Archive for the ‘Vista’ Category

Vista: localhost problem

October 1, 2008
Situation: Vista Ultimate, Problem using localhost as target, eg in browser with Personal Firewall on (Eset Smart Securoty).
With a Persnal Firewall turned on I get a problem accessing local host:
With GPSGate when I enable view in browser it says to look at the content at http://localhost:12175
– With the PFW off this works
– With it on it doesn’t but does
With PFW on:
If I ping I get normal ping information.
If I ping localhost you get reduced info and that its using ::1. 
This means that Vista is defaulting to IPV6
Look at hosts file in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc
(Run notepad in adminstrator mode, change to *.*).
Two entries at bottom:       localhost
::1             localhost
If you remove the last one then pinging worls as with and access to localhost as tried above works.
(I ended up commenting it out with a #).

Some Vista hints x 3

September 9, 2008
(1) How do you action "Open Command Prompt Here" in Explorer as in XP Power Tools
Right click on the folder in teh right pane (not left) while holding down the shift key .. simple!
Bonus: Note that if you browse in explorer to a file share on another computer and do same, its creates a new nw drive mapping that is destroyed when the command window is closed.
(2) How do you open those folders under your user folder that it won’t let you into?  Eg The SendTo folder.
In the Run dialog (on the start menu) enter Shell:Sento
Put shell: in front
Local AppData
My Music
My Pictures
My Video
(3) How do you turn off teh machine barking at you everytime you want to do some priveledged action (even though you have admin rights) as adminisrator.
Run Control Panel, Explorer it, then serach on UMC, drill into where you can disable it.
Note that for something you need to e=run as administrator, which if is always required change the shortcust to runas admin.

3 Vista Issues

February 22, 2007
[1] One mail service I use, Novell Groupwise web portal, couldn’t be read from IE7 in Vista.  This was because the SSL version required was disabled by default in IE7-Vista.
– Look at the Advanced tab in IE7
– Enable SSL 2.0
[2] I had a problem today at work.  Vista wouldn’t connect to Samba on a Linux server.
The problem was that my login from Vista was failing.
Vista was using fast mode whereas you need the latest version of Samba (on the Linx server) for that to work.
We had an O-L-D version!

If any of you are having problems with Vista logon to NAS devices running Samba,  try:,


Run secpol.msc,

Go to: Local Policies > Security Options, Find “Network Security: LAN Manager authentication level”, Change Setting from “Send NTLMv2 response only”, to, “Send LM & NTLM – use NTLMv2 session security if negotiated”, Vista defaults to only send the more secure NTLMv2 protocol, which these NAS devices / Samba do not support.

This worked
[3] My machine at home is regularly crashing when running Vista.  Once per night.
It just freezes up.  Keeps dispalying but nothing happens.
Happens while I am using the mosue.
I suspect a hardware problem, sep. the video card.
The only thing I can do is turn the machine off and restart.
Nothing is logged in the event (viewer)
Problem not solved.
Doesn’t happen with my Dell laptop running Vista.

Vista RC1 and Video

September 20, 2006
I downloaded RC! as soon as it was announced 10 days ago.
Installed as update from Beta 2 without problems.
Have tried a suitable video card (previous one worked but wouldn’t run some things such as Movie Maker, DVD Maker).
nVidia FX5200LE  ..3DForce
The above programs worked OK.
The card comes up witha score of
Graphics 2
Gaming Graphics 2.5
Whereas the rest of the system score 4.5 (CPU: Dual Xeon 3.2G), 4.9 (Memory (2 Gig), and 5.7 Promary HD: 7.5K SCSI)
So probably need a higher end Video card.
Q Anyone got any Vista scores on other nVidia cards/chips, other complete stats
Use Perfomace Information in the control panel

Do’s and don’t’s .. mainly don’t’s with Vista!

June 16, 2006
DO: Story so far: I installed Vista on my 2nd SCSi drive on my Dual Xeon machine.. got that to work OK.. DO ..BUT:
DON’T :My XP on the first drive got screwed up… Don’t install Vista on the same machine
====  that you intend to continue working on in XP.
DO:  Have it so that you can physically remove the XP HD, then swap as required
Note: I did the install by swapping which SCSI drive (I have 2) the system would boot from
Then meant to able to swap back via BIOS to the XP install. etc
There would most likely be solutions to my problem but I do sugegst that you follow the last point.
It appears that Vista did do something to my XP HD, made it E:\
Its E:\ when when I boot from that drive.  I thought that it would swap back to being C drive when I changed the boot order , alas …! #$%^&#@:
– When I tried to login to XP it logged me out straight away.  I am sure that was because it was tring to find user stuff on C drive but that is now the Vista drive.
– I did a repair install, but that left the XP drive still as E:\  The installed apps were looking for there files on C drive…Bummer
  I couldn’t even uninstall most of the apps because they couldn’t find their content to remove on C drive (The vista one)
– I did a clean install of XP, ie install on the XP drive by removing the \windows directory on it but leaving all other data (incl. Program Files dir) intact.
  But this still sees the XP drive as e:\
 Vista must have indelibly made the XP drive E;| ! $%^^&*#
So I am living with eth XP drive as E:\ and reinstalling apps (overwriting) to E drive
I have made both swap files (Vista and XP) to be on the third drive , and large IDE drive.
So as I said, don’t install Vista on a machine where an XP install is visible , if you want to be able use the XP :  Qualification:  I have not explored dual boot which may solve this.  Had a little look at this but Vista doesn’t appear to use a boot.ini file.  There is info on this but I’m not following this now.  I’ll try dual boot on another machine some time. 
Too busy re-installing:
CE 5
VS 2005
SQL 2005
Office 2003
Windows XP Embedded
Burner SW.
Plus all of those useful utilities that I have agrregate don the machine. over the last couple of years.  Hope some of the installs are still on the HD’s.
I have exam papers to mark, and we are off to Windows Embedded Student Challenge in Redmond on Wednesday .. I’ll start blogging on that for the next week.

