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Hard drive filling with CAB files

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A business I work with uses FileMaker for their point of sale (POS) system and lately has had all their PC’s hard drives fill with CAB files in the Windows Temp directory along with log files in the Windows Logs CBS folder. Apparently this behavior is caused by the Microsoft Windows Modules Installer (TrustedInstaller.exe), trying to create a CAB file of old logs and failing to do so over and over again. This appears in Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008, and is easily corrected. Follow the steps below: CAB…read more

Windows 7 Install Doesn’t See SSD

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I was setting up a new PC and pulled a 60 GB SSD from an idle system to use in this build. I started the Windows 7 installation but when it trundled along to the hard drive portion no local drives were detected. I rebooted and checked the BIOS, but the drive was recognized. Another step into Windows and the same thing: no drive. A few more trips to the BIOS and adjustments made to hard drive type (AHCI, native mode IDE) but no changes. Furious internet searching led me nowhere…read more

Windows Product Activation

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Blast from the past: originally published February 4th 2002. So much has been made of Windows XP product activation, with every major PC magazine carrying a feature article and countless online rants, that I felt it was covered to death. The information had been presented to me at the product launch held by Microsoft that covered all there was to be said, but I had encountered a number of variables. Here and there I had read that product activation was required, but you could upgrade pieces of hardware without reactivating. I was told…read more

Windows Update & Device Drivers

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Blast from the past: originally published December 31st 2001. I’m a big fan of Windows Update; one easy place to find all the updates needed for your system. I’ve found it works with Windows 95 up and long as your version of Internet Explorer is 4.0 or greater. With versions 5 and 6, you go to Tools, Windows Update. With version 4, go to Tools, Product Updates. Either way you’re brought to the Windows Update page, with lots of information available. Products updates is my frequent destination for the latest operating system patches. It’s neatly…read more

DriverEasy

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While on my recent trip I picked up the June 2010 issue of PC Plus; in it they glowingly recommended a product called DriverEasy.  I was on vacation and although PC Plus is the most expensive British tech mag import I was in Paris and splurged, but that’s an aside; back to DriverEasy.  It is a tool that scans, downloads and installs device drivers for your Windows system, all for free.  You can upgrade to the paid version that provides device driver backups and faster downloads.  I took the free…read more

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Check for drivers before installing a new OS

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Just finished the February 2010 issue of PC World.  They had an article called “The State Of Windows 7 Satisfaction” about early adopters of Windows 7 and their general feedback about installation and features.  Information was gathered from 615 people at www.technologizer.com. Something really jumped out at me: 64% rated themselves as Windows experts and 41.3% had to resolve driver issues.  To me any Windows expert would search out, verify and download all drivers for a new operating system before installing it.  That was certainly the case when I installed…read more

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Microsoft Security Essentials

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I’m a big fan of free and luckily there is no shortage of free real time anti-virus and anti-spyware utilities available to Windows users.  The big news of the week was Microsoft’s beta release of Microsoft Security Essentials.  As part of the Connect beta program 75000 slots were made available for beta testers which filled very quickly: I was lucky enough to get in. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free Windows security package that’s a derivative of it’s enterprise Forefront Security package, pared down as a free simplified offering.  That’s…read more

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Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008

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I’ve written a review for every version of Small Business Server but have never published any of them: the scope seems to broad to adequately cover.  I’ve sat on this one for a few months but decided to get it out there. Some months ago Microsoft made available a release candidate of Windows Small Business Server 2008 for public preview: I downloaded and installed it to give it a whirl.  I ran it for a month to see what was new and to form an opinion, outlined below. I’ve been a big…read more

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Select “No To All” in Windows

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You’re copying data over and don’t want to delete any existing: of course the dialog box doesn’t have a “no to all” button, so you click no about a thousand times.  Or follow this trick: hold down SHIFT and click no: now no existing files will be overwritten.

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