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  1. There were two main reasons why SP2 wouldn't install on certain machines when it first came out: malware, and buggy BIOS code. You should check for a BIOS upgrade from your computer or motherboard manufacturer as many systems that would not boot after SP2 was installed will suddenly boot fine once a BIOS flash has been performed. I know it for a fact, because I've had machines not boot after installing SP2, and a simple BIOS flash made them boot again.

    I've fixed tens of thousands of computers in my life, and I have installed SP2 on every machine that's ever come across my bench. None have left my shop without SP2, and none of them had any issues installing SP2 after a BIOS upgrade was performed.

  2. Homonyms.

    their they're there

    where wear

    piece peace

    than then (kind of iffy, but everyone uses the wrong form)

    it's its (people always use the wrong form)

    a side note: "a lot" is two words. "alot" isn't a word (and it bugs me when I see it). "allot" is a word, but it means something else.

  3. No, you don't want to copy directly from disc to disc ("on the fly"), as it is quite unstable, and the chance of failure is extremely high (plus, you have to burn it extremely slowly). This is why most CD and DVD copying programs resort to making a temporary image of the disc on your HDD before it burns to a blank.

  4. Don't use Fix IE first, use it last.

    First, click the green checkmark in Dial-a-fix to enable all checkmarks and click GO. This will re-register many, many DLLs that are vital to your system.

    When you click Fix IE, it is going to ask you for files, all of which are in

    C:\Windows\ServicePackFiles\i386 (except for mswrd62.wpc, which is in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\TextConv). If you do not have the ServicePackFiles folder, you will need your Windows XP CD (with Service Pack 2 integrated into it) and point to X:\i386, where X: is the letter of your CD-ROM drive. Do not use a disc that only has SP1 on it if your system is running SP2. If you find that your disc does not have SP2 and would like to create an SP2 disc, let us know, and we will show you how to slipstream SP2.

    Alternatively, you could reinstall SP2 and it may correct many issues.

    You can download the full version of SP2 here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en (it's very large - ~266MB)

  5. Don't follow the "blinking light" method. Just because the drive has stopped writing does not mean there is not deferred data waiting to be written (and sometimes this data is a change to the filesystem structure itself). Pulling the drive out when the light has stopped blinking can have the same effect as pulling it out when it is in the middle of writing, if you are not lucky (yes, you have been lucky thus far). Just hit safely remove hardware, so that we don't have to see a thread later on titled "help, I've lost all of my data on my USB drive". It can, and will happen. I've seen it in person, and it's not usually possible to clean up the mayhem that it causes.

    Windows 2000 and Windows XP's safely remove hardware are identical, except that XP gives you the option to optimize for quick removal or optimize for performance. If optimize for quick removal is chosen, deferred writes are written sooner (but writes do still get deferred, so you still have to 'safely remove' it). If optimize for performance is enabled, writes are deferred longer, giving the impression of files being copied to and from and deleted "instantly". Neither method will prevent corrupted data from not 'safely removing' it. Blinking light method = bad.

  6. To clarify, they are hot swappable in that you are allowed to plug them in and remove them without turning off the compuer, but you should hit XP's "Safely remove hardware" on jump drives/memory sticks/cameras to avoid data loss (it flushes any data waiting to be written and safely dismounts the mass storage device).

  7. I only leave System Restore enabled because it is the only way to make automatic, full backups of the registry hives (exporting a .reg is not the same) and I'm too lazy to run programs that make registry backups (such as ERUNT). The backups are stored in System Volume Information, and can be pulled by a technician (like me) when a registry hive blows up (such as SYSTEM). Other than that, actually using System Restore for anything is a bad idea.

  8. Firefox pretty much sucks (imho), but it is still better than IE (and that's about it). Your memory usage is correct. Firefox will always use more memory than most browsers (even IE).

  9. Tracing route to www.Lunarsoft.net []
    over a maximum of 30 hops:

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    Trace complete.

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