How to identify that Windows is pirated or original

How can anyone knows whether OS(windows) is pirated or original?
I will continue our System Recovery Options for Windows 7 series with an article about Windows Memory Diagnostic. This handy tool allows you to perform a basic set of memory tests, to help you identify Random Access Memory (RAM) problems. This tutorial will cover how to access Windows Memory Diagnostic and how to use it to diagnose if you have memory problems or not.

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Identify Memory Problems with Windows Memory Diagnostic
I will continue our System Recovery Options for Windows 7 series with an article about Windows Memory Diagnostic. This handy tool allows you to perform a basic set of memory tests, to help you identify Random Access Memory (RAM) problems. This tutorial will cover how to access Windows Memory Diagnostic and how to use it to diagnose if you have memory problems or not.

Locating correct INF file for network driver
I'm in the midst of setting up a mass deployment of Windows 7 using the available MS tools, such as MDT 2010, Windows AIK, etc. The image will be applied to a single make/model of PC - HP Compaq 6200 SFF.

I have everything ready but need to identify/locate the actual driver file being used by these PC's for network connectivity. This is required because once the Windows PE environment is loaded it's supposed to look to the deployment share on the network for the information and files, but it can't do that if the network drivers aren't loaded duringthe Windows PE boot process.

I'm trying to identify the driver file name so that I can inject that file into the image that is already created. I was looking at a set of instructions for injecting a driver file into an image and it said to locate the INF file for your network driver.

I can't figure this one out. How do I locate the one INF file that's for my network driver?

What is safe mode?
Safe mode is a troubleshooting option for Windows that starts your computer in a limited state. Only the basic files and drivers necessary to run Windows are started. The words Safe Mode appear in the corners of your monitor to identify which Windows mode you're using.

Windows Services – How to Identify Dependencies & Change the Startup Type
A while ago I started covering Windows services, what they are and what they do. At that time I tried to cover the basics every user should understand about a service. I think it's time to get more in-depth and cover the more advanced aspects about Windows services. That's why, in this article I will talk dependencies, what they mean and why you should be extra-careful when you intend to disable a Windows service.

Customizing Copy/Paste in Same Folder
A new and improved feature of Windows 7 is that when files are copied and pasted into the same folder, the copy file name is the name of the original with "- Copy" which makes it difficult to select just originals or copies.

For example: original file named "Contract-102.docx" copy is named "Contract-102 - Copy.docx

In Windows XP the word "Copy" was at the beginning of the file name. How do I get this rule changed to the Windows XP format?

Can I uninstall Windows 7?
You can't uninstall Windows 7, but you can reinstall your previous operating system if you have the original installation disc.
However, reinstalling an earlier operating system not only replaces Windows 7, but also deletes all of the programs, files, and settings on your computer.

Install windows from one CD and using pin of another.
Is it possible that I install windows XP home from one CD (original one) and use genuine key code to activate it which actually didn't come with the same CD, but another one?

Windows security: Which passwords are secure
When we published our first article about the Credential Manager, some of you wanted to know how secure is the data stored inside. Can it be easily cracked? We made a few tests and we managed to identify which Windows Vault passwords can be easily cracked and which not.

Windows start Error. Missing File
My laptop (obviously not the one I am using now) suddenly wouldn't start up today. the error reads:

1) Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
4) You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM.
5) Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair

I do have a windows cd-rom, but if I try to re-install windows, what will happen to all of my photos and stuff? is there a way to copy all of my data to another hard drive?

Start System Configuration
System Configuration is an advanced tool that can help identify problems that could prevent Windows from starting correctly.

Choosing an advanced recovery method
The advanced methods available in Recovery in Control Panel can return Windows to a usable state if it's badly damaged. The first method uses a type of backup called a system image, which you need to have created earlier. The second method reinstalls Windows, either from a recovery image provided by your computer manufacturer, or from the original Windows installation files.

Cannot access the original user group after upgrading from Vista
Our friend upgraded up from Vista to Windows 7. In the process he created a new user group. Now we cannot access the original user group we had set up and all of our documents and pictures are under this group.

System will not let us access anythingn.

Using System Configuration
System Configuration is a tool that can help identify problems that might prevent Windows from starting correctly. You can start Windows with common services and startup programs turned off and then turn them back on, one at a time. If a problem doesn't occur when a service is turned off, but does occur when that service is turned on, then the service could be the cause of the problem.

photo thumbnail problems
About two months ago, I upgraded a computer from Windows Vista to Windows 7 Home Premium. It worked fine, and, in several ways, better than before. But there's a problem. The thumbnails of photos are now an annoyance, in ways I'd not seen in XP or Vista.

