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Web & Marketing Services Info topic:
Domain Transfer
by Gerald Renton

Transfer domain to One or more years is added to your domain registration usually at $9.99/year (i.e. .com price). A minimum of only 1 year needs to be added to transfer.

Coding Services Info topic:
Project Management
by Mike Prestwood

Project management. Generally project management ranges from 10% to 30% of a project budget. However, the amount of project management required depends on the project.

IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users topic:
Windows GREP - Great Tool
by Wes Peterson

You know (or think) the file is out there.  You have a pretty good idea about one or two things that are (or ought) to be in it.  Find it fast with Windows GREP.

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Windows Vista topic (classic post):
Download Windows Help for Vista and Server 2008
by Mike Prestwood
Windows Help program (WinHlp32.exe) does not ship with Microsft Vista nore with Windows Server 2008 but is available for download.

 Monthly Windows Lesson
Windows Vista Topic:
Definition of the Month: Application Virtualization
Introduced with Vista, creates application-specific copies of all shared resources. It separates the application configuration layer from the OS making deployment easier in some cases.

Introduced with Vista, creates application-specific copies of all shared resources. It separates the application configuration layer from the OS making deployment easier in some cases.

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Windows Vista Topic:
Documented Error of the Month: Vista SP1 Rollback Error
Error: Service Pack did not install. Reverting changes.

Several members have reported that once they made sure the Windows Modules Installer Service (trustedinstaller.exe) was running, SP1 installed fine. So, if your Windows Modules Installer is disabled and stopped, set it to manual and start it. This WMI Service enables installation, modification, and removal of WindowsUpdates.

General Maintenance
Make sure you have sufficient disk space, run checkdisk, and defrag your hard drive.

Disable Security
Although you shouldn't have to, you might also try temporarily disabling your antivirus software, and firewall. Some members have reported this solved the problem for them.

System File Checker
If that doesn't work, Run the System File Checker Tool. Open cmd and enter sfc /scannow + ENTER.

Required Other Updates
Finally, there are some MS updates that are required prior to installing SP1. With Automatic Updates, they should be installed already but you might wish to double check:

  • 935509 - Vista Enterprise and Ultimate ONLY.
  • 938371 - All Versions.
  • 937287 - All Versions.
Windows Users Topic:
Resource Link of the Month: How To Use Windows Easy Transfer

Here's an article from BleepingComputer's own Lawrence Abrams about how to use Windows Easy Transfer. This article references moving from earlier versions to Windows 8 but the process isn't much different when moving between other OS's as well.

Windows Vista Topic:
Question: How much memory do I need with Windows Vista?


With the size of applications and data, my belief is that you need a minimum of 2 GB of RAM not because it's required, but because Vista will use it. In Windows Vista, the caching scheme changed. Vista's SuperFetch built on and replaced Prefetch. Unlike Prefetch, SuperFetch will use up ALL memory you give it so you want as much memory on Vista as you can afford. My current Vista system has 3 GB of RAM with an additional 4 GB ReadyBoost compliant USB flash drive.

Windows 7 Topic:
Tip of the Month

Hold down the Shift key and right click on any folder in Windows 7 and select Open command window here. A command prompt will open with the current directory set automatically.

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