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Yes, I bit the bullet and did for YOU FOLKS.

I kept on checking last night and this morning … following yesterday’s report that someone using Windows 7 got clobbered once they installed the February 9 updates. But since then I could only find one other report of a problem. Though I am sure that MANY Windows 7 users have judiciously refrained from installing these updates, if there were innate problems related to Windows 7 we would have heard by now.

The Web is ablaze with reports that XP users really got clobbered with these updates. Microsoft even WITHDREW one of the XP updates! Nice move Microsoft. Real smooth. So they confirmed what I have always thought of them. No testing. Just throw the software over the wall. Joys of having no competition and having so much lobbying in D.C. that they know that the Feds will never look at them. Keep on saying to yourself, like a mantra, ‘Ballmer looks best in drag.’

OK. So far so good. That is not saying much.

I have a legit copy of 64-bit Windows 7 Professional installed from an OEM DVD that I got from newegg.com … on the day Windows 7 became available (Oct. 22, 2009). I had pre-ordered a few days earlier along with all the hardware to build a new system.

The updates require a restart. During the restart a screen comes up saying ‘Configuring the Updates.’ I was on tenterhooks. But, it said … ‘successful’ … and then restarted.

Since, being paranoid, I restarted again. SO FAR, SO GOOD.

It is up to YOU. YOU might want to hold out longer. I had to see if the updates would work with Windows 7. But, this was but one system. Doesn’t prove anything. So, if you are cool, MAYBE you should wait. All I can say is that it worked on this particular system.

Right now I have a few days ‘down time’ for the first time in 15 months. I finished my book, 322 pages, 150,000 words and send the PDFs to the printer Wednesday night. Had an email last night to say the proof copy is with FedEx. So, I would not have been totally out of my mind if this Windows 7 system got fried. I have two, maybe three, possibly four XP systems as backup … with all my files, backed up, up to date on them … as well as online (with GoDaddy). Did I tell you I am paranoid. So, I could have got by using XP until I got the Windows 7 system fixed.

IF you are interested here is a PREVIEW of the book. It is 11MB,so will take a few minutes to download.

No More Updates For ME Till April Fool’s

I have now TURNED OFF Windows Updates!

That is IT.

I do not want to be pestered with the February 16, 2010 WAT update for checking the validity of my Windows 7 copy. My copy is 100% legit, but I am not sure that Microsoft’s update will be legit. I just have a feeling that we might get another outcry.

I am fed up of the icons rotating on my Task Bar telling me I have updates. Leave me BE. I will check the Web to see what mayhem Microsoft is unleashing on us.

It now transpires that Microsoft ‘just’ discovered a major SSL/TLS bug on all versions of Windows. GREAT. SSL/TLS is what we all use when we ask for an encrypted session. So, Microsoft is now telling us that our encrypted sessions might be vulnerable.

‘Ballmer looks best in drag.’

On March 1 all the Release Candidate (RC) copies of Windows 7 will go into forced shutdowns. Many of the pirated copies of Windows 7 out there are based on RC code. Post March 1 we will have convulsions as the Windows 7 community gets bombarded with folks who will not understand why their systems are not working.

So it was time to batten down the hatches. I will of course keep you posted.

So, this was my strategy. Install the February 9 updates. Then turn off updates until at least April 1 and see what happens.

All the best. Good Luck.

Anura Guruge


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I got this for YOU from the ‘Microsoft Answers’ forum. Go there by all means to get all the dirt, and in this case we really are talking about DIRT. Unmitigated dirt.

So here are the steps. THIS IS NOT FUNNY. May Steve Jobs help you IF you do not have a Windows XP install disk.

1. Boot from your Windows XP CD or DVD and start the recovery console (see this Microsoft article for help with this step)

Once you are in the Repair Screen ..

2. Type this command: CHDIR $NtUninstall
<< NO space before that second ‘$’ prefixing \spuninst. >>

3. Type this command: BATCH spuninst.txt

4. Type this command: systemroot

5. Repeat steps 2 – 4 for each of the following updates provided by FindMeFollowMe:

  • KB978262
  • KB971468
  • KB978037
  • KB975713
  • KB978251
  • KB978706
  • KB977165
  • KB975560
  • KB977914

6. When complete, type this command: exit

Your computer should restart and everything should be back to normal.

