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Vista boot error: BOOTMGR is missing

By , May 10, 2008 12:36 pm

When you try to boot your Vista PC up and ended with the error which says “BOOTMGR is missing. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart. blah blah”. and so, being an obidient person, you proceed to hit Ctrl+Alt+Del, only to find that you are back to the same screen. So common sense tells you that when something is missing, unlikely that it will come back from no where. The next thing you do is to pop in the Vista DVD and proceed formatting your PC, totally skipping the diagnostic tools that Microsoft had given you to make your life somewhat easier.

Microsoft had actually included a tool in the Vista DVD to fix BOOTMGR file problem, and its quite a handy tool to save your trouble of reformatting your PC.

  1. Boot up your PC using the Vista DVD.
  2. At the language selection screen, click Next.
  3. On the next screen, click on Repair your computer.
  4. In the System Recovery Option screen, select the Windows installation and click Next.
  5. In the Choose a recovery tool screen, select Startup Repair.
  6. The recovery tool will the proceed to find the problem and fix it. When the recovery process is completed, remove Vista DVD and reboot your computer.

Converting VHD boot disk from IDE to SCSI in Virtual Server 2005

By , March 17, 2008 12:16 pm

SCSI disk are usually faster than IDE disk. This too applies to virtual hard disk. But if you ever got into a situation where you have deployed your VHD as IDE disk, you can still convert them into SCSI disk without having to rebuild the VHD.

  1. Launch Virtual Server Administration Website.
  2. On the side panel, under Virtual Machines, choose Configure and select the VM that you want to configure.
  3. Click on SCSI adapters in the configuration page.
  4. Click on Add SCSI Adapter, SCSI adapter ID: 7 and click OK.
  5. Leave the VHD as IDE disk and start the VM.
  6. Once inside the VM, go to Device Manager, look under Storage controllers (Windows Vista) or SCSI and RAID controllers (Windows XP). You should see the following
    • Adaptec AIC-7870 PCI SCSI Adapter or
      • If you have Adaptec AIC-7870 PCI SCSI Adapter, you will need to install a new driver. The Adaptec driver will do, but it is a slow SCSI driver. To update the driver
        1. Right click on the adapter and select Update Driver…
        2. Choose Install from a list or specific location and Have Disk.
        3. Browse to %Programfiles%\Virtual Machine Additions and click OK.
        4. The driver will then be installed. Make sure that Microsoft Virtual Machine PCI SCSI Controller is listed in device manager now.
    • Microsoft Virtual Machine PCI SCSI Controller
  7. Shutdown the VM.
  8. Move the IDE VHD boot disk to a SCSI interface.
  9. Start the VM.

How to disable “” as IE homepage?

By , January 24, 2008 12:18 am

You can manually edit the registry or run the file below.

*Note that editing the registry wrongly might cause your system to be unstable or even crash. Handle with care.

To edit the registry

  1. Go to Start then Run.
  2. Type regedit and click on Ok.
  3. Inside the registry editor, on the left panel, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. Then on the right panel, locate RunOnceComplete and RunOnceHasShown.
  5. Double click on them and change the Value data to 1.
  6. Close the registry editor.

Alternatively, you can download this file and run the registry file inside.

How to properly kill Explorer.exe?

By , January 2, 2008 4:35 pm
  1. Close all open programs.
  2. Click on Start > Shut down.
  3. In the Shut down window, select Shut down in the dropdown list.
  4. Hold down Ctrl + Shift + Alt and click Cancel.

Speed up your internet connection

By , November 21, 2007 11:32 pm

There are alot of articles on the net stating the following steps helps.

  1. Click on Start then Run.
  2. Type in gpedit.msc then click OK to launch the Local Group Policy Editor.
  3. Select Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Network > QoS Packet Scheduler.
  4. On the right panel, select Limit reservable bandwidth, right click and select Properties.
  5. Select Enable and enter 0 (zero) in the Bandwidth limit (%) text box.
  6. Click OK and exit Local Group Policy Editor.

Though the Limit reservable bandwidth is set to Not Configured, by default 20% is set to reserve a portion of the connection bandwidth for Windows update and stuff.

Honestly, I do not see how this will affect the internet speed especially when the PCs are connected to a network through wired (10/100 mbps) or wireless (11/22/54 mbps) medium. Windows will detect the respective local network connection speed rather than the actual outbound internet connection speed, since the internet connection will be connected to either the switch or a router. So after subtracting 20% off the LAN speed, it still shouldn’t affect the internet speed as the balance will still be greater that the actual internet connection speed.

So… for those who are desperate to speed up their internet connection, do give it a try and leave a comment here with your outcome.

Adding shared printer attached to a WinXP host machine

By , June 13, 2007 11:23 pm

When you attempt to add a shared printer on a WinXP machine to your Vista computer, chances are you might encounter driver problems because the guest computer will download a copy of the driver for the printer from the host computer. Especially when the printer’s XP driver isn’t mean for Vista at all, you might be prompted with driver error messages.

Here is a way where you can add the shared printer as well as specifiying the driver yourself.

  1. Open the Printers folder, located inside Control Panel.
  2. On the top, click on Add a printer.
  3. Select Add a local printer.
  4. Choose Create a new port, then select Local Port.
  5. Enter the path to the shared printer. e.g. \\XP_computer_name\Printer_name.
  6. When you are prompted to select the printer, choose Have disk and provide the Vista driver for the printer.

Vista How to: Access administrative shares

By , April 26, 2007 11:41 pm

Like Windows XP, Vista have administrative shares for all the drives too (driver letter with a ‘$’ behind. e.g C$, D$). These adminstrative shares allows an administrator to access the drives across the network with admin priviledge. However in Vista, the administrative shares are there but access to them had been disabled.

To enable access to the administrative shares, you need to perform the following steps.

  1. Click on Start then Run, type regedit and OK.
  2. On the left panel, browse and select the following: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Policies\system\.
  3. On the right panel, right click, select New, DWORD(32-bit) Value
  4. Type LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy.
  5. Double click on the object you have just created and type 1 into the box.
  6. Click OK and restart your computer

How to: Restore Internet Explorer Icon on Vista Desktop

By , February 13, 2007 1:42 am

The IE icon on the desktop had been removed permanently. The simplest way to ensure that there is an IE icon on the desktop is to create a shortcut for it. But the shortcut is not the real IE desktop icon, you cannot access IE properties and other function thru it.

Below is the method to restore the original IE desktop icon.

  1. Start registry editor by clicking on Start button, then select “Run”. Type in “regedit” in the Open text box and hit “OK” or press “Enter”.
  2. If you are using Vista standard theme goto (a), if you are using classic theme, go to (b)
    1. Navigate to the following registry key:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel
    2. Navigate to the following registry HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu
  3. Edit or create a DWORD (32-bit) value named {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D} and set it with value of 0 (dword:00000000).
  4. Refresh Windows Vista desktop by pressing F5 or right click on desktop and click “Refresh”.

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