Saturday, December 30, 2006

Microsoft Sent Free Ferrari Acer Laptops to bloggers



Microsoft together with AMD gave out some timely Christmas presents (which are officially review PCs) to a bunch of bloggers this year. Brandon LeBlanc got one, Scott Beale got one, Mauricio Freitas got one, Mitch Denny got one, Zen.Heavengames got one, Barb Bowman got a media center, plus many other bloggers who has yet to receive it during the Christmas rush. They seem to have covered everyone from A-list to Z-list, a first in the industry with such a valuable gift, kudos for thinking about the little guys.
Some people got Ferrari 1000s, others got 5000s (Some got Media Centers even). The following specs are from the Ferrari 5000.
Full story here:-

Friday, December 22, 2006

Vista Compatibility Check

The following softwares have now compatibility with Windows Vista.

Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista Beta

Zune Marketplace.

A third for future compatibility: Kernel Patch Protection Criteria Evaluation Document.


http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/vista/windows_vista_compatibility_check.html?kc=MWRSS02129TX1K0000535

Blank Settings under the Advanced tab in IE7

The Problem:-

Open IE7>Tools>Internet Options>Advanced-under it you will find setting options are blank.

Resolution:-

Start>Run>cmd>OK

In the Command Prompt window type in the following command and hit the Enter key.

regsvr32 /n /i /s inetcpl.cpl

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Chat With Santa on Windows Live Messenger

'This year families can avoid the lines to see Santa at the mall and spend time at home together chatting with Santa Claus through Windows Live Messenger.'

Life Cycle of various versions of Windows Vista

According to Microsoft various versions of Windows Vista will retire as follows:-



Windows Vista Business
Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition
Windows Vista Business N
Windows Vista Business N 64-bit Edition
Windows Vista Ultimate
Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition

The Mainstream Support of the above products will expire on 10th April,2012 and the Extended Support will be retired on 11th April,2017.


The Mainstream Support of the following products will expire on 10th April,2012 and the Extended Support will not be applicable.



Windows Vista Home Premium
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition
Windows Vista Home Basic N
Windows Vista Home Basic N 64-bit Edition
Windows Vista Home Premium
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

An error occurs while installing the Windows Installer Cleanup Utility

When you attempt to install the Windows Installer Cleanup Utility you may face problems.Here is a cool resolution:-
http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/81/1/

Saturday, December 09, 2006

First Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC

I saw this news in the techtree that Reliance Communications and UTStarcom have announced the launch of India's first CDMA Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC.

Check it here:-

First Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC

Chitti aayi hai : Outlook 2007

Enjoy!

http://chitthi.webchutney.net/

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Sysinternals Tools Updated

The following Sysinternals utilities and files have been updated:

PsTools v.2.42 All PsTools now support the switch '-accepteula' on the command-line in order to avoid breaking non-interactive scenarios (e.g. scripts and other automation)

PsExec v1.73 Supports the ability to run processes in the Local System account on the interactive desktop with the -s and -I switches.

PsGetSid v1.43 Fixes a bug where it wouldn’t correctly process multiple computers PsService v2.21 Adds support for reporting Windows Vista delayed autostart and pre-shutdown notification services

SysinternalsSuite Removed the BlueScreen Screen Saver from the Sysinternals Suite since some anti-virus packages were blocking access to the suite due to the screen saver's new malware status. The BlueScreen Screen Saver is still available as a download from its dedicated page here.

More here.

http://www.thincomputing.net/

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Microsoft Hardware Vista Support

Mouse (IntelliPoint) and keyboard (IntelliType) Hardware beta device software for Windows Vista is now available.
Webcam (LifeCam) software to work with Windows Vista will be available in January.
Fingerprint Reader software posted here is final, not beta, software.

Final software for keyboards and mice will be available by end of December 2006.

The following links provide up-to-date installation notes, known issues, and beta software to download and install:

» Keyboard software: IntelliType Pro

» Mouse software: IntelliPoint

» Fingerprint Reader software

http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/vista/vistasupport.mspx

Monday, December 04, 2006

Vista's image-based install is great for hackers

USERS HOPING for pirated copies of Vole's latest operating system Vista might find themselves downloading some heavy duty malware.

More here:-
http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=36134

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Microsoft's Big Day is Here!

In a historic product launch, Microsoft India today announced business availability of the much awaited Windows Vista operating system, the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and Exchange Server 2007. Beginning today, Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office will be available to volume licensing customers. While the 'New Windows' and 2007 Microsoft Office will be released to consumers and organizations that are sans volume license agreements on Jan 30, 2007; Exchange Server 2007 is on track for release to organizations with volume license agreements by December second week.
http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Microsofts_Big_Day_is_Here/551-77544-580.html

Indian Skype Users Get Wi-Fi Phone


Netgear has launched a new Wi- Fi phone for VoIP software, Skype. The phone, SPH101, will be available to Indian Skype users for Rs 16,900 (MRP) at the 48 Rashi branches across India.

The phone has an intuitive on-screen menu which shows saved Skype contacts and their online availability. Other features include the ability to use the phone in any, Wi-Fi enabled office, public hotspot, or municipal wireless access point that does not require browser-based authentication. The phone will enable users to call mobile or landline networks users across the globe, without having to use a PC. The calls will be absolutely free if made to other Skype accounts, but users will be charged per minute if they make calls to mobile or landline networks, with SkypeOut .Software updates are received wirelessly, without the use of a USB cable and wireless security is ensured Wireless security through WEP and WPA-PSK. However, the Wi-Fi phone will not function during a power failure or broadband Internet outage.Read more here.

VISTA vs. XP – a brief yet more detailed look

Want to know the differences between Vista and it's biggest competitor, Windows XP? An online article in the US has some basic information, but we thought it needed a bit more detail. So here's a much better rundown on the differences to expect!

Check it here:-
http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/7586/52/1/0/

Windows Vista Product Guide

Overview
A comprehensive feature-by-feature guide to Windows Vista. With contributions from people who actually worked on the product, this is the definitive resource to learn about Windows Vista. The Windows Vista Product Guide is available in the new Microsoft Word 2007 or the new XPS format.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=bbc16ebf-4823-4a12-afe1-5b40b2ad3725&DisplayLang=en

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

How to add Run Command in Vista

There is no presence of "Run" Command as such in the Start menu of Windows Vista.If we want to launch the Run command we press the Win logo+R keys together.But we can permanently put the Run command in the Start menu.To do so:-

1]Right Click on the taskbar.
2]Select Properties.
3]Click Start menu tab present in Taskbar Start Menu Properties.
4]Now click the Customize tab.
5]Scroll down to Run command and put a check mark in the box present adjacent to it.
6]Click OK.
7]Again Click OK/Apply.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Nero 7.5.7.0 And Windows Vista

Nero 7.5.7.0 works perfectly in Windows Vista.

