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Got a recursive subdirectory that can't delete

see delfolder.bat in Batch Files section


Cheap Software

Those spam emails stating cheap software...how is it so cheap?

 

They call it "OEM"(original equipment manufacturer) software. Which is basically the install CDs and a real registration key. You don't get a pretty retail box, manuals, or access to free tech support.

 

More Description - http://www.help2go.com/article206.html

 

So...

  • Do you need the pretty retail box? - not
  • Do you really use the manuals? more than likely the electronic manuals are on the CD's OR you can use the online help
  • Do you really need the tech support? probably not. you could use newsgroups to figure out your problem

Stores (I have never bought any of this, nor do I know anybody that has so tell me how it goes)

 


Debugging my system

Is a program blowing up on startup?

Is your system being drug down (being really slow)?

Do you have 100 things running in your system tray?

 

Here are some apps/tips that will help you:

 

Startup Issues:

  • MSCONFIG - goto "Start", "Run", and type "msconfig". goto "Startup" tab and see what's being loaded. if you uncheck it not to start, it will still be there to check to restart later.
  • Autoruns - http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/utilities.shtml - download a program called "Autoruns". NOTE use Autoruns or MSConfig, they both make separate backups to re-enable later.
  • HiJackThis - http://209.133.47.12/~merijn/files/HijackThis.exe - this not only shows startup things, it shows browser startup things. BE CAREFUL with this one, it has backup capabilities but you never know.

***Note - if you disable/delete something...you can always reinstall the whole program again

Program Issues:

What is this program?

What should be running?

Reboot issues:

Reboot issues are tough sometimes, but most of the time it was that last thing you installed or changed. Here are some steps.

  1. start in safe mode - hit F8 before it says "Starting Windows...", goto "Safe Mode"
  2. uninstall the last program you installed OR undo that last system change you made
  3. restart with "Last Known Good" - hit F8 before it says "Starting Windows...", goto "Last Known Good"
  4. reinstall your video driver - 75% of reboot issues are b/c of a bad driver...and normally it is video driver (refer to hardware page)
  5. go through startup list(above) and uncheck things...1 at a time.
  6. last resort - reinstall Winders...ha. you can reinstall overtop and it should keep your settings, but you will have to reinstall service packs and updates.

 


Kodak Imaging Preview

  • Problem - Kodak Imaging Preview and Editor came with Win9x and Win2k, it was good for scanning documents into multiple page TIFFs...So if you miss it here are 2 solutions
  • Solution -
    • 1. Download one of these:
    • 2. Using Imaging for Windows after Upgrading to Windows XP
      • easy way
        1. grab Win2kPro disk
        2. create a temp directory
        3. run "d:\i386\expand d:\i386\imagevue.in_ c:\temp\imagevue.inf"
        4. Right-click imagevue.inf, choose Install
        5. When prompted "Files Needed", browse to D:\I386
        6. DONE!
      • If you have upgraded to Windows XP from Windows 95 OSR2, 98, NT 4 or 2000,
        you can still use the Kodak Imaging for Windows applications and ActiveX
        controls if you can access the files listed below. If you installed XP to
        another folder, thus preserving your previous Windows version, or if you can
        re-install your previous version of Windows on another partition or
        computer, you can copy the files to a safe directory and register the
        ActiveX controls as described below. If you have not yet upgraded to Windows
        XP, I suggest archiving copies of these files in a separate location before
        performing the upgrade.

        Copy the following files from the \Windows\System directory (\System32 in NT
        or 2000):
            IMAGEHLP.DLL
            IMGADMIN.OCX
            IMGCMN.DLL
            IMGEDIT.OCX
            IMGSCAN.OCX
            IMGSHL.DLL
            IMGTHUMB.OCX
            OIADM400.DLL
            OICOM400.DLL
            OIDIS400.DLL
            OIFIL400.DLL
            OIGFS400.DLL
            OIPRT400.DLL
            OISLB400.DLL
            OISSQ400.DLL
            OITWA400.DLL
            OIUI400.DLL

        Copy these files from \Windows\Help:
            IMGVIEW.CHM
            IMGHELP.CNT
            IMGHELP.GID
            IMGHELP.HLP
            IMGOCXD.CNT
            IMGOCXD.GID
            IMGOCXD.HLP
            IMGTASKS.CHM

        (If the .GID files don't exist, they will be created when you use the
        corresponding .HLP files.)

