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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 - 2 answers

Default Browser Setting, Where Art Thou?

I've decided to switch over completely to Google Chrome, and on my work laptop it's NBD. My home laptop, however, asks me EVERY DAMN TIME I START CHROME if I want to make it my default browser; clicking OK does nothing (Firefox is still the default). More inside... [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Jun 2, 2014 - 9 answers

ArcGIS on a Mac

I am starting a geography class tomorrow and I am trying to install ArcGIS on my computer. I have a Mac... [more inside]
posted by ekf on Jun 1, 2014 - 14 answers

Goodbye, XP...hello photo-optimized desktop?

So. I guess they're finally going to pry XP out of my hands after all. As long as I'm updating, I'm thinking of getting a new desktop which would be used primarily for photo editing and storage. Advice? Special snowflake stuff inside. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Mar 10, 2014 - 11 answers

Windows 8: Help me love it or leave it

I bought a Windows 8 machine last night. Help me decide to follow my impulse to return it to the store or live with it. [more inside]
posted by pointystick on Aug 2, 2013 - 21 answers

How can i play HD video without it horribly stuttering?

Any HD video files i try to play stutter horribly on my new computer, and just generally play inconsistently and in a not-smooth fashion. I've tried almost everything... [more inside]
posted by emptythought on Mar 14, 2013 - 19 answers

About file dates and what they mean...

In Windows 7 or 8 (and maybe before that) if I view the properties of a document, I get all sorts of meta information. I'm interested in the Date created element and a Content created element.... [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Mar 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Use a Mac to install Windows on a formerly Linux nettop box

How do I make a bootable Windows USB flash drive using a Mac? [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Dec 30, 2012 - 7 answers

How can I figure out what this USB device is?

I've got a Windows laptop computer I'm working on that has a small usb device plugged into it, and I can't tell what it is. It has a little red square with an icon of a six-armed gear, and it's one of those low-profile things that only sticks out a quarter-inch or so. I'd almost think it's a wireless mouse receiver, except that this thing also has a wireless mouse receiver plugged in. Is there a program I can run to tell me what USB devices are plugged in?
posted by Pope Guilty on Nov 9, 2012 - 7 answers

ThorConnWndClass is getting serious

ThorConnWndClass is getting serious. Anybody have a solution? [more inside]
posted by aqsakal on Oct 9, 2012 - 15 answers

Is this a terrible idea?

What can and can't you do with Android? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Sep 22, 2012 - 11 answers

What are the essentials for remote computing?

What tech specs are most essential for working remotely via Citrix? Longtime Mac user here, have never bought a Windows machine. I need to buy a laptop to work remotely for my job (paralegal at a mid-size law firm). I will be logged into my Firm's network, and running a variety of software programs off Citrix (iManage Desksite, Filesurf, Word, Hotdocs template manager, Adobe Professional, etc). What key features should I be looking for? Is 8GB of RAM enough? Recommendations for specific brand names are also welcome.
posted by invisible ink on Aug 25, 2012 - 15 answers

Looking for software for windows to tag movies and tv shows media files for itunes.

I had been using a mac to keep my media files and had been using "Ripit" to rip my DVD's and "identify" to tag the resulting files and put into itunes to watch on Apple TV. Due to file space I have moved to a PC running Windows 7 to do this. And while I have found software to rip the DVD's I cannot find software to add the tags such as "synopsis", "cover art", and "episode details"? You suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Me-Fi
posted by ndaguiar on Jul 25, 2012 - 1 answer

Simplify the kids' computer experience

I want to make an elementary school computer lab just work, magically if possible. I am Windows deficient and could use guidance. [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Jul 5, 2012 - 4 answers

eTablet Phone Home.

Windows 7 Homegroup on both my desktop (where it was created) and tablet. Tablet can see desktop just fine. Desktop doesn't even show another member in the Homegroup, when tablet is right there beside it, awake (and with My Docs shared). What gives?
posted by IAmBroom on Mar 3, 2012 - 1 answer

How can I get Windows to work?

My Vista laptop isn't successfully restoring itself to factory condition. [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Dec 30, 2011 - 10 answers

What did I do to my poor computer and how can I undo it?

Crap! My computer is borked and I don't know what to do about it. System Restore can't seem to find Windows, either. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 16, 2011 - 9 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

Denied by my own! Help!

I "don't have permission" to go into the desktop XP folders on my network from my Windows 7 laptop, but the reverse is fine. Help me? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Sep 1, 2011 - 13 answers

What is great and useful windows 7 software?

I'm a new windows user. Recommend awesome software for me to try. [more inside]
posted by Winnemac on Aug 24, 2011 - 29 answers

I need emo music. But I don't have any.

Posted for a friend: iTunes went apeshit, drive has been emptied of music. WTH? [more inside]
posted by iarerach on Mar 26, 2011 - 8 answers

A hard drive is good to find

Recommend an external hard drive? I'm looking for something in the 500GB range, Windows (XP) format, UBS 2.0 or earlier. Thanks!
posted by The Ardship of Cambry on Mar 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Backup!

File backup question for my husband - looking for an easy way to back up a set of files in windows, preferably to a network drive. [more inside]
posted by strixus on Mar 1, 2011 - 10 answers

A fight for my rights!

Please help me retain administrative rights on my work PC. [more inside]
posted by Crotalus on Feb 7, 2011 - 35 answers

Print and be damned

How can I print a graphic nicely from Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by anadem on Dec 1, 2010 - 9 answers

OK, who sunset my computer?

