Taking ownership of system files or folders in Windows 7 or Vista is not a simple task. Whether you use the GUI or the command line, it takes far too many steps.

This works for XP, Vista and Win7 32&64bit.


Classic Shell adds some missing features to Windows 7 and Vista like a classic start menu, toolbar for Explorer and others.


[QUOTE]Picture this: It's late at night, you're sitting at your computer playing a game or working on a project when, suddenly, Windows freezes completely. All your work is gone, and you find a blue screen full of gibberish staring back at you. Windows is dead, Jim, at least until you reboot it. You have no choice but to sigh loudly, shake your fist at Bill Gates and angrily push the reset button. You've just been visited by the ghost of windows crashed: the Blue Screen of Death.
Also known as the BSoD, the Blue Screen of Death appears when Windows crashes or locks up. It's actually a Windows "stop" screen, and is designed to do two things: tell you the reason for the error, and to calm your nerves, hence the use of the color blue (studies show it has a relaxing effect on people). Though Blue Screens are difficult to decipher, all the information you need to figure out what caused it is right there in front of you in blue and white—and that's where we come in. We're going to show you how to dissect the blue screen error details, so you can fix the problem that's causing them.[/QUOTE]

Complete Guide contains 4 pages: [URL="

Make sure you have the latest Flash Player and that your Java is up to date

Print screen, then use paint to resize or crop the size you need.
Example; This was cropped using paint from a full screen shot.


Do you have the latest driver?
This one should be it;

I noticed you said you did a re-install of Vista and it still froze.
Seems like it may be a hardware issue or heat issue rather than software.
Is this machine water cooled?
I would check video card, memory, cpu and psu.
You can also run Task Manager (or bettter still, Process Explorer, free from Microsoft) in a small window on top of other apps, and when things start to go amiss, look in the Task Manager CPU column to see if anything is suddenly hogging CPU time (aside from System Idle process). That might point you toward the problem.

[QUOTE=zrnojed;1103641]how to remove a arrow,attached to desktop shortcut icon?[/QUOTE]

Here ya go;


[QUOTE=Anpippin;1100230]I was wondering is there any programs that tell the temperature of a CPU and support an Intel Pentium D CPU 2.80GHz? I've tried a few programs like core temp and real temp, but my processor wasn't supported on either of those programs. Is there any that support my CPU?[/QUOTE]

Try this program, it's free and shows everything about your PC, including CPU temp's and HDD temp's;


Here's a complete list, thanks to MSDN/Windows Developer Center/Library;


  1. Click Orb/Control Panel/Programs/Turn Windows Features On Or Off, uncheck the box in front of Internet Explorer and click yes to the pop-up, click ok, wait for next pop-up and click Restart Now.
    That removes all access to IE. To get it back just reverse the steps.
    This does not uninstall it. You really don't want that.
  2. (Optional) Click Orb/All Programs/Windows Updates, click on "View Update History" click on "Installed Updates" and uninstall any updates relevant to IE. When "Automatic Updates" alerts you of new updates (which will be the ones you just deleted) view the updates and right click to "Hide the IE updates" and do the same for future IE updates.

I have my 4 drives set up with 3 partitions each.
The 1st drive has a 58Gb partition at the end of the drive labeled F:Users which was copied from my main OS and pasted there, so what ever OS I'm using at the time any thing that gets saved/downloaded goes to that User folder. Nothing gets put on any of my OS partitions except necessary installed programs.
Start/Computer/C:/ right click and copy the User folder, then paste to the new partition. No need to divide your drive into folders when the User folder contains it all.
I also have a 17Gb partition at the beginning of each drive for each OS's PageFile
As long as you have a good back up tool like, Acronis True Image or Macrium Reflect, you should be good-to-go. Will also enable cloning/backup of the other networked PC's from that PC.
If you know the make of the hard drive, the HD manufacturer usually has recovery/back up tools for download.
As a reminder, use a separate drive for your image back ups.

Glad to hear you got it fixed and that you posted your fix.
May be of help for someone else in the future.

[QUOTE]If you find bad sectors on you hard drive it does not automatically mean it is should be replaced as advised above[/QUOTE]
In most scenarios, it does Bob. You should do a little more in-depth research before posting the first 2 sites you run across.
Given the fact that he can no longer boot to windows and the DST failed and most importantly, the error 1000-0142, is usually indicative of a failing hard drive.