Download link:-
http://www.nero.com/nero7/eng/nero7-up.php

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Windows Vista Security Guide

The Windows Vista Security Guide provides guidance and tools to further protect Windows Vista against real-live threats such as malware and information theft. This solution accelerator recommends the Enterprise Client (EC) configuration for organizations of all types. Only in extreme security situations does the guide recommend the Specialized Security – Limited Functionality (SSLF) configuration, which considerably limits client computer functionality. The Solution Accelerator includes recommendations about how to use new and enhanced security technologies in Windows Vista to better defend the client computers in your organization against malware. The guide also provides recommendations and best practices on how to use encryption and access control technologies in Windows Vista to protect corporate data. Application compatibility testing recommendations are included. This Solution Accelerator includes several files, such as the Windows Vista Security Guide.doc, the detailed Appendix A of the Windows Vista Security Guide.doc, the Windows Vista Security Guide Settings.xls, and the GPOAccelerator tool to help you easily implement the guidance.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=a3d1bbed-7f35-4e72-bfb5-b84a526c1565&displaylang=en

A new version of the Windows Update offline scan file is available

A new version of the Microsoft Windows Update (WU) offline scan file has been released. This new offline scan file is available in addition to the existing WU offline scan file, Wsusscan.cab. The new offline scan file, Wsusscn2.cab, has a new format.You must update any scanning solution that uses the existing offline scan file by March 2007 so that it uses the new CAB file. Microsoft solutions that use the existing offline scan file include Microsoft Systems Management Server Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates (SMS ITMU), the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA), and the Windows Update Agent (WUA).

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/926464

Friday, November 10, 2006

Photosynth is on Live



http://labs.live.com/photosynth/


Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX graphics card for Windows Vista



Are you ready for DirectX 10 gaming under Windows Vista? Nvidia finally unveiled its new DX10-capable graphics chip, the GeForce 8800 - aka 'G80'.Here is a great review on this latest GPU:-

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/11/08/review_nvidia_geforce_8800_gtx/

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Can't change Wallpaper

The Problem:-This is a situation when one can't change the wallpaper.

Resolution:-

Start>Run>Regedit>OK
Now navigate to the following :-
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Active­­Desktop DWord Value: NoChangingWallPaper

Settings: 1 = Can't change Wallpaper
0= Can change Wallpaper

Screensaver Issues

Many users face various problems with the Screensavers in Windows XP.Here are some references which will be handy:-

Screen Saver May Not Start in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;326719

The screen saver does not work when you use a Wireless Optical Desktop mouse on a Windows XP SP2-based computer
http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;en-us;911895

Troubleshooting Screen Saver Issues in XP
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_s.htm#ss

Sunday, November 05, 2006

MSConfig Cleanup

MSConfig is a powerful tool that allows you to enable/disable the programs that start when Windows boots up.
MSConfig would be a perfect startup manager, if it allowed you not only to disable items, but to delete them forever. Unfortunately it does not do that. This is where MSConfig Cleanup comes in! It scans the startup configurations and allows you to remove any item that has been previously disabled via MSConfig.

Try it. It's Free!
Download MSConfig Cleanup 1.2

http://www.get-in-control.com/msconfig-cleanup/

Intel's quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor

Intel's quad-core offerings will not likely live up to the performance gains seen in the Core 2 Duo rollout.The review on quadcore has a mixed report and not a good one as far as gamers are concerned.However, video editors and graphics designers should appreciate the "25 percent" increase in Photoshop CS2 processing, "78 percent" boost in Pinnacle rendering speed, and the "60 percent" jump in 3D Studio Max.
http://www.engadget.com/2006/11/02/intels-quad-core-core-2-extreme-qx6700-processor-reviewed/

How to create a Clipboard shortcut

1]Right click on a blank area of your Desktop
2]Select New>Shortcut
3] In the shortcut blank window type in CLIPBRD.EXE and click Next.
4] In the next window, type in: Clipboard , and click "Finish"
5] A Clipboard shortcut icon will appear on your Desktop.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Fastest Monitor

BenQ has come out with world's fastest wide screen monitors.The available models are:-92W, 222W, and 241W.The BenQ FP92W comes with a 5 milliseconds response time.Its high contrast ratio (700:1) and high brightness (300 cd/m2) together offer distortion free images, and make for a brilliant visual experience, making it, as BenQ says, the best option for both business and home entertainment. And prices start from just Rs.13,999. onwards.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Indimix06


Watch Steve Ballmer in action in India.He will be live on Nov 9th 2006; in Mumbai.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Product Boxshots: Windows Vista and 2007 Office

Just found these exciting pacakaging screenshots of Windows Vista and Office 2007 at Microsoft PressPass image gallery.

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/default.mspx















Monday, October 30, 2006

Stay away from Office if you don't have a genuine copy

If you want to enjoy the extra features of Office then your Office copy must be a genuine one otherwise good bye.Office Online templates would require the validation, and the ability to download updates would also require verification beginning in January.
http://www.betanews.com/article/MS_Office_Validation_Now_Mandatory/1161976219

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Latest Vista-ready ATI Radeon graphic processors.

ATI Radeon X1950 XTX, X1950 PRO, and X1650 XT will deliver the best performance, and the most stable Vista experience.

AMD Intros ATI Vista Ready Chips

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Internet Explorer 7 Quick Reference Sheet

IE 7 is the latest browser.And here is an excellent Quick Reference Sheet of it.Here you will find all the General shortcuts,Tab shortcuts and Common tasks.
http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/attachment/715071.ashx

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Windows Vista™ Tips & Tricks

Check out these great downloadable guides that give you easy access to helpful tips & tricks for Windows Vista.
Windows Vista Tip Sheet
Windows Vista Top 10 Tips & Tricks

http://www.windowsvistatnt.com/

Microsoft Webcast: Be One of the First to See Tips and Tricks for Windows Vista

Event Overview
In this webcast, we explore the powerful new features in the Windows Vista operating system, including security enhancements, the new user interface, search, and organizational tools. We also provide useful tips on using Windows Internet Explorer 7 and illustrate practical desktop techniques that help you to be more productive right away. Join us for this informative session to see how Windows Vista represents a breakthrough in user experience.Presenter: Andy Reed, Senior Training Specialist, Total Project ManagementSince joining Microsoft as a systems engineer in 1988, Andy Reed has trained customers worldwide to understand and implement Microsoft strategies, technologies, and products. In his roles as a marketing manager, trainer, and training program manager, Andy has developed and delivered training classes for Microsoft staff and partners on varied topics. As a consultant and senior training specialist, Andy approaches Microsoft products from a customer's point of view.

