All of my laptops inevitably, inexorably slow down noticeably, way before they should. I know this happens with all computers. I am reasonably tech-savvy. But my current ThinkPad slowed down in the first three months. I want someone to take my laptop, figure out what's making it slow (software and/or hardware), and fix it all. I just want my computer to not be slow. Does such a person exist in SF? Who are they, where can I find them, and how much do they charge?
How can I clear up whatever problem with windows 7 permissions is plaguing my new HTPC? [more inside]
How do I set up my desktop and laptops so that they can all see each other's network folders, in Win7, when some are on a wired connection and some are on a wireless connection? [more inside]
I have an interesting file syncing problem. As part of my responsibilities, I have to keep track of changes in the US export regulations. The Dept. of Commerce makes the regulations available in two formats, HTML and PDF. The HTML versions are oddly formatted so I prefer the PDF versions even if they are harder to search. They're available in PDF on this page. I have been regularly going out to the page and downloading relevant documents that have changed but I'd like to automate this if I can. But there are some gotchas. [more inside]
What are your list of the most essential PC support utilities? [more inside]
Hi, my computer isn't making any sounds at all. win7. The control panel shows the realtek ac97 sound card (or maybe it is a built in piece of the motherboard?) but won't make any noise.. the speakers work, have tested them in another machine.
The Windows laptop that I have been using for work has slowly been dying 1000 little deaths. They seemed to be all software related, So I decided to do a clean install. The install, from a USB, failed before it even got started. There was a missing DVD driver that could not be located anywhere. I canceled out of the install and try to boot up normally, But that won't work either. I have an error in my BCD file. [more inside]
I've installed Private Internet Access VPN software on a Win 7 machine and an XP machine on my home network. The VPN connected Windows 7 machine reports good speeds at www.speedtest.net and streams content like a champ. The XP machine when connected to the VPN shows terrible speeds and buffers and stutters like something not so useful. More details after the fold... [more inside]
I've spent hours trying to get the Canon HV40 to work over firewire to Skype! ANY help is greatly appreciated.... [more inside]
I've got a 3tb Seagate SATA drive, formatted NTFS, that I bought along with this Thermaltake SATA docking station. It's the kind where the naked drive just kinda chunks down vertically into the dock, which then connects to the PC via USB. Works great in the dock, but at a certain point, I thought I should just install the drive, not freak out about accidentally bumping it, and I'd get better throughput via sata cable to my mobo. Unfortunately, when I connect via sata, the disk shows up as uninitialized in Windows (Win7 x64) If I plug the drive back into the dock, it mounts just fine and there's all my files. I am very confused.
Trying to set up a new wireless network and running into all kinds of strange problems. Connections dropped every few hours! Some machines work, some don't! Can connect to internet, can't connect to router! DOGS AND CATS LIVING TOGETHER (literally). Please help. [more inside]
I have two laptops, an old XP machine with a dying power supply, and a new Windows 7 machine that could easily store the old XP harddrive. Can I clone the XP drive and make a dual boot system on the Windows 7 machine?
I have a Dell laptop with Windows 7 32-bit on it and I'm having the weirdest issue with it. The "Devices and Printers" control panel window hangs every time I open it. It gets to about 90% of the way, according to the progress bar, and then stops. I can manage my printers using the Admin tools but everything else is unreachable. Is there any way to fix this short of a Windows re-install? This is a work laptop and I'd rather not have to go through our IT service department since they'll nuke everything on it that wasn't there when I got it.
How can I tweak the Windows 7 search index so that I can find all files on both the SSD and the hdd? [more inside]
Win7/ Thinkpad X1 problem driving me crazy - at some random time in sleep mode, my Thinkpad will reboot and give a "Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown" message when it's back up. The Reliability Monitor returns that this has happened 7 times so far this month. I'd be grateful for any assistance in troubleshooting - a few additional details inside. [more inside]
How can I easily and reliably play Blu-Ray discs now and in the future? I have a HTPC, but the software bundled with the blu-ray drive is old, and a new version is around the sales price ofr a decent-looking stand-alone blu-ray player. [more inside]
"You have been logged on to a temporary profile. You cannot access your files and folders. You must fiddle with system reg in the dark now. Please hold while we wipe your computer clean. Thank you and have a nice day."
Windows 7: "You have been logged on to a temporary profile. You cannot access your files and folders ..." Whoa. An empty slate. But I reboot and my old profile is suddenly back up and running. So, what just happened there? What can I do to make sure this doesn't happen again? Several related questions inside. [more inside]
In Win7, how do you associate an app with a file type without making it the default "open" tool for that app? [more inside]
I've locked myself out of my external hard drive! Halp! [more inside]
What's the best way to go about installing a solid state drive in a new laptop? (And is this even a good idea?) [more inside]
How do I wirelessly stream laptop output to TV? No DLNA, no Intel WiDi, but HDMI port available. [more inside]
How do I delete windows.old in Win7 when I am administrator and windows still won't let me? [more inside]
Help me delete duplicate files on an an eternal HD used to back up a Windows 7 laptop. [more inside]
Google Chrome incognito mode help. I have Chrome set up to start in incognito mode. However, it frequently seems to revert to standard mode. I have ruled out interference from other users. I suspect, but don't know for sure, that it may be caused by spammy websites spawning new non-incogito windows. Is this likely to be the case, and if so, how do I stop it? I'm running Win7 home premium SP1.
