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Rusty on Windows, don't want 10 - options?

I haven't used a Windows machine in quite a while, but now need one for a project. 10 is baffling to me, I have no interest in putting in the time to become proficient, and I don't want to deal w/what appears to be its total privacy dumpster fire. What are my best options for getting a new machine w/an older but still reasonably useful Windows OS? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Aug 26, 2016 - 6 answers

What are some alternatives to Microsoft Money?

Microsoft discontinued support for its Microsoft Money software several years ago. I'm still using their Sunset / Deluxe version 17 and I am dreading the day that it will no longer work on future versions of Windows (I barely got it going on Windows 10, so it can't last forever). What are some alternatives to Microsoft Money? [more inside]
posted by stst399 on Aug 22, 2016 - 10 answers

Can a Windows 8.1 recovery disk be created using Windows 10?

My old laptop will not boot after trying to upgrade from 8.1 to 10. It's trying to do the scan & repair thing but it gets hung up at 12% and then shuts down completely. (Overheating, I assume, because it won't start again at all for about ten minutes, then it does the same as before, pausing at 12% etc.) [more inside]
posted by jwhite1979 on Jul 29, 2016 - 4 answers

The Great Escape (from Apple)

After a lot of research I think that the ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW 15inch 4K Touchscreen Laptop is everything she needs and costs the same amount as the 13" Macbook Pro she would buy, but I'm worried about Adobe compatibility. [more inside]
posted by lodie6 on Jul 25, 2016 - 12 answers

Best solution for running Windows in the cloud?

From any machine, I would like to be able to fire up an on-demand instance of Windows in a remote virtual machine with a pre-configured image (I have some specific requirements for the software I would require). From this image I want to be able to access some persisted data. What is currently the best solution for doing this? [more inside]
posted by oclipa on Jul 21, 2016 - 9 answers

Halp me choose an inexpensive laptop

I'm looking for laptops under $500 that meet my special snowflake needs (inside). [more inside]
posted by mysterious_stranger on Jul 18, 2016 - 12 answers

Help me backup my SSD / operating system drive!

I'm trying to make sure that I'm covered if my SSD drive goes kaput. [more inside]
posted by brianvan on Jul 18, 2016 - 1 answer

Windows 10 safe mode only?

Lenovo yoga 2pro will only boot into safe mode [more inside]
posted by thewumpusisdead on Jul 10, 2016 - 1 answer

Can I upgrade to Windows 10 but keep a Windows 8 app?

The only thing preventing me from upgrading to Windows 10 is the new built-in Photos app. The Photos app from Windows 8 is exactly suited to my needs, and I would like to keep it. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Jul 7, 2016 - 1 answer

Why do I have a second mouse stuck in one location on my Windows PC?

I'm dealing, suddenly, with a very annoying problem on my Lenovo laptop. It's running Windows 10 and is about 1.5 years old. When I opened it this evening, there was a second visible mouse cursor in a little bubble on my screen, and it won't go away no matter what I do. Uh oh... [more inside]
posted by theantikitty on Jun 30, 2016 - 6 answers

Is there a better solution than Excel?

I have over a hundred vintage sewing patterns (and about half again as many modern ones) and a fabric stash sufficient to make at least 2/3 of the patterns. I am looking for some sort of cataloging option. I'm using Excel, but it does not handle pictures well (right now, each pattern has a link to its page--assuming it has one--at vintagepatterns.wikia.com, but fabric swatches are not really archived online) and I'd like a system that's both visual and descriptive. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Jun 30, 2016 - 13 answers

Virtual Windows Environment Service Provider

I would like to find a service provider or cloud-based environment that will allow me to offer a Windows-based environment to more than one user at the same time. [more inside]
posted by bkpiano on Jun 30, 2016 - 0 answers

How clean the outsides of my 3rd floor windows?

