Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Troubleshoot problems finding wireless networks

Microsoft has understood to provide automatic networking capabilities for the platform. Still when it comes to integrating Windows Vista-based computers into a network, or establishing an Internet connection, the operating system does not always "play well with others". If your computer has a wireless network adapter, Windows will automatically detect wireless networks in range of your computer. You can see a list of wireless networks that Windows has detected in Connect to a Network.

Open Connect to a Network by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Connect to.

If Windows does not detect a network that you think is in range of your computer, it could be because of one the following reasons:

The wireless switch on your computer is turned off.

Many mobile PCs have a wireless switch on the front or side of the computer. Check your computer for a switch. If you do have a switch, make sure it's turned on. Some computers also use a function key combination to turn the switch on or off. Check the information that came with your computer for details on locating the wireless switch.

Your computer is too far from the wireless router or access point.

With 802.11b or 802.11g routers and access points, the maximum range is up to 150 feet (46 meters) indoors and 300 feet (92 meters) outdoors. With 802.11a routers and access points, the maximum range is 50 feet (15 meters) indoors and 100 feet (30 meters) outdoors. These ranges are in optimal conditions with no interference. Make sure that your computer is within this range and as close as possible to the router or access point. If the computer is portable, try moving it around to determine the range of the wireless signal and the best place to put the computer.

If you are unable to get closer to the router or access point, you might want to consider buying and installing an external antenna to your wireless network adapter. Many wireless network adapters are set up so that you can attach an external antenna to them, which will provide you with better reception than the built-in antenna. Check the information that came with your wireless network adapter to see if you can install an additional antenna.

The wireless router or access point is turned off or is not working properly.

There are two things to try:
• Make sure the router or access point is turned on and that the wireless signal light is illuminated.
• Reset the router or access point by turning it off, waiting at least 10 seconds, and then turning it back on.

If you don't manage the access point or network, contact the network administrator.

Windows is not configured to connect to the right type of network.

Check the information that came with the router or access point to find out what connection mode the device is set to. The mode should be either ad hoc (when devices communicate directly without going through a router or access point) or infrastructure (when devices communicate by going through a router or access point). Make sure the setting in Windows for this network matches the setting on the device. To check this, follow these steps:

1. Open the Command Prompt window by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, and then clicking Command Prompt.
2. Type netsh wlan add filter networktype=network type.

Where network type is either adhoc or infrastructure.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Windows Error Reporting Options

Windows Error Reporting in Vista is a feature that allows Microsoft to track and address errors relating to the operating system, Windows features, and applications. It gives you the option to send data about errors to Microsoft and to receive information about solutions (should you be lucky enough for one to have been identified). The solution could be anything from a download link for a patch or update to a knowledge base article with instructions for working around a problem. This is for Microsoft product only, so you may or may not feel there is risk in sending such information. The information does present a valuable resource to allowing Microsoft developers to use this in order to address problems in more quickly, which should ultimately improve the quality of Microsoft products.

It offers multiple "consent levels" to help you control how Windows Error Reporting prompts before sending data:

Ask each time a problem occurs = Windows Error Reporting always prompts for consent before sending an error report

Automatically check for solutions = Windows Error Reporting sends only the minimum data required to check for an existing solution (such as, the application name, application version, module name, module version, and exception code). After sending this initial data, Windows Error Reporting prompts for consent to send any additional data that might be requested by Microsoft.

Automatically check for solutions and send additional information if needed = Windows Error Reporting sends the minimum data (as descried above) as well as any data that the developer of the program has designated as being unlikely to contain personally identifiable information. Windows Error Reporting then prompts for consent to send any additional data that might be requested by Microsoft.

Send all data = Any data requested by Microsoft will be sent, without prompts. Note that this setting can only be configured through Group Policy (it is not available as a setting in the Control Panel).

