more Windows help…

Hmm, I’ve been getting a lot of hits on my post about Windows startup slow-down. Guess I’ll have to blog some more in that direction…stay tuned, ladies and gentlemen, as I think about how best to manipulate your startup items. My first gut impulse is to suggest you go download Spybot Search & Destroy. I like it more than the others out there…it seems to be the most comprehensive application for disabling adware, malware, and spyware, AND in the advanced mode, it can put your fingers on many other processes and functions that would require you to tweak the registry on your own otherwise…including the startup menu! And, of course, the best part…it’s free! I highly recommend you have some sort of anti-spy program running all the time, thus it will be one of your startup items…heh heh…catch 22, huh? But Spybot doesn’t hog too much RAM when the Resident is running in the background…only when you are making a scan, does it pull.

But, alas, I must get ready for work…more on Spybot, screenshots, etc when I have a moment longer to blog…

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Windows Management Instrumentation [WMI]

Well, it seems I have frigged-up my WMI somehow. Some of the .dlls are missing. So, for the past 2 days, I have been trying to find a fix on the Knowledge Base at Microsoft.com. The link to reinstall WMI is missing from the site…@#$%^&…I’ve tried several steps listed…and it looks like the only alternative is to repair Windows. Which, if I’m not mistaken will more than likely turn into a format, since the OEM on my Dell is XP SP1. It tells me it can’t make a repair of Windows since I’m running SP2? If anyone has any suggestions, I’d be more than happy to consider pointers. I’ve formatted hard drives before, no big deal, and I know I’m seriously due for one, but, jeez, it can be such an undertaking. Burning backup data is tiresome, plus I have to make sure I have everything the girls want to keep, as well. Just not something I wanted to do on my days off. I’m considering going out and getting a little external drive to put the music, pics, email, faves, etc. on, then I won’t have to worry ’bout burning anything…just drag-n-drop. ‘Course I could put Windows on the new external too, couldn’t I? Then just boot from there? Nah, I ‘d probably end up takin’ it with me [keep it portable] a bunch of the time, so that’s out.

Anyway………I suppose I should see how much data this is going to turn into first…I’ve gotten a shitload of new music, though…back to buying a little hard drive…ho hum. So, bear with me, patient reader, for the next couple of days while I consider how best to do this. Wish I had balls enough to format and put Vista on…heh heh…but this is my main desktop we’re talkin’ ’bout here…

Oh, I guess I should explain how I found out it was the WMI part of Windows…I was trying to install Max but it kept stopping the installation while trying to install the .NET Framework 3.0. So, after FAQs and troubleshooting and trying to install in safe mode and not succeeding, I found something that pointed to the WMI stuff. Alas and alack, I ran a WMI diagnostics tool and there it was…corrupt or missing files.

SIDENOTE: “The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 (formerly known as WinFX), is the new managed code programming model for Windows.”

Really…that’s very interesting…the doomed WinFX that I have been wondering about…should prove to be some interesting research when I get around to it…

Security Patches yesterday {Sept. 2nd}

Anybody else having trouble with IE 7 since yesterday’s automatic Windows updates {3 security patches for XP}? My Internet Explorer is acting very strange! I’m gonna do some cleaning and adware hunting and system mechanic and virus checking just to make sure…and hijack this as well…

More to follow…

Updated: I left a comment here at the IE7 blog…we’ll see what happens…

My internet explorer is better since reinstalling. But, I must admit, my Firefox is a little temperamental today, as well.

UPDATE: no response from IE team blog as of yet…but it’s been a long holiday weekend…we’ll see…

…to upgrade or not to upgrade…that is the question…

I was reading Ed Bott’s blog today about Vista Mythbusters #1. He sure knows how to stir the pot with a platinum spoon. Comments were coming out of the woodwork like carpenter ants. Just how much computer does one need to run Vista? Of course the rumors are scary enough to elicit panic in the average Joe Blow out there. How much more money must I invest into my machine…i.e. RAM, graphics card, etc…or should I just buy a new computer with the Vista OS already installed? Many friends of mine have made arguments for both routes, saying that the makers of their computers they already have should provide low-cost upgrade solutions for graphics and processor speed and RAM; and by the same token, those friends of mine who are in the market for a new computer at the moment say that a good desktop with plenty of oomph for running Vista won’t cost over $800 [not a gaming system].

UPDATE: see my latest post “…and, yet, more mythology…
But there is one fact that sticks in my craw. Will Vista be a more viably stable system? [XP definetly was more stable than previous Windows versions] Or does it just look pretty? Will it be the kind of upgrade we all need without the doomed “WinFS” embedded in it? [I, for one, am disappointed over this] I’m pretty sceptical. The supposed enhanced security will be a selling point for many, but they are already finding holes…don’t they always?

But, inevitably, there will be those folks who do not upgrade their systems even one iota, then complain that Vista slows down their computer…well, duh! I can’t begin to tell you how many friends’ computers I’ve worked on that shouldn’t even be running Windows XP on them. And when you suggest that they buy another stick of RAM, or call Dell [or Gateway, or HP, etc] and see what upgrades are available for their computer model, they look at you like you’re looney tunes.

So, that’s the rub, then, isn’t it? Money. And getting the facts……..thanks, Ed for an informative article! I’m looking forward to Vista Mythbusters #2!