Our apartment windows are double hung double glazed. Only the bottom window goes up; the top window doesn't move. How can I clean them? The magnetic window cleaners won't work because of the double glazing. Is there some sort of magic cantilevered tool, or I do I have to call the professionals with their scissorlift?
posted by HighLowKitty on Jun 25, 2016 - 6 answers

Is there a draft in here?

On my Mac, I keep dozens of windows and documents open so I can come back to them easily. Is there a better way to keep track of all the things I'm working on without just leaving windows open? [more inside]
posted by kristi on May 31, 2016 - 7 answers

Should I upgrade to Win 10?

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T460 laptop. I purchased it with the Windows 7 Professional downgrade because I was not ready to make the Windows 10 leap. The free upgrade option ends in two months. I am trying to decide whether or not to go for it. I welcome all opinions, but especially those of IT people who can tell me what configuration, privacy, and hardware tradeoffs I'm making. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on May 30, 2016 - 15 answers

How do I send SMS on my computer?

My personal phone is an iPhone 5. My work laptop is a Dell running Win7. I'd like to send/receive texts on my computer. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on May 24, 2016 - 14 answers

Restore a handful of PCs

We are a small dive shop in Hawaii and have around ten PCs with different versions of Windows installed. Over the years, they've gotten cluttered with a lot of extra files, software, etc. I'd like to clean them all up and get them running the same version of Windows, possibly in a domain configuration (with one machine running a copy of Windows Server). [more inside]
posted by roygbv on May 23, 2016 - 4 answers

Move files to folders with same number in name

I have several hundred files and folders who don't share names, but do share numbers. I'm looking for an automated solution to put the files in the folders that share the same numbers. Windows 7. [more inside]
posted by INFJ on May 14, 2016 - 4 answers

Strategy for dealing with a historical preservation committee?

I'd like to replace the windows in my 1950's home. The neighborhood falls into a sort of an intermediate category where it is not designated as a historical district, but is eligible to become one due to the age of the homes being >50 years. For this reason, I have to apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness from the local historical preservation committee in order to replace the street-facing windows. What's my best strategy for handling this? Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by karbonokapi on May 13, 2016 - 6 answers

complete, systematic Windows 7 network & security settings

I want a complete understanding of the subsystems, registry settings, and other components of Windows 7's networking and security settings. O'Reilly's "Windows 7 / The Definitive Guide" didn't deliver this. Where can I find it? [more inside]
posted by amtho on May 10, 2016 - 5 answers

Copying from mac via bootcamp partition to seagate drive

I have about 500GB of files (mostly photos and music) on my iMac that I want to move to a Windows laptop. I need to use an external drive to copy them. Can I copy the Mac files onto my external drive via my iMac's bootcamp Windows partition to avoid file-type compatibility problems? [more inside]
posted by nikodym on May 6, 2016 - 4 answers

Is My Computer Infected?

Today, I was on my Windows laptop and a command prompt window opened, which changed from red text to green text really quickly, almost too quickly to catch. I wiped and re-installed Windows, and now, the same command prompt popped up again! Screenshot: here. Is my computer infected? How can this be with a full wipe and re-install?
posted by xingcat on May 2, 2016 - 7 answers

What's the best tiny computer?

What are your suggestions for the best tiny PC kit that I can run Windows on? I'm talking about ones that are under 8" square. [more inside]
posted by that girl on Apr 25, 2016 - 5 answers

Cant use Mac to proof a PDF book created by Windows inDesign

Last year it worked fine w Mac Preview. I could highlight word or phrase with transparent color, type in correction. All corrections were magically linked to a column of comments, where highlighted phrase is repeated and then comments I type appear. Not working now: Rec a better tool, educate me re: known bug, or a better idea? [more inside]
posted by Jesse the K on Apr 25, 2016 - 3 answers

Why do birds keep flying into my exterior blinds?