My home-made HTPC running Windows 7 shuts down without warning, first after prolonged use playing HD (720) videos with VLC. Then it stopped twenty minutes into an episode, and switching to Media Player Classic seemed to be the answer. Then the computer shut down after about 20 minutes of simply being idle. And there's never a "sudden shutdown" error message when I reboot. How do I diagnose this, or what could be wrong? [more inside]
I have a dual screen pc display problem that I'm having trouble diagnosing. [more inside]
“one of the USB device attached to this computer has malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognise it”
I'm getting the following message: “one of the USB device attached to this computer has malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognise it” I post the message not because it is informative about the problem but because it's the recurring symptom. It occurs sometimes when I plug in a device, but even more often on devices that have been connected for some time. If I ignore it, the device might even start working again. (Most annoying are the message that tell me I have to reformat the device as I am afraid the cat will walk by and click on OK and wipe out my data.) The most "interesting" analysis online suggested that some kind of timeout for a device that hasn't been used in "a while" tells the system to "renew" which fails and results in the message. This may even be true, but who knows? [more inside]
How 'come it appears that I can 'remove' a system from our Windows domain (w/ win 7 clients, server 2008 r2) on the client side - without requiring any user name or password that is known to the server? [more inside]
Upgrading a friend's computer from XP to 7. I recall that simply copying files to a second internal drive resulted in some permission problems. How do I avoid this?
Upgrading a friend's computer from XP to 7. I recall that simply backing up files to a second internal drive resulted in some permission problems. How do I avoid this? [more inside]
Windows 7, 80gb hard drive backup of a laptop - I need to get the machine back up and running, but the largest available hard drive is 40GB - There are files I can lose on the backup to get it down to 40GB, but how do I do it? [more inside]
On Windows 7, is there a way to have the proxy turn on or off depending on which wireless network I'm connected to? [more inside]
When trying to read a Sandisk 16Gb Class 2 Micro SD card (on my Win7 PC through a USB reader) it will show up briefly but as soon as I try to copy any files the drive itself will disappear, meaning I can't save any of the data (or pics) from it, so I'm looking for a way to keep the drive visible to my PC so I can save the data. (The card comes from my Android HTC Desire HD which randomly dismounted itself this morning and now reports itself as 'damaged' in the phone). Any help would be greatly appreciated - thanks in advance!
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]
How do I get MS Communicator to pop up when someone is attempting to communicate? [more inside]
Is this malware, and what do I do to handle this?? Long, convoluted problem inside. [more inside]
I'm reformatting my system and installing Windows 7 my computer this weekend, and I'd like tips, tricks, best practices and the like for setting up a new system. It's been a while since I've "refreshed" a system, and I feel rusty. And my RAM might be failing/faulty. More details inside. [more inside]
I'm looking for a dial up modem for a 64bit windows 7 laptop. [more inside]
I need to setup a default profile for all users in Windows 7. PLEASE HELP! [more inside]
ThinkPad X120e or Asus Transformer? Lightroom capability on the Thinkpad? Honeycomb photo apps? [more inside]
Malware. WIN7. Walked back into my house after UPS delivery gave me package, checked email, "Oh, look -- UPS is tracking the delivery. Cool." And I not only opened the email but clicked on the executable. [more inside]
How do I control all data that my computer is sending/receiving? [more inside]
ComputerBuyingFilter: My beloved iBook is on his last legs. I haven't owned a Windows computer in nearly 7 years, but I'm considering buying one as my next computer. What would you tell a longtime Mac user who's considering going Windows? [more inside]
How do I tweak Windows 7 to make it behave more like XP? [more inside]
Replacing my dinosaur desktop PC, can you do better on a $385.00 budget? [more inside]
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]
Please recommend some good non-spammy sites that host Windows 7 Aero themes. [more inside]
Buying a new laptop, I have worked down to 2 choices. One has Win7 (32-bit) and 4gb DDR2 ram, the other has Win7 (64-bit) with 3gb DDR3 ram. Same price. I don't really know enough about the difference between 32/64bit or DDR2/3 to make a decision. Can you explain the difference and offer advice as to which is best. [more inside]
My Windows 7 (64bit) PC crashed and now wants me to login. However, I have never set up a user account. What the heck do I do now? [more inside]
My new work laptop is a Dell Latitude E6400. It doesn't come with much documentation (nor does Dell's website offer much) so I've been trying to figure out all of the hardware features on my own. When I removed the battery I noticed what looks like a MicroSD card slot. Is it? Can I use it for ReadyBoost?
PC randomly freezing after upgrading to Windows 7 [more inside]
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