When a sector is marked bad, a disk tool will remap that sector to another sector (spare sectors) on the hard disk. At that point every time the drive is given a command to write/read to/from that sector it has to refer to another sector causing extra head movement, which can eventually degrade the disk even faster over time.
Fixing/repairing bad sectors doesn't mean to continue to use the HD, these are generally temporary fixes to try and recover and back up any important data/files so the drive can be replaced.

[QUOTE=stanhilliard;1093529]I have a new Dell Studio 15 laptop with Windows 7 Pro and a 500GB hard drive. I want create new partitions for storing my data.

Currently, the size of the C: partition is 461,899 MB, of which 36,250 MB is used. That leaves 425,649 MB free. But when I start to create a partition, Windows 7 tells me that it has a maximum of only 215,699 MB of available shrink space.

[start][control panel][administrative tools][computer management][disk management]

That must mean that Windows 7 is reserving 425,649-215,699=209,950MB free space for future expansion of C:. That is only 36,250 MB more free space than I would have allowed on C:, but I thought I was being extra generous.

Q1 - Does anyone know what rule Windows 7 uses to calculate the maximum "shrink space" it makes available for additional partitions?

Secondarily, on past computers I have used a separate partition for the pagefile, but with this much extra space on C: I think that would be a waste.
Q2 - Any thoughts on that?

Stan Hilliard[/QUOTE]

Don't know the exact equation used, some Windows files are unmovable, and are allocated by Windows at the end or middle of the disk, so that one can only shrink C up to a limit. Which is exactly what you have discovered : the disk cannot be further reduced without destroying Windows.
Have you tried to resize and then resize it again?
Also, remember that pre-installed from the factory especially on new PC's and Laptops, have ...

There are a couple of possible causes for that error.

  1. The hard drive has bad sectors (no fix) and should be replaced.
  2. Incompatible AGP controller driver.
  3. BIOS needs updated
    2. A similar problem occurs with AGP440.

    Using your Xp disc to enter the recovery console, at the prompt enter "chkdsk c: /p/r" (without quotes) and repeat this procedure till there are no errors. Exit and reboot.
    If that does not help try this;
    Although it is for AGP440.sys, use the same method

    3. Obtain the latest BIOS for your particular PC/Laptop from the manufacturer and update it. The manufacturer should supply detailed info on how to do that.

Here's another link that may be of some help, start reading from post #16

Try this to see if it helps;
Boot from the windows XP CD, press the "R" key to start the recovery console. Select your windows XP installation from the list, and enter the administrator password if needed.
Enter the command: "fixmbr" (without quotes) at the input prompt and confirm the next question with a "Y" (without quotes). Use exit to restore the computer.
You can also try "fixboot" using the same method as described above.
Let us know the outcome.
BTW, welcome to Daniweb


I am trying to fix a friends laptop and like alot of fools I know he does not have the original disks that came with it. It was running Windows XP Home.

The laptop in question is a Packard Bell. I thought I would be able to use an XP Home disk I have here, install it and use te product key on the bottom of the laptop. Turns out, I can't! XP installs fine but when I enter the product key from the laptop it doesn't work. Probably because the key on the laptop is for a Packard Bell OEM disc but I have no idea where to get one.

What are my options?

Thanks in advance.[/QUOTE]

Best option is to sit down with your friend and have him call MS and have him explain what happened (replacing the hard drive) and MS should issue a new product key.

[QUOTE=Bob_180_Bob;1091030]I thought I just said that with the exception of SP3. If you do not install SP3 and all Windows updates, you are leaving your machine vunerable to infections.[/QUOTE]

Uh, you havin' a senior moment there Bob?
Read all the replies, if anything you repeated what I had said.
And explain to me why holding off on SP3 would leave her system open for infections?

[QUOTE]my computer might really benefit from being wiped, but I don't know what HDD stands for, or how I'd reformat it? [/QUOTE]

Yes, indeed it would.
HDD stands for Hard Disk Drive (hard drive)
Reformatting is easy, once you start your PC with your Windows disc, just follow the prompts to delete the existing partition (which will erase all data on that drive) and then reformat it (which will make the drive as if it were new and ready for a clean install) to continue with the installation of Windows.
Since you currently have SP2, no need to rush in to SP3 yet.
That can wait till you get everything up and running properly.
Since you have also made it clear about being a novice, I will not attempt to guide you through any registry settings as deleting a wrong entry may render your current system unusable and at this point you have enough to think about.

Keep us posted


[QUOTE=Jargenis;1090826]Comp: HP Laptop
OS: Windows xp Media Center

I have the recovery on disk's (So can bring back to factory setting whenever.)

