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What's the best tiny computer?

What are your suggestions for the best tiny PC kit that I can run Windows on? I'm talking about ones that are under 8" square. [more inside]
posted by that girl on Apr 25, 2016 - 5 answers

Cant use Mac to proof a PDF book created by Windows inDesign

Last year it worked fine w Mac Preview. I could highlight word or phrase with transparent color, type in correction. All corrections were magically linked to a column of comments, where highlighted phrase is repeated and then comments I type appear. Not working now: Rec a better tool, educate me re: known bug, or a better idea? [more inside]
posted by Jesse the K on Apr 25, 2016 - 3 answers

Why do birds keep flying into my exterior blinds?

About two weeks ago one bird began repeatedly flying into the exterior blinds of one of my windows. Now this happens almost every day at the same time (just before sunset). Today there were three birds doing it. Why are they doing this and how can I make them stop? [more inside]
posted by peppermintchaya on Apr 15, 2016 - 10 answers

What is 'bloatware', why should I care, and how do I fix it?

After some research I have decided to buy this laptop, which has great specs for the price - but multiple reviews (like this one) say that while it's a good computer, it's "full of bloatware, which takes time (or a fresh Windows installation) to clean up." I barely even know what that means, much less how to actually go about doing it. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Apr 14, 2016 - 21 answers

Fast as a speeding bullet, it's Super Windows Process! How to catch?

WindowsFilter: All of a sudden, a super fast "MS-DOS"-like process has emerged that begins and quickly ends on my Windows 10 desktop. It seems to be encountering an error of some kind, near as my speed-reading can detect. I have no idea what this process is, and it happens every 30 minutes or so. If I am in a fullscreen program, it kicks me out to the desktop, sometimes disrupting or occasionally crashing the program. How do I best diagnose and solve this problem? [more inside]
posted by Keter on Apr 13, 2016 - 8 answers

Windows Mini?

Looking for the Windows version of a Mac Mini - compact, fully equipped, quiet, fairly powerful, not crazy expensive. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Apr 12, 2016 - 15 answers

Book for XP users transitioning to win7?

I'm not deploying Win7 on a large scale. I only have it on, I think, three of my newest computers. [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Apr 8, 2016 - 5 answers

Save my Window Treatments from Cat attack!!

seeking best options for replacing broken blinds.... [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Mar 30, 2016 - 8 answers

Dealing with shifting windows on a multi-monitor setup

I have two computer monitors: a 1920x1080 144hz one that I use as my primary monitor for gaming on and a 1680x1050 60hz one that I use as a secondary for browsing/chatting/miscellaneous things on. This nearly always works well, but I've been running into an issue where if I'm running something at fullscreen at a non-native resolution on my primary monitor it shifts everything offscreen on the other -- making chat windows or Netflix unusable. Is there an easy way to fix this on a software/system level? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Mar 23, 2016 - 5 answers

I am being gifted a new mac laptop and I need help choosing which one.

My macbook is from 2009. I haven't followed Apple news/updates for many years now so I am at a loss on how to prioritize the options available. [more inside]
posted by futz on Mar 20, 2016 - 26 answers

Tweetdeck for Windows has a month to live. Where to go next?

Twitter announced today that Tweetdeck for Windows will be terminated in a month. For those of us who strongly prefer having a separate program, rather than yet another damn Chrome tab/window (...or for those who don't use Chrome at all....), what other options still exist for Twitter on Windows? [more inside]
posted by FlyingMonkey on Mar 17, 2016 - 5 answers

My media players keep skipping, is this a sign of a RAM problem?

For several months now the media players on my PC "skip" when playing music. At first I thought it was just WMP but it's happened on iTunes and JRiver Media Jukebox as well. This PC is a Dell, about three years old, and replacing it just isn't going to happen this year. I've reinstalled audio drivers, even reinstalled Windows 10. All to no avail. [more inside]
posted by Ber on Mar 8, 2016 - 47 answers

Should I upgrade to Windows 10?

