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Desktop PC powering down shortly after powering on -- what next?

My four year old home-assembled Windows desktop PC was working fine until a recent move. Now, when I turn it on, it seems to be booting as usual but then powers down about 15-45 seconds after powering on. What's the likely problem? What do I do next? [more inside]
posted by Perplexity on Sep 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Windows Server vs Desktop OS for Running a Server

I have to justify the extra cost of Windows Server over the desktop version and I'm having trouble finding what the advantages of Windows Server are. Can a server computer, being used as a server use a desktop OS? Is it advisable to do so? [more inside]
posted by exolstice on Aug 22, 2014 - 6 answers

Small non-profit seeks automated backup for Windows file server

Our organization recently bought a new file server (running Server 2012), but the old server probably has a few years of life remaining in it. I'd like to place the old server at the opposite end of the building and use it to host real-time backups through the LAN. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Aug 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Modern Day Commonplace Notebook

I'm looking for ideas to improve creating and organizing notes efficiently. Including analog and digital devices. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Aug 6, 2014 - 11 answers

How to open "file://" hyperlinks in Internet Explorer 10?

How to open "file://" hyperlinks in Internet Explorer 10? [more inside]
posted by colecovizion on Jul 28, 2014 - 5 answers

House Design Software

What software should we use to design our (small) house? We will have an architect draw the final plans, but want to create quick 3D models for visualization. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Jul 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Is Windows tolerable these days? If so, what laptop should I get?

My old MacBook just died, so I need a new computer. I'm broke, so I'm considering going back to Windows. I haven't used Windows since the XP days, and vaguely remember hating it, though I can't remember exactly why. What's Windows like these days compared to Mac OS in terms of ease of use or annoyingness? What are your favorite / least favorite features of one platform compared to the others? And if I do get a Windows machine, what models might I consider? Requirements are pretty simple: it should know how to surf the web, run Word and LaTeX, and play movies, and most importantly be cheap, reliable and long-lasting.
posted by zeri on Jul 23, 2014 - 18 answers

How to install/extract a font from a .otf file

I've extracted a .otf font from my Kobo Touch. I'd like to install it on Windows, but Windows can't handle it and neither can any of the font editing programmes I've downloaded. I believe that the file contains multibyte characters. I have tried right clicking and choosing install. I've tried font forge, and several other font related applications. I just get varying error messages saying that it's not a valid font file, despite it working on the Kobo. If it's relevant, the font is Gothic MB101. I'm running Windows 7 - what do I need to do to install this font?
posted by Solomon on Jul 21, 2014 - 3 answers

Don't Make Me Regret My Lack of Piracy!

Is there any way to recoup the money I spent on Adobe products for Windows, now that I've switched to Mac? [more inside]
posted by brisquette on Jul 21, 2014 - 16 answers

Do I have to buy a fancy custom replacement window?

Window experts of metafilter- is there any chance this is a standard shaped window? [more inside]
posted by slateyness on Jul 14, 2014 - 5 answers

Please help me snap my windows.

Mac OS 10.8.5- What's the best app for adding the Windows Snap feature? Googling led me to Better Snap Tool and Hyperdock- if either of these (or others) have proved to be useful to you, please let me know! Thanks to all in advance.
posted by invisible ink on Jul 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Looking for a desktop program or widget that displays interesting photos

Anyone know of a Windows 7 compatible program or widget that automatically downloads and displays pictures pulled from the Internet on the desktop? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Jul 3, 2014 - 3 answers

Temporarily sealing windows

The building I live in will be power washed next week and the landlord has asked that we (i) close our windows and (ii) move items away from the windows that might be damaged by inadvertent leakage. I'd like to take the extra step of sealing my windows because I am fully confident that they will leak. My thought is some kind of tape but I don't want to harm the paint on the sills or leave marks on the glass. Thoughts?
posted by janey47 on Jul 1, 2014 - 16 answers

I want to see what kinds of content a DVD has without having to play it.

I'd like a Win7x64-compatible tool that can dump the structure of a DVD: like, a list of the disc's titles/chapters with their durations, each title's native resolution/display aspect radio, details on the audio tracks each title has, etc. If it can report on details like the menu/program hierarchy—what titles/other menus are accessible through each menu, which titles are set for mandatory playback—and where playback goes next when a specific title ends, so much the better, but that's not required. [more inside]
posted by Lazlo Nibble on Jun 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Help Me Keep My New PC Happy, Healthy and Safe From Harm

I've very recently (ie yesterday) got myself a brand new desktop PC! I would really like your advice on the best ways to keep it running at its best, protected from the nasty things that lurk on the internet (virii, malware, spyware etc) and set up to get the most out of our blossoming relationship... The machine runs on Windows 8. [more inside]
posted by Philby on Jun 25, 2014 - 10 answers

You pay for what?

What software are you happy using, so much so that you are willing to part with your hard earned money? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Jun 24, 2014 - 69 answers

Should I upgrade my peer-to-peer business network to a server system?

