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So what do I use now if I don't use Truecrypt?

I used to use Truecrypt to encrypt little enclosures so I wouldn't have to worry about my files so much when I, say, put them on a USB stick or backed them up to the cloud. There was a whole... thing with Truecrypt and now it's hard to say if I should use it anymore. Is there another program that's going to work well for this purpose? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Sep 21, 2014 - 7 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

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

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

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

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

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

My dad would have known the answer

My dad passed away on Friday, and my mom is eager to get into his computer (Song Vaio running Windows 7) and Blackberry (Bold). Both are password protected. Is there any way to change the password on each without wiping the data? I'm fairly computer literate, and my father will have every software disk he's ever received. We also have access to his email if that helps with the Blackberry. Thanks.
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Feb 9, 2014 - 9 answers

Battlestation: Multiple desktops and monitors but 1 keyboard and 1 mouse

Hi, I have 1 keyboard, 1 mouse, and two desktop computers to use with a 3-monitor setup. I would like to know the best way to use a triple monitor setup where I can click a button and switch back and forth between desktop A and desktop B for the single keyboard/mouse and the monitors. Consolidating files onto one machine is not an option. Are there devices or hubs I could plug the keyboard/mouse/monitors and desktops into that can do this? Amazon links would be great.
posted by furious on Feb 5, 2014 - 14 answers

Devil Computer, Stop Updating Yourself

This morning I was working on my computer, and stopped to take a break for lunch. I left my computer on--it generally goes to sleep after 10 minutes of inactivity. When I returned from lunch, my computer had unexpectedly shut down and had to be rebooted. Once it restarted, I noticed that it had updated several programs that have been prompting me for updates, like iTunes and Firefox. (I had purposefully not been updating them.) My computer requires permission from me to update programs like this, and it has never updated programs without that permission. Any thoughts as to what might have happened this time? [more inside]
posted by Bella Sebastian on Jan 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Windows 7 (x64) freezes during file transfer between disks

My Windows 7 PC (HP H8-1300z) has been working quite fine for the past 2 years but it recently began acting up and I can't figure out why. Everytime I attempt to do a copy/paste (backup) with large volume of folders from one drive to another (external) the PC freezes. The fan also randomly goes crazy for a minute or two and then stops. [more inside]
posted by bostonhill on Jan 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Last PC user on earth seeks new desktop PC for fun tasks together

I want to buy a new desktop PC, but there is a distinct lack of resources available. What should I be looking for in a desktop machine? Please don't say "a Macintosh." [more inside]
posted by alicetiara on Jan 25, 2014 - 13 answers

One False Keystroke

What am I doing that makes my computer suddenly read all inputs as though the Shift key were pressed, and how do I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Dec 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me find a good exteranl hard drive

The current external hard drive I have is "WD' brand that I got at best buy and I'm not happy with it. I am looking for a external hard drive that is easy to use for someone not that great with computers and I can back up my computer with it, that has the ability to be encrypted, is reliable, is ideally available locally at a place like best buy, must have a metal case, not a plastic one (the one I have now heats up and smells like burning plastic) Also bonus points if it has a fan in it. I have a PC not a mac, so it should be for a PC. Also I am not sure if I want to but one of those large external hard drives you leave attached or the smaller pocket sized one so any pro's and con's of both would be great.
posted by john123357 on Dec 6, 2013 - 15 answers

Samsung NC20 Laptop Slow, Malware--Should I just reinstall Windows?

