OS/Application Installation & Maintenance

All issues related to any application installation, maintenance, and un-installation

Tried making a striped volume out of my old hard drives

Brought in 2 perfectly working 400GB SATA drives and needed to set up a spare drive at work to keep the SQL files. Was on my merry way to create a striped volume, and bang, bang, bang, bang. Just can't do it.Found out you CANNOT convert to dynamic disk if you are one of the following:portable computersremovable disksdetachable disks that use Universal Serial Bus (USB) or IEEE 1394 (also called FireWire) interfacesdisks connected to shared SCSI buses Reference: http://technet.microsoft.co... ......

Posted On Monday, March 18, 2013 9:46 AM | Comments (0)

Liking my Zune player more and more everyday. HAHAHA

This is me on the latest gadget, I just don't get them. First, there is certain price factor attached to them that unless they are proportional to the hype and my want, I won't even look at them until years later I see them at 50% of the original cost, then I'll look at them.Second, I have so many things to do daily that I almost never get to purchase something on the day I see them. The result is after a night's sleep, I decided I don't really need them so I'll wait until they are reasonably priced. ......

Posted On Friday, March 1, 2013 2:03 PM | Comments (0)

So far USB 3.0 leaves a lot to be desired

I now have a few docking station for my SATA drives that's hooked on to USB 3.0 PCI Express cards. I also have a laptop with 2 USB 3.0 ports. The straight up transfer speed is good, 86 mbps versus 20 mbps, my virtual PC now runs very well with USB drives. However, using those devices for file storage has not been a very good experience so far. With the old USB 2.0 drives, I could create multiple "move" instances between drives. The speed slows down, but I could initial some moves and leave the computer ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 24, 2011 9:49 AM | Comments (0)

Thanks to my wife for a dream machine

2 months ago I learned that there is going to be a Windows Azure Boot Camp, free, 2-day, code-intensive. The only catch at the time for me was that I didn't have a laptop, a requirement for this camp. Thanks for my beautiful and tolerant wife, we provisioned and I got my dream machine. Waited and shopped for a long time to get a reasonable price, but I got the following spec: 8GB ram Necessary for me to run my virtual environments i-5 4-Core CPU Want 4-core for virtual environments, but not a fan ......

Posted On Thursday, May 5, 2011 8:39 AM | Comments (0)

Windows Virtual PC vs. Hyper-V Virtual Machines vs. Windows Virtual PC after XPMode installation Advantages and Disadvantages

Hyper-V Virtual Machines Advantage: 64-bit support dynamic memory allocation multi-core CPU Can install Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 and later Disadvantage: Can't get sound to work on those machines yet [Updated 2011-05-05] This is disappointing, but I guess it fits most people's requirement as most people don't use Hyper-V for personal development environment. Guess I'll just have to set up those machines for remote connect. http://sqlblog.com/blogs/jo... ......

Posted On Thursday, May 5, 2011 8:29 AM | Comments (0)

A network card did not show up in the Virtual PC networking adapter settings...

This post saved my life:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/windows_vpc/archive/2009/12/07/networking-in-windows-virtual-pc.aspx

 

Posted On Thursday, February 24, 2011 7:43 PM | Comments (0)

Hitting a strange Vista Ultimate install issue

[Update 2010-11-03] This is really strange as I can restore the Vista Home Premium onto that machine and it works. Also, I just installed Windows 7 Ultimate and it works fine, too. The curiosity will probably prompt me to try installing it again, but downloading the images from TechNet is taking me 3 days so far. ;) Thanks, AreyouSerious, I'll try your suggestion, too. [Original Post] I'm hitting a really strange Vista Ultimate install issue. After the installation, the Windows Update cannot find ......

Posted On Monday, November 1, 2010 1:58 PM | Comments (1)

Switching my legacy desktop back to Windows XP from Windows 7

I was happy with Windows 7 at the beginning, until I started to add in the peripherals. Windows 7 was never able to recognize any of my PCI video card (I know, I know, we should be in the DVI age). Anyway, I went through another 4 days of trouble setting my computer up with dual monitor in XP (also did a bunch of other things like getting rid of my sound card and taking the computer off RAID. Kind of feel stupid to put the computer on RAID in the first place because now I can have 2 drives: double ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 17, 2010 9:47 AM | Comments (0)

Control Panel display as a menu does not work upon initial install of a Windows 2008 R2 server

I've seen this a couple of times now.  Upon initial installation of a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, the control panel is a button.  But if you go to the task bar property >> Start Menu tab >> Customize, you will see the option is "Display as a menu".  Click "Display as a link" and press OK, then come back to the same area and select "Display as a menu" will solve the problem.

Posted On Monday, March 15, 2010 10:37 AM | Comments (1)

Virtual PC BIOS password protection is a MOO point

Sometimes what Joey said made sense.  Need some recollection of comedy to cheer me up because I'm pretty bummed out right now.

For a while, I've been "protecting" my virtual PC by putting a password on the Virtual PC's BIOS.

Just so happens that I moved the vhd to another location without moving the vmc file with it.  Created another vmc, and the VPC started without asking me password.

Lamenting on all the time I've wasted!

