Archive for the ‘Windows’ Category

Unable to open file folders in Windows 7

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

In Windows 7 x64, I was unable to double click on file folders and open them. Instead, I had to right click on the folder and select open. The file association was not found for the folders. Symantec technical support indicated I might have a virus, however none were found after an extensive scan of my system with several versions.

I fixed this initially by uninstalling and reinstalling Norton Internet Security. However, the same problem occurred several months later.

The problem was missing registry information. Go into your registry and verify you have field similar to what is listed below (Do NOT copy and paste directly from my site as WordPress changes formatting).










I’d recommend exporting the registry from another PC with the same version of windows and importing the hive as a fix. If you don’t know how to do this, just google registry and exporting.

As always, this is for entertainment purposes only and I’m not responsible if you corrupt your computer/data.

MacPro ESATA card for everthing

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

This post is in regards to adding an ESATA card to a MacPro.  You’re probably thinking, why add an ESATA card when you have 2 SATA ports that can be converted to ESATA with a simple cable.  The SATA ports onboard are only supported in AHCI mode.  Whenever you boot into Linux or Windows you’re automatically put into legacy mode which does not see the extra ports aka your drives.
My best candidate for an ESATA card was the Adaptec 1225SA.  This card has support for Linux RPMS and Windows drivers out the wazoo. (I’m not a fan a recompiling the kernel for drivers that should already be there and I like the official support)  However, Adaptec has no support for MacOS.
I received a 1225SA revision 3 which had a Silicon Image chipset and a Silicon Storage Technology chip.

The chipsets were:

Silicon Image

Silicon Storage Technology

The highest drivers that are supported from the Silicon Image website are 10.5.1…Boo!  I installed several variants, but alas it was for naught.  My search continues….

Install XP on a Dell Studio Hybrid (140G)

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Get a USB Key or blank CD for transferring files

Go to Dell’s website and do a search to download the following files:

R183806.exe  (Will work on XP)

Go to Intel’s Website
Download the “INF Update Utility” for the Intel 965 Express Chipset family

Go to Microsoft’s Website (Optional Download-Installed by default on Vista)
Download the Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator

Go into the Bios of the Studio by pressing F2 and change the Hard Disk from AHCI to IDE
Load Windows
Install drivers from USB or CD


I didn’t put direct links since the sites tend to change URLs.

Corrupted Windows Install

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Ok, so what do you do when you installed a program and can’t uninstall or update it? You also get the following error message “Windows Installer, Error applying transforms. Verify that the specified transform paths are valid.”  The solution is to download the Microsoft Windows Installer CleanUp Utility found at Microsoft under Article Id: 290301, or

Then do your thing by reinstalling the software 🙂

Windows 2003 R2 Standard- Print Server

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

Symptom: The test print page is only printing half of the page and users print jobs disappear. 


Cuss out Microsoft and HP to feel better, and then uncheck “Enable advanced printing features” in the print driver.

Flash 9 Issue

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

I found an interesting problem with Flash 9 in Windows XP.  I installed Flash as a local admin, then rebooted the computer.  The user attempted to access some Flash file, but still had an older version installed.  I went to the Adobe website and to their online test system that shows which version of Flash and Shockwave are installed.  This showed the computer still had the previous version installed.

The solution is to clear the cache for the users account.  After I did that, everything worked perfectly. So much for Adobes test site!


Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

I had a meeting today in another department and found out they had been hacked into multiple times.  It seems they are running Dell NAS devices.  Enough said….Well, ok maybe I should go into more detail on the horrors of Windows NAS boxes.

Windows NAS boxes are stripped down versions of Windows 2000/2003 server.  They are considered by Microsoft to be secured because a number of services are not included.  These NAS devices are known as headless servers because they are administered remotely by a custom web interface….or was it because the engineers left their head at home that day?  Anyways, the vendor typically gives the admins a disk image of the hard disk (NOT an install disk), which means if you screw something up you’re going to have a really bad day.  Security is built in from the beginning for this install (Just like Windows XP, 2003, and U.T.O.),  but unfortunately administrators cannot do Windows Updates.  Doing a normal Windows update will break the NAS device and it must be reloaded.  Microsoft provides the vendor with the updates and the vendor releases them to the public.  Translation, this is a highly insecure Windows file server that says “hack me!!”  If you purchased one of these NAS devices I recommend you back the file system, add more memory, and install something like Windows 2003 R2.

Windows 2003 R2 supports file and directory enumeration, which means your faculty and staff won’t be clicking on folders that say “access denied”. I just love seeing the gleam in the faculty’s eye when it says access denied….Don’t you?

OU Admin Training–Thoughts

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

I went to some OU training and found a few gems of information I thought I would share.

To see a GUI version of Group Policies being downloaded:

Start\Help and Support\Use Tools to view your computer information and diagnose problems\Advanced System Information\View Group Policy settings applied\ 

Using the netdom utility:

netdom.exe move computer_name / /OU:OU=m.myou.mysubou,OU=m.myou,dc=asurite,dc=ad,dc=asu,dc=edu /UserD:myusername /PasswordD:*

Adding the asterisk at the end of the command will prevent your password from being echoed on the screen…..Oooohh, ahhhhh…..Isn’t that cool?

Force a user to choose between OS’s:

In the boot.ini file change the timeout to “-1” without the quotes.  The default timeout is 30. 

ASU is complaining that departments are using global groups too much and should be using Universal Groups instead.  Apparently using the former causes more network traffic.  Shouldn’t IT, err UTO be more concerned about the compromised PC’s on campus doing warez file shares and hack attempts?  Oh wait I almost forgot what they told me, “We build our applications and systems with security from the beginning, it’s not an afterthought.”  Silly me.
Well anyway, that’s what I learned from my 16 hours of training.

Windows / Apple updates

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

In the last few weeks, there have been a lot of updates for both Windows and Mac OS’s. 

The Mac OS 10.4.6 client update breaks quite a few AFS features. (Ex. Breaking shares on 10.3.9 server and Apple shares located on the client)