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Windows system repair files

November 29th, 2014 No comments
sfc /scannow There is a system repair pending which requires reboot to complete. Restart windows and run sfc again.
try (but fails)
 
dism.exe /image:C:\ /cleanup-image /revertpendingactions
works:
 
del D:\Windows\winsxs\pending.xml del D:\Windows\winsxs\reboot.xml sfc /SCANNOW /OFFBOOTDIR=c:\ /OFFWINDIR=d:\Windows
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C&C First Decade: Windows 7

December 20th, 2010 16 comments

Command and Conquer First DecadeWell, Christmas time is nearly here, and as much as I hate all the adverts on telly, its a great time of year to get snowed in, crack out the old computer games and put your feet up on the computer for warmth. With this in mind, I’ve written a little guide for getting C&C The first Decade working on a modern Windows 7 system.

Command and Conquer; Tiberian Dawn came out in 1995 and was followed shortly after in 1996 with Red Alert. Hidden in the lounge at my friend Ian’s house with his mum upstairs asleep, his chronically underpowered 233mhz pentium computer wurring away I was absolutely amazed by the entire C&C experience. The installer was immensive and fell modern and damned cool, the video’s looked beautiful and like nothing else I’d experienced and the music track was fantastic. Many hours were lost.

So now, 15 years after the first game was released lets have a go at getting it all running in time for Christmas. After a couple of days of failure (and the need to multiplay with my brother) I gave up getting it running in WINE under Linux and cracked on with a Windows 7 install.

In 2006 Westwood packaged the first 8 years of gaming into one 8gb installer. Some of the games still work “out of the  box”, others (like Generals; ironically the latest games) are a bit of a pig to get going; but they all will work!

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Windows 7, UAC & VMware

February 15th, 2009 5 comments
Windows 7; Pretty Fish

Windows 7; Pretty Fish

The first thing that has to be noted is the absolute PITA it is to try and downland a copy of the new Windows 7 Demo.

The web page where you get the download link and a serial number (I found) to be really badly obfuscated; ActiveX being necessary to register for a serial number, meaning I had to use Internet Explorer on a windows box1; which also meant using the proprietary Microsoft Downloader rather than something truly useful like wget.

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  1. Actually, if you’re desperate, you can run IE5, 6 and 7 on linux very easily using IEs4Linux

 

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instantlivecodes.com/

February 10th, 2009 24 comments

Arguments over ‘whether you should have to pay anything at all to Micro$oft to use its on-line service` aside, I found myself needing to buy and xBoX360 Live Gold membership (for the bf).
I decided there is no point getting 3 months for half the price of 12, and I didn’t fancy walking down to the BlockBuster’s Video to pay over the odds.
I didn’t want to wait for delivery either, its a pain in the ass and I don’t trust the post. I don’t want to have to pay more for the sake of a piece of cardboard.
So after a little googling I payed £29.99 for a 12+1 Gold subscription to be “instantly emailed to me” via InstantLiveCodes.com.

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Stop Auto-Signin to Messenger on Xbox360

December 31st, 2008 No comments

So I got asked a couple of days ago how to stop the xbox auto signing in to MSN Messenger.
Whilst its a handy feature (-I talk to a couple of people over MSN who don’t have a computer, just Live,) it’s also a great PITA1 to constantly get signed off from the computer and to have people trying to chat when you’re busy killing Horde or trying to complete a Rally.

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  1. Pain In The Ass