Category Archive: windows vista

DUAL BOOT

Many PC gamers find that their old favorite title does not work with the latest greatest version of Windows available. The MBR has a 2 TB limit while the new GPT has an 18 EB limit. The older MBR can support 4 primary partitions per hard disk and more extended partitions. The GUID GPT can …

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WINDOWS SUPPORT LIFECYCLE

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 Microsoft releases new versions of Windows every few years. Microsoft also releases service packs and platform updates periodically. Following many questions Microsoft has now released a support matrix. This provides the exact dates for general availability and the last day of support (Windows updates). Each version of Windows will have 5 years of mainstream support. …

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LIST OF GAMES FEATURING 64-BIT ENGINES

A few games offered 64-bit versions to enthusiasts to experiment with. WIndows XP x64 was popular as it could use 4GB or more memory and it offered much easier memory management. This list is compiled from game system requirements. 2014 saw a trickle of 64-bit games while 2015 saw a flood of 64-bit games. 2016 …

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ERROR CODE 37

Error code 37 means there was a problem with the device driver, This has been know to occur when the driver is damaged for one reason or another. To fix the problem the device driver disk is needed to reinstall it from the driver package.. Testing a beta build of Windows sometimes trashes the driver …

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WIN32K.SYS

WIN32K.SYS is a low level component of WIndows. It’s the kernel side of the Windows subsystems. The includes the graphical user interface infrastructure including the USER, GDI and DirectX. DirectX is handled by DXH.SYS. USER32.DLL and IMM32.DLL make up the window manager. GDI32.DLL MSIMG32.DLL make up GDI. D3D8THK.DLL is the DirectX thunk. TWSRC_32.DLL is the print driver. WINSRV.DLL …

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ERROR CODE 0x80072F8F

This error code has been seen with problems in Windows activation. This occurs when the system clock is not set correctly. To the problem reboot the machine and enter the BIOS and set the correct date and time. Then restart the machine and you find Windows will activate properly. If you are installing Windows 10, …

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WINDOWS DIRECTX GRAPHICS INFRASTRUCTURE

DirectX Graphics Infrastructure (DXGI) is a user-mode component of Windows Vista and higher which provides a mapping between particular graphics APIs such as Direct3D 10.0 and above and the graphics kernel, which in turn interfaces with the user-mode Windows Display Driver Model driver. DXGI provides objects to handle tasks such as enumerating graphics adapters and …

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DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION BSOD

This bug check indicates that the DPC watchdog executed, either because it detected a single long-running deferred procedure call (DPC), or because the system spent a prolonged time at an interrupt request level (IRQL) of DISPATCH_LEVEL or above. The value of Parameter 1 indicates whether a single DPC exceeded a timeout, or whether the system …

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WINDOWS VISTA

Windows Vista was released generally on January 30, 2007. Vista is now in extended support which will expire April 10, 2017. Service pack 2 improves the performance of Vista to the same level as Windows 7. Windows Vista will install on a machine with 512 MB of RAM and a 1 GHz processor. Realistically a …

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MALWARE AND SECURITY

Malware became apparent early on with the personal computer. Over time security tools became available to combat the problem. Windows Vista and above come with Windows Defender which provides some modicum of security. Other security programs were expected to complement or replace it. In practice many used Windows with no additional security programs in place. …

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