Duration: 60 Minutes Start Date:
Monday, October 30, 2006 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)


Be One of the First to See Tips & Tricks for Windows Vista

Vista Screensavers for Windows XP

If you are using Windows XP and still want to enjoy Vista Screensavers then you can download it from here:-
http://www.softpedia.com//progDownload/Vista-Screensaver-Ported-to-XP-Download-44716.html

Monday, October 23, 2006

Brand New Browser-Fresh tension














Two things happened.First one is a great news that it's now available for Windows XP.One can easily download and intall from Microsoft's site-Internet Explorer 7: Home
Now the second one-it doesn't sound well,because-it has already failed a security test.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Windows Vista build 5808

There are confirmed reports that Windows Vista build 5808 has been released to TAP (Technology Adoption Program) customers, it has also been suggested that testers will not get this build on Connect and it's unclear if this is a pre-RTM build shipped as such. Interesting to note is that 57xx was designated the RTM branch, there is no further information on a 5744 to 58xx jump, or what it implies.Jim Allchin cleared up conflicting reports to eWeek by saying that Windows Vista would not make RTM this week, adding that there was still work to do "We won't RTM (release to manufacturing) in a week," Allchin told MJ Foley on October 18. "We are in pretty good shape. And there are still months before (the January 2007) launch."

Neowin.net

Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) User's Guide for Windows Vista

The Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) is designed to help Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), system builders, and corporate IT professionals deploy Windows onto new hardware. The Windows AIK is a new set of deployment tools supporting the latest release of Windows. This guide describes the current methods, tools, and requirements for deploying Windows.Supported Operating Systems: Longhorn (Windows Code Name) ; Windows Vista; Windows Vista Business; Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Business N; Windows Vista Enterprise; Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Home Basic; Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Home Basic N; Windows Vista Home Premium; Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Starter; Windows Vista Starter N; Windows Vista Ultimate; Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition, Windows XP.

Download: Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) User's Guide for Windows Vista

XP Service Pack 3 Delayed

SP3 for Windows XP is currently planned for 1H CY2008.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/lifecycle/servicepacks.mspx

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Virtual PC 2007 Beta now available!

You can sign up for it here: https://connect.microsoft.com/programdetails.aspx?ProgramDetailsID=874.

Major changes include:
Support for hardware virtualization (Intel and AMD)
Support for Windows Vista as a host operating system
Support for Windows Vista as a guest operating system
Note: No support for Aero Glass though - just Aero Basic
Support for 64-bit host operating systems
Note: Virtual machines are 32-bit only
Improved performance.

http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2006/10/11/virtual-pc-2007-beta-now-available.aspx

Monday, October 16, 2006

Notepad tips and tricks

Like most people, I use notepad when I need to put together a script. I never actually looked at the help file for notepad (well, why would you?!?) until I hit the F1 key by accident recently. As a result I found quite a few tricks that notepad provides that I never knew existed. They are turning out to be pretty helpful so I thought I'd share them below:

When editing a file, press the F5 key to insert the system date and time
Change or add headers & footers by selecting file page setup
Press ctrl-G and enter a line number to go to (VERY useful when debugging VBScript errors)
Select view status bar to display the line/character number as you navigate the file (another beneficial debugging aid)

Another tip I found was the ability to maintain a log file with timestamps. This is useful when troubleshooting a problem where you need to record what is happening at specific times:

open notepad
set the first line to be (without the quotes and in uppercase) ".LOG"
press enter and save/close the file
every time you open the file, notepad will automatically insert the system date/time at the end of the file and add a new line where you can begin typing

Source: blogs.technet.com

Sunday, October 15, 2006

How to play a DVD movie in Windows XP

To play DVDs using the WMP, you must have a DVD-ROM drive and a software or hardware DVD decoder installed on your computer. By default, Windows does not include a DVD decoder.
Check here for Windows XP–compatible DVD decoders:-http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/plugins.aspx

And the following utility will be handy to determine whether any decoder is installed or not;or whether that's one compatible with WMP or not:-
Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=DE1491AC-0AB6-4990-943D-627E6ADE9FCB&displaylang=en

Thursday, October 12, 2006

After an unsuccessful attempt to install Nero 7.0 in Vista RC2

I tried to install Nero 7.0 in a compatible mode(xp sp2) but unfortunately it failed to install.I tried again but the result was very much the same.But after this unsucessful attempt I found the unwanted entry of Nero under the Uninstall or Change a program.I tried to remove this annoying entry through the registry:-
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Uninstall and removed the unwanted Nero key under "Uninstall."
I restarted Vista but it still remained as it was.
Now I tried Windows Installer CleanUp Utility and it successfully removed the annoying entry.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301

[Windows Installer CleanUp utility is now availabe for Windows Vista]

Error 0x80072EE4

The Problem:-When you visit windows update site and try to download a update the windows update site stops responding and you get the following error:-

Checking for latest version of Windows Update software. A red X appears next to the update, and you receive a 0x80072EE4 error.

Why does it happen?
It happens if SSL settings are incorrect or Winsock registry got corrupted.

Resolution:-

Start>Run>type in cmd>ok

in the command prompt window type the following command:-
netsh winsock reset now press the Enter key.


Desi Search Engine Launched

India's first local Internet search engine was launched named, guruji.com


www.guruji.com

Monday, October 09, 2006

All Keyboards Are Not Born Equal

Do you like to have a keyboard which is like playing a piano, since there in Das Keyboard there are no keys to look at when typing, your brain will quickly adapt and memorize the key positions. Within a few short weeks users increase their typing accuracy and find themselves typing up to 100% faster.
It's a USB keyboard which works with Windows,Linux and MacOSX.

Learn more about the technical specifications
http://www.daskeyboard.com/



Office 2007 to Go 'Gold' This Month

According to betanews-Microsoft is winding down the beta program for Office 2007 as it prepares for a release to manufacturing before the end of the month. On October 25, Microsoft will close its Office Preview site and stop allowing downloads of the beta.

http://www.betanews.com/article/Office_2007_to_Go_Gold_This_Month/1160155486

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Not a good news for Vista Gamers

MICROSOFT is telling its selected gaming industry chaps that gaming under Vista will be ten to fifteen per cent slower than XP. It is because you have to load the 3D desktop all the time. It is ironic, as the same company tells the developers that the same API can do certain things up to four times faster.
http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=34915

IE7 Is Coming This Month...Are you Ready?

The final release of IE7 is fast approaching … and I mean really fast … and will be delivered to customers via Automatic Updates a few weeks after it’s available for download. We want to ensure that you are ready and the information below will help get you there.
IE 7 is "coming later this month."

