How to read Mac OS HFS drives in Windows for free

Need to copy files from a Mac-formatted HFS hard disk on a Windows PC? We show you how to do it for free. It even works with Windows 10

Download HFSExplorer. you may also need Java SE Runtime Environment if you don’t already have it. Install the program using the default settings. You’ll end up with a new program in your Start menu: HFSExplorer.

Connect your USB drive. HFSExplorer works with drives formatted with HFS, HFS+ and HFSX.

Run HFSExplorer (using Windows 10 here and it works fine)

The next step is to select the hard disk by clicking File > Load file system from device. If you have only one hard disk inside your PC or laptop, it’s likely that your USB drive will appear as Harddisk1/Partition1, but it may be Harddisk2/Partition1. If your USB disk has more than one partition, you’ll need to choose the one where the files you want are stored.

When you’ve selected the right disk, you should see its contents displayed in a Windows Explorer-like tree structure.

final step, select files and extract!

Windows xp Update Error 0x80072F76

The Problem: When accessing the Windows Update Web site to check for and install updates, you receive error number: 0x80072F76

The Specifics: according to Microsoft support, this error is caused by interruptions in communications between the computer to be updated and the update to be downloaded. the specific error: ERROR_WINHTTP_HEADER_NOT_FOUND. this clued me into the fact that there was at least some communication taking place.

The Solution: In my case, I found the issue to be with my hardware firewall. but I imagine this issue can be caused by any number of network related issues, anything preventing or hindering network data.  so a good course of action for this error (or related errors) is to turn off any unnecessary network/security software and take a look at your hardware.

Please wait while windows configures Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010

The Problem:

Every time that you open a Microsoft Office 2010 application, you receive the following message: “Please wait while windows configures Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010.”

Possible Solutions: (reboot after doing any of these)

  1. Uninstall everything Office related then run this utility
    Windows Installer Cleanup Utility:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301
  2. Problems with uninstall? Go to:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/928218
  3. try running the SubInAcl tool:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=E8BA3E56-D8FE-4A91-93CF-ED6985E3927B&displaylang=en
  4. This may work for some users.
    Start -> Run -> reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d
  5. Go to start ->programs -> accessories -> command prompt (Run as Administrator). Use the following command: secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\inf\defltbase.inf /db defltbase.sdb /verbose

With the exclusion of number five I tried all of these to no avail.. after spending 2 hours troubleshooting I decided the best thing to do was to backup and reformat the drive. my suspicion being that there was more at play here then I could see.