A Sampling Of Some Of The Most Popular Articles At What’s On My PC — and MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-03)

January 18, 2016

A Sampling Of Some Of The Most Popular Articles At What’s On My PC – Each week on the blog I try to provide an array of topics through the Geek Squeaks’ theme. This week I was brain dead and for the life of me nothing was jumping out to get my juices going. In an effort to give myself a jump start, I decided to list some of the most popular articles at What’s On My PC. This not only got my juices going; but, it made me come to the realization that I need to re-think how I am titling my blog articles and still keep within the parameters of my Geek Squeaks’ way of life where I post multiple topics (with one main topic as the attention grabber). As a result, I am going to implement this change to see where it takes me. To get started with this week’s post, I changed the title format; and to get my juices going, I have listed a sampling some of the most popular articles at What’s On My PC. Always remember, you can perform a search to find various topics, software, etc… In the 8 years that I have been blogging, there is a good chance that if you are looking for something, I have covered it in some form or another.

Symptoms of a Failing Computer Power Supply – I discuss some of the symptoms you may experience that could indicate that your power supply is failing. This article was published back in 2010, which seems like yesterday, and much of what is reflected is still applicable today.

Shutdown, Sleep, Restart or Logoff Your Computer Using the Keyboard – Here I did a post about the built in keyboard shortcuts that you can use to shutdown, sleep, restart or logoff your Windows computer. This article is applicable to Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 users. I still get a ton of hits on this one.

Locating Your Software License Keys – Did you know that if you do a complete reinstall of the software on your PC, you will need the product license keys (or serial/registration information) for the software that you had paid for? If you did not know this, then this article will guide you on the various software options that are available that will help you out.

An Easy Way to Get the Serial Number and Disk Drive Information of Your Computer – If you follow the command prompt steps that I have reflected in this article you can get the serial number and disk drive information of your computer.

Get the last FREE version of FastStone Capture – If you do not know what FastStone Capture is, then you are missing out on some good software. This screen capture program, at one point was freeware; however, you now (current version) have to pay for the software (shareware). This is one shareware program that I recommend buying. If you do not wish to buy it, you can still grab the last FREE version.

What does the “G” represent in 3G and 4G? – There is a high probability that you own a cell phone. If so, you have probably questioned, “What is all of this 3G and 4G talk about?”. This article will help you out with this.

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A Package Of More Than 180 Portable Freeware Utilities (for Windows) – If you are the techie type, you probably have heard of the NirSoft utilities. Did you know that these utilities can be downloaded as a package and conveniently launched using what is called the NirLauncher. The NirLauncher package includes variety of tools that you may need for your daily computer use, including utilities to recover lost passwords, to monitor your network, to view and extract cookies, cache, and other information stored by your Web browser, to search files in your system, and more… This is a “must have” for the tech toolbox.

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An OS That Will Turn A PC Into An Android PC – I came across a new open source OS (operating system) that can be installed on a compatible PC or run from a flash drive called Remix OS that will turn a PC into an Android based PC. What this means is that you can run the same apps through the Remix OS that you do on your Android based phones and tablets. I will be keeping an eye on this…

Video – How To Install The Remix OS

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Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – If you do not own a wireless bluetooth speaker, you do not know what you are missing. Today, I came across an Amazon deal for people like me who is rough on things. It is the Photive HYDRA Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, that is shockproof and waterproof. At the time of this posting, the pricing was unbelievable ($39) with great customer reviews.

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Helpful Windows 10 Resources From The “What’s On My PC” Tech Blog

July 26, 2015

Windows 10 will start rolling out on July 29, 2015. The strategy, from what I understand, will be to release the upgrade in waves; which, indicates to me your upgrade may not hit your PC for awhile.

In the meantime, to prep everyone, I have been posting information (here and there) about Windows 10 since the beginning of June. To bring this all together I have listed the articles that I have posted (from the most recent to oldest) as a quick reference resource in an effort to help you with the upgrade process and to learn more about Windows 10.

What Happens Next After You Reserve Your Copy Of Windows 10

Your Questions Answered About Windows 10

Need A Quick Intro To Windows 10?

GWX.EXE (Or, How To Remove the Windows 10 Upgrade Nag)

Nice Brief Review On What Will Be New (To You) In Windows 10

Get Answers To Windows 10 FAQ’s HERE

Reserve Your FREE Upgrade To Windows 10 Now

Confirmed – Windows 10 Availability Date Is July 29, 2015

I have been following Windows 10 since its’ early development, and based on Microsoft’s history of good and bad operating system releases, Windows 10 is an operating system that Microsoft knows that they have to get right.  I am pretty excited about this release myself and can’t wait to try it…  If you are in a situation where you are not eligible for the upgrade and/or you are building a PC, here is a link to buy Windows 10 at Amazon — CLICK HERE 

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Using XP or Vista? Appears There Is A Workaround Available For You To Get A FREE Windows 10 Upgrade

June 21, 2015

 Found this at Lifehacker, that may be of interest to you XP and Vista users. If you install the Windows 10 Preview on your Windows XP or Vista computer, establish a valid Microsoft account, you will then be eligible for the Windows 10 upgrade (for FREE).

As Microsoft details on its Windows blog, if you’re running the Windows 10 Technical Preview as part of the Windows Insider Program, and you have a valid Microsoft account connected to your installation, you’ll be upgraded to Windows 10 for free. If you’re already in the program, future builds will prompt you to connect your Microsoft account if you haven’t already done so.

While this is good news for those on the preview builds, it’s also a handy workaround for anyone who might be getting left behind when the free upgrades start rolling out. — source: Lifehacker

If interested in exploring the option of installing the Windows 10 preview, Lifehacker also can help you out with instructions on performing the installation, as well — CLICK HERE

Of course, make sure your computer meets the Windows 10 system requirements. Not sure?  CLICK HERE to get those requirements.

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 12, 2013

August 12, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: The first squeak on the list is the Youtube Downloader, that gives you the ability to download Youtube videos to your computer and covert them to a device friendly format;

Squeak #2: Now, this is unique in that it is an utility that will help you create a multi-boot USB Flashdrive where you can boot into different operating system environments;

Squeak #3: The mother load of all Geek reference sites… If you are into IT, this is a must have site…

Squeak #4: I am a real advocate of the SanDisk Cruzer portable flash drives.  A real investment at a cheap price…

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Plan on seeing  a lot more of Geek Squeaks’, featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!


Youtube Downloader HD

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Youtube Downloader HD is a free tool to download videos from YouTube and save it to your local computer. The videos can be converted to avi video format or to mp4 (compatible with iPod, iPhone)… GET IT HERE


How to Run Multiple Operating Systems From a USB Drive

@ Instant Fundas

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YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer) can create a Multiboot USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more… READ MORE


GEGeek – PC Tech Reference

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If you are a tech or into information technology, I highly recommend that you bookmark this site. This site is managed by a person who is actively employed in the field of IT… SEE IT HERE


Take It All With You On Reliable SanDisk USB Flash Drives

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I have owned several of these drives over the years and can attest to their reliability. Available in 4GB, 8GB,16GB and 32GB capacities… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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You Have Until January 31st To Upgrade And Save On Windows 8

January 7, 2013

I was in a conversation with a fellow about Windows 8 and I realized that he was unaware that money can be saved on the Windows 8 Pro upgrade if you purchase and download it directly from the Microsoft Store by January 31, 2013, (for $39.99). The DVD copy is available for $69.99. As a result of that conversation with this fellow, I thought I would let the reader’s of the blog know that the deadline for the savings on the upgrade is January 31st.

