Force Dell PC Restore thru BOOT_DSR.exe

To all Dell computer owners out there. Sometimes our computer systems bug down on us big time that the only solution for us to do is to reload the operating system to erase all our problems (only if the issue lies within the depths of the operating system); but what if you don’t have a restore disc or an operating system intallation disc? Is it the end of your world? Do you call their support trunkline?

For all you know, some Dell machines were designed with back-up recovery tool preloaded in the hard drive during its building. With features like Norton Ghost and PC Restore (or Dell Image Restore to some), reloading the operating system in our Dell machines/computers is just at the tip of our hands.

However, what if your PC Restore (which is accessible by pressing Ctrl and F11 altogether) won’t work and won’t let us do the reload? As long as the computer is booting up to Windows (even with all the errors and what-nots), you can still run Dell’s PC Restore function by manually running it from it’s location. Here’s how:

1. Run the Dell PC Restore function from this directory: C:\dell\utilities\dsrfolder.

2. It will just give you a warning, you just have to click YES and it will continue with its process by restarting the computer and boot to the PC Restore Utility.

Or, another way is clicking this executable file: BOOT_DSR.EXE. (I’m not sure though if this work-around will work with Dell systems without Norton Ghost. But heck, you could always give it a shot! 😉 )

To learn more about Dell’s partitioning and PC Restore features, check out these websites for further reading:

1. http://www.goodells.net/dellrestore/fixes.htm

2. http://tinyurl.com/45553j

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How to Remove Content Advisor Password in Internet Explorer

Do you want to remove Content Advisor Password in your IE? Follow the steps below:

1) Click on Start and choose Run.

2) Type in RegEdit and select OK.

3) Now click on the little plus sign to the left of H_KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

4) Continue to drill down, always clicking on the plus sign at the left of the named key, through Software, Microsoft, Windows, Current Version and Policies.

5) Now click on the Ratings folder.
 
6) In the right pane of the RegEdit window, you’ll see an icon called Key. Click on it and press
    Delete.

7) Next, choose Registry and then Exit to exit RegEdit. You’ve just deleted your original Content
     Advisor
password.

8) Restart the computer and run Internet Explorer again.

9) Choose View and then Internet Options (or Options for version 3.x). For IE 5 or greater, Click
    on Tools, Internet Options.

10) Click on the Content tab and click on Disable. When asked for a password, don’t enter
      anything; just click on OK. This will disable Content Advisor because there’s no longer a
      password.

Source: http://www.pchell.com/support/contentadvisor.shtml

Microsoft Wireless Mouse Prevents Screen Saver from Activating (Vista)

Having problems with your microsoft wireless mouse preventing your screen saver from activating (in Vista)?

Just follow these simple steps:

1. Go to the Device Manager (Right-click on My Computer, select Manage, you’ll find Device Manager in one of the selections ü).

2. Update the HID-compliant mouse.

3. It will automatically search for the update. If not, you can download the driver here:

http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/download/DownloadResult.aspx?category=MK&type=Mouse&name=w_lmouse3000&os=WVista_32&lang=en

4. Make sure to select the correct hardware.

5. Install and restart the computer.

Whola! That should surely fix it! ü

Error message when you log on to a Windows Vista-based computer by using a temporary profile: “The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded”

Error message when you log on to a Windows Vista-based computer by using a temporary profile: “The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded”

Encountered this problem in my PC recently and luckily found the resolution in support.microsoft.com. Here it goes:

When you log on to a Windows Vista-based computer by using a temporary profile, you receive the following error message:

The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded.

This error may occur if the “Do not logon users with temporary profiles” Group Policy setting is configured.

CAUSE

This issue may occur if the user profile was manually deleted by using the command prompt or by using Windows Explorer. A profile that is manually deleted does not remove the security identifier (SID) from the profile list in the registry.

If the SID is present, Windows will try to load the profile by using the ProfileImagePath that points to a nonexistent path. Therefore, the profile cannot be loaded.

RESOLUTION

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft

To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

Delete the profile by using the Computer Properties dialog box.
To do this, follow these steps:

1. Delete the profile by using the Computer Properties dialog box. To do this, follow these steps:

a. Click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Properties.

b. Click Change settings.

c. In the System Properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab.

d. Under User Profiles, click Settings.

e. In the User Profiles dialog box, select the profile that you want to delete, click Delete, and then click OK.

2. Click Start, type regedit in the Start search box, and then press ENTER.

3. Locate and then expand the following registry subkey:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

4. Right-click the SID that you want to remove, and then click Delete.

5. Log on to the computer and create a new profile.

Source: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947215/en-us

How to Create a Vista Black Style Theme for Google Chrome in WinXP

How to Create a Vista Black Style Theme for Google Chrome in WinXP

Have you seen the screenshots of Google Chrome on XP as well as on Vista? You might have noticed that the interface absolutely looks different. So, do you want to make your XP version of Chrome look the same as Vista’s slick black theme? Try this custom hack from The Geek:

Installing the Custom Theme

First you need to download the patched theme here. Open up an explorer window and then paste in the following to the address bar:

||  %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application.2.149.27\Themes  ||

You’ll see a file called default.dll. Make a copy of this before you do anything else.

The paste the default.dll contained in the theme’s zip file into the same directory. You will be prompted to overwrite the current file (it’s okay since you’ve already made a copy of it earlier).

At this point on, you can already start up chrome and check out the new theme. 😉

How to Remove the Theme

You can simply delete the new default.dll file and replace it back with the copy we made (the original that we backed-up) prior to overwriting it with the one from the patch. Easy, right? 🙂

Disclaimer:

Please take note that these themes will have to be re-patched (or replaced) every time a new version of Google Chrome is announced or released, which expectedly, could be quite often.

Source: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/the-geek-blog/enable-vista-black-style-theme-for-google-chrome-in-xp/

Virtualization for Dummies now available for download

Okay, please don’t get over-excited yet and learn first what “virtualization” means. 🙂

If you consult wikipedia about it, you’ll learn that it refers to “the abstraction of computer resources”, a term which is basically a broad. In a much simpler sense, it means the creation of a virtual version of anything, like a storage device, a Operating System, a server, or network. A common example of this would be the partitions in the hard drive to, in some way, virtually create two or more separate hard drives in one actual hard drive. You’ll learn more as you go through the whole e-book about Virtualization for Dummies.

Download the free .pdf Virtualization for Dummies e-book.

Source: http://www.itworld.com/virtualization/53932/free-copy-virtualization-dummies-now-available-instant-download