Posts Tagged ‘Windows’

Developing with Vagrant and Git on a Windows box


Developing with Vagrant and Git on a Windows box.

Here’s a step-by-step of setting up a tested Linux development environment on Windows. Thanks Stefan!


Fix Your Broken AVI Files For Free With FIX PLAYER from Movie Toolbox

Move Toolbox with Fix Player

Move Toolbox with Fix Player

Just a quick note.  One of the the things you can spend days researching is HOW TO FIX BROKEN VIDEO/AVI FILES?  I tried various utilities.  For those new to to this topic let share what my experience has been:

  1. DivFix and VirtualDub (NanDub) are the venerable standbys that folks in the know have been using for a very long time.  They are either free or shareware.  There are some known bugs in both of these but basically DivFix used to hang and crash on certain file types and VirtualDub is easy to use once you’ve figured it out.  It helps to follow tutorials and RTFM.  If you are new to Video editing software, VDub is not very intuitive.
  2. DivFix++ –> I have used this.  It is the updated version of DivFix, and seems to have resolved many of the bugs –> no issues with hanging.
  3. I tested Video Fixer.  It was a trial edition (10 days).  Last update was in 2006!  It said that it fixed several avi files, but when I tried to run the with VLC, VLC reported that the file was still broken.  VERDICT:  Video Fixer is garbage.  Don’t even bother.
  4. Fix Player –> I was able to consistently repair broken AVI files with this software today (MAY 6, 2013).  It has a simple interface.  I can’t tell you if there are any bugs, because I didn’t run into any.  All I can say is it worked for me all day long today. 🙂

Ultimately, I recommend you check out Fix player.

SOLVED: So, Why Do I get “Unable to complete Genuine Windows Validation” When I Know For A Fact It Was Already Validated???

November 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Why am I all-of-a-sudden being required to RE-VALIDATE my copy of Windows, which I know for a fact is Genuine???

Windows Genuine Advantage Error: Taskbar Notification

Windows Genuine Advantage Error: Taskbar Notification

I started this post out looking at this article: How to Remove “Unable to Complete Genuine Windows Validation” | Well, I’ll let you know after I restart if these steps worked….

(… AFTER REBOOT …) The method in the above link did not work …

So, there is a little blue 5-pointed star in my system tray all of a sudden today. This is the first time I remember seeing this on my laptop. The star pops up a dialog balloon that says:

“Unable to complete Genuine Windows Validation”

I know I have a valid version of Windows — this installation is part of a corporate image, that has worked since 2009 — and I don’t particularly trust Microsoft so I’m not comfortable with “RE–ing” anything.

Windows Validation Plugin for Firefox: download link

Windows Validation Plugin for Firefox: download link

I checked out this post:

There are a few useful suggestions but none of them worked for me. The resolution was the the original poster’s issue was resolved by Microsoft fixing a broken issue on their end, though this may just be a clever attempt at MS bashing, because the OP repeatedly says he’s going to buy a Mac because Microsoft sux. I think he is under the erroneous impression that MS cares what he thinks specifically, probably brought on by the pervasive meme that “the customer is always right” … you will find, this is often only taken seriously by software companies when they are dealing with clients/customers who are businesses (B2B), not individuals.

Regardless, I have not found a solution as of yet. I’m considering examining more posts for answers. Right now I just am not feeling too good so if I pursue this further it will have to be when I am better.




I eventually found the solution by retracing my steps.  The laptop I was using was issued to me by a corporation I used to work for, and as such had their proprietary management software embedded on the system.  After several previous unsuccessful attempts, I was finally able to completely remove the corporate software — YAY!!! — from my laptop (BTW, the laptop was an older model and was given to me when I left said company because it was of little value to them).  Unfortunately, it eventually also became clear that the removal of said embedded corporate software was the cause of my Windows version all-0f-a-sudden reporting itself as “Unregistered”.


The solution was simply to undo the changes & put that corp software back! Once I realized that, fixing it was a piece-of-cake because, thankfully, I had the foresight to make a backup image before messing with anything. I restored the old image and everything was back to normal!

In case you are wondering, there used to be about 3 software products one could use for backing up images — Norton Ghost being the most costly, and most well known. I use a Linux-based program called Acronis True Image Home 11, which was free at the time. They only charged for the corporate version. Here is a link to their website: Their latest product is True Image 2013, which I haven’t had the pleasure of using yet. If any of you do use it, feel free to comment below and let us know how it worked for you, and what challenges or success you experienced.


Blocking Websites Using the Windows Hosts File

September 12, 2012 Leave a comment

XP: kill a Windows process from the command line with taskkill | a Tech-Recipes Tutorial

XP: kill a Windows process from the command line with taskkill | a Tech-Recipes Tutorial

XP: kill a Windows process from the command line with taskkill

The ability to perform tasks from a system’s command line allows those tasks to be used in batch files. This recipe describes several uses of taskkill to terminate Windows processes.

If you know the name of a process to kill, for example notepad.exe, use the following command from a command prompt to end it:

taskkill /IM notepad.exe

This will cause the program to terminate gracefully, asking for confirmation if there are unsaved changes. To forcefully kill the same process, add the /F option to the command line. Be careful with the /F option as it will terminate all matching processes without confirmation.

To kill a single instance of a process, specify its process id (PID). For example, if the desired process has a PID of 827, use the following command to kill it: … (Read more here)

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Building a new computer | V TECHblogs


Only a few months since I last posted this and the hosting domain seems to be gone.  It would be a shame to remove this post, so I’m updating it with some related photos of neon home-build PC mods.  I hope you enjoy these excellent works of art & function.

(The original article was posted here: Building a new computer | V TECHblogs. I’m leaving this link in case it ever comes back on line)

Build Your Own Computer (2012) - Sick Neon Cutaway Home System

Build Your Own Computer (2012) – Sick Neon Cutaway Home System

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