Task Manager, msconfig, etc not working?

I noticed that I was having a lot of failed redirects for for this file.  I decided to find the old archive and repost the information. For history's sake, here it his.

 These instructions are pretty long, so it might be worth printing them out. 

Here's the Fix:

  1. start computer (safe mode is not necessary)
  2. make a double rum and coke
  3. drink very fast then make another
  4. ok now for the fun part
  5. click start then run then type cmd and click ok.
  6. type the following line verbatim
  7. taskkill /im wuaumqr.exe /f
  8. the system will tell you that the task at whatever pid that is was loaded has been terminated.
  9. type exit
  10. launch windows explorer
  11. goto c:\documents and setting\all users\startmenu\programs\startup
  12. remove dcom.exe
  13. get another rum and coke we are just getting started
  14. run regedit
  15. click on my computer
  16. press control f (for find)
  17. type winsock2
  18. erase any setting that points to wuaumqr.exe only erase files that point to "wuaumqr.exe all other files are ok
  19. go back to top, click on my computer and press control f
  20. type wuaumqr.exe
  21. delete anyfiles that point to this location
  22. go back to my computer and press control f
  23. delete any files that point to dcom.exe (if any)
  24. get rum and coke, smoke cigarette
  25. exit registry
  26. click start then run the type msconfig and press enter
  27. uncheck the box pointing to wuaumqr.exe
  28. click apply then exit msconfig (ok)
  29. rum and coke
  30. click start then run the type cmd and press enter
  31. type cd\windows\system32
  32. type attrib wuaumqr.exe -h
  33. type del wuaumqr.exe
  34. type cd\
  35. type dir download_me.exe /s
  36. if this file exist on your computer goto that directory and type line 37
  37. attrib *.* -h -a -r
  38. type del.
  39. type cd\
  40. get rum and coke
  41. type dir dcom.exe /s /a
  42. if this file exists goto that directory and repeat steps 37 – 39
  43. type exit
  44. reboot system
  45. when system boots a message will pop up telling you that you are using a utility check the box marked "don't show me this message again, reboot system and get one more rum and coke for the evening

Microsoft Excel Error Message

So I'm working in Microsoft Excel today and I get this great error message.  It's about as unspecific a warning as you can get.  I've been working with Microsoft products for quite a while, but this message has to be one of the best (REAL) messages I've ever personally seen.  Here's the image:


Microsoft Excel


Catastrophic failure?  Ever been in the middle of writing a long paper and had Microsoft Word crash on you before you could save your work?  I always thought that was a catastrophic failure.  As a side note – always remember to save your documents often!

At least this time I was doing something that is out of the ordinary and is data intensive.  For anyone who is technically inclined, I was querying a local database and converting that data to a local data cube for analysis with ProClarity. Ignore this line – In acronym land that would be: using MSQE in Excel to hit an SQL db using ODBC to do some BI analysis on my EUs in EMA for FPD with my PC from TX in the USA. Laughing  Some of the tables have over 50,000 rows of data, but I've done the exact same query before.


Oh well, I thought  


Application Port Number

I was trying to connect to Google talk at work the other day via a third-party IM client called Miranda.  I downloaded a Google protocol (which actually runs on Jabber) but I couldn't get it to connect with the standard settings.  I figured it might be because my company has a firewall that blocks most ports, so I downloaded the official google talk client to see if it would work.

It went through a couple iterations of trying to connect to the server… and then… SUCCESS!  So why could it connect and my local client wouldn't?  As I assumed it was using a different port to connect.  Here's what I did to find out what port the application was running on.

I'll start with a high-level overview that power-users should be able to understand easily.  Then I'll break it down in a little more detail with the detailed steps needed to find out which port the application is running on.

High-level Overview: 

1. Open the Task Manager and find the PID for googletalk.exe 

2. Open the command prompt and run the " netstat -o -n" command

3. Find the PID in command prompt and find out which port it's running on. 


Detailed Steps

1. Press Ctl+Alt+Del to open the Task Manager (on some systems you may have to click the Task Manager button)

2.  In Task Manager, click View > Select Columns

3. Make sure the PID (Process Identifier) checkbox is checked and press OK

4.  Click the Processes tab, then scroll through the list and find the application you are looking for. Make note of the PID next to it.

