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  1. Ronbo


    If it is an .exe file and is in your system 32 folder which is where it is located in my system and it appears yours is also, it is a system file If it is a .dll file, which your above post seems to rule out, you are in trouble So run a couple of searches of your system, one looking for ctfmon.exe and another looking for ctfmon.dll. Make sure to put a check mark in the Search System folders, Search Hidden Files and Folders, and Search Subfolders boxes in the More Advanced Options section of the search box. I have XP Pro and Office XP but a search shows that the ctfmon.exe file exists in only three locations on my system: C:\Windows\$NTServicePackUninstall$ C:\Windows\System32 C:\Windows\SevicePackFiles\i386 If it doesn't find any .dll files you are safe. To turn it off you will have to disable text services and speech in your control panel but be aware that you may need this for your Windows updates to work.
  2. Have you tried installing and running the MaxBlast software that should have come with your new drive? If you haven't you may download the latest version here: http://www.maxtor.com/portal/site/Maxtor/m...s&downloadID=57 When you run it the first time it should recognize that your system is not configured right and correct it for you. If this does not work then we can worry about partitions or bios updates.
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    Folder Thumbnails

    Do you have a lot of music or picture folders on your computer? Do you set custom thumbnails to aid in identifying what is in your folders and are you tired of going into the folders properties and setting a customized thumbnail view for your folders whenever you reformat or change computers? I do, I am and I learned a simple little trick that gets rid of this hassle once and for all. It works with Windows XP for sure and maybe other versions of Windows as well (I never used an earlier version of Windows so I do not know for sure). The simple little trick I learned is that Windows looks for any .jpg image named "folder" (no exclamation marks) and automatically uses that image as the folders thumbnail photo when in thumbnail view. This works great in helping you find the music or photos you are looking for at a glance and even works when the photos are on a removable media like a CD/DVD. The best thing about customizing your folder this way is that once you do this, you will never haver to customize that folder again. If you customize your folders thumbnail view with the folders properties button and then save them to another media (CD, DVD etc...) you lose that customization. When you restore them to a new or reformatted computer you have to re-customize these folders all over again. Because Windows looks for a .jpg file named folder automatically while in thumbnail view no matter what media or computer it is on, it will always display this photo even if it is on a CD/DVD or transfered to a new computer. This trick can save countless set up hours during reformats or computer changes. One other thing I do is because I name my photos with a keyword or name I resize a copy of the photo I am going to use for this purpose to a 100 x 100 pixel size using Microsoft's Image Resizer powertoy (available for free here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloa...ppowertoys.mspx ). Then I set the thumbnails properties to Read Only and Hidden, this keeps it hidden from view whenever I view any slide-shows and prevents any accidental renaming of the folder file.
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    Nero 7

    Hi Stormy, Having used Nero 6 for quite some time and being quite happy with it, I shelled out a small fortune for Nero 7 when it first came out last fall and I have been one unhappy camper ever since. The software was flawed right out the box, it had a bug which caused nero burning rom to not open again after you opened nero express. You actually had to change a registry entry to get it to open again. They released an update after about a month which fixed that problem but I never was able to get the update function to work properly and have since given up on it and reinstalled Nero 6 instead. Save your money, stick with Nero 6 until they get their act together and fix their software.
  5. Hi cnmon, you don't have to create shortcuts to get IE to open maximized. The way kd5 explained should work. The only things I can think of that is preventing this from working for you is that you may have had other IE windows open when you pressed the close button or you used the maximize button when you resized the window. For this trick to work you must resize the window manually and the resized window must be the last IE window you close. Try this: Open IE then open a second window from a favorite. Close the original window so that only the IE window you opened from a favorite is open. Now resize that window by dragging it to the size you want, do not use the maximize button in the upper right-hand corner of the window or this will not work. You must resize this window manually. Now go to the File menu in the upper left-hand corner, open it, go the the bottom of the list and choose Close. Now your IE windows should open in the new size you have chosen.
  6. Open IE then open a second window from a favorite or a link. Close the original window so that only the IE window you opened from a favorite is open. Now resize that window by dragging it to the size you want, do not use the maximize button in the upper right-hand corner of the window. You must resize this window manually. Now go to the File menu in the upper left-hand corner, open it, go the the bottom of the list and choose Close. Now your IE windows should open in the new size you have chosen.
