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ISO to USB Flash Drive

If you have a laptop or a mini computer without a cd/dvd-rom drive, or your CD/DVD-ROM drive simply broke but you need to use a bootable cd, you can substitute a USB flash memory stick or pen drive in its place. Obviously, if you don't already have an ISO image of your disc, you will need to use another computer that has a functioning CD/DVD-ROM drive to create one. To do this, use some sort of CD Burning software such as Slysoft CloneCD, Nero Burning Rom, etc. to create your ISO image. Then all you need to do download a tool like UNetbootin or BootMyIso and follow the onscreen instructions to make your bootable Flash drive. These tools were designed to create Live versions of Linux, but they do work equally well with any bootable ISO image such as your Windows operating system disk, or Symantec Ghost Recovery disc. Just to be clear, they will not make Windows run live from a USB stick in the same way you can run Ubuntu from a flash drive, but they will allow you to boot your PC into the setup screens required to install Windows on your system in just the same way you could with the original CD and an optical drive.

Posted by Williarob on Monday, March 22, 2010 9:43 AM
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Error 1219. Multiple connections to a server

Occasionally, after connecting to a server using Sql Management Studio, Remote Desktop or through Windows Explorer using a file share and then trying to connect again using another of these methods I will be stopped by this error:

Multiple connections to a server or shared resource by the same user, using more than one user name, are not allowed. Disconnect all previous connections to the server or shared resource and try again.

In the past I have rebooted to resolve the problem, but when you have half a dozen windows open this can be most inconvenient. Fortunately, I just found a better way:

Open a Command Prompt and type these commands:

net use (to see all existing connections)
net use * /del /yes (to delete all existing connections)

Categories: Networking | Windows | XP
Posted by Williarob on Thursday, March 12, 2009 10:38 AM
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Disappearing Quick Launch Toolbar (Windows XP sp3)

If you are running Windows XP Service Pack 3, and also have Google Desktop installed, you may find that every time you reboot, the Quick Launch Toolbar, on the Windows Task bar, vanishes. I found that disabling the Google Desktop toolbar (right click on a blank area of your taskbar, Toolbars > uncheck 'Google Desktop') corrects this issue. If you do not have Google Desktop installed, try this solution:

1. In Registry Editor (Start > Run... > regedit), navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

2. Find the "Userinit" key
3. it probably contains:


where %system32% represents the path to the System32 folder. For example, C:\Windows\System32

4. Instead of wsaupdater.exe, the data should contain userinit.exe,. Using the example above, change it to:


Do not forget to add the comma at the end!!!

5. Close the Registry Editor and reboot your computer. 

Categories: XP
Posted by Williarob on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 8:12 AM
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Windows Update Site Not Working

If you have a Laptop that is normally attached to your company's Network Domain, you may find that when you are roaming in the field, the Windows Update site does not work. The reason for this is simple. The group policies of your domain force your laptop to obtain its updates from the local network, rather than the internet. However, if you are rarely connected to the domain, this makes checking for optional updates rather difficult. One solution that I found to work is to manually re-register the Windows update components.

Click Start > Run > Type the follow commands in the box (one at a time, in sequence): 

REGSVR32 C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuapi.dll

REGSVR32 C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe

REGSVR32 C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuaueng.dll

REGSVR32 C:\WINDOWS\system32\atl.dll

REGSVR32 C:\WINDOWS\system32\wucltui.dll

REGSVR32 C:\WINDOWS\system32\wups.dll

One of these may not appear to work properly, but nevertheless, the whole sequence solved the problem for me.

Categories: XP
Posted by Williarob on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 7:38 AM
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