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Yikes - Windows Login goes Kablooey

Once upon a time there was a Windows 2003 Standard Server. Then one day an automatic process filled the System Disk (C:) until it was 0 bytes free. The system still works, but login is busted. What can I do to fix it? 30k gifs inside. [more inside]
posted by cavalier on Apr 5, 2005 - 10 answers

How can I get individual download windows in Firefox?

I hate the Firefox Download Manager. How can I bring back the individual download windows from my Mozilla 1.7 days?
posted by punishinglemur on Mar 30, 2005 - 2 answers

Locally mounting physical Mac OS X drives/volumes in a Windows machine?

Locally mounting physical Mac OS X drives/volumes in a Windows machine? [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Mar 30, 2005 - 4 answers

Sniffing HTTP traffic

What is the easiest way, in Windows, to sniff the HTTP (and HTTPS) requests and responses back from the server for an application that won't let you tell it to use a proxy? [more inside]
posted by ralawrence on Mar 30, 2005 - 9 answers

Automatically set XP folder permissions.

I have problems sharing new folders on my home LAN. I have an XP pro box, my wife has a WinME laptop. [more inside]
posted by signal on Mar 30, 2005 - 4 answers

Large Capacity CDs

I have a CD with some software on it. When I copy the files from that CD, the size of the files on my hard drive are far greater than the capacity of the 700mb CD it came from! [more inside]
posted by viama on Mar 30, 2005 - 13 answers

Changing Windows XP SP2 Product Key

Does anyone know if there is an easy way to change the product key for a copy of Windows XP Pro SP2 that has already been activated? [MI] [more inside]
posted by sixdifferentways on Mar 28, 2005 - 8 answers

WinXP - Limited or No Connectivity, wired box.

WinXP, limited or no connectivity, wired box. Can't connect, tried everything I can think of, pretty close to trashing the whole install and starting over. [more inside]
posted by clubfoote on Mar 28, 2005 - 11 answers

How does the W32/Sumom.C worm propagate?

My brother's PC has become infected with the W32/Sumom.C worm. I'm resigned to re-formatting and a re-install to remove it, but how did it get there to deliver the payload? He's sure it arrived via MSN Messenger, as his kids use it heavily. Wishing to use this as an educational experience as well a chastening one, (no more Messenger!), I'd like to know if there was anything he or they should have done differently. Did they have to explicitly run the Messengered file(s), or was it all entirely automatic?
posted by punilux on Mar 23, 2005 - 16 answers

Windows virtual audio?

I need to make an audio application work on a windows xp computer that doesn't have audio hardware. [more inside]
posted by b1tr0t on Mar 20, 2005 - 7 answers

PC won't sleep or shut down, only restarts

I've built a PC with a Shuttle AN35 mainboard (with Award BIOS) and it won't shut down or standby. When I shut down (through software) it goes through the motions of shutting down, but then instead of ultimately going black & quiet it just reboots. Same with attempts to make it standby - it just reboots. I have checked the connection of the PC case's PWON connector to the motherboard, diddled with Windows XP's power settings, and poked around in the BIOS a little but am not sure what to do. This sucks because when I ultimately have to shut it down to move it or something, I have to do it the ugly way: with the mechanical switch on the power supply. help!
posted by scarabic on Mar 18, 2005 - 4 answers

Can't adjust the Date and Time on my pc {mi}

When I try to adjust the date and time on my pc, I get the ol' " Not responding" message. As a simple crustacean with limited skills, I need some help. {MI}
posted by lobstah on Mar 17, 2005 - 8 answers

BBEdit equivalency?

On the Mac, if I need to munge text in extremis, I prefer to use BBEdit. Recently, on the PC, I am finding myself in need of a text editor which is similar to BBEdit. I will use it both for coding and for text-cleaning. I prefer freeware and shareware but that's by no means the deciding factor. Which programs should I check out? Which should I avoid? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Mar 16, 2005 - 21 answers

PCRDist where art thou?

Where is PCRDist and what has become of the source? [more inside]
posted by chrisroberts on Mar 16, 2005 - 4 answers

Mapping URIs as Drives with Python and Win32

I've fallen hard for Python and have been searching for a project to really learn the language with. I'd like to create functionality similar to Windows "Map Network Drive" for URIs using Python, urllib, etc. My questions are: does this seem possible for someone with a decent programming background (but no formal CS training)? Is it a good idea? [more inside]
posted by yerfatma on Mar 15, 2005 - 8 answers

How to get a Windows XP

I know Windows XP has some sort of restore feature, but how about a good independent program that can let me take a "snapshot" of my new clean WinXP installation + Documents and Settings + Program Files so I can maybe burn to (probably multiple) DVDs and then easily restore at some point in the future. (This must be a common thing, but my googling proved unfruitful.) [more inside]
posted by parma on Mar 12, 2005 - 12 answers

Why won't SBS 2003 decrypt my sql scripts?

