Benaiah\’s Computer Experiences

May 31, 2008

Fix Broken Windows Updater after IE7 Install

Filed under: computer help, install, windows, windows maintenance — Tags: , , — Benaiah @ 8:00 pm

I have had this problem twice after first installing SP3 for Windows XP and then installing IE7 through Windows Update.  Windows Upadate breaks, it will download the updates but it fails when it tries to install them.  Here is how I fixed the problem.

1)  I created a folder called  “WUAGENT” on my C drive.  The address is C:\WUAGENT  This name is irrelevant,  you can call it whatever you want.

2) Download “WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe” to the folder you just created. Click here to download it.

3) Open a command prompt (Start >> Run and type “cmd”).  Run the following command to force run the exe file you just downloaded.

C:\WUAGENT\WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe /wuforce

Windows Updater should now work again!

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July 12, 2007

Defragging Windows

Filed under: computer help, windows maintenance — Benaiah @ 1:23 am

Here is a question that I have been asked several times in the last month or so: “How do you defrag your Windows computer?”

Here it is:

Start >> Accessories >> System Tools >> Disk Defragmenter

Select the drive you wish to defragment and click “Defragment.”

I find that most times you need to run the defragmenter several times before the drive is really done being defraged.

June 28, 2007

Shareing a Parallels VM

Filed under: computer help, Mac, parallels — Benaiah @ 2:27 am

I have a friend who has a MacBook and my Dad and I had installed parallels on it so that she could run windows on it. When we first set it up we created the Windows VM (Virtual Machine) in the Administrator account. We then decided that we wanted to access it from her non-admin account. The problem was that from the non-admin account we couldn’t access the needed files. After looking around for a while I finally found a way to share a VM with all the users on a Mac. Here is what to do (This must be done from the account where the VM was made):

1. Move the VM files (.pvs and .hdd) to your Mac shared folder (for example, Macintosh HD > Users > Shared > VM folder).
2. In the Finder, right-click (Ctrl-click) the folder with the VM and choose Get Info from the pop-up menu.
3. In the Get Info window expand the Ownership&Permissions group.
4. Expand the Details group.
5. Set the access level for Others to Read&Write.
6. Click the Apply to the enclosed items button.
7. Now each user of your Mac is able to access the VMs stored in this folder.

I then checked the copied files to see if they worked and then removed the originals. I switched back to the non-admin account and everything worked perfectly!

This information was taken from: http://kb.parallels.com/entry/27/119

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