Tag: Windows 7

Nov 29 2012

Windows Vista Failed to Start – Status: 0xc000014c

I am sure someone else has figured this out already, but I thought I would post my solution for fixing this problem. It started out with a co-worker telling me his Windows Vista laptop would not startup after a recent Windows Update. I asked about Safe Mode, and Restoring the Last Known Good Configuration. He …

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Nov 24 2012

Recover Lost or Missing System Tray Icons in Windows

The sound volume system tray icon and a couple others mysteriously went missing on my wife’s Windows 7 laptop. After looking around in the normal areas, I noticed the volume tray icon was grayed out and off; not allowing me to turn it on. I did some researching and figured out how to wipe of …

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Oct 11 2012

Restoring Your Python Registry in Windows

For some odd reason the Python registry occasionally disappears, and when it does it prevents one from being able to install new modules via the Windows MSI installer. Here is a quick fix that can be done to restore the registry and allow you to get back to writing some awesome Python code. First step …

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Jul 11 2012

Clean Up Winsxs After Windows 7 SP1 Install

I recently noticed that my laptop was running very low on free space. I ran CCleaner and jv16 Power Tools, but still noticed the Windows folder was very large. I then ran WinDirStat and found that the winsxs (C:\Windows\winsxs) folder was very large. After a bit of research I managed to use the command below …

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Jul 06 2012

Creating Symbolic Links in Windows 7

When I need to create a symbolic link (symlink) in Windows 7, I always forget how. Hopefully by sharing this information, I will be able to retain it. To create a symbolic link in Windows 7, we can use the mklink command that comes with Windows 7. Typically you want to create a symbolic link …

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Jun 21 2012

When was Windows installed?

Ever wanted to know when Windows was installed on a computer? Simply open a command prompt and type the following command: This command will display the date and time when the installation occurred.

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Aug 30 2009

Image Resizer PowerToy for Windows 7

I just realized Windows 7 doesn’t have one of my favorite XP powertoys, Image Resizer.  I constantly use this utility to quickly resize images with the convenience of the Windows shell context. Luckily I found that the guys over at CodePlex have updated the utility to run on Windows Vista and Windows 7 and even …

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Aug 29 2009

Windows 7 and the Vundo Trojan

I found out this morning while downloading some utilities that Windows 7 is as vulnerable to the Vundo Trojan as previous versions of Windows.  Somewhat disappointed, I have started out performing all the necessary cleaning operations: Getting and running the latest version of VundoFix Running a full system scan using ESET NOD32 Getting and running …

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Aug 28 2009

Windows 7 and IIS 7

While getting my Windows 7 laptop setup to be a development system, I noticed that IIS is not an option for install with Windows 7 (as with Vista, XP, 2000, etc.).  After a quick Google search I found the following Technet article at Microsoft.  There are no instructions for Windows 7, but I found using …

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Aug 28 2009

CD/DVD Emulation on Windows 7

I have been using a combination of Daemon Tools and MagicDisc for Windows XP and Vista, but when upgrading to Windows 7 I found out that Daemon Tools no longer works.  I did some quick research and found that a lot of other folks liked PowerISO.  I downloaded it, installed it, and it works great.  …

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