Windows 8

I know many are going to stick with their Windows XP, Vista or 7 setups; but, I can tell you I went the upgrade route to download Windows 8 and found it to be very stable, and an improvement over the previous versions of Windows. Yes, this version of Windows can present some challenges, but once you overcome the challenges you will ultimately be ahead of the curve and will soon be on the hunt for your own collection of Windows apps (which are being developed and posted on a daily basis).

Upgrading to Windows 8

If your PC is running Windows 7, your files, programs and settings will easily transfer to Windows 8 Pro. If your PC is running Windows XP or Windows Vista, you will need to reinstall your apps. Some features such as touch may require a new PC. To check compatibility, visit your PC manufacturer’s website and check out www.windows.com/upgrade to run the Upgrade Assistant to check for compatibility and get more details on system requirements.

Also, if you are a Windows Media Center user, you will have to download the Windows Media Center Pack as a separate download.  This download is free, only for a limited time (until January 31, 2013).

If your PC is running Windows 8 Pro and you’d like to get Windows 8 Media Center Pack so you can watch and record live TV with Windows Media Center, you can take advantage of the following special offer [click here]

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How To Check If Your PC Is Ready For The Windows 8 Upgrade?

October 25, 2012

The release date for Windows 8 is tomorrow (October 26th) and if you are planning to upgrade you will be given the opportunity to download Windows 8 Pro (Professional) for $39.99…  [CLICK HERE] to learn more about the upgrade process and cost. It is the lowest cost I have ever witnessed for any Windows OS upgrade; however, make sure you do your homework first and don’t jump into this. Make sure you have all of your personal files backed up.

Windows 8

Personally, for the first time ever (and I do not know why) I have not even touched any of the Windows 8 beta or preview releases. Maybe I am looking for the challenge if I do opt to upgrade OR it is my gut telling me to play this out for awhile.

I will tell you this… For the everyday desktop or notebook computer user, Windows 8 is going to present you with some cosmetic and navigational changes over what you have been used to. For example, the first thing that is going to capture your attention is that there is no start menu button. Instead there is a start screen. You also have to know that this version of Windows is being driven by the new world of tablet PC’s and as a result you will see many flavors of Windows 8 based tablet computers. Microsoft has even produced their own tablet computer called Surface that will be in direct competition with Google’s Nexus 7, Apple’s iPad and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD.

Windows 8, I am sure, is an awesome and stable operating system; however, if you are running a desktop or notebook computer, with the intent to upgrade, you may want to download and run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.

Download Upgrade Assistant

The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant will scan your computer to see if it is compatible with Windows 8. You can download the upgrade assistant [HERE].  Per the Microsoft web site, the assistant will do four main things:

It scans your hardware, apps, and connected devices to see if they’ll work with Windows 8. Make sure all the peripheral devices that you need to work with your PC, like printers and monitors, are connected to your PC and turned on before you run Upgrade Assistant.

Upgrade Assistant checks your PC hardware to see if it meets the Windows 8 system requirements to install on your PC, including features of the processor such as CPU speed, PAE, NX, and SSE2, as well as RAM size and hard disk capacity. It also checks for compatibility of your currently installed apps and devices.

It provides a compatibility report. Windows 8 generally works with the same apps and devices that work with Windows 7, but in some cases, a product might need an update, or you might need to uninstall and reinstall it after you upgrade. The compatibility report lists your apps and devices that will work in Windows 8, those that might not work, and what you can do to get them working again after you upgrade. If some of your apps and devices aren’t listed, it might be because we don’t have compatibility info for that product yet. For more info on specific products, check the Windows Compatibility Center, or contact the product manufacturer.

You can save or print the compatibility report to use later. Unless you choose the option to “keep nothing” during the upgrade, you’ll be able to find the report on your desktop after the upgrade. For more info, see Get your apps and devices working in Windows 8.

It checks your PC for support of certain Windows 8 features. Specifically: the Windows Store, snap, secure boot, and multitouch. If your PC doesn’t support one or more of these features you’ll see a warning. You’ll still be able to installWindows 8, but specific features won’t be available to you.

