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  1. Review - X-Setup Pro

    9.2.100 (Sep 17, 2012)

    Xteq X-Setup Pro 6.6 was the long-standing "final free" version that was retained free for loyal users who loved the original freeware program, arguably the very best of all XP (and earlier) tweak machines.

    Although 6.6 was always available, paid-for versions—with apologies for no longer being free—continued through XQDC 9.2.100 (June 2010).

    X-Setup was always meticulously prepared and its myriad available tweaks were cross-referenced and annotated. It was truly a beautiful program, the epitome of freeware produced for the love of creativity. The developers were always personable and quite emotional in their close relationships with end-users.

    As of Sept 2012, I still include both Xteq X-Setup 6.6 as well as XQDC X-Setup Pro 9.2.100 operational in my Windows 7 64-bit OS, not so much because I need them as simply a gesture of "keeping the faith" in the best of the best.

  2. Comment - Earth to Europe: You won. Microsoft complied. Live with it.

    9.2.100 (Jun 19, 2009 - 6:53 PM)

    @ Joco, your comment to "encourage schools and public institutions to use open-source". Yes, sure, but that is already in place. Here where I live in Vancouver, Open Office is already the public standard, and in public libraries there are even free seminars showing people how to use freeware. The message given out (in writing) is that "any software you can pay money for, has an equivalent free software program available to you."

    I don't know whether this does much good or not. It's a good idea for sure. Human nature being what it is, though, there are zillions of people who would rather brag about how much their jeans cost, rather than brag about how cheap they were.

  3. Comment - Now you can expect that 250% speed blast from Firefox 3.5 RC1

    9.2.100 (Jun 18, 2009 - 10:06 AM)

    I like the graph myself.

  4. Comment - Tracking Vista's elusive 'Black Screen of Death'

    9.2.100 (Jun 18, 2009 - 9:52 AM)


    Two ideas that are amazing because they are simple, and yet they do work from time to time. When something really bad happens, people's minds race, and these tricks can easily be overlooked. I've been surprised every once in awhile when an additional account saved the day, as the Guru advises. Therefore, as he suggests, I always run an "emergency" user account with admin priv, and I call it whatever is the main user's name plus "X", such as "Joe X".

    Similarly, Skiman's advice about the two monitors: that is in the BIOS somewhere—at least, I seem to recall tweaking it there—but also I read a warning about exactly that when I was setting up my last self-made computer. I don't remember exactly where I saw the warning—too bad—but somewhere along the line, Skiman's point was mentioned as a "be sure you do this right".

  5. Comment - Tracking Vista's elusive 'Black Screen of Death'

    9.2.100 (Jun 18, 2009 - 9:44 AM)

    @Ben, no; up above, you read: ". . . .am I running non-genuine Microsoft software? No. All of our Microsoft software on production systems here is legitimate. . . ."

  6. Comment - Tracking Vista's elusive 'Black Screen of Death'

    9.2.100 (Jun 17, 2009 - 2:06 PM)

    Your article is well-written, because I found myself genuinely scared as I read it. No, the glitch has never shown itself to me. What scared me was in knowing that I was simply being told the solution to a horrific problem that would not appear to have a solution if it really happened to most of us.

    I don't use System Restore because it doesn't seem to be there when I really need it. Instead I use the freeware ERUNT and NTREGOPT, which needs admin priv, so I run Vista with the safety off—i.e., with UAC off, which defeats a lot of Vista security which I don't need anyway.

    (Another excellent workaround is that I use XP, not Vista, for myself. I only use Vista when routinely maintaining it for clients.)

    NTREGOPT will restore Windows if you can use a floppy or a USB stick or anything at all to get to a drive prompt. But not if UAC is turned on. Also, NTREGOPT works beautifully on 32-bit systems, but the 2nd registry hive—software—quickly becomes too big for it on 64-bit systems. Even so, ERUNT can still be used to back up the registry more effectively (in my opinion) than Sys Restore does. ERUNT is a backer-upper; NTREGOPT is a zero-based registry rebuilder (not a cleaner) and it is nice—but not necessary—to have both working in tandem.

    I can put a clean OS on very quickly. And I never put an OS on either the system partition or the program or data files' partitions. But, even so, my systems are beautiful to look at, fast and very clean. It takes a lot of hours to make them that way, so I hate to have a system crash and burn. Thanks for sharing your info on this pretty ghastly peril. I hope that reading your article is as close as I ever get to actually experiencing it.