I have a Samsung NC20 laptop that I bought 4 or 5 years ago. It runs Windows XP and has some sort of malware, IRP Hook, that AVG has found but cannot remove. In addition, it runs significantly slower than I would like, and cannot play most videos at all--the sound plays fine, but the image just staggers and jumps. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Nov 15, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me find a desktop PC on a budget

My 4-year-old laptop is dying and I want to replace it with a desktop. What is the least computer I could buy now that would still be upgradeable enough that I could keep it and upgrade it for several years? [more inside]
posted by matcha action on Sep 13, 2013 - 19 answers

New games are crashing my computer

My computer started crashing to a black screen a few minutes into any new game. I just got payday 2, and 4-5 minutes into the introductory map my computer would crash to a black screen, I thought it was the game, so then I tried the other new game I just gotten, Saints Row IV, same thing, it let me play for like 10 minutes then the same crash to black screen. [more inside]
posted by Iax on Sep 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Gaming the System

We're building a new PC. We're also an avid gamers. What OS do we want (and/or monitor and mouse/trackpad combo)? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Aug 14, 2013 - 20 answers

Computer locks up at nine every night?

My computer locks up at nine every night. Well, sometimes as early as 8:30. The mouse acts as though it's very nearly out of batteries, (i.e. sits still for minutes on end, doesn't register clicks) and the keyboard doesn't record any keystrokes for long stretches, then types out doubles of every letter. However, if a video is playing, it continues flawlessly, and no processes show 100% utilization. Nor do the performance tab or network tab on the Task Manager show any spikes. [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Aug 7, 2013 - 20 answers

Saving a hard drive/Windows install that is freezing up.

Our desktop computer is locking up in scary ways, and I'm looking for advice on how to save the contents of the hard drive, and/or just get it up and running again. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Jul 20, 2013 - 15 answers

Windows 8 - Worth $40 on a new desktop?

Today is the last day to buy Windows 8 (specifically, upgrade) at the discount price of $40. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by Auden on Jan 31, 2013 - 30 answers

I had a compromised Java version. How do I clean up afterwards?

My AV program found 'Exploit:Java/CVE-2012-4681' on my laptop. It's a primer that sets up my machine for future exploits, but I haven't found any further infections using AV or Housecall. What steps should I be taking to assure myself that the machine is clean, and what can I do to prevent this kind of problem in the future. [more inside]
posted by Urtylug on Jan 12, 2013 - 3 answers

Hope me! I Have no https access. i have done all obvious things

I Have no https access. i have done all obvious things. I have run virus scans, cleaner, system restore and all procedures recommends by Microsoft to no avail. problem is.on both IE and Firefox so not a browser issue. I spent two hours with tech.support. nothing. I can bypass and access through some proxy servers. have run checkdisc etc. There was no change made to my hardware or new software but it did happen just after Windowsupdates were installed. I do not have a windows disk. I am using Vista. Excuse my mistakes, I am typing on my phone. any suggestions? I am thinking it has something to do with SSL Certificates.
posted by alltomorrowsparties on Dec 30, 2012 - 16 answers

Need to find a store in the US to buy a netbook.

Where is the best brick and mortar store to buy a Windows netbook in the US? [more inside]
posted by jim.christian on Dec 26, 2012 - 8 answers

How to keep a new computer from getting bogged down over time

How can I set up a Windows 7 PC to be clean and stay clean? I don't want file bits and temporary files to clog it up, I don't want a million image files the size of a dot. I don't want this computer to run like molasses after a few years of web browsing and use. What is the best way to do that? [more inside]
posted by cashman on Oct 12, 2012 - 20 answers

My computer takes entirely too long to start up. I am sick of it.

Why does my computer take such a ridiculously long time to boot up, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Sep 6, 2012 - 22 answers

Old computer for a new employee?

Help me set up my old computer for a new employee, and make this easier the next time. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink on May 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Computer sleep issues?

Why is my Windows 7 laptop crashing when I close the lid? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit on Feb 6, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I thoroughly test the Windows 7 desktop machine I built for my dad before I give it back to him?

How can I thoroughly test the Windows 7 desktop machine I built for my dad before I give it back to him? He lives 4.5 hours away so I won't be able to easily respond to problems once he has it. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Dec 19, 2011 - 11 answers

Well that shouldn't happen...

Help me fix an infected PC and prevent it from getting reinfected? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Nov 17, 2011 - 5 answers

I need to make my parents' computer father-proof.

