Taskbar missing

In the event that the taskbar appears to have disappeared, the following should resolve the issue;

  • Run cmd.exe, its located at C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe
  • Type Start wmic (i sadly can’t seem to find wmic location, thats why i do it like this, but its the only command prompt capable of fixing this problem)
  • In Wmic, type this exact sentence: Process where name=”explorer.exe” call terminate
  • When it asks if you want to execute it, type Y and hit enter.
  • Normally, explorer.exe should automatically be re-started and the bar will appear again, should this not happen type this sentence: process call create “explorer.exe”
  • When it asks if you want to execute, type Y and hit enter.

Universal/Ultimate Boot CD


First, extract all the files on the UBCD to a directory on your harddisk such as c:\ubcd-exracted (pathname may contain spaces). If you wish, you can directly extract the files from the ISO image using a tool such as 7-Zip or Daemon Tools.
You should have a directory structure that looks like:

c:\ubcd-extracted\ boot\ pmagic\ ubcd\ custom\ custom.cfg custom.lst autorun.inf license.txt

To add your own ISO images to UBCD, copy them to c:\ubcd-extracted\ubcd\custom. You can optionally compress each image using gzip (via a tool such as 7-Zip) to make them smaller. Then editc:\ubcd-extracted\ubcd\custom\custom.cfg and add each ISO image to the menu.

For Example:

LABEL – MENU LABEL Windows 98 TEXT HELP Windows 98 boot disk ENDTEXT LINUX /boot/syslinux/memdisk INITRD /ubcd/custom/win98.iso.gz APPEND iso raw

Making UBCD memory stick

To create a bootable UBCD memory stick, at the command prompt, type:

cd \ubcd-extracted\ubcd\tools\win32\ubcd2usb ubcd2usb c:\ubcd-extracted x: /f

where X: is that drive letter of USB memory stick, which is assumed to be already formatted. If it is not already formatted, or you wish to force it to be formatted, you can add the /f switch at the end:

If this fails, run cmd as the administrator

VMWARE Boot Failure

In the event that vSphere fails to boot, there are two possible issues. The first is that the physical Server has not been set to boot from the particular physical device, in my case a USB stick, if the Server is set correctly then boot from the CD and run the press shift+o before adding formatwithmbr after the preset phrase “runweasel”.

Installing vSphere 5.5

Insert the install media, in my case a CD and boot the machine. Ensure that the machine is set to boot from your media and allow it to run its course. A blue screen will appear and ask if you wish to boot from installer or local disk , as this is a fresh install, select installer .

The installer will load and may take some time as the yellow bar crosses the screen. Then a grey box will appear on the screen, press Enter to continue, read the EULA and press F11 to continue. Choose the device to install to and press Enter , if there is already an installation then you can upgrade but in this instance I select install and press Enter . Prior to partitioning and installing, press installer to confirm and continue

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