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Error when compressing HP recovery drive 

by on July 12, 2009

Q: When I tried to compress my HP recovery drive I get the following error message: Invalid root in registry key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Hewlett-Packard\HPActiveSupport\HPLDR\Cpmpact” code 80070002

My operating system is Vista Home Premium 64-bit and my computer is an HP Pavilion entertainment Notebook.

I am also having the following problems:
1) My System restore will now only take me back 5 days, which is not far enough back. This happened after I backed up my registry when I was trying to fix iTunes (could not burn a disc in iTunes.)
2) I cannot do a disc cleanup, when my computer starts I get the error message “The procedure entrypint ARCON_GetConnectVersion could not be located in the dynamic link library ArcCon.dll.”
3) My files will not back up to Norton online storage, and the option to burn them to disc is not shown, even after Norton was reinstalled with a newer version.

A: You should not alter or compress the contents of the HP recovery drive. Doing so could cause the recovery drive to malfunction. Here’s a quick procedure for using the recovery drive to restore your computer to its factory state: Read the rest of this entry »

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Transfering A DOS Program From Windows XP To Vista 

by on January 31, 2008

Q: Can I transfer a DOS program from my computer with Windows XP to my laptop with Windows Vista and if so how.?

A: You can definitely transfer a DOS program from Windows XP to Vista system. However, at times transferring various programs from Windows XP operating system to Windows Vista has turned to be a real hassle for some users. You can minimize this complexity by following few simple steps.

To meet the migration requirements Vista is already equipped with “Migration tools”. These tools give you three options for migrating your programs. These are:

  • Network connections
  • Transferable media
  • Migration through CD or DVD

Moreover migration tools are also available in two modes namely; Windows Easy Transfer performs transfer from one computer to another and User State Migration Tool (USMT), facilitates transference from single user to multiple users. Now let us explore the modus operandi of transferring any DOS program from XP to Vista version of Windows applying easy transfer method.

Migrations Applying Windows Easy Transfer – Migration of DOS programs from Windows XP to Vista through WET is done impeccably. First of all WET should be installed to both the computers although most of the Vista installed computers are already equipped with WET. Then connect these two systems through WET cable or by creating the required network connections. After the necessary connections, run the WET program on both the systems. This program will impart the essential guidelines needed for the transference of your DOS program from XP to Vista.
In order to achieve an efficient and non errant transfer, few precautions must be taken. Both the systems should be properly scanned before performing the operation. The functioning of the desired program should be checked thoroughly before transference. Both the computers should have matching configurations to run the program.

Migrations Using CD or DVD – The migration can also be done by using a CD or DVD. The desired program is copied to a CD or DVD from the source computer and then this copied program is reinstalled to the destination computer equipped with Vista. This method also provides you with the backup option, as the original program remains unaltered with the source computer. The disc which is being used shouldn’t be damaged or corrupt. A proper scanning of both the systems and discs should be done before starting the operation.

Dealing with issues running DOS programs on Vista

Users usually complain about the improper functioning of DOS programs on Vista version. You can pacify your computing needs with the programs of your wish by following some necessary guidelines. To begin with, you can access the maximized DOS window, which is often hard to attain in Windows Vista using the following steps

  1. Click on the Start Menu
  2. Move up and click on the Run option
  3. In the run window, key in “cmd” and press Enter

The DOS window will come up. Find the location of your transferred DOS program and execute the .exe file.

In case you have difficulty in running the DOS program in try using the utility called
DOSBox which effectively facilitates the functioning of the DOS program in Vista.


Sony Vaio Downgrade From Windows Vista To Windows XP 

by on January 23, 2008

Q: I am having a problem with my Sony Vaio VGN-N350N notebook that is currently running Windows Vista Business Edition and I have decided the best solution is to downgrade to Windows XP if it is even possible. I don’t know if my notebook will support Windows XP though. It would be very helpful if you could tell me if my computer would support Windows XP and where I could download some drivers that will be compatible with my model.

A: Here is a list of drivers I put together based on Sony’s Vista driver listing for your laptop. Use these at your own risk. Backup all important data and keep your Vista restore disks handy if this totally fails.

Ethernet Driver Yukon 88E8036
Realtek Audio Driver (Sorry, no model listed on the Sony website, you might need to experiment.)
Intel 945GM Video Driver
Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG

This should take care of your most important drivers and Windows XP should be able to auto detect a lot of other things. Beyond that, some googling and the Sony page I linked to should put you in business.