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WINDOWS KB3086255 MS15-097

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Microsoft KB3086255 deals with the security bulletin MS15-097 which identified secdrv.dll as a risk. The real problem is that this was provided by Sony long ago as an API DLL to their SecuROM disk check copy protection product. Open an elevated command prompt and run: sc config secdrv start=auto This will fix the problem and most games …

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DUAL BOOT

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Many PC gamers find that their old favorite title does not work with the latest greatest version of Windows available. The MBR has a 2 TB limit while the new GPT has an 18 EB limit. The older MBR can support 4 primary partitions per hard disk and more extended partitions. The GUID GPT can …

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WINDOWS SUPPORT LIFECYCLE

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Microsoft releases new versions of Windows every few years. Microsoft also releases service packs and platform updates periodically. Following many questions Microsoft has now released a support matrix. This provides the exact dates for general availability and the last day of support (Windows updates). Each version of Windows will have 5 years of mainstream support. This may …

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LIST OF GAMES FEATURING 64-BIT ENGINES

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A few games offered 64-bit versions to enthusiasts to experiment with. WIndows XP x64 was popular as it could use 4GB or more memory and it offered much easier memory management. This list is compiled from game system requirements. 2014 saw a trickle of 64-bit games while 2015 saw a flood of 64-bit games. 2016 …

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ERROR CODE 0x80070043

Error Code 0x80070043 surfaces with networking in Windows among other areas. This has been noted mostly with internet connections with Windows Explorer connections to Sharepoint and other hosts etc. It appears that for the most part it is due to the way networking is setup with Windows. This error has not been managed to be more …

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ERROR CODE 37

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Error code 37 means there was a problem with the device driver, This has been know to occur when the driver is damaged for one reason or another. To fix the problem the device driver disk is needed to reinstall it from the driver package.. Testing a beta build of Windows sometimes trashes the driver …

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WIN32K.SYS

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WIN32K.SYS is a low level component of WIndows. It’s the kernel side of the Windows subsystems. The includes the graphical user interface infrastructure including the USER, GDI and DirectX. DirectX is handled by DXH.SYS. USER32.DLL and IMM32.DLL make up the window manager. GDI32.DLL MSIMG32.DLL make up GDI. D3D8THK.DLL is the DirectX thunk. TWSRC_32.DLL is the print driver. WINSRV.DLL …

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ERROR CODE 0x80072F8F

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This error code has been seen with problems in Windows activation. This occurs when the system clock is not set correctly. To the problem reboot the machine and enter the BIOS and set the correct date and time. Then restart the machine and you find Windows will activate properly. If you are installing Windows 10, …

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WINDOWS DIRECTX GRAPHICS INFRASTRUCTURE

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DirectX Graphics Infrastructure (DXGI) is a user-mode component of Windows Vista and higher which provides a mapping between particular graphics APIs such as Direct3D 10.0 and above and the graphics kernel, which in turn interfaces with the user-mode Windows Display Driver Model driver. DXGI provides objects to handle tasks such as enumerating graphics adapters and …

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ADD/REMOVE WINDOWS FEATURES

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In addition to stock configuration PC gamers occasionally have problems some older programs. Windows 8 and above for example do not install the .NET Framework 3.51 or older versions. Worse, the installer fails. The reason for this is that Windows has changed the way the features are added to Windows. Open “Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features” …

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DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION BSOD

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This bug check indicates that the DPC watchdog executed, either because it detected a single long-running deferred procedure call (DPC), or because the system spent a prolonged time at an interrupt request level (IRQL) of DISPATCH_LEVEL or above. The value of Parameter 1 indicates whether a single DPC exceeded a timeout, or whether the system …

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WINDOWS VISTA

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Windows Vista was released generally on January 30, 2007. Vista is now in extended support which will expire April 10, 2017. Service pack 2 improves the performance of Vista to the same level as Windows 7. Windows Vista will install on a machine with 512 MB of RAM and a 1 GHz processor. Realistically a …

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STICKY NOTES

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Sticky Notes is one of the gadgets seen with Windows Vista. The gadget is designed to replicate the old style paper sticky notes that surfaced back in the 1970s. Sticky Notes uses Microsoft’s SQL Server Lite which is the actual store for the notes. Unfortunately the database is not easily found to back it up. …

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MALWARE AND SECURITY

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Malware became apparent early on with the personal computer. Over time security tools became available to combat the problem. Windows Vista and above come with Windows Defender which provides some modicum of security. Other security programs were expected to complement or replace it. In practice many used Windows with no additional security programs in place. …

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TIMEOUT DETECTION & RECOVERY

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Introduced with Windows Vista, the timeout detection and recovery (TDR) feature is intended to deal with driver problems or hardware errors without requiring the user to reboot the system. In Windows XP the machine would simply freeze or show a BSOD. One of the most frequent causes for the TDR error is the lack of …

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