It provides the option to buy, download, and install Windows 8. If your PC is ready to go, Upgrade Assistant provides a recommendation on which edition to buy, and walks you through the steps to upgrade.

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Get the Story on Android

September 12, 2011

What is all this talk about Android, Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb and the soon to be released Ice Cream Sandwich? Now I am hearing talk of Jelly Bean.

To put this all in perspective. Android is an operating system, like Windows is an operating system. The Android OS differs from the Microsoft Windows OS in that it is engineered to work on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. The delicacies’ named Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean are the names given to the version upgrades of the Android OS. For example, my Toshiba Thrive tablet PC is running the Android OS Honeycomb V3.2

To get the full history of the development of Android, I found a nice infographic, at xcubelabs, that tells the Android Story.

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The Android Story

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Windows 8 Is Really Just Around the Corner

June 2, 2011

Many people that use home based computers are shocked when I tell them that Windows 8 is just around the corner; then, to really put it into perspective, I even have people ask me, “Is there a Windows 7?”. I often have to pinch myself back into reality and realize that people really do not care about Windows versions; they just want a computer that is super easy to use, gets them on the internet, Facebook, Twitter, and blah, blah, blah…

Windows 8

Then to top it off, I am reading “do not buy a computer this year”, Windows 8 is just around the corner. Then furthermore, Microsoft is playing catch up with the tablet PC world by offering Windows 8 as an operating system that will be geared to run on anything from a tablet PC to a desktop PC. By the time they do catch up, the iPad will be several version models ahead.

Also, so far the Windows 8 desktop looks like the tiled user interface that is similar to the Windows 7 phone. I always did say that PC’s would get simpler and the end user would click on pretty graphics (or tiled images) to launch their apps.  I really do think we are in the midst of a transition from desktop PC models to the more portable tablet models. Again, goes back to what I said before, people just want a computer that is super easy to use, gets them to the internet, Facebook, Twitter, and blah, blah, blah…  Microsoft and all the big players out there know this!

Windows 8 is really just around the corner…  How do I know?  It is called competition and the competition has turned it up a notch; PLUS, all you have to do is Google Windows 8 and you will see results like below (for your reading enjoyment):

Windows 8

Windows 8 News

Microsoft details specs for Windows 8 tablets, shows off hardware

Does anyone need Windows 8?

What Windows 8 means for laptops

Windows 8 Preview Reveals Major UI Metamorphosis

Microsoft reveals ARM-powered Windows 8 prototypes

Windows 8 Beta

Windows 8 Preview

Windows 8: A radical change for Windows, and a huge gamble for Microsoft

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Windows 7 for Seniors

September 27, 2010

You are probably looking at the title and questioning, “Did Microsoft develop another operating system called Windows 7 for Seniors?”. The answer is, NO! The title is referring to the Dummies Series of books that have been in production since 1991, when the first one published was “Dos for Dummies”. As a matter of fact I was a fan of that book and actually purchased several after that. Believe it or not, it was those few books that helped drive my interest in computers.

Today there are more than 150 million of these books in print that show you how to do everything (i.e. cook, garden, manage, finances, run a business, plan a trip, exercise, eat right, etc.). If you don’t believe me, [click here] .

For the sake of this article and to help out my senior friends there is a “Windows 7 for Seniors for Dummies” book that I recommend to help you navigate and learn the Windows 7 operating system.

Windows 7 for Seniors

Many people I am associated with have the illusion that our children and grandchildren are the teachers of computers since it is part of their generation. Being someone that has used, taught and managed PC’s, this is far from the truth. If you want to learn the basics and have an edge over your children or grandchildren, the “Windows 7 for Seniors for Dummies” is a good place to start.

