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    • in reply to: Multiple concurrent remote sessions #1225059

      Have a look at TeamViewer http://www.teamviewer.com/index.aspx – it’s free for non-commercial use.

      Ed

    • in reply to: Export Reliability Monitor Data #1225057

      Is there any way to export the data from Reliability Monitor into a report. I looked at creating a custom report, and I managed to work out that I needed to create a Data collection set, but couldn’t find what to include if I wanted the Reliability Monitor data. I got a headached just reading the help file!!!!!!!!

      I have some beta software on test from a manufcaturer, and would like to demonstrate the number of crashes caused by this software. An analysis of this data would be best way to demonstrate this. I have amost zero software crashes on my PC from anything else, and I’m guessing that 98% plus are down to one beta prog.

      Ta

      Colin

      Have a look at the freebie http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/my_event_viewer.html. The site has fantastic collection of free utilities.

      Ed

    • in reply to: Moving user folders off C: drive #1225038

      Recursive links do exist in Windows 7. However, in using Juntion Points to relocate the folders, it becomes necessary to eliminate the recursive Junction Points. Otherwise, they will build enormous self-referrencing folder structures on the target drive(s). The simplest way to prevent this behavior was to eliminate the recursive Juntion Points on C: drive entirely.

      As a side note, it was quite interesting to observe the behavior of these self-referrencing structures; in Windows Explorer, each time one of these folders was selected in the left pane, as the contents were displayed in the right pane, another subfolder set to the selected folder would appear in the left pane. In toying with this behavior, I built a 17-layer deep structure, all containing exact daughter copies of the initial structure.

      It was obvious that this behavior was not beneficial, and the easiest way to eliminate the behavior was to eliminate the recursive Junction Points on the C: drive. Since my replacement Junction Points all pointed to a different drive, the recursive nature was unnecessary. And that eliminated the ever-expanding self-referrencing folder structure on the target drive.

      “Interesting” doesn’t do justice to the screwups these cause. I’m in the process of applying your procedure, and, as I’ve never used the Easy Transfer Wizard before, I was a little leery about deleting the Users folder on C: before testing out the new setup, so I’m using Robocopy to back it up to a spare partition first. Although I’d deleted the junction point for Application Data from my C:UsersEdAppDataLocal folder previously, I’d neglected to do the same for the Administrator and All Users folders. Result: hang on “file name too long” for C:UsersAll UsersAppDataLocalApplication DataApplication DataApplication Data… etc., etc.

      I’m totally baffled as to why the junction points inside C:UsersEdAppDataLocal exist, except to confuse us. Vista (and Win7) doesn’t use them natively, they’re supposed to allow for backwards compatibility, They shouldn’t be there. Instead, C:UsersEdLocal Settings should be a normal directory instead of a junction point, and the junction points in AppDataLocal should be in that directory. By the same token, all the junction points in ProgramData should, I believe, be in the UsersAll Users directory instead, and it should also be a normal directory.

      Belatedly, I’ve deleted the junction point for Application data from the AppDataLocal directory in all other user accounts; Having said that, I now realize that wasn’t the correct thing to do, and I should have applied what I said in the previous paragraph.

      And, of course, I forgot that C:UsersAll UsersApplication Data was also screwed up because of the ProgramData recursive junction. So, another hang on “file name too long”. I’ve now rebuilt the UsersAll Users and ProgramData folders as above, using rd and mklink in Command prompt. Thank Zeus for my image files.

      Now, I just have to remember to fix things after restoring the Easy Transfer files. Still on Page 2 of the process, so we’ll just have to wait until I finish to see if I’m right.

      Anyway, it’s martini time…

      Ed

      PS: multiple occurrences (2 directories so far in All Users) of Access Denied in Recovery partition.

    • in reply to: Moving user folders off C: drive #1224845

      Hi bbearen,

      I’ve been reading through your “Set 7 Free” procedure. I’m still on Vista, but, obviously the same principles apply.

      I notice that you don’t mention the recursive links that Microsoft had in Vista, i.e.