5. Open command prompt: clcik Start > then click Run > type in "CMD" and press enter (a black command prompt should open)

6. Type in " netstat -o -n" and press enter*

*You can also add "-a" to the command to have it show more port information (all applications and listening ports)

7. Find the item in the list that has the same PID as you noted above. 

8. To find the port, look at the under the Foreign Address column and make note of the number after the colon.*

*This is typically called a socket and is in the format  For Google talk this was – meaning that the port number was 443 (which happens to be the default port for SSL connections).


Favorite Apps of 2006

I recently installed Mac OS X on my desktop computer and fell in love with a few of the features it has.  What’s funny is one of the big things Mac lovers boast about is how great their macs look.  And you know what, they’re right.  But you can enjoy the same cool features on your PC too!  Here are a few of my new favorite applications.  Two of them have to do with the mac-like interface and two of them are just my favorite apps.

Mac-like Interface:

  • Reflex Vision – this tools gives you features similar to the expose views in OS X.  It allows you to view all your windows at once with a zooming animation.  It’s really something that’s just too hard to describe or understand, so I recommend either downloading and trying it out or seeing the flash demo on their website.
  • Yahoo! Widget Engine – I think this application actually used to be a fee-based application called Konfabulator. But Yahoo! has purchased it and made it available to everyone for free. You can download widgets, which are small applications that run in the background and display information.  If you’ve used OS X before, I’m sure you remember the little calculator and dictionary search.

Other Good Apps:

    • Mozilla Firefox / Thunderbird – if you seriously haven’t heard of this browser and mail client yet, you should definitely try it out. Firefox has all the features that were just recently implemented in IE7 and it runs faster too!  One of the best parts of firefox is the addons. Here’s a few I really like:
      • IETab – allows you to render web pages using internet explorer seamlessly inside firefox.  The only place I really use this is for Microsoft based pages like Windows Update, Microsoft Live,, and ProClarity Web Pro.
      • Stealther – turns of cookies, history, and all the information that tracks you on the web.  This is useful when you don’t want someone on your computer to be snooping on your stuff, but really useful when you don’t want websites prying too.
      • Adblock Pro – I really only use this when I remote into my computer at home.  It’s designed to turn off ads that are on websites.  I’ve learned to block out ads when I’m surfing the web, but I dont want them taking up my bandwidth when I’m on Remote Desktop to my home computer
    • PortableApps – they just released a Suite which includes all of the most common applications.  The best part about it is they are all stand-alone applications that can be run directly from your thumb-drive.  My favorites are: Firefox (internet), Thunderbird (mail), Clamwin (antivirus), 7-zip (compression), Miranda (messaging), and uTorrent (downloading)

Copy IMAP Folders between Servers / Accounts

So I was having a lot of issues getting my e-mail copied from one IMAP e-mail account to another without having issues.  I tried copying the e-mails directly from one IMAP inbox to another without much success. Basically the server would start rejecting the copies after 10-20 e-mails.

In Thunderbird (Mozilla’s mail application) I was getting the following message: “Sending authenticate login information..” and the client would just stop copying e-mails.

In Outlook Express 6, the client application would begin copying the files over then give me a non descript error message.

What I will explain in the following post is how I successfully copied mail files from one IMAP server to another.  This method will keep all the existing information (headers) like the received date, sender name, etc.  I know it is possible to simply Forward all the messages but then you will lose all this data, which wasn’t an option for me.

The steps involved include (a) creating the two accounts in a mail client, (b) downloading the mail from the “old” account to a local folder, and (c) moving the mail from the local folder to the “new” account.

I initially overlooked the simplicity of this option, but it works simply and successfully. For the purpose of this document the “old” account refers to the account that you will be transferring mail from and the “new” account refers to the account that you will be transferring mail to. You can probably use most mail clients to do this, but I will use Outlook Express 6 to explain because pretty much everyone with Windows XP has this on their computer.

The Steps:

1.      Create the two (2) accounts in the mail client

a.      In Outlook Express, click Tools -> Accounts in the menu.

b.      Click the Add button and choose mail

c.       Follow the prompts, filling in your “old” IMAP account information

d.      Once you add the account it will ask you if you want to download the folders for the new account you just created. Choose yes.

