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Brand-new laptop! What should I remove/install?

I have a brand-new Dell laptop. What's the best way to remove all the bloatware? What things should I install? (Please no Linux, this is a Windows 7 machine and I need it to stay that way.) [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Sep 23, 2011 - 24 answers

I've 5 HDD and a sixth I'd like to install an image onto in order to install onto another physical computer so it has it's own MBR.

I've 5 HDD and a sixth I'd like to install an image onto in order to install onto another physical computer so it has it's own MBR. [more inside]
posted by prodevel on Sep 20, 2011 - 11 answers

Memory usage in Windows Server

Why might a process not use all available physical memory under Windows Server 2008 r2 standard? I have 32Gb of RAM acknowledged by Resource Monitor, of which 19.4 are allocated to a process (the IBM solver CPLEX running in command line form from Power Shell) that has just thrown a controlled OOM error despite there being another 12 Gb marked as available. I'm going to assume (to start with) that the program itself isn't the culprit, but is there a per-user limit switch, a per-process limit switch or something similar in 2008 r2? Any other ideas?
posted by cromagnon on Sep 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Input Not Supported?

Getting an error after upgrading Ubuntu on dual-boot system (Vista x64). [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Sep 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Media Center software that buffers video?

I am trying to find Media Center software (preferably for Windows) that has a video buffer so that I can watch HD video over wi-fi. [more inside]
posted by Bonky Moon on Sep 14, 2011 - 12 answers

How can I set my Windows computer's audio out to go to my Linux computer?

I'd like to be able to select my Linux box as my audio out device in my Windows 7 box. Is there a way to make that happen?
posted by jsturgill on Sep 10, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me implement version control and offsite backups for my thesis

I'm just starting my undergraduate thesis, and would like a backup method a bit more reliable then my standard 'ThesisV3.tex' + emailing it to myself method. I've never worked with version control before, though I'm sure I can figure that out. I am however worried about *where* to have my offline backup sync too. [more inside]
posted by Canageek on Sep 8, 2011 - 25 answers

This is the dumbest thing I've done in a while...

I desperately need help importing a CSV file as EMAIL into Outlook 2010 inbox. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Sep 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Give me internet, or give me death.

What is wrong with my Airport Base Station and why won't it let anyone with Windows connect to the internet? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Sep 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Mystery Program

Does anyone know what program this is? [more inside]
posted by it's a long way to south america on Sep 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Denied by my own! Help!

I "don't have permission" to go into the desktop XP folders on my network from my Windows 7 laptop, but the reverse is fine. Help me? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Sep 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me deal with a huge text file!

On a Win7 desktop, how can I open and read a 1.61 GB CSV file containing text (kind of an archive of e-mails) without freezing up the system?
posted by vidur on Sep 1, 2011 - 12 answers

New "Starfield"?

Has anyone made a solid, stable, fancier, and Windows 7 compatible version of the awesome old Windows XP "Starfield" screensaver? [more inside]
posted by Esefa on Aug 26, 2011 - 9 answers

Icon stand it anymore!

Help! Windows keeps shuffling my desktop icons. [more inside]
posted by MtDewd on Aug 26, 2011 - 3 answers

How to get curtains for a large odd window arrangement

Are there like curtain engineers or something? My house has a very tall vaulted ceiling with windows going all the way up and in the late afternoon the room is completely not usable because of sun. [more inside]
posted by cmm on Aug 26, 2011 - 14 answers

out of site, out of mind

Is there a program that will let me keep a bunch of windows open but pushed out of sight, so I can work with a relatively blank taskbar but not have to re-open everything when I'm done working? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Aug 24, 2011 - 8 answers

What is great and useful windows 7 software?

I'm a new windows user. Recommend awesome software for me to try. [more inside]
posted by Winnemac on Aug 24, 2011 - 29 answers

Help me get out of Windows boot loop purgatory

Why is Windows 7 rebooting during boot? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Aug 24, 2011 - 7 answers

How do I search through a file of many documents?

