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Windows Repair aio feature requests
« on: June 30, 2013, 04:53:28 PM »
I had a few requests. first off, I have REALLY enjoyed this program. It has saved me a LOT of time when doing tech work. But I was wondering how many features of these programs are not already included in your repair:

Crisis Aversion Tool:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/crisistool/

Re-Enable v2:
http://www.tangosoft.co.uk/re-enablev2.html

The other request I had is. I know that you have the sfc /scannow included in your program, but I am making my own toolbox, and am including your program in it for my flash drive I take around with me. But there is no program out there that can scan windows and tell me "windows update program has errors" or something. in a sensible way in a log file that I can put in an analysis file.

So I was wondering if you could write a "Scanner" program that compares the installed system files with the ones that your program fixes to determine what parts of windows has issues or needs repair. then I could put it in my diagnostic part of my toolbox, to show people what parts of the system need repair or even for us as techs to know what needs to be repaired.

If you could make that Scanner program I would REALLY be THANKFUL, because I need a program like that to finish my toolbox. :) and as far as I can tell there is no program like that anywhere.

Thanks, hope to hear from you.

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Re: Windows Repair aio feature requests
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2013, 05:28:16 PM »
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Crisis Aversion Tool:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/crisistool/

Re-Enable v2:
http://www.tangosoft.co.uk/re-enablev2.html

My repair tool already has about 90% of those options in it :-D

A scanner program would be hard to do. Basically because of the incredible amount of variables and such in Windows. Which most likely is the reason why MS has never made their own repair tool.

I will be doing some updates soon addming more repair and services to the program, so it will be getting better :-)

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Re: Windows Repair aio feature requests
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2013, 08:06:35 PM »
I am not sure how exactly your repair works, but for certain things it looks like it is just changing reg values and others it looks like it is replacing files. In those cases couldn't it just compare the reg value in the system versus yours or for the files couldn't it do an md5sum or something to do a quick analysis to see if the files are the same or different? I know some aspects of it might be difficult to have in a scanner but I thought most were just changing files or reg values which should be easy to check?

But awesome that there is a new version coming out  :cheesy: I need to finish my toolbox, I am using Ketarin ( http://ketarin.canneverbe.com/ ) to keep it updated with your repair among other things, and using AutoIt ( http://www.autoitscript.com/site/autoit/ ) for my gui. If there is anything I can do to help make the scanner program let me know, because I have been trying to find a lot of programs to use in my analysis of a computer and if there is a way to have this scanner program it would really help to determine is its a software issue rather than hardware.

Also I dont remember off-hand but are you going to be having any fix/repair for the MBR or boot manager of Windows? because some computers I have worked with have that problem. so that I could run a WinPE and use your repair to fix those things as well?

Secondly sometimes when doing your Windows Update repair it still does not fix it so for that I usually have to run this program: ( http://www.thewindowsclub.com/repair-fix-windows-updates-with-fix-wu-utility ) have you ever had any issues doing those repairs? or does their repair do different than yours?

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Re: Windows Repair aio feature requests
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2013, 03:42:17 PM »
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Secondly sometimes when doing your Windows Update repair it still does not fix it so for that I usually have to run this program: ( http://www.thewindowsclub.com/repair-fix-windows-updates-with-fix-wu-utility ) have you ever had any issues doing those repairs? or does their repair do different than yours?

Not sure what their tool does but on mine I have about a 90% success rate. And on some errors they are DNS related
http://www.tweaking.com/forums/index.php/topic,1052.0.html

Once I get caught up on some work I am going to be getting started on the next version of the Windows repair :-)

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Re: Windows Repair aio feature requests
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2013, 04:04:48 PM »
Cool, but ill check into the dns thing. but is there any chance you will make the scanner too? Or is there anything I can do to help?

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Re: Windows Repair aio feature requests
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2013, 04:08:39 PM »
The key to any scanner is to have info to compare against. Thats the hard part :wink:

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Re: Windows Repair aio feature requests
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2013, 04:19:47 PM »
true but since your repair fixes things I thought that could be like the "baseline" for it to compare the system to yours, treating yours as the correct version, and the system as what is being compared.

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Re: Windows Repair aio feature requests
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2013, 04:22:42 PM »
The hard part is when there are Windows updates and files and setting change.

But I am always open to making my work better, so I am not counting it out :wink:

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Re: Windows Repair aio feature requests
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2013, 07:16:42 AM »
I have the new version now on my USB, but I also wondered how many features your repair has compared to this programs restorer:

http://www.novirusthanks.org/product/hijack-hunter/

also I found this program which I think is like the scanner we talked about, but if we could make a scanner in relation with yours I think it would be more advanced, but how does this compare:

http://www.reimageplus.com/how-does-it-work/

What do you think?