                                                              i.      Make sure each folder is viewable. You can do this by selecting a folder and choosing Show if it is not viewable.

e.      Repeat the above steps for the “new” IMAP account

      2. Copy the mail from the old account to a local mail folder

a.      Decide which mail folder you would like to download the mail from

b.      Make sure there is a folder with a similar name in the Local Folders (ie. If you want to download your Spam folder from the old account, make sure there is a folder under the Local Folders called Spam)

                                                              i.      If the folder doesn’t exist, simply create it by right clicking on the Local Folders and selecting “New folder…”

c.       Open the folder you want to download the mail from

d.      Select a mail item from the right-hand pane

e.      Click Edit -> Select All in the Outlook menu (all of the mail items should be selected now – this can also be done by pressing CTRL+A)

f.        Right click one of the selected mail items and choose Copy to Folder from the menu

g.      Expand the Local Folders item if it is not selected and choose the local folder you would like to copy the mail to and press Ok. (from step b, this would be the local Spam folder we created) Outlook will download all the files and transfer them to the local folder.

h.      Repeat the above steps for all of the folders you would like to copy.

      3. Move the mail from the local folder to the new account

a.      Decide which mail folder you would like to transfer

b.      Make sure there is a folder with a similar name on the new account (ie. If you want to upload the Spam folder from the Local Folders, make sure there is a folder in the new account called Spam)

                                                              i.      If the folder doesn’t exist, simply create it by right clicking on the account name and selecting “New folder…”

c.       Open the Local Folder you want to upload the mail from

d.      Select a mail item from the right-hand pane

e.      Click Edit -> Select All in the Outlook menu (all of the mail items should be selected now – this can also be done by pressing CTRL+A)

f.        Right click one of the selected mail items and choose Move to Folder from the menu

g.      Expand the new account and choose the new account folder you would like to move the mail to and press Ok. (from step b, this would be the local Spam folder) Outlook will upload all the files and transfer them to the remote folder.

h.      Repeat the above steps for all of the folders you would like to copy.

Some Reasoning:
The reason we chose to copy the files from the old account to a local folder is for backup purposes.  If we end up having an issue during the process, this allows us to delete whatever we need and start fresh using the files on the old server.

The reason we choose to move the files from the local copy we created to the new account is to account for transfer issues. In case the server locks up or you lose connection, you won’t have to start all over. You can simply resume moving the remaining files from the local folder to the new server.


New Site

Welcome to the new website.  I’m still working on getting all the new modules installed and configured, but you can check out any of the items to the left.  I had a University of Texas theme, but I changed it out with a red theme with pictures of me in it. Laughing Currently, the following functionality is enabled:

  • Main Content Management
  • Forum
  • Personal Blog
  • Photo Gallery (NEW!)

You can register to post in the forum by clicking the Login/Logout link to the left, or by simply clicking this register link. E-mail me at [email protected] if you have questions.


Media Center – Software vs OS

After trying a couple different applications designed to effectively act as a replacement for Windows XP Media Center edtion (MCE), I'm going back to Microsoft's operating system. Basically, none of the applications could do everything MCE could. And even when they got remotely close, the interface was hideous in comparison to MCE.

I needed an OS that was based on XP Professional so I could use the development tools required for my classes, like Visual Studio .NET. Being based on Windows XP Pro also allows me to enable Remote Desktop Connection so I can access and control my desktop from anywhere with Internet Explorer 5 or newer… or the Remote Desktop application….

I personally prefer to use the Remote Desktop application because it allows me to connect my local drives/printers on the laptop while im "logged in" to the Remote Desktop. This ability was the solution to my loud computer in my bedroom being the computer I use to download files over night. The thing is so loud, I can't go to sleep with it on at night.

I needed a remote server in a different room so I could continue my downloads over night and cut-down the total overall time to download. My xbox is modded with XBMC, but there are no homebrew applications to download torrents. So I installed Linux on the xbox (X-DSL) and installed a BitTorrent client. That worked… kind of. If I wanted to use the Xbox Media Center functionality of my xbox, I would have to stop downloading.

So what next? How about one of those spare computer I have sitting in my closet? Perfect. Install Windows XP, set up the computer, set up remote desktop, set up file-shares… "wallah!" I now have a file/torrent-server to house all my media.

I'll get back with some photos and screen shots… for now, use your imagination. I'll try to write up some info on the processes later.