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Feb
12
comment BSOD - meaning of bugcheck?
It just happened on Sunday; my network card would stop responding. The only way to clear it was to unplug the cable and plug it back in. i checked Windows Update, but according to them the WHQL driver dated 2002 was the latest available for my Windows Server 2003. i had to go manually go to Realtek's homepage, download, and extract it. Then i could direct the Windows driver update to the download location to manually get the updated drivers. But, to answer your question, i would definitely ensure Windows Update says you're up to date.
Feb
1
comment How to find Windows 8 OEM product key?
i've tried it, on Windows 8; it does return my product key.
Jan
15
comment Why should I use exFAT over NTFS on removable media?
@Karan Whichever one my father has.
Jan
4
comment Is there a way to test alternate IPv4 routes?
@MichaelHampton Because at the time i wrote the question the trace to HE's Toronto server was Windsor -> Toronto -> Chicago -> New York -> Toronto. Today i just checked again, and my ISP got their own link up to Toronto, bypassing Bell!
Jan
3
comment What is my miniport's service name?
@Bort Nope!  
Jan
3
comment Windows 7 - Group Policy - Allow RDP Credentials to be Saved
@Guvante And now that the link has gone dead; the useful answer is lost forever.
Jan
2
comment How to specify folders to backup in Windows 8?
Windows 2000 backup didn't survive into XP. XP backup didn't survive into Vista. Vista backup didn't survive into 7. 7's backup has been replaced in 8. It's safe to say that Windows 9 will not use Windows 8's backup strategy. But i hadn't seen that sneaky feature!
Dec
26
comment How can I disable the Windows Credential Manager?
+1 for third party crapware
Dec
15
comment Is there a way to test alternate IPv4 routes?
There is nobody else who can offer Internet Service. The fact that my (small) ISP ran their own data line, across international boundaries, to Level 3, to escape as much Bell as possible, is quite impressive. There is no other backbone in the area.
Dec
15
comment Is there a way to test alternate IPv4 routes?
+1; i've never even heard of source routing. That answer's the question exactly; with the caveat that it doesn't work. As for the data flow; i knew it was "true enough" for the question. In the case of my ISP, they really only have two peers they can send traffic to. Although i never considered the possibility that packets might take the opposite route on the "return" trip.
Dec
15
comment Group Policy: Block access to \\localhost\C$
This answer, based on Zoredache's comment, is correct. By default only administrators can access the "administrative shares". There's little security to be gained by either a) disabling the administrative shares, or b) denying user access to them. If the remote user is an administrator they can just create any share they want (e.g. \\192.168.2.1\DriveC). If you're following a corporate security policy, then i would just turn off the admin shares. Security policies usually have little to do with security. Timely Schneier blog post
Dec
2
comment How to block a program from using IPv4?
@MichaelHampton Or perhaps i don't want to do any of those things, and i am asking on behalf of a friend. Perhaps i'm writing a book. Perhaps i'm trying to further the knowledge of all man-kind. Pick whatever situation you like that will help convince you to answer the question.
Dec
2
comment How to block a program from using IPv4?
@MichaelHampton i want disallow certain programs from using IPv4. The corollary is that other programs i want to (continue) to be allowed to use IPv4. In the case of WoW i want it to only use the faster IPv6 connection. In the case of Flash i want to defeat geolocation. In the case of uTorrent i want to unlink my torrenting from my IPv4 address. In the case of Flash i want to be unblocked because i am in Canada. In the case of Steam i want to test IPv6-only connectivity. In the case of Visual Studio i want to test IPv6 connectivity. i am trying to block programs from using IPv4.
Dec
2
comment How to use BCDEdit to dual boot Windows installations?
i understand BCD wraps a very powerful system, with a lot of complex options. On the other hand, i think i have a very simple question, that a lot of people have asked over the years - but never been able to get solved. "i have Windows over here, and another Windows over there. How do i boot between them?". Rather than a full tutorial on all the options of BCDEdit, i was hoping for the commands that can only solve this one (seemingly simple) problem. Perhaps almost something as simple as msconfig, except it lets you browse to another Windows install and it will add it for you.
Dec
2
comment How to block a program from using IPv4?
@MichaelHampton Take your pick. Steam, Blizzard Launcher, WoW, uTorrent, Chrome, Photoshop, Flash.
Nov
28
comment Windows 8 Upgrade: How to keep everything and keep nothing?
Fortunately, in a dual-boot situation, it is impossible for me to use Windows 8 and the previous version of Windows i had before at the same time.
Nov
26
comment Windows 8 Upgrade: How to keep everything and keep nothing?
@avirk Actually, the entire question was a subtle dig at the Windows 8 installer UI. Windows 7 would ask you where you wanted to install Windows first, then ask what kind of installation you wanted. Fortunately the W8 "quirky" user interface can be worked around.
Nov
26
comment Windows 8 Upgrade: How to keep everything and keep nothing?
My "solution" was to re-install Windows overtop itself. It seems extraordinarily likely that the MediaBootInstall trick would have done it.
Nov
26
comment Windows 8 Upgrade: How to keep everything and keep nothing?
@TFM Partially because i was hoping for an answer, but mainly because it doesn't help me decide.
Nov
26
comment Windows Software RAID 5 Drive Failure Notification
Not when you're in Canada; there are a host of issues. It gets even worse if you're in other countries where people won't ship to.