      Directory of C:UsersEdAppDataLocal
      Application Data [C:UsersEdAppDataLocal]

      and

      Directory of C:ProgramData
      Application Data [C:ProgramData]

      Do these not exist in Windows 7?

      Did Microsoft finally do some testing before issuing a new version?

      Ed

    • in reply to: Restore to previous date #1219397

      You should also have a look at http://www.vistax64.com, particularly http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials.

      Lots of good stuff there.

      Ed

    • in reply to: Thunderbird to Yahoo connecton #1219337

      He wouldn’t have been able to use OE either in that case.

      He should be able to get one or more free e-mail accounts from his ISP (ATT?).

      Ed

    • in reply to: Command (Batch) File Help! #1219334

      WTG, Larry.

      One other switch you might want to have a look at is /LOG:file (or /LOG+:file).

      Using this will let you verify that everything worked OK, or, if not, what the problem was.

      e.g. robocopy “D:Bogie Documents” “D:QBackupBogie Documents” /S /V /NP /R:0 /W:0 /LOG:”D:QBackup.log”

      or, if you want to keep the logs for, say, a week or so, then delete it and start a new one

      robocopy “D:Bogie Documents” “D:QBackupBogie Documents” /S /V /NP /R:0 /W:0 /LOG+:”D:QBackup.log”

      Using the same file name in all of your backups will create just the one log, or, if you prefer, you can log them to separate files.

      Very useful tool, is RoboCopy…

      Ed

      P.S. You really don’t need the quotes in D:QBackup.log but when I tried to post /LOG+:”D:QBackup.log” without them it showed as /LOG+QBackup.log

      Always remember that computers are strange beasts…

    • in reply to: Which desktop is your desktop #1219332

      The desktop you see appears to be a combination of:

      UserNameDesktop
      PublicDesktop (Old “All Users”)
      and whatever system folders you’ve selected to be shown.

      Duplicates are removed.

      Leave it to Microsoft…

      Ed

    • in reply to: Problem with my sister's computer. #1219331

      If you’re comfortable using Windows Explorer, do the following:

      Just to be sure I’m understanding the problem correctly, go to C:UsersSisterNameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuPrograms (replace SisterName with your sister’s User ID). The “missing” programs should all have folders and/or shortcuts to them showing there.

      If so, and you want the programs available to everyone who uses the computer,

      1. hold down the Ctrl key,

      2 select (left-click on) each of the folders or shortcuts that you want to make available (if you want all of the programs showing, hold down the Shift key instead, select the first entry, then select the last entry; this will highlight all of them),

      3. in the Menu toolbar, click on Edit > Copy,

      4. go to C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart Menu,

      5. left-click on the Programs folder,

      6. click on Edit > Paste.

      That’s it.

      Please report back on how it goes.

      Ed

    • in reply to: Monitoring memory usage of programs and services #1219063

      Again, I’d recommend looking at TaskInfo, http://www.iarsn.com/taskinfo.html. Shareware, costs $35, but it’s got a 30-day trial which gives you ample time to look at all its capabilities.

      I’ve got no vested interest; just a very satisfied user.

      Ed

    • in reply to: Command (Batch) File Help! #1219061

      No argument from me.

      Just responding to his original question, but should’ve mentioned it.

      Ed

    • in reply to: Command (Batch) File Help! #1218855

      You need to add the /s or /e switch to your command, i.e.

      Xcopy D:”My Documents”*.* D:QBackup”My Documents”*.* /s /y or
      Xcopy D:”My Documents”*.* D:QBackup”My Documents”*.* /e /y

      You can also use

      Xcopy D:”My Documents” D:QBackup”My Documents” /s /y or
      Xcopy D:”My Documents” D:QBackup”My Documents” /e /y

      See xcopy /?

      Ed

    • in reply to: Utilities to monitor Windows startup #1218601

      I’d also have a look at TaskInfo http://www.iarsn.com/taskinfo.html . Costs $35 but I’ve been using it for years and it’s invaluable.

      Ed

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