What's the best way to search and/or organize a file of CVs in Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Aug 22, 2011 - 2 answers

Looking for tips and resources around using a SSD for a Windows XP Pro boot drive, cloned from my existing XP installation.

Looking for tips and resources around using a SSD for a Windows XP Pro boot drive, cloned from my existing XP installation. [more inside]
posted by schmoppa on Aug 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Please help me make this Russian-speaker's computer work better for her (iTunes, WiFi)

How can I configure WiFi and iTunes on a Windows 7 machine, when not only don't I know much about Windows 7, but the entire user interface is in Russian? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Aug 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Is it wise to install Windows server updates without restarting?

Is it wise to install Windows server updates without restarting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 10, 2011 - 12 answers

Concrete/General homebuilding questions

Looking into building a house near Golden/Boulder CO area. Planning on using ICF's. Looking for suggestions of almost any kind. Would like the house to be about 2000sqft. Am a teacher and worked construction for several summers (but only w/ stick built houses) a few years ago so I will have some time and rudimentary knowledge. Trying to keep the house as simple as possible to keep costs down. Simple rectangular shape and roof and trying to avoid the need to any custom building supplies. If we keep it under $300,000ish we won't need financing. Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Aug 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Windows program that allows see but not touch

Is there any windows program that allows to see the desktop or allow programs to be seen and password protect if any modification is needed.
posted by radsqd on Aug 4, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me Delete, like I've never deleted before...

Need help from Sys Admins. You've never steered me wrong here... :) Need to know how to automatically have old data be deleted from Windows Server 2008, as well as have certain file types be automatically killed....Please see explanation... [more inside]
posted by stevyb on Aug 2, 2011 - 10 answers

Program to display animated .gif file

Is there a program that would allow me to display an animated .gif on a Windows desktop? I envision it as looking similar to Windows' Slide Show widget, with a simple border, but with the ability to display the animated image file.
posted by SpacemanStix on Jul 30, 2011 - 5 answers

I'd like to be a power user, not luser in OSX-land

I'm a Windows systems administrator and power user and an enthusiastic user of Unix/Linux-based operating systems. I have hand edited make files and recompiled linux kernels manually. I know how to do administrative scripting and am a Microsoft products (SharePoint, if it matters) support professional/systems engineer in my job. I am certainly not the geekiest person I know but I'm in the top 5 percent. I am switching to a Mac Mini (Lion Server, specs maxed toward storage) after decades of using Windows laptops/desktops and some Linux machines. I'm prepared for the lack of physical mobility, but I don't feel prepared for not being a power user. What methods/resources would you suggest I could use to get up to speed with being a Mac Mini and OSX Lion power user? [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Jul 29, 2011 - 18 answers

Custom new folder name pattern in windows explorer

In the Windows 7 explorer context menu, I'd like to add an item under 'new' that's like "New Folder" but instead creates a folder named e.g. 2011-07-26. I have no idea where I'd start; any approaches or software I should look into?
posted by the mad poster! on Jul 26, 2011 - 11 answers

This looks all Firefoxed up

Why is my Firefox not rendering styles correctly? I'm at my troubleshooting wit's end. [more inside]
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal on Jul 20, 2011 - 8 answers

windows tablet

Windows 7 Tablet? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 on Jul 20, 2011 - 7 answers

How to resize a Windows 7 window to access bottom buttons

How do I access the bottom buttons of the RAW image editor in Photoshop Elements? The window is too wide, and can't be resized to fit my screen in Windows 7. [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Jul 15, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me understand what my small business network needs

I'm trying to set up a small business computer network and I need some help in clarifying what I need. Although we will be hiring a network person to help us set things up, I'm hoping the hive mind can help me understand the basics so I can figure out what equipment we will need. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Jul 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Help connect my XP virtual machine to a local network to save my back!

