Lost restore points.. It really was Diskeeper

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After years of running Diskeeper, it is no longer on my system. All gone. After reading that Diskeeper could be the culprit, I just couldn’t get my head around it. However, I did disable auto defragging on the boot drive, and guess what? Restore points do NOT disappear. As there is no point in defragging […]

Windows 7 SP1 – Slipstreaming the Service Pack

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Now you have your original installation DVD and a service pack ISO. Oh joy. And if you have an old machine like I do, the prospect of maybe re-installing Windows 7 in the future and then having to wait nearly three hours for the service pack simply palls. At the end of the tunnel there […]

Windows 7 SP1 – Install now or wait?

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So you regularly do your Windows updates and all is as it should be. Why install a service pack which only amounts to a rollup? Sooner or later, there will be an update which will require that SP1 is in place, so why not do it now? If the PC is in good order, there […]

Windows 7 Service Pack – Final installation

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I set it going on the Celeron powered Conroe 1333 at 09:45hrs  today and I have no idea how long it took because I was out until 14:00hrs. Suffice to say, all went well and SP1 is now installed and running well..

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is now installed..

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.. and the computer came out of hibernation this morning without a squawk. First time since the last round of updates. I stopped the first attempt to install the pack when I noticed WinPatrol intercepting it. The computer had been sitting appearing to do nothing for a while. The only indication that anything was rumbling […]

Windows 7 SP1 Service Pack..

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.. is on it’s way. February 22nd is the release day for the general public, and today is the release date to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Here is the public link..  http://windows.microsoft.com/installwindows7sp1 Presently, the page shows the MS Corporate background and a ‘Page cannot be found’ message in the area where the body text and […]

Internet Explorer 9..

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.. is now at the release candidate stage. Ed Bott has done a nice review.. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/ie9-release-candidate-review-will-microsofts-big-browser-bet-pay-off/2954?tag=nl.e539 What’s new in photos.. http://www.zdnet.com/photos/internet-explorer-9-release-candidate-whats-new-whats-changed/6192722?seq=2&tag=content;get-photo-roto I have used it exclusively since it was released as a beta. If pages wouldn’t play ball, I added the address to compatibility view, and if It didn’t find what I was searching for, […]

nVidia graphics drivers..

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The latest 266.58 graphics drivers are working well, no twitching or conflicts with Ultramon 3.1.0. All is well, and the drivers can be found here. I use the nVidia scan service, but you can play with the selection boxes if you have nothing better to do.. http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

D-Link Shareport update

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After almost a month of trouble-free operation, D-link’s Shareport software has let the side down yet again. I have contacted D-link re the problem, and so far have received an e-mail confirming the contact. No hint of an answer as yet. However, Silex America is the originator, and they have a latish version which I […]

Intel Sandy Bridge 6 series issues

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If you are in the process of building a computer with a Intel 6 series support chip, or have a computer with one of these, you have a problem. Fortunately, the affected motherboards have only been shipping since the beginning of January, and computer manufacturers are responding very quickly to the problem. Sales of all […]

System restore points update

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I have no idea what is going on with these. I check before defragging and again afterwards. Some days, they are there, and some days they are not. All rhyme and reason appears to have gone to the wall. One thing I do know is that System Restore on this computer is not something I […]

Counterfeit software – How to tell

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The link will take you to the Microsoft pages on counterfeit Windows and Office http://www.microsoft.com/howtotell/content.aspx?displaylang=en&pg=prepurchase The counterfeit gallery is particularly interesting. A quick glance at the COA sticker clearly is not enough anymore, but it should come as no surprise. Counterfeiting has been and remains a profitable industry, preying on people who like to get a […]


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