I am having trouble scheduling any maintenance tasks to run automatically. No matter what I do on the status page it says “the scheduled task did not run because an incorrect password or user name was used”. I specifically would like to run the disk cleanup when ever the system is idle or when she logs on, as for some reason her “compress files” area just fills up a whole bunch each day 32,000 or more. Is there a way we can stop that also?
If your worst nightmare is drowning in a bowl of alphabet soup, maybe you’d better re-think your Java-oriented strategies, because you are about to leap onto a scaffold of functions that come wrapped up, ribbon and all, to help you give your programs that graphical look!
I have Windows XP home edition with IE ver.6.0 installed on it. My problem is with the IE icon in the bottom toolbar – it will not keep multiple windows open. If I click the back button to access a previous site, the present window closes, meaning I have to retype the address of that site in , or use the drop-down menu, in order to access it again. Any advice? Thanks!
I have received over 2 dozen calls on Monday, Aug.11, 2003 concerning people with Windows XP that contains an error that states there was in an error in the RPC and the system will reboot.
I have just got a new computer with Windows XP installed on it. I have had the usual password problems but it also does not disconnect after receiving/sending mail although I have told it to do so. I also get an error message when I shut down from outlook express – “the instruction at ox 77fs2004 referenced memory at oxo 7f4608 the memory could not be written.” Any idea what this means please? And how I can make it disconnect until I get broad band?
I’ve got a problem with my win98se; hope you can enlighten me– every time I boot up windows the OS goes to the blue harddisk scan screen indicating that I’ve not shut down the PC properly. I’m pretty sure the PC is properly shut down after each use. What could I do to rectify this? Do I need to reinstall windows?
A service first provided by Microsoft in its Windows 98 operating system, Internet Connection sharing is meant to allow a single Internet connection to be shared amongst multiple computers on a small network with minimal configuration. In Windows 2000, ICS is implemented via the actual sharing of a network interface, which has a real’ IP address, either via a dial-up or fixed network connection. It is important to remember that ICS (which is available in both Windows 2000 Professional and Server) is mainly meant as a solution for small and home offices, and not larger enterprise environments.
One of Microsoft’s goals with Windows XP was to improve your experience when networking personal computers together by automating the task with the Network Setup Wizard. (Start>Control Panel>Network Connections>Network Setup Wizard>follow the menu prompts)
For the longest time, I’ve been a big fan of skins; no, not the kind of which you’re thinking. I’m referring to GUIs (i.e., graphical user interfaces, which create the look and feel of a computer desktop or application). Skinning is becoming very popular. I, like many PC owners out there, are bored with that same old Windows look and feel. (Mac users are surely not excluded.)
My windows 98 appears to have changed. For example when I’m in “my documents” and right click on an item the menu does not allow sending to a mail recipient and if I go to the file menu it does not have that option either. Any answer would be greatly appreciated.
I have windows 98SE…..and it (runtime errors) happens after I have been online and going to web pages I go to daily..I do have norton anti-virus. I know that I get runtime error and then another that says Internet explorer will close this program down error. I close out all programs on system tray will that help….. I freeze alot also. Do you need any more info..?
Hi, I lost all java on my win 98se machine .I’ve done everything short of reinstalling the OS. I reinstalled MS java VM Did not work. So I tried Suns Java, installed it And it still does not work. I uninstalled it then reinstalled it still nothing did this 8 times. I consulted with sun about 4 times, and they told me to do everything I had already done all 8 times i reinstalled it.
Please help me with a problem. I created a user on my friend’s computer while I was visiting. I deleted my user profile but the password windows still comes up (EMPTY) upon restart or reboot. How do I get rid of this? I am using Windows ME for this user name window problem that wont go away.
I am having a problem with Windows XP. I had to replace the monitor, and now my PC won’t boot up. It gets to the boot up screen, then just stops after the lights go across the XPlogo once. Thanks for any help you can give. I have already tried to restore my computer.
I’ve often thought about installing a Anti-Trojan Software program (Like Agntium Tauscan Anti-Trojan) in My P.C. I am currently running Norton Anti Virus 2002 and ZoneAlarm Personal edition. Is this adequate, for every day home internet use, or is it going overboard installing all of these extra programs?
Question: I have lost some of my displays in my IncrediMail program, which are just jpeg files made into stationery. I cannot see the pictures, it is like everything has shifted to the left and down, and the pictures are out of my view. In some e-mails I recieve I cannot see the pictures.
Question: I am having trouble reinstalling the Flash player. I do not know how my Flash player got removed from my computer, but no matter what I do it will not install. There are some sites that I go that tell me I need to install a Flash player and it says to click here to install. Well, I click to install the player but nothing happens. I go back to the site that told me I needed to install a player and it tells me the same
thing again. My computer is a year old and it has Windows XP on it. Any help you can give me will be appreciated. Thanks!!!!!
If you are like most people, when you want to visit a specific site on the Internet you begin by double-clicking on the Internet Explorer icon. Once Internet Explorer opens and your default homepage loads, you then type the address in the address bar at the top of the window. If you are the impatient type, this can seem like forever.
