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Feb
24
comment Cannot install Windows 8 because it can't create a new partition
It sounds like you can't convince Windows to purge current partitions. i had trouble convincing Windows to delete the special System Reserved partition. i can't remember how i solved it; enough selecting, and deleting, and purging, and removing. But i suggest the brute force approach. Download Western Digital's hard-drive tools, and tell it to Write all zeros to the drive. That will get rid of every partition. That way Windows can't refuse.
Feb
22
comment Where does Windows 8 store user-mode crash minidumps?
Unfortunately Microsoft won't let me have my WinQual reports!
Feb
17
comment Where does Windows 8 store user-mode crash minidumps?
@ERROR_ACCESS_DENIED Even with Process Monitor running, looking for any Path containing dmp, and all file activity from dwwin.exe, i see no dump files being created.
Feb
17
comment Where does Windows 8 store user-mode crash minidumps?
@0xC0000022L The event viewer shows events from Windows Error Reporting show, "Attached Files: ..., ..., C:\Users\ian\AppData\Local\Temp\WERD655.tmp.mdmp", which, unfortunately, is not there.
Feb
17
comment Where does Windows 8 store user-mode crash minidumps?
Where did you find them on your system? (i've checked two locations) What which settings for WER crash dumps do you have turned on? (i've checked 3 settings)
Feb
16
comment Where does Windows 8 store user-mode crash minidumps?
i did a dir *.dmp /s, dir *.mdmp /s from the Windows folder, and the root of my user profile folder.
Feb
13
comment BSOD - meaning of bugcheck?
On the other hand, you don't want to be updating drivers willy-nilly. Sometimes the latest and greatest has bugs that haven't been found yet. i prefer to trust WHQL certified drivers (off Windows Update). But if you're having a problem with something, you have no choice but to update the drivers.
Feb
13
comment BSOD - meaning of bugcheck?
It's not safe to assume that. Microsoft only has drivers that manufacturers submit to WHQL for WHQL testing. In my case, that meant a network chipset driver that was ten years old, rather than the one created last year. Realtek never bothered to submit it to Microsoft; so Windows Update won't have it. That's why you'll have to go to the manufacturers - sometimes. My motherboard's USB3.0 chipset has no drivers on Windows Update; i had to go to their web-site. nVidia doesn't always update WHQL drivers. Sometimes even motherboard chipset drivers.
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.