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windows 10 sound trouble

My sound stops working when I plug headphones or speakers into the headphone jack. I've tried troubleshooting but it says nothing is wrong. [more inside]
posted by pseudodionysus on Oct 8, 2015 - 4 answers

Removable window cavity insulation

I just found an uninsulated boarded up window in my condo [more inside]
posted by mike_bling on Oct 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Is there a good guide to Windows Networking for dummies?

Network help needed... simple guide or checklist preferred. How do I make Windows 7 and Windows 10 talk to each other? [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Oct 3, 2015 - 2 answers

Checking .doc formatting between OSX/Windows

I'm trying to upload a word document with significant text formatting to a website that will only accept .doc and .docx. The problem is, I'm on a Mac and I know from experience that my formatting is likely to get horribly messed up if viewed in Windows. Is there some way to check how my document will look on a Windows machine without actually having access to Microsoft Word on a Windows machine?
posted by Dante Riordan on Sep 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Would you upgrade to Win10 from XP? Or?

Just a quick poll here: I have an older Windows XP machine that I never installed any Adobe products on, but now my wife wants to use that computer and *needs* to edit pdf files (nothing fancy). Should I upgrade to Windows 10, just so I can get the latest greatest Adobe pdf editor? Or try some sketchy PDF editor that still supports XP? Or..?
posted by mhh5 on Sep 8, 2015 - 14 answers

Do I need to do a clean Windows 10 install to remove Windows 7 cruft?

In the past, every time I've upgraded Windows (3.11 to 95 to 97 to XP to 7) I've done a clean install. For the first time, I'm considering upgrading (to Windows 10) with an in-place (overwrite) installation, not a clean install. My Windows 7 has been acting badly lately, probably due to various registry cruft. Does an in-place install take care of that, or is all the registry cruft carried over, and should I do a clean install instead? (A clean install would involve many hours more work)
posted by Bugbread on Sep 1, 2015 - 9 answers

Managing photos in a post-Picasa (?) world

What next for Picasa? We've been using Google's free image manager since its inception and have accumulated nearly 130,000 pictures (330GB), along with associated favourites, edits, crops, etc. But Picasa isn't supported on Windows 8.1, let alone Windows 10, so what's next? [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Sep 1, 2015 - 13 answers

Create a bootable USB repair stick?

Fixing a computer for a church friend. I'd like to easily create a bootable usb stick from my other computers... windows and mac... but everything I've read makes it seem like a daunting process. Is there a utility out there to easily burn a rescue usb stick ? thanks.
posted by toastchee on Aug 23, 2015 - 7 answers

Starting fresh

Recently I performed a clean installation of Windows 10 (which, by the way, I very much like despite not-so-subtle bugs creeping up a tad more than I'd like) and would like app and Chrome add-on recommendations. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Aug 14, 2015 - 10 answers

What can I do with my laptop's smartcard reader, at a hobby level?

My laptop has a smartcard reader (writer?). I'd like to use this but it seems they are the domain of government IT and corporate enterprise solutions - I can't find much info to help a curious hobbiest get started or do anything with it. Is there smartcards-for-dummies info out there? What fun (or security-related) things could I do with a smartcard reader? [more inside]
posted by anonymisc on Aug 11, 2015 - 2 answers

Windows PC - Software and Settings for Young Child

I'm looking for suggestions for re-purposing a Windows laptop into a child-friendly PC (for a 6-year-old), for entertainment and development of computer skills. Suggestions for Windows settings and/or child-friendly shells, parental controls, age-appropriate software, and any other ideas for getting the most out of a young child's first computer. [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Aug 9, 2015 - 1 answer

What, in 2015, are the best app options when it comes to video editing?

When watching YouTube I often can't help but feel that I'm the only person in the world who doesn't use video editing software. I often rip and encode videos but I've yet to delve into the world of video editing. Mostly I want to remove 'mistakes' and extraneous stuff from videos of myself speaking. My requirement are that the apps are Windows-compatible. Freeware and payware apps are welcome. It's preferable that the apps are light on resources and noob-friendly, but these aren't requirements.
posted by GlassHeart on Aug 3, 2015 - 11 answers

Is DVD Maker (or a DVD maker) in Windows 10?

Is DVD Maker (or a DVD maker) in Windows 10? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Jul 31, 2015 - 2 answers

Is this what a hard drive does when it's dying?

All of a sudden since yesterday my computer has been practically unusable. I originally thought that Windows Defender was going crazy because everything had ground to a halt but I could still see it accessing files via the resource monitor. I eventually killed it, but nothing improved. I'm starting to think my hard drive is dying but I've never had a problem like this before. [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Jul 23, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me chill out

I need to create more (some) airflow in my apartment. I will be using fans. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Jul 22, 2015 - 12 answers

The Will and the Windows

What are these peculiar protuberances in three windows of a Manhattan skyscraper? [more inside]
posted by MimeticHaHa on Jul 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Rev up my aging iMac!