How can I connect my Windows XP Virtual Machine (bootcamp partition) to my office network over wifi? [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good on Jul 11, 2011 - 7 answers

Windows 7 on the iMac

A few questions about installing Windows 7 on my iMac. [more inside]
posted by moorooka on Jul 8, 2011 - 7 answers

Rogue network traffic on Windows XP64

How to find out why my computer is broadcasting SNMP traps and shut it down? Complicating factor, the absence of SNMP and my ignorance of Windows server environments. [more inside]
posted by outlier on Jul 4, 2011 - 8 answers

USB headset with physical multiplexer/switch

USB headset with a physical switch that enables speakers. OS X. Can I (my employer) buy such a thing? [more inside]
posted by sbutler on Jun 30, 2011 - 5 answers

getting my car windows tinted

Car Window Tinting, in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by ecks on Jun 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Should I just DTMFcomputerA?

My dad's desktop screen looks like a kaleidoscope... [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha on Jun 29, 2011 - 7 answers

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

My PC is running slow. So I went to ProcessLibrary.com to check the programs running in task manager. I've also got Malwarebytes and AVG Anti-Virus running. But these programs aren't impenetrable. Consequently, I've learned there are many legitimate programs that have double identities. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jun 27, 2011 - 14 answers

Malware - can't open some configuration dialogs/windows

Windows XP. I can't get my Date/Time dialog to popup when clicking the clock, nor the video card/monitor properties to pop up (when right clicking desktop and choosing "properties"). I also have auto updates not being allowed to be turned on (or rather, the service is on, but in the control panel it says it can't be turned on). I think i got hit w/something a while back, but everything I've done to fix it isn't working. [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Jun 27, 2011 - 28 answers

mysterious clicking=virus?

Do I have a virus? The only symptoms that I notice are:1) mysterious Internet Explorer clicking sounds & 2) window focus is changing without my direction. [more inside]
posted by stuart_s on Jun 26, 2011 - 12 answers

Software for finding picture duplicates

Are there any Windows programs that can compare two image files and tell me if they're duplicates or not, ignoring different metadata and file formats? [more inside]
posted by Bangaioh on Jun 25, 2011 - 14 answers

windows upgrade with a linux partition

My computer is dual booting Windows Vista and Ubuntu. I have gotten a Windows 7 upgrade disc and want to upgrade from Vista to Windows 7. Will the upgrade have any effect on the Linux side of the partition or will it just change the Windows side of the partition from Vista to 7 leaving Ubuntu unscathed? What happens with GRUB?
posted by moorooka on Jun 23, 2011 - 7 answers

How do I create bootable USB using win 7 USB/DVD download tool?

When using the Microsoft win 7 USB/DVD Download tool, to create a bootable USB drive to install win 7 on my Desktop, I get this error "We were unable to copy your files. please check your USB device and the selected ISO file and try again." How do I fix this? I have tried 2 different USB's and 2 different ISOs
posted by Patrick Leo on Jun 22, 2011 - 3 answers

The most basic DJ software known to humanity?

What's the most basic MP3 DJ software for an hour-long laptop set? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Jun 21, 2011 - 9 answers

Your default install application listing for a windos Computer

What are your default installs on a windows computer? [more inside]
posted by bleucube on Jun 21, 2011 - 20 answers

typing katakana - details

For those who, like me, frequently use the Japanese language on Windows, I have a 2-question query so I can type my name without hassle: 1) How to add a new Katakana word to the candidate list, so when I type in hiragana it comes up as an option without having to manually switch to katakana? 2) How to get the small Katakana letters? Like the ァ in ステファニー or ェ in ニフェー デービル . These come up sometimes in hiragana but less often. [more inside]
posted by whatzit on Jun 21, 2011 - 6 answers

What's with the crashing?

I have a new Nvidia GPU, and now games keep freezing on me! [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens on Jun 20, 2011 - 15 answers

cintiq color calibration issues

Wacom Cintiq color calibration issues under Windows XP run on an iMac. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jun 18, 2011 - 3 answers

will windows 7 run a vcn

does windows 7 support vcn (virtual control network) ? [more inside]
posted by let444 on Jun 16, 2011 - 4 answers

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