        Copy these Kodak application files from \Windows:
            KODAKIMG.EXE
            KODAKPRV.EXE

        These are all the ones I know about; there may be others. If you find any
        other files whose property sheets label them as Wang or Eastman Software,
        you might want to copy them too, just in case.

        After you install Windows XP, you will need to register the ActiveX controls
        (OCX files). The easiest way is to use the Start | Run facility and execute
        the statement:

            regsvr32 c:\imaging\imgadmin.ocx

        (Of course, substitute the path where you archived your files.)

        Repeat this for each of the four OCX files listed above.

 


Speaker dings through motherboard or case speaker

  • problem - when you goto adjust your volume from the speaker in the system tray, instead of hearing a wav sound through your external speakers, you hear the speaker in the case or motherboard.
  • solution - if you go into sounds in control panel, you will notice(or not) that "Default" is missing, so that means you are missing a registry entry [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\.Default\.Current ] once you create this entry, "Default" will show up and you can set it to a wav file.

DVD Stuff

What does DVD mean?

The keyword is "versatile." Digital Versatile discs provide superb video, audio and data storage and access -- all on one disc.

Which format do I want ? + or -

DVD-R is a non-rewriteable format and it is compatible with about 93% of all DVD Players and most DVD-ROMs.
DVD+R is a non-rewritable format and it is compatible with about 88% of all DVD Players and most DVD-ROMs
Want to know more?
here is all you ever wanted to know about DVDs...almost too much http://www.dvddemystified.com/dvdfaq.html#4.3
Want kind brand I buy?
Don't buy non-branded (no writing on top), it probably isn't worth your time to save that extra 50cents. My experience has been you usually get some bad ones out of the batch...so just buy the name-branded ones.

 


  • searching for problem resolutions - also use MSOE and OE
  • Forgot your "Identity" password?
    • There are some programs you can buy to retrieve it, but why bother...Just create a new "Identity" and import messages and account settings.
    • Those files are located "C:\Documents and Settings\YOURPROFILE\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{big-ole identity number}\Microsoft\Outlook Express
    • If you have multiple big-ole identity number, then look at the file dates in those directories for the most recent dates
  • Attachments are blocked
    • goto "Tools", "Options", "Security", uncheck "Do not allow attachments..."
    • This is a good thing, if you turn it off make sure you are careful when opening attachments. If it looks funny, email the person that sent it to you and ask what they actually sent you.
  • Turn on BCC (blind carbon copy)
    • when creating a new message, click - "View", "All Headers"
  • Turn on the HTML source
    • when creating a new message, click - "View", "Source Edit"
  • Messages share them over network (share dbx message files)
    • machine where you want to keep the messages - find where the message files are, usually "C:\Documents and Settings\YOURPROFILE\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{big-ole identity number}\Microsoft\Outlook Express" look at the dates of the dbx files to see which ones are the ones you want (you might have a couple identities if profiles are setup).
    • machine where you want to have access from - do REGEDIT goto "[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\{big-ole identity number}\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0]" , "Store Root" change it to \\machinename\sharename\path from above.
    • ***NOTE - you might wanna move them out from underneath "Documents and Settings"(see move message store below) b/c XP/User/Firewall might block access to that directory (test with Windows Explorer before regediting)
    • ***NOTE - watch having OE open in both places, not experienced it but people have posted corrupt message files when sharing
  • Move message store(dbx files) to another location on your drive
    • goto "Tools", "Options", "Maintenance", "Store Folder"(button), put in location.
    • ***NOTE - all your files will be moved to that directory you typed in once you restart OE.