Thank you for the kind offer to help me. I have 2 problems:
1) I cannot install Norton System Works 2003Pro – I have several failed install attempts, and each time I follow Symantec’s directions for manual uninstall, as it is never fully installed and functional. Machine is Dell Inspiron 7000, PII 366, 160MB RAM, Windows XP Pro
2) How do I make Windows Messenger ‘go away’ forever?
I have two problems: When I try to start my Ameritrade streamer, the streamer console comes up but the applet menu does not appear. I just get the small square box at the top with the red, blue & green boxes within it. The applet menu does not appear. It was working fine, not sure what happened. It uses Java Web Start. I have tried all their suggestions.
2nd, most of the time, when I go to shut Windows down, it goes to where it says Windows is shutting down and then just stays there. I have Windows 98 and Interenet Explorer 6.0
I have a similar problem as the writer whose DiskClean was not working properly, but, in my case, the program locks up my CPU, even after I hit ‘cancel’ and the program ends – the CPU operates @ 100% and the O/S – WinXP Home – slows WAY down. The only way to recover is to reboot – which takes an awfully long time. I have tried your ‘solution’ even waiting all night to run the zip portion of the program – trouble is this is NOT the 1st time I have used ‘DiskClean’. I even used ‘sageset: 11, eliminated all options, but the program still tried to read the compressed programs and locked up the system. This indicates to me that ‘DiskClean’ has become corrupt and needs to be replaced. Is there a source for it?
Please email me with answer.
I have a cable modem that has 3 computers networked on it. On two of the computers, I loaded CookieCop 2. Over a period of time, certain web sites became unavailable to the computers that have CookieCop2 on them. The first was fool.com, followed by the financial section of yahoo, and then amazon.com.
Here recently, I haven’t been able to get onto ccbonline.com. The 3rd machine has never had CookieCop loaded on to it, so I can go to any of the above sites (this eliminated the router as a potential problem). I have removed CookieCop on one machine but it did not correct the problem. It still loads on machine 2 and it still will not connect Also I never set CookieCop up to block any of these sites. It appears there is a file or something on machine 1 and 2 that is keeping them from accessing these web sites.
Thank you for the helpful suggestions about my problems with too little memory. I have a couple more questions for you…….
A few months ago I added 64MB to boost my computer’s memory to 96MB RAM. Looking at Performance Stats today I find that System Resources are 53% free. While that may have helped in improved performance (mostly faster), it
hasn’t helped any with the problem I have re the C: drive. Today I have 1.96GB capacity and 222MB free there. This is actually up a little ~ most of the time I find that I have about 5% to work with..
So, the first question for the day is how do I eliminate this problem? I have tried removing unused programs in the past and most of the time wound up with more problems, because some bit of information that was used by another program got taken out.
Next question: how can I tell what not to eliminate?
Hoping you can help.
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I just bought an EMachine that has a CDRW, but it didn’t come with software like Roxio. I know that XP has built in software, but it isn’t user friendly. When I tried to load my Roxio platinum I encounterd the problem you addressed on your site where the recorder disappears.
Is there a solution to the problem? A different piece of software that would work with xp? I’m at a loss.
On my older computer there was an accessory titled cardfile. I am getting my son a computer with the newest version of windows, which doesn’t carry cardfile. I have a lot of info stored on this program and I have tried to copy this to a diskette, but, it comes up in a different format. Could you help.
What am I doing wrong? Can you answer this? I hooked up my tape player to my PC to be able to record CD’s off of the tapes I have. I got it hooked up ok, but I can’t figure out how to do it.
I’ve asked for help through HP, but they just seem to confuse me and nothing they tell me seems to help. Do you know what I’m doing wrong?
I am having problems with my computer, I have received this message a number of times: The system is dangerously low in resources. There is not enough free memory to run this program. At the moment I am on the net and have word and outlook open and my system resources are very low, at 4% free.
I spoke to the people I bought the computer from because I am supposed to have 512ram, they assure me that I have plenty, and it must be a windows problem and that I have to reformat my harddrive. I am not that familiar with such things, so I thought I would search to find out why I was having this problem and came across your site.
I have a HP pavilion 512n system. I have 256 Megs ram and a 1.4 gig hard-drive. I empty my temp Internet files daily to keep the cookies out. The problem is that my system boots like a turtle. Do you have any suggestions? The system works good but as I stated, the pc boots very slowly.
I am a computer tech by trade, and can fix anyone’s pc but this one has me stumped, and of course, it is my pc
My name is Gary and i live in southwest Florida. I have a program that calls for Video Basic 6.0 (aka vbrun 60 exe a Windows download) I guess this download is not combatable with Windows XP. Do you know a way around this or is there another download that i can try?
Thanks is advance, Gary
HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLP!!!!!!!!!! This 53yr. old fairly PC illiterate female is having trouble with MS Word. For about 5 days, everytime I try to open Word up by double clicking on my Desktop, I get the hourglass, hear the “churning”, then everything freezes up.
