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John Watson The Pragmatic Enthusiast June 2006 Entries
How to hack MDAC 2.8 off of a machine
I can't take credit for this as I found the tip here. Basically the preferred method is to have the MDAC installer for what you want *removed* and using a couple of less-known setup switches: use the /T switch to specify a temporary folder to extract the files in the setup use the /C switch to only copy the files out Also, it's good to use the MDAC Component Checker to verify which version you have installed. Then grab the standalone installer for that version, unpack it, run the uninstall, reboot ......

Posted On Friday, June 23, 2006 12:31 PM

Vista Beta 2 not a good host for Virtual PC??
I posted here how easy it was to get Virtual PC running on Vista. I figured it was a great way to tryout Vista (my office/email/messaging desktop) while still being productive with VMs containing specific development environments. However, after about a week of use, I've decided I'm better off booting into XP to run VMs. I've been experiencing “lockups” of up to 1 minute or more which make effective work impossible. For example, clicking down through directories on the C:\ drive and suddenly ......

Posted On Monday, June 19, 2006 6:36 PM

Omea Reader under Vista
Omea Reader 2.1.1 (free version) installs and runs well under Vista Beta 2. I've discovered one quirk (design flaw?) though. I've set up a separate Data partition to make things easier dual-booting between XP and Vista. So after installing Omea under Vista, I hunted around for the settings on the XP install, found them under C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\JetBrains\Omea and copied them over to the Data partition (e.g. F:\Omea). When I launch Omea under Vista ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 14, 2006 7:31 AM

XP/Vista File and folder permissions on shared partition
While configuring my computer to dual boot between XP and Vista, I created a “data” partition and moved stuff out of My Documents to the new partition. The plan was to easily see my data in either OS as well as have a clean, simple way to backup. I discovered that I didn't have permissions to the data files from within Vista (the data files were moved to the new partition while booted into XP). I tried taking ownership under Vista but was still restricted from doing so. KB article 308421 ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 13, 2006 5:18 PM

Great non-destructive partitioning utility - and it's free!
After testing Vista Beta 2 running inside Virtual PC and then on an older machine, I decided the next step was to take the plunge and setup my main laptop for dual boot. At this point, it “hovered” on my mental to-do list until I saw this article on Lifehacker. What really caught my eye was Gina's mention of a comment posted regarding GParted - an open source partition manager. After reading the article here I headed over to the project workspace and downloaded it. Bottom line - it works ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 13, 2006 5:01 PM

Virtual PC running on Vista host
I looked for an answer but few people seem to have posted about this one so I figured I would in case others asked. After trying Vista *inside* a virtual machine, I next wondered if I could install Virtual PC onto a Vista host. After all, running Vista “right on the metal” of a real machine is much sexier than inside an emulated VM :). After a false start of trying to launch the MSI I found a suggestion somewhere that you had to run the Setup.exe stub which worked great. So...when trying ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 13, 2006 12:20 PM

Windows Vista Beta 2 and missing msvcr71.dll
While trying out various things on the Beta 2 (Build 5384) I ran into a missing msvcr71.dll while trying to use Password Safe. Since I was dual booting with XP on another partition, I copied over the file from \Windows\System32 on the XP partition. My super scientific methodology was to try launching again. Next it was msvcp70.dll and then finally msvcp71.dll. After that the application came up fine. Soooo...if you're missing any of these three, grab a copy of them from an XP installation and just ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 13, 2006 12:12 PM

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