I own a small business with 11 employees, about 13 computers and a half dozen or more other devices. We currently run a peer to peer network and all the machines are on Windows 7. Is it time I bit the bullet and upgraded to a server based system? [more inside]
posted by bowline on Jun 14, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me remember a 4X game from the 1990's

There was a Windows 4X game I played in the 1990's I'd like to play again, but I can't remember the name of it. [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Jun 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Connecting to Postgres through Powershell/Changing Username

I'm trying to log on to Postgres using Powershell and it's not working. I did this before a little while ago and now I can't remember how I did it and it's driving me crazy. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jun 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Default Browser Setting, Where Art Thou?

I've decided to switch over completely to Google Chrome, and on my work laptop it's NBD. My home laptop, however, asks me EVERY DAMN TIME I START CHROME if I want to make it my default browser; clicking OK does nothing (Firefox is still the default). More inside... [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Jun 2, 2014 - 9 answers

ArcGIS on a Mac

I am starting a geography class tomorrow and I am trying to install ArcGIS on my computer. I have a Mac... [more inside]
posted by ekf on Jun 1, 2014 - 14 answers

Can I force to permit only one Chrome window to be o?

I have a habit of opening new windows in Chrome instead of new tabs. I'd like to prevent my Mac (OS X 10.9.3) from opening more than one Chrome window. I'm happy to have lots of tabs but not lost of windows! [more inside]
posted by skylar on May 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Disambiguating between Similar Windows

Posting for a friend: Help me figure out if my new windows are really "the same" as my old windows, or if our window salesperson bait-and-switched us! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on May 23, 2014 - 1 answer

Script or hack to show PDF from /YYYY/MM/DD/*.pdf URL?

I just noticed that the NYT offers a PDF version of its print front page, which I'd like to be able to access without going through the extra clicks on the website. The file always has the same name as is located in a simple nested date format — but I have no idea how to script something to replace that every day in a new tab or add it to Rainmeter or the like. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on May 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me purge my laptop demons

I have an acer operating Win7 starter. (1) I hastily tried to watch a champions league game and picked up some bad viruses. (2) I haven't been running a legit version of windows for at least 2 reboots and I don't have any current version I can switch to (3) Attempts to use pirated versions have led to failure thru what seems to be windows versions conflicts or lack of crucial drivers that I can't find. I understand that uninformed pirates, even if they're plundering Msr. Gates are not easy to forgive, but please help. I'd just like to have a functioning old machine with a clean OS install and not have to get a new machine. Any tips, links, instructions are greatly appreciated.
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens on May 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Recommended security/AV software for windows 8?

What is the current state of the art / recommended best bet in security and anti-virus software for Windows 8? Paid options are on the table. [more inside]
posted by Joey Buttafoucault on May 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Anyone knows of a 20g Tetris for Windows 8

For anyone who doesn't know, the 20g for Tetris is a mode where the blocks fall down extremely fast, nearly instantaneously. But since this question is addressed to those in the know, I wonder if any of you know a good one for Windows 8 - or windows in general? [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on May 1, 2014 - 1 answer

Do's and dont's for replacement window contractors

I am going to get some windows replaced. Help me avoid the pitfalls of bad contractors, shoddy work, and overpricing. How should I approach this? [more inside]
posted by redliner on Apr 26, 2014 - 5 answers

What is the equivalent of Magento on Windows .NET platform?

Magento is one of most popular e-commerce software platform on Unix. What is the closest equivalent on Windows .NET platform? [more inside]
posted by applesurf on Apr 24, 2014 - 0 answers

Navigating to the Desktop folder on an old internal hard drive

Put in my old internal hard-drive into my new set-up as a secondary drive. Can't figure out how to navigate to the Desktop folder through Windows Explorer. [more inside]
posted by kuanes on Apr 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Recent photos hidden on Samsung Galaxy S4 during file search

I have a Galaxy S4 and I generally transfer pics from it to a Windows 8.1 PC via USB, connecting up the Samsung as an external hard drive, navigating down to the DCIM folder on the camera's external SD card, then dragging & dropping. Recently, all my photos more recent than Feb 2014 are not visible via Windows Explorer even though the camera itself shows that those photos are indeed stored in the same folder on the external SD card that has all the pre-Feb photos. What gives? Are they hidden form view somehow?
posted by mono blanco on Apr 14, 2014 - 2 answers

Tips and techniques for organizing my digital life

My desktop PC (running Windows 7) contains four hard drives, with information dating back to 1984. How can I organize that information, de-duplicate it, and archive it in some kind of logical manner? [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Apr 8, 2014 - 9 answers

New windows installation and language change

My company currently has a computer that has a Japanese version of Windows 7 Professional installed on it. We want to install an English language version of Windows 8.1 on the computer. Will the language for the Microsoft Office software (currently also Japanese) already installed on the computer also change to English when we change to the new English language version of Windows 8.1? [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Apr 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Why does Windows 8.1 ask for an app every time I try to open a PDF?

This is new behavior (maybe after I installed the Windows 8.1 upgrade) - when I double-click a PDF, instead of just opening the file in Acrobat (full app is installed on my computer), the 'how do you want to open this file' dialog appears, and 'Keep using Adobe Acrobat' is the first choice, followed by two instances an icon with the full path to the Acrobat executable. I have Adobe Acrobat as the default program. I'm guessing this is a Windows issue, rather than Adobe - how do I get my PDFs to just open already?
posted by DandyRandy on Apr 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Installing Mavericks without a working OSX computer

How do I create an OS X Mavericks bootable key *from within windows*? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Mar 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Ex-XP? What should I do with my old XP running laptop?

