Thursday, October 14, 2010

Windows Installer Appears Every Time I Start an Application

The Windows Installer is a global application used to install many Microsoft products, including Office 2000 and Office XP, and is even available to third-party developers to include with their programs.

Unfortunately, it's fraught with bugs, one of which is its tendency to appear every time you start Office (or some other programs) and begin a reinstallation or reconfiguration process. All you'll see is the "Please Wait" screen, followed by a progress bar. The problem is related to the This feature will be installed when required option (sometimes called "Install on Demand"), used when installing some applications. In essense, Windows Installer starts to install a "feature" when it is needed, even though it may be already installed.

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, Microsoft will not acknowledge that there is a serious flaw in thier installer software. Here are the solutions we've come up with so far:

Solution #1:
Reinstall the application in question, and don't choose the This feature will be installed when required for any of the optional components.

However, this may not solve the problem (which is the very bug we're talking about). We're currently looking for a way to fix the problem properly, but in the mean time, here's how to turn off the "feature:"

Solution #2
  • Open the Group Policy Editor by selecting Run from the Start Menu, and typing gpedit.msc. (If the file is missing, run mmc.exe instead. Then, select Add/Remove Snap-in from the Console menu, click Add, and double-click Group Policy. Click Finish, then Close, then Ok.)
  • Expand the following branches: Local Computer Policy \ Computer Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Windows Components \ Windows Installer
  • Double-click Disable Windows Installer to your right, click Enabled, and choose Always from the list. Click Ok when you're done.
  • The change will take effect immediately. If you added a snap in, as described above, you don't need to "save changes to the console."
Note: If you encounter an error about the Administrator Policy the next time you try to install an application, you'll have to re-enable the Windows Installer temporarily.

Solution #3 (for Office 2000 only):
  • Run the Registry Editor (REGEDIT.EXE).
  • Expand the branches to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Office\ 9.0\ Common.
  • Delete the UserData value on your right, and close the Registry Editor.
  • The next time you start an Office application, it will ask for your username, but shouldn't bother you again.

Courtesy :

Freeware driver updater software

Device Doctor is a freeware Windows application that scans your computer hardware and checks to see if there are new driver updates available for your devices. It also locates drivers for "unidentified devices" in the Windows Device Manager.


Friday, October 1, 2010

Spooler SubSystem App stopped working and was closed

you might encounter this error in both windows xp and windows vista operating system, most commonly for any of the HP printers caused when the print spooler is stopped.

First you need to check the print spoler settings, follow the below steps.

Click the Start button.

Click Control Panel.

Click System and Maintenance.

NOTE: This step is not required when using Classic view in Windows Vista.

Click Administrative Tools.

Double-click Services.

Locate the Print Spooler entry.

Right-click the Print Spooler icon and then click Restart.

A progress message will be displayed.

Right-click "Print Spooler" and select "Properties".

In the General tab make sure that the startup type is set to Automatic. Click on the Start button of the Service Status is Stopped.

Click on the "Recovery" tab and change all 3 drop-down boxes to "Restart The Service".

Make sure the 2 text boxes underneath say "1" in them.
Select the 'Log on' Tab and make sure that the 'Local system Account' is selected and click Apply and OK

Then, try to print or to access the Print Properties or install the drivers as applicable.

if you are still unable to access or print from the printer, follow the below steps:

1.Click Start > Control Panel.

2.Go to Programs and Features in Control Panel.

3.In the left side, Click "Turn Windows features on or off"

4.Click + sign of Print services

3. Check Mark and select LPD and LPR. You should remove the check box against "Internet Printing Client".

4.Restart the PC to ensure there is no error of spooler service.


This sometimes require two attempts, first Select LPD and LPR and save the changes. Select the "Internet Printing Client" as well.

Click Apply and OK.

Restart the PC to ensure that the steps are enabled.

Go back and de-select Internet Printing Client. This one causes a reboot again

Alternatively, try selecting the option print directly to printer in the printer properties instead of using the spooler option.