Why do my screens attached to my DELL laptop running Windows 7 turn a slightly orange hue every day at 4:45pm until I shut down and restart? [more inside]
posted by metajc on Nov 22, 2010 - 2 answers

I can't use any operating systems because of Grub. Can any computer experts help me?

I can't use any operating systems because of Grub. Can any computer experts help me? [more inside]
posted by EatingCereal on Sep 30, 2010 - 9 answers

Enterprise Desktop Management Packages?

Looking for a good enterprise desktop management suite for Windows 7, that will allow us to push out updates for all apps, inventory software, etc. [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller on Aug 18, 2010 - 6 answers

Why is UAC so slow to launch?

Why does it take so long for Windows UAC to come up? [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty on Aug 8, 2010 - 9 answers

Good XP disk cloning tool?

What is the best free PC Disk Cloning Software? [more inside]
posted by chris p on Jul 20, 2010 - 15 answers

SP3 installation worries

I've decided to install SP3 on my Windows XP Home version computer. But I've read horror stories about installing on an AMD machine. [more inside]
posted by bryon on Jul 8, 2010 - 12 answers

Area Computer Takes Scheduled Break

My computer reboots itself every 2 hours like clockwork. What's up with that? Minutia under the fold. [more inside]
posted by Freyja on May 25, 2010 - 14 answers

Difference between anti-spyware and anti-virus?

What are the main differences between anti-spyware and anti-virus? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Apr 12, 2010 - 6 answers

IT Help for Epson Thermal Receiprt Printer

Would any IT / library people out there have any suggestions for troubleshooting our (old!) Epson TM T88III thermal receipt printers? We can't get them to work with the new computers... [more inside]
posted by coollibrarian on Apr 6, 2010 - 10 answers

I've Got An Ogre-Slaying Knife! It's Got A +9 Against Ogres!

What's this RPG from the Windows 3 era I'm thinking of? [more inside]
posted by spamguy on Mar 5, 2010 - 15 answers

Windows 7 Enterprise Problems

Install windows 7 install problems + can I install enterprise (with an enterprise key) from an ultimate disk? [more inside]
posted by kraigory on Feb 23, 2010 - 3 answers

Windows event log consolidation application

Does anyone know of a good, free (preferably) or cheap application that consolidates w2k3 server event logs. [more inside]
posted by aacheson on Feb 18, 2010 - 3 answers

Robust Tablet PC - exists?

My laptop (an Acer Travelmate) just gave up the ghost after 3 years and a replaced (but still dodgy) hard drive. Any suggestions for laptops that can handle plenty of travel and being bumped around in bags? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Feb 10, 2010 - 15 answers

Dock recommendations for a 2 year-old Macbook Prop?

I'm trying to make my "main computer" my 2 year-old MacBook Pro instead of my home-built desktop. How can I best do this? Does anyone have any dock recommendations for that MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jan 13, 2010 - 21 answers

Looking for good system monitoring / task scheduling software

Looking for good system monitoring / task scheduling software to run on Windows for server monitoring as well as running custom scripts for keeping track application specific metrics. [more inside]
posted by Nothing on Dec 22, 2009 - 2 answers

Why does fullscreen make old programs look funny on my Windows 7 computer?

When I run some programs in full screen under Windows 7, they either crash or have odd colour effects. [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty on Dec 4, 2009 - 5 answers

How to set a window behind another in windows 7?

How to have a window in the back while another in the front in Windows 7, much like a mac. [more inside]
posted by dolemite01 on Nov 2, 2009 - 8 answers

Why do large file downloads stall (with no error message or any feedback)?

Why do large file downloads stall (with no error message or any feedback)? [more inside]
posted by bradn on Oct 28, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me update my PC / Windows literacy for the 21st Century

I used to feel pretty confident with computers / IT in general (80s child). Now I need a boost to get back up to speed, especially digging around in the OS / filesystem. Recommend me a good book / website / hands-on project? [more inside]
posted by KMH on Aug 6, 2009 - 7 answers

NTFS, I hate you

I have a 300gb SATA drive, NTFS formatted, that has most of my movies & music on it. After a lengthy move and installing a new operating system on a different drive, it's done something I never have seen before: about half the files on the disk point to some random location of the disk, so movie files go to the middle of MP3s, MP3s go to random places in entirely unrelated MP3s, etc. It's a massive mess. I ran the NTFS repair utility (without doing a backup, stupid) and it only had the effect of setting about half of the affected files' sizes to zero. I'm fairly sure at this point it's a lost cause, and I'll save what I can & reformat, but has anyone run into this problem before? Is there some magical way out? What on earth could have caused it?
posted by devilsbrigade on Jul 11, 2009 - 6 answers

why does vista commandeer my machine at random times?

my computer intermittently becomes nearly unusable. google-fu has failed me. help! [more inside]
posted by ripple on Jun 4, 2009 - 14 answers

How to investigate a slow startup process on Windows XP computers on a medium business domain

Is there software or some automated method to audit the entire startup process of a Windows XP computer to find why startup is slow? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on May 15, 2009 - 11 answers

Why do Windows machines get sluggish over time but Macs don't seem to?

What is the specific technical reason Windows machines get gradually more sluggish over time (and without a reformat and reinstall) whereas Macs don't seem to? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on Mar 1, 2009 - 16 answers

How can I tile windows in OS X

How can I easily tile my windows in OS X like I do in MS Windows? [more inside]
posted by creeront on Dec 12, 2008 - 7 answers

Windows Search Questions

Does the "new" Windows Search installed on XP need to have Indexing Service checked on? [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy on Nov 12, 2008 - 4 answers

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