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WIN7 Permissions, sharing and HTPC, so so much fail.

How can I clear up whatever problem with windows 7 permissions is plaguing my new HTPC? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on Dec 31, 2013 - 3 answers

Setting up LAN & WLAN Homegroup-ed computers in Win7

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]
posted by Solomon on Sep 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Syncing files on a remote web server with Windows 7

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]
posted by tommasz on Aug 14, 2013 - 3 answers

Best PC Support Utilities?

What are your list of the most essential PC support utilities? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Apr 28, 2013 - 11 answers

realtek ac97 sound controller doesn't work

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.
posted by Mistress on Apr 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Ah Windows!

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]
posted by bluejayway on Mar 24, 2013 - 5 answers

VPN XP woes

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]
posted by merocet on Mar 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Can I use the Canon VIXIA HV40 camcorder for skype?

I've spent hours trying to get the Canon HV40 to work over firewire to Skype! ANY help is greatly appreciated.... [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Mar 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Why would a SATA drive work in a SATA>USB dock, but not via SATA cable?

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.
posted by stenseng on Feb 11, 2013 - 13 answers

Internet, you're being weird. Stop it.

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]
posted by Rhaomi on Feb 7, 2013 - 10 answers

How can I clone an XP drive and install that on a Windows 7 system?

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?
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 26, 2013 - 4 answers

Win7 Devices and Printers hangs up

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.
posted by tommasz on Jan 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Poor results from Win-7 desktop search index

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]
posted by peacay on Jan 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Win 7/ Thinkpad X1 Unexpected Shutdown

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]
posted by forallmankind on Dec 24, 2012 - 11 answers

Reliable blu-ray playback: stand-alone player or commercial software

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]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 16, 2012 - 8 answers

"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]
posted by ruelle on Nov 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Adding context menu entries in Win 7

In Win7, how do you associate an app with a file type without making it the default "open" tool for that app? [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Oct 21, 2012 - 7 answers

I've locked my keys in my hard drive

I've locked myself out of my external hard drive! Halp! [more inside]
posted by bluejayway on Oct 16, 2012 - 6 answers

Best way to upgrade to a Solid State Drive?

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]
posted by Rhaomi on Jul 30, 2012 - 12 answers

Connect laptop wirelessly to TV

How do I wirelessly stream laptop output to TV? No DLNA, no Intel WiDi, but HDMI port available. [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Jul 7, 2012 - 12 answers

How to delete windows.old in Win7?

How do I delete windows.old in Win7 when I am administrator and windows still won't let me? [more inside]
posted by gnossos on May 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Filename, filename(1), filename(2), filename(3)

Help me delete duplicate files on an an eternal HD used to back up a Windows 7 laptop. [more inside]
posted by lulu68 on Apr 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Why does my Chrome browser keep switching the incognito flag off?

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.
posted by Jakey on Apr 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Win7 home-built HTPC shuts down without an error message, why?

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]
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 22, 2012 - 20 answers

Dual Screen pc Display Glitch

I have a dual screen pc display problem that I'm having trouble diagnosing. [more inside]
posted by peacay on Jan 9, 2012 - 13 answers

“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]
posted by Obscure Reference on Dec 27, 2011 - 9 answers

How 'come I can remove a Win(7) system from our domain on the client side without permissions?

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]
posted by bitterkitten on Dec 2, 2011 - 6 answers

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]
posted by sisquoc15 on Nov 7, 2011 - 5 answers

Need to resize a Windows 7 image backup

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]
posted by Orb2069 on Nov 5, 2011 - 9 answers

proxy in windows 7

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]
posted by theyexpectresults on Nov 1, 2011 - 4 answers

Now you see it... now you swear!

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!
posted by timpollard on Oct 31, 2011 - 14 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

Asynchronous instant messaging doesn't really cut it.

How do I get MS Communicator to pop up when someone is attempting to communicate? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on Jul 28, 2011 - 2 answers

Is this malware?

Is this malware, and what do I do to handle this?? Long, convoluted problem inside. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Jun 15, 2011 - 7 answers

Looking for tips, tricks and best practices for installing Win7

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]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 10, 2011 - 15 answers

dial up modem in windows 7

I'm looking for a dial up modem for a 64bit windows 7 laptop. [more inside]
posted by kg on Jun 6, 2011 - 3 answers

THIS SHOULD BE MUCH EASIER IN MY OPINION

I need to setup a default profile for all users in Windows 7. PLEASE HELP! [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on May 26, 2011 - 5 answers

Ultra-portable toss-up

ThinkPad X120e or Asus Transformer? Lightroom capability on the Thinkpad? Honeycomb photo apps? [more inside]
posted by tropikal on Apr 25, 2011 - 9 answers

Plz help me determine if my puter is infected.

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]
posted by dancestoblue on Mar 23, 2011 - 16 answers

How to control all data being sent/received from Win 7

How do I control all data that my computer is sending/receiving? [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Feb 25, 2011 - 5 answers

The Switch Back

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]
posted by kagredon on Feb 11, 2011 - 19 answers

How do I tweak Windows 7 to make it behave more like XP?

How do I tweak Windows 7 to make it behave more like XP? [more inside]
posted by Perplexity on Jan 26, 2011 - 8 answers

Budget win7 desktop build

Replacing my dinosaur desktop PC, can you do better on a $385.00 budget? [more inside]
posted by cheesyburgercheese on Jan 17, 2011 - 15 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

Windows 7 Aero Themes?

Please recommend some good non-spammy sites that host Windows 7 Aero themes. [more inside]
posted by waraw on Sep 13, 2010 - 1 answer

Laptop 1 or Laptop 2?

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]
posted by Petrot on Aug 24, 2010 - 12 answers

Windows 7 login required. WTF?

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]
posted by ninazer0 on Jul 13, 2010 - 4 answers

MicroSD slot in Dell E6400?

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?
posted by tommasz on Jun 29, 2010 - 7 answers

Windows 7 crashing help

PC randomly freezing after upgrading to Windows 7 [more inside]
posted by crashlanding on Jun 22, 2010 - 7 answers

Overheating laptop

Since upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 Professional, my Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop keeps overheating and switching itself off. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Jun 1, 2010 - 7 answers

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