You can access settings for Windows Error Reporting here:

Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Problem Reports and Solutions > Change settings > Advanced settings

From here you can turn the feature on and off. Here, I recommend selecting "Automatically check for solutions" as your system setting. Then, if for some reason you have programs you do not wish to have report, there is a block list you can use to add any executable that should not send problem reports.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Error message when you try to activate a copy of Windows Vista by using the Windows Activation wizard.

When you try to activate a copy of Windows Vista by using the Windows Activation wizard, you receive an error message that resembles the following:
An error has occurred


The Software Licensing Service reported that the product key is invalid

This problem occurs if the license validity interval has expired, or if the license is not signed correctly.

To resolve this problem, use one of the following methods:

Method 1: Re-insert the product key by using the "Change product key" tool
To re-insert the product key, follow these steps:

1. Click Start, click Computer, and then click System properties on the toolbar.
2. In the Windows activation section, click Change product key.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.
3. In the Product key box, type the product key, and then click Next.
4. Follow the steps in the Windows Activation Wizard to complete the activation process.

If these steps do not resolve this issue, continue to Method 2.

Method 2: Activate Windows Vista by using the automated telephone system

To activate Windows Vista by telephone, you must use an automated telephone system.

To activate Windows Vista by using the automated telephone system, follow these steps:

1. Click Start, and then click Computer.
2. Click System properties on the toolbar, and then click Click here to activate Windows now in the Windows activation section.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.
3. Click Show me other ways to Activate.
4. Click Use the automated phone system, and then follow the instructions.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

iYogi Announces Launch of Monitoring and Performance Tool For SMBs.

iYogi – a leading provider of technical support services with horizons in the US, UK, Canada and Australia – today announced the launch of its exclusive server monitoring tools for small businesses. The new product offers integrated technology solutions to surmount the users’ unique IT support requirements thereby enabling them to derive and share information, data, enable network performance analysis, and security trends critical to plan and mana ge their set of servers – 24x7.

Uday Challu, iYogi’s CEO commented, “Holding a significant niche for itself in the computer support industry, iYogi has always known to be on the forefront of adapting breakthrough technology to exceed customer service expectations. This time we have developed a tool offering value-add functionality which will help small business customers maximize the business outcomes of IT.”

iYogi’s monitoring tool provides real time observation and monitoring solutions to ensure more robust and reliable IT support and infrastructure for small buinesses. Small Business owners also get a comprehensive assesment of their IT environment to meet technology needs with the scalability for future growth and create preventative measures based on quick analysis of network device alerts, pre-failure indicators, performance benchmark and security issues.

The new Monitoring and performance tool will provide small business with the opportunity to test all technical and non-technical aspects of their servers and help them to strengthen overall IT infrastructure. The array of services will include: Patch Management, Security Auditing, Site Inventory, Real Time Alerting Script Based Management, and Rights Management Services for all critical server issues.

“Irrespective of the business being small or large, when the consumer chooses iYogi, he leverages the potential of an elite taskforce of Microsoft Certified System Engineers and Cisco Certified Network Associates, ready to service their critical assets, using the most advanced network asset tracking and Performance monitoring”, adds Challu.

Another factor where the Company aims to distinguish itself from its competitors is product pricing. Embracing the concept of service quality, iYogi offers competitively priced technical support services at no-haggle, low prices.

As for its small business support, the Company has integrated its exclusive Monitoring and Alerting Services under one price umbrella of just $480 annually. per server i.e. $49.99 per month. The price is certainly hard to find anywhere else.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The most common Windows error codes

Some of the common windows error code listed below..

WindowError:001 Windows loaded. System in danger!

WindowError:002 Nothing wrong. YET!

WindowError:003 Dynamic link error. Error in all files!

WindowError:004 Random error. No real error!

WindowError:005 Windows tried to multitask. System confused!

WindowError:006 Disk error. Disk in drive!

WindowError:007 System price error. Too little money spent!

WindowError:008 Terrible error. God only knows what happened!

WindowError:009 Error code error. Error code error reported!

WindowError:00A Broken window. Be careful with the glass!

WindowError:00B Need more disk space. At least 150 mb!

