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Benign Keylogger

I'm looking for a benign keylogger to record the number of keypresses and button presses I make each day. This would be installed on my laptop running Vista (and is for my own personal edification). There are lots of results via Google, but I trust MeFites more, of course. [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow on Jun 11, 2014 - 2 answers

Recommendations please for the nearest gorgeous landscape. [Northern CA]

I am finishing finals and me and a bud would like to go somewhere on tuesday and look at something really gorgeous. I live in Davis, CA and am willing to drive 2.5 hours in any direction. Looking for specific recommendations. [more inside]
posted by afterdark on Dec 21, 2013 - 13 answers

Which version of Vista for game-playing in Boot Camp?

I'm a late adaptor. After much happy gaming in Windows XP (via Boot Camp on my Mac), I am finally getting around to Vista-only games like Assassin's Creed III. So it's time to take the plunge and buy a copy of Vista on eBay. But which version? 64-bit or 32-bit? Service pack 1, 2, or 3? Starter, basic, or ultimate? Home or business? As somebody who isn't well-versed in Windows to begin with, I'm finding the choice a little overwhelming. I will be using Windows exclusively for gaming and don't care about any other features. Also, note that Windows Vista is the latest Windows my 2006 Mac Pro will support, so unfortunately "Skip straight to Windows 7 or 8" isn't an option. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Dec 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Download Excel on a PC running Vista

Need to get MS Excel on a PC running Windows Vista. Latest Excel versions seem to require Windows 7 or 8. Any help on where I can get a downloadable version of Excel for Vista?
posted by BozoBurgerBonanza on Jun 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Error message: "The requested resouce is in use."

Why do I keep getting the error message "The requested resource is in use" when a program won't start? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Dec 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Permissions on files, so many files

I have an old hard drive that was password locked. I can't boot from it, but I can get to the files. I have to change permissions for every single file before I can copy it over, is there a way to do that for everything at once? [more inside]
posted by Dynex on Aug 21, 2012 - 3 answers

We seem to be made to suffer. It's our lot in life. -- friend based tech support

Repairing friend's laptop(s). Will be nuking from space. Which Windows OS version to install? Also, failing wifi on second laptop. *sigh* [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on May 24, 2012 - 13 answers

What's the best way to attach an open Word document to an open Outlook email?

Using Windows Vista at work: Once I finish making changes to a file in Microsoft Word 2007, I want to attach the file to an email in Outlook 2007. Currently, I am opening subfolder after subfolder getting to it either on the desktop or in the attach file dialog in Outlook, but that's annoying. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by Sock Ray Blue on May 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Switching laptop's hard drive

Idiot's guide to replacing my Windows Vista (don't judge me!) laptop hardrive?. Preferably by "cloning" the old drive onto the new one (I suspect via another external hard drive / backup).
posted by ewan on Feb 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Cursor in Photoshop Elements 8 driving me nuts. Help?!

Why is my cursor spinning (i.e. "thinking") so frequently in Photoshop Elements 8 (PSE 8)? [more inside]
posted by aelish on Jan 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Windows directories: this is a land of confusion... let's try to make this a place worth installing in

I have questions about how to use the new directory structures we now have under Windows 7 and Vista. [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Jan 10, 2012 - 3 answers

Dear Vista: Please be *Less* Secure.

I've got a windows vista installation that, as of a few months ago, has stopped letting me write to a bunch of directories or change a bunch of files, and it won't let me make them writeable again. [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 on Nov 5, 2011 - 8 answers

Come back, interwebs!

Laptop suddenly unable to connect to the internet! [more inside]
posted by so much modern time on Oct 22, 2011 - 13 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

The Sound of Silence

Trying to get a simple headset working with my (otherwise functional) Dell Dimension 9200 has led me to the hell I'm in now: no sound, scouring 2 year old message board posts for dodgy links to poorly labeled sigmatel drivers. Horror awaits inside! [more inside]
posted by Oktober on Sep 16, 2011 - 2 answers

Vista attempting to update a phantom program

How do I stop Vista from trying to install an update for a program I don't have installed? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Jul 28, 2011 - 5 answers

Why does Windows Live think I'm still running Vista?

