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You can uninstall IE8 in Windows7, says Microsoft

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 7 users would be able to remove IE 8 or Internet Explorer 8 including other applications from the OS. This ability of removing IE8 is revealed by some bloggers after they worked around the Windows 7 Built 7048, which is a post beta version which was leaked to file sharing sites on the internet. Mike Nash the vice president of Windows product management had declined to comment over the bloggers’ report and said that it is unfortunate that builds leak off thorough the web. However Jack Mayo, the group program manager from Windows team had acknowledged that the new OS would includes a wide list of applications and features that can actually be switched off.

Therefore in the Engineering Windows 7 blog entry Jack Mayo has listed the applications which can be switched off. These applications include Internet Explorer 8, Windows DVD maker, scan and fax, Windows Gadget platform, handwriting recognition, Windows Media player, Windows search, Windows Media Center and XPS Viewer services. He also explained that the files linked to these features and applications are not really deleted from the hard drive. When a features or application is deselected, it would also not be available for use. This means that the data and binary files are not loaded by the OS and so are not available to the user on the PC. These files are dramatic so that they can be back to the OS without wanting any extra media. The staging is important feedbacks received form the users who surely are not satisfied with the long process in DVD installation.

Jack Mayo also said that the APIs related to these applications are still supported by Windows 7 even when these features ore applications are disabled. However Jack Mayo did not provide any examples of what APIs would still be support when users switch off IE8, but most probably windows update which mainly relies on the web browser would stay functional. He also did not mention about the new antitrust charges of the European Union against Microsoft which the bloggers Bryant Zadegan and Chris Holmes quoted as the possible reason why the company had added the IE8 option.

The EU regulators had earlier claimed that Microsoft safeguards IE from its competition by bundling it with the Windows OS. The competition commission of EU said that among the possible solutions it might make the company cripple Internet Explorer if the user installs a rival browser like Chrome from Google or Firefox from Mozilla. Jonathan Todd the EU spokesman said that Microsoft can also be told to technically let users to disable Internet Explorer code in case the user chooses to install a competitive browser. Microsoft has declined to reply on whether the decision to let users remove IE8 is anyway linked to the EU case. However the option to remove IE8 is only available in the post beta builds and is also restricted to just a small group of people.

Microsoft plans critical patches for IE and Exchange

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Microsoft Corporation states that they would soon deliver 4 security updates wherein 2 of them are specifically critical and would finally subject a patch to the SQL Server on which they were working. These four updates are specified in the advance notice that will overturn bugs in Internet Explorer 7, Visio application which is part of Office Lineup, the exchange mail server software and the SQL Server. The Exchange vulnerabilities and IE are marked critical as the highest risk ranking of the company while the Visio bugs and SQL Server are labeled important, a step lower.The SQL Server updates would repair the vulnerability which was acknowledged by Microsoft during December 2008. The director of security operations in nCircle Network Security, Andrew Storms said that there is a lineup created between the optional with affected editions of SQL Server. Additionally this bug is also prominent for a number of reasons. After Microsoft had confirmed about the vulnerability, the advisory noted that the exploit code was published. However after several days the company also acknowledged that they had first received the report about bugs from Bernhard Mueller the SEC Consult Security in Vienna based security based company. Mueller had disclosed about this bug early in December 2008 after there was not word from Microsoft and he said that the company failed to reply several messages during the 2 months before when he had asked about the updates on patch’s progress.

Most of the security analysts were expecting Microsoft to act fast. Wolfgang Kandek the chief technology officer of Qualys Security Company, for instance, during late December foreseen that Microsoft would update a fix “out of band” (a term that were when patches issued outside normal monthly schedule of Microsoft). Storms said about the SQL Server and IE Exchange patches that three of them are evenly important at least by the information they have as it is all dependent on the infrastructure of an enterprise.

