Users that have experience glitches in scenarios involving the burning of DVDs from Windows 7 might find a resolve with Microsoft, provided that the issues were generated by Udfs.sys. Microsoft has made available an update designed to take care of three problems associated with the Universal Disk Format (UDF) file system driver (Udfs.sys). The refresh in question is available for both Windows 7 RTM and Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM.

Microsoft described the first problem that Windows 7 users are likely to come across: “You try to back up some large files to a DVD-RW by using Windows Backup in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2. However, the backup operation fails and you receive an error message that resembles the following: “Logical Block Address Out of Range (SCSI_ADSENSE_ILLEGAL_BLOCK).” Additionally, the Eject function does not work.”

The Udfs.sys update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is currently up for grabs from Microsoft. However, in this sense the refresh is designed more like a hotfix. Microsoft is not serving the fix through Windows Update and had not posted the bits on the Microsoft Download Center. Instead the hotfix can be downloaded from Microsoft Support. More »

Make USB Disk Bootable is a console based free tool which lets you create a MS DOS bootable USB drive which is created by using the system files on any windows xp PC. This bootable USB Disk is actually a MS-DOS Bootable USB Drive from the users XP source files.

Tip: Install Windows 7 From Bootable USB Drive

This free tool uses HP USB Dos Format Tool to make the USB disk bootable, if you do not have HP USB Format tool installed then it will download it from the HP Website and install it on your computer.

Note: You must accept the HP End User License Agreement during setup.

Here is the step by step procedure to do the same

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1. Download Make USB Bootable Tool and extract the zip package in separate directory

2. Right click mkboot.cmd file and click edit to change the attributes in the config file.

3. Change USBDRV value R: to the drive letter that is been currently used by your USB Drive when you plug it in your computer.

4. Exit and Save then double click on mkboot.cmd to run this tool. More »

Even before the release of Windows 7 Release Candidate Build 7100 Microsoft announced that it would take extreme measures in order to increase end user protection and amputate the AutoPlay/AutoRun feature of the operating system. Over a months after Windows 7 has been released to manufacturing, Microsoft is applying the same security strategy to previous Windows releases. The Redmond company is making sure that the amputated AutoPlay/AutoRun in Windows 7 will make its way to Windows XP (including SP3), Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista (including SP2), and Windows Server 2008, for security reasons.

In this regard, Microsoft has already made available an update designed to limit the AutoPlay/AutoRun functionality in Windows 7’s precursors. Essentially, following the implementation of the refresh, the AutoPlay/AutoRun will no longer display the “Install or run program” option for USB drives.

“In Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2003, AutoRun entries were populated for all devices that had mass storage and had a validly formatted AutoRun.inf file in the root directory. This included CDs, DVDs, USB thumb drives, external hard disks, and any volume that exposed itself as mass storage. This update disables AutoRun entries in AutoPlay, and displays only entries that are populated from CD and DVD drives. More »

USB flash drives have become really handy in storing different files of various sizes including, backups, personal documents, music, pictures, portable applications and more. Flash drives turned out to be so convenient that people start pouring in files of any kind without sorting them.

Because of these habits, flash drives end up getting real messy quickly and it becomes difficult to figure out how to clear up disk space to accommodate more files.

Deleting unnecessary files is a good solution, but can be tough to do when files aren’t properly organized. If you want to clear up disk space the fastest way possible, the best problem solver to this is by formatting your USB flash drive directly.

The advantages of doing this is that your flash drive is wiped completely clean, removing all files regardless of their attributes (including hidden files). Here are the basic steps in reformatting your USB flash drive: More »