About two weeks ago one bird began repeatedly flying into the exterior blinds of one of my windows. Now this happens almost every day at the same time (just before sunset). Today there were three birds doing it. Why are they doing this and how can I make them stop? [more inside]
posted by peppermintchaya on Apr 15, 2016 - 10 answers

What is 'bloatware', why should I care, and how do I fix it?

After some research I have decided to buy this laptop, which has great specs for the price - but multiple reviews (like this one) say that while it's a good computer, it's "full of bloatware, which takes time (or a fresh Windows installation) to clean up." I barely even know what that means, much less how to actually go about doing it. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Apr 14, 2016 - 21 answers

Fast as a speeding bullet, it's Super Windows Process! How to catch?

WindowsFilter: All of a sudden, a super fast "MS-DOS"-like process has emerged that begins and quickly ends on my Windows 10 desktop. It seems to be encountering an error of some kind, near as my speed-reading can detect. I have no idea what this process is, and it happens every 30 minutes or so. If I am in a fullscreen program, it kicks me out to the desktop, sometimes disrupting or occasionally crashing the program. How do I best diagnose and solve this problem? [more inside]
posted by Keter on Apr 13, 2016 - 8 answers

Windows Mini?

Looking for the Windows version of a Mac Mini - compact, fully equipped, quiet, fairly powerful, not crazy expensive. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Apr 12, 2016 - 15 answers

Book for XP users transitioning to win7?

I'm not deploying Win7 on a large scale. I only have it on, I think, three of my newest computers. [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Apr 8, 2016 - 5 answers

Save my Window Treatments from Cat attack!!

seeking best options for replacing broken blinds.... [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Mar 30, 2016 - 8 answers

Dealing with shifting windows on a multi-monitor setup

I have two computer monitors: a 1920x1080 144hz one that I use as my primary monitor for gaming on and a 1680x1050 60hz one that I use as a secondary for browsing/chatting/miscellaneous things on. This nearly always works well, but I've been running into an issue where if I'm running something at fullscreen at a non-native resolution on my primary monitor it shifts everything offscreen on the other -- making chat windows or Netflix unusable. Is there an easy way to fix this on a software/system level? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Mar 23, 2016 - 5 answers

I am being gifted a new mac laptop and I need help choosing which one.

My macbook is from 2009. I haven't followed Apple news/updates for many years now so I am at a loss on how to prioritize the options available. [more inside]
posted by futz on Mar 20, 2016 - 26 answers

Tweetdeck for Windows has a month to live. Where to go next?

Twitter announced today that Tweetdeck for Windows will be terminated in a month. For those of us who strongly prefer having a separate program, rather than yet another damn Chrome tab/window (...or for those who don't use Chrome at all....), what other options still exist for Twitter on Windows? [more inside]
posted by FlyingMonkey on Mar 17, 2016 - 5 answers

My media players keep skipping, is this a sign of a RAM problem?

For several months now the media players on my PC "skip" when playing music. At first I thought it was just WMP but it's happened on iTunes and JRiver Media Jukebox as well. This PC is a Dell, about three years old, and replacing it just isn't going to happen this year. I've reinstalled audio drivers, even reinstalled Windows 10. All to no avail. [more inside]
posted by Ber on Mar 8, 2016 - 47 answers

Should I upgrade to Windows 10?

My laptop runs Windows 7. Windows keeps pestering me to upgrade to 10. Should I or shouldn't I? [more inside]
posted by zeri on Mar 5, 2016 - 19 answers

Can I use a clone of an old hard drive on a new (Win XP) computer?

It is possible to clone a hard drive from a failing computer, put that disk image on a drive in a NEW computer, and expect the installed software to just work? [more inside]
posted by penduluum on Mar 3, 2016 - 15 answers

Windows 10 program management for power user!

Hello metafilter, Lately I'm becoming more and more of a power user of my computer (Windows 10) and tweaked a lot of things to my liking. And it's been great. Now I am looking for improve my tabs/programs/desktop workflow. Any help? [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on Feb 28, 2016 - 8 answers

Why does Windows keep resetting my theme?