(I can't remember if there were thumbnails before that.) There are two problems, perhaps related.

First, when I copy photos from our camera to the hard disk, some of the thumbnails appear as if the copying process didn't finish -- that is, there's a region of solid color, with color depending on the photo, across some part of the bottom of the thumbnail.

I want the thumbnails to look as much like the photo as possible, so I fix that, which I can do by copying the photo, from DSC1111 to DSC1111 Copy.

The second thumbnail looks fine. Then I delete the original photo. But it's an annoyance.

The second problem is that the thumbnails don't change. I can, for example, crop a photo, and save it back with the original name, or, at least sometimes, but the thumbnail doesn't show that the photo has been cropped, even with a view refresh.

(I've tried copying the photo, as above, but those thumbnails don't reflect the crop, either. In otherwords, they look like the original photo.)

Identifying floating point division by zero error popup
A few weeks ago I started getting popup windows alerting me to a floating point division by zero error. Sometimes I get one and sometimes I get a bunch of them stacked on top of each other.

There is no identifying info in the popup as to which program is complaining. I have tried to identify the offending program, but since I can't replicate the problem by doing somethingspecific and the popups occur randomly as far as I can tell, and I have a lot of running programs including Outlook addins, browser addons, etc., I can't figure out a strategy to isolate theissue by turning things off systematically.

I looked online a bit, and saw issues with flash players playing older videos, but I have updated players I could find to the current versions and that has not solved the issue.

or a general suggestion about how to identify the offending program so that I can update or remove it?

Windows 7 Theme Manager (free preferable)
Can anyone recommend a couple of Windows Theme managers that don't cost an arm and a leg?

I just have a very simple need. I have several directories of photos I would like to set up as background for a Windows theme.

You would think that Windows personalization would make customizing your desktop an easy thing. . .Unfortunately not.

I have tried copying existing themes in Windows 7 personalization. . .and then changing the directory . . .and renaming/creating a new theme.
But after you save it, and go to a different theme and then go back. . . the directory is gone, restored to the original theme. theme directory.

I've looked around for windows theme managers. . there's a freebie out there. . . but it makes you use/download their themes. . not what I want to do.
I don't want to spend $50 bucks for the stardock one.

Just want a simple tool that can create a theme from a set of photo directories . would be nice to 'clone' the sound & other personalization stuff from an existing theme.

Tag People in Photos with Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011
Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 comes with many great features. One of our favorites is face recognition, which allows you to identify and tag people in your photos. The more people you tag, the easier it is for Windows Live Photo Gallery to suggest tags for the people present in your pictures. Another great thing is that, if you publish your photos on Facebook, all tags will be shown there. Also, the tags can used as search criteria among when trying to search through your pictures collection. This tutorial will show in detail how tagging and face recognition work in Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011.

Windows 7 Clean Install
I've been having problems with my computer, BSOD after BSOD. I've decided to do a clean install (will backup data) and I'm stuck with a question. The computer was upgraded from XP SP3 to Windows 7 Home Premium.

Recently I added a new 1 TB hard drive and had Windows 7 reinstalled by a technician. Due to some unfortunate circumstance which I believe stems from a bad WD My Book external hard drive, I started getting BSODs of all sorts.

when I start the installation of Windows 7 and it prompts me for the partition to install in on, the only choice I see is E:\, no C:\.

E: happens to be the original 320 GB hard drive that I left in the computer as a slave. I'd like to install it on C:\, the 1TB hard drive.

Itunes.exe bad image: softpub.dll is either not designed to run on windows
Every time I try to open itunes I receive the following error message.

"C:\windows\system32\softpub.dll is either not designed to run on windows or it contains an error. Try installing the program again using the original installation media or contact yoursystem administrator or the software vendor for support."

I have tried repairing and reinstalling itunes. I uninstalled every single apple product before retrying the install. I even tried replacing the softpub.

Basically, my only option seems to be restoring my machine to factory settings, which I am really trying to avoid. I'd say screw itunes and get something else but I have an iphone

I am running Windows 7 home premium edition service pack 1 on an Asus PC.

Report handwriting recognition errors to Microsoft
By reporting errors, you can help identify common handwriting recognition problems and improve the accuracy of handwriting recognition in future versions of Windows.