Posts tagged: Windows XP

Windows 7 to Windows XP downgrade available till April 2011

By , June 19, 2009 8:43 am

Windows 7 to Windows XP downgrade will be available till April 2011 or until Windows 7 SP1 is released, as according to the latest unofficial statement from Microsoft. Prior to this, the downgrade was only available for 6 months after Win7 launch (April 2010), where OEMs can still sell PCs installed with WinXP. After the expiry date, OEMs can only sell Win7 PCs.

It is also worth nothing the Windows XP is now in the extended support phase.

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.

“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.

Can’t find script engine VBScript…

By , October 6, 2008 12:29 pm

Most likely due to VBScript.dll not being registered. To fix it, simply

  1. Go to Start, Run.
  2. Type regsvr32 VBScript.dll.
  3. Click on OK.

When you see DllRegisterServer in VBScript Succeeded, you are done.

User account applets is blank

By , September 8, 2008 11:51 pm

When you open the user account applet, you get a blank screen like the following

user_account_blank

To resolve the problem, do the following

  1. Click on Start, Run.
  2. Type regsvr32 jscript.dll and click Ok.

Open With window appears or drives do not open when you double click drive letters in Windows Explorer

By , August 2, 2008 9:07 pm

When you try to double click on drives inside Windows Explorer, nothing happens. However if you try opening them by right clicking on them and select Explore, or by using the Run command, they open with no problem. This is probably that your computer had been infected by some virus which creates an autorun.inf file in the root directory of each drive. There are various solutions to this problem.

Deleting the autorun.inf file in each drive

  1. Click on the Start button then select Run.
  2. Type in cmd and click Ok.
  3. In the command prompt window, type cd/ then Enter.
  4. Type c: then Enter.
  5. Type attrib -r -h -s autorun.inf then Enter.
  6. Type del autorun.inf then Enter.
  7. Repeat step 4-6 and substitute c: with other hdd drive letter that you have.
  8. Restart your computer and try opening the hdd drives in Windows Explorer.

Deleting MountPoints2 registry key. This requires administrators privilege.

  1. Click on the Start button then select Run.
  2. Type in regedit and click Ok.
  3. In the regedit windows, click on Edit on the toolbar and select Find.
  4. Type in MountPoints2 and click on Find Next.
  5. Delete any MountPoints2 entry you find.
  6. Repeat step 4-5 until all MountPoints2 are deleted.
  7. Restart your computer and try opening the hdd drives in Windows Explorer.

Minimized programs are missing from the taskbar

By , February 18, 2008 10:46 am
  1. Download this file.
  2. Extract winxp_fix_tasksbar.vbs to any location and execute it.

How to Restore Missing ‘Show Desktop’ Icon on the Quick Launch Toolbar?

By , February 18, 2008 10:16 am
  1. Right click on the Quick Launch toolbar (move the mouse cursor to any part of the Quick Launch toolbar other than the icons).
  2. Select Open Folder (This will open the folder containing all the shortcuts in the toolbar. The path typically will be C:\Documents and Settings\<_user>\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch.).
  3. Create a *.txt file in the folder.
  4. Open the newly created *.txt file and type in
    [Shell]
    Command=2
    IconFile=explorer.exe,3
    [Taskbar]
    Command=ToggleDesktop
  5. Save and rename the *.txt file to Show Desktop.scf

Negative Ping values when using AMD multi core processors

By , January 21, 2008 10:12 am

This has something to do with the timing issues between the cores. Download AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor Driver Version 1.3.2.0053 for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 (x86 and x64) from AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor Utilities & Updates to have it fixed.

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.

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