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Simply run the executable and reboot the machine.
This worked for my P67 Transformer motherboard.
Disclaimer: I can accept no responsibility for any damage or data loss caused by the installation of this fix.
Approving UpdatesSBS creates three additional groups which it uses to control which machines receive updates, and which don't (see right). They are fairly self explanatory, Excluded Computers can be controlled via the SBS Console, Client Computers are machines running XP, Vista, 7 or 8, and Server Computers are servers. Unassigned Computers is a default group, and is not normally used in SBS. To approve remaining optional updates, select All Updates from the left pane, and select Unapproved, and Failed or Needed from the two drop down lists at the top of the window. After clicking the Refresh button, you should see a similar number of updates to what is displayed in the console. In this view, you can now use the Shift and CTRL keys to select multiple updates. Scroll through the list and select all updates which are applicable to client machines (i.e XP, Vista, 7 or 8), including any other software such as Office, and... believe it or not, Skype. Click the Approve button on the actions pane, and under Update Services Client Computers click the button, and select Approved for Install. Click OK, accept any license agreements, and after a few seconds you should see them all approved. Click Close, and then refresh the list. Do the same for all the server updates, except choose Update Services Server Computers. There are some updates which may be applicable to both groups. If you are in doubt about any updates, go back to the SBS Console, refresh the list, and approve them there. You should now end up with a clear list!
- Step 1: Right click the HTC Sync icon in the system tray, and click Exit.
- Step 2:Â Press the Windows Key + R. In the box, type %appdata%Â and press enter.
- Step 3: Highlight the two references to HTC in the window which appears, and press Shift + Delete.
- Step 4: Re-open HTC Sync, select what you require to beÂ synchronizedÂ and click Sync Now.
- Don't click links or open attachments in emails unless you are sure you know who they came from
- Install ALL Windows Updates including optional ones, Adobe Reader updates, Java and Flash Player updates, unless you have a good reason not to
- If you get a popup stating that you have a virus, and that you can download a TOTALLY FREE anti-virus tool, it's a scam, don't download it.
- Get some decent Anti-Virus software, and pay for one if you can. My two favourites are Kaspersky and ESET. If you want to go for a free one, Microsoft Security Essentials or AVGÂ are the best.
- Update your browser. Internet Explorer should be on version 8 if using XP and (at the time of writing) version 9 if using Windows Vista/7. Preferably use Firefox or Chrome, as both have security features farÂ superiorÂ to IE, and can produce far faster browsing speeds.
- Don't install PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) such as the ALOT toolbar, Inbox toolbar or Ask toolbar.... in fact any Internet Explorer toolbar, as it could introduce malware at a later stage, not to mention the speed decrease.
After a Windows repair you receive the message "This copy of Windows must be activated with Microsoft before you can log on. Do you want to activate Windows now?"0
- Shut down the computer and reboot. Whilst rebooting, tap 'F8' multiple times until a menu appears with a number of options.
- Using the arrow keys, select 'Safe Mode with command Prompt' and press Enter.
- After a while, select 'Administrator' as the username (this will also work with other users too) and a command prompt should appear.
- Type the following command exactly as you see it and press enter. Ã‚Â rundll32.exe syssetup,SetupOobeBnk
- Restart the computer and log on. You should now be able to log in.
- If IE 8 is already installed, go to Start, Control Panel. Switch to Classic Mode and select Add or Remove Programs.
- Check the box labelled 'Show Updates' and then scroll to the bottom where you will find 'Windows Internet Explorer 8'
- Follow the steps to uninstall this.
- Restart the computer and in the mean time, visit this page on the Microsoft website, and download Internet Explorer 8. Transfer this onto the computer and then install.
- Once installed, you should be able to Activate windows.
- Make sure that there are no other devices on your network which may interfere with the LinkStation, such as a firewall, or another NAS Drive.
- Directly connect the drive to an ethernet port on the network.
- This step is crucial for the operation to succeed. Open up Buffalo NAS Navigator, and click 'Refresh'. Once the EM drive appears, right click it, select Properties and change it to an IP Address which is not currently being used. It may ask for a password, leave the box blank, and press enter. If leaving the box blank does not work, you will need to enter your current password for the drive.
- Once the drive is on a Static IP address, you will need to download the latest firmware for the product from Buffalo-Technology.com.
- After this has been downloaded, open up 'LSUpdater.exe'. Select your NAS from the list and start the process.. The process takes approximately 10-15 minutes. DO NOT unplug the drive until the upgrade has completed. If the upgrade failed, try running again. It took me two attempts to get it working on one occasion.