If I do Ctrl, Alt, Delete, I get: “the system is seriously low in resources, would you like to terminate Winword?” I have lots of disk space. When I tried to go through Documents to open something on Word, the same thing happens. What can I do??????? Seems like this started close to a time I used a floppy.
Over the last few years I have been a roving SQL Server DBA contractor and tended to work contacts in small and mid-size companies that involved organizing, documenting and then tuning/optimizing existing SQL Servers in those companies. I have noticed one very disturbing truth over the years; no one seems to document anything. In fact, I was usually thankful if I could find something or someone who knew the sa passwords on each SQL Server installation, let alone knew anything else about their setups.
Question: Problem – I’ve got one that is really annoying and can’t find how to get rid of it. I’ve had it once before on a different machine, a while ago. Windowa ME when opening Explorer, the left hand side where you would normally see my computer, C: drive, etc., is grayed out and totally blank.
Question: I have a new computer that was just built for me. I have an Intel Pentium 4 3.06GHZ processor 1 gig ram, 120 gig HD and my vid card is ATI Radeon 9700 Pro and an LCD Monitor.
When transferring files – graphic and fonts – from one folder to another on the desktop (I’m using XP) the monitor goes black yet the system is still running. What could be the causes of this? We have already ordered a new monitor but have not used it yet as I don’t entirely believe that the fault is the entire monitor. The sleep mode was turned off so it couldn’t be that. I’m just not sure what else to look for.
Thanks for your help.
Have been trying to run the game Black Hawk Down, but keep on getting a warning message saying that windows virtual memory swap file is less that the minimum recommend size of 140mb. I have plenty of memory left in my computer! can I make this swap file bigger? If so, how?
When I restart my E-Machine, it takes a long time just to get to the desktop, and then the computer goes slow when trying to go from page to page. Is there anyway of speeding it up? Also I’m getting Error messages. If I leave the computer it’ll just pop up. One more thing (sorry!!) When I download music on KaZaA I can’t listen to it…The mute is off and the sound is up. Can you help? Thanks!!
I am continuously running out of disk space – I have deleted temp files, etc. This resulted in a small amount of relief. I found lots of Cookies files and Temp files in Windows directory. Can/should all of these be deleted? If so, what’s the quickest way?
Quesiton: I am using MS Windows Pro on a laptop with Intel 850Mhz and 256MB RAM connected to the Internet using cable. Using Norton Personal Internet Security.
I was cleaning up some messages in my inbox (Outlook Express). I tried to delete a message from “MAILER-DAEMON@mail09b.bellsouth-hosting.net” the subject failure notice. Each time I clicked on it my computer froze and I got the message that the program was not responding and had the option to end now or cancel. Cancel never did anything but End Now would close Outlook Express. Then a little while after that I noticed on my Internet security several messages that said “rule default block backdoor/subseven trojan horse matched.” Could this be connected? What should I do?
Matthew F. Grandalski
Question: I have a Sony Vaio running Win ME. I have installed a CreativeCD DVD player. The software will recognize the name of the DVD inserted, but I cannot get any video to appear. When I press “play,” the counter starts as if the DVD were playing normally.
Can you suggest something?
Question: I have been trying to find a way to transfer my existing OE email from this old P2$233Mhz to a nice fresh AthlonXP 2400+ I just finished building…and have met with little success and loads of reinstalls. (Cheat-mode reinstalls….Ghost is a very worthy toy 😉
Question: I have a group of 5 networked computers using Win98. Norton Utilities doesn’t seem to work as well as it should and I heard from one radio computer guy to continue with Norton Antivirus be get System Suite instead for troubleshooting repairs. What would your recommendation be?
Question: For the last few months I have been unable to receive any attachments. A notice appears at the top of the window telling me they are unsafe. I even changed from McAfee to Norton but still get the same message. Obviously all of them can’t be unsafe; what can be done about this?
Question: I am running Win98 and Explorer 6. Recently, I am having a problem with Java. I have not changed any of my setting in IE, but it will not run certain Java pages anymore. I have tried to re-install the latest version of IE 6, but it is still the same. I installed the latest Java plugin, but it is still the same.
Question: My problem is on XP sometimes when I shutdown, I get a warning that says “other people are logged on to this computer. data may be lost” even if not hooked to my network or the net. what is this and how can I fix it. thanks for any help you can give
I have Windows XP Professional. I cannot get my computer to remember passwords such as for Outlook email accounts. I looked up an article somewhere that has a fix but that did not work. Do you know of a way to tweak the registry so that passwords are remembered on an xp computer?
– Bill Tedder
Have you ever asked yourself a question like “What is a screensaver actually?” I did. And now I will gladly share the results of my investigation. As you can see easily, splitting the word “screensaver” into two words will give us the phrase “screen saver”. This isn’t a rocket science and it’s clear that the phrase suggests our subject somehow saving the screen. So the word “screensaver” can be applied to some sort of good things that save the screen of our so much beloved baby-computer. But what does it mean exactly? Who is going to harm our computer screen? Who could be such a bad person? The answer lies in the exact definition of screensavers.