Microsoft introduced the Fix it Solution Center in the first half of 2010, and now also made available for download a Fix IT pack, which it’s offering free of charge.

The Fix it Solution Center is designed to help customers find automated solutions for their problems.

Essentially, in addition to sometimes providing guidance and step-by-step instructions for customers to resolve a range of issues with Microsoft’s products, the software giant started putting together basic tools designed to automatically resolve glitches, bugs, etc.

Fix It makes it possible for users to launch an automated solution designed to take care of a specific problem and watch it go away, rather than having to implement a workaround manually. More »

Customers running Windows 7 have reported running into issues when attempting to install an Intel AHCI driver from the DVD or CD, as a part of deploying Microsoft’s latest iteration of the Windows client.

According to the software giant, users reported coming across an error message after they pressed F6 in order to load a vendor provided AHCI controller driver.

“The Intel Express Chipset SATA AHCI controller (E:\1046…\iaAHCI.inf) device driver could not be installed. Contact your vendor for an updated driver,” is an example of the information displayed to end users.

The Redmond company revealed that the issues can occur during the Windows 7 installation process, and only when customers attempt to install the AHCI driver from a DVD or CD media. More »

The following tutorial will teach you how to fix the “acer-wmi: unable to detect available WMID devices” error on Ubuntu Netbook Remix and other netbook operating systems based on Ubuntu.
The error appears on various (if not all) netbooks made by Acer, such as Acer Aspire One or Acer eMachines, after a recent system update.

We’ve tested this bug with the Easy Peasy 1.6 and Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) operating systems. After the installation there are no issues and everything runs smoothly. But, if the user updates the machine, after a reboot, the above issue will appear.

The “acer-wmi: unable to detect available WMID devices” error is very annoying because it will also break your boot splash screen. So, if you are one of those who instead of looking at a nice splash screen while your netbook boots Ubuntu, get the “acer-wmi: unable to detect available WMID devices” error, follow the next steps to fix it. More »

Microsoft shared details of workarounds that Windows users can implement to protect themselves against exploits targeting a new zero-day vulnerability which allows attackers to steal information from users.

The company confirmed reports of the newly discovered Windows security hole, as well as the fact that both published information and proof-of-concept code made their way into the wild.

According to the software giant, the flaw resides in the MHTML (MIME Encapsulation of Aggregate HTML). Applications such as Internet Explorer leverage MHTML to interpret MIME-formatted requests for content blocks within certain documents that need to be rendered. More »

Windows Setup could not configure Windows on this computer’s hardware,” is an error message that some customers attempting to install Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 received before the deployment failed.

Microsoft confirmed the issue and also offered details on the source of the error message.

According to the Redmond company, the problem involves scenarios in which users try to install either Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 to an advanced 512-byte emulation (512e) format disk.

The drive also needs to be configured in such a way as to emulate RAID disk functionality in order for the error message to be presented, the software giant explained. More »