Vista Build 5: Dual Xeon machine (Updated)

June 11, 2006
Compaq XLW500 Dual Xeon, 2Gig RAM, NVidia Quadro-4 380 XGL Video Card.
– Running with Hyperthreading 2 x 2 = 4 CPUs)- 2 SCSI disks (33G) and one 180G IDE Harddrive
Intention was to use one of he SCSIs
– Couldn’t initially use because it was Dynamic
– Tried boot XPE CD1 to run Diskpart but SCSI not loaded
– Booted XP on machine and ran Diskpart there.
  Cleaned the target disk, which also removed the dynamic aspect
Was able to install OK except:
– Ethernet card didn’t install.  This is a bummer becuase can’t now search internet for solution.
  May need to install another NIC.
– Multiedia didn’t install
This platform should be a better one to try then the VIA because the VIA is ony 1 GigHz and 0.5M RAM
Will test significant sw on it when get NIC sorted out.
When I revert to my XP image on the first HD it logs me out as soon as I log in. #@$%^&*

Windows Vista VIA Mini ITX M10000-Take 2

June 11, 2006
I re-installed Vista Beta 2 on the VIA M10000.
Uesed new key
Disable automatic registration.
No data change in set up.
Works OK subject to issues as below
Note: Can get new key by registering for download of Vista and then just getting key without downlaod.
Need passport of course.
Office 2007
I installled Office 2007 beta OK to this image
One issue:  Have to keep retyping same key for each Office product installed.
When trying to register on-line the regsitration goes through but site access that should follow fails.
Vista Issues:
-Adjust video by : Right click on desktop/Personalise/Display Settings
-Can’t use Movie Maker and DVD Maker AT ALL because Video card is not up to scratch.@#$%^&*
  Could use Movie Maker in XP with given video.
– Many web pages won’t load.  Tried turning off all security phishing etc to no avail.
– Video card was installed as generic but updates updated it to the coprrect VIA Chrome one.

Windows Vista VIA Mini ITX M10000

June 10, 2006
Real device
512M RAM
20 Gig IDE Drive
Compact DVD Drive
Installed OK but in final seetings had to adjust clock by 2 years.
Not sure if this was due to the system or BIOS.
After this the boot up required activation which failed 0x800705B4
Tried all the option but could solve this.:
– Activate Windows Online now.. Failed
  I used the same key at installation that I used for previous installs:
  I think the VNWare version got activated.
  Usually MSDN keys (which is where I got this one) have reusability
– Buy a new one onliine was useless
– Retype key WOULD NOT WORK
   I press that, the error message (same for all these option I think) caomes back after a long time:
   I did get another key through Beta registration (it come up early in the process) so was hoping to use this.
– Show me others weren’t of use 
OK Then will try reinstall:
– New key
– Deselect activate when connected.
– Don’t change date until after activation

Windows Vista – VMware VM

June 8, 2006
In a nutshell, compared to VPC: Its quite usable
Using VMWare 5.5, slecting Vista 32Bit VM Type
(Reminder: Host is Win XP, Dual Xeon 3.2G Hyperthreading, 2 Gig RAM, 2 SCSI and 1 IDE Drives)
Initially tried to use a raw/dedicated SCSI harddrive.
Each time it tried to boot it did nothing, just used CPU time.
Eventually saw that can’t use a SCSI drive that hsa been made dynamic.
So created a partition and tried to use this.
That didn’t work.
So booted with normal virtual disk and this worked.
Virtaul Disk on IDE drive
Used VMWare’s dual CPU option.
During install etc only had low resolution and low color density which made things a bit difficult.
When done installed VMWare tools which gave a working (good) video "card".
This also added the VMWare 1 gig NIC
Had to reinstall sound card but this seems OK now.

Windows Vista-VPC VM

June 7, 2006
I am now (also) looking at Windows Vista:  Using Beta 2
Attempt 1:
Virtual PC VM, 1 Gig of RAM
on a Dual Xeon (3.4G) hyperthreading machine with 2 Gig RAM
Needed Key early in installation.. ie At start.
Built image OK, but took awhile.
After complete shutdown image without key activation.
This was prior to naming the machine and creating "primary" login account.
Copied VM Image with view to giving to my students who could then just activate with own key.
Noticed later that at activation can change key so that should work.
First impressions:
In XP can right click on desktop and take it from there.
Not so intuitive from Vista.
Lots of good widgets in Vista.
Installed VPC machine additions but had to leave it running "overnight".
Found it extremely slow to use, even on my dual Xeon machine.
Next: will try a VMWare version.