Vista Build 5744/RC2 is now ready for public download

The latest build of Vista is 5744 it's also the RC2 release.It's now ready for public download.
http://download.windowsvista.com/preview/rc2/en/download.htm

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Windows Vista RC2 Coming This Friday

According to Windows IT Pro, the final interim release of Windows Vista before release to manufacturing (RTM) will come this Friday

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Intel GPUs that would support WDDM

When a customer buys an intel based PC he/she would check that the graphic card that comes with the intel motherboard is supporting Windows Vista.

The Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950 on both the Intel® 945G and Mobile Intel® 945GM Express Chipsets will support the Windows Vista Display Driver model (WDDM) drivers.

Intel GPUs that would support WDDM

Saturday, September 30, 2006

After 5728 it's now 5734

So after build 5728 it's now 5734.

Microsoft is circulating another Vista build to testers.

Just One More Release Before Windows Vista Goes Gold

Microsoft will release just one more build of Windows Vista for testing before the code goes gold, said Brad Goldberg, the general manager for the Windows client business group.
That build will be made available to a limited group of between 50,000 and 100,000 testers in October, and follows the interim Vista build that Microsoft released on Sept. 22.

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2022621,00.asp

Flight Simulator X Trial Version

The Flight Simulator X trial version includes two airports, three missions, and three different aircraft. All of the missions take place at St. Maarten in the Caribbean.Download At Source News Source: www.microsoft.com

[bink.nu]

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Applications which won't run in Vista 5728

The following applications won't run in Vista 5728.

Nero version 7 and onward
AVG FREE Edition V. 7.1.405
Seagate Tools
Creative Audigy driver
Nvidia GeForce FX 6200 LE PCI Express
DaemonTools v3.44
DaemonTools v4.0.3
Microsoft VPC 2004 NOD32
Windows Messenger 5.1
Yahoo Messenger 8 [it runs fine but you can't close it if you don't apply the classic skin]

New Vista boot animation & sound?

http://www.istartedsomething.com/20060923/new-vista-boot-animation-sound/
Click image to download video (MPEG2, 528KB). Alternatively, view the low-quality Google Video version.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Welcome to QnA


Live QnA connects you to the best answers from the right people.

http://qna.live.com/

XP's starting problem after removing Vista from a dual boot

The Problem:-

This is a scenario where Windows Vista in the active partition and it's a dual boot between Windows Vista and Windows XP.Now if you have removed Vista either by deleting the partition or formatting you will find that XP is not starting.

Resolution:-

Just perform a repair installation of Windows XP to restore the booting problem.

Reference:-

How to perform an in-place upgrade (reinstallation) of Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315341

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Zune's battery life

According to a Microsoft analyst, Zune will get 12 hours of battery life at 128Kbps, 3.5 hours of video playback and 4.5 hours of slideshow playback with WiFi turned off.

Regarding press release of zune:-

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/sep06/09-14ZuneUnveilingPR.mspx

Microsoft's wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000




The ultimate rechargeable keyboard and mouse for Windows Vista™ and PC entertainment. Designed to make it easier than ever to control PC media from your desk, your lap–or even from the comfort of your couch.


http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/productdetails.aspx?pid=080

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Vista RC1 and latest Google Toolbar

Well ;I can't live without google toolbar.I love it.After installing Vista RC1 I downloaded and installed the latest version of Google Toolbar but most unfortunately it was not working.Putting the search obeject in toolbar's window if I click 'Go' button it remained as it was.So I tweaked add on features but that didn't help.In the mean while I found that I couldn't copy -paste web contents or right click Open in New Window/or Open in New Tab.I uninstalled Google toolbar and everything was just fine.But this time I decided that I should install the eartlier version of Google Toolbar (3.0.131.0-big/en)I did.Waw!it's working like a charm.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Monday, September 04, 2006

Vista Pre RC 1 is better than Vista RC 1

Yes.It may sound odd and funny but that's exactly is my personal opinion.

Pre RC1 takes less time to instal than the RC1 build.Almost a 5 minutes difference on same hardware machine.

Pre RC 1 boots faster.

Pre RC 1 build takes lesser time to access various applications than RC 1.

Pre RC 1 is more stable.

As far as nforce drivers are concerned still RC 1 is not friendly with them.

The latest released driver for RC1 by Nvidia makes the system crash prone.

Vista Media Center guide takes a considerable time to download the latest guide on same internet speed which I used for Pre RC1 guide downloading.

Apart from a few diffrences in RC1,still I shall say Pre-RC1 is better.

[this was first published in www.merawindows.com ]

Sunday, September 03, 2006

MVP Insider :September-2006

I am really overwhelmed when I was featured in Microsoft's MVP Insider.It's a huge huge honour.It will surely inspire me to work more for the Microsoft communities.

MVP Insider :September
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/mvpinsider

Thursday, August 31, 2006

What services are safe to Disable

One can't forget Blackviper's contribution,unfortunately his site went down.I have no idea what exactly happened.
Anyway here is the list of services which you can safely disable in Windows XP Service Pack 2.

http://tinyurl.com/q3mrt

When Workgroup is greyed out

The Problem:-
If the workgroup is greyed out in the my computer/change name section, is there any other way of changing it?

Resolution:-

Start>Run>LUSRMGR.MSC>OK.

Friday, August 25, 2006

If You randomly get disconnected from wireless network

The Problem:-
After connecting to a wireless network, it disconnects randomly.

Resolution:-

1.Start>Control Panel>Network Connections.
2.Right click on the wireless connection.
3.Select Properties.
4.Select Authentication tab.
5. Clear the Enable IEEE 802.1X authentication for this network check box.
6. Press Apply, OK, and OK.
7.Restart.

If the above method doesn't help then recreate a fresh wireless network connection and update the driver.

Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) Release Candidate 1 (RC1)

Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) Release Candidate 1 (RC1) has been designed to make everyday tasks easier, provide dynamic security protection and improve the development platform and manageability. End user improvements include a streamlined interface, tabbed browsing, printing advances, improved search functionality, instant feeds (RSS), dynamic security protection, and more.

Download:

Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1 for Windows XP SP2 Release Notes

Download:

Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1 for Windows Server 2003 SP1 IE7 RC 1 (Windows x64 Editions)

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Hibernate Fix for XP SP2

The Problem:-Machines with more than 1GB of RAM when trying to hibernate,the affected machines will display the message "Insufficient System Resources Exist to Complete the API"

Now here is a fix from Microsoft:-

Visit Microsoft's site (validation required).