My laptop runs Windows 7. Windows keeps pestering me to upgrade to 10. Should I or shouldn't I? [more inside]
posted by zeri on Mar 5, 2016 - 19 answers

Can I use a clone of an old hard drive on a new (Win XP) computer?

It is possible to clone a hard drive from a failing computer, put that disk image on a drive in a NEW computer, and expect the installed software to just work? [more inside]
posted by penduluum on Mar 3, 2016 - 15 answers

Windows 10 program management for power user!

Hello metafilter, Lately I'm becoming more and more of a power user of my computer (Windows 10) and tweaked a lot of things to my liking. And it's been great. Now I am looking for improve my tabs/programs/desktop workflow. Any help? [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on Feb 28, 2016 - 8 answers

Why does Windows keep resetting my theme?

I'm trying to change my theme on Windows 8.1, but every time the computer goes into sleep mode it resets the theme when it wakes up. How do I stop this from happening? [more inside]
posted by noxperpetua on Feb 18, 2016 - 1 answer

What's the best way to achieve a docker-like build with Windows?

I really like developing with docker, I can get a nice clean install of everything on every build, while also being able to spin up a production environment locally (load balancing, SQL cluster, etc.). What's the closest I can come with Windows? And I don't mean the new pre-release container features (unless those work without a whole lot of caveats), I need something I can use. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Feb 11, 2016 - 9 answers

I just bought a video ipod (5th gen) 60 GB HDD

How do I reset it to factory defaults? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Feb 10, 2016 - 3 answers

Getting out of the Photos Picture

I have an 8 year old MacBook Pro, an 8 day old Windows 10 desktop, and 26 thousand photos. Help me improve my life/workflow. [more inside]
posted by itesser on Feb 8, 2016 - 7 answers

Easy Direct windows pc to pc large file transfer over the internet

Are there any simple freeware apps that can do private direct file large file transfers or directory transfers over the internet between two windows computers on home networks without the third party storage or the limits of solutions like dropbox, google drive or live drive? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Feb 4, 2016 - 8 answers

Getting my music somewhere usable

I have a Mac-formatted external hard drive full of music, and no Mac to use it with. How do I get the stuff on it somewhere usable? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Jan 28, 2016 - 4 answers

Windows Equivalent of Linux /home Folder on Separate Partition/Drive?

I know Linux, I don't know Windows. On Linux, I routinely create a separate /home partition on its own drive. [more inside]
posted by justcorbly on Jan 25, 2016 - 13 answers

Folder colours in Windows 7

Is there a way to apply colour to folders on a file server? Preferably colours are only visible to me, not to other users accessing the server. Using Windows 7 machines.
posted by Kiwi on Jan 6, 2016 - 1 answer

Why would my computer hang and reboot in Windows but not Linux?

About a year ago I made the mistake of building a computer myself. One motherboard and 12 months later, I have a crash that happens consistently in Windows but never in Linux. [more inside]
posted by Polycarp on Jan 5, 2016 - 12 answers

Is my office ready for Windows 10?

I ended up with the responsibility of managing the computers at our office. For a ten person staff with fairly simple computer needs -- only a couple of us routinely use anything more complex than Microsoft Office -- is Windows 10 the right choice yet? [more inside]
posted by chimpsonfilm on Dec 9, 2015 - 4 answers

How to use ios Duet display as primary display for my PC on a stick?

Hi all, I have a Lenovo 'PC on a stick'. It runs windows 10 and I would like to use my iPad as a primary display for it using the Duet app on iOS but it seems like in order to connect you have to go in and activate Duet on the PC first - which is a sort of catch 22 because I need a display in order to do that. Any ideas on how I could make Duet 'activate' as soon as the PC boots up and connect to the app on my ipad?
posted by mattholomew on Dec 9, 2015 - 1 answer

How do I get this malware off my PC?