He continued that companies are always responsive when exchanging fixes and so the serious fix that is set for Exchange Server 2007, 2003 and 2000 would be analyzed carefully. He said that messaging is also very important to enterprises and so they will also spend time in making sure that the patches work fine. The plus point is that he said, the does not needs to be restarted a note in Microsoft’s bulletin. Storms said that it might mean it is not essentially a huge hold or that they would just get lucky as they will not need to restart the Exchange servers and the IT administrators will be able to organize the patch even quicker. The Internet Explorer vulnerability should be something exclusive to IE7 he said. However according to Microsoft this Critical vulnerability would affect only that particular version of browser and not IE5.01 or IE6 as the latter editions which are just for Windows 2000 and also the oldest browser which Microsoft even today supports with their security updates.

psapi.dll

Friday, August 8th, 2008

psapi.dll is the process status helper, which is developed by Microsoft.

According to Micrsoft documentation, there should only be one copy of psapi.dll file in your computer. It should be located at c:\windows\system32 folder. If you find your psapi.dll file is not under this folder, it may indicate that your computer was infected by some virus.

One common error messages related to psapi.dll is “psapi.dll could not be found” or “file could not be located in the dynamic link library PSAPI.DLL”. The reason is because there is another psapi.dll is on your computer. In order to fix psapi.dll errors, you can try this:

  1. Search all files on your PC and find all psapi.dll instances.
  2. Rename or delete the other instances of psapi.dll that are not located under c:\windows\system32 folder. (Notice, don’t remove the psapi.dll under c:\windows\system32 folder).
  3. Reboot Windows Operating system, and the psapi related errors should be gone.

System32 errors and how to fix them

Monday, July 28th, 2008

System32 is the name of the most important file folder on any given PC that runs Microsoft Windows system. The System32 folder contains a set of subfolders hosting a group of files that makes the core of the Windows operating systems that you have. If you are running XP or Vista, you can open Windows Explorer and type “C:\Windows\System32” to locate the folder. Take a quick look at the content of the System32 folder, it’s not hard to realize that almost all software that comes with the Windows operating system can be located within the System32 folder. Try to open the “Driver” subfolder within System32, you will find it stores the entire list of drivers that are required by your PC.

There are many computer errors associated System32. Nevertheless, the source of the errors is less likely related to the System32 folder, unless you delete or modify it, but more likely related to files, programs, DLLs and drivers located under the System32 folder. When you encounter a System32 related problem, try to locate the exact file that’s causing the problem. To do so, look for the name of the file that’s usually displayed on the System32 error message box.

When your PC encounters System32 errors, it is demonstrating some underlying issues ranging from missing or corrupted files to Windows Registry issues, which indicate more severe problems. Most changes to Windows make their impact to System32. When you install or uninstall a program, System32 folder is changed. When you install a new piece of hardware or upgrade a driver software, System32 is modified. Basically, System32 is modified every time when you make important changes to your computer whether it is for software or for hardware. Constant changes to System32 eventually result in missing or corrupted files. When that happens, your computer will encounter and demonstrate issues like program crashes, slowing down and even system crashes.

The second type of System32 errors is less known to average computer users but is more prevalent but harder to deal with. It is related to corrupted and clogged Windows registry. Just to give you an example, corrupted Windows Registry entries related to System32 will prevent Windows from starting up properly (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545) . Also, corrupted Windows Registry will also annoying display System32 errors (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/170086). For most people, these type of errors are not easily fixable unless you have comprehensive computer knowledge and specifically knowledge about System32 and its related Registry structure. Please be aware that we are talking about the most sensitive part of a Windows platform and any small mistake can result your PC to be reinstalled or your precious personal data be lost completely.

Nevertheless, there are commercial PC error fix and optimization software, like RegCure, that scans, detects and fixes System32 errors. Using RegCure is completely safe and effective. Click the download button below to get a completely FREE scan for PC errors, including System32 errors.

ActiveX Errors

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Introduction to ActiveX Control

ActiveX control is a type of software modules created by Microsoft to enable a wide range of functionality to applications, especially for Microsoft Internet Explorer. Web pages utilize ActiveX control to deliver multi-media contents, embed Microsoft Office documents and offer Windows application-like functionality within Internet Explorer.

