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Unmountable boot volume

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As some of you might know, I run a dual-boot configuration with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.04, with Ubuntu being my primary operating system. The latter works just fine – all the problems are solved in a few minutes – but Windows? I spend days trying to repair it.

A few days ago I decided to log into Windows, because I needed to use Lightroom. When I chose “Microsoft 7” in my boot menu (I accidentally renamed it like this, instead of “Windows 7”, and never got round to changing it), it asked me whether I want to start normally or run Startup Repair. I realised that this was due to an improper shutdown a day or two ago, and ignored it.

Usually, this wouldn’t be an issue, but this time, after the loading screen and before the login one, I got the Blue Screen of Death with the following error message: UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME. The same would happen each time I tried to start Windows, so it wasn’t a temporary glitch. Read the rest of this entry »


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June 29, 2010 at 13:26

Re-Volt in Windows 7

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Re-Volt coverIt’s been a while since I’ve played a new game, which led to the intent to play an old one… I somehow managed to bump into Re-Volt, which I had forgotten I even had, and that is a shame.

Re-Volt is a great game which I loved when I was younger (it was published in 1999), and I used to cheat all the time 😀 Not that this is of any importance… What is of importance, however, is how to run this game if you have Windows Vista or Windows 7.

I eagerly installed the game on my Windows 7, and was quite disappointed when I discovered it didn’t work. I was able to run the game, and configure everything, but I couldn’t start any race – the game would just display a Can’t flip display buffers error over and over. Luckily, the good people of the Internet had already found the solution, so here it is (thanks to MassiZ from MSFN Forums):

  1. First of all (after installing the game), download the following patch: 1.207
  2. Copy the contents of the downloaded archive into your Re-Volt folder
  3. Create a shortcut to Re-Volt on your desktop
  4. Alter the shortcut’s properties by inserting “-sli” into the Destination text box, without the quotation marks (it should look something like “C:\Path to Re-Volt\revolt.exe” -sli)
  5. Go to the Compatibility tab and select Windows 98, as well as Run as administrator
  6. Finally, simply enjoy the game, it’s a great one

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January 30, 2010 at 18:50

Removing “Desktop” from the Task Switcher in Windows 7

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Since I’ve been a XP user for the past six years, there are some aspects of Windows 7 I can’t get used to. Fortunately, everything can be customised.

I don’t know whether this “feature” is available in Vista, but when you press Alt+Tab in Windows 7, the Task Switcher displays all the programs that are currently running, plus the Desktop. If you don’t need this (because you can use WindowsKey+D to show desktop), there is a way to remove it:

  1. Run regedit (registry editor, you can find it by using the search bar)
  2. Go to Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
  3. In the menu, go to Edit – New – DWORD (32-bit) Value
  4. Set the name to AltTabSettings, and the value to 1 (right-click, modify)

No need to restart, the “fix” will start working straight away.

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October 16, 2009 at 13:38