Category Archives: Windows Vista

Windows Vista harddisk activity

If you have performance issue or a harddisk with almost constant activity on a Vista PC, check out the link below (it solved an annoying almost constantly rattling harddisk issue for me anyway):


Fixing 0xc0000005 error in Windows Messenger 14.0.8089.726

I encountered an 0xc0000005 error (and event ID 1000 in application log), when launching a new installed Windows Messenger 14.  Situation: Vista was reinstalled on a crashed Windows, and some settings and applications from the previous Windows installation were still causing some problems.

Just uninstalling and reinstalling did not fix it (more or less as expected, but you never know).  In fact it was not possible to do a reinstall after uninstall, because the previous installation was still seen by the standard MS installation file.  I removed all registry keys under HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows Live: no luck.  Even moving all Windows Live … folders under Program Files did not help.  Then I also moved the Windows Live and WindowsLiveInstaller folder under Program Files\Common Files: still the same, but after reinstalling Windows Messenger using worked without problems.   And now Windows Messenger worked perfectly.

Different ways of finding Windows uptime

1) Using Event Viewer

Filter on Event ID 6005.

The date and time when the Event ID 6005, The Event log service was started, is logged is the time when the Windows system was started.


  • You can see all startup times
  • Can also be used on remote systems.

2) From command line

Go to Start, Run. Type Cmd (Enter). On the command prompt type: net stats srv

Look for the text: Statistics since … For example: Statistics since 18/09/2009 9:34:09, meaning the Windows system was started on 18/09/2009 at 9:34:09.

You can also use the FIND command to retrieve only the line containing the time when the machine started.

net stats srv | find /i “statistics since”

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Upgrading from Vista to Windows 7 (RTM)

I just upgraded my Windows Vista Business 64-bit to Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. I made some screenshots of the upgrade. It took a long time (between 3 and 4 hours, on an HP  notebook with an Intel Core Duo CPU T8300 2.40 GHz with 4GB RAM), but besides from the time it took, it went more or less smooth. I only had to uninstall an unsupported McAfee VirusScan (and replace with another antivirus product); the rest were minor compatibility issues.

I downloaded the Technet DVD ISO file, requested a key, and burned the DVD. Then from within Vista started setup.exe.

Most of the time when you are already running Vista you won’t have that much compatibility problems, so I skipped the compatibility check, and clicked Install now.

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LogOn electronic ID Card Reader

The last few years I filled in my tax forms electronically using and authenticated using a Token.


You can get a token card quickly (I got it within 2 or 3 days if I recall correctly, but I heard it’s not always that quick 😦 …), and it’s simple to use.

But since I received an electronic ID a few months ago I just acquired an eID reader. I found one from LogOn (found it at 14,95€ and 19,99€ in another shop).


The ReadMe file noted: supports Win 2000 SP4/Win 2003/XP SP2/VISTA 32-bit operating system, but I installed it on a Windows Vista Business 64bit PC without problems.

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