WindowError:00C Memory error. Need more! Need more! Need more!

WindowError:00D Windows closed. Don't look out!

WindowError:00E Windows opened. Don't look in!

WindowError:00F Unexplained error. Tell us what happened!

WindowError:010 Reserved for future error..

WindowError:014 Non existing error. This is not happening!

WindowError:015 Unable to exit Windows. Try the door!

WindowError:016 Door closed. Try CTRL+ALT+DEL.

WindowError:017 Unfixable error. System destroyed!

WindowError:018 User fault! Not ours, not not not!!

WindowError:019 Windows deleted all files. We're really sorry!

WindowError:01A Word dosen't know the word "Chicago". Try Aug'95!

WindowError:01B You're using Windows For Workgroups. You are not a WorkGroup!

WindowError:01C Your using an old version of Win 3.11! Buy a newer!

WindowError:01D Timing error. Try again later!

WindowError:01E Error code failure! Remaining errors lost!

WindowError:01F You can't delete Windows. Windows is instaled

Friday, June 13, 2008

Resolve Windows Error Code 5 / 6 / 20 / 71

Error 5 (Invalid Procedure Call.)

1. Reinstall all Dialup and Network components.

Error 5 (Access Denied.)

1. Make sure the username and password are correct, with nothing in the "domain" field for NT/2k unless the user should have something there.

2. Make sure "accept any authentication including clear text" is dotted.

Error 6 (Stack overflow.)

1. This is a memory issue, try rebooting the computer. A cold boot might be good in this instance.

2. If a reboot doesn't resolve it, this could be a RAM or Swap file issue.

Error 20 (The system cannot find the device specified.)

1. Make sure the correct modem is selected.

2. Does the modem respond to diagnostics? It may need to be reinstalled.

3. Is RNAAPP loaded into memory after closing the dialer? If so try the RNAAPP fix.

4. Reinstall NCP/DUN/RAS.

Error 71 (No more connections allowed.)

1. Is someone connected as you? Been giving out your password?

2. Were you disconnected all of a sudden before this happens? You could be 'ghosted' on the server. The ISP can usually "bump" the 'ghost' off through radius.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Windows XP SP3 - Ultimate Solution For The Endless Reboot Problem

If you was one of the user that have accidentally installed the Windows XP SP3 system, and having this continuously reboot, you have come to the right place!

Mostly that encountered this reboot problem is the AMD-based computer with OEM images and primarily HP desktop. For those that haven't install the Windows XP SP3 system, you need to double check you computer base is AMD type or not (Most of the HP computer with a serial of part number that ended up with a 'z' is classified as an AMD-based computer).

For those that already installed, don't be panics. How can you identify the problem? Easy, if you see a stop error code of 0x0000007e, then you discovered the main problem.

Here is the step to get rid off the error code of 0x0000007e:

1. Hit the F8 key at the restart stage, right when you see the black Windows XP screen come up.

2. Next, select the "Disable automatic restart on system failure" option.

There are three kinds of options, whether:

• When you chose to boot into the recovery console option, from a command prompt, run the "disable intelppm".

• When you chose to boot into safe mode option, then you can run the "sc config intelppm start= disabled" function.

• When you chose to boot into WinPE option, you need to edit the registry manually.
This is the step for editing the WinPE manually:

1. Firstly, run the regedit.

2. After it, try to click on "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE".

3. Then, search the File menu, and select "Load hive".

4. Is time to navigate to the "%systemdriver%WindowsSystem32Config" on the dead system, don't even forget to select the file name System.

5. Now, you can name it something you can easily remember, such as "horked".

6. OK, you need to navigate to "horkedServicesIntelPPM".

7. Please double click the "Start value" and set it to '4' as well.

8. If you had did what I did and completely destroyed things by running a disk check, then you got to navigate to "ControlSessionManager".

9. You have to open the BootExecute value, and manually clear out the autochk entries.

10. Finally, reboot the system.

I think you can now reboot your computer. Everything will just be fined.