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Everything Else / Re: .NET Framework
« on: February 11, 2014, 12:49:17 pm »
Thanks Shane, I guess that means "Bye, Bye .NET Framework"  :smiley:, and a bit of HDD space reclaimed.

Thanks again, Samson.

Everything Else / .NET Framework
« on: February 11, 2014, 11:27:08 am »
Hi Shane,

Today's "Patch Tuesday" included 3 security updates for .NET Framework in XP. After April 8th am I right in thinking that MS will no longer offer .NET Framework updates for XP?

Two part question  :wink:

Do I really need .NET Framework anyway? I know that 2 programs that I used to have installed needed it, but they are long gone now and so was wondering about uninstalling it altogether, your thoughts/ advice appreciated.

Thanks, Samson.

Everything Else / Re: Will continue to support XP?
« on: January 20, 2014, 10:24:59 am »
Thanks for your reply Shane, that is good to hear.

I can cope without support from MS but no support from would be unthinkable  :wink:


Everything Else / Re: MS fix for Windows Update (XP)
« on: January 20, 2014, 10:17:45 am »
If MS really wanted to help, they could releasea SP4 for XP, it would save time on any future clean install  :wink:

Everything Else / Re: MS fix for Windows Update (XP)
« on: January 20, 2014, 08:59:59 am »
Thanks for the "Heads Up" Willy2...

I guess that means no more manually updating the IE Cumulative updates before searching for others, just as you find a workaround MS go and "fixit"  :wink:

Happy days, at least it shows that someone somewhere still cares about us XP users  :cheesy:

Everything Else / Will continue to support XP?
« on: January 18, 2014, 11:58:30 am »
Hi Shane,

In light of Microsoft's recent announcement that they will continue to offer engine and defs updates for MSE for users on XP....

Will you still be supporting XP with your new and updated programs?

I have decided to stick with XP after April. I am an adult, I understand the risks and accept the possible consequences of doing so.  :wink:


General Computer Support / Re: How post replies. New member.
« on: January 08, 2014, 03:42:23 am »
Hi FirstSpear,

A padlock symbol at the end of a thread title shows that it has been locked/ closed. This is the case in the thread that you mention. Best for you to start a new thread with your problem.


Everything Else / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: December 24, 2013, 12:39:44 pm »
+1 Wishing everyone season's greetings and a tweaking new year  :wink:

809 Support & Help / Re: annoying ads
« on: November 26, 2013, 11:00:11 am »
I honestly cannot remember the last time that I saw an advert/ banner or pop up on any site at all.

Adblock Plus and EasyList subscription does a great job  :smiley:.

I have installed and now no annoying ads pop-up anymore! This is what I call the real killer!  :cheesy:
thx man for this.

Hey G, glad it worked well for you, no more ads!  :cheesy:

810 Support & Help / Re: annoying ads
« on: November 26, 2013, 04:11:38 am »
I honestly cannot remember the last time that I saw an advert/ banner or pop up on any site at all.

Adblock Plus and EasyList subscription does a great job  :smiley:.

General Computer Support / Re: XP Support Stop
« on: November 14, 2013, 02:32:20 pm »
Hi All,

An interesting thread.....I am sticking with XP until I have to replace any of my machines.

My plan, for what it's worth, is pretty much as Shane has outlined.

I use XP firewall and am behind my Netgear firewall too, I run my web browser in a sandbox, keep my AV and Flash Player updated. I have uninstalled Java, no need for it personally, and keep regular Disk image backups on separate internal and external drives.

I guess when my hardware eventually dies then I'll migrate to a new OS, it may well be Ubuntu.

General Computer Support / Re: svchost.exe 99% CPU Win XP SP3
« on: October 19, 2013, 07:48:40 am »
Hi Shane,

Success, 128 updates later....All done, problem solved   :smiley:

Thanks again,


General Computer Support / Re: svchost.exe 99% CPU Win XP SP3
« on: October 16, 2013, 01:21:37 pm »
Hi Shane,

Thanks, Yes I usually update manually every "Patch Tuesday"....I guess with this laptop I'll just leave it updating manually overnight as there will be tonnes of updates due for it.

