Windows Failed to Start – Installing from USB

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Published on: February 10, 2016

I just recently helped a friend of mine troubleshoot an issue while trying to install a fresh copy of Windows 7 into a clean HD. She was using a USB ISO of Win7 Pro that was created using Microsoft’s CD/DVD Install Tool. Mind you, she used this not too long ago successfully. However, for this install, it kept giving her the following error:

Windows Boot Manager

Windows Failed to Start..

File:  \Boot\BCD

Status:  0xc0000098

Aside from re-doing another USB Install Image, you can try the following:

  1. On a working computer browse the content of the USB drive
  2. Go to \Boot
  3. You should see some files including a file named BCD.
  4. Look at the date see if it was modified. Look at the File size. It should be around 256KB.
  5. If the date is modified and the size is different, then that is your issue.
  6. Good news is, if it was modified there should have been a backup made of it in the same folder. Look for a file name that has “Backup” on it
  7. Rename the current BCD like BCD.old or delete it completely.
  8. Rename the backup file to BCD. Make sure you do not put any file extension.
  9. Now try to boot with it. Should now boot up properly to enable you to do your install.

 

Microsoft Hololens Minecraft Demo

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Published on: June 15, 2015

If you havent’ heard of Microsoft Hololens go check this out. Now we all know why they paid 2.5 billion for Minecraft. Think of the possibilities!


How to install Mumble VOIP Client

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Published on: October 18, 2014

Mumble is a VOIP application similar to popular programs like TeamSpeak, Skype, etc. What is good about Mumble is that you can actually host your own server. It is also free and opensource. This is good for those who are concern about privacy issues. I’ve recently installed Mumble so my son and his cousins/friends can voice chat while playing Minecraft. Here’s a step by step instruction on how to install the client on your machine.

  1. Download Mumble from http://sourceforge.net/projects/mumble:
  2. Click on the Download button.
  3. It should download automatically. Save it anywhere in your computer.
  4. Find the file you just downloaded. It should be called “mumble-1.2.8.msi
  5. Double click to start the installation.
  6. Click Next
  7. Accept the Terms and Click Next
  8. Click Next to install the Client. No need to install the server unless you want to host your own server.
  9. Click Next to begin the installation.
  10. Check the box to “Start Mumble” and Click Next.
  11. You should now see the Mumble Main screen.
  12. Now let’s configure your Mic. Click on Configure –> Settings.
  13. On the Audio Input Screen, select the Transmit drop down option to “Continuous“. Click Apply and Ok
  14. Ok now lets configure the server. Click on Server –> Connect.
  15. Click Add New
  16. On the Add Server screen put these parameters
    1. Label – Yourserver (This is the name of the server you connecting to)
    2. Address – www.hostname.com (or your IP address xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx)
    3. Port – 64738
    4. Username – Your Name (Whatever you like)
  17. Click Ok
  18. It will be saved on the top as your favorites.
  19. Click Connect.
  20. If you get a message to add a certificate, click YES
  21. That’s it! Have fun!

 

Free DVD Ripper

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Published on: May 26, 2011

For those of you are looking for a software to backup your DVDs, Digitary Software is giving away their WinX DVD Ripper Platinum Kung Fu Edition free until May 31, 2011. You can download your copy at their website.

I have never personally used this software, so I really have no opinion except that FREE stuff is always good in my book.

Angry Birds – Free with Google Chrome

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Published on: May 11, 2011

For all you Angry Birds fan out there, Google is giving away a free download of the game. There is a catch.  It will only work with Google Chrome for now.

The simple, but yet addictive game has been very popular for mobile users.  Now, thanks to Google, everyone can enjoy battling dem dayum dirty pigs!

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