  7. If you ever doubt that SpywareGuard is working, just try changing your homepage in IE. It will pop up and ask you if you want to allow the change. SpywareGaurd is watching for things that try to take over certain parts of your computer and if you don't see it doing anything it means you are not being infected with the stuff it is protecting you from. The things Ad-aware is finding on your system are probably just MRU's (Most Recently Used) lists that Windows recreates every time you use the program that they relate to. These are not bugs, they are just index files Windows uses to keep track of what a program is doing. These MRU's are not spyware.
  8. This is my favorite phrase in a discussion, you don't like it my way, then leave your own country. I sat through this statement three or four times during this discussion and remained silent; no longer, this is America and the last time I looked it was still supposed to be the land of the free with liberty and justice for all. Statements like this are out of line. If someone doesn't like someone else's opinion then counter it with fact (or your own opinion) but do it respectfully or bite your tongue and bear with it because we are all entitled to our own opinion, this what freedom is all about. chengrob, i respect your opinion but religion is nothing like eating. Eating is required to sustain your very physical existence, religion is a belief in something that can not be quantified and you can physically survive without it. Many people do live fruitful, productive and happy lives without religion. In essence religion is a personal choice in what you believe, a spiritual belief and choosing to not believe is definitely a spiritual belief. These are two sides of the same coin and like it or not not believing is a religious choice. Good try but in no way are they comparable. And this why I choose to use the word "brainwashing" in my earlier post. Little children are impressionable empty vessels waiting to be filled and by mandating the inclusion of those words into what should be a secular Pledge, the government is telling them that God exists regardless of the parents wishes. They are exposed to this every single time that they hear the Pledge recited and they hear it each and every day that they are in school. When a trusted authority figure (and the child's friends) tells a child something often enough, the child will begin to believe. This undermines a parents rights to guide their children's spiritual development and also can undermine the child's trust and respect for their own parents. When this governmental decree undermines a parents own beliefs and the spiritual training of the children in question in whether there is a God or not, I and many other other Americans believe that government has over stepped its Constitutional boundaries in the establishment clause. Like it or not the government declaring there is God is just as wrong to someone who does not believe as it would be if it declared that your own personal God was the wrong one and then had all the other children in your child's school recite this "fact" day in and day out as is happening now. All Americans are entitled to their own spiritual beliefs, even those who do not believe. To deny that others beliefs do not deserve the same protections as your own is the first slippery step down a path that can lead to no other outcome than the loss of many peoples freedom and that is what this issue is all about.
  9. Just so we can stop beating this irrelevant "In God We Trust" issue to death, it was not placed on our money until 1864. The founding fathers did not put this on our money either, it was self serving individuals nearly a century after the country's founding that did this. http://www.treas.gov/education/fact-sheets...-we-trust.shtml As to the pledge and allowing children to make up their own minds, there is an old saying, "if you say something enough, people will start to believe it." By subjecting children to the "fact" that our nation is "under god" you are influencing their beliefs. This is no more than a subtle form of brainwashing folks, sitting down and not saying the pledge just isolates these children from their peer groups, it puts pressure on them to conform and it interferes with a parents right to raise their own children. When it comes time to "choose" these children have already been subjected to years of indoctrination and peer pressure to the "fact" that there is a god. Where is a persons right to raise their own family to pursue their own religion (or lack of) there? Bruce has already made a pretty good argument about this issue and I cannot not understand why people cannot see the validity of the issue here. Pledging allegiance to your country should not involve acknowledging that your country is under a Deity or Deities. These are two separate issues and should remain that way unless you ultimately want to see our country go the way Iraq appears to be headed right now, a civil war based on religious principles.
  10. Hi bo992000, Have your tried creating a folder of the same name in a different location, say in My Documents and then moving the new folder to the desktop to see if it will overwrite the damaged folder. Maybe it will repair the folder and allow you to delete it.
  11. I don't believe jackpot has a paid MSN account, that is where the trouble is coming from. The browser will not finish installing because jackpot does not have an account with MSN. Hotmail is a different deal. On your old computer, was the MSN software pre-installed?
  12. I belive you need to have an MSN account to use the browser, this is why it keeps asking for a credit card number.
  13. Open NIS then click on Personal Firewall --> Configure --> Programs tab. Now scroll down the list until you find Spybot S&D then highlight it and click remove, then yes. Then try running the update again, maybe Norton still you thinks you have version 1.3 installed and this is causing the problem.