Slow USB 2.0 file transfer on Windows XP

USB storage devices can be optimized for either quick removal or performance. If optimized for quick removal, data transfer can potentially be reduced to a crawl.

To optimize your USB drive for performance:

  1. Right click on the USB drive and select properties
  2. Select the Hardware tab
  3. Under All Disk Drives, highlight your USB drive and select Properties
  4. Select the Policies tab and select Optimize for performance.
  5. Press OK twice, and your transfer speeds should increase dramatically
Note that when your drive is optimized for performance you’ll need to use the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the taskbar to eject the drive – otherwise you’ll risk corrupting your data by just removing the drive from the port.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

How to remove Generic Host Process error

Method 1

Close Port 445:

1. Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) by clicking Start menu, and then click the Run icon.
2. In the small box that Opens, type: regedit then click the OK button. The Registry Editor will now have opened.
3. Locate the following key in the registry:
In the right-hand side of the window find an option called TransportBindName.
Double click that value, and then delete the default value, thus giving it a blank value.

Close Port 135:

1. Then you must now navigate to the following registry key:
2. You will see there is a String Value called: EnableDCOM
Set the value to: N (it should currently be Y)
3. Close the Registry Editor. Shutdown and Restart your computer.

Method 2

1. Click Start -> Run and then type net stop wuauserv.

2. On the desktop, double-click My Computer, and then delete the c:\WuTemp folder.

3. Click Start ->Run and then type net stop cryptsvc.

4. Delete the c:\Windows\System32\Catroot2 folder.

5. Open the c:\Windows folder, and then rename the SoftwareDistribution folder as SoftwareDistributionOLD.

6. Open the c:\Windows\system32 folder, and then follow these steps:
[a]. Rename the Wuweb.dll file as Wuweb.dll.old.
[b]. Rename the Wuapi.dll file as Wuapi.dll.old.
[c]. Rename the Wuauclt.exe file as Wuauclt.exe.old.
[d]. Rename the Wuaucpl.cpl file as Wuaucpl.cpl.old.
[e]. Rename the Wuaueng1.dll file as Wuaueng1.dll.old.
[f]. Rename the Wuaueng.dll file as Wuaueng.dll.old.
[g]. Rename the Wuauserv.dll file as Wuauserv.dll.old.
[h]. Rename the Wucltui.dll file as Wucltui.dll.old.
[i]. Rename the Wups2.dll file as Wups2.dll.old.
[j]. Rename the Wups.dll file as Wups.dll.old.

Method 3

Start > Run > Regedit > Navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Services > Browser > Parameters

Find the Key Name: IsDomainMaster and set Data: False

Restart Your PC

Method 4

1. Go to ‘Run’ and open ‘cmd’
2. Type ‘netsh’ in command console then press enter
3. Then type ‘winsock’ and press enter and then type reset
4. Restart Your PC

Method 5

Get the Microsoft Update Patch and apply it.

Method 6 

Turn on Windows Firewall and Disable Automatic Updates on Services

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Basic PC Faq

How can I get the list of common tasks on the left side of every folder window?

In Windows XP or Me, select Tools => Folder Options..., then click "Show common tasks in


How can I control whether "My Computers", "My Documents", "My Network Places",
and "Internet Explorer" are displayed on my desktop?

Right-click on the desktop, select Properties. Click on the Desktop tab, then click Customize Desktop. Click the items in the list to add to or remove from the desktop.


How can I view details of files in a folder, such as size, type, and date created?

Select View => Details. To select which details to show, select View => Choose Details.


How can I view thumbnails of photo files in a folder?

Select View => Thumbnails. Works in Windows XP, Me, and 2000


How can I control how long my computer sits before turning off the monitor, etc ?

Right-click on the desktop, select Properties. Click on the Screen Saver tab, click Power....
and select an appropriate Power scheme from the menu. Typical settings for a desktop system:
15 minutes, Never, 30 min, 1 hour. For a laptop: 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 20 min, 3 hours.