Stefania and Vista

Windows Vista Resolved, Unresolved and Desesperate Issues

Awful…. Are these “Jacked Vista Cop-Updates”?

I’m very worried….
I’m typing on a Vista Enterprise notebook, and 10 minutes ago, Windows Update override my update preferences (ask before everything….).
It istalled 4 updates without my permissions.
On another notebook, the behavior is different. They don’t install without asking.
Anyway there’s no trace of updates KBs…. They’ve been released yesterday (January 29), 24 hours before the Vista international launch.
Now it wants to to reboot.
I’m quite afraid.
I save this bottle message on this Blog draft section.
I will send it away from another machine, if Microsoft jackes me….

Is it not strange?
Take a look…..

Updates 2
No Update KB in Microsoft Search System
No Google
No Yahoo....

Ok. Rebooted.
Saved, for now.

And tomorrow, I’ll get a regular one…..


January 30, 2007 Posted by | KB930857, KB931573, Microsoft, Vista | Leave a comment

Running Explorer as Admin in Vista makes it Crash if Links Bar contains off-line files

A small issue I discovered this night is about the Internet Explorer on Vista.
Some programs ask for admin privileges in order to let Explorer show their interface (through IIS7).
One among others is Virtual Server 2005.
I usually synchronize (and Vista offers a huge quantity of tools to do it) Documents folders as well as Favorites or Pictures Folders.
With XP this kind of features were available through group policy management (in SBS environment) or changing some registry keys.
With Vista, create symbolic links is a normal everyday job easily achievable by right-clickin the special folders in the Start Menu.
And if you redirect your Favorites Shortcut in the start menu to a mapped network folder with “off-line” items inside, share your work among multiple machines becomes very comfortable.
I love Vista even for this.

The problem is that, for some reasons I’m investigating, if the mapped network is not connected and the Links Bar shows the off-lines files instead of the original network folder content, Explorer crashes if run as admin.
Deactivating the Links Bar from Explorer makes it start with no problems

Right Click on Explorer Quick Launch Bar to run Explore as admin

And then, the sad result….

And this is the Links Bar involved…

January 15, 2007 Posted by | Vista | 1 Comment

ATI openGL Drivers, Second Life and Vista. What a shame!

This is not an article. This is only the nth blog to exhaust ATI and convince them to release a ?&%&% openGL Vista compatible driver… 😦

We’re talking about ATI. Not of  small unknown Korean hardware company.

For some more details on this issue, please, pick an article randomly among the tons available on the net.

I suggest this one from Kelly Adams, another guy a little bit nervous with ATI….

In the meanwhile, appreciate the fabolous 3D effect of Linden Second Life app:

Of course I tried. Very faithful in the Vista openGL emulation sytem.

And this is the magic moment, my entry in Linden Country:

Nice, isn’t it?

For news duty, I have an Acer Aspire Notebook with 2 GB of RAM and an ATI  Radeon X700 driver board

Ah….. I was missing….

If you try to run Second Life on an XP Guest OS hosted by Virtual PC 2007 in Vista, no miracle’s allowed.

  leggi la versione in italiano

January 4, 2007 Posted by | Vista | 2 Comments

The IT Professional Job

Is it possible to spend the second day of the year at your work desk?

Here’s an answer:

Padua, Italy (January the 2th – 8.45 p.m.): A not so young italian IT prof, formatting a company server, taking advantage of the missing employees

read more and the italian translation

January 3, 2007 Posted by | Vista | 1 Comment

Live Mail (Desktop) Beta: a Wonderful Swan

I must be honest.

I don’t appreciate too much the Microsoft “live” product line….

On average, the products seem lower than the competitor’s ones.

Less functions, poor setting abilities etc….

More and less the same sensation that new Vista sidebar users’ feel, if they’ve been using the marvelous and free, Desktop Sidebar for XP.

In Italy we use an example that’s everywhere understandable: switching car model, from Ferrari to Fiat.

From the best to the fair…

Small play tools: this is my products related average feeling.

Three exceptions, however, I must point out; a sort of white swans among common ducks: the editor I use for typing this modest mine (Live Writer Beta), One Care, and the new Live Mail Desktop Beta, on which I’ll spend some lines…

Live Mail (Desktop) Beta is an IMAP, POP, HTTP mail client, simple, light but fast and reliable.

read more and la versione italiana

January 3, 2007 Posted by | Vista | Leave a comment

Widcomm BT Drivers on Vista

I didn’t mean to suffer so much, this morning (January the 2th), when, still in bed, I pushed by mistake the Blue Tooth button on my Acer Aspire Laptop (Broadcom 2045 USB 2.0 with Widcomm drivers).

