I tried the new Windows Live Photo Gallery Beta software. It worked well, but using it coincided with new regular error messages from Outlook Express saying "Outlook Express could not be started. It may not be installed correctly. Make sure that your disk is not full or that you are not out of memory. Contact Microsoft support for further assistance. (0x8004005, 183)". Confusing in that outside of the error messages, Outlook Express is working fine. I'm writing this newsletter with it.
Besides the Photo Gallery, I had installed a number of Windows Live features. Not only was I getting the error messages, but the performance of my system had slowed down noticeably. Yesterday I started to resolve things by uninstalling the Windows Live Photo Gallery, followed by Windows Live Writer, Windows Live Toolbar, Windows Live Sign-in Assistant, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Installer, Windows Live Favorites, and Windows Live Toolbar...
The system returned to it's perky normal but the Outlook Express errors continue, popping up every few minutes as I use the app to read or write emails.
I'm using my Vista Home Basic laptop more and more... and it's working well. I'll be pretty busy over the next 2 weeks writing 4 software reviews about: morphing, icon editing, picture management, and desktop publishing. The icon editing one makes Vista icons so the laptop will get some more of a workout.
AC3AIFAUMP2MP3MPGOGG - Movie Maker crashed on importing until I unchecked the ffdshow audio decoder in the compatibility list... you may remember my installing the ffdshow codec a few weeks ago for newsletter #164. Once unchecked the OGG files imported and previewed fine. I left the ffdshow video decoder checked.PCA - imported but didn't preview in the collection, and doesn't open in WMP.WAVWMA - 6 of my 7 samples worked fine, but one 128 kbps file made by FX Audio plays OK in WMP but doesn't preview in Movie Maker. And later we'll see that it has the strange behavior of going to the video track of a movie project.
BMPEMFGIFJPGNEF - RAW pictures from my D40x Nikon 10 megapixel cameraPNGTGA - imported but didn't preview... got just a Targa icon in the preview monitorTIF
ASF - made by MuVeeAVI - DV-AVI types I and II files made by XP's MM1, MM2, MM2.1AVI - DV-AVI files made by Vista MM6AVI - DV-AVI files made by VirtualDub using the Panasonic DV codecAVI - Motion JPEG made by Canon HDD camcorder TX1 in HD 720 sizeAVI - MPEG4 made by MovieXOneAVI - MPEG4 made by Stoick's VideoConverterAVI - uncompressed made by VirtualDubAVI - Divx encoded made by VirtualDubAVI - Xvid encoded made by VirtualDub and VDubModMMG - made by TMPGEncMPG - MPEG1WMV - Photo Story 3 files, standard and widescreenWMV - VC1 encoded files made by the Expression EncoderWMV - created by Zwein-Stein
DVR-MS from a Sony HDV camcorder, with mixed HD and DV clipsDVR-MS from a CanonMV10 high def camcorderFLV - FlashGVI - Google VideoM2V files from a mini-DVD camcorder, after being extracted from the MPEG fileM4PM4VMOV - Quick TimeMP4RM - Real MediaSWF - Flash