There is a 12 Gig partition for recovery on HD, I have 32 gig left of HD space. Should I get rid of the partition and just hope the the disk's hold up? Comp is 5 years old, so most likely going to be getting a new one within the next 2-4 years, if this lasts till then.

Thanks in advanced for your comments.[/QUOTE]

Just get yourself another HDD, like a 20 or 40 Gb, and slave it for whatever you were going to use the recovery partition for and leave the recovery partition alone, it's there for a reason.

[QUOTE=Ajit Raje;1090762]My start menu got shifted to the top all of a sudden.How to restore it back to the normal position[/QUOTE]

Do you realize you made a post to a thread that hasn't been active in over 3 years.

Start your own thread about your issue.

You might have to go to the manufacturers website of the IDE card and obtain the IDE Controller drivers from them.

Hello Jen,

Through your vigilant attempt to rid your ailing PC, I doubt that you will be able to clean it 100% and without having some sort of problem in the future, especially with XP.
If it were my PC, I would back up all important data, photos, music, etc: to disc or another HDD, if you know of anyone with a XP Home CD, see if you can borrow it and do a fresh/clean install, reformatting the HDD (just remember to use your product key). This method will ensure a virus/trouble free OS.
Download and copy to disc XPSP2 or 3 and make sure you do the install disconnected from the internet, this will prevent any install hang-ups, then install all your anti-virus and spyware programs.
Reconnect to the internet and reboot if necessary to obtain any further updates and validate XP.

Good luck


First, please disconnect all USB devices and then perform the following steps:

Using the mouse;

  1. Click "Start" button, type “devmgmt.msc” (without quotes) in the “Search” bar and press "Enter". Click “Continue” if necessary.

  2. In Device Manager, double click to expand "Universal Serial Bus controllers", right click on the Host Controller, click "Uninstall" and click "OK".

  3. Repeat the step 2 to uninstall all items under "Universal Serial Bus controllers".

Then, restart your computer and Windows 7 will reinstall all USB controllers automatically.

Using the keyboard;
Again, disconnecting all USB devices

  1. Press "Ctrl + Esc" to open the “Start” menu.

  2. Type “devmgmt.msc” in the Search bar and press "Enter". Click “Continue” if necessary.

  3. In Device Manger, press Tab and use "Up" and "Down" to move the highlight to "Universal Serial Bus Controllers".

  4. Press "Right" and expand it.

  5. Press "Down" to move to the first item and press "Delete" to remove it.

  6. Repeat the step 5 and uninstall all items under "Universal Serial Bus Controllers".

Then, restart your computer and Windows 7 will reinstall all controllers automatically.

[QUOTE=ricl999;1088640]I have an ACER Aspire E500- G870 PC with a new HDU installed. Booting from the CD ROM using a windows 7 upgrade disc and selecting 'custom' the system reports that @To install the device driver needed to access your hard drive insert the installation media conatining the driver files". I dont have driver files for the hdu.
I got a new hdu as the old one seemed to show that problem and I thought is was broken. The old one had no drivers files either.

Can anyone help as to what i can do?


I believe you need the SATA drivers for the on-board SATA controller.
You can get them at the Acer manufacturers website.
They might also be located on the installation disc you got with the PC.

Anyone got any advice for helping? It reports it can't update with this error code. Have searched for fixes and this comes up:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Choose Run.
  3. In the Run box, type (pressing okay after the command) :-
    Regsvr32 QMGR.DLL

But it hasn't helped, any ideas please?[/QUOTE]

Try this one;

Click Start, select run, type: regsvr32 wuaueng.dll

Have you tried doing a "clean install" instead of the "upgrade"?

[QUOTE=Godsp3ed;889987]Popups, can't be anything except Adware ofcourse, do the following :
Download [URL="

[QUOTE=robertlose0912;1087575]I found the solution. It is all over the web.. It seems Apple played a nice number on Microsoft? I followed the steps denoted on [URL="http://annoyances-resolved.blogspot.com/2009/11/vista-control-panel-not-coming-up.html"] this site[/URL] to fix the problem[/QUOTE]

Glad to hear you solved your issue, please mark this thread as solved.
Also in the future, please read the headers at the top of each forum before posting. As each one specifically states (except the Viruses and Spyware Forum)
[QUOTE] Announcement: Post all HijackThis logs in the Viruses and Spyware forum
cscgal (The Queen of DaniWeb)[/QUOTE]