Change display language of a non Ultimate/Enterprise version of Windows Vista

So.. if you are here, you probably bought your laptop from a country different from the one you are originating from and want to change it to your local language.

Hmm.. So you google a bit and realize that you canโ€™t do that unless you are using an Ultimate/Enterprise version of Vista. Well, there is an unofficial way to achieve your aim.

Note: This probably violates the EULA of Microsoft, so carry on at your own risk.

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Running Windows 95 on iPhone

So what do you think?

Not that this is a great invention; as it has already been done before on other phones(e.g. Mac OS or Windows 95 on N800 on the Maemo platform) using emulators; but it is nice to know that it is indeed possible.

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*Solution* – When I right click a file in Windows explorer.exe crashes

Right Click MenuI just had this annoying problem which seems to only happen when I right click *some, but not all* files. If you also have this problem, you have come to the right place because I actually found a way to solve it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Right Click Menu

The problem is that one of your shell extensions has some problems loading when you right click on those particular files. Just install ShellExView and you will be able to see all your shell extensions. All you have to do is just disable the shell extensions of those applications that you have recently installed. Do it one by one, and you will find which extension is causing up the damn trouble! In my case it was the latest version of TortoiseSVN, but people around seem to be also having problems with other software too.

Normally, I would recommend using Fast Explorer 2008, as it also has the ability to show all extensions residing on your system and *more*; but what it doesn’t have is the ability to sort the shell extensions by their “File Created Time”. IMO, this is a great feature to have in an application like this. So I am hailing the developers from here to also include it ๐Ÿ™‚

As always, there may happen to be another cause for these explorer crashes, although these are the most popular one as far as I have seen.

Oh and by the way, here is a more detailed walkthrough if you need any more help.

Create/delete/start/stop a service from command-line

For some reason, I just needed to do something like this, so here is a quick how-to:

There is a tool named sc.exe in the Win 2K Resource Kit, however I believe it also exists in Windows XP, as I did not have to do anything, and was able to access it from command-line.

Using this tool, you can see the list of the services that are currently running, add, delete, create or stop services.

The syntax for creating a service is like this:

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List of essential Windows Processes

  • System Idle Process
  • explorer.exe
  • services.exe
  • winlogon.exe
  • taskmgr.exe
  • spoolsv.exe
  • lsass.exe
  • csrss.exe
  • smss.exe
  • (Multiple Instances) svchost.exeย -> controls connections to the internet
  • If you kill any of the other processes, Windows XP should work fine, however, the list I gave contains the processes that may, if killed, make Windows unstable or even crash it entirely.

    "Run as.." for .msi files

    Have you ever encountered the situation where you can not right click an .msi file and select "Run as.." to run it as another user?

    Well, if you have, then you know it is frustrating. A quick workaround to this issue is right clicking "cmd.exe" and selecting "Run as.." to run it as the administrator(or another user) and then drag and drop the file that you want to be executed with administrator privileges. Voila! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Well, if this is something that happens quite regularly, then you are better off with changing the registry settings. Here’s how you do it:

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    Windows Mobile 6.1

    From Wikipedia:
    "Windows Mobile is a compact operating system combined with a suite of basic applications for mobile devices based on the Microsoft Win32 API. Devices that run Windows Mobile include Pocket PCs, Smartphones, Portable Media Centers, and on-board computers for certain automobiles. It is designed to be somewhat similar to desktop versions of Windows, feature-wise and aesthetically. Additionally, third-party software development is available for Windows Mobile."

    The new features in WM 6.1 includes:

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    Strange problem on Windows and How I solved it

    2 days ago; I have encountered a very strange problem. Out of nowhere, Windows started to report errors while writing to the disk and told me to run chkdsk.

    Well, I did. It said that it solved some problems associated with the file system. After a while, it started popping up errors in the file system again.. Since I haven’t restarted the system in a while (I always use it in standby mode, even my desktop :p) I thought a restart could solve some problems.

    After I restarted, the file system was gone.. It turned into a RAW file system. I discovered this after I inserted my Bart’s PE live cd. I actually intended to use the live cd to backup my files to my external hard drive, but I could not access my boot partition.

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