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Why won't my 64-bit Windows 7 laptop connect to the internet/cable modem

I'm having trouble connecting to the internet or to my cable modem. I just bought a used (Dell, 64-bit) laptop. I've been using a Motorola Surfboard SB1501U cable modem plugged in through ethernet on my old (Acer, 32-bit) laptop. I plugged it into the Dell and it immediately connected to the internet. There was a couple of other unrelated issues though, but there is no factory reset option and I thought I'd start with a clean slate. So, I made an installation disk and reinstalled the OS, W7 for a 64-bit computer. Everything went smoothly. But now I can't connect to the internet, either through the ethernet or the USB and installation disk. [more inside]
posted by atinna on Aug 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Connecting to Postgres through Powershell/Changing Username

I'm trying to log on to Postgres using Powershell and it's not working. I did this before a little while ago and now I can't remember how I did it and it's driving me crazy. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jun 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Is it possible to open multiple instances of Excel 2010 in Windows 7?

I want to be able to open multiple instances of Excel 2010 in Windows 7 on a PC. This is the default for opening Word docs but for some reason Excel limits me to multiple windows inside one instance. Is there a way to do this? Challenge: I do not have the ability to edit the registry on this (work) computer.
posted by Wretch729 on Apr 22, 2014 - 12 answers

Where can I purchase Windows 7 (safely)?

Dear HiveMind, I am finally waking up, smelling the coffee ... and seeing that I must say goodbye to XP. My machines are old (but not ancient) ThinkPads - one T60 and three X60s maxed out on RAM (systems built 2006-2008). I'm looking for an honorable seller of Win 7. [more inside]
posted by ferkit on Apr 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Scanning transparencies

This seems to be a harder problem to solve than I expected. My venerable Umax Astra 4450 scanner has a transparency cover -- it has a large area which lights up to scan transparencies and such -- but it doesn't have drivers newer than Windows XP. Running XP is less and less of an option these days. So, I'm shopping for a new scanner with a transparency cover...and I'm not having much luck. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Mar 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Unusual problem with burning music to CD in Windows 7

Since buying a new type of blank CD, I'm having unusual difficulties with burning music to disc using WMP in Windows 7. [more inside]
posted by Dim Siawns on Mar 23, 2014 - 4 answers

Where to find a licensed version of Windows 7 Professional ?

In pushing Windows 8, Microsoft is making it very difficult to find Windows 7: does anyone know a vendor for a legitimate "boxed' version of Windows 7 Professional 32-bit for a single PC? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by cool breeze on Mar 19, 2014 - 7 answers

SSD & system restore

Is there any consensus about whether, on balance, it's tolerable or terrible for SSDs to leave system restore on or off?? [more inside]
posted by peacay on Feb 27, 2014 - 5 answers

New Windows 7 install on SSD needs tweaking

How do I obtain or find the necessary files/drivers etc. to make the new O/S connect to the internet (and generally play nice from day one)? [more inside]
posted by peacay on Feb 10, 2014 - 12 answers

My dad would have known the answer

My dad passed away on Friday, and my mom is eager to get into his computer (Song Vaio running Windows 7) and Blackberry (Bold). Both are password protected. Is there any way to change the password on each without wiping the data? I'm fairly computer literate, and my father will have every software disk he's ever received. We also have access to his email if that helps with the Blackberry. Thanks.
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Feb 9, 2014 - 9 answers

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

One False Keystroke

What am I doing that makes my computer suddenly read all inputs as though the Shift key were pressed, and how do I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Dec 26, 2013 - 5 answers

What is cb9465.msi?

This is a second-hand office computer, running Windows 7. Every time I turn it on, a box pops up asking to install C:\Windows\Installer\cb9465.msi. What is this file, what is it trying to do, and how do I make it stop? The folder C:\Windows\Installer must be hidden, because I can't see it, and Google turns up nothing for the name.
posted by Faint of Butt on Dec 23, 2013 - 8 answers

Vintage IBM keyboard (Personal Computer 5150) sends computer to a halt

I have recently acquired the keyboard for the IBM 5150 Personal Computer. It also came with a DIN-5 to PS/2 adapter, so I plugged into my desktop, and everything screeched to a halt -- typing occurred very delayed from the key presses, mouse became inoperable. Is this the keyboard, the adapter, some software incompatibility, or something else completely? [more inside]
posted by subversiveasset on Dec 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Colorblindness Coping: Colorblindness & Windows 7

The nut of the question/problem is this: When I use high-contrast mode in Windows 7, people are receiving emails from me where the text is blank. Is this because windows 7 changes the font to white for me to see it, and then emails that same font to users who have white backgrounds? How can I fix this? I really don't want to ask for special software accommodation at work. I'm private and would really rather just fix it on my own and move on. Snowflakes abound inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Recommendations for easy-to-learn video games that run on Windows 7

I'd like some recommendations for easy-to-play PC-based video games that an uncoordinated person could enjoy. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Nov 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Old Dog. New Tricks? New computer for kid...buy something I grok or not?

The 6th grader has to have a new computer. (We homeschool and half of the kiddo's classes are online.) I was very happy with the Dell that had Windows 7 (stolen out of the car this morning.) Problem: I am the IT department. I fear the windows 8 learning curve. Do I get the windows 7 laptop (super-easy for me) or do I get the 8 and the touchscreen because that's the newest tech? [more inside]
posted by gravitypanda on Nov 3, 2013 - 11 answers

Getting my batch file to work?

I'm trying to set up a computer for my son. I've got it so instead of launching Windows Explorer, it instead silently loads up a batch file. My problem is working with the darn thing, and getting it to do what I want. Long story short, I want Steam Bit Picture Mode, the VoIP software Mumble, and, if I can, some form of Google Hangouts to load up on computer launch. My current batch file is included after the break. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox on Nov 3, 2013 - 7 answers

Windows 7: copy or output folder, subfolder and filenames as text?

I have a large folder containing dozens of folders, each of which contain multiple subfolders, each of which in turn contain several files; folders, subfolders and files all have unique names. In Windows 7 I can expand all the folders to view the folders, subfolders and files; what I need is a copy-able version of that nested organization of data that I can "paste" or otherwise output into Word or even notepad. Possible? [more inside]
posted by resurrexit on Oct 27, 2013 - 3 answers

What older computer should I buy?

Hi, I want to get a refurb PC running Windows 7 (for occasional use), get one of the beefy, business-use laptops that cost crazy money about 3-4 years ago. Now I see these machines for $200-$300. I near good things about the Lenovo t400 & t61, but I'm open, also wonder if people can suggest places like Newegg, etc., that are good or to be avoided. Thanks!