Causes for ActiveX Control Errors

ActiveX control errors come in two types. The first type of errors is caused by missing ActiveX controls which are needed to support multi-media decoders as required by web pages. In this scenario, you need to download and install a specific ActiveX control codec so that your web browser can function completely. The second type of errors is associated with corrupted installs or incomplete uninstalls of ActiveX or any program that shares common modules, executable files, Dynamic Linking Libraries (DLLs) or other essential program files.

When your PC encounters the second type of ActiveX control errors, a part of your Windows Registry, from where PC retrieves and stores all of its application information, is corrupted and contains erroneous information.

Tips to Fix ActiveX Control Errors

The best solution to fix and put a stop to ActiveX control errors is to always maintain a clean and optimized Windows Registry. Registry cleaning and optimization can be conducted manually by advanced and knowledgeable PC users and professional computer technicians. Nevertheless, if you are a normal PC user, we recommend you do not edit your Windows Registry manually as the complexity of such task and the cost of mishandling Windows Registry cleaning can ’t be underestimated.

The most effective, secure and feasible way to completely eliminate ActiveX errors is to use a reputable and trustworthy Windows Registry cleaning and optimization software such as RegCure.

Windows Media Player

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Introduction to Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player is a digital media player and management software developed by Microsoft to allow Windows users to play digital media including MP3s, movies, and Internet radios. Windows Media Player is seamlessly integrated in to Windows Operating Systems and thus it allows Windows users to access all of its features without having to install the software.

Causes for Windows Media Player Errors

To function properly, Windows Media Player relies on several key components like music and video codecs, audio and video device drivers, commonly shared DLLs and some other external Windows applications. Windows Media Player will stop working properly if it encounters missing or improperly installed codecs, corrupted media files, damaged or out-of-date DLLs, and all other empty or erroneous data provided by the Windows Registry. Most of these issue can cuase Windows Media Player to crash and even freeze your PC.

Tips to Fix Windows Media Player Errors

Although in general, you need to keep your Windows and software patches up to date in order to avoid Windows Media Player errors caused by programming quality issues, the best solution to fix and put a stop to Windows Media Player errors is to always maintain a clean and optimized Windows Registry, which contains nothing but registry keys and values that are absolutely necessary and correct for the Windows operating system and legitimately installed applications.

The most effective, secure and feasible way to completely eliminate Windows Media Player errors is to use a reputable and trustworthy PC optimization software such as RegCure.

Virtual Memory

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Introduction to virtual memory

Virtual memory is an extension of your computer’s physical memory (Random Access Memory or simply known as RAMs or computer memory chips). In order to be able to run multiple applications simultaneously, your computer looks for sections of RAM that have not been used recently and replicate them onto the hard disk into the form of Page Files. This frees up space in the RAM so that your PC can load more active programs.

Causes for virtual memory Errors

As virtual memory is implemented using Page Files on hard drives, its performance is much slower than actual memory chips. When you don’t have enough RAM, the operating system has to constantly swap information back and forth between RAM and the hard disk. This phenomenon is called thrashing, and it can make your computer feel incredibly slow. You may not realize that at the start-up time, your PC has already loaded an array of applications, without your intention or consensus. This results in high demand for large amount of virtual memory, which is implemented using tremendously large page files. Eventually, your PC can no longer sustain such unexpected demand and it will then give you the “Out of Virtual Memory” or "Virtual Memory Low" errors.

There are two more reasons for your computer to experience virtual memory errors. First, runaway processes or processes that fall into endless loops continuously generate demands for virtual memory without releasing it. Secondly, unhandled programming exceptions or application crashes fail to free up virtual memory already allocated. Both types of issues are directly caused by conflicts and errors in settings of Windows Registry that is lack of maintenance and optimization.