Monday, August 14, 2006

Desktop tab is missing under display properties

The Problem:-When you right-click an empty area of your desktop and press Properties, or use Control Panel / Display, the Destop tab is missing from the Display Properties dialog.

Resolution:-
Start > Run >regedit > OK

Now locate to the following location:-
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
Look in the right pane for a value called NoDispBackgroundPage. If it exists it should be set to 0 (zero).

0X800B0109 Error during Windows Update

The Problem:-

When you visit Windows Update , you may receive one of the following error messages:

Digital Signatures are missing.
Page Cannot be Displayed.
The Page Requested Cannot be Displayed
.Additionally, the %systemroot%\WindowsUpdate.log file may contain the following error message:
0x800B0109

Why does it happen?

It happens if Vx2 ZServ malware is there.

Resolution:-See the resolution as described in the following Microsoft KB Article:-
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;916260&sd=rss&spid=3223

Vx2 ZServ malware removal tool:-
Windows Defender (Beta 2)
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Windows Live Messenger 8.0.0812

Windows Live Messenger goes beyond the traditional instant messaging (IM) service, enabling people to connect and share, with free PC-to-PC calls and inexpensive calls from a PC to phones around the world, video calling, easy sharing with Sharing Folders, and more. Windows Live Messenger features the following improvements: - Video Call - Windows Live Call with Verizon Web Calling service - Integration with Windows Live Messenger phones - Integration with Microsoft LifeCams - Shared Folders - Offline Instant Messaging - Windows Live Contacts - Integration with other Windows Live Services.

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4451.html

NVIDIA Forceware 32 Bit (2K-XP) 91.45 Beta

Unified Driver Architecture (UDA) Delivers rock-solid forward and backward compatibility with software drivers. Simplifies upgrading to a new NVIDIA product or driver because all NVIDIA products work with the same driver software. Includes full support for PCI Express and AGP.

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download3294.html

Monday, August 07, 2006

Windows Genuine Advantage does not validate a copy of Windows XP

SYMPTOMS

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The Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) validation process does not validate a copy of Microsoft Windows XP.


RESOLUTION
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To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

1.Start Microsoft Internet Explorer, and then visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/diag (http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/diag)

2.Click Start Diagnostics.Note If you receive a dialog box that asks whether you want to run this file or save this file, click Run.The WGA Diagnostic Tool analyzes the computer and lists the reasons why you cannot validate the copy of Windows XP. The WGA Diagnostic Tool may list some error messages.The most common problems are an invalid product key and a blocked volume license key. If the product key that is generated by the WGA Diagnostic Tool differs from the original product key, go to step 3. If this is not issue, see the "More Information" section to resolve the problem.

3.If the product key that is generated by WGA Diagnostic Tool differs from the original product key, you must change the product key back to the original product key. To change the product key, use the Windows Product Key Update Tool. To do this, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/purchase/UpdateInstructions.aspx (http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/purchase/UpdateInstructions.aspx)

4.Follow the instructions on the Web site, and then try to validate Windows XP again.


MORE INFORMATION
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This section lists explanations and resolutions for WGA error messages.

Error messages

0x80080200
Unsupported Operating System for WGA


Cause

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WGA cannot currently determine whether the operating system is genuine or not. However, you still can access the Windows Update and Microsoft Update Web sites.

Error messages
0x80080201
0x80080202
Cannot detect product ID (PID)


Invalid product IDCause The system is in a state that prevents WGA from accessing the product ID (PID).

Resolution

1.Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then press ENTER.

2.Type the following commands. Press ENTER after each command:
regsvr32 %windir%\system32\licdll.dllregsvr32 %windir%\system32\licwmi.dll

3.Check the value of the PID in the registry. To do this, follow these steps:

a. Start Registry Editor.

b. Locate and then right-click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProductId

c. Make sure that the product ID has a format that resembles the following:
12345-VER-1234567-12345

4.Restart the computer. If you still cannot validate Windows XP, you may have to reinstall the operating system.

Error messages
0x80080203
0x80080204
Internet Connection Problem
Service Unavailable


Cause

Computer settings may be preventing you from validating Windows XP.

Resolution

1.Start Internet Explorer, click Tools, and then click Internet Options.


2.Click the Security tab, and then click Customer Level.

3.Make sure that the related ActiveX control options are enabled.

4.If you have third-party firewall software installed, disable the firewall.


5.Make sure that the Date and Time settings for the computer are correct.

6.Validate Windows XP again.

Error messages

0x80080205
Insufficient PrivilegesCauseYou must use administrative credentials to continue with validation.

Resolution

1.Reactivate Windows XP by using administrative credentials.
2.Validate Windows XP by using administrative credentials.

Error messages
0x80080206
Internet settings do not allow the genuine ActiveX control to run properly, or user may not be the system administrator of the machineCause An ActiveX control is disabled
.

Resolution
1.Start Internet Explorer, click Tools, and then click Internet Options.
2.Click the Security tab, and then click Customer Level.
3.Make sure that options are enabled for the ActiveX control that triggered the error message.
4.Validate Windows XP again.

Error messages
0x80080207
Expired Validation CodeCause You have typed a wrong validation code on the Microsoft Download Center validation page
.

Resolution

1.Run the validation check again.
2.Enter the correct validation code.
3.Validate Windows XP again.

Error messages
0x80080209
Can’t Run Active XCause This problem may occur because antivirus software or firewall software is preventing ActiveX controls from running
.

Resolution
1.Configure third-party antivirus or firewall software so that ActiveX controls are enabled.
2.Validate Windows XP again.

Error messages
0x80080211
User has chosen to exit the validation processCause You have exited the validation process.ResolutionRestart the validation process later.

Error messages
0x80080219
Windows Not ActivatedCause This copy of Windows is a retail copy or an OEM copy. Activation is required to continue
.

Resolution
1.Activate Windows XP.
2.Validate Windows XP again.

Error messages
0x80080220
Invalid Product KeyCause This problem occurs because of a blocked volume license key. You may have installed Windows by using an invalid product key. The volume license key has been blocked by Microsoft because the key has been reported as stolen or leaked.


Resolution
1.Buy a new copy of Windows XP.
2.Reinstall and then validate the new copy of Windows XP.

Error messages
0x80080222
The product key associated with your copy of Windows was never issued by MicrosoftCause The product key that is installed on this system is not recorded. Therefore, this product key is probably generated by a program that produces unauthorized product keys
.

Resolution
1.Buy a new copy of Windows XP.
2.Reinstall and then validate the new copy of Windows XP.


