Chestermere in Winter Windows 7 & 8 Desktop Theme

Our Chestermere In Winter Theme contains more than 40 images my daughter and I took from various parks and common areas around our beautiful Town.   Most of these images were taken in December 2012 but there are a few images from other winter periods like our Olympic Rings on the Ice in 2008. This is a completely free theme which will automatically change images every 20 minutes.  Installation is fast and simple Click HERE to download the theme file…

SOLVED: Windows Black Screen With Mouse Pointer Only, No Desktop

If in both normal boot and Safe Mode you see just a black screen with mouse pointer you can try several things to resolve the issue.  For me all was well until I ran through a series of reboots for Windows Updates and my Windows 7 64 bit Professional PC had a problem with one.  I have seen this problem before and this time I tried everything listed below but in the end the fix…

Microsoft Announces $40 Windows 8 Upgrade For XP, Vista & Windows 7

Microsoft just announced that Windows XP, Windows Vista & Windows 7 are all elligible for an upgrade to Windoes 8 Pro, for just $40.  That is between half to a quarter of the usual upgrade price.  Microsoft is also providing Media Center for free to those who take advantage of this upgrade offer. That upgrade price will apparently be avaible only on Microsoft.com in 130+ countries but a retail pack will go on sale for…

Bootable Suite of Disaster Recovery Tool For Corporate Administrators

This disaster recovery tool is often shown for only for Windows 7, Vista and XP (both 32bit and 64bit) but their site says it also works with Windows Server 2008 R2, 2008, 2003… This program can easily be used to recover lost data, backup or clone disks, edit the registry, undo Windows Updates and much much more. “…O&O BlueCon 9 Admin Edition is a bootable suite of disaster recovery tools aimed squarely at corporate system administrators,…

Windows In Place Upgrade Problem: Windows needs to be restarted so necessary changes to system files can be made before continuing

When attempting an in-place upgrade or an upgrade from a previous version of Windows, you may see the COMPATABILITY REPORT error stating: Windows needs to be restarted so necessary changes to system files can be made before continuing. After restarting this alert flag may not be cleared.  Fortunately there are two simple solutions: Uninstall Nero DVD / CD burning software as this is a known issue Delete any pending operations in: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager like:

How To Disable UAC Elevation Prompt for Point and Print Printer Driver Installs By Restricted Users on Windows 7

By Ian Matthews  – September 13, 2010 BRIEF HISTORY: Under XP there was limited security on print driver installation by restricted users.  Under Vista there were serious limitations put on Restricted Users which you could resolve easily via Group Policy.  Under Windows 7, the same restriction applied but the security was moved from USER SETTINGS to COMPUTER SETTINGS.  This is a pain in the butt to figure out. GROUP POLICY: To have Group Policy manage printers…