I recently upgraded from Windows Vista to Windows 7. I'm trying to find and download gadgets for my desktop. When I go to the Windows Live page, I only see gadgets compatible with Vista. Why does Windows Live think I'm still running Vista?
posted by allison00 on May 29, 2011 - 4 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

Migrating from XP to Vista... the hard way.

My XP desktop's motherboard spitzensparken. Kaput. Can anyone share advice on how best to migrate the contents of a crufty, crowded XP boot drive, to a new Vista system build, ideally booting on a new solid state drive? (Hardware recommendations on a new system are also welcome!) [more inside]
posted by markkraft on Mar 4, 2011 - 10 answers

E-text metadata edits not transfering to iPhone app

Why does the Stanza app on my iPhone not recognize the calibre-stamped metadata on some of my .epub files? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Jan 3, 2011 - 2 answers

Legally reinstalling Windows 7 without the disc

How can I replace the hard drive on my laptop and then get the operating system which I legally have installed right now back onto it? [more inside]
posted by brenton on Jan 2, 2011 - 14 answers

Okay, I'm stumped and my tech friend is stumped. Maybe you won't be?

Why does my computer believe that all sites aside from Google Mail and Google Talk do not exist?

Dell running Windows Vista, virus-protected and up-to-date. Firefox 3.6.13 displays GMail and GChat but loads only a blank white page for all other sites; IE gives me "this page cannot be displayed" for every site I checked, including GMail. The admin account (my primary account) is the only account affected; I can log into a guest account and see the entire internet. [more inside]
posted by athenasbanquet on Dec 30, 2010 - 10 answers

Video editor for Windows Vista or Windows 7

My sister needs to make YouTube videos for her business. The camera outputs MP4 files. Needs the ability to edit and add beginning and ending slides. Output should be uploadable to YouTube. Currently using VideoPad (on Vista) which keeps outputting video with out-of-sync audio. Suggested software should work on Vista or Windows 7. Any ideas? (besides Movie Maker)
posted by ao4047 on Nov 29, 2010 - 5 answers

"It's becoming critical, Captain. We can't handle it."

Picasa does everything thing I want in a light photo editor (cropping, highlight and shadow correction, roation (90 degree and free)) and browser except it does not support multiple computers using the same meta data. My fricken database has been corrupted again (apparently it doesn't handle 200K+ photos very well either) so I'm looking for an alternative that does support syncing between multiple computers and network storage. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Nov 28, 2010 - 10 answers

I want all of my video thumbnails to actually show what the video is about

How can I change video thumbnails in Vista? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen on Nov 26, 2010 - 4 answers

Bad Vista, No Wireless for You

How can I get a Lenovo laptop running Windows Vista to connect to a Netgear WGT624 v2? [more inside]
posted by nat on Nov 6, 2010 - 5 answers

iTunes album art must die.

iTunes 10.0.1 and Windows Vista. Help me kill the album art, kill it dead, for good. Permanently. For, like, EVER. [more inside]
posted by chez shoes on Oct 22, 2010 - 12 answers

Copy Windows Install Discs for Back-up

Exactly how do I rip (or burn) copies of the Windows XP, Vista, 7 install discs? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Oct 22, 2010 - 11 answers

Derdum Derdim

Help me identify the magical usb device that keeps disconnecting from my PC... [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Oct 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Americorps VISTA gave me everything I wanted, but may take it away...

I got the job of my dreams...but my year at VISTA isn't over. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Oct 8, 2010 - 14 answers

How do I extract movies from a homemade DVD?

My Dad burned me a DVD of home movies. Is there an easy, free way to extract clips in a common format? [more inside]
posted by sidereal on Aug 30, 2010 - 7 answers

If you wrap the Internet around every person on the planet and spin the planet, software flows in the network.