Tips to Fix Virtual Memory Errors

The best solution to fix and put a stop to virtual memory errors is to always maintain a clean and optimized Windows Registry, which only contains registry keys and values that are absolutely necessary and correct for the Windows operating system and legitimately installed applications. It is also highly recommended that you proactively manage start-up applications to reduce the foot print of virtual memory usage.

The most effective, secure and feasible way to completely eliminate virtual memory errors is to use a reputable and trustworthy Windows Registry cleaning and optimization software such as RegCure.

A Simple Introduction to Runtime Errors

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Introduction to Runtime Errors

A runtime error is an error that occurs during the execution of a software. Runtime errors indicate problems that the designers had anticipated but could do nothing about, or just bugs in the software. For example, running out of memory will often cause a runtime error. Runtime errors are somtimes recoverable, except they may cause loss of unsaved data. Some applications even provide runtime error handlers that are stored in Windows Registry to deal with programming exceptions when they occur.

Causes for Runtime Errors

Runtime errors can be caused by unexpected data entries, empty or erroneous references to programming and application component entries stored in Windows Registry for COM/ActiveX controls, application paths, shell extensions, runtime error exception handlers, or even font entries. In other words, your running applications are fed with false information that was stored in your Windows Registry and eventually they will crash unexpectedly.

Tips to Fix Runtime Errors

Although in general, you need to keep your Windows and software patches up to date in order to avoid runtime errors caused by programming quality issues, the best solution to fix and put a stop to runtime errors is to always maintain a clean and optimized Windows Registry, which contains nothing but registry keys and values that are absolutely necessary and correct for the Windows operating system and legitimately installed applications.

The most effective, secure and feasible way to completely eliminate runtime errors is to use a reputable and trustworthy Windows optimization software such as RegCure.

A simple Introduction to Javascript Errors

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Introduction to JavaScript

JavaScript is one of the most popular web programming languages that provides plain HTML pages with interactive and intuitive features like: pop-up Windows, animated graphics, drop-down menus, web form input validation, and mouse hover-over interactions. Therefore, JavaScript is an essential part of HTML pages delivering visually pleasing and rich content through popular web browsers.

Common Causes for JavaScript Problems

Popular web browsers, like Microsoft Internet Explorer, FireFox, Mozilla and Netscape, provide built-in error-handling mechanisms to deal with common JavaScript exceptions. Nevertheless, as a result of this type of repairs, incorrect entries or erroneous records are logged in your Windows registry. After a period of time, tens of thousands of erroneous registry entries have been recorded to your Windows registry, contributing to sluggish PC performance and annoying computing experience.

Tips to Fix JavaScript Problems

The best solution to fix and put a stop to JavaScript errors is to always maintain a clean and optimized Windows Registry, which contains only registry keys and values that are absolutely necessary for the Windows operating system and legitimately installed applications.

The most effective, secure and feasible way to completely eliminate JavaScript errors is to use a reputable and trustworthy Windows Registry cleaning and optimization software such as RegCure.

A simple introduction to Java

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Introduction to Java

Java or Java Script is one of the most popular web programming languages that provides plain HTML pages with interactive and intuitive features like: pop-up Windows, animated graphics, drop-down menus, web form input validation, and mouse hover-over interactions. Therefore, Java Script is an essential part of HTML pages delivering visually pleasing and rich content through popular web browsers.

Common Causes for Java Errors

Popular web browsers, like Microsoft Internet Explorer, FireFox, Mozilla and Netscape, provide built-in error-handling mechanisms to deal with common JavaScript exceptions. Nevertheless, as a result of this type of repairs, incorrect entries or erroneous records are logged in your Windows registry. After a period of time, tens of thousands of erroneous registry entries have been recorded to your Windows registry, contributing to sluggish PC performance and annoying computing experience.

Tips to fix Java Errors

The best solution to fix and put a stop to Java errors is to always maintain a clean and optimized Windows Registry, which contains only registry keys and values that are absolutely necessary for the Windows operating system and legitimately installed applications.

The most effective, secure and feasible way to completely eliminate Java errors is to use a reputable and trustworthy Windows Registry cleaning and optimization software such as RegCure.