I am having a problem with our account app / server; I need to apply a hot fix to the sql db and the files are encrypted. When trying to decrypt the file, I get varied error messages. Any MCSE / encryption Guru's in the house? [more inside]
posted by AllesKlar on Mar 11, 2005 - 1 answer

Can Safari work with Sharepoint?

Is it possible to configure MS Sharepoint to allow access from the Safari web browser? [more inside]
posted by mkultra on Mar 11, 2005 - 0 answers

How do I disable Content Advisor

Everytime I try to use Internet Explorer a content Advisor box pops up asking for a password. The problem is I've never set a password and I have no idea why this has started popping up. It also pops up when I try to use solitaire or the Windows calculator. Does anyone know of a master password or some other way to circumvent this?
posted by berek on Mar 10, 2005 - 9 answers

Microsoft Access Applications

How do I implement a more custom look for a Microsoft Access database? [more inside]
posted by benjh on Mar 9, 2005 - 3 answers

Disk Space Checker

I am looking for a way to monitor the disk space remaining on several of our windows servers. [more inside]
posted by viama on Mar 9, 2005 - 10 answers

iTunes woes

Who can help me with a sudden iTunes for Windows problem? [more inside]
posted by amarynth on Mar 8, 2005 - 6 answers

XP is an x-pain in my ass

Windows XP Home Networking Problem [more inside]
posted by emptybowl on Mar 8, 2005 - 5 answers

Why is my home PC on????

How can I know when an XP pro system has been switched on (as in: at what time did it start up *today*)?
posted by magullo on Mar 7, 2005 - 11 answers

Material to teach Introduction to Computers

I'll be teaching a smart, almost completely computer-illiterate person the basics of navigating a PC. Does anyone know of good material that I could use? [more inside]
posted by quiet on Mar 3, 2005 - 17 answers

Converting Windows Event Viewer log files on a *nix platform?

DUMPEL from the Win2K Resource Kit takes .EVT (Windows Event Viewer) binary log files and outputs plaintext. I've searched high and low, and can't find a Linux/UNIX equivalent that I can use to process these saved log files. Any suggestions?
posted by mrbill on Mar 2, 2005 - 7 answers

Disabling caps lock?

How to require Caps Lock to be held down for a few seconds before activating? [more inside]
posted by BigPicnic on Mar 2, 2005 - 8 answers

Living in close proximity with neighbors

How do you learn to live with your neighbors seeing you in your undies? [more inside]
posted by tinamonster on Mar 1, 2005 - 25 answers

Windows equivalent to Butler or QuickSilver on OS X?

Is there a launching tool for Windows with capabilities similar to Butler or QuickSilver on OS X? I've tried tons of different launcher tools on Windows, but haven't found any that match the power of either of these. Ideally, this tool would periodically index start menu items, and provide a command line window to enter launch commands (with partial/abbreviation matching). Thanks!
posted by arathorn on Feb 26, 2005 - 6 answers

Windows server monitor?

I need a simple Windows application that will show me a list of my Windows servers and whether they are up or down. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Feb 25, 2005 - 4 answers

Password protecting XP folders

Is there some way within Windows XP or using 3rd party software that I can password protect individual folders on my pcs so that you cant see or get access to what is in them with out entering a password? Just to be super clear, I want to do this one folder at a time not as a general login.
posted by nightocean on Feb 25, 2005 - 8 answers

XP won't CD or DVD!

Whenever I insert a new disc into either my (internal) DVD drive or my (USB external) CD-burner, Windows XP Explorer refuses to refresh itself with information about the new disc: still shows the old disc's name, double-clicking brings up the content of the old disc (or tries to autorun), etc. Only thing that fixes the problem is to reboot with the new disc inserted. Why, and what's the solution?
posted by WolfDaddy on Feb 24, 2005 - 4 answers

Mono Development, especially on Windows

Anyone here doing Mono Development on Windows? Or other platforms? What's your development environment? General advice for learning the platform? [more inside]
posted by namespan on Feb 23, 2005 - 6 answers

Active Directory 2003 book recommendations

I'm a senior Unix system administrator who will shortly be responsible for maintaining an Active Directory 2003 installation as well. I'd like to build up a small ad2k3 reference library. I've had training and am finding my way around fine so far and I'm not a stranger to NT4, so I'm not lost, just trying to be prepared. What books do you recommend for an experienced sysadmin who is new to Active Directory 2003?
posted by mendel on Feb 23, 2005 - 2 answers

Affordable DIY Window Insulation

The windows in my flat do a lousy job of keeping heat in and cold out. Is there a way to improve the insulating properties of window glass without installing double glazing? Ideally it would be something I could install myself (and if necessary remove when I move out of my rented flat.) Googling turned up various window films, both do-it-yourself and have-somebody-do-it-for-you. Any experience with these or similar products? Any other suggestions?
posted by yankeefog on Feb 21, 2005 - 12 answers

My My Computer and Network Places icons keep moving in Windows XP.