Learn to:

  • Use the Windows 7 desktop and create your first documents
  • Connect to the Internet and browse the Web
  • View, edit, and print photos
  • Keep in touch by e-mail and play games online
  • Tour the desktop — learn to use menus, the Start menu button, files, and folders
  • Do it — create notes and letters, connect a printer, download photos from your digital camera, and put music on a CD
  • Have some fun — discover Solitaire and other built-in games, listen to music, and watch a movie
  • Use the accessories — display Gadgets on your desktop, draw with Paint, and use the Calculator
  • To keep or not — install additional programs you want and remove those you don’t need
  • Protect your Windows — learn to use the Action Center, download and install virus protection software, and keep it up to date
  • Have it your way — make your screen easier to see, open files with a single click, and even have your computer read to you
  • The wide, wide Web — shop and explore online and learn to stay safe
  • What’s on the taskbar
  • Directions for creating and saving documents
  • Steps for installing a printer and other peripherals
  • How to connect to the Internet anywhere
  • Backgammon and other games you can play online
  • Guidance on protecting your computer from viruses
  • How to send e-mail attachments
  • Advice on backing up documents and photos

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Experience Windows 3.1 in your Web Browser

February 6, 2010

image Many computer users today have never experienced Windows prior to Windows 95 (e.g. Windows 3.1)…  If you are interested in seeing and actually experiencing (interactively) what the feel of Windows 3.1 was like back in 1992, then [ click here ] .  An emulated (or imitated) version of Windows 3.1 will load in your web browser. This is very close to the real thing and definitely brings back memories (Windows 3.1 and Dos 6.22) where my roots and interest in computers began.

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Windows 3.1x is a series of 16-bit operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers. The series began with Windows 3.1, which was first sold during March 1992 as a successor to Windows 3.0. Further editions were released between 1992 and 1994 until the series was superseded byWindows 95. – Wikipedia

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My Windows Vista to Windows 7 Upgrade Experience

October 23, 2009

I had purchased the upgrade version of Windows 7 Home Premium back in June when it was offered for $49.99; however, the delivery did not occur until the much anticipated October 22nd release date. Sure enough, I had an email in my Window’s Live account, on that date, informing me that I could download my copy of Windows 7.

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I opted to download the 32 bit version in an ISO format. The download file was approximately 2.5 GB’s that I burned to a DVD. The first thing I did, prior to making this install, was to make sure that all of my “important” files were properly backed up. Once I had an updated backup, my Product key in hand and the install DVD created, I was ready to rock and roll.  I turned off or exited everything in the Windows system tray to prevent anything from possibly running in the background that could disrupt or interfere with the install routine.

Now, what I was about to do, goes against everything that a good tech will tell you when it comes to an operating system upgrade. I opted to perform a direct upgrade from Vista to Windows 7, instead of a clean install.

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Now, this is a big deal on my PC, due to the fact that I am a customization, configuration and organization geek freak. I initiated the install process, by launching the Setup file on the DVD, at 11:15 PM.  By 11:30 PM, Windows 7 was already begging for an online update to continue the installation. I downloaded the update; however, the install would not proceed and reached a point that it was going to reboot; or I thought it was. I know patience is required during an OS install, so I waited (hard drive light “on” at full throttle), and I waited AND Nothing! I force the reboot and had to start back over from scratch. Whatever file that was downloaded, during the update, was the medicine that the Windows 7 install needed. By this time, it is 11:40 PM and I am finally in the actual Windows 7 install mode.

To make a long, long story short; between 11:40 PM to 1:45 AM (over 2 hours), the Windows 7 install ran full throttle and meticulously setup my PC for the Windows 7 environment. The only intervention on my part during this process was entering the product key at the end of the install routine (nearly 2.5 hours later).  Whatever you do, make sure you have that product key.

In the end, Windows 7 was completely setup on my PC and guess what?  Everything was there and it worked.  No device errors, software all accounted for and working, etc…  Was one of the easiest upgrades from one OS version to another that I have ever experienced; however, it was the longest (over 2.5 hours).