I tried, some times ago, to make BT work with the native Vista Drivers, and it was a failure.

The rough BT Vista interface is the same of XP, so user can’t appropriately control services and devices features.

Casually, there was over my bed, together with my dogs and my laptop, a CD folderbook open casually in a page showing the original Acer Widcomm Drivers (you know…. a lucky shot… ;-).

I turned off the BT device, and launched the Widcomm app absolutely unfaithful.

I remember how annoying thsi process was in XP, with tons of not signed driver to explicit allow.

Well, what’s annoying in XP, become tedious in Vista. But at final, incredible, it works. I  turned on the BT device, and connected a Sony BT headset. I tried to make a phone call through Skype and it works.

Just say yes a dozen of times to dialogs like this:

And wait other 10/15 minutes tll Vista completes installs.

That’s it….

Ah….  these are the dogs and my bedpal laptop…. ;-)))


January 2, 2007 Posted by | Vista | 3 Comments

Offlines Files deleted but still visible on a mapped folder – File fuori linea e in una cartella mappata, cancellati ma ancora presenti

The New year starts with an issue that involves offline files stored on a Vista mapped folder.

The problem can occurr if you use this Technet source magic workaround or this one (with the use of symbolic links feature) by Attila Megyeri. The goal of both is to move the offline files cache to a different path/position.

My “informal lab” 😉 is built around two machines, a desktop and a notebook, both running Windows Vista Ultimate 6000 (RTM), and a common folder (Favorites in this case). 

The pool of problems turn around the CSC folder and its subfolders control.

One of these problems, as in subject, involves the faculty to completely delete a file that’s cached in the new choosen storage position.

If you decide, as I did, to take a look at your “new” CSC content, you have to deal with the NTFS security features: ownerships, permissions and so on; as CSC folder, for design, is not accessible to local machine administrators but only to “system” account.

After a little bit of work right clicking folders and setting new ownerships and permissions, it may happen that the “system” account (the one that manage the sync processes) and the administrator one, are both not able to completely manage those folders anymore…. Sometimes, I’m such a lazy girl… :-((

So a dialog like this can occurr:


The file has been deleted by me (the administrator) but it still remain visible in explorer. Any effort to make it disappear is unsuccessful.

Resync doesn’t do the job and nothing happens even if you run scandisk etc…

Don’t panic, and get back to CSC folder and start another session of right-clicking over folders, subfolders and even files (I highly reccomended to temporarily disable the UAC to safe your healthness)…. This will let you improve your ownership and permissions to reach the goal.

At final you’ll succeed in sweep away those hated ones from your view!!!

Happy new year to all the crazy Vista pioneers!!


Il nuovo anno parte con la descrizione di una problematica che riguarda file fuori linea salvati su un unità mappata di Windows Vista.

Il problema può insorgere se si è utilizzato questa procedura descritta nei forum Technet o quest’altra di Attila Megyeri. Obiettivo d’entrambe, spostare la posizione predefinita della cache dei file fuori linea.

L’ambiente di lavoro è costituito da un Notebook e da un Desktop con installato Windows Vista Ultimate RTM 6000 ed una cartella condivisa con attivata l’opzione “file fuori linea”: la cartella, in questo caso, è quella dei “preferiti”.

Le problematiche che possono insorgere riguardano il controllo della nuova cartella CSC (quella della cache dei file fuori linea), progettata per non subire accessi da altri account se non quello di sistema.

Se si decide, come io ho fatto, di curiosare all’interno della cartella CSC, bisogna cominciare un’estenuante battaglia con le caratteristiche NTFS di sicurezza: proprietà, permessi d’accesso etc…

Può succedere, dopo l’imponente mole di click a cui si è sottoposti, che nè l’account di sistema nè gli amministraori siano più in grado di avere un controllo completo della porzione di file system coinvolta. Mi capita di essere un po’ cialtrona alle volte. 

Può succedere quindi di trovarsi davanti ad uno scenario simile


ho cancellato il file come amministratore, ed in effetti non c’è più, ma continua ad essere visibile. Ogni tentativo di eliminarne completamente la presenza, fallisce.

A nulla vale risincronizzare il tutto.

Nemmeno Scandisk risolve la questione.

E’ inutile lanciare improperi. Bisogna tornare ad occuparsi dei permessi e della “proprietà” sui file e cartelle che non vogliono sparire.

A furia di click col tasto destro (è consigliato disabilitare momentaneamente l’UAC per non impazzire), si riuscirà a far sparire gli odiosi fantasmi dalle cartelle.

Un augurio di Buon Anno a tutti i pionieri di Vista!! 

January 1, 2007 Posted by | Vista | Leave a comment