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Mar
30
comment Restore hard disk signature
Take the four bytes (pairs of hexadecimal digits) found at offset 0x38 in the registry binary data, as described in that article, and reverse the order of the bytes (i.e. last byte first, etc). Use the resulting string of 8 hexadecimal digits as the disk signature you restore using DISKPART at the command prompt.
Mar
23
comment Importing Bookmarks from a Text File (to any browser/website)
Using the existing Titles of webpages may not be a very good choice as the bookmark names, as they are frequently ridiculously long, and amount to advertising blurbs.
Mar
19
comment CHKDSK: What option DOES NOT delete files and turn them into .chk files?
So how could CHKDSK even run if there was no identifiable file system on the disk?
Mar
19
comment CHKDSK: What option DOES NOT delete files and turn them into .chk files?
This answer makes no sense. File data that has lost its associated metadata simply does not exist as a file. They are simply random data sectors, indistinguishable from any other random sectors on the disk. There is no such thing as correcting directory/file structure only, without affecting the "data" files. Directories are files also.
Mar
10
comment Exporting UTF-8 text from LibreOffice without byte order mark
Well of course the BOM is gone, but the file is no longer encoded in UTF-8, either!
Feb
12
comment How to know the IP address of a website
Also note that a website can have more than one IP address: yet another reason to regard "the IP address of a website" as a meaningless phrase.
Feb
1
comment Windows 8.1 permanently at 100% memory usage
Large computer screen images, when shrunk to fit in a Superuser post, become completely illegible and useless. FYI.
Jan
25
comment Persistently naming an unformatted partition
Your application has no way to identify or mark its data areas other than the device name its given? Sounds primitive!
Jan
18
comment How can I control disk numbering (enumeration) in Windows 7 Disk Management?
The Windows enumeration order has never been claimed to be constant, with either SATA or IDE disks, nor is such required by any hardware standard, as far as I can tell. Software that relies for its correct operation on a stable disk enumeration order is bugged.
Jan
13
comment In Windows 7, is there a way to know how much memory a service is using?
The whole point of the question was to determine the memory statistics for individual services sharing a single svchost host process. This answer does not address that at all.
Dec
26
comment Trick Comcast into thinking I'm loading a lot of pages
I suggest you read your service agreement with Comcast. If in fact you are not getting what you paid for, I suggest you take it up with Comcast, rather that resorting to "trickery".
Dec
26
comment How is windows 7 able to recover from a driver crash?
It's rather an abuse of language to say the GPU "crashes". Certainly, hardware can malfunction, but any decently-written driver can take most such events in stride. What the Question Asker describes is almost certainly buggy driver software.
Dec
26
comment How is windows 7 able to recover from a driver crash?
It is indeed the driver, and not the hardware, that has crashed, and Windows has stepped in and restarted the driver. The driver is not necessarily running in kernal mode. My Intel video driver is a user-mode driver, and would crash (meaning otherwise permanently black screen) frequently and randomly thru 3 update versions.
Dec
16
comment Desktop versus desktop enviroment
About as good an answer as can be given to a pointless semantic quibble. My own "desktop" is nothing but a background image, rarely seen.
Dec
14
comment What is the Safest way to Delete “Trusted Installer” files and folders? Win7
Don't forget that the vast majority of T.I.-owned files are hardlinked from multiple locations, and deleting one hardlink will not delete the file. Additionally, System Resource Protection mechanisms may restore the missing system file.
Dec
12
comment Change Windows 7 Boot Configuration Data from Ubuntu?
There is no indication at the given link to Boot-Repair that it has the capability to edit the BCD. There is an option to "repair Windows boot files", whatever that may mean.
Dec
8
comment Linux dd Command - Possible to do a full disk copy from larger to smaller drive?
That is an abuse of the word "clone", which implies an exact copy.
Dec
8
comment Windows Updates can be critical or recommended, but why?
I am sure we all have our personal understandings of those words, but in the case of Microsoft products, I think a pointer to the official definitions is essential. Witness, for example, Microsoft's use of the terms "boot partition" and "system partition", which is diametrically opposite the common usage. Notice that in the Microsoft document referenced in another answer, and here: support.microsoft.com/kb/824684, we get some pretty counterintuitive results.
Dec
8
comment Using Grub to select boot drive?
Why does your BIOS boot order not include the new disk? Is BIOS not recognizing it? If so, GRUB will not be able to recognize it either! Showing the Ubuntu bootscreen image is NOT "booting into Ubuntu"!
Nov
25
comment How is free space reclaimed when files are deleted in Windows?
You need to specify EXACTLY how you determine both the size of the files you deleted, and the alleged free space. The pronouncements of Windows Explorer, for instance, are notoriously unreliable, as it frequently double counts linked files. Certain NTFS filesystem features will naturally result in fewer bytes being "freed" than were contained in a deleted file. For a reliable reckoning of filesystem freespace, use something that consults the NTFS Allocated Cluster $Bitmap metafile.