Thanks for your help, knowledge and reassurance. I'll post back and let you know how it goes


General Computer Support / Re: svchost.exe 99% CPU Win XP SP3
« on: October 16, 2013, 01:00:02 pm »
Hi Shane,

Problem of svchost.exe at 99% has returned. It only happens when auto updates are turned on or I try to update manually. This is a clean install of XP Pro SP3 with IE8

I have enclosed the log from your svchost.exe Lookup Tool, the PID is 1020

When I turn off auto updates svchost.exe returns to 0%


General Computer Support / Re: svchost.exe 99% CPU Win XP SP3
« on: October 11, 2013, 02:23:38 pm »
From memory it was PID 1020 RpcSs

All is well now, I have heard many other people have had the same problem since Tuesday's updates, but now they are able to get the updates.

Thanks Shane.

General Computer Support / Re: svchost.exe 99% CPU Win XP SP3
« on: October 11, 2013, 04:16:12 am »
Hi Shane,

Can you mark this thread as fixed/ locked.

All is well again, updates downloaded and installed on all machines  :shy:

I guess Microsoft's servers were overloaded, the 10th anniversary of "Patch Tuesday" was never going to run smoothly  :wink:


General Computer Support / svchost.exe 99% CPU Win XP SP3
« on: October 10, 2013, 04:31:39 am »
Hi Shane,

Problems with Win XP SP3, same problem on all 3 machines at our house following recent "Patch Tuesday". No updates were shown, downloaded or installed.

svchost.exe running at 99% CPU, tried your Repair Windows Updates tool, logs attached, the only way to have a usable machine at the moment is to set  wuauserv to disabled. It's a workaround, but obviously I'm not keeping these machines up to date with security fixes.

Any help appreciated, thanks.


General Computer Support / Re: Static IP/ Reserved Address
« on: August 10, 2013, 02:29:00 am »
Hi Shane,

Thanks for the information and advice. It's for a desktop PC, so I will remove the static IP and just use reserved IP address from the router.

Thanks again, enjoy your weekend.

General Computer Support / Static IP/ Reserved Address
« on: August 09, 2013, 01:43:05 pm »
Hi Shane,

I have set up a static IP address on my computer (within the DHCP pool, but at the higher end, I read what you've said about this elsewhere  :wink:).

I have also set up a reserved IP address on my router for the same machine.

It all seems to work just fine, but I wanted to check that this seems OK? Do I need both, or could this be problematic?


Everything Else / Nicolas Cage
« on: June 27, 2013, 08:28:45 am »
Hi Shane,

My kids came in from school, switched on their PC and came to me complaining that they had Nicolas Cage on the desktop  :wink:

Happy birthday.

Feedback & Suggestions / Registry Backup v1.6.1
« on: June 10, 2013, 11:36:32 am »
Hi Shane,

Updated to Registry Backup v1.6.1 (portable, I use it to backup 2 machines). All went fine, no problems.  :smiley:
Thank you for your work.


Everything Else / Re: Budget tech
« on: May 27, 2013, 04:33:41 am »
I don't really like to reply to my own post,  :shy: but here goes anyway  :wink:

Another day, another Car Boot Sale...Brand new, still sealed RAM OK it's old tech but great for older machines...PC3200 DDR RAM £1/GB, Fill yer boots time! I bought the lot and got a discount, 75p/GB  :cheesy:

Hey jraju, good news that you've got it sorted and now you are up and running  :smiley:

Re:LAME, you will need this if you plan to export any of your projects in MP3 format.

Cool thing about these posts Samson, I am making a game right now and I have Audacity, but haven't used it yet till I am not ready to polish the sounds yets.

You will have saved me some research time :-)

Thanks. :wink:


 :cheesy: Audacity is a great programme, I use it a lot, mostly for getting old vinyl and cassettes into a digital format. It offers all sorts of great editing features, and is generally really easy to use, and of course it's free.

But in jraju's case he seems to have a soundcard that is not wholly compatible with Audacity, many posts about it over on the Audacity forum. Works great for me with my trusty old Soundblaster card.  :smiley:

Seems like Audacity and that soundcard don't play nicely together  :sad:

But I'd use the microphone in the correct input socket, usually marked, red/ pink in colour. I've attached screen shots for my card but they should be the same for yours.

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