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Q. How can I check driver availability for my Creative Technology product under Windows Vista?
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==== FAQs ====
by John Savill, FAQ Editor, jsavill@windowsitpro.com

Q. How can I extract the files from a Windows Vista Microsoft Update Standalone Package (MSU)?

A. The new MSU format doesn't support the old /x type switches to extract the content. It also can't be run on a pre-Vista OS. To extract the content from an MSU file, you need to use the Expand command that's part of Vista. Note that the Expand command from earlier versions of Windows are different and won't work. Use the -F switch to extract the content, as the following example shows:

D:\temp>mkdir msu

D:\temp>expand -F:* Windows6.0-KB929761-x86.msu d:\temp\msu

The command produces the following output:

Adding d:\temp\msu\WSUSSCAN.cab to Extraction Queue
Adding d:\temp\msu\Windows6.0-KB929761-x86.cab to Extraction Queue
Adding d:\temp\msu\Windows6.0-KB929761-x86-pkgProperties.txt to Extraction Queue

Adding d:\temp\msu\Windows6.0-KB929761-x86.xml to Extraction Queue

Expanding Files ...

Expanding Files Complete ... 4 files total.

At this point, the .cab files, which contain the actual files, are still not extracted, so now run the extract command on the cab file, as the following command and resulting output shows:

D:\temp>expand -F:* d:\temp\msu\Windows6.0-KB929761-x86.cab d:\temp\msu

Adding d:\temp\msu\update.mum to Extraction Queue
Adding d:\temp\msu\x86_microsoft-windows-wusa_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20496_no
ne_ab489c6034d78613.manifest to Extraction Queue
Adding d:\temp\msu\x86_microsoft-windows-
wusa_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.16400_no
ne_ab1a4f0b1b764fed.manifest to Extraction Queue
Adding d:\temp\msu\update-bf.mum to Extraction Queue
Adding d:\temp\msu\x86_microsoft-windows-
wusa.d_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20496_
none_4632ef2815ba2cfd.manifest to Extraction Queue
Adding d:\temp\msu\x86_microsoft-windows-
wusa.d_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.16400_
none_4604a1d2fc58f6d7.manifest to Extraction Queue
Adding d:\temp\msu\update.cat to Extraction Queue
Adding d:\temp\msu\update-bf.cat to Extraction Queue
Adding d:\temp\msu\x86_microsoft-windows-
wusa_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.16400_no
ne_ab1a4f0b1b764fed\wusa.exe to Extraction Queue
Adding d:\temp\msu\x86_microsoft-windows-
wusa_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20496_no
ne_ab489c6034d78613\wusa.exe to Extraction Queue

Expanding Files ....

Expanding Files Complete ... 10 files total. --------------------

Q. How can I check driver availability for my Creative Technology product under Windows Vista?

A. Creative maintains a list of Vista drivers for all its hardware at http://us.creative.com/support/kb/article.asp?sid=14186 .

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Q. Can I upgrade to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 from Exchange Server 5.5?

A. No. You can't introduce Exchange 2007 into an existing Exchange organization while an Exchange 5.5 server still exists in the organization. If you run Exchange 5.5, you must first upgrade to Exchange 2000 Server or Exchange Server 2003, effectively Exchange native mode. After you move the mailboxes to an Exchange 2000 or Exchange 2003 organization, you can move the mailboxes to Exchange 2007 via the Exchange 2007 GUI if Exchange 2007 and the Exchange 2003/2000 installation are in the same organization or by using the Power Shell Move-Mailbox command for cross-organization migrations.

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Q. What is the new licensing scheme that is part of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 (SP2)?

A. With SQL Server 2005 SP2, you can now run an unlimited number of virtual instances of SQL Server on a physical box that's licensed for SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition. This will allow organizations to try new combinations of SQL Server instances to test the performance of their servers. --------------------

Q. How do I insert a single quote (') into a SQL Server database?

A. Usually the single quote character is reserved for inserting information into a database. If a single quote is contained in the actual data to be inserted, the command often becomes corrupted. To solve the problem simply replace any single quote with two quotes (not the double quote character but two single quote characters. The sample command below performs this replacement automatically:

sContent = Replace(sContent,"'","'")

where sContent contains the data that needs single quotes replaced so that the data can be inserted into a database.

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