Keep your toes crossed and keep on chanting: “damn you Microsoft, damn you Microsoft, Balmer looks best in drag.”

Good Luck.


Anura Guruge

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Just saw the first real damaging post re. KB978262 as it pertains to Windows 7.

Please read this on the ‘Microsoft Answers’ forum. Damn YOU Microsoft.

This is the first report of this February 9 update clobbering Windows 7. But, it is enough.

DO NOT INSTALL these updates. Wait.

The XP community is getting hammered and they are not amused. The same Microsoft community is beside itself … but there is even a comment from a MVP talking about ‘dead bodies.’ CUTE. This is what we need. Microsoft MVPs talking about dead bodies when it comes to Windows Updates.

Some are claiming that this is a  Microsoft conspiracy to get XP users to upgrade to Windows 7. I doubt that. Microsoft isn’t that clever. Trust me, on this.

So, my recommendation for Windows 7 users: DO NOT INSTALL KB978262, KB971468, KB975560, KB978251 and KB890830 as yet, though from all we can see it is KB978262, the ActiveX kill bits update that is the culprit.

Better to be SAFE than sorry.

Good Luck. We really need it.

Thanks & Cheers.

Anura Guruge

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I feel GOOD that I urged you all to hold off on the February 9 Security Updates.

The FIRESTORM has started today — albeit mainly on XP systems. Here is a good article on the problem, published today, by ComputerWorld.

This is not funny, especially coming just three weeks after the great KB977074 fiasco. I have said it once, I will say it again. Congress needs to look into Microsoft.

Here is the link to Microsoft’s forum JUST on problems with this update.

Again, most people are reporting problems on XP … and PLEASE note that Microsoft currently doesn’t have a workaround for this … other than booting off the original XP install disk.

Not good.

HOLD OFF. Though we are not hearing much on the Windows 7 front, if it clobbers XP this badly … it could blow us out of the water TOO.

I will keep you posted.

Good luck. We need it.


Anura Guruge

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A reader of this blog just sent me an email giving me a ‘heads-up’ of this free offer.


ALL I am doing right now is passing it onto you. I think I tried to use this earlier this year and was foiled because I didn’t have a license.

They CLAIM that you will now get FREE product code, with no time limitations.

Again, I am NOT endorsing this product. I haven’t even tried it. But, IF you need PDF-to-Word, which always worth having around, YOU might as well grab this.

But, as ever, proceed with caution. There could be a catch.

Good luck. Share your feedback.

I THANK my reader for this ‘heads up.’ That was kind and thoughtful.


Anura Guruge

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On Saturday night I ran Auslogics Registry Cleaner again. It had been 4 days since I had last run it. Since it is the ONLY registry tool that I now have on my Windows 7 machine the Registry had not been cleaned since I last ran Auslogics.

I ran the Registry Cleaner in ‘Advanced Scan’ [i.e., scan everything] mode. Didn’t take long. Said I had 10 errors. That surprised me, but in a good way. When I had System Mechanic 9.5 I used to run it most nights before I would Shut Down the PC. Invariably, with monotonous predictability, I would always be told that I had between 12 and 22 registry errors that needed to be fixed. Most nights I would tell SM to fix it. Then the next night I would have much the same amount again.

I checked the list of 10 errors found by Auslogics. Six related to Word documents that I had renamed (reflecting their new status within the proofing cycle). So that made sense. So 60% of the errors were beyond kosher. The other 4 looked reasonably legit too.

That the Auslogics Registry Cleaner found less errors after a 4 day hiatus than SM used to find in a night … leaves me in the proverbial no man’s land. Who is right? Which is better? But, at least Auslogics as yet to hang. So that is a definite plus. It is possible that it is not as thorough as SM. I hope it is, but right now I don’t have the time to determine if Auslogics skips records that SM would analyze and report. Time will tell.

Auslogics Disk Defrag

I then downloaded and ran the Auslogics Disk Defrag. I had used it on XP so I knew what to expect.

I did an analyze. It came back and said that I DID NOT need to defrag my C-drive. That was good.

