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Thursday, July 24, 2008

how to change display language in windows Vista Home Premium

If you want to change the display language of Windows Vista you will have to get a MUI language pack from Microsoft but that only works with Vista Ultimate and Enterprise editions.
But there is another way that you can get Home Premium and Basic to work too.
Vistalizator is a program that allows you to use the MUI language packs on these other versions and it works great.

Friday, July 18, 2008

0x800106ba Windows Defender error Windows Vista

When starting a Windows Vista computer you get a message saying that Windows Defender cannot be started and error code 0x800106ba is shown.

After much web searching and trying many options one thing I found worked for me.
Go to Control Panel then select System and Maintenance and then clicking Administrative Tools then finally select Services.
I scrolled down to Windows Defender service and to my surprise it was deactivated and stopped.
To fix this I double clicked that service to open it, then chose the option to start automatic on start up, then I was able to click on the Start service button.
I then clicked on Apply and Restarted the computer ,windows Defender started up fine.

Change your current antivirus to Panda Antivirus Pro 2010 and forget these problems.
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Monday, July 14, 2008

How to repair Windows XP

First you must make sure your CD/DVD drive is the first boot device.
This can be done on system boot up by entering the CMOS setup by pressing the key shown( usually a message saying press xxx to enter setup) and changing the first boot device to CD/DVD drive then save and exit.

Make sure your Windows XP CD is in the drive ,when the Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed you must press a key on the keyboard to boot from the CD.
The CD will load system files and when done the main blue screen will appear with three options choose the one that says To setup Windows XP now by pressing the ENTER key.
Do not choose the option to Repair windows by pressing the R key as that will take you to the Recovery Console.
After pressing ENTER you will be shown the Windows XP Licensing Agreement press F8 to accept and continue.
On the next screen you will see your current installation and you will have the option to Repair Windows by pressing the R key ,press it and windows will start the repair process.
Follow the instructions and enter the required details when prompted.

You must keep your CD in the drive until the process is complete.
Some installations require you to input your 25 character Windows XP product key (this is usually stuck to your computer box or under your laptop).

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

how to connect laptop hard drive to desktop

If you want to connect your laptop drive to your desktop there are a few ways to do it.
Laptop drives are 2.5" as apposed to the desktops 3.5" so there a few ways to connect them.
The easiest way would be to buy an external USB enclosure case that supports your specific drive.There are two types these days SATA and IDE (also know as PATA)

Another way is to get an adapter that allows you to connect your laptop drive to a desktop computer internally by attaching it to the internal IDE or SATA cables.
A device like this would work for IDE:
Sabrent 2.5-Inch to 3.5-Inch IDE Adapter
Now you can attach your laptop hard drive to your desktop as extra storage.

Here is a nice SATA to USB enclosure:
Coolmax 2.5 SATA to USB 2.0 Hard Drive Enclosure

And an IDE to USB enclosure:
Sabrent 2.5 Enclosure

Friday, July 4, 2008

cannot install Adobe flash player as it always asks to install even after installation

Every time I went to a flash site using Internet Explorer Adobe flash player would ask to install the flash player ,I installed it then closed and restarted the browser.
Then went back to the site and same problem ,this time I installed it again and now completely restarted the whole computer only to find the same problem.
Of all the steps that Adobe offered to solve the problem from here:

The Adobe Flash Player uninstaller worked for me:

The other steps could work for someone else as every installation can be different.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

CMOS battery low voltage error on system startup

When starting a computer the following error is shown CMOS Battery Low Voltage. Press F1 to enter Setup ,pressing the key allows you to continue working but after shutting down the system it comes back.
The problem here is probably the CMOS battery that is going bad and it needs to be replaced by opening the computer case and physically removing the battery and installing a new one.

For more info look here: