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How to Troubleshoot Errors, Warnings, and other Issues on Windows XP

Below are a couple tips to assist with troubleshooting issues on Windows XP. The tips include using the Microsoft Event Viewer, understanding running processes, checking disk space, and looking at memory.

Microsoft Event Viewer
First we will look at the Event Viewer. Many times you might get a pop up error with an error code that might mean absolutely nothing to most people. Windows XP has an event viewer though that may provide more details and possibly even a link to solutions. To open the MS Event Viewer click Start >> Run and type eventvwr.msc in the run box and hit the enter key. This will pop up the Microsoft Event Viewer that looks like the below.

MS Event Viewer

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How to Install nmap Security Scanner on Windows XP

Installing nmap security scanner on Windows XP is fairly easy. The easiest way is to download and run the nmap stable release executable file currently located here. You can verify the latest release by visiting nmap’s download page here.

Once the nmap.exe file is downloaded just double click it and choose a location to unpack the files. The easiest place would be something like c:\nmap or if you have cygwin installed you might want to do c:\cygwin\nmap. Make sure to note the location as you will need to add this to your path so you can execute it without having to be in the nmap directory.

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How to Move PPTP VPN from Windows XP to Router with DD-WRT

Its very easy to move your work PPTP VPN from your Windows XP computer to a wireless router running the dd-wrt firmware. DD-WRT firmware runs on most wired and wireless routers on the market today including the ever popular Linksys wrt54g.

Once your router has the dd-wrt firmware installed make note if the configuration settings you use for your PPTP VPN including username, password, VPN server IP, remote IP subnet mask, and remote IP subnet.

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Windows XP Ruby Gem, ERROR: Error installing eventmachine:

Most gems are very easy to install however they have typically been created for a Linux environment such as CentOS, RedHat, or OS X. This can cause all sorts of issues with libraries, compilers, etc. because less time has been spent making sure that these gems install on all versions of Windows because of all the differences. It is much easier to make sure that the gems install across all UNIX/Linux versions instead of the Windows versions.

When attempting to install eventmachine on a Windows server or regular PC you will run across an error. The error will spit out a bunch of data including install switches along with some other error information such as the below.

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