Stupid Windows question: Every time I shut down or log out of Windows XP, my My Computer and Network Places icons move. How do I make them stay put? Trying to google an answer has left me humbled.
posted by willpie on Feb 15, 2005 - 6 answers

My userinit.exe is gone and I can't log in to WinXP or access my hard drives.

SoftwareRAID0AndCan'tLogInToWindowsXPFilter: My userinit.exe is gone after a routine Windows update, and I can't use the recovery console or a boot disk to access my hard drives [+] [more inside]
posted by tumult on Feb 14, 2005 - 7 answers

Drive letter changes lead to inaccessible data

I have a Windows XP machine, and recently bought a new hard drive now C:, my old drive now D:.

When I go to access my old pictures and documents, D:\Documents and Setting\user, Windows tells me I don't have permissions to access the folder. WTF? How can I access my stuff? [more inside]
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket on Feb 13, 2005 - 4 answers

Windows XP utility that lists details of what's plugged into my USB devices?

Can anyone recommend a Windows XP utility that lists details of what's plugged into my USB devices? I need more info than what Device Manager tells me, but don't need the full USB device developer suites I find searching the web.
posted by Nelson on Feb 13, 2005 - 2 answers

remote control for my XP-based mp3/video player?

HTPC owners: need recommendations, based on your direct experience, on a remote control for my XP-based mp3/video player. More requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by aberrant on Feb 13, 2005 - 3 answers

Is there a ctrl-Z for disk partitioning?

Um, oops.
So I changed my disk partition a bit, changing my big data drive to a 'logical' partition of the same file-type (without changing the start or endpoint of the partition), and now Windows isn't recognizing it... Is there a good way to undo this horrible thing? The data should definitely still be there - no actual formatting occurred, just a changing of the partition table. Is there a way to undo this?
posted by kaibutsu on Feb 13, 2005 - 3 answers

Windows partition advice needed

Windows partition advice needed: re. deleting the OEM D: drive to release storage space after upgrading to XP. [Lots of details inside.] [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- on Feb 12, 2005 - 12 answers

Shutting Down...

Since installing XP professional in November, I have experienced a spontaneous shutdown and restart of my desktop. When it returns, it tells me the system has recovered from a fatal error that is caused by an unspecified device driver. I have uninstalled both software and hardware one by one over the last several weeks in hopes of identifying the problem. Nothing. Even system restore does not solve it. Is is time to reinstall XP, even with the risk that it will likely happen again?
posted by terrier319 on Feb 11, 2005 - 13 answers

Looking for a good to-do list application (Windows XP)

Looking for a good to-do list application (Windows XP).
I used to use Microsoft Outlook with some vb behind it, and especially liked the ability to send Action Items between coworkers. However I switched to Mozilla Thunderbird for personal use and haven't seen any plugins for this. Integrated Time Tracking and remote access would be a plus. Open Source and or freeware is nice but not essential. Any recommendations that meet some subset of this criteria? Or should I get to coding...
posted by Manjusri on Feb 11, 2005 - 4 answers

What do you suggest for a defragger for Windows?

In this thread, people mention a few times that the Windows disk defragger is horrible and can have negative long-term effects on hard drives. What suggestions do you guys have for a defragger to use instead? Preferably freeware...
posted by swank6 on Feb 10, 2005 - 14 answers

Controlling music with my PDA

Remotely controlling iTunes / WinAmp on Win2000 with a PDA?
posted by skwm on Feb 10, 2005 - 4 answers

Photoshop 7 won't start - what can I do?

photoshop 7 won't start ! help ! [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity on Feb 8, 2005 - 6 answers

Reinstalling WinXP

After a few hours of Google researching over the weekend, I could not find a simple, understandable guide for formatting my hard drive and re-installing Windows XP. I'm more interested in the actual process and less interested in being reminded to "backup everything." Does anyone know where I can find such a resource?
posted by LouMac on Feb 7, 2005 - 19 answers

Recommendations for migrating my XP boot drive to a larger drive without reinstalling Windows?

Recommendations for migrating my XP boot drive to a larger drive without reinstalling Windows? IDE, NTFS if it matters. [+] [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke on Feb 6, 2005 - 8 answers

Open source alternative to TestDirector or other testing/defect tracking software?

Open source requirements, testing and defect tracking software: any of you have good/bad/middling experience with web-based tools that offer a good alternative to ($$$) TestDirector or its ilk? Preferred platform would be Windows.
posted by nj_subgenius on Feb 5, 2005 - 5 answers

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