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Tonight I was cleaning up a Windows 7 desktop I use for various development tasks by uninstalling dozens of applications that had been installed over time for testing. On this computer I probably keep one application long term for every 20+ applications that I install so you can imagine how messing the Programs & Features list was. Anyhow when attempting to uninstall one of the applications I received an error stating that the application was specifically designed for Windows Vista, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003 and then would not allow removal of the application to continue. More information regarding the error and how I was able to uninstall the application are included below.

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I have been using Hashcat and oclHashcat a lot in recent weeks but have been limited to primarily using it on Linux servers so I decided to give it a shot on a couple Windows machines. Below I describe how I got oclHashcat operational on Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit on a desktop computer with a NVIDIA 9600GT GPU as well as operational on a Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit laptop with NVIDIA 9400G M GPU and a NVIDIA G210M GPU. Below is information on what needs to be done to get oclHashcat working on Windows 7.

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Today I had a computer brought in where some basement Craigs list technician  had installed a hacked version of Microsoft Office on a womans computer and she was getting a error message saying it was not genuine. She brought it in to me along with a fresh new copy she had purchased and asked me to install it.  I tried to install it over the hacked copy but I kept getting all kinds of install errors in Spanish or Portuguese or some thing. I then tried to remove the hacked copy and got the same errors along with some that said “Your computer does not support the language of the uninstaller”. After a frustrated morning I found a tool which removes all traces of Office 2007 from the registry and makes it possible to delete the folder afterwards or use a 3rd party uninstaller program.

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It is really easy to tell the difference between Internet Explorer 32-Bit version and the 64-Bit version if you know what you are looking for. You will first need to bring up the About Internet Explorer window by following the below steps.

  1. Help Menu: Click the help menu which is typically to the right of the home icon in the top right of your Internet Explorer window.
  2. Select About IE: Select About Internet Explorer from the bottom of the Help drop down.

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Turning off UAC or User Account Control in Windows Vista is easy but a couple items should be considered before turning this feature off.

Considerations:

  1. You should only turn UAC off if you are the only user on this computer.
  2. You should only turn off UAC if your company policy allows you to do so.
  3. Again you should only turn this off if nobody else is going to have unsupervised access to your PC.
  4. You have administrator access to this computer.

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