REFERENCES
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For more information about Windows XP, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/ph/1173?FR=1 (http://support.microsoft.com/ph/1173)For more information about WGA, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/downloads/whyValidate.aspx (http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/downloads/whyValidate.aspx)For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
892130 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/892130/) Description of Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA)

See KB Aricle:-
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;916247

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Image Toolbar is missing


If you don't get the image toolbar over an image then try the following:-

1.In Internet Explorer, click Internet Options on the Tools menu.
2.On the Advanced tab, click to clear (disable) or click to select (enable) the Enable Image Toolbar (requires restart) check box.
3.Click OK.

Ref:-
How to Use the Image Toolbar and Automatic Image Resizing Feature in Internet Explorer 6
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=306917

Image Toolbar Does Not Appear Over Image in Internet Explorer
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303473/

MCEWORLD


Yes,that's my latest blog on Windows Media Center.Visit:-
http://mymce.wordpress.com/

Saturday, July 22, 2006

wmnetmgr.dll error

The Problem:- Everytime I open IE it crash and the error siganture is AppName: iexplorer.exe AppVer: 6.0.2900.2180 ModName: wmnetmgr.dll ModVer: 11.0.5358.4827 Offset: 0047c82 .What can I do?

Resolution:-
Re-register wmnetmgr.dll

Start > Run > regsvr32 C:\WINDOWS\system32\wmnetmgr.dll > OK

Alternatively you can revert back to WMP10 from WMP 11..You may opt System Restore to return to WMP 10.

Windows Live Messenger Error Code 8100030d


When you are trying to sign in Windows Live Messenger you are getting an Error Code 8100030d.



Resolution:-If you have Zone Alarm then disable Zone Alram and rery.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Vista Build 5472 And Live Messenger

I found a few references where it has been mentoned that Live Messenger doesn't work well on Vista 5472.I have installed it on Vista 5472 and it works just fine- like in Windows XP.Really no problem at all.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

What File Types Are Supported In Windows Media Center

Music files:-

Music file types (format)and their File name extensions :-

Audio CDs> .cda
Windows Media Audio file> .asx, .wm, .wma, and .wmx
Windows audio file> .wav
MP3 audio file >.mp3 and .m3u


Video files:-

Video file types (format)
and their File name extensions:-

Windows Media file >.wm and .asf
Windows Media Video file> .wmv
Windows video file> .avi
Movie file> .mpeg, .mpg, .mpe, .m1v, .mp2, and .mpv2


Picture files:-

Picture file types (format) and their File name extensions :-

Joint Photographic Experts Group >.jpg and .jpeg
Tagged Image File Format> .tif and .tiff
Graphics Interchange Format> .gif
Bitmap >.bmp
Windows MetaFile> .wmf
Portable Network Graphics >.png

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Critical Updates for Windows XP Media Center Edition

This update provides stability and performance enhancements and replaces Q329979:Start download.

April 2006 Update Rollup for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (KB914548)

Windows XP Media Center Edition Patch: Remote Sensor Driver & Firmware Update

Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (KB900325)

Windows XP Media Center Edition Product Activation Hotfix

Windows XP Patch: Windows XP Media Center Edition Fast User Switching Hotfix

Client Services for Netware has disabled the welcome screen and fast user switching

The Problem:-
I am unable to use the fast user switching screen and welcome screen at start up. the only thing I can use is classic logon prompt. I tried to go into the control panel and change it back but when I click on the "change the way users log on and off" it brings up a box and says that "Client Services for Netware has disabled the welcome screen and fast user switching. To restore these features you must uninstall client services for netware."

Resolution:-Open Network Connections. Right click on your network connection and select Properties. Click the General tab and locate the Netware entry and highlight it. Click Uninstall. Unless you know you need it, Client Services for Netware is generally not used outside of a corporate environment.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Decoder Error - The video decoder has either malfunctioned or is not installed.

A fresh install of Microsoft Media Center Edition 2005 may not have the necessary CODEC,as a result when you are trying to view Live TV then the Television won't display correctly and you will get the following error:-Decoder Error - The video decoder has either malfunctioned or is not installed.

Resolution:-

1]Download the Microsoft Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility .This utility will help you to determine if an MPEG-2 video decoder or, a DVD decoder is installed on your system and whether or not the decoder is compatible with Windows Media Player 10 and Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.

2] Next you download and install compatible video decoder which will allow you to view TV without any prroblem.Nvidia,Cyberlink Power DVD,Win DVD or,Sonic will help.Personally I find Nvidia Pure Video is excellent.Remember you just need the decoder not the full or entire package.

Here is a list of compatible decoders:-

NVidia PureVideo:-
http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder.html

Sonic:-
http://www.sonic.com/products/Consumer/play.aspx

Cyberlink Corp:-

http://www.cyberlink.com/

Intervideo Corp.:-

http://www.intervideo.com/media_pack/jsp/Product_Profile.jsp?p=DVDXPack

*SourceForge :-

http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=98765&package_id=105790&release_id=208928

*[The last one is Free]

Tweak MCE PowerToy

Overview
Tweak MCE gives you access to systems settings and options not normally exposed in the Windows XP Media Center Edition user interface, including remote control settings, Skip and Replay time customizations, user interface options, and more. It also helps you to optimize Media Center Extender for plasma and non-CRT displays.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=3400190A-511A-4A3A-9B89-524511A76F58&displaylang=en

Hauppague Tweak Tool

If you have Hauppague Tuner card,installed on your system then here is a very cool tool for you.It will allow you to take more control as far as colour,contrast of the pictures are concerned as well as more finer audio and video settings.
Hauppauge Tweak Tool

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

To: Turn closed captioning on or offPress: CTRL+SHIFT+C

To: Turn up volumePress: F10

To: Go to the previous channelPress: PAGE DOWN

To: Turn down volumePress: F9

To: Mute volumePress: F8

To: Open Messenger in Media CenterPress: CTRL+N

To: Display the Help windowPress: F1

To: Display an additional menu of actions for a page or item that is selected Press: CTRL+D

To: Go in and go out of windowed modePress: ALT+ENTER

To: Move left, right, up, or downPress: ARROW KEYS

To: Go to the previous pagePress: PAGE UP

To: Go to the next pagePress: PAGE DOWN

To: Go to the last item in a listPress: END

To: Go to the first item in a listPress: HOME

To: Go back to the previous screenPress: BACKSPACE

To: Accept the selectionPress: ENTER

To: Close Media CenterPress: ALT+F4

To: Open Media Center or return to the Media Center Start menuPress: Windows Key+ALT+ENTER

