I currently don't have any version of Windows installed on my PC (it's a Mac). I would like to install Windows on a Bootcamp partition. I noticed that Microsoft has a special offer
where they are selling a Windows 8 download for $40 through Jan. 31. That's a good price for me. The possible catch: Microsoft seems to be saying that I need to have an earlier version of Windows installed in order to use that download. I can't quite tell whether they are serious about this.
Do I really need to have a preexisting Windows install to take advantage of the $40 Windows 8 offer? [more inside]
posted by grobstein
on Jan 19, 2013 -
How might I recover an Office 2010 product key from a Windows install now located on an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by dumbland
on Dec 19, 2012 -
I have a genuine copy of Windows 7 Ultimate which i have previously installed and activated through Microsoft. I wanted to reinstall Windows today but I've found the DVD has somehow been scratched and my DVD drive refuses to read the disc. If i download a copy of Windows 7 from BitTorrent and install it using my genuine CD key, will I get into any trouble? Will it even work? If not, what are my options?
posted by Effigy2000
on Oct 16, 2012 -
I'm trying to customize a default user profile in Windows 7 professional, with the intent of using it to create a mandatory profile. Microsoft requires the use of Sysprep. I am but an intern, and Sysprep confuses me. I can't get Sysprep to run with the command-line switches I need.
The SteadyState replacement saga continues... [more inside]
posted by UrbanEye
on Nov 16, 2011 -
An important, newly ISO-9001 standard form in my office is an Outlook template (*.oft) that we have to fill out. I use a Mac with Entourage. How do I fill out this form? [more inside]
posted by olinerd
on Oct 25, 2011 -
Microsoft Access 2007 form creation question. Hopefully not-too-wrongheaded and clearly described inside. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill
on Aug 4, 2010 -
How do I sync the calendar and contacts between one computer running outlook 2007 and another running windows live mail? [more inside]
posted by nickhb
on May 13, 2010 -
Can I use a Keyspan USB-to-serial adapter with a Windows XP 32-bit application running within XP Compatibility Mode within Windows 7 Professional 64-bit? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Apr 13, 2010 -
I'm preparing a talk for my design studio on the key differences between Apple's Human Interface Guidelines and Microsoft's Windows User Experience Interaction Guidelines. Looking for any resources. [more inside]
posted by jragon
on Mar 31, 2010 -
How do I legally acquiring Windows 7 Professional for a new computer through an academic licensing program? [more inside]
posted by Nameless
on Mar 15, 2010 -
Middle Mouse Button Misbehavin', only on Google, only with IE8! What gives?? [more inside]
posted by Jinkeez
on Mar 3, 2010 -
I am considering buying "Dragon" voice to text software. Many of the audio files I want it to convert, however, are in Quicktime. Neither the packaging or the website (that I could find) say whether it will convert non-Microsoft compatible audio files. Does anybody know?
posted by CollectiveMind
on Feb 28, 2010 -
I want to use Windows 7 in VMWare Fusion on my Mac. Can I use an OEM package or am I obligated to buy a full license? [more inside]
posted by ardgedee
on Feb 19, 2010 -
A local computer repair store has contracts with several local businesses to provide tech support. It was discovered that they have installed illegal software (hacked/downloaded copies of Windows and other Microsoft software) and charged for the full price of the software. [more inside]
posted by newfers
on Feb 1, 2010 -
Is there a Windows utility that will add buttons to the taskbar for windows that normally don't get represented there? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream
on Aug 28, 2009 -
I'm working on a windows 2000 pro machine that is running at 800 x 600 resolution. The monitor supports 1024x768, but in display settings, the resolution slider is all the way. It seems that 800 x 600 is the max resolution. Is there any way I can increase this?