I'm trying to change my theme on Windows 8.1, but every time the computer goes into sleep mode it resets the theme when it wakes up. How do I stop this from happening? [more inside]
posted by noxperpetua on Feb 18, 2016 - 1 answer

What's the best way to achieve a docker-like build with Windows?

I really like developing with docker, I can get a nice clean install of everything on every build, while also being able to spin up a production environment locally (load balancing, SQL cluster, etc.). What's the closest I can come with Windows? And I don't mean the new pre-release container features (unless those work without a whole lot of caveats), I need something I can use. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Feb 11, 2016 - 9 answers

I just bought a video ipod (5th gen) 60 GB HDD

How do I reset it to factory defaults? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Feb 10, 2016 - 3 answers

Getting out of the Photos Picture

I have an 8 year old MacBook Pro, an 8 day old Windows 10 desktop, and 26 thousand photos. Help me improve my life/workflow. [more inside]
posted by itesser on Feb 8, 2016 - 7 answers

Easy Direct windows pc to pc large file transfer over the internet

Are there any simple freeware apps that can do private direct file large file transfers or directory transfers over the internet between two windows computers on home networks without the third party storage or the limits of solutions like dropbox, google drive or live drive? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Feb 4, 2016 - 8 answers

Getting my music somewhere usable

I have a Mac-formatted external hard drive full of music, and no Mac to use it with. How do I get the stuff on it somewhere usable? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Jan 28, 2016 - 4 answers

Windows Equivalent of Linux /home Folder on Separate Partition/Drive?

I know Linux, I don't know Windows. On Linux, I routinely create a separate /home partition on its own drive. [more inside]
posted by justcorbly on Jan 25, 2016 - 13 answers

Folder colours in Windows 7

Is there a way to apply colour to folders on a file server? Preferably colours are only visible to me, not to other users accessing the server. Using Windows 7 machines.
posted by Kiwi on Jan 6, 2016 - 1 answer

Why would my computer hang and reboot in Windows but not Linux?

About a year ago I made the mistake of building a computer myself. One motherboard and 12 months later, I have a crash that happens consistently in Windows but never in Linux. [more inside]
posted by Polycarp on Jan 5, 2016 - 12 answers

Is my office ready for Windows 10?

I ended up with the responsibility of managing the computers at our office. For a ten person staff with fairly simple computer needs -- only a couple of us routinely use anything more complex than Microsoft Office -- is Windows 10 the right choice yet? [more inside]
posted by chimpsonfilm on Dec 9, 2015 - 4 answers

How to use ios Duet display as primary display for my PC on a stick?

Hi all, I have a Lenovo 'PC on a stick'. It runs windows 10 and I would like to use my iPad as a primary display for it using the Duet app on iOS but it seems like in order to connect you have to go in and activate Duet on the PC first - which is a sort of catch 22 because I need a display in order to do that. Any ideas on how I could make Duet 'activate' as soon as the PC boots up and connect to the app on my ipad?
posted by mattholomew on Dec 9, 2015 - 1 answer

How do I get this malware off my PC?

My PC has been infected with malware. I'm afraid to even turn it on because when I do, it tries to install a bunch of mystery files. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Surprised By Bees on Dec 4, 2015 - 18 answers

Manually recovering Firefox bookmarks and passwords from the files

I'm connecting to a laptop HD with an enclosure and trying to recover some files from it. The highest priority are the owner's Firefox bookmarks and saved passwords, since apparently some of those passwords are unknown beyond being saved in this Firefox install. I would just boot the HD, log into Windows, and go look, but while it's perfectly mountable, Windows becomes unresponsive after a short time of trying to actually run from the drive. What files do I need to be looking at, and how do I actually use them?
posted by Pope Guilty on Dec 4, 2015 - 14 answers

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