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Folder Bug in XP-Wont allow port names

September 4th, 2006 by Patrick S

Just read something interesting on a message board ,

An Indian discovered that nobody can create a FOLDER anywhere on the computer which can be named as a port on your computer (such as CON, LPT1 etc etc.)
This also works when you try to create a file called “CON”, or “CON.”. “.CON” shows up the way it should. It’s comes back from the DOS days.

Thus the following wont work: CON, AUX, COM1, COM2, COM3, COM4, LPT1, LPT2, LPT3, PRN or NUL.
Give it a try if you want-I have not tested it on vista but I suspect it won’t work either Confirmed…Works on vista (thanks Jordan)

Another Useless fact from me 🙂

Posted in Bugs, Humour, Windows XP | 13 Comments »

Messenger Service – issues signing in

June 21st, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Well, to be expected really. Try and put this into context… there have been special Windows Live Messenger servers running for the last few months to enable the new users to use some of the new features. The old MSN Messenger servers were tied into them so that the WLM and the MSN clients can still talk and communicate with each other. Now that Windows Live Messenger has been released, they all need upgrading to at least accommodate the new client.

As expected (well, duhhh) there are/were/will be teething problems. Those who can sign in, don’t sign out. Those who can’t send messages to a particular person, close the window then open again and for some reason this seems to help. If you can’t sign in, use the MSN Web Messenger which should still work.

Other things might arise – such as not being able to use certain features, and some contacts (except Mobile contacts) may not appear online, and those who are currently still talking to you may appear to be offline. Although there isn’t a time set on when this will be fixed, it should be sorted within the next few hours of this post, so by about 11pm British Summertime, and yeh, it’s a worldwide issue 🙁

To demonstrate this easier, I’ve mocked up the following concept design:

Posted in Bugs, Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger | 2 Comments »

Bug in IE6, but fixed in IE7, And please use GIF over PNG in your Gadgets

June 20th, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]


Update news from Team, they found a new bug in IE6 when IE doing the Image Filtering.
Details here,


We have recently released a workaround for a bug in IE6 where image filters for PNG can cause a hang on the site. This IE bug is already fixed in IE7, but we still needed to workaround it to make sure the site works properly for IE6.

To understand the problem, here is an explanation from the IE team (thanks Peter Gurevich!):

  • Each IE 6 window is a UI thread. 
  • The HTML page and any script you written for the page run in the UI thread.  Therefore filters in your page or in script will download on the UI thread
  • IE’s implementation of the AlphaImageLoader filter downloads images synchronously 
  • Synchronous loading of an image or successive images on the UI thread has the potential to hang the browser and adversely affect the user experience.

Our workaround is to stop applying transparent image filters to PNG. As a result, your transparent PNG will not look as great as it used to. I would encourage you to change to using transparent GIF moving forward.Sorry for the inconvenience – the SDK will be updated with this new info in our next release.

James Lau
Program Manager Team

Posted in Bugs, Internet Explorer, Windows Vista | 3 Comments »

Upgrading the schema using R2 x64 CD on an existing x86 Windows Server 2003 SP1?

May 9th, 2006 by Jabez Gan [MVP]


You have Windows Server 2003 SP1 as your primary domain controller. IT department has purchased Windows Server 2003 R2 and wants to setup as a member server.

But when you pop in the 64bit R2 CD into the CD-drive of the Primary Controller (Windows Server 2003 SP1), you will receive an error: “The image file for adprep is valid, but it is for a machine type other than the current machine.”


The ADPREP folder in the 64bit R2 CD doesn’t have the 32bit binaries, thus you are unable to do a ADPREP using the 64-bit R2 CD on a 32-bit Domain Controller. This goes the same when you have a 32-bit R2 CD and trying to upgrade the schema on a 64-bit Domain Controller.


Microsoft is working on a fix.

Please leave a comment here to be notified when there’s a resolution/fix/workaround.

Update 1: MS has a fix for this. To receive the fix, please contact Microsoft PSS and request for Hotfix 919151. Microsoft PSS:

Note: No $ will be charged for hotfix request from Microsoft PSS.

Posted in Bugs, Windows Server System | 9 Comments »

Aero Glass on Windows Server 2003 R2?

May 7th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Yep, it’s possible but it’s to be disputed whether it’s actually Aero Glass or not. I un-ISO’d a build of Vista and came up with the setup screen, on my Windows Server 2003 R2 server at home. On the setup screen was a link to the File and Settings Transfer Wizard (or Windows Easy Transfer as it’s now known) and because the computer was running a bit slow at the time, came up with the Windows Easy Transfer dialog with the blue-green “Aurora” wallpaper still being loaded. Therefore, came up with the Aero Glass dialog box.