If you are planning to do a direct upgrade make sure you are prepared and have a lot of patience; especially if you are new to this.

Just when you think the upgrade (install) process is hanging, just wait and watch the hard drive indicator light and the onscreen prompts.  It will happen, but it is like birthing a baby… If you don’t have this kind of patience, and your PC is a mess anyway, then do like any good tech would do; perform a clean installation.

Reflected are some Windows 7 Resources that may be helpful to you if you are considering the upgrade:

Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7

Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7

Windows 7 Home Page

Step-by-Step: Windows 7 Upgrade and Migration

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If you experience Windows Vista Service Pack 2 installation issues…

June 9, 2009

Most of the time when installing Windows Operating System service packs, the install/upgrade process proceeds without a hitch; however, there are those occasions where the install will simply fail and cause the PC to revert back (or roll back) to its’ previous state. What is frustrating is that the install will proceed through all of the stages, which can be time consuming, before you are made aware of any problems. Usually these problems are the result of the operating system missing a previous update component; or a program on your computer is interfering with the install process; or there is file corruption or inconsistency in a Windows component such as the Windows Servicing Store. With the recent release of Windows Vista Service Pack 2, I am starting to see people reporting install issues, which is not all that uncommon due to the nature of the upgrade. Let’s face it, Service Packs are a complex collection of updates, fixes and/or enhancements, some major, that effect the overall operation of the PC.

This article was drafted, not to give you a specific solution, but to provide options to explore that may lead to resolving the problem.

First point to make is that if you experience this particular issue or any other Windows based issue, always write down exactly what Windows is telling you when the failure occurs and any resulting error codes that you observe.  This information is vital in searching for a solution; whether it be using your favorite search engine (e.g. Google) or searching Microsoft’s Help & Support Site [ HERE ] or Microsoft’s Knowledge base [ HERE ] or Microsoft’s Fix it Solution Center [ HERE ]

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Secondly, in the event you are using the “standalone install” of the Vista Service Pack, I suggest you visit the Microsoft Update site [HERE] to scan for and download any updates you may be missing prior to installing the Service Pack.

In reference to the Windows Vista Service Pack 2 install issue, the following knowledge base article is a good starting point.

How to troubleshoot Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 service pack installation issues
[ CLICK HERE ]

The article above will provide you with (4)-four progressive options to explore including the use of a “System Update Readiness Tool”.

The System Update Readiness Tool checks your computer and tries to resolve certain conditions that could interfere with the installation of updates or other software.

Another option to explore, if the options above did not work, that I do not see in the article, is the option of running a “System File Check”.  If none of the options reflected in the above article resolved the install problem, I would give this a try:

The System File Checker tool gives an administrator the ability to scan all of the protected files to verify their versions.

To resolve system file issues, use the System File Checker tool (SFC.exe) to determine which file is causing the issue, and then replace the file. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open an elevated command prompt. To do this, click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
  2. Type the following command, and then press ENTER:sfc /scannowThe sfc /scannow command scans all protected system files and replaces incorrect versions with correct Microsoft versions.

Following the operation of the “System File Checker”, I would revisit the Microsoft Update site again to scan for and download any updates, then would try (again) installing Vista Service Pack 2.

If all else fails and all options have been exhausted, you can contact “Microsoft Help & Support – Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (all languages” – [ CLICK HERE ].

Free unlimited installation and compatibility support is available for Windows Vista, but only for Service Pack 2 (SP2). This support for Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) is valid until November 26, 2009.

PLEASE NOTE:  This article has been translated to the Serbo-Croatian language by WHGeeks

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10 Microsoft Updates in Queue

June 7, 2009

Expect up to 10 Microsoft updates this Tuesday, June 9, 2009…  It is important to maintain your updates on your PC to keep you protected from any vulnerabilities that have been found.