I recently had an SSD installed and upgraded to Windows 64-bit, which sped my mid-2011 27" iMac up dramatically. It's extremely exciting--I'd assumed I'd have to buy a new machine this year. Are there any other helpful tips out there for getting the most out of this nice piece of equipment and prolonging its lifespan? [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl on Jul 10, 2015 - 5 answers

Chromebook vs. cheap Windows laptop for light school use

I have a desktop at home and I need to get a laptop that I can carry with me to campus. I only need it for email, reading articles, and writing. I'd go with a Chromebook in a heartbeat, but I'm very concerned about being unable to edit documents if I can't get online. Cost and weight are major factors as well. [more inside]
posted by teponaztli on Jun 29, 2015 - 5 answers

Replacement windows: aluminum or vinyl exterior?

Given that the replacement windows are otherwise of similar quality, does one material provide an advantage over the other? Or will short / long term performance be essentially the same?
posted by elf27 on Jun 27, 2015 - 7 answers

Computer power efficiency question. Does this technical solution exist?

I have, over time, acquired a handful of external USB hard drives. Terabytes full of stuff... The problem being, I don't really want to pay to have them on all the time, if I don't need them. It occurs to me it would be nice to have a simple, elegant way of having your computer keep an index, of sorts, of what you store on your external devices, even if those devices aren't powered up... and then having it either power the device up, or prompt you to do so, in order to access the files you need. Is there a Windows-friendly solution for something like this?
posted by markkraft on Jun 23, 2015 - 5 answers

I need an app launcher, for a single app, not the popular kind.

I make Windows videogames, and my latest engine doesn't let you select screen resolutions. I could change it so it does, but I'd rather make a small program that first lets you choose resolution (and set fullscreen and such), then launches the game app. But then wait (I said in my head), hasn't someone already created this launcher tool? Please help me out. Have they? [more inside]
posted by Techbear on Jun 22, 2015 - 4 answers

Windows 7- cmd.exe locks up computer

For a while now, whenever I (or any program) tries to use cmd.exe, it will cause my computer to slow down to a crawl and partially freeze (the mouse still works). What could be causing this and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by dilaudid on Jun 18, 2015 - 2 answers

not my type

I'm looking for a new Windows laptop, but pretty much everything that I've tried out has a keyboard that just suuuuuucks for me. Please hope me find something I won't detest typing on? Because, um, typing strings of words in succession is sometimes relevant to my interests. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jun 17, 2015 - 23 answers

Can I install Windows 8 on my Aging Mac?

I am hoping to be able to install Windows 8 on my Mac so that I can do a few work demos; I will be using Windows with only MS Office installed, and using it perhaps once a week at most. [more inside]
posted by nanook on Jun 15, 2015 - 14 answers

Help me decide what budget Windows computer to buy

I need a new or refurbished Windows computer. Please help me to choose one. [more inside]
posted by Cinnamon Bear on Jun 10, 2015 - 13 answers

To sleep, perchance not to swelter nor sneeze

I have no a/c in my bedroom but a lovely crossbreeze. Complication: dust. Do HEPA filters work when windows are open? [more inside]
posted by cyndigo on May 31, 2015 - 5 answers

Looking for iOS/Web Twitter Clients that Let Me Just Show Link Tweets

I’m mostly only interested in tweets with links. I’m looking for both an iPhone app and a web interface (or, as a fallback, a Windows app) that will just show me that. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on May 26, 2015 - 3 answers

Windows 8 Premier Opinion malware: how to completely nuke?

My brand new Windows 8 installation somehow picked up Premier Opinion, which seems to be an old piece of malware making a comeback. I've started a cleanup but want to make sure I'm completely thorough. [more inside]
posted by maudlin on May 19, 2015 - 6 answers

Display program output, require password for keyboard (Microsoft)

We've got some computers that run monitoring software that we'd like to remain visible. We also want to lock these computers so they require a password if someone wants to use the keyboard/mouse. Turning on the lock screen satisfies the second requirement, but not the first. Turning it off satisfies the first, but not the second... Does anyone know of anything that will do what we want?
posted by Runes on May 19, 2015 - 5 answers

Replaced HD in iMac, didn't back up Windows/Bootcamp. What do I do now?

I'm an idiot. I had Applecare come out and fix a display issue, and then I asked the guy to diagnose my HD. He spoke little English, and my Korean is very, very poor (I'm in Seoul). He said it's old, so just replace it. I said okay, with little thought. [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl on May 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Password protect/encrypt USB drive readable on both Mac and Win?

I use Macs. I use a flash drive to carry powerpoint presentations and other documents that I need to access on PC's running various flavours of Windows, which are not mine and I will not have administrator access to. Is there a way that I can protect/encrypt the drive in a way that will let me use it on both systems, without having to pre-install software on the Windows system? I do not need government-grade encryption, just something that will stop casual snoopers accessing the data if I lose the drive.
posted by modernnomad on May 11, 2015 - 6 answers

Recommendation for A Good Dock Program for Windows 7

I'm very spoiled by the dock on my Mac, and am hoping for a program that provides the same functionality on my Windows 7 machine. [more inside]
posted by neeta on May 9, 2015 - 4 answers

Freeware document scanning program for Canon Pixma MG7520?

