Category: Windows

Error message “Windows Media player version xx.x.x.xxxx expected, but version yy.y.y.yyyy is present”

By , May 27, 2009 5:19 pm

On Windows Vista:

  1. Reboot your system.
  2. Click on Start > All Programs > Accessories.
  3. Right click on Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator.
  4. Type unregmp2.exe /UpdateWMPVersion and press Enter.

On Windows XP and Windows 2003 and earlier:

  1. Reboot your system.
  2. Click on Start > Run
  3. Type %SystemRoot%\inf\unregmp2.exe /UpdateWMP and click Ok.

Windows XP & Office 2003 official support ends 14th April 2014

By , April 9, 2009 8:36 am

7.5 years for WinXP and 5.5 years for Office 2003, it has been a long way and thanks to WinXP, Win2k was almost made non-existant to most people. While WinXP had dominated the OS platform for almost the past half decade, I had been burrying myself inside Win2k Advance Server and Win2k3 Server as my production OS (at least before Vista was released), except for my company issued laptops.

Critical and security updates will still be available for both software thru the extended support period which ends 8th April 2014. Non-security updates will only be available to companies that subscribed to support contracts with Microsoft.

Windows 7 build 7077 leaked

By , April 9, 2009 8:20 am

Build 7077 has been known to be available on various torrent sites. High chance is that this will be the final build before RC a.k.a RC escrow. The RC build is projected to be 7100 with builds 7105 onwards to be new developments under the RC phase.

Build 7077 should carry the file name 7077.0.090404-1255_x86fre_client_en-us_Retail_Ultimate-GRC1CULFRER_EN_DVD.iso

Windows 7 free upgrade

By , March 31, 2009 8:47 am

Consumers and small enterprises who purchase Windows Vista computers between 26th Jun 2009 and 31st Jan 2010 will be eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 7. Each applicant will be able to apply a maximum of 5 computers per application for up to 5 applications, which makes a total of 25 free upgrades. Anyone who wants to apply for more than 25 upgrades will need to apply for volume upgrade.

Upgrade path will be as follow
Windows Vista Home Premium > Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows Vista Business > Windows 7 Professional
Windows Vista Ultimate > Windows 7 Ultimate

Readyboost in Windows 7 supports up to 8GB

By , March 29, 2009 4:51 pm

Readyboost now is able to support USB thumbdrive up to 8GB. To do so, simply

  1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to Computer.
  2. Right click on the removable drive to be used for Readyboost and select Format.
  3. In the format window, select NTFS for File system and Default allocation size for Allocation unit size.
  4. Click on Start
  5. When done, right click on the removable drive again and select Properties.
  6. Select Readyboost tab followed by Dedicate this device to Readyboost.
  7. Click on OK.

readyboost-8gb

Windows 7 build 7068 leaked

By , March 28, 2009 3:50 pm

A quick seach on mininova shows that the new build 7068 is out for grab, both x86 and x64 version. However, news is that that is a fake build and is infact build 7057. On the other hand, there is evident supporting that the build actually existed.

More changes to Windows 7 RC

By , March 17, 2009 10:11 am

A post on the Windows 7 blog by Steven Sinofsky, senior VP for the Windows engineering group, has detailed the latest changes made to Windows 7 RC.

Quite some changes had been made on the user interface, due to strong demand during the beta feedback.

We might be using Windows 7 by Christmas this year

By , February 13, 2009 8:41 pm

MICROSOFT TECHIE Mark Russinovich has dropped the biggest hint yet that Windows 7 will be available at retail by Christmas this year.

source: the inquirer

And hopefully they would. I have been using it on my laptop and certainly love it.

“Open With” dialog appears when double clicking on drives in My Computer

By , January 20, 2009 9:05 am

The result of a viral infection, causes the Open With dialog to appear when you attempt to open a drive in My Computer, instead of the usual Windows Explorer.

There are various fixes (that may or may not work) and some workarounds until you can fix the problems.

Workaround 1
Click on Start then Run. Type in the drive letter (e.g. C:) and hit Ok.

Workaround 2
Right click on the drive in My Computer and select Explore.

Fix 1

  1. Click on Start, then Run.
  2. Type regedit and click Ok.
  3. Click on Edit on the toolbar and select Find.
  4. Type mountpoints2 in the search box and click on Find Next.
  5. Expand mountpoints2 folder and delete drive letter or the network path with the Open With problem.
  6. Close regedit.

Fix 2

  1. Download FixDrive and save it anywhere you want.
  2. Extract FixDrive.exe and execute it (or you can run it directly from the xip file).
  3. Select the drive letter with the problem and click Fix.

Windows 7

By , October 31, 2008 11:12 pm

It was only 2 years since Vista got RTM, now I am getting my hands dirty with Windows 7 already. While build 6803 may not be anywhere near the actual product, it has already shown us some of the (huge) changes that has been made after Vista.

Installation of Windows 7 is almost identical to Vista. First you select the language, agree to the UCLA, select the disk to install Windows 7 and the installation begins.

No detailed walkthrough will be mentioned. I will be posting screenshots follow by screenshots and maybe more screenshots.

Windows 7 startup screen

Creation of first user

Gadgets, where the sidebar is history. I actually liked the sidebar alot.

Windows 7 Ultimate

The start menu. There isn’t much changes as compared to Vista. However, the latest build inside Microsoft lab actually looks slightly different.

New look for Windows Explorer

PowerShell ver2 come by default!

And it comes with a simple GUI editor as well, known as the Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment.

Paint after a makeover? Ribbons has been added. When was the last time Paint got a major change anyway?

Calc on steriods. There are 4 modes, Standard, Scientific, Programmer and Statistic.

Windows Media Player is now 12

That’s all for now.

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