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What is the Windows Registry?

A lot of basic Windows errors seem to start with the Windows Registry. So before we start tackling the major problems that our caused by the Windows Registry, let’s try and get a basic idea of it’s history, it’s purpose, and why it can be your worst nightmare:

The Windows Registry came around with the release of Windows 95. It was designed as replacement for the different ini (short for initiation) files that were used to configure the computer in previous versions of Windows 3.x and previous.

The purpose of the Windows Registry is to serve as a centralized location for applications (such as Microsoft Word, your internet browser and many others) to store their data and default settings. It’s also where the operating system itself stores various portions of data.

In other words, the Registry is simply a place where you computer remembers basic things – from printer settings, to default fonts, to software installed.

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How to Make Zend IDE Run Faster

If you’re using the Zend IDE to code PHP in, here’s a quick tip to speed up the interface:

Go into Tools/Preferences and uncheck “Use OS and Feel”. This will stop Zend from trying to look like Windows (which it’s not) and will lower the total amount of load that it will use while running on the system.

Hat tip to smaxor.

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How to Fix the Windows Registry

Now that we’ve briefly discussed how the Windows Registry works, let’s discuss why the Windows Registry breaks, and how we can go about fixing it.

As we mentioned previously, the Windows Registry is the giant storehouse of information for all the different software applications (like Word, or Internet Explorer) that run on your computer. When each of these different pieces of software is installed on your computer, it adds an entry to the registry. This is so the software can keep track of seperate settings (your homepage, for example) and also to let Windows know that a new piece of software has been installed.

The trouble starts when the piece of software is deleted, uninstalled, or has a fatal error of some sort. Then, entries which existed previously in the Registry no longer exist, and the Registry is essentially corrupted.

The difficult way to fix this is to run RegEdit.exe from the command line – something Microsoft itself doesn’t even recommend. If you’re still interested, see this article at the Microsoft Knowledge Base.

The more relatively easy way to fix the registry is to download a registry cleaner. We will review Registry Cleaners in a separate post.

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Windows Update: Error 0×80070002 / 0×80070003

The error codes ox80070002 or ox80070003 appear for a number of reasons while you are using your Windows XP (or for that matter, Windows 2000 or Windows 2003 Server). One of the most common occurrences is when you are working with Windows Updates. This error can occur whenever you try to update from either:

  • The Microsoft Update Web Sites.
  • Or, through Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server.
  • Or, through SMS server.
  • Or, through Windows Automatic Updates.

The usual reason behind this error is because a mismatch has occurred between what Windows thinks that it has downloaded to your computer, and what has actually been downloaded. And this results in a situation which causes Windows Update to be stuck and it keeps showing this error. This can happen because of a network problem during the data transfer, or an intermittent Internet connection can also cause this.

A very simple and straightforward mechanism to get rid of this problem is to reset the DataStore where Windows keeps this information which has become mismatched. Here’s how you can do it in 3 easy steps.

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Introducing the Blue Screen of Death

Of all the problems with Windows computers, the infamous Blue Screen of Death probably requires the least of introductions, simply because every one has met it at least once (if you haven’t you just wait). However, most of us don’t know the intimate details about the BSoD.? And through this post, we will get to know a little more about the BSoD and hope that by understanding it better, we start to appreciate its beauty (much like how almost everyone is afraid of sharks, but if you study them, they turn out to be fascinating creatures).

Background

Let’s start with a little bit of a history lesson. The Blue Screen of Death is technically known as a stop error which occurs in operating systems to signify a fatal error in the working of the OS. It is the Operating System’s way of preventing the computer from corrupting itself further. The reason why it is associated with Windows most is probably because Windows is the most popular OS around.

The BSoD in Windows has been around since the days of Windows 3.1 and every version of Windows has a BSoD (even Windows CE), and various versions have different information on the BSoD. Windows Vista and Windows XP display similar BSoDs. Most BSoDs are a result of corrupt or badly written device drivers, but they can also result from faulty hardware on the computer (such as memory) or problems with the power supply of the computer (though these days, this is becoming less frequent).

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Continuous Windows restart with BSoD

As we know, the Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) occurs whenever there is a fatal error in the OS. Usually these errors are transient and will go away after a single restart, but there are some which have to be taken care of explicitly.

To be able to debug a BSoD you need to be able to know what is wrong in the first place – information that you typically read of the BSoD itself. But what do you do if your computer is continuously rebooting as soon as a BSoD is displayed. This happens because of a setting in Windows. Now, following the ‘Prevention’ step-by-step below, you should disable this setting to avoid getting into a continuous loop of restarting in case of a recurring BSoD. If you are already stuck in such a loop, skip over to the “Cure” after the step-by-step.

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BSoD: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

Blue Screen of Death errors occur because of fatal errors that occur during the operation of your computer. One of the most common Stop errors is the IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL error. It’s stop error number is 0x0000000A. According to Microsoft,

this Stop message indicates that a kernel-mode process or driver attempted to access a memory address to which it did not have permission to access. The most common cause of this error is an incorrect or corrupted pointer that references an incorrect location in memory. When it occurs in kernel mode, it generates a STOP 0x0000000A message.

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Troubleshooting Outlook: Error 0x800CCC0D

One of the most common errors that you receive while using Microsoft Outlook is shown in the picture below. This error can result from a large number of possibilities, and we will try to cover as many of them as possible in this post.image

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Error on clicking on links in Outlook

Sometimes it so happens that when you click on any Hyperlink in an Outlook email, you get an error message which goes like this:

This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator.

This error is actually not an Outlook error. Your Outlook configuration is alright, but you need to go and fix something outside Outlook to get this working. This error occurs when a specific part of the Windows Registry related to Internet Explorer settings is corrupted or missing. This can happen if you upgraded the version of your IE.

There are a couple of approaches you can take to resolve this:

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