A new worm has been discovered which propagates by inserting a link to a malicious website into the instant messages in many instant messengers and social networks including Messenger 2009. The malicious website in turn downloads the worm into the system infecting it and propagates into other contacts.
Microsoft has just rolled out a Release Candidate (RC) or Windows Service Pack 1. I have already given direct download links to Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RC. I have also given complete list of hotfixes and updates included in Windows 7 SP1. The only problem with Service Pack 1 installation is its expiration. I have already written about the problems that we may encounter after installing Windows 7 Service Pack 1.
Backup is absolutely a must have for any computer user. I have seen lots n lots of users who don’t even know what backup is or even if their system could crash. They only come to know that they must have regular backup just after their system has crashed. This is why network administrators wonder why Windows doesn’t include a simple backup solution.
I have been reading about a lot of default Windows utilities alternatives but had not seen an alternative to Windows Device Manager till now. But now I’ve found a very good alternative to Windows Device Manager. DevManView from Nirsoft is an alternative Windows Device Manager which displays all the devices in a table instead of the tree view.
If a virus attacks on your Windows 7 PC and is successful, it will probably try to disable default Windows troubleshooting and monitoring functions like the task manager, command prompt, registry editor etc. This situation is really frustrating because one is not able to do anything to troubleshoot and remove or at least disable the virus infections.
7 Quick Fix is a small portable tool that provides 21 quick fixes to problems with Windows 7. Let’s look at the features of 7 Quick Fix.
A friend of mine asked me about the performance issues while playing the games. Windows comes with a bundle of extras which start with Windows and consume valuable processor time and memory usage. The processor and RAM become more important when one is playing a modern game. Most of the modern games are processor intensive and use GPU and RAM extensively. While we can’t improve the performance much without upgrading our hardware, there are a few tips which one can follow to stop all extra services and processes running in Windows so that the game can take as much of the processor and RAM usage as possible. So here I’m giving three tips to increase and enhance game performance in Windows. All these tricks can be applied in parallel and will enhance the performance separately.
This error message pertains to different situations like if you have Windows installed that is not validated properly and try to update Windows using Microsoft Windows Update, it will give you the error with the code 0x80070005. The wording is different in Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 but the error is the same that comes with Windows update.
The error code 0x80070005 may also occur if you have “You don’t have permission to …” type of messages. This is likely because you have done something wrong with the Windows settings most probably through group policy editor.
If you are a network administrator or you frequently use or troubleshoot different Windows machines, then you will sometimes encounter the default Windows Explorer not working due to virus attacks or other corruption issues. In this case you need to have an alternative to Windows Explorer with you all the time.
Xenon File Manager is a portable Windows Explorer alternative which can run from the USB Pen drive in order to see what is in the computer.
While I have already mentioned in my earlier post that Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RC will add an expiry date of about one year starting from now to your installed Windows 7, there are ways to uninstall the Service Pack 1 RC safely. The exact knowledge base number of the service pack is KB976932. There are two methods of uninstalling the Service Pack that I know of, one is visually through the Control Panel and the other is through the command line. Let’s discuss both of them.
Uninstall Service Pack 1 RC through Control Panel
Uninstalling the Service Pack 1 RC through the control panel is very simple. Just go to the start menu search and write “Programs and Features” and press Enter.
This will open “Programs and Features” for managing the installed programs. On the left hand pane, select “View Installed Updates”
I have written about Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RC released lately and the hotfixes and updates included in the service pack. There are a few things that we need to keep in mind before installing the service pack on our “production” PC which means on a PC that we plan to use regularly for a long time. The first thing is that the Service Pack 1 RC will add an expiry date to your Windows. The expiry date of 30th November, 2011 is added to the system. Windows 7 will run til 29th of November, 2011 and will be locked after that. After 30th of November, 2011, one must upgrade the system to the then latest Service Pack that will be hopefully Service Pack 1 final version.