Click for a larger image

Posted in Bugs, Windows Server System, Windows Vista | 4 Comments »

FSRM: “Access is Denied” is logged in Event Viewer

May 4th, 2006 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Some customers are reporting that after installing FSRM (File Server Resource Manager) of R2 on your existing W2k3 R2 machine will generate the error “Access is Denied” from time to time in the Event Viewer. The error looks something like:

EVENT LOG Application
EVENT ID 12317
TIME 5/1/2006 12:15:45 PM
MESSAGE File Server Resource Manager failed to enumerate share paths or DFS
paths. Mappings from local file paths to share and DFS paths may be
incomplete or temporarily unavailable. FSRM will retry the operation at a
later time.
Error-specific details:
Error: (0x80070005) Access is denied.
Error: (0x80070005) Access is denied.

This is a known issue and Microsoft is working on a fix. The cause is still unknown yet. To get updated information about it, please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you when new information is available.

UPDATE:- There has been an update posted HERE– this post explores a work around- There is no KB article yet but now that the FSRM team has been alerted to the issue it shouldnt be too far away.

Posted in Bugs, Windows Server System | 41 Comments »

Users feel pain after latest Microsoft patch.

April 19th, 2006 by Patrick S

Microsoft‘s latest security patch is causing issues for users of several HP products including cameras, scanners and printers.

Problems include blocked access to special folders like My Documents and My Pictures, and Office applications that stop responding when users try to save files in the My Documents folder.

Microsoft said in a security bulletin that the issue could also cause Internet Explorer to become unresponsive. 

The HP issues are caused by the vendor’s Share-to-Web software that comes bundled with several of its hardware products. The application is automatically started when a system boots up, and is flagged by the new shell validation tool.

“The change is not related to a software vulnerability, merely a product behaviour change to make the product more resilient to attack,” Microsoft security programme manager Mike Reavey said in a blog posting. 

Microsoft has provided instructions on how to repair both issues on its website.


Posted in Bugs, MS News, Products | 2 Comments »

XAML Assembly Reference Problem?

February 26th, 2006 by Joseph Bittman MCSD .Net

Well, I just installed the 5308 build, Orcas Feb CTP, and Windows SDK Feb CTP. I then went to create a new WinFX project in Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite, and guess what? I get a load of errors right away saying that “Type X cannot be found. Are you missing an assembly reference?” – There isn’t a workaround for this, but it should  still compile and run your application fine (although you can’t use the Designer). But does it run fine or does nothing display? – If it compiles and enters debug mode but nothing displays on the screen, then here is the workaround I found… (although this problem doesn’t always occur even if you don’t follow the workaround). Just visit my blog for my observations:

– Joseph Bittman DPM MVP MCSD.Net

Posted in Bugs, Products, Windows Vista | Comments Off on XAML Assembly Reference Problem?

Format/Partition Problem With Vista Setup?

February 25th, 2006 by Joseph Bittman MCSD .Net

  I just got x64 5308 off of MSDN and guess what? When I booted into Vista’s setup program, it failed every time on the format/partition screen. Even one of my friends hit this, although he didn’t find the workaround…. need to know the workaround (very simple)? – Just visit my official blog at! 🙂 The workaround is there waiting for you!

 -Joseph Bittman DPM MVP MCSD.Net

Posted in Bugs, Windows Vista | Comments Off on Format/Partition Problem With Vista Setup?

MSBlog, down for a day

February 20th, 2006 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

MSBlog has been down for a day due to server migration. It’s now proudly hosted by, and hopefully there won’t be that much of downtime.

We are still working on restoring the Album, Forum and Counter and hopefully it will be fixed within the next 24 hours.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused.

Posted in Bugs, Introductions | 8 Comments »

Odd DPM Agent Behavior

February 18th, 2006 by Joseph Bittman MCSD .Net

  Several people are reporting an issue with the DPM File Agent’s service starting/stopping after applying recent hotfixes. The symptoms are in the event logs and resemble:

DPM File Agent service entered a running state.
DPM File Agent service was successfully sent a start control.
DPM File Agent service entered the stopped state.

  This behavior occurs on a frequent and definitely not designed basis.

 Anyone experiencing this problem should add a comment to this post and/or post in the DPM NG with details at microsoft.public.dataprotectionmanager… or the web UI through the Community page at Please specify whether you recently installed any DPM or other product hotfixes. Thanks!

– Joseph Bittman MCSD.Net DPM MVP

Posted in Bugs, DPM | Comments Off on Odd DPM Agent Behavior

Visual Studio 05 Suggestions/Bugs?

February 18th, 2006 by Joseph Bittman MCSD .Net

Do you think there is a way to improve Visual Studio 2005 or does it have a bug? I definitely think so…. lol LOTS. Be sure to report them at the MSDN Feedback Center! People like me can then validate them and vote on their importance of being fixed. This is the MAIN PORTAL FOR ALL BUGS TO BE REPORTED, and therefore your bug has a very high chance of being looked/commented on direct by the VS 05 team!!!