I'm looking for a good, free, feature-rich, third-party document scanning program that's compatible with the Canon Pixma MG7520 and Windows 8.1. Do you have a recommendation? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Apr 18, 2015 - 2 answers

I don't know what I don't know and that concerns me greatly

I'm suddenly in charge of IT and I need a crash course on preparing Windows images. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Apr 12, 2015 - 9 answers

Windows questions I should know the answers to but don't

Questions are acquiring a legitimate copy of Windows OS and installing it on a family's computer. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Apr 6, 2015 - 9 answers

Help me make my curtains as noiseproof as possible

I live on a busy London street and am making curtains for a second-floor room with 2 large wooden sash windows that face the street. Guests sometimes sleep in this room and I'd like to minimise street noise for their sake. My curtain materials are 1 layer of this heavy woven tapestry fabric (mostly cotton) and 1 layer of blackout fabric. Should I also be interlining the curtains with some kind of fluffy stuff, like quilt batting? Or would that be overkill? [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on Apr 2, 2015 - 12 answers

Windows on a Mac

What's the cheapest way to get Windows working on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by salmacis on Mar 30, 2015 - 13 answers

How can I reset a admin password that is forgotten?

I have a Toshiba laptop with Windows 7 running and two user accounts on it. One has admin rights and the password has been forgotten. [more inside]
posted by maxg94 on Mar 27, 2015 - 12 answers

How to backup Windows Sever w/ Exchange on-prem and in the cloud?

Our small office is running Windows Server 2008 R2. This one server acts as our file server, our mail server with Exchange 2010, our Active Directory server, AutoDesk License server, etc. I want to have on-prem backup and use a cloud storage for some form of offsite backup, but I can't seem to find the right solution. [more inside]
posted by MrBobaFett on Mar 27, 2015 - 6 answers

Upgrade to Windows 8.1?

My Dell desktop has Win 8 (with Classic Shell). I can download Win 8.1 for free from the Windows Store. Requesting pros and cons for doing this, please.
posted by lungtaworld on Mar 26, 2015 - 8 answers

Can I auto-hide the taskbar in just one application?

I have Windows 8.1. There's one program I use that enforces a window height that is the exact height of my screen. If the taskbar is visible, the bottom part of the window is obscured behind it. If I auto-hide the taskbar, the window fits perfectly. Problem is, I like keeping the taskbar visible. Is there any way to hide it only when this program is running? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Mar 25, 2015 - 4 answers

Can I get more than one app to run in kiosk mode on a Microsoft Surface

I need to put some games on a few Microsoft Surface RT tablets for use in a coffee shop by kids while Mammy and Daddy are sipping their coffee. I'm no expert but is there a way to do that while restricting access to the computers' settings by customers?
posted by togglers on Mar 19, 2015 - 1 answer

Same Backup/External Drive for A Mac and A PC?

This might sound like a strange question, but I have two computers, a Macbook and PC. If it matters, the Windows PC is online; the Macbook is almost never online. (This is why I'm not using a cloud service.) I'd like both of them to be hooked up to the same external drive (or some kind of backup drive), so I can pass files between the two, WITHOUT using the wireless network. I'm assuming I need to use hard cables for both, which is fine. [more inside]
posted by neeta on Mar 16, 2015 - 13 answers

Help me get started with virtualization

I'm behind the times on running VM on servers. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Mar 16, 2015 - 11 answers

Opening all instances of an application all at once in Windows 8

I recently started using a Windows 8 PC, and something I miss in the move from OS X is the ability to pull up all instances of an app with a single click. Can I get Windows to mimic this behavior? [more inside]
posted by brieche on Mar 15, 2015 - 1 answer

Self-managed Dropbox replacements?

What do you recommend for a Dropbox-like file sync utility that doesn't rely on a server I don't control? [more inside]
posted by baf on Mar 10, 2015 - 12 answers

Inexpensive light-blocking window treatments for WIDE (6 feet) windows?

I am fortunate to have two very wide windows in my bedroom - each is approximately 6 feet wide. I'm looking for an inexpensive (ideally under $200, less is better, more could be spent if necessary) way to cover them. Special snowflake details after the fold. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Mar 8, 2015 - 7 answers

Computer and iPad Game Suggestions for Dad

My dad enjoys playing computer games but is getting a little tired of Civilization V after thousands of hours of playing it. I am trying to help him find other games that he might enjoy; more information on what he likes and doesn't like is contained within. Also, due to neck-related pain, it is sometimes more convenient for him to use his iPad than his desktop computer. I know almost nothing about iOS games, so we would be happy to hear suggestions for those as well. [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Feb 28, 2015 - 11 answers

Screencasting 101?

I'm hoping for a boost up the learning curve for recording and hosting/playback of PC screencasts. [more inside]
posted by de void on Feb 26, 2015 - 7 answers

Best speech to text for Windows?

What's the current best of voice to text software for Windows? [more inside]
posted by one4themoment on Feb 23, 2015 - 2 answers

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