Windows Security Center Service Can’t be Started FIX

After removing malware from your computer sometime the windows security service will not start. To fix this just run “services.msc” from the run prompt or search box in Vista. Scroll down to Security Center and double click on it, then change start up type to Automatic and click apply, then click the start button on that window, close the services window and restart your computer then your good to go.

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How to put movies in your iPod

There are a few paid programs popping up around the internet which will enable you to put movies in to your iPod. But we have found a free one just for you…

Go to this web site for a freeware program that will convert video to put on your iPod. And yes it is a Windows version and its free 🙂 . You will then be able to put all types of video and movies into your iPod.

A few words from their site;

Videora iPod Converter is a free video conversion application developed by the creators of Videora. It allows you to convert your regular PC video files (avi, mpeg, etc) into the proper video format that your iPod understands.

When combined with Videora, Videora iPod Converter + Videora allows you to download, convert and copy video to your device, automatically using BitTorrent and RSS technology.

So if you were able to put video or movies into your iPod successfully the tells us about it and leave a comment below.

Step by step guide here

Hope this helps you to put video in your iPod !!

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coooo218 (Registry File Failure)

coooo218 (Registry File Failure)

Hi Guys I thought someone might find this helpful. I came across a customers PC which would boot into Windows XP then flash a blue error screen very quickly and then restart. I disabled auto restart on system failure in the F8 menu.

Stop c0000218 (Registry file failure)

Registry cannot load hive


or its log or alternative etc…..

After some research ( Google really is your friend lol ) I found there may be a problem with ram or the hard drive. I loaded Barts PE disk and ran the scandisk utility and wow….. a lot of errors are on the hard drive. This definitely points to the hard drive as being the source of the problem as I had only formatted and reinstalled the OS 2 days ago. You can try and run the repair installation option off your Windows XP cd, just boot the PC with Win XP disc wait for it to load then select the repair option. This seems to be a rare problem and I hope this info helps someone out in the future.  I also found this link on a forum which may help Link Here .

If your hard drive is OK then try using utilities found on various boot CD’s to fix the registry or worst case reinstall Windows XP. Search for UBCD or Bart PE in your favourite torrent directory for the boot CD’s

Good Luck

Peter Parry

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Call for Help Computers on the Central Coast

Call for Help Computers serves the Central Coast NSW Australia. Mobile computers repairs at reasonable rates are offered. Services include free pick up and delivery of your broken computer anywhere on the Central Coast. Data retrieval is no problem, We can back up all personal data such as emails, documents, digital photos, music, anything. Call for help computers have been servicing computers and making repairs to computers anywhere on the Central Coast for people of all levels of computer knowledge who need a little help getting things done. Most workshop jobs have a turn around time of about 24 Hours.

  • Slow computer ?
  • Slow Internet ?
  • Got pop ups ?
  • Got a virus ?
  • Got spy ware ?

Then call us and we will come to you and get your computer running right for you.  Just go to our web page.

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How to Remove or fix Dual Boot Linux Windows System.

If you have a dual boot system with Linux and Windows on it, you may at some stage want to remove the Linux and keep Windows.  The most common type of dual boot system with 2 operating systems that I have seen have been Ubuntu and Windows XP. You may have already deleted the partition with Ubuntu on it and find that Windows will not boot at all. There is an easy way to fix this. If you want to completely remove Ubuntu then you will need to get a copy of ” G-Parted ” Free  Download here 28.5 MB ISO Image, you must create a CD from the ISO Image. Boot your computer with the G Parted Boot CD that you have just created. Delete the partitions that hold Linux/Ubuntu. Then you need to allocate the rest of the space on the Hard Drive to the Windows partition thus increasing the size of space to your C Drive. Remove the G Parted boot CD and replace it with your Windows XP CD. Boot the computer so it boots off the Windows XP CD, wait for the 1st blue screen which asks you if you want to install or repair Windows. Select the Repair/Recovery and wait for the recovery console to load. All you have to type is ” FIXMBR ” type “exit” when it has finished, remove the Windows XP CD and restart your computer. It should now boot into Windows.

Hope this helps.

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Computer freezes or reboots during startup

I came across a computer today which would not boot properly, it would restart or freeze and take many reboots just to get it started. I found reading on a forum about a little problem called Capacitor Plague. The problem is that a lot of capacitors were manufactured from an incomplete electrolyte formula causing the capacitors to bulge and leak and ultimately fail.

After a visual inspection of the motherboard of the computer I was working on. A lot of the capacitors were in fact bulging and some were leaking a rusty colored material on the top of them. Replacing the motherboard fixed the problem. I may spend some time replacing all of the old capacitors with new ones but I don’t know if I will ever find the time 🙂

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How to disable User Account Control warning in Vista

One thing I hate about Windows Vista is the pop up asking for permission to do anything like changing a setting on the display or installing a program. I know it is an added layer of protection to prevent unauthorized control of your PC but it does get annoying after a while. So to disable UAC click Start->Control Panel->User Accounts, click “turn User Account Control on or off” link if UAC is active, & pops up just click continue. Uncheck the box where is says ” Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer then click OK then restart your computer. There you have it, no more pop up.
Have Fun.

Update, you will need to remove the security warning too

There is no option in Security Center or group policy to prevent the security warning balloon from appearing but it can be disabled via the registry.

How to disable the User Account Control status warning message:

1. Go to Start-> type Regedit in the search bar and navigate to the following

2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center

1. Add the following value:
Data Type:
Value Name:
Restart the Security Center service for the change to take effect.

Updated Version July 2008
To turn off UAC, the easier version, go to start->control panel-> security center. expand the other security settings bar at bottom of list then click turn off user account control. all done.

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