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Re: Windows Repair aio feature requests
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2013, 07:13:23 PM »
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http://www.novirusthanks.org/product/hijack-hunter/

That is a scanner, my tool isnt a scanner, it runs a set of repairs, doesnt scan the system for problems.


When it comes to Windows 95% of problems with Windows are in the registry.

Here is an example. I was doing a test and manually change an id of my network in the registry. Network wouldn't work and there isnt a repair for it, I had to remove the network and let Windows recreate the reg keys it needed, if not the network wouldnt work.

There are a lot of reg keys that are the same on every system, that what my repair tries to restore.

There are then the rest of the reg keys that are different per machine, with different ids, values, hardware and such. It is because of these reg keys I will never be able to make a perfect repair tool. When those keys get messed up a repair reinstall is needed so those keys get remade properly.

And with over 1 million reg keys in a default install of Windows, this is no easy task :-)

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Re: Windows Repair aio feature requests
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2013, 07:44:20 PM »
So are you hoping to eventually have all 1 million to be able to be repaired with your tool?

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Re: Windows Repair aio feature requests
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2013, 07:48:20 PM »
Yes, but more in finding out how to get Windows to repair those keys.

Like with my network card, I couldnt get it to work till I uninstalled the network card, rebooted and installed it fresh.

My goal is to find ways to automate this as much as possible. I doubt I will get everything, but the more the better. Just doing the default reg keys now make a huge difference.

And some down the road I could do as well depending, but that stuff gets really really deep.

I am starting on version 2.0 and I want it to rock. I will keep the same layout as now but add a none of options for the advanced user :-)

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Re: Windows Repair aio feature requests
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2013, 08:01:09 PM »
Also for the next version, I was wondering, I know you have malwarebytes included in it, but malwarebytes is not portable (unless you have a corporate license, I know because I have seen the official portable version) but would you want to instead use something like: http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/eek/       It has a very high (the highest I have seen) scan rating and detection.

direct download used to be this zip file not sure if its still the most up to date version:
http://download4.emsisoft.com/EmsisoftEmergencyKit.zip

but now its this self extractor version, but personally I prefer the zip:
http://dl.emsisoft.com/EmsisoftEmergencyKit.exe

to be the antivirus scanner instead of malwarebytes? there was something else I was wondering if it was going to be included, but I forget at the moment.

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Re: Windows Repair aio feature requests
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2013, 08:10:47 PM »
Oh I also didnt know if you needed this for anything, if you had to replace a windows file without having to reboot or didnt have permission, I have this program in my toolbox, and it comes in handy at times:

Name:
SysMate -- System File Walker
website:
http://cedric-poottaren.blogspot.com/2013/07/update-sysmate-system-file-walker-112.html
direct download:
http://jcplaboratory.webs.com/Files/Downloads/Apps/SysMate_System_File_Walker.zip

also this program if you needed to copy something without needed ownership or permissions,

Name:
Fast Raw File Copier Pro
website:
http://www.novirusthanks.org/product/fast-raw-file-copier-pro/
direct download:
http://downloads.novirusthanks.org/files/portables/fast_raw_file_copier_portable.zip

just wanted to share those as well, incase you might need them for something, but if most of what you change is in registry then its probably not a big issue.

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Re: Windows Repair aio feature requests
« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2013, 04:48:02 PM »
Malwarebytes gave me permission to add their program. I have to have permission from any 3rd party program I want to have witht he Windows repair, which I like to try and do as much of it my self :-)

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Re: Windows Repair aio feature requests
« Reply #15 on: August 22, 2013, 10:44:51 PM »
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http://www.novirusthanks.org/product/hijack-hunter/

That is a scanner, my tool isnt a scanner, it runs a set of repairs, doesnt scan the system for problems.

Also I dont think I made my statement about that program clear, but I know its a scanner, but one of the other options it has is what it calls a "restorer" which has some various repairs. I didnt know if the repairs it did in that "restorer" section of the program were repairs that your program had.

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Re: Windows Repair aio feature requests
« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2013, 11:55:17 PM »
I see, I will take a look :-)

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Re: Windows Repair aio feature requests
« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2013, 06:52:04 PM »
How on your latest 1.9.18 version you have it do a chkdsk read only scan and it logs that, what about also doing an: sfc /verifyonly     scan so that you know whether or not you need to run the sfc as well? and logging any errors with that as well?

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Re: Windows Repair aio feature requests
« Reply #18 on: September 16, 2013, 02:51:00 PM »
sfc doesn't require a reboot unless it finds files it needs to replace, it can be ran in Windows, so running sfc from the program would take just as long as a /verifyonly.

The goal os the chkdsk was to avoid an extra reboot if it wasnt needed, since the only way to fix errors with chkdsk on the main drive is by a reboot. :-)

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