BitTorrent Client recommendation [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Aug 17, 2010 - 17 answers

It's always the everlovin' windows machine.

Why does Windows say it's connected to my wireless network but refuse to connect to the internet? Cast of characters: Airport Extreme, XP, Vista. [more inside]
posted by jamaro on Aug 15, 2010 - 11 answers

Am I cut out for Americorps?

I'm thinking of joining AmeriCorps NCCC, or possibly VISTA. What does the program entail? Has anyone here gone in one of the programs? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Jul 23, 2010 - 10 answers

LCD Monitor Resolution Error Message....

My monitor says "out of range signal, change your display" but.... [more inside]
posted by JtJ on Jul 20, 2010 - 15 answers

I am sure I have done this before, but I might just be dim

WiFi SharingFilter: I know I have done this before, but I am suffering memory fail. I have a WiFi network and a Vista machine (not a server) with a shared folder. [more inside]
posted by Sparx on Jul 19, 2010 - 2 answers

Where'd all my harddrive space go and how can I find out?

Is there a way to get a list of the largest folders on my harddrive? [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Jul 11, 2010 - 20 answers

"Windows Explorer is not responding." Really?

Switching between Excel and Word on a laptop running Vista is problematic because a long-deleted browser is not responding. The hell? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Jul 2, 2010 - 8 answers

My computer is trying to mutiny and no longer recognizes me as its master.

When I went to bed last night I turned off my computer. It said it was installing some updates and I didn't really notice. When I woke up this morning I could still log in to my normal administrative user account like normal, but none of my settings are the same. This is on a laptop running Windows Vista. [more inside]
posted by highfidelity on Jun 24, 2010 - 4 answers

Open operating system

I have a laptop that Microsoft should have never approved for vista it wheezes and struggles under vista and is close to useless. I was wanted to install some open operating system and use it basically as a netbook. What options do I have and how do I go about it?
posted by ExitPursuedByBear on May 23, 2010 - 16 answers

Vista doesn't recognize iPhone as a drive - won't sync

Windows Vista no longer recognizes my iPhone 3Gs as a drive and I can't sync with iTunes. When I connect the phone it appears in the iTunes sidebar but no longer appears as a drive in Windows. My phone says it's syncing (set to manual, not automatic) but nothing syncs. So far I've tried: changing the USB cable and ports, reinstalling iTunes, hard booting computer and phone, and installing new iPhone driver. Any ideas? Thanks.
posted by carriest on Apr 25, 2010 - 2 answers

How to swap key functions?

Is it possible to switch the colon and semicolon key functions in Windows Vista? [more inside]
posted by tjbarrett on Apr 23, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I salvage my data from a Vista laptop that won't boot?

My laptop's Vista install is borked and now it won't start up. How can I salvage my data? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Mar 15, 2010 - 5 answers

Vista, meet Ubuntu

How can I connect my Linux laptop and my Vista desktop? [more inside]
posted by nayrb5 on Mar 13, 2010 - 7 answers

Windows home networking / wireless printer sharing

Windows home networking / wireless printer sharing [more inside]
posted by AwkwardPause on Mar 8, 2010 - 6 answers

Why is lsass.exe accessing hard drive continually?

Why is the lsass.exe process in Vista 64 constantly accessing my hard drive? [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Feb 6, 2010 - 4 answers

Cisco SSL VPN Client, why do you hate Vista?

Does anyone have experience with the Cisco SSL VPN Client, running under Vista/IE8? [more inside]
posted by cgg on Feb 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me get Internet!

Linksys Router Problems...Help.... [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp on Jan 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Please Keep Me From Fixing This Computer With A Hammer!

I'm currently running open access from a wifi router (linksys) but my wife's vista machine can only access it as local only (no internet). I've scoured google and have since disabled IPv6. Still no good. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Jan 13, 2010 - 10 answers

Boot Migration to a smaller SSD?

How do I migrate my boot drive from a traditional hard drive to a *smaller* SSD drive? [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Jan 5, 2010 - 6 answers

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