posted by kraigory
on Aug 20, 2009 -
I am currently running Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit on my laptop and am looking forward to stepping up to Windows 7. This
is a great deal that would allow me to upgrade from Home Premium to Vista Ultimate which would then qualify me for Windows 7 Ultimate, right? [more inside]
posted by geekyguy
on Jul 2, 2009 -
When will Windows 7 be standard on new computers and how should this affect my intent to buy a new laptop? [more inside]
posted by jefficator
on Jun 17, 2009 -
I'm thinking of getting one of the new desktop Mac Pros recently announced. I'd like to both run Apple's OS X and also use Boot Camp to run 64-bit Windows Vista on it. The question is: will I be able to use the Mac Pro's keyboard and mouse with Vista? Will I be able to use an Apple Cinema Display with Vista? [more inside]
posted by richg
on Mar 30, 2009 -
The Windows ftp.exe command line program does not support passive mode. Can anyone point me to definitive documentation, preferably from Microsoft, that states this is true? [more inside]
posted by Roger Dodger
on Feb 13, 2009 -
How do I increase the size of the font in my viewing pane without effecting outgoing mail in Outlook 2003? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy
on Feb 4, 2009 -
I've got a bunch of (important) single .msg files that I want to read on my Mac (10.5.x). Any advice? Any tool that converts entire mailboxes doesn't seem to apply, and the only dedicated .msg reader
I could find is broken. Renaming as .txt doesn't work either. Nor does Emailalchemy or NeoOffice. Help!
posted by Coherence Panda
on Dec 15, 2008 -
I'd like to create a simple program that would modify the phone numbers in my MS Windows and MS Outlook Address Books (reason is we got new area codes). What is the simplest programming language on windows and best way to get this done by directly accessing the address books (without exporting to CSV)? [more inside]
posted by mrbloo
on Aug 13, 2008 -
How can I turn a long list of hyperlinks into either a list of filenames in Windows Explorer or a list of Favorites in Internet Explorer? Say I have 1,000 hyperlinks in a list so it is 1,000 entries long (could be in an Excel file, a Word file, or on a web page). I want to have these 1,000 hyperlinks as Favorites, which seems to be the same as converting them from the content of one file to the file names of 1,000 files. I can manually save each hyperlink as the name of a file, but if there are 1,000, and if they need to be updated every week, that would be a killer. I need an automated solution.
posted by Wagging Dog
on Jun 2, 2008 -
Form Controls in Word 2007
: OK, I created a form with Rich Text and Drop-Down List controls. The controls appear within a table. The question is, how do I get the resulting text (once the form is filled in) to appear in black, not gray? [more inside]
posted by freudenschade
on Apr 10, 2008 -
I checked "Don't ask me again" when dragging one artist into another in WMP11 on vista in order to change all the names from one to another (to combine "the beatles" and "beatles" into one, in this case), expecting it to just do it without asking in the future, but now I've lost this functionality altogether. How can I re-enable it?
posted by lrodman
on Mar 22, 2008 -
Is it possible to trim Vista Breadcrumb sections so that the breadcrumb bar doesn't clip off most of the path in long titles? I.e. anything over say, 10 characters gets cropped, so that long paths can be shown?
Also, is there a way to fix the glitchy second row of tabs in firefox? I want the second row of tabs to have the same height as the first, so that graphics don't go all screwy.
posted by lrodman
on Mar 13, 2008 -
Any one know if you can limit MS's Foldershare app to only sync certain filetypes (say .mp3 only). I am trying to sync my music collection between 2 PC's but I've hit the 10000 file limit. These folders include the .jpg album covers that media player downloads when updating an album. I would rather sync just the .mp3 files and have each PC download the album art so I can stay under the 10000 file limit. Thanks.
posted by schleppo
on Sep 20, 2007 -
I see that Microsoft has quietly dropped IP networking over Firewire/1394 from Windows Vista. Is there any possible way to enable it, using third-party drivers or software?
posted by nervestaple
on Aug 4, 2007 -
I want to set up a system where Windows will watch a folder for any Office 2007 files and then automatically convert them into Office 2003/2004 files. [more inside]
posted by sammich
on Jul 26, 2007 -
I'm not so good with the computer. The info on a program I want to run says: "Run from the Command Line." What is a command line, and how do I find this mythical place? [more inside]
posted by wtfwjd?
on Jun 11, 2007 -
Where can I buy (or otherwise acquire) a legit copy of Windows 98 SE these days? [more inside]
posted by phaded
on Jun 11, 2007 -
WindowsFilter: Please help me find examples or reports that state that it is recommended / required that machines running Windows be rebooted from time to time. [more inside]
posted by Industrial PhD
on May 18, 2007 -
How do I restore the graphic and text on my Start menu to the Windows default?
posted by gfroese
on Apr 2, 2007 -