Posted On Thursday, February 18, 2010 3:03 PM | Comments (0)

Bring back icons in system tray notification area, like the Safely Remove Hardware and the Display Link Manager icon

I had this problem before on "Safely Remove Hardware" icon disappearing.  I was able to use this method to access the dialogue box:

Start -> Run -> RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll

Right now trying to solve the problem where my USB display adapter is not working and not showing icon.  But I think this might be a problem with the USB ports configuration instead of icon not showing up in System Tray.

Posted On Thursday, February 18, 2010 10:27 AM | Comments (0)

Partition Wizard probably saved me at least 20 hours worth of work!

I had my work laptop set up as dual boot to 80G for Windows 7 and 40G for Windows XP. As time went by, I had to install all the applications in Windows XP as well, and it was quickly eating away the space. With Windows 7, I was able to use Disk Management and do a "Shrink Volume" to get 15G of space unallocated. But when I tried to extend Windows XP partition, I found out I didn't have that option. I followed this post (http://www.sevenforums.com... and tried ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 2, 2010 4:59 PM | Comments (0)

Boot From VHD

This is really cool. Can't wait to try it: http://edge.technet.com/Med... Not sure whether this is an emulator or not. If it's not, then this will really help with mobility development. Microsoft could really use some help in that regard. [2010-02-01] After going through a bit of the tutorial, I'm fairly disappointed. If I have to make a different partition and load the vhd, then wouldn't it make more sense to make that partition and load my OS in there? This process better ......

Posted On Friday, January 29, 2010 11:56 AM | Comments (0)

Multiple Boot Manager options for windows 7

I was messing around with Win 7 installation on a computer while testing the RAID configuration. As a result, I ran the Win 7 install mutiple times. To my surprise, I now see multiple options at the Boot Manager screen for Windows 7. Have yet to figure out why. My other computer installation created a 100MB partition on the IDE drive before installing the Win 7 on the RAID. However, i don't see that partition in this computer, so I haven't figure out where the data is stored. Just found this post ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 5, 2010 3:15 PM | Comments (0)

Installing XP with Visiontek Radeon HD 2400 Pro 512MB AGP

I bought this video card to work with Windows 7.  It works perfectly; couldn't be happier.

The problem starts when I had to install XP for some legacy application.  I tried installing different versions of XP (home, professional, media center), and each one hangs at the XP startup screen.

Workaround: I installed XP with the onboard video card first, change the screen resolution, then switch in the new video card, and voila.

Posted On Tuesday, January 5, 2010 11:10 AM | Comments (0)

Spotlight-on-windows is a useful application

This is very interesting, and useful, too.  Well, it's a great because it's competent and it's free.

http://www.quest.com/spotlight-on-windows/

Posted On Wednesday, December 30, 2009 12:28 PM | Comments (0)

Way to go, Microsoft!

This is cool.  http://on10.net/blogs/sarahintampa/Windows-Live-Messenger-Arrives-on-Nokia-Phones/

Goodbye, text messages!

Posted On Friday, December 11, 2009 2:10 PM | Comments (0)

Absolutely hate "Automatic crash recovery" in IE8

There have been many occasion when I try to kill iexplorer.exe process and the browser came back.  Now I have to remember this when I use a new computer, which is to go to IE8 and turn that settings off.

If anything, I think this setting should be turned off by default and the user can adjust it on a site by site basis.

Posted On Friday, November 6, 2009 11:29 AM | Comments (0)

Windows 7 retail version for TechNet or MSDN subscriber

[Update 2009-12-15] I see a Professional VL version in my TechNet subscription. I think it's out now. :) [Original Message] I've been looking everywhere on some information, but couldn't figure out whether the version that is currently on TechNet and MSDN is the Release Candidate version or the Retail version. The most credible source (http://windowsteamblog.com... states that the version for both of TechNet and MSND users is the RTM version, ......

Posted On Monday, October 26, 2009 11:29 AM | Comments (1)

Proof of concept project - Home infrastructure

Some of you have been seeing some pictures of me putting heat sinks into 2 old computers to reduce noise provide adequate cooling for the system to run 24/7 I want to blog this for several reasons: To keep track of what I've been doing To perhaps get some suggestions of any better way of doing it. The 3 computers I'm working with have the following specs: P-4 1.6 GHz, 1.5 GB PC-133 SDRAM, 120 GB IDE P-4 2.6 GHz, 2 GB PC-2700 DDR, 320 GB IDE, 800 GB RAID-0 SATA P-4 2.8 GHz, 2 GB PC-3200 DDR, 400 GB ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 13, 2009 2:26 PM | Comments (0)

Turn off Server Message Block 2 feature

We need to turn off this feature in Windows 7, Vista, Server 2008.  Server 2008 should fall back to SMB automatically.

http://www.itworld.com//security/78261/microsoft-says-turn-windows-feature-protect-windows

 

Posted On Wednesday, September 23, 2009 3:14 PM | Comments (0)

.NET corrupt???

I was installing SQL 2008 on my local box and ran into this issue. I even tried this: http://support.microsoft.co... But after several different approaches (rebuild .net from standalone install; remove all visual studio apps, etc.), I had to give up. The only explanation I have left is that this is a computer that was built from an image. And somehow those machines never work quite right for me ......

Posted On Thursday, September 10, 2009 11:37 AM | Comments (0)

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