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Dial-a-fix : Repair Windows problems easily
Dial-a-fix is an advanced utility for 32-bit versions of Microsoft Windows written by DjLizard in Borland Delphi 7 that repairs various Windows problems, such as:
Dial-a-fix ("DAF") is a collection of known fixes gleaned from Microsoft Knowledgebase articles, Microsoft MVPs, and other important support forums, that will assist you in repairing problems with your system. Although this tool is ordinarily meant for power users, technicians, and administrators, it is quite safe to use even without technical guidance (although guidance is recommended). Simply choose the solutions you wish to apply via checkmarks, and click GO. There are other buttons and tools present on the main dialog as well, such as the policy scanner. All tools and checkmarks identify their purpose when you mouse over them.
DAF's primary philosophy is to fix problems by setting various things back to their original Microsoft defaults. DAF currently does not interface with or repair any third party programs (and there are no plans to do so).
DAF works on all pertinent 32-bit versions of Windows: 98, 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, and Server 2003. Dial-a-fix dynamically disables functions that are not applicable to your version of Windows. The version of Windows with the most support and functionality is currently Windows XP.
Dial-a-fix : User Interface
Any sections that are grayed out for you do not apply to your particular version of Windows. Example: the "CryptSvc" service doesn't exist in Windows 2000, and thus you cannot Start or Stop it. (You can, however, register the DLLs that belong to those cryptography-related functions.) Windows XP has all functions enabled, so all of the information below will apply to it.
This section serves only as a reminder to you; your temp folder needs to be emptied and you need to verify that the year is correct. An incorrect year can cause issues with SSL certificates like those used to receive Windows Updates or visit secure sites (such as banking websites).
The Microsoft Installer service (MSI) handles installation and scripting of .MSI files. MSI installation packages have several advantages over legacy scripted installers such as additional features for administration and deployment. The Microsoft Installer service is also used to install Windows Update patches. If this service doesn't work, neither will Windows Update.
WU/WUAU stands for "Windows Update/Windows Update: Automatic Update". Obviously, both manual updating (through Windows Update) and the automatic updater are covered in this section.
The Cryptography service didn't exist as an actual Win32 service until Windows XP, but it's been around since Windows 98. I'll refer to the Cryptography service as the collection of libraries that perform security functions in Windows, such as:
This section contains miscellaneous DLL registrations that do not fit under one of the main categories. It is possible to discover system problems that may not have been obvious before. This version of Dial-a-fix is not able to do or suggest very much about errors detected in this section, but you can use tools such as Dependency Walker and the System File Checker to root out missing or corrupted files - the most common cause of error dialogs while processing this section.
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Dial-a-fix : Download
Download Dial-a-fix v0.60.0.24 (2006-10-27)
Primary download location (RECOMMENDED): Download
Secondary download location: Download
File type: .zip archive
Contains: Dial-a-fix.exe and secedit.exe
Size: 335,992 bytes
You do not have to click on secedit.exe after you've extracted the .zip - Dial-a-fix uses secedit.exe internally when you use the "Repair permissions" tool.
...........Source -- wiki.lunarsoft.net
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