To: Go to the next channelPress: PAGE UP

To: Skip forward 30 second while watching TVPress: CTRL+F

To: Skip back 7 seconds while watching TVPress: CTRL+B

To: Fast forward live TV or recorded TVPress: CTRL+SHIFT+F

To: Rewind live TV or recorded TVPress: CTRL+SHIFT+B

To: Play live TV or recorded TVPress: CTRL+SHIFT+P

To: Stop recording or stop playing a TV showPress: CTRL+SHIFT+S

To: Pause or resume live TV or recorded TVPress: CTRL+P

To: Record a TV showPress: CTRL+R

To: Go to live TVPress: CTRL+T

To: Go to the GuidePress: CTRL+G

To: Go to Recorded TVPress: CTRL+O

To: Go to My TVPress: CTRL+SHIFT+T

To: Copy a CDPress: CTRL+R

To: Fast forward a songPress: CTRL+SHIFT+F

To: Skip to the next songPress: CTRL+F

To: Replay an audio file or songPress: CTRL+B

To: Stop an audio file or songPress: CTRL+SHIFT+S

To: Pause an audio file or songPress: CTRL+P

To: Play an audio file or songPress: CTRL+SHIFT+P

To: Go to My MusicPress: CTRL+M

To: Skip forwardPress: CTRL+F

To: Skip backPress: CTRL+B

To: Resume playing radioPress: CTRL+SHIFT+P

To: Stop live radioPress: CTRL+SHIFT+S

To: Pause or resume playing live radioPress: CTRL+P

To: Go to RadioPress: CTRL+A

To: Zoom a picture in full-screen modePress: ENTER

To: Skip forward to the next picturePress: RIGHT ARROW

To: Skip back to the previous picturePress: LEFT ARROW

To: Pause a slide showPress: CTRL+P

To: Stop a slide showPress: CTRL+SHIFT+S

To: Play a slide showPress: CTRL+SHIFT+P

To: Go to My PicturesPress: CTRL+I

To: Skip forward 30 seconds in a videoPress: CTRL+F

To: Skip back 7 seconds in a videoPress: CTRL+B

To: Fast forward a videoPress: CTRL+SHIFT+F

To: Rewind a videoPress: CTRL+SHIFT+B

To: Stop playing a videoPress: CTRL+SHIFT+S

To: Pause or resume a videoPress: CTRL+P

To: Play a videoPress: CTRL+SHIFT+P

To: Go to My VideosPress: CTRL+E

To: Change the DVD subtitles selectionPress: CTRL+U

To: Change the DVD audio selectionPress: CTRL+SHIFT+A

To: Change the DVD anglePress: ARROW KEYS

To: Skip forward or go to the next chapterPress: CTRL+F

To: Skip back or go to the previous chapterPress: CTRL+B

To: Fast forwardPress: CTRL+SHIFT+F

To: RewindPress: CTRL+SHIFT+B

To: Stop a DVDPress: CTRL+SHIFT+S

To: Pause or resume playing a DVDPress: CTRL+P

To: Play a DVDPress: CTRL+SHIFT+P

To: Go to the DVD menuPress: CTRL+SHIFT+M

Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) and Media Center2005

The Problem:-
After installing Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) in MCE 2005,Windows Media Center Extender cannot establish a remote connection.

You may receive the following error message from Windows Media Center Extender for Xbox:

The Media Center for Xbox has unexpectedly disconnected from the Media Center PC. The Extender requires a connection to the computer. The Extender might have been disconnected because of network congestion, a network disconnection, or because the PC has been turned off.


You may receive an error message that is similar to the following from third-party extenders:

An error occurred while the Media Center Extender tried to communicate with the Media Center PC. Verify your network and the PC are working and then select OK to try again.


Why Does it happen?

Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) is not compatible with Media Center 2005.

Resolution:-
Right-click the notification area icon and, then click Shutdown Microsoft AntiSpyware.

Can Not Join A Domain In Media Center 2005

You cannot join your computer to a domain in Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.

Why?

Media Center Edition 2005 does not support your computer to join a domain. This edition of Windows is designed as an exclusive home entertainment system. By using Media Center Extender devices you can share the entertaiments with your family members to various locations of your house..Media Center Extender devices require concurrent connections, and these are available only through the Fast User Switching component. Therefore, the domain join functionality in Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 is disabled.


But if you have ealier versions of Media Center?

Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 does not allow for you to join a domain but a Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 PC upgraded to Media Center Edition 2005 can join domains.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Latest NVidia PureVideo Decoder for Media Center

This is one of the most commonly used MPEG2 decoders for Media Center.The latest version is Version: 1.02-223 and it was released on 28th June, 2006,
What's new:-
Release Notes show:-
Support for High Definition (HD) inverse telecine on compatible GPUs. See http://www.nvidia.com/page/purevideo.html for a list of supported GPUs.
After installing the PureVideo Decoder and using the MCE "speaker setup" wizard to select 5.1 speakers, the audio will only be set in 2 channel stereo mode. This is a known issue with Microsoft Media Center Edition 2005 Update Rollup2. You may
download this patch to fix the problem. The patch sets the proper value for 5.1 analog and must be run after using the speaker setup wizard. Note: You must run this patch every time after you run the wizard in order for the settings to remain active.
Other compatibility fixes,
click here to view the User's Guide

http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder_1.02-223-trial.html

Redesigned menu system in Vista Media Center



In case if Vista Media Center you will find a complete redesigned menu system.All menus are now on horiznal plane instead of vertical menus present in Windows Media Center 2005.All favourite digital entertainment—including live and recorded TV, movies, music, and pictures—in one place with the easy-to-use
Windows Media Center menu system and remote control.

How to run Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 smoothly

If we follow a few basic things we can surely enhance the performance of Media Center.

Remove temporary files,temporary Internet files:-

Disk Cleanup helps free up space on your hard drive. Disk Cleanup searches your drive, and then shows you temporary files, Internet cache files, and unnecessary program files that you can safely delete. You can direct Disk Cleanup to delete some or all of those files.

Remove memory dump files:-

Search for *.dmp and delete the files.

Defragment the hard disk drive:-

Disk Defragmenter consolidates fragmented files and folders on your computer's hard disk, so that each occupies a single, contiguous space on the volume. As a result, your system can gain access to your files and folders and save new ones more efficiently

Increase the paging file size:-


1.Click Start, click Run, and then type sysdm.cpl in the Open box.

2.Click the Advanced tab, and then click Settings under Performance.


3.Click the Advanced tab, and then click Change under Virtual memory.


4.Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file that you want to change.


5.Under Paging file size for selected drive, click Custom size.

6.In the Initial size (MB) box, enter a new initial paging file size. The size should be at least 1.5 times the amount of system RAM.


7.In the Maximum size box, enter the maximum paging file size. The size should be at least two times the size of the initial paging file size.


8.Click Set, and then click OK three times.


9.Click Start, and then click Turn Off Computer.


10.Choose Restart.

