Tag Archives: Windows Vista

Move a Windows install from one machine to another using in-place upgrade

Update, May 17, 2016: With Windows 10, and maybe Windows 8/8.1 as well, you don’t need to jump through these hoops.  Just move or clone a drive to your new system and boot it up.  Windows detects that it has been moved and does a new device scan.  If your new system needs a disk controller driver that is not built into Windows (i.e. some kind of RAID device), you’ll want to make sure that the driver is installed before the move.

Windows usually isn’t very happy when you try to move it to a different PC. If you were to take the hard drive out of one PC, install it in a different PC, and try to boot it up, unless the system components were identical or very similar, you would probably be presented with a BSOD right after the boot begins.

There are a few different ways to prepare your Windows installation to be moved to a different machine. One way is to use Sysprep to generalize your installation. This will make it forget about a lot of the hardware-specific information that it has and allow it to be booted on different hardware. The downside is that it loses a lot of your personalizations.

I’m writing about the in-place upgrade method because I didn’t find another article explaining it in detail. This method isn’t necessarily better than the Sysprep method, but it will keep all of your settings and programs. You will lose some installed Windows updates, which you will have to install again after the switch is complete.

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Bye-bye, Windows 2000!

Today, support for Windows 2000 from Microsoft ends. Windows 2000 was released over ten years ago, on February 17, 2000. Although it may have had a shaky start as far as application compatibility goes, it is renowned as one of the most stable operating systems ever to come out of Microsoft, and it paved the way for Microsoft to merge the “home” (9x) and “business” (NT) lines of Windows with Windows XP, the following year.

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The User Profile Service service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded.

…How’s that for good grammar?

Anyway, this error popped up for me in Windows 7 the other day.  After the computer boots up, you click on your user icon, type in your password, and BAM!  “The User Profile Service service failed the logon.  User profile cannot be loaded.”  And then you are logged off, and stuck back at the user select screen.

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Disable remote UAC in Windows Vista and Windows 7

In earlier versions of Windows, if you had files or folders with NTFS permissions assigned to the “Administrators” group (i.e., “Administrators” are allowed to edit the files but other users are not), they applied to all users in the Administrators group like you would expect.  In Windows Vista and Windows 7 (with UAC enabled), a process must be elevated and be running as a user in the Administrators group to be given these permissions.  This is fine when you’re dealing with stuff on your local machine… when you try to do something with a file that you need administrative permission to do, Windows just prompts you to elevate, and you may get a UAC prompt depending on your system settings.

But if you are dealing with stuff on a different machine, perhaps by Windows file sharing, there’s no way to elevate yourself.  So, if you are trying to access a shared folder that only “Administrators” are allowed to access, even if you are a member of the “Administrators” group, you will not be able to access it.

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Migrating Vista’s Windows Photo Gallery database

I’ve taken a liking to the Windows Photo Gallery application that comes with Windows Vista. It’s nice for organizing photos and videos, and the killer feature for me is the hierarchical tagging, a feature that I cannot find in any other free photo management app for Windows.

Windows Photo Gallery stores tag information directly in the files you are tagging, when possible. For instance, when tagging JPEG files, the tags are stored in the JPEGs using XMP. Also, if you modify other information about the files (such as the date/time a photo was taken), that information is stored in the file if possible.

In some cases, the information cannot be stored in the file itself; for instance, if the file is marked “read only,” or if the file format does not support metadata (PNG, AVI, etc.). In this case, Windows Photo Gallery still allows you to do anything you could to a file that it could store the information in, only, it stores the information in its own little private database. This is transparent to the user.

If you want to move your “gallery” to a different machine, and your gallery consists only of JPEG images, you can probably just copy them all to the new machine, and Windows Photo Gallery will automatically index them and rebuild its list of tags. However, if you have other types of files in your gallery, the information will not be carried along with these files and you’ll have to re-tag them. Ugh.

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STOP 0x0000007E error during 64-bit Windows Vista install

Here are the symptoms:

  • You have 4 GB of RAM (or rather, more than 3 GB).
  • You are trying to install the 64-bit version of Windows Vista.
  • After the first reboot, when your computer boots off of the hard disk for the first time, Windows crashes with a BSOD with error code 0x0000007E.
  • Whatever hardware swapping you do doesn’t seem to help; it still gives you the blue screen at every boot.

A friend ran into this issue earlier today. After some searching and digging through a lot of not very useful information, we found out that the solution is pretty simple.

  • Remove 2 GB of RAM, or whatever it takes to only have 2 GB in the machine.
  • Run the Vista install.
  • Install the x64 version of the KB929777 hotfix from Microsoft.
  • Put your RAM back in.

Note that this particular issue should not occur if you are using a Windows Vista SP1 (or newer) install disc, it is only an issue with the RTM version.

Hope this helps someone. :-)

Windows Vista: Cannot connect to System Event Notification Service

This is a problem I’ve been having for several months: Sometimes, upon booting my 64-bit Vista desktop machine and logging in, I get one of those taskbar balloons that tells me that “Windows could not connect to the System Event Notification Service,” and some other stuff about because of this, non-admin users will not be able to log in, and I should check the event log for details. This seems to happen to me almost without fail after I had installed some Vista software updates and rebooted from that installation (I guess since that seems to jog up the order that things happen in at boot time), but anyway, it was not exclusive to that, although it would almost always be fine after I rebooted again.

Since I’m an administrative user (and there’s only one account on my machine), there seemed to be nothing else wrong after the notification went away. The System Event Notification Service is running, even. Still, errors like this are somewhat disturbing.

Anyway, I Googled around a little and found little useful information; however, I believe I have fixed it on my machine.

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