About Marc Liron

Marc has been supporting Windows and Office users full time since 2004.

Dell Developing Tablets to Improve Sales Slump

Dell has put its hopes of a sales increase on brand new touch-screen products, that will be included in the launch of Windows 8. The hope is that the tablets will encourage customers to buy and play partypoker and check Facebook on Dell products rather than Apple.

Sales of Dell’s notebook computers have been down in the last three months leading up to May. Ten percent less than was earned during the same period last year. With the fall in sales, the company have predicted only a small increase in revenue over the current period.

Despite the climate now, Dell’s founder Michael Dell has told analysts to keep a look out. He expects that the release of new Microsoft system software later this year will help to gain interest back in the company again.

News site Seeking Alpha has quoted him as saying:

“Unlike other Windows transitions, this is a transition where you generally are going to need a new PC, whether it’s a tablet or ultrabook with touch or a notebook with touch or a PC with touch or some derivative hybrid on all the above type of products.”

He adds that customers should be on stand by because, “We’re preparing a full complement of products, and we’ll be ready with those.” However he is being realistic about the amount of time it will take for the new system to impact business sales. Corporations are still using Windows 7 “so we don’t think there’ll be a massive adoption of Windows 8 by corporations early on”.

The company certainly needs their Windows 8 products to be successful.They attempted to crack the mobile tablet market with Inspiron and Streak, but ultimately these markets are dominated by Apple with the iPad and Amazon’s Kindle.

We’ll have to wait and see what impact Windows 8 has.

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How to Scan your PC for Software Licenses

Missing your License Key for a Windows Application?

We have all had situations where we are missing a license key for a software application we have installed on our PC.

When you try to find the product packaging or email that contains the missing key, you can never find them!

So it would make sense to scan your PC to see if you can locate them?

The only problem is where do you look and how do you extract the information?

Software creators often store the license keys in the Windows Registry, and some such as Adobe even use a special file called an SQLite database.

Scanning the Registry?

You can manually search through the registry if you wish!

But a faster method is to use a special utility like the one from Martin Klinzmann called License Crawler:


(The utility also has support for searching SQLite too.)

After downloading (use the FREEWareFiles link on the download page) and extracting from the ZIP file, you can then run the program from the folder – no need to actually install it.

License Crawler can discover application product keys and other serial numbers or licenses very quickly and supports all versions of Windows operating system from Windows 95 to Windows 7.

You can also export the information as a .txt file by going to the File menu in the top left hand corner.

This is a handy utility for quickly scanning your computer for software licenses.

As it does not need to be installed on your computer, it can easily be stored on a USB memory key.


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Marc Liron – Microsoft MVP (2004-2010)
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The Cryptographic Service in Windows 7

The Cryptographic Service in Windows 7 provides four management services:

Catalog Database Service, which confirms the signatures of Windows files and allows new programs to be installed;

Protected Root Service, which adds and removes Trusted Root Certification Authority certificates from the computer;

Automatic Root Certificate Update Service, which retrieves root certificates from Windows Update and enable scenarios such as SSL;

Key Service, which helps enroll the computer for certificates. If this service is stopped, these management services will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

In this informative video I show you how to troubleshoot issues that arise from the Cryptographic Service in Windows 7…


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