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Windows Repair Tool
« on: May 02, 2013, 08:12:14 AM »
Is there a fix for sidebyside errors in event viewer?

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Re: Windows Repair Tool
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2013, 11:59:11 AM »
No, that has to do with files on the system not being the right version on the god awful winsxs folder.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2008/09/17/what-is-the-winsxs-directory-in-windows-2008-and-windows-vista-and-why-is-it-so-large.aspx

A lot of times a repair install is the way to go so the winsxs folder gets rebuilt. :wink:

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Re: Windows Repair Tool
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2013, 04:56:11 AM »
I read Shane's Facebook page. His tech friends are requesting more fixes for registry infections/damage caused by virusses (e.g. restoring deleted services). I consider that to be an EXTREMELY good encouragement for installing Registry Backup & running it upon start up as well. The good news is that RB is already included in the WR package but the (novice) user isn't aware it's included, it has been installed and can be used separately. The - IMO - only thing lacking is that RB needs to be configured to run upon startup (independently of WR).

Suggestions for the new WR installation program:
- offer the user an option in the installation program to automatically run RB upon start up.
- (add an option to) place shortcuts to RB on the desktop. Then the user is aware of the programs being present and can be used separately.
- add these shortcuts to the "program menus" as well. (Is this done automatically ??? I rarely use the "program menu". Too much of "jungle". I have placed 4 folders on my desktop with shortcuts to programs I use frequently).
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Re: Windows Repair Tool
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2013, 12:27:01 PM »
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- offer the user an option in the installation program to automatically run RB upon start up.

The program already asks them if they want to do a backup first if they havent already in the program before they go to the repairs.

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- (add an option to) place shortcuts to RB on the desktop. Then the user is aware of the programs being present and can be used separately.

Perhaps, right now they just do it from within WR.

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Re: Windows Repair Tool
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2013, 06:49:29 AM »
Both WR & RB are such marvellous tools. That's why I consider it to be a REAL pity that RB is "buried so deep", remains so hidden (deep) "under the radar" in WR.

I acknowledge that in certain circumstances (e.g. portable version) it's not desirable to create extra shortcuts, add info to Task Scheduler or make one or more other changes to one's computer. But I continue to think that the behaviour of WR & RB (as described above) can be improved considerably. That's why I made those suggestions. Again, RB is too much of a gem. It simply deserves more attention from every WR user.

Perhaps it takes more "discussion" to find the proper way to adress this issue. I know, it's not a matter of "life & death". But I simply care too much for this program to let this pass this by without any further discussion. And above all: no need to rush it. (Yes, I know, I am a "pain in the *ss").

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Re: Windows Repair Tool
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2013, 12:56:43 PM »
I just checked and the registry backup already is in the start menu with Windows repair when you use the installer. It just isnt on the desktop :wink:

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Re: Windows Repair Tool
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2013, 01:47:03 AM »
I just checked and the registry backup already is in the start menu with Windows repair when you use the installer. It just isnt on the desktop :wink:

Shane

Shane, One critcal step we should point out; All Man kind should do too is; Do a surface test prior to any backups! Chkdsk does not always rebuild the to their original state! "long tedious project a surface scan, but until it is done, we will never ge able to completely repair the systems. A surface test will tell if the hard drive needs to be replaced versus backing corrupt data files already...

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Re: Windows Repair Tool
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2013, 07:16:55 AM »
Yes, and that's precisely the reason why RB remains "under the radar" for almost all WR users. The installation program places a shortcut for WR on the desktop but not for RB.

I came across another small bug in WR. WR proposes to be installed in a subfolder of %programfiles(x86)%. I made a shortcut to WR and placed it in a special folder on my desktop. But when I try to change the icon of this shortcut then it generates an error: "Can't find file in the %programfiles% folder ..........". Surprise, surprise. Because WR has been installed in a "%programfiles(x86)% subfolder.

Is this an error in the WR installation program ? Or is Windows (Win 7) to blame ?

(This occurs with RB, Registry compressor, Simple system Booster as well)
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Re: Windows Repair Tool
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2013, 10:38:23 AM »
I use setup factory 9 to make my installers.

I will have to see if it is something with it.

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Re: Windows Repair Tool
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2013, 10:42:46 AM »
Another suggestion for the next WR: Add "Repair MS Security software". i.e. WinDefender, MS Security Essentials (MSSE) and the "Security Center".

The next version of WR could start with:
- registering the files in the folders:
   A. "program files\Windows Defender". (Windows Defender in Win 7 & lower).
   B. "program files(x86)\Windows Defender".
   C. "program files\Security Client" folder. (MS Security Essentials in Win 7 & lower).
   D. "program files(x86)\Security client" folder.
- repairing the "WinDefend" & "MsMpsvc" service and related registry entries.
- restoring "Security Center" service + registering the associated files (*.dll, *.cpl, .... ??)

In Win 8.0 and later, MSSE is called "Windows Defender" and is located in a subfolder of "Program files" with the same name.
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Re: Windows Repair Tool
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2013, 10:18:59 AM »
According to this article,
http://www.tweaking.com/articles/pages/windows_repair_all_in_one_tips,1.html

the (MS ???) Firewall requires WMI to function properly. So, a suggestion surfaced. Add program code that automatically ticks "Repair WMI" as well when the user ticks "Repair Firewall". If the user REALLY doesn't like that then the user always can untick "Repair WMI".
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Re: Windows Repair Tool
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2013, 07:10:22 PM »
Thats an idea. Click repair firewall and WMI gets clicked as well, but then they can uncheck WMI if they dont want it.

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Re: Windows Repair Tool
« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2013, 07:19:55 PM »
Are there other such useful combinations ? E.g. "Register System files" and "WMI" ?  ....... ?
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Re: Windows Repair Tool
« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2013, 11:22:21 PM »
Note: Fix it programs should give the user the choice to apply the fixes, just like MSFT fix it program does.

it should state or even show what it is changing like TCPOptimizer does in the registry

further;

it should show what operating version the user is using, what the default settings for that version;
what are the current settings...

then ask the user to change or not!

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Re: Windows Repair Tool
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2013, 10:42:01 AM »
Suggestions:
- Add to the tab "Settings" an option to choose the folder where Registry Backup is located. Personally I would make a sister/sibling folder the default location for RB instead of a subfolder of WR. That would also make updating RB much more easy.
- Step 4: (Create System Restore Point & Registry Backup) Highlight one button that has been clicked and grey out all the others as long as these programs/functions are running.

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Re: Windows Repair Tool
« Reply #15 on: June 27, 2013, 10:09:29 AM »
Suggestion:
- Move "Restore Important Window Services" from the current 2nd last spot to right above "Repair WMI".

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Re: Windows Repair Tool
« Reply #16 on: June 28, 2013, 12:02:51 PM »
As I said before, the order I have them in is a pain to change, plus some have to happen first before others :wink:

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Re: Windows Repair Tool
« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2013, 07:11:56 AM »
In ran into another problem in Win XP. When I open "Settings" and want to open the log file folder then WR fails to do so. Then the program/Windows indicates it's busy ("Hourglass") but nothing happens.

Where's the default value for this folder stored ? In the registry ? Because it wasn't in "settings.ini". Does it matter that I have two versions (v1.9.7-debug & v1.9.14) installed at the same time ?

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Re: Windows Repair Tool
« Reply #18 on: July 15, 2013, 03:53:20 PM »
The program opens the folder by simply calling the shell command in Windows.

Windows takes it  from there.

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