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Dec
16
comment Best media for long-term backup without access : USB key vs DVD vs SD card vs HDD vs SSD vs …?
Keep in mind that optical in this case means firing a laser to change the colour of a dye. The dye does degrade - sometimes surprisingly quickly.
Dec
14
comment How to find the PCs name in a batch script?
@VikasGupta You could just use $env:computername (case-insensitive too).
Dec
12
comment crypt32.dll is broken for Virtualbox since patch Tuesday 9-Dec-2014?
@slhck Also funny because apparently the other one breaks updating itself... so people have to manually install this one :S
Dec
11
comment crypt32.dll is broken for Virtualbox since patch Tuesday 9-Dec-2014?
@glaucon To uninstall updates, search Programs and Features in the start menu. Then on the left select View installed updates. You can uninstall from there. (side note: my name is Bob, not Ben :P)
Dec
11
comment crypt32.dll is broken for Virtualbox since patch Tuesday 9-Dec-2014?
@glaucon Ouch! I take it the standard uninstall didn't work?
Dec
11
answered Retrieving data from a virtualbox instance that refuses to boot
Dec
11
revised Retrieving data from a virtualbox instance that refuses to boot
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Dec
11
comment Retrieving data from a virtualbox instance that refuses to boot
Sure: just mount the virtual hard disk. What's your host OS? What virtual drive format did you use?
Dec
11
answered crypt32.dll is broken for Virtualbox since patch Tuesday 9-Dec-2014?
Dec
10
comment Downloading software without bloatware
Be warned that VM isolation is not 100%, and far less so if you have it connected to the network or running the guest tools. While it's still decent isolation, it is not an excuse to run "nasty evil software" if you think it really is malicious - without further hardening, a basic VM can still leak malware onto the host.
Dec
10
comment How do I restore my command prompt/power shell to default settings?
@DanCallahan So there's nothing but those two? ...yea, that's completely, utterly broken. You should at the very least have C:\Windows and C:\Windows\System32. However, there's also more than that, even in a default installation. Do you know when this happened? How long ago? How many times have you restarted since then? If it's recent enough, you might be able to recover the original from the automatic registry backup, or from System Restore.
Dec
10
revised How do I restore my command prompt/power shell to default settings?
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Dec
10
comment How do I restore my command prompt/power shell to default settings?
If this answer seems somewhat vague, that's because your question is vague. You'll need to provide either the output when you attempt the command, or the contents of the PATHs, preferably both, before I can give you a more concrete answer.
Dec
10
answered How do I restore my command prompt/power shell to default settings?
Dec
5
comment Garbled graphics in text mode environments (pre-boot/BIOS) only, not in Windows
Huh, never heard about G9x failing. But there you go, almost certain that it's the GPU. The only other candidate would be the motherboard... but you still need to swap parts to verify that. (If you really want, you can check for any busted capacitors on the mobo, as it's possible however unlikely.)
Dec
5
comment Garbled graphics in text mode environments (pre-boot/BIOS) only, not in Windows
@Xentios Because Windows and its drivers use the GPU differently from the basic mode the BIOS uses, which potentially follows a different circuit path. Hardware failures can manifest in extremely weird ways, and the only real way to be certain is to swap in known working parts.
Dec
5
comment Garbled graphics in text mode environments (pre-boot/BIOS) only, not in Windows
While the 8800GT is a G92 chip, it's still in the same series as the G84 and G86 notorious for a high failure rate. So your GPU is certainly a prime suspect. Would you be able to take the graphics card out and test with onboard graphics?
Dec
4
comment Copy command in CMD copies 734 Byte instead of 22 MB?
> It's unfortunate that xcopy command is not available in all modes of Windows IIRC xcopy is included with XP and later, and available as a download for W2k and possibly 9x. But, seriously, do you really need to support anything older than XP? Unless you have that specific need, I would suggest that it's safe to assume availability.
Dec
4
comment Open the folder associated with the Command Prompt's working directory?
From the ms-dos tag description: Do not use this tag for questions about Windows command line programs or scripts. <== please read tag descriptions before using them.
Dec
4
reviewed Edit Open the folder associated with the Command Prompt's working directory?