"Microsoft is not a people company"
- Since the release of Microsoft Windows XP, many business immediately upgraded their computers to the operating system, since it was a great improvement on Windows 2000 and even 98/NT. After the release of Windows Vista in 2007, 87% of 50,000 businesses surveyed in June 2008 were still using Windows XP as their primary operating system, and had not upgraded to Vista. In my opinion, this was because of the bugs in Vista. With the bugs set aside, Vista was mainly aimed at home users, with most of the features based around Aesthetics, Entertainment, and their so called 'WOW' factor (as they originally marketed it as). Because of this, there was no reason for businesses to upgrade, since the new improvements and features were not relevant to what the company needed the software for. For example, Windows Aero, the new 3D visual style, was not necessary, since the PCs are there to get work done, and not for employees to sit there admiring the interface. Also, Parental Controls, another feature aimed at home users, was even on the 'Business' edition of Vista. This was completely useless to companies and businesses, since their PCs are most likely to be connected to a network server, which includes more powerful 'Group Policies' to regulate the use of their PCs, therefore rendering Parental Controls a waste of space.
- People who would buy a PC for the home, would require features like Photo and Video Editing, Video watching, and Gaming. Microsoft has tried to facilitate this, by adding 'Windows Photo Gallery', which was, to be honest, a pathetic attempt at making decent photo editing software, with few photo organisational and editing tools. 'Windows Movie Maker', which many people like, had not been improved at all, and was absolutely no competition to Apple's iMovie, which had more features in 2002 than Vista's software. Parental Controls was a new set of features, designed to limit the amount of access their children had to the PC. Although there are some nice settings included in this, such as web filtering, the others were a complete mess. For example, you cannot block certain programs. Instead, you have to block all programs, and allow a few. In most cases, parents would want to block certain programs, rather than all programs.
- Where can I put all this stuff?
The best thing to do, is to buy the biggest hard drive you can afford, 1TB is a good size and will last you a good while. You can never have too much storage space. Good examples (as of October 2009) are:
These can all be bought for around Ã‚Â£60-Ã‚Â£80 from sites such as Amazon.co.uk and Ebuyer.com.
- Western Digital Elements 1TB or MyBook 1TB (only difference is the light on the front and general design)
- Toshiba 1TB
- Seagate Expansions 1TB
- Can I get this again? Go through your Start, All Programs list and look for programs which cannot be downloaded for free or programs which you have paid for. Write a list of these down and check off all the programs which you can easily obtain again (such as having a CD/DVD for it or having the download file stored). An example could be Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), you most probably have the disc for this somewhere, unless someone has installed it for you, in which case it is probably a copied version which you really shouldn't be using, but that's your decision.
- Do I really need it? It is also useful to make another list of programs (excluding the list in Tip #1) and tick or cross the ones you want to keep and the ones you really don't want. If in doubt, check with a knowledgeable friend.
- Device Check Look at all of the devices which you own, and check whether you have all the discs for them too (this is the last check!!). For example: Printers, Scanners, Cameras etc.
- The Dreaded Backup
The reason I call it 'The Dreaded Backup' it purely because you never know what you might have forgotten. This can only be answered by yourself, since you know exactly what files you have and where you keep them. Here is a list of crucial things to back up:
- XP - C:\Documents and Settings or Vista/7 - C:\Users
- Email - If you use an email client (program) such as Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express or Thunderbird, there are usually ways in which you can export emails, calendar, tasks etc.Microsoft Outlook - http://bit.ly/hm7r7 Outlook Express - http://bit.ly/3scNdL Thunderbird - http://bit.ly/3GGr4Y
- Favourites - If you use Internet Explorer, you can press ALT, click File, Import and Export, and follow the instructions in the wizard. If you use another browser the process is relatively simple. For Firefox and Chrome, go to the Favourites manager and find the export button.
- Ready, Set, Wipe! To reinstall Windows, you will need to find out how by looking at the user manual from your computer. For example, on all Dell computers post 2004, there is a built in reinstallation program (just so long as the hard drive has not been changed or wiped since you bought it). This is usually accessed by pressing a key combination at boot-up. Other computers may use a Recovery CD (Toshiba, HP and other makes do this). If your computer was custom built, it has most likely been set up with a Windows XP/Vista/7 CD. If you have this, consult the 'builder' for instructions on how to do this. Once you have found out how to do this, it should be a pretty simple process of following the instructions on the screen.
- It's done, now what? The first thing to do it to install drivers. Use the disc which came with your computer to do this. Next, get online and install ALL Windows Updates. Use the link in the Start Menu to do this.
- Security! You will need some Anti-Virus software to stay protected. Use software like AVG Free - http://free.avg.com/ or one which you have bought (Not Norton). (See my other blog post for more info)
- Load the Software Once you have security software, load all of the programs you have ticked on your lists.
- Pile on your Clutter! Plug in your External Hard drive and copy all of your files back on. (For Favourites and Emails, Use the import wizards on your software.)