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    New to the forum? Read this BEFORE you post! 12th June 2005, 00:04

    We're all here for a reason. You - because you're looking for help. Me (and other active forum members) - because we are motivated by helping people like yourself.

    Remember, YOU need our help, therefore make sure YOU understand the following issues and forum rules.

    Remember! This is not a democracy. I make the rules. If you want to live here, you make sure you follow them. Failing to do so will get you either ignored, or in worst cases - banned for good.

    Forum rules:

    1) Search BEFORE you post

    Take a look at my main site at and perform a simple search by using the search box on the top right side of each page. Also, I cannot stress enough that you should always perform a seach on these forums before asking your "very important and unique" question. Many questions have already been answered, there is no point in answering them again. Duplicate questions will be deleted or locked out, and users that cannot understand this simple rule will either be ignored, or banned if they can't get the hint.

    2) No double posting

    Not here. Post once, wait for an answer. Do NOT post your "very important" question on more than one forum, and never post the same question again. If you have new issues regarding your "old" question - just follow your first thread and post to it. Members that cannot understand this simple rule will be banned.

    3) Give your post a good topic (or subject line), reflecting the question's intentions

    For example, if you use a topic like

    or a stupid subject line like
    Windows 2000 help

    I will personally kick you out of here.

    Bad subject lines usually tell us it's a poorly written question. We don't like that.

    On the contrary, using a topic like this one
    Help in recovering local admin pwd on WinXP SP2 floppyless laptop

    Will actually bring people in, the ones that know the answer, and also those who do not, but would like to find what the answer is.

    4) Carefully write your question, provide all the necessary information, spell-check it (if possible), and preview it before posting

    Know how to ask the question. For example, a question like
    Please help me, I cannot log in, I need to log in now, what do I do?

    will also receive idiotic answers or no answers at all. And if someone did want to try to answer, they'd need to ask for more information, which in turn will cause you to come back and explain yourself, thus lengthening the answering process.

    For example, tell us about

    - What Operating System and Service Pack level are you using?
    - Are you in a Workgroup or in an Active Directory domain environment?
    - What are you trying to do?
    - Why are you trying to do it?
    - What did you try already, why, and what was the result of your actions?
    - What was the exact error message that you received?
    - What does the Event Log say?
    - Are there any hardware restrictions we should know of (i.e. no floppy, no CD, etc.)
    - Do you have current backups? Why not?
    - Network setup issues, DNS, IP addresses etc.
    - Firewalls blocking connections, anything we should know?
    - Any other information you think we might need in order to help you.

    Just a quick reminder:

    How to ask a question:

    Do not make us ask your clarification questions, and do NOT make us point you back to the manual (RTFM for short) or Google. Basically, do not waste our time! The more relevant info you provide, the more likely it is that your problem can be resolved quickly.

    If you chose not to provide us with the relevant information you're just making it more difficult for anyone to provide you with good answers in a timely fashion. Don't be surprised if people are less enthusiastic about helping you under such conditions.

    5) We are not responsible for any 3rd-party tools or software

    We can try to help, but since we did not make these tools, we do not officially give support to issues related to them. For issues like these please contact the author of the specific tool you're trying to use.

    6) Write only in English

    Use English, no other language please. Question written in languages other that English will be locked by the moderator. If your English skills are poor please consider asking for help from a friend who can write in a manner we can understand, or, if you cannot find such help, seek assistance elsewhere, on a site or forum that is written in YOUR language.

    Also, please try to avoid writing in CAPS LOCK, and do try to use "normal" words. U and 1 d0n't l1&3 t0 r3a|) m3$$ag3$ wr1tt3n li&3 th1$. No, that is NOT English, and writing in that manner will NOT make you look smarter.

    7) No illegal stuff, no software sharing, cracking, hacking or other illegal activities

    Questions or answers with such items will be deleted by the moderator, and cause your account to be banned for life.

    No, braindumps are NOT legal. You might get away with just talking about them, but you will be deleted if you post questions from actual dumps or provide links to such dumps or to companies that offer dumps for money.

    8 ) No advertising

    I do not think I need to elaborate on this issues. Users who do not comply will be banned. No hidden or direct commercials and no hidden or direct spamming.

    If you do have information you'd like to share, for instance a website where you've placed tips or where you've gathered important information, and from your post it'll be clear that you're doing it in order to actually and genuinely help someone, AND the external link does NOT point to a site that sells that information - we will investigate it, and if found right, we will allow the link.

    If you have a personal website and you want to promote it, pay someone for it. If I or any of the moderators see a post that has external links on it, and it turns out that the links point to your website, one that's used to sell stuff (services, software, etc.) we will delete it and get your account banned, no questions asked.

    In general - Links to external sites that sell something or don't look "innocent" will be deleted, and the member posting them will be banned! If you are in doubt - Ask any one of the moderators before posting.

    9) Give credit to who ever deserves it, and if possible, a link to where you got your information/tools from

    We will not get our hands dirty with legal issues just because some reader chose to copy/paste an entire KB without getting permission and without at least saying where the information was taken from, plus providing a link to the original material. If you chose to quote an answer found elsewhere, you are required to also give credit to the original poster, AND give the URL from where you took it from. Do NOT paste answers that someone else wrote and claim them to be your own (even and especially from other sites). It is not our responsibility to check every answer you post, but if we catch you breaking this rule we will ban you immediately!

    10) Follow-up on your question in a timely manner

    Say "thank you" after receiving a good answer. Also, if one of the answers helped you, we would all like to know which one it was, and what you did to finally solve your problem. This is all what this community is about - sharing information . Sharing information is not just by taking information from us, but also by sharing your sucess and failure stories, and by helping others, who might read your post in the future, understand what was the outcome of the thread.

    Posts that do not comply with these guidelines will be either locked or deleted. Posts that break the legal rules will cause your account to be banned.

    Help us help you!

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    Departed: 23rd December 2015