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CD / DVD drive missing / not recognized by Windows

March 3rd, 2010. Published under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Recently an associate came across this issue, where a Windows XP laptop was not showing a drive letter for the DVD drive. The drive was obviously powered since it would open when the eject button was pressed. In Device Manager, the drive was showing the yellow exclamation point symbol for a device that had a driver issue. The usual action of deleting the device in Device Manager and restarting did not change this; it just came back with the yellow exclamation mark.

Googling for this issue let to several forum posts where the solution was a quick deletion of two values in the registry. The solution, which works for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, can be found at the Microsoft Support site.

A quick reboot after the registry deletions fixed the issue on this laptop.

How to access Administrative Shares on Vista (C$)

November 23rd, 2009. Published under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Found this gem recently about turning on the hidden administrative shares in Vista.

Text clipped from http://www.paulspoerry.com/2007/05/09/how-to-access-administrative-shares-on-vista-c/

To enable administrative shares you gotta make a registry change. Click on the orb and in the search box type ‘regedit’ and hit enter. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System. Add a new DWORD called “LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy” and give it a value of 1. Reboot and yer done!

Disable ctfmon.exe in Windows

May 14th, 2009. Published under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Windows LogoJust unchecking the selection for ctfmon.exe in a program like Windows Startup Inspector or Autoruns doesn’t stop it from starting itself up again. Sure, you can block it with Group Policy, but that is a little heavy-handed.

You can disable it in XP by going into the Regional and Language Options in the Control Panel, choose the Languages tab, and click the Details button in the “Text services and input languages section”. In the dialog that pops up, make sure in the “Installed services” section you have only your default keyboard layout. If there are speech services installed, select them and click Remove. Then click the Advanced tab and check the box for “Turn off advanced text services”.

In Vista, go to the Control Panel, and choose “Change keyboard or other input methods” in the “Regional and Language Options” section. On the “Keyboards and Languages” tab, click the “Change keyboards” button. On the “Text Services and Input Languages” dialog, General tab, make sure in the “Installed services” section you have only your default keyboard layout. If there are speech services installed, select them and click Remove. If you find it still running after restarting Vista, you may have to run msconfig and uncheck the ctfmon.exe selection on the Startup tab.

Quickly enable and disable Aero in Windows Vista

November 21st, 2008. Published under Uncategorized. No Comments.

There are many articles out there on this already, but I think this one on Tweaking with Vishal is one of the better.  Vishal lists not only the command line arguments…

Activate Aero:

rundll32 dwmApi #102

Deactivate Aero:

rundll32 dwmApi #104

…but also gives directions to add these commands to both the Desktop context menu and the My Computer context menu.  Very cool.

Windows 7 news

October 29th, 2008. Published under Uncategorized. No Comments.

There have been a number of Windows 7 articles recently, due to Microsoft flaunting it the Professional Developers Conference in LA this week.  I’ve been reading up on a few of them and am a bit excited about Windows 7.  But then again I was excited about Vista before it was released, and we won’t talk about how that went.  Still, as Gizmodo is pointing out, Windows 7 is looking like what Vista should have been.  Check out these two Gizmodo articles:

Windows 7 Walkthrough, Boot Video and Impressions

Giz Explains: Why Windows 7 Will Smash Vista

Goodbye, Windows XP (well, not really just yet)

July 1st, 2008. Published under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Windows XP is now officially retired by Microsoft. This doesn’t mean you will not be able to get your hands on it or get support for it. All it means is it isn’t being shipped to stores or most vendors. It will still be installed on ultra-mobile and ultra-low-cost class computers. Also, some major vendors such as Dell are offering a “downgrade” service that will allow you to technically be purchasing Vista, but have XP factory-installed for you.  The nice thing about this is that Dell will support both XP and Vista installed on your computer, and you can upgrade to Vista at your discretion.

I personally will not be migrating toward Vista, nor will I be migrating anyone else’s computers toward Vista.  I’ll most likely continue purchasing computers with XP Professional as long as it is available as an option.