I have an old laptop running XP. The laptop actually dates from the Vista era, but I chose to have XP installed given the lousy rep that Vista had. I have seen this question. I have a newer laptop that I use for most of my word processing and internetting needs. I can retire the old laptop, but it still works so I'd rather not ditch it. Assuming I am not going to attempt to run XP on anything connected to the outside world, what can I do with this old laptop? [more inside]
posted by pianissimo on Mar 28, 2014 - 9 answers

How to create a hard link or symbolic link from NTFS to FAT32?

How to create a hard link or symbolic link pointing from a folder on NTFS C:\ to a folder on FAT32 USB SD card? [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Mar 24, 2014 - 6 answers

The search for a search utility

I'm looking for a great utility that will let me search for text strings within MS Word and PDF documents. Specifics within ... [more inside]
posted by Crotalus on Mar 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Why is Windows/Microsoft calling me about files on my computer

I have recently received a couple of calls from someone who identifies them self as a representative of Windows. They sound like they are calling from an Indian call center. They say that they have received error messages from my computer and are calling me to help me delete some bad files. They then asked me how old my computer was and to turn it on. I told them and turned my computer on. They then put me on hold and I freaked out, hung up and turned my computer off. A friend called me yesterday and said she is getting these calls. Is this a scam?
posted by cairnoflore on Mar 13, 2014 - 25 answers

Where are virtualBox guest data saved in the host system?

Where are virtualBox guest data saved in the host system? [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Mar 12, 2014 - 6 answers

Calling all window experts for a soundproofing question

The pallet-dropping saga continues. After talking with various government employees, I finally got in touch with a person in code enforcement who stoically informed me that, since the business is zoned for agricultural, they are allowed to work 24 hours a day and do whatever they well please and there's not a thing we can do about it. [more inside]
posted by massofintuition on Mar 11, 2014 - 11 answers

Goodbye, XP...hello photo-optimized desktop?

So. I guess they're finally going to pry XP out of my hands after all. As long as I'm updating, I'm thinking of getting a new desktop which would be used primarily for photo editing and storage. Advice? Special snowflake stuff inside. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Mar 10, 2014 - 11 answers

Tricky window issue

What sort of window treatment should I use for a window that is right next to the adjacent wall? Here's a picture. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Mar 6, 2014 - 12 answers

Installing Mint, Screwed Windows

I went to install Mint 16 last night (the latest version) as a dual-boot system. I have a 1.5TB disk where Windows 7 lives with Mint 12, and 2 encrypted 3TB disks. (Mint 12 is no longer bootable, BTW.) Obviously, things did not go as planned... [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Mar 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Window condensation and mold: How to nuke it from orbit?

My Portland, OR area condo has condensation inside the windows that causes recurring mold growth. Please help me remedy this. Pic and many details inside. [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Feb 25, 2014 - 25 answers

Is this a fair price for new windows?

Looking at getting new windows in our house. Replacing 20 windows, got a quote of about $22,000. Had sticker shock but then looked at details, now wondering if it's a fair price. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Feb 18, 2014 - 23 answers

Computer for the elderly

I maintain a PC for a user who has dementia and who breaks the computer in short order. So I installed DeepFreeze (thanks AskMe) and it has worked great, but now they turn off the computer without shutdown so it eventually blue screens and won't boot at all. What can I do to make the system impervious to turning off without shutdown? I'd like to stay with Windows if possible for a number of unrelated reasons, though open to Linux if there is no other option assuming it can be "frozen" cfg and remote management.
posted by stbalbach on Feb 18, 2014 - 9 answers

The voice of Encarta MindMaze

Last weekend I caught up with a friend that I hadn't seen in a while as we drove to a wedding together. Over the course of swapping tales, she told me that when she was around nine years old, she was paid a small sum to record her voice to be used in the MindMaze game buried in Microsoft Encarta, but that she'd never been able to find the recording as an adult to listen to again. [more inside]
posted by endquote on Feb 16, 2014 - 14 answers

File format recognition hard mode

In a old old inherited MS SQL Server database, in a column named 'Image' of type TEXT we've discovered an encoded image (we assume). And even if its not critical to the work we are doing, its damnably intriguing. Can you help me crack its provenance ? [more inside]
posted by handybitesize on Feb 12, 2014 - 3 answers

"Nah, boss; I'm just a speedreader"

Before building my own... does this software exist? I need to search a collection of PDF & Word files for key phrases, and dump the surrounding lines (x-m to x+n characters/lines, where x is the found phrase) into text files. I occasionally need to search a few dozen files for a few dozen data items, which usually have some identifying text nearby. This needs to be automated. Big bonus if it implements OCR, but that's not essential. Freeware, or cheapware, obviously is best. Windows-based is preferable, but I can do Linux.
posted by IAmBroom on Feb 12, 2014 - 9 answers

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