Thunderbird to Outlook
 
my own notes: you must use a machine that has OE and Outlook on it to do the import(another words your not gonna be able to do this on a machine that has Vista/Windows 7 b/c they dont come with OE). Create a new profile in OE, then import the exported thunderbird b/c just changing the store location(thats why you need the OEImportEml tool) wont just open all the folders/emails...Once you have imported all the mail into OE, then create a new PST and make sure you change your default data file to that PST or else it will import into your own PST.
 

Here is the step-by-step tutorial:

  1. Compact messages (recommended but optional)
  2. Make sure you have lots of disk space free to store the messages (from Chuck).
  3. Use Tbird2OE to export messages from your Thunderbird profile:
    • Top edit box your mail root in the top edit box, usually something like this: C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles\awfiwoeu.default\Mail\Local Folders
    • Bottom edit box: any path where the emails will be stored in eml format keeping folder structure
  4. Install OEImportEml:
    • Set the same directory that you specified in Tbird2OE as export path (the bottom edit box)
    • Set Thunderbird ‘Sent’ folder if your installation is not English (the folder specified here is forwarded to ‘Sent Items’ in Outlook Express / Windows Mail)
  5. If you want to use Outlook, run Outlook and select to import messages from Outlook Express / Windows Mail

Road Runner

Network Status - http://help.rr.com/HMSLogic/network_status.aspx

 

Notes

  • User IDs(email addresses) - you can have up to 5 separate email addresses, 1 is already taken by "master" account.
  • Master Account - Do not use the "master" account for email, because you can never change/delete it. So if you ever get feed up with junk mail and decide to change your address, you really can't change or delete the master account.
  • Home Page - you can have a personal home page which is restricted to 5megs (which isn't alot).
  • Account Management - any acount management functions must be done on the RoadRunner network, in other words you can't do it from work...unless your work is on RoadRunner.
  • further information - www.help.rr.com

Email Servers

  • Generic - servertype-server.area.rr.com  (servertype= POP or SMTP) (area=CINCI or WOH)
    • POP(post office protocol) - incoming mail server
    • SMTP(simple mail transport protocol) - outgoing mail server
  • Area specific servers -
    • Cincinnati = pop-server.cinci.rr.com & smtp-server.cinci.rr.com
    • Dayton(Western Ohio) = pop-server.woh.rr.com & smtp-server.woh.rr.com
  • Anywhere access - http ://webmail.area.com

Account Management

Notes

    • You will need your "master" account ID and password that is on your initial RoadRunner install invoice. It is usually first initial, last name for ID and a generated password of 4characters, 4numbers, 4characters. 

Personal Homepage

    • Before setting up home page, think of a really good name, because your kinda stuck with it. Look through http://home.cinci.rr.com or http:/ /home.area.rr.com
    • Set up page - http://home-admin.rr.com
    • Need a better name? instead of "http: //home.area.rr.com/yourpagename" goto www.mydomain.com and setup your own dot com address and forward it to your page...you can also forward email from that address to any email address.
    • Now your ready to get started, refer to the Web Development link for stuff to get started with.

Convert from FAT32 to NTFS on Win2k

at command line type this "convert c: /fs:ntfs "

 



VirtualBox (vbox)

http://www.virtualbox.org/

vbox notes

if you just copied a vdi and need to reattach/add to virtual manager and it errors saying duplicate UUID, then use "vboxmanage clonevdi" which will copy it and create a new UUID

resize a vdi (there is no real resize)
XP - create new size vdi, copy your above to a new vdi, setup new copy to boot and set your additional vdi as slaves on the vbox session, then boot and use PartitionMagic
Vista - the above wont work, b/c PartitionMagic doesnt recognize the Vista partition
  create new size vdi, set it as slave, mount and boot gparted iso, run "fdisk -l" to list, then run "dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/hdb"
 
http://crookedspoke.wordpress.com/2008/03/15/resize-disk-image/
  http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php (this is a bootable Linux iso)

 

SCO help - http://aplawrence.com/cgi-bin/indexget.pl?OSR5

 




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