  14. When you updated to 1.4, did you remove 1.3 first or did you install it over the top? Maybe you just have a corrupted file somewhere. Try re-downloading spybot, then uninstall spybot from your computer and then reinstall it using the new download. You said you had Norton's, do you have Norton Windoctor? If you do, run that and allow it to remove any bad registry entries it finds before you reinstall. If that doesn't clear up the problem, then it just may be that something has gotten under your security radar and is causing your problem.
  15. Ronbo


    No firekracker, you are correct. Weatherbug only installs the one adware file. However, if during installation you don't choose to custom install and uncheck the extras, it will install a third party toolbar (I forget which one). If you uncheck all the extra boxes, all you get is the weatherbug. I don't see where all this spyware people supposedly get from this program comes from, I have been using it for three years and the the only thing I have ever gotten was the ad wrapped around weatherbug's skin and the occasional email (about one a month) containing an ad. No massive deluge of spam and popups as I have seen claimed by others. As for weatherpulse, I have tried it several times to see if I would like it and it never lasted more than a day or two before I uninstalled it and went back to the weatherbug. Weatherbug is tied directly to my local ABC TV stations doppler radar and allows me real time views of my local areas weather, weatherpulse does not. This gives me timely and accurate warnings of any inclement weather heading my way, I never found that to be the case with weatherpulse. Weatherpulse, last time I tried it only had long range satellite views of the east and west cost, useless for my purposes.
  16. Is this what you are looking for? http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloa...p1/network.mspx
  17. Have you tried going to the windows update site or are you relying on the automatic updates. They changed their update software from version 4 to v.5, you may have the old version of windows update installed. Try going the update site and running their scan, if you have the outdated software, it will install the new version for you.
  18. You could try the tweak test at BBR. http://www.dslreports.com/tweaks
  19. PrjktCrx, you never responded to my question. Are you trying to reformat by opening your setup disk, choosing a fresh install and allowing it to reboot your computer for you? Or are you booting directly from the disk and then choosing to reformat? I ask this because I had the same problem some months ago. I would insert my windows disk, on the splash screen I would choose to install windows and then reformat. The disk would write files to the hard-drive and then reboot to do the reformat. These files are what are stopping you from deleting the partition. Every time I tried to do a reformat it came up with that error you are listing. I finally got it to delete the partition by putting the disk in the computer and choosing nothing off of the splash screen. I rebooted the computer and allowed the windows disk to boot the computer and then followed the prompts to choose a reformat and delete the partition and it worked.
  20. Are you opening your disk, choosing what you want to do and then rebooting? If you are and if I am remembering correctly, it is writing files to the disk before it shuts down and those are the files it is talking about. Try just inserting the disk and then shutting down and installing from boot, do not choose to install and then reboot. Hope that makes sense to you.
  21. I have, it allows you to choose to stop the "my search" garbage from installing in the first place. You still have to put up with the ads in its skin and the occasional email from Stephanie though. The only reason I still use weatherbug is because it gets its data from a local TV station here. With the way the weather is around here, I need the local doppler to see whats going on. Weatherpulse doesn't have any local radar hookups or I would probably go with that.
  22. Steverino, sorry for taking so long to get back to you. I really don't know what to tell you other than those entries exist for a reason. Spybot changes them because they have an effect on your security, everything I find on them says they have something to do with downloading unsigned activeX controls. Everything may seem to be ok without them, but are you really sure? If the fix was as simple as deleting the entries, I am sure that is exactly what spybot would do in the first place. My advice to you would be to replace them.
  23. :welcome: Try looking here Troubleshooting problems with the recycle bin
  24. steverino, if the 1004 entry you deleted was a string value (red ab icon) that is OK as long it was named 1004. This could be what the spybot bug is doing, changing a DWORD into a String Value. Here is a screen shot of what my default Zone 0 registry entries look like http://home.ripway.com/2004-5/111166/Registry.JPG You do not have to create a "red ab icon," you want it look like the one in the screenshot. If you have any other problems or questions be sure to ask. Let us know how this works out. dabwid, yes it is easy to allow spybot to fix these entries. Unfortunately the upgrade to fix the bug in spybot does not come through it's updater, people have to go download and install the patch manually. If people don't know the fix exists, it is kind of hard have spybot fix the entries. If you had read the entire post you would see that we are trying to replace the entries steverino had already manually deleted from his registry.
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