How do I keep my father from wrecking his computer - again? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Nov 7, 2011 - 27 answers

Managing my clones

What are the best ways to create and deploy Windows 7 images across numbers of often disparate computers? [more inside]
posted by chairish on Oct 30, 2011 - 7 answers

Drawing small graphics in Windows

What do you use to make quick little drawings in Windows? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Oct 21, 2011 - 6 answers

How can I stream audio at home to my stereo?

How can I stream audio from several PCs (or one external-hard-drive-based music library) to my downstairs stereo? [more inside]
posted by audiodidactic on Sep 24, 2011 - 11 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

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

Windows 7 home server hardware recs

Looking to build a Intel Sandy Bridge Windows 7 machine that will primarily function as a centralized repository for mp3s, movies, and photos. Anyone have any hardware recommendations? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on May 31, 2011 - 5 answers

How can I recover my frozen remote work computer from home?

My work computer that I am connecting to through a remote connection is freezing on the log in screen. When I type the password, it gives me the welcome screen, but the little welcome wheel keeps spinning infinitely. I want to restart it to try to solve this. But the only way I know how to restart remotely is using the cmd prompt, which I can't get to until I'm logged in. So how can I restart? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on May 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Where can I find an IT support refresher course?

I need to brush up on and refresh my memory of various topics in the area of IT technical support for an interview. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by karizma on May 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Comprehensive Home Network Setup

I have a few questions about a home server / backup / HTPC solution and I would really appreciate some help. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on May 18, 2011 - 13 answers

I'm THIS close to playing my favorite computer game on VirtualBox. THIS close.

After much grueling labor and self-denial, I have created a virtual Windows 98 machine on my macbook using VirtualBox, all in the name of playing my favorite computer game from high school. The only problem? The most colors the virtual machine wants to display is 16, and this game requires at least 256. Ugh. How to remedy this? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on May 1, 2011 - 32 answers

What are the differences between sharing a folder over a network from a Win7 desktop, having a NAS, or having a Windows Home Server box?

What are the differences between sharing a folder over a network from a Win7 desktop, having a NAS, or having a Windows Home Server box? Is an actual server better than a folder share? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Apr 13, 2011 - 16 answers

Windows Explorer Is Like Totally Borked

When I boot up my Dell Vista tower, a window opens on the desktop saying "Windows Explorer Has Stopped Working" and asks me to restart the program. When I do restart, it goes on and on for a loop that lasts a thousand years. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl on Mar 28, 2011 - 9 answers

How do I get 32-bit only software to work on Windows 7 x64?

I have a piece of software that works on Windows 7, 32-bit, but not on x64 versions. Is it possible to get it working on my computer, perhaps in a VM? I also have the linux version of the software. [more inside]
posted by Canageek on Mar 23, 2011 - 11 answers

How to fix memory management bluescreens.

How do I identify exactly what my memory error bluescreen in Win Vista is. [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Mar 4, 2011 - 13 answers

rustrating super-slow music folder on an external hard drive.

Frustrating super-slow music folder on an external hard drive. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Mar 4, 2011 - 13 answers

where are the kids getting their computers these days?

My dad wants to buy a new computer that works right out of the box from a brick and mortar store. He's in Albuquerque, NM. Where should we be going? We're fine with big box or local, we just don't know which stores are going to be best for customer service over the long run. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jan 16, 2011 - 12 answers

Looking for a 14" or 15" Windows 7 laptop. Should I wait until Sandy Bridge makes its way out into the market or should I buy one now? Also, which should I buy? Details inside.

Looking for a 14" or 15" Windows 7 laptop. Should I wait until Sandy Bridge makes its way out into the market or should I buy one now? Also, which should I buy? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Dec 29, 2010 - 11 answers

Buying a PC online

How do you get a good deal on a pre-built PC online? [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Dec 13, 2010 - 13 answers

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