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10 Microsoft Updates Arriving Soon

June 5, 2009 -By Larry Seltzer

10 Microsoft Updates Arriving Soon Expect 10 Microsoft updates next Tuesday, with patches for Windows, Office, Word, and IE. Busy Patch From Microsoft in June Microsoft has released their Advance Notification Bulletin for next Tuesday’s vulnerability disclosures and updates. It describes 10 updates: 6 to Windows, 1 to Office, 1 to Excel, 1 to Word, and 1 to Internet Explorer. The IE update appears to address the most serious vulnerabilities.

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Installing Windows Vista Service Pack 2

May 30, 2009

If you are a Windows Vista user, you will be prompted within the next several weeks to download Service Pack 2 via the Windows Update Service. If you do not want to wait for the auto update to kick in, the standalone version of Service Pack 2 is available now for download. If you opt to download the standalone version you will need to determine if you have the x86 (32 bit edition) or the x64 (64 bit edition) version of Vista.

x86 Windows Vista x86 (32 bit) – [ GET IT HERE ]

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Brief Description

Service Pack 2, the latest service pack for both Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, supports new types of hardware and emerging hardware standards, includes all of the updates that have been delivered since SP1, and simplifies deployment, for consumers, developers, and IT professionals. [ Source: Microsoft ]

Information about Service Pack 2

The installation process might take an hour or more. Therefore, if you are installing SP2 on a portable computer, make sure that you plug in the power cord.

During the installation, your computer will restart several times. Therefore, save your work, and exit all open programs before you begin.

After you install SP2, a sound device or some other hardware device may no longer work. If this behavior occurs, just install an updated driver for the device.

[ Source: Microsoft Help and Support ]

In addition to fixes, there are improvements that have been made:

Improved reliability and compatibility of non-Microsoft programs.

Additional hardware improvements, including support for Bluetooth wireless technology and improved Wi-Fi connection performance, after the computer resumes from sleep mode.

Improved indexing and searching capabilities.

Improved TV recording in Windows Media Center.

Reflected below is a clip from PC World where users that installed Service Pack 2 are reporting increases in free disk space…

1clipsm Windows Vista SP2: Readers Report Big Increases in Free Disk Space

Nick Mediati, PC World

May 29, 2009 8:16 pm

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Windows Vista Service Pack 2 went final earlier this week, with numerous fixes and tweaks to improve performance, bolster security, and squash bugs. But some PC World readers are seeing another welcome change to SP2: a lot more free disk space.

In comments posted in our forums, several readers reported large increases in free hard disk space after installing Vista SP2. Mind you, I’m not talking about a gigabyte here or there; one reader claimed that installing Vista SP2 freed up a massive 40 GB chunk of disk space. Another reader said, “Wow! I didn’t notice that til now. I went from about 88GB free to 122GB free. That’s a significant change ‘under the hood,’ isn’t it?” And yet another reader gained back 130 GB of hard disk space. Wow.

[ Source: PCWorld ]

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Will Windows 7 be in your Christmas stocking?

May 13, 2009

According to the “WinInsider” clip below, Windows 7 will be shipped in time for the holiday sales season.  What does this really mean?  It could ship tomorrow and still be in time for the holiday sales season.  Irregardless, as a geekster, I am glad to see the hype about this new operating system.

Tip: For the sake of my friends, family and anyone else who really does not care about any of this, please learn this…  Windows 7 is the next operating system following Vista.  If you are thinking about purchasing a new PC now, you may want to hold out until Windows 7 hits the pavement and is officially released.

1clipsm Microsoft: Windows 7 in Time for the Holidays
[ source: WinInsider ]

It’s official — Microsoft will ship Windows 7 in time for the holiday sales season.

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That was the main announcement made by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) officials at the opening keynote of the company’s main developer event — TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles.

“We’re doing so well with the RC [“Release Candidate”] that we’ve started logo testing,” Bill Veghte, senior vice president of Windows, told attendees at the conference. Microsoft began public testing of the RC, which is the final testing phase for Windows 7, last week.   [ READ MORE ]

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