My PC has been infected with malware. I'm afraid to even turn it on because when I do, it tries to install a bunch of mystery files. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Surprised By Bees on Dec 4, 2015 - 18 answers

Manually recovering Firefox bookmarks and passwords from the files

I'm connecting to a laptop HD with an enclosure and trying to recover some files from it. The highest priority are the owner's Firefox bookmarks and saved passwords, since apparently some of those passwords are unknown beyond being saved in this Firefox install. I would just boot the HD, log into Windows, and go look, but while it's perfectly mountable, Windows becomes unresponsive after a short time of trying to actually run from the drive. What files do I need to be looking at, and how do I actually use them?
posted by Pope Guilty on Dec 4, 2015 - 14 answers

Data-loss-filter

I (probably ill-advisedly) left my computer to be used by a family member for a few months. Upon returning, there are a number of folders missing, and other folders have had their names lowercased. What? The interim user swears up and down that they've no idea how it happened- and they are a mid-to-very competent computer user. It's all backed up and therefore safe, but those files are simply gone for no apparent reason. So what sort of gremlin 1) deleted files and 2) lowercased some folder names? [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga on Nov 21, 2015 - 11 answers

How do I remove internet access from a Windows laptop?

For various tl;dr reasons summarized within, I would like to have a laptop that has no internet access. Changing settings, using internet filters, etc. are not an option. I need a laptop that has no hope whatsoever of connecting with the internet. I've tried to do this myself with my tiny brain and limited experience and failed. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Nov 18, 2015 - 37 answers

Can you solve my rain problem

There’s something wrong with the building I live in. Something causes all the rain which runs off the building to sheet over a single pane of one of the windows in the back of the house. So in every significant rainstorm, rain gets in. Is it the gutters? The siding? Even if I am completely wrong and the window is defective, what can be done about the sheets of water? [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Nov 11, 2015 - 12 answers

What to do with Nylas N1 email client?

I got Nylas N1 for Windows today. Looks pretty, seems cool for developers, but is there any way I can use it? [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl on Nov 4, 2015 - 1 answer

How long can I keep going with my Windows XP PC?

I've got a Lenovo Thinkpad T400, which I bought a number of years ago. (Apparently they were built like tanks as I've only had to replace the fan and it's still going strong.) I'm on a tight budget and though the new Surface Pro 4 is pretty amazing, I just can't justify the cost. I'm skeptical on security arguments--are there any other substantive reasons I can't just keeping going with "tried and true"? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Nov 4, 2015 - 27 answers

Is the (Windows 7) desktop Tweetdeck still supported?

Unlike the Mac and mobile platforms, Windows 7 doesn't have a native Twitter app other than Tweetdeck. But it appears that it's no longer available and only a web-based version of Tweetdeck exists. Is that the case? What else is there?
posted by tommasz on Oct 30, 2015 - 8 answers

I'm looking for an easy freeware drum machine for rehearsing with.

I'd like to find a program that would play some pre-recorded or pre-programmed drum beats in various styles at user-defined tempos to practice playing music with. Something online would be OK but I'd prefer a freestanding Windows OS program. I don't want to have to use a sequencer to create my own beats. I'd just like to be able to pick a style and a tempo and let it go. Basically a more-interesting metronome. [more inside]
posted by straight on Oct 26, 2015 - 5 answers

The old girl needs new Windows..

Please tell me all you can about replacing my home's windows. [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Oct 19, 2015 - 16 answers

windows 10 sound trouble

My sound stops working when I plug headphones or speakers into the headphone jack. I've tried troubleshooting but it says nothing is wrong. [more inside]
posted by pseudodionysus on Oct 8, 2015 - 4 answers

Removable window cavity insulation

I just found an uninsulated boarded up window in my condo [more inside]
posted by mike_bling on Oct 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Is there a good guide to Windows Networking for dummies?

Network help needed... simple guide or checklist preferred. How do I make Windows 7 and Windows 10 talk to each other? [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Oct 3, 2015 - 2 answers

Checking .doc formatting between OSX/Windows

I'm trying to upload a word document with significant text formatting to a website that will only accept .doc and .docx. The problem is, I'm on a Mac and I know from experience that my formatting is likely to get horribly messed up if viewed in Windows. Is there some way to check how my document will look on a Windows machine without actually having access to Microsoft Word on a Windows machine?
posted by Dante Riordan on Sep 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Would you upgrade to Win10 from XP? Or?

