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1 Support & Help / WR v4.12.3
« on: January 31, 2022, 03:55:32 PM »
- I ran WR version v4.12.3 last evening. I noticed that in the log file there were 2 lines that read:

Decompressing & Updating Windows Permission File c:\Program Files (x86)\PcWinTech\WR v4.12.3\files\permissions\7\profile.7z
Failed to decompress the file!

I also attached the logfile to this post (zipped up in a *.7z file).

This file ("profile.7z") was only (less than ??) 1 kb in size. Is this correct ?? I tried to decompress this file with 7zip (installed on my Win 7 system) and that also failed. Is this correct ?? Are there more files that WR / 7zip fails to decompress ?? I didn't see this error pop up in the logfile for other *.7z files. So, it seems that a file with this small size causes this error. Or is this an error in 7zip ?

To be fixed in the next version of WR ?

2 Support & Help / 2 questions
« on: January 08, 2022, 07:33:41 AM »
1)  WR v4.12.2 is available but MAJOR GEEKS still offers WR v4.12.1
2) I assume that WR still runs on a Vista & XP system ? But MAJOR GEEKS says that WR can only be run on a Win 7 system and newer ...........


Feedback & Suggestions / Code improvement for WR
« on: November 18, 2021, 07:42:22 PM »
I have a proposal to "Clean up" the program code in Windows Repair (WR). WR runs a number of MSDOS command in several repairs and those commands can "cleaned up". Inside WR one can find a sequence of commands something like this (in bold & italics):

REM register an number of files in the "System32" folder:

regsvr32.exe   file.dll /s
regsvr32.exe   file2.dll /s
regsvr32.exe   file3.dll /s

REM test if a computer is a 32 bit or 64 bit system

IF NOT EXIST "C:\windows\syswow64\regsvr32.exe  goto nextcode

REM register a files number of files in the "Syswow64" folder
REM target the "Syswow64" folder.

regsvr32.exe  file.dll /s
regsvr32.exe  file2.dll /s
regsvr32.exe  file3.dll /s


This piece of code contains a "goto" command and that's NOT recommended.

The lines that target the "Syswow64" folder can be improved/cleaned up. Those lines in WR can replace that with slightly different code that also would target the "Syswow64" folder. Instead of using "goto" WR can use a slightly different "IF" code and NO "goto".

Then the lines that target the "syswow64" folder (see the example above) would become something like this (in bold italics):

REM test if a computer is a 32 bit or 64 bit system

IF EXIST "C:\windows\syswow64\regsvr32.exe  (

REM register a files number of files in the "Syswow64" folder
regsvr32.exe  file.dll /s
regsvr32.exe  file2.dll /s
regsvr32.exe  file3.dll /s

4 Support & Help / Registry backup problem
« on: July 04, 2021, 06:38:35 PM »
- I installed RB v4.00. But it causes CPU to go through the roof even when I try to open the program with a shortcut. I am not trying to run the program (yet) but simply opening the program already pushes CPU into the stratosphere on my Windows 7 system.
- On top of that the program regularly crashes when I want to make a backup manually.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr ......................

Everything Else / Cleanmem suggestion
« on: April 29, 2021, 03:58:15 AM »
- Suggestion for a new version of Cleanmem (the PcWinTech forum has disappeared):

- Create a shortcut to "Mini-monitor" on the desktop when the program is installed. That will make things easier for all users. Today I had someone complaining about not seeing a shortcut on the desktop after installation. And I think he/she was right.
- A good opportunity to implement all other suggestion I made here on this forum in the past.

6 Support & Help / Windows Repair Update
« on: December 11, 2020, 03:56:07 PM »
- In the latest version of WR there was supposedly a bug fixed:

"Fixed bug where the repair info drop down list was blank and not showing info on the repairs."

- Are these bugs REALLY fixed ?

The "Presets" box (above the boxes of the individual repairs) shows the text "Click here". When I open that box, it shows 5 lines of text and 1 blank line. Text missing ?

When I click on "Repair info" then a new window opens. The drop box remains empty when I open this for the 1st time. It doesn't show e.g. the 1st line of the content of the "Repair Info" list. The user must select a repair to make a text show up in that box.

Something similar (like under 2) ) happens in the program "Registry Backup". If the user wants to restore the registry then the dropbox window remains empty.

See also the pictures attached

- From someone from the CCleaner website (" ") I received the following question:

"Willy have you heard any reports of Windows 10 20H2 being unable to sign in with a Microsoft account when in safe mode?