 Report them at:


– Joseph Bittman MCSD.Net DPM MVP

Posted in Bugs, Products | 1 Comment »

Security Alert – says: “Consumers Should Not Use New Google Desktop”

February 14th, 2006 by Patrick Elliott

In a recent article by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (link), the group advises users NOT to use the new Google Desktop software.

According to the EFF, “If a consumer chooses to use it, the new “Search Across Computers” feature will store copies of the user’s Word documents, PDFs, spreadsheets and other text-based documents on Google’s own servers, to enable searching from any one of the user’s computers.”, a serious risk to personal privacy and identity theft.

The article continues stating that “Google will have copies of your tax returns, love letters, business records, financial and medical files, and whatever other text-based documents the Desktop software can index. The government could then demand these personal files with only a subpoena rather than the search warrant it would need to seize the same things from your home or business, and in many cases you wouldn’t even be notified in time to challenge it. Other litigants—your spouse, your business partners or rivals, whoever—could also try to cut out the middleman (you) and subpoena Google for your files.”

EVEN if you want to delete your files from Google’s cache servers — that process could take up to 60 days! From Google’s Desktop Search privacy policy (link):

"If you cancel your Google Account or uninstall Google Desktop, the files indexed in the Search Across Computers feature will no longer be accessible through Google Desktop and may remain on our servers for up to 60 days before being deleted. "

MSBLOG strongly advises users examine the EULA and privacy policies of any software installed onto their computers.

After a review of the Microsoft Windows Desktop Search privacy policy (link), we found the following:

"Desktop Search does not make your computer's content accessible to Microsoft or anyone else. In addition, if you share your computer with other users, each user can search only their own documents and files, and the files in shared locations. They cannot search the documents saved in other users' My Documents folders. If you are an administrator on your computer, you can change the locations that are indexed."

MSBLOG advises users uninstall Google Desktop Search immediatly and contact Google to have personal files (if any) removed from Google’s servers.

You can download the MSN Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search here:

Posted in Bugs, MS News, Security | 1 Comment »

New High Quality Temporary WMF Exploit Patch Available!

January 3rd, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Quick Background:
The active exploitation of a very serious vulnerability in all versions of Windows was discovered in late December. Word of this spread rapidly through the hacker community — many of whom where presumably on holiday vacation from school, bored, and looking for something to do.

So several days later nearly one hundred different instances of exploitation of this newly discovered vulnerability had been found. Note that this is not a “new vulnerability” — it (and perhaps other similar bugs) have been lying unknown in Windows since 1991. What’s “new” is the discovery of this long-present vulnerability in Windows’ metafile processing.

Almost immediately there were reports of an MSN Messenger worm, and now F-Secure is reporting that “Happy New Year” SPAM eMail is carrying an exploit. Anti-Virus vendors quickly updated and began pushing out their A-V signature files. These have been effective, but a new very flexible exploit generation tool has appeared that’s able to create so many different variations of the exploit that A-V signatures are having trouble keeping up.

Microsoft responded with an acknowledgement of the problem which included a very weak workaround (the shimgvw.dll unregistration) that provides very little protection. There’s is not a cure, and it is not known how long the Windows user community will now be waiting for a true patch from Microsoft.

Ilfak Guilfanov produced a highly-effective true patch which successfully suppresses all known exploitable vulnerabilities for anyone using Windows 2000, XP, server 2003, or 64-bit XP. No patch is available for Windows 95, 98, ME or NT, and none is expected to be forthcoming. But anyone using Windows 2000, XP, server 2003, or 64-bit XP should IMMEDIATELY install Ilfak’s exploit suppressor into all of their systems.

Download: ZackNET Server

Posted in Bugs, Security | Comments Off on New High Quality Temporary WMF Exploit Patch Available!

MSN Messenger bux fix update

October 25th, 2005 by Zack Whittaker

Well, literally just been updated this minute that some bug fixes in MSN Messenger 7.5 have been addressed and sorted out, mainly those to do with the Connection Troubleshooter which I have ironically found most troublesome myself, but nevertheless, the update is now available.

The changelog shows these two bugs:

Bug 1:
In French markets, when opening a conversation window with a MSN Mobile Buddy we previously showed the french version of the text “Messages you type here are delivered to a mobile phone or pager. The recipient may be charged for each message by his or her wireless service provider.” But now it will say “Messages you type here are delivered to a mobile phone or pager.” Because it almost all cases, the recipients pay for the service in general and don’t have to pay for individual messages.

Bug 2: Connectivity Trouble Shooter Fires Stray Bullets
Sometimes after running the Connectivity Trouble Shooter, users found that some of their computer programs were no longer able to connect properly. We fixed up the Connectivity Trouble Shooter so that should no longer happen.

View Leah’s blog (MSN Messenger Program Manager)
Download MSN Messenger 7.5.0311

Posted in Bugs, Products | 3 Comments »

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