Just a quick poll here: I have an older Windows XP machine that I never installed any Adobe products on, but now my wife wants to use that computer and *needs* to edit pdf files (nothing fancy). Should I upgrade to Windows 10, just so I can get the latest greatest Adobe pdf editor? Or try some sketchy PDF editor that still supports XP? Or..?
posted by mhh5 on Sep 8, 2015 - 14 answers

Do I need to do a clean Windows 10 install to remove Windows 7 cruft?

In the past, every time I've upgraded Windows (3.11 to 95 to 97 to XP to 7) I've done a clean install. For the first time, I'm considering upgrading (to Windows 10) with an in-place (overwrite) installation, not a clean install. My Windows 7 has been acting badly lately, probably due to various registry cruft. Does an in-place install take care of that, or is all the registry cruft carried over, and should I do a clean install instead? (A clean install would involve many hours more work)
posted by Bugbread on Sep 1, 2015 - 9 answers

Managing photos in a post-Picasa (?) world

What next for Picasa? We've been using Google's free image manager since its inception and have accumulated nearly 130,000 pictures (330GB), along with associated favourites, edits, crops, etc. But Picasa isn't supported on Windows 8.1, let alone Windows 10, so what's next? [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Sep 1, 2015 - 14 answers

Create a bootable USB repair stick?

Fixing a computer for a church friend. I'd like to easily create a bootable usb stick from my other computers... windows and mac... but everything I've read makes it seem like a daunting process. Is there a utility out there to easily burn a rescue usb stick ? thanks.
posted by toastchee on Aug 23, 2015 - 7 answers

Starting fresh

Recently I performed a clean installation of Windows 10 (which, by the way, I very much like despite not-so-subtle bugs creeping up a tad more than I'd like) and would like app and Chrome add-on recommendations. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Aug 14, 2015 - 10 answers

What can I do with my laptop's smartcard reader, at a hobby level?

My laptop has a smartcard reader (writer?). I'd like to use this but it seems they are the domain of government IT and corporate enterprise solutions - I can't find much info to help a curious hobbiest get started or do anything with it. Is there smartcards-for-dummies info out there? What fun (or security-related) things could I do with a smartcard reader? [more inside]
posted by anonymisc on Aug 11, 2015 - 2 answers

Windows PC - Software and Settings for Young Child

I'm looking for suggestions for re-purposing a Windows laptop into a child-friendly PC (for a 6-year-old), for entertainment and development of computer skills. Suggestions for Windows settings and/or child-friendly shells, parental controls, age-appropriate software, and any other ideas for getting the most out of a young child's first computer. [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Aug 9, 2015 - 1 answer

What, in 2015, are the best app options when it comes to video editing?

When watching YouTube I often can't help but feel that I'm the only person in the world who doesn't use video editing software. I often rip and encode videos but I've yet to delve into the world of video editing. Mostly I want to remove 'mistakes' and extraneous stuff from videos of myself speaking. My requirement are that the apps are Windows-compatible. Freeware and payware apps are welcome. It's preferable that the apps are light on resources and noob-friendly, but these aren't requirements.
posted by GlassHeart on Aug 3, 2015 - 11 answers

Is DVD Maker (or a DVD maker) in Windows 10?

Is DVD Maker (or a DVD maker) in Windows 10? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Jul 31, 2015 - 2 answers

Is this what a hard drive does when it's dying?

All of a sudden since yesterday my computer has been practically unusable. I originally thought that Windows Defender was going crazy because everything had ground to a halt but I could still see it accessing files via the resource monitor. I eventually killed it, but nothing improved. I'm starting to think my hard drive is dying but I've never had a problem like this before. [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Jul 23, 2015 - 6 answers

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