I know someone who helps friends with their machine problems and he has found that he cannot use Tweaking any more because if someone has a Microsoft account you cannot sign in to it in safe mode (with networking or without)

Local accounts are okay."

In other words: Windows Repair gets blocked. Please pass this on to Shane. This kind of stuff is WAY above my paygrade.

8 Support & Help / Bug in Registry Backup (v3.53) part 2
« on: June 29, 2020, 11:21:55 AM »
- There is another bug in Registry Backup v3.53.
- When I have the program set to make only one backup per day, then I still can manually make  more than one copie / backup of the registry.

9 Support & Help / Bowser/Browser
« on: October 08, 2018, 01:31:20 AM »
- I noticed that when I installed WR v4.3.0 there was one file called "Bowser.reg". This file was in the subfolder "C:\program files(x86)\.............\files\regfiles\vista". Shouldn't this name be "Browser.reg" ?? (with an "r" between the "b" and "o"). Like it is in other "regfile" subfolders for Windows XP, Win 7 or Win 8 ??
- Or is this a typo made by MICROSOFT that only happens in Vista ?

10 Support & Help / Tweaking website hacked ??
« on: July 19, 2018, 11:18:41 PM »
- As I visited the home page of the website today the sequence of the releases is all messed/mixed up. Was the website hacked, infected ? Was the author a "bit drunk" when he put out a new version and modified the website ? The latest version that's available is version v4.0.22. I thought there was already a version v4.0.23 ? Did that version contain still too many bugs and had to be pulled from the website ?

11 Support & Help / Bug in Registry Backup
« on: August 15, 2017, 07:18:34 AM »
- The program code for the latest version of Registry Backup needs to be improved. I have told Registry Backup to keep copies of the registry for 32 days. Every backup folder older than 32 days will then will be deleted. The program does its work well. That is, PROVIDED that the old folder isn't empty. Then RB won't delete that old folder at all.

See also the picture in the attachment.

12 Support & Help / Bug in WR v4.01
« on: July 30, 2017, 07:32:14 AM »
- In repair #18 the program stalls. This repair opens on my Win 7 system a MSDOS windows and then tries to stop the WMI Service. But then a question pops up. The question is something along the lines of "When this Service is stopped then 2 other Services (Security Center, IP Helper) are stopped as well. Do you want to continue ? (J/N)". Then the MSDOS waits until I have pressed either the "J" or "N" key on my keyboard.

- Solution for this problem ??? Add the "/y" switch to the (multiple) commands "net stop winmgmt" that are in that repair.

Everything Else / New version of Outlook Express
« on: November 30, 2016, 12:25:09 AM »
- There's a new version available of Outlook Express. No, it's NOT developed by MS. It certainly looks promising because it has a similar GUI as the old OE. Haven't tried it yet but I certainly will.

14 Support & Help / (solved) Win 7 Permission Problem
« on: November 08, 2016, 12:09:31 AM »
- After running WR v3.9.16 I noticed that one error log file is massive (~ 14 Mb) in size. When looking through the error log it turns out that WR wasn't able to write the new permissions to the "C:\Windows" folder. This is not limited to this version of WR. It also happened with WR v3.9.15 & WR v3.9.14.

Here's the file itself:!AluvxwylJSzycrK69c3l34OzLS8

15 Support & Help / Svchost tool
« on: September 13, 2016, 02:05:01 PM »
- Thumbs up for the latest/new version of the "Svchost Look Up" tool !!!!!!!!

General Computer Support / Question about WU downloads
« on: September 11, 2016, 03:35:39 PM »
- When I want to download the english version of Windows Update KB 3102810 then I go this webpage

- But I have reports that some people aren't able to download that package (it happens with other Updates as well !!). They click on the "Download" button, the website says "Thank you for downloading" but nothing gets downloaded. One report suggests - I repeat - suggests that running "Windows Repair" could be the cause of not being able to download that file anymore. Since it happens with IE and Chrome I would assume that something in Windows itself is "broken".
I recommended running only a few repairs (e.g. "Register System files") but it was to no avail.
- No, the page (=MS Download Center) mentioned above is does NOT use ActiveX whereas MS Catalog does use ActiveX (for the time being).

Does anyone have an answer ?  Perhaps Shane has an idea of what's going on ?

17 Support & Help / "Read Only"
« on: May 16, 2016, 11:44:17 AM »
- I tried to modify the file called "file_list.txt" (with the MD4 hashes) but to no avail. (I want to change the startup states of a number of Services.) Everytime I try to edit/load that file I get a message the that file is "Read Only" and that I should close the program that is using that file. Yet, the main Windows Repair (WR) program and the system tray icon are not running/active. And the attribute "Read Only" for the file is also not active/turned on.