Remove Malwares:-

Boot in to Safe Mode and scan your system with latest versions of malware removal tools (like-Spybot,Search and Destroy,CWShredder as well as Adaware etc.)





"msvcr71.dll cannot be found" error in Media Center 2005

The Problem:-

During repairing installation of Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition,you you may receive the following error message:-
msvcr71.dll cannot be found

Resolution:-


1.Close the error message box.

2.Open the Notepad, paste the following XML sample code:



3.Save the file as Copy2gac.exe.config in the following folder:
Windows Folder\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.0.3705.Note Windows Folder is a placeholder for the location of your Windows folder.

4.You can now successfully repair your operating system.

Further Ref:-
KB.Article#827073

Electronic Programming Guide in India-Reality


Microsoft Corporation India Pvt Ltd on May 05,2006 launched its latest offering, the Electronic Programming Guide for Windows XP Media Center PCs, to enable users to control their television entertainment experience in India.

EPG, an onscreen interactive guide to television programmes, which for the first time in India, will allow viewers to navigate, select, discover and record shows across more than 80 channels in the country.

When I tried to download the guide for my Media Center,I got the message:-"Guide Listings Not Available.TV Program Guide listings are not available for your country or region. " [see the pic].I experienced the very same scenario in case of Vista Media Center.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Software Requirements for installing MCE2005

To install Windows Media Center 2005 we need the following softwares:-

1] Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 CD1
2] Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 CD2
3] Media Center compatible TV tuner / encoder drivers.
4] Media Center compatible display adapter drivers.
5] Media Center compatible MPEG2 decoder.

Hardware Requirements for MCE 2005

1] 2 Ghz processor or better 3+ Ghz

2] 512MB RAM

3] Primary Hard Disk Drive (Minimum 20 GB) for operating system and applications.
If you have Secondary Hard Disk Drive (Minimum 80 GB) for storage.

4] Media Center compatible TV tuner / encoder.

5] Media Center compatible display adapter.

6] Media Center Remote Control and IR Transceiver

Microsoft Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition beta 1

Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition Beta 1 is an exciting new addition to the Windows Media tools family. It is a powerful tool for video professionals, optimized for the creation of high-quality offline encoding using Microsoft’s implementation of the VC-1 video standard (WMV9). Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition Beta 1 provides the key features necessary to create next-generation video content and capitalize on the growing importance of scenarios around optical media and video-on-demand. With the final standardization of VC-1, “Studio Edition”, will prove to be an invaluable tool for the offline encoding community.

Download: Microsoft Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition beta 1

Homepage: Microsoft Windows Media Encoder Studio Edition

How Can I move to Media Center Edition From Win XP Pro?

The Problem:-
Just wondering... I have a PC running xp pro at the moment, is it possible ?or me to upgrade to media centre edition without reinstalling all my programs and losing all my files etc?

Resolution:-Well,you can't upgrade,you have to perform a Clean installation to get Media Center Edition.

You may be able to use the File and Settings Transfer Wizard to help move some of your files/settings...

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

An Alternative To Windows Media Center PCs

Linux's reply to Windows Media Center.As I go through the article I ind lots of hot features are there,but also keep the price factor in mind.

http://www.crn.com/sections/breakingnews/dailyarchives.jhtml?articleId=189500212

Sunday, July 09, 2006

PowerToy Calc:A strange error in Velocity - Miles/Hour to Feet/Hour conversion

I have downloaded and installed PowerToy calculator from Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP.Whenever I try to convert from Velocity - Miles/Hour to Feet/Hour, there seems to be an error. Entering 1[mi/h->ft/h] results in 1760 instead of 5280 foot per hour.

*[ 1 mile per hour = 5280 foot per hour ]

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Can not minimize,maximize or close Yahoo Messenger in Vista Beta#2

The Problem:
After downloading the latest beta version or Yahoo Messenger 7.5 a strange thing occurs.You can't minimize,maximize or close Yahoo Messenger.

Resolution:-
Go to menu,click Messenger,scroll down to Change Skin...and click on it,from the drop down box of Skin select Classic and click the OK button.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Non Glass Theme@Vista



Microsoft has confirmed non glass themes for windows vista.It was first discussed in hive[http://www.hive.net],then Nick White of MSFT wrote in detail in his blog:-http://blogs.technet.com/windowsvista/archive/2006/07/06/440510.aspx

Thus if you don’t have a display driver capable of running WDDM you’ll get the Windows Vista Basic theme,which is standard for Vista Home Basic Edition.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Favorites-A Unique Feature In Vista Media Center

In Windows XP Media Center 2005,there was no scope to add own 'Favorite' channels.But in Vista Media Center this great feature has been added.As a result most viewed channels will be under the Favorites.

How To:-
Launch Vista Media Center > Click Guide > Press [CTRL+D] keys together > Scroll down to Filter Guide and click on it > Click Favorites.

This will will narrow the guide down to your favorite channels.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Cabinet File

What is a Cabinet File?

-A cabinet is a single file created to hold a number of compressed files.

What will you do if a .CAB file got corrupted?

- You have to extract individual files from the cabinet files to replace missing or corrupted files.

How can you extract ?

1] Press Win+R keys to launch Run menu.

2]Now type in:msconfig and click OK.

3]Click Expand Fille...

4]Name the file you want to extract in the File to restore box

5]Click Browse From tab to restore the file in the Restore from box.For example, the Windows XP .cab files are stored in the I386 folder present in XP CD.

6]Locate the folder where you want to Save file in.

7]Click Expand tab In the System Configuration Utility dialog box, click OK>Restart.

Ref:-

Description and Explanation of a Cabinet File
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q310435/

Friday, June 30, 2006

Error 0x8024400A

The Problem:-
I am trying to use Microsoft Update to update my computer & get error message 0x8024400A.

Resolution:-

1]Disable antivirus.
2]Start>Run>Type in: regsvr32 MSXML3.DLL>OK
3]Reboot.
4]Retry Windows/Microsoft update.

Desktop Sideways

The problem:-
I don't know how I managed this one, but all the desktop is on it's side. What is supposed to be on top is on the side. As I write this, the message appears vertical. I have to physically turn my laptop so that I can read anything on it. Since I have no clue how I did this; I have no clue on how to correct it.

Resolution:-
Open Control Panel>Display>Settings tab>advanced, navigate through the tabs to find a rotate display option.This option has come due to the graphic card you have installed. The option should allow you to rotate the display back to its original orientation.

If you have Nvidia software installed,then look for NVRotate;with NVRotate, you can rotate any display 90, 180 or 270 degrees.
http://www.nvidia.com/object/feature_nvrotate.html

You may also try Ctrl + Alt + Up/Down arrow. [hot keys]