Monday, February 28, 2011

Windows 7 refusing to boot unless DVD is in the drive

Some people have problems where their computuer won't boot into Windows 7 unless the installation DVD is in the DVD drive. Try this:
1. Boot from the Windows 7 DVD.
2. Click Next and then click the "Repair your computer" link.
3. In the System Recovery Options menu, select "Command Prompt."
4. Type Bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
5. Press Enter.
6. Type ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
7. Press Enter.
8. Type Bootrec /rebuildbcd
9. Press Enter.
10. Close the command window and reboot the computer.

Note: Check your BIOS settings and ensure that the boot device is set to be the hard drive.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Online Anti-Virus Scanners

What do you do when your Anti-Virus has been trashed and the malware you are using constantly is redirecting you to different sites every time you try to re-download an anti-virus package? There are "free" online scanners that can be used in a "one off" fashion. I would normally recommend running these in Safe Mode W/Networking.

GFI's Vipre LIVE Checker
Mcafee's Stinger
Symantec's Free Virus Scan
Microsoft's Free OnLine Scanner
Panda's Free Online Scanner
Trend Micro's House Call Scanner
Bit Defender's Online Scanner
Eset's Online Scanner
F-Secure's Online Scanner

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Create a USB flash drive for Windows XP

If you're interested in making a bootable USB drive for troubleshooting or transferring applications from one PC to another, check out this detailed walk-through. Click Here