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Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release Candidate 2 Build 3300 (Win XP SP3 RC2)

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On 6th of February, Microsoft released a new Release Candidate of its Service Pack 3 for Windows XP to its private beta testers.

The exact version is Windows XP Service Pack 3, Release Candidate 2 Build 3300

This new service pack provides

-10% increase in performance

-Network Access Protection (taken from Vista)

-Black Hole Router Detection

and a lot of updates and hotfixes which came after the SP2 till date.

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Live Messenger Cannot Sign-in … 80072745 Error in Live Messenger – Solved!

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The 80072745 Error


I’ve been getting the 80072745 error in Windows Live Messenger the last 4 days. I contacted Microsoft but there was no answer from their side. I searched a lot but no solution on the net seemed to work with the error I was getting.


I’ve installed Live messenger 8.0, Live Messenger 8.5 and also the beta version (9.0) but every time, the same error pop up. I tried to remove the messenger and reinstall it but no luck! I removed even the registry keys messenger uses and installed it again, but nothing changed. The troubleshooting wizard reported that everything was fine and the connection was OK!


I installed Windows Messenger 5.1 for XP and tried to login, and that WORKED!! so I found out that there’s no problem with my account, my IP or microsoft services’ servers!


After some tests, I found out that the problem is that I can’t send data to the messenger servers. I had OUTPOST FIREWALL PRO 2008 installed on my computer. I configured the firewall to trust Live Messenger and allow TCP and UDP communications for the messenger, but the problem was still there. I uninstalled Outpost Firewall and restarted the computer, but still no luck!

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Technology Windows - PC

Windows – Delayed Write Failed – Solved!

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I bought a 500 GB Western Digital My Book Premium external hard drive. For few days, everything was working fine, but suddenly the Delayed Wrifte Failed error started to pop up and my drive was no more accessible. Here’s the error displayed on Windows:
“Windows – Delayed Write Failed : Windows was unable to save all the data for the file X:\$Mft. The data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or network connection. Please try to save this file elsewhere.”
 
I searched a lot but nothing came up. I had to restart the drive, disconnect and reconnect it again to make it work which was a lot of pain!
 
Well, before we get to the working solution (for my case), read and see the following :

UPDATE 2: Latest article: Window Delayed Write Failed – Solutions –>

UPDATE 1: New post with new solution: Click Here
 
I bought a 500 GB Western Digital My Book Premium external hard drive. For few days, everything was working fine, but suddenly the Delayed Wrifte Failed error started to pop up and my drive was no more accessible. Here’s the error displayed on Windows:
“Windows – Delayed Write Failed : Windows was unable to save all the data for the file X:\$Mft. The data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or network connection. Please try to save this file elsewhere.”
 
I searched a lot but nothing came up. I had to restart the drive, disconnect and reconnect it again to make it work which was a lot of pain!
 
Well, before we get to the working solution (for my case), read and see the following :

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How to create a bootable Windows Vista DVD with WIM files?Comment graver un DVD amorçable (Bootable) de Vista avec les fichiers WIM?Comment graver un DVD amorçable (Bootable) de Vista avec les fichiers WIM?Comment graver un DVD amorçable (Bootable) de Vista avec les fichiers WIM?

If you’ve bought Windows Vista online and you received Windows Vista installation files throught Windows Market palce, you’d have some filess of “.wim” and “.exe” extension. Instead of paying extra expedition and delivery charges, you can create your own Windows Vista installation DVD, which would be a Bootable installation DVD as well!

Windows Vista


How to create a Bootable Windows Vista DVD :


  1. Put the 3 downloaded files in the same directory (install.wim, boot.wim and an application X13 – 49120.exe)
  2. For simplicity’s sake, lets suppose you put these files in a new directory named vista_flat under your C: drive. So the directory’s path is “C:\vista_flat\”

  3. Launch the application “X13 – 49120.exe“. The installation wizard will create a new folder called “Vista” next to itself (here the path would be “c:\vista_flat\vista\”) and it will fill it with all the neccessary installation files. This would need about 2.5 GB of space on your hard drive.
  4. Once the extraction finished, the Windows Installation window will appear, please close this window and confirm the cancellation of setup.
  5. Download CDimage from Gibni Downloads. I recommend saving CDimage to your “c:\vista_flat\” directory

  6. Open a command prompt command prompt (browse to the directory where CDimage is located, and execute the following code:
    cdimage.exe -lVISTA_EN_DVD -m -u2 -bC:\vista_flat\Vista\boot\etfsboot.com C:\vista_flat\Vista\ C:\vista_flat\Vistax86.iso
  7. The ISO image file of Windows Vista will be saved in your choosen directoy (here in c:\vista_flat)
  8. Burn Windows Vista ISO file to a blank DVD using a DVD burning software of your choice. You may use Nero or Alcohol 120%. I recommend to use the minimal speed for burning.

You Windows Vista installation DVD is ready!


Download Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate

To download Windows Vista, you need 3 files, which are provided by Microsoft. Please note for using Windows Vista or any other protected software, you need legal and valid licence(s).

Download links are on the next page…