Saturday, March 17, 2018

How to Activate Windows XP (PC)

If you installed Windows XP on a old computer or installed it on Virtual Box or VMware you'll need to do this trick to activate Windows XP on your machine.  The servers to activate Windows XP have since been shutdown. 

A lot of this tutorial has been helped by using Ray Woodcocks Latest Word Press.  I of course just wanted to get the word out and make it simple for the user.

So first your going to want to open Notepad on your Windows XP machine or Virtual OS.

Paste in the following:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WPAEvents]
; Original setting:
; "OOBETimer"=hex:eb,54,8c,c6,0e,45,17,59,55,5b,f4,30

Then after that save the file as Activate Windows XP.reg to your desktop. Make sure its not a .txt by selecting "all files" in the save options.

After you have saved the file double click it and the file should then be registered.

After that click run and type regedit and press enter.

Then Regedit should open look for "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WPAEvents"

Right click on the WPAEvents folder and go to Permission then select System and Deny Full Control.  Press okay exit that and then open Command Prompt and type in the following:

%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a (or simply oobe/msoobe /a) 

Then press enter and it should say Windows is now Activated

Now the system should be fully activated just click on those special little keys and press to activate and it should say Windows is now Activated.

Friday, March 16, 2018

How to Restore Backed Up Origin Games (PC)

For those of you who want to restore your backed up Origin games its pretty simple.  What your going to want to do is open Origin and begin downloading the game you have backed up for about 10secs.  Once you have let the download go for about 10secs close Origin.   Now locate where you have your previously downloaded games backed up to.  Right click on the folder of the game and select copy and then paste it into the "Origin Games" folder that is currently assigned to your Origin which should already contain a folder with the same name as the backed up game.  Once pasting into that folder it will ask to replace over any of the files and you'll want to select yes.

Then finally open Origin and the game that you had selected to download will now begin to verify the files.  Once verifying has completed which takes a bit of time it'll then become available to play.  Now remember each time you do this to let the game download for at least 10secs and make sure the program is closed before copying any files over.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

PowerDVD 17 Ultra Support for Fox Blu-Ray's

If some of you are having issues getting some older Fox Blu-Ray's working with PowerDVD 17 Ultra there is a fix.

Download this >>> "close the login and begin to download"

Open the file with 7zip or any other compression software.  Drag the two files to where you installed PowerDVD 17 Ultra.

To get an old Fox Blu-Ray to work right click on WorkaroundRedCard.bat and "open as administrator".

After you are done watching a Fox Blu-Ray right click on BackToOriginalBehaviour.bat and again "open as administrator" in order to watch other Blu-Rays again.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Turning off Vertical Sync for RetroPie (Input Lag Fix)

For those of you who have a Raspberry Pi Zero or regular Raspberry Pi this maybe of help to you.  I am unsure if there is any issues with Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 with input lag however there is a lot of lag on the older versions.  I found that if turning off vertical sync you will get a better button response and games are a lot more playable.

So to begin make sure you have SAMBA setup or are using SH.  For this I am using SAMBA so if your an SH user then this maybe not of any help to you unless you already know what to do.

Anyways from Windows open RetropPie from a windows explorer going to network and click on the RetroPie icon that should be there if you have a network connection setup.  Put in your username which is "Pi" without quotes and password "raspberry" again without quotes.

Now you should see folders and were going to want to open "\\RETROPIE\configs\all".  Then your going to want to open retroarch.cfg with Notepad++ and do not edit with Windows Notepad.  You can grab Notepad++ from

Now that you installed Notepad++ and have retroarch.cfg  opened your going to want to find line "163".  There you will find vertical_sync = true and were going to want to change that to false.  Once you have done that click the floppy icon to save and close Notepad++.

You have now disabled vertical sync within RetroPie and do note that you may see some tiny but very unnoticeable screen tearing it's not even a bother for a lot of the games I've played.  So now that you have done this enjoy playing your games the way they were meant to be.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Windows 10 Start Menu Flickering Fix

If you have the problem displayed in the video which was created by Danila Syrtsov there is a simple fix.  We are going to want to make a cool batch file which we can open that restarts the explorer.  Do note that restarting the explorer can close some open file explorers when you open the batch file and may interrupt copying, moving and deleting files.  Okay so all were going to want to do is open note pad and copy the following.

taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
Start explorer.exe

Then all we want to do is save the file as explorer.bat but make sure before doing so that "all files" is selected at the bottom cause if you don't it will probably save as restart explorer.bat.txt and we don't want that.  Make sure to save to desktop for easy access.

Okay so once that is complete make sure you aren't doing any work and give that batch file a test.  You will see the screen go completely blank and then restart itself.  I want to thank my friend Chris Fleet for giving me this idea.  Its easy to open the task manager and close it but the batch file makes it even easier and more helpful.  Now that you have this cool little tool you can fix the start menu from flickering.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

NBA Hangtime (Windows 10 Framerate Fix)

Here is another game that needs a simple fix.  If you have the game installed it might play out of the box but I found the framerate was very slow making it feel very unplayable.  Once again this fix uses the Windows Compatibility Toolkit so grab that using Google as there is many versions.

So the only thing you need to do in Windows Compatibility Kit 32 is add these features on the first page.

Once you have added these skip the next page and click auto generate then next.  Go to save and install and your ready to play the game in higher framerates.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Redline Racer (PC,Win 10 patch)

I recently bought Redline Racer for PC and after the install found out it will not run on modern systems.  Well there is a fix for that.  First of course I believe there is more then one version of this game.  From what I hear there is a version that asks you to install a specific Graphics API version to play on PC.  So if you have that version install the 3Dfx version of the game cause no other version will work.  If you have my version of the game it will install all versions of the game and should run the 3Dfx version.  If it doesn't go to the main folder where you have the game installed and run rlr_3dfx.exe.  But first your going to want to install a patch that will make the game run on modern systems.  This will allow the game to run on Windows Vista through to Windows 10. 

So download the following file and you'll be able to run the game on your PC but remember to be able to play you must play the 3Dfx version of the game rlr_3dfx.exe.  You'll know if its the 3Dfx version when the 3Dfx logo will come up on your screen.

Grab the file from here Redline_Racer_Win7.exe and you'll be ready to go.  Once downloaded select the folder you have installed the game to and begin installation for the patch.