Unlike its Registry Defrag which does NOT have an option for insisting on a defrag … the Disk Defrag does, Praise be to Shane (though Mulli’s KING), have that option.

I adjusted the settings so that it did not try to defrag 10MB or larger segments. I also asked it to DEFRAG & OPTIMIZE [i.e., move my System Files towards the ‘front’ of the disk].

My C-drive is a ‘nominal’ 750GB … with 42GB currently used. I think it found close to 12,000 files — 90 of which needed to be defraged.

I watched it for a few minutes. Then I went to have breakfast and watch a recorded rerun of “All Creatures Great and Small.”

When I came back it was done. It had taken 46 minutes and 14 seconds. That is probably not bad.

They give you fairly impressive report. I had a quick glance at it. That too looked Kosher.

So far, so good. No hangs. My system works. It hasn’t made any difference to my performance but my performance is OK … given that this is a i7-920 with 12GB of DDR3 memory.

The Not So Good

I found to my cost and chagrin that the Auslogics Registry Defrag will install itself on ‘top’ of an existing version without any warning message or an attempt to uninstall the installed version.

Though this was MY FAULT, I was not amused.

I did the Disk Defrag download past midnight. All my downloads go to my ‘DOWNLOADS’ folder. I had been indexing my book for over 2 hours. Trust me, there is nothing guaranteed to screw-up your eyesight like heads-down, indexing.

I had 4 install execs in my folder. I clicked the wrong one. Instead of activating the new Disk Defrag .exe, I without realizing (of course) clicked on the Registry Defrag.

The installation went through WITHOUT any mention that I already had a PERFECTLY good copy of Registry Defrag installed on my machine.

That was NOT GOOD. Not amused.

So, so far, I have found three things that I do not like when it comes to Auslogics:

  1. Registry Defrag install exec NOT checking for a prior install. Bad, bad, bad.
  2. Registry Defrg not having a ‘do a defrag any way’ option (for Power Users who know what they are doing). This is an annoyance.
  3. Auslogics BootSpeed finding errors on your machine BUT then saying it won’t fix them until you buy a license. That is bad. That is duplicitous since it doesn’t warn you of this before you fire it up. It is childish. It is NOT CRICKET. It is Greg Chappell bowling underarm. It is Rod Marsh betting against his own team. It is Kim Hughes crying like a 4 year old on TV.

Anura Guruge

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I was updating FireFox on one of XP boxes when I saw that we had rc2.

Jumped on the Windows 7 box to see if I could update. FireFox had already downloaded rc2 and was waiting for a restart of FF. Pretty neat. Just restarted FF. It came up, with the tabs intact. So I am posting this using FireFox 3.6 rc2.

So far, so good. So maybe the hangs I experienced with rc1 are now history. But, I will keep my toes crossed. The release notes do say that rc2 addresses stability issues. So this all good.

One small thing. ‘About Mozilla FireFox’ on the HELP menu doesn’t tell you the ‘rc’ version. Just says 3.6. Might be nice to be reminded of what ‘rc’ one is at.

I haven’t tried Google Chrome on this my Windows 7 rig.

But over the last 48 hours we installed Chrome on 3 of our XP boxes. My daughter, nine, who longer has a TV in her room (because she watched it incessantly) now thinks her PC is a TV. She watches a lot of ‘disney’ ilk stuff on the Web. She likes Chrome. She told me last night, that in terms of performance it is Chrome, FireFox (3.6rc1) and IE 8. That is pretty good. She does not like IE and I have not brain washed her — that not being my style. My logo, as you can see on my Web site, is “Think Free, Or Die”. So she makes up her own mind.

My wife ditched Chrome within minutes! Even uninstalled it from her XP laptop. What can I say.

I used Chrome today. I was putting up pictures of our airport on ice. You hadn’t heard about it. The Alton, NH Air Port on Ice. Frozen lake. We spent a couple of hours there yesterday. Warm. In the 40s. About 35 planes. Saw dozens of take offs and landings. No mishaps, so far. Most years we have small, non-serious ‘fender benders.’ There was even a helicopter.

Try FireFox 3.6 rc2. What do you have to lose? << smile >>

Good luck. Cheers.


P.S. We had 102 hits on this blog yesterday. Not bad for a Sunday.

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