- Did the installation program of WR v3.90 not properly handle all those files ? Forgot to somehow properly end the installation procedure ?
- Or is the text editor to blame ?

Everything Else / Windows Update Problems
« on: April 20, 2016, 12:15:17 AM »
A LOT OF people have problems with the latest round of Windows Updates.
- High CPU (& memory) usage. I assume the process "Svchost" has problems finding the proper Updates.
- No Updates found.
- Updates listed both under "Important" & "Optional".


19 Support & Help / Registry Backup bug (or bugs)
« on: April 01, 2016, 10:43:54 AM »
- When I want to restore an old backup and open that screen/pane then RB won't show any of the previous backups made by RB. RB recognizes that I have 153(!!) backups but it doesn't any of those 153 in the "drop down" menu which normally shows about 6 to 7 of the last backups. Is this another "text color" problem ?

- I think RB needs a small modification: Instead of the text "Open current backup location", use the text "Open selected backup location".

20 Support & Help / Bug in Registry Backup v3.40
« on: March 23, 2016, 11:20:12 AM »
- In the left hand bottom of the RB GUI the latest version of RB (v3.40) a bug pops up. RB seems to forget to report what RB is busy doing. See screenshot inside the red & blue boxes.

21 Support & Help / Registering files for Registry Backup
« on: March 07, 2016, 06:19:36 AM »
- I have a hunch why Registry Backup crashes. I think RB overlooks to register a number of files with the "Regsvr32" command.

I was fiddling with the program REGEDIT and searched for the word "Tweaking" and "TweakingFormControl.ocx" and found one instance of that file. Then I used the "REGSVR32" command to register all the *.dll & *.ocx files in the folder where the folder where also the main *.exe was located for Registry Backup.
After that I came across A LOT OF instances of entries of e.g. "TweakingFormControl.ocx" in the registry.

To be fixed in the next version of RB ? Do these files need to be registered for RB to work ? (After all, these are *.ocx & *.dll files.).

22 Support & Help / Registry backup crashing
« on: January 04, 2016, 02:35:55 PM »
I have a problem with Registry Backup (RB).

- When it's run under the System Account upon start up of Windows then it takes a significant amount of time (say 1 minute) before RB is actually executing the program code. When I look what processes are runnning (Task Manager) then first the main *.exe (TweakingRegistryBackup.exe) is running and with very high CPU (25% on a 4 (?????) core CPU) and only after say 30 seconds to 1 minute other RB related exe files are "kicked into action" ("vss_7_8_2008_2012_64.exe" & "vss_start.exe"). Does anyone know why it takes such a amount of time to start those processes ?

- I have a bigger problem with RB when want to manually make a copy of the registry. I have a shortcut to the program and when I click on that shortcut RB  also takes a significant time (say 30 second to 1 minute) before the main GUI of RB pops up on my desktop. During that same time CPU increases to 25% as well.
But the most worrying thing is that, in this case, RB (after say 2 to 3 minutes) ALWAYS crashes.

This problem/crash also occured when I try to start RB from the Windows Repair program.

Are there more people who expierence the same (undesirable) behaviour ? Can this be blamed on one or more "rogue" registry setiing ? Or on a weird combination of (installed) programs ? Or are the new Microsoft Updates to blame for this wierd/odd behaviour of RB ?

General Computer Support / Windows is slow in deleting files
« on: October 07, 2015, 07:20:43 AM »
From time to time it takes LOTS of time to delete one file. Then a box with the message "Preparing" shows up and takes minutes (sometimes more than 3 minutes) before the system is ready to delete the file.

I tried to GOOGLE a solution it but I didn't find - up to now - no satisfactory solution for this problem. Yes, I can restart my system but it would be great to solve this problem without restarting.

Feedback & Suggestions / Thumbs up for Windows Repair
« on: October 07, 2015, 06:55:19 AM »
Regularly one or more icons only show the generic (Windows) icon and not the appropriate icon. For a long time I thought my AV program was responsible. That Windows wasn't able to pull up the icon fast enough. It turns out that the icons were corrupted and that running Windows Repair ("Repair Icons") solves the problem.

I discovered this because I was forced to remove the AV program for a short while but the generic icons kept popping up.

Feedback & Suggestions / Thumbs up for Registry Backup v3.20
« on: September 06, 2015, 12:45:10 PM »
- I ran a program that cleaned the registry too aggressively and then it took my Win 7 system to ages to open a file/program. But with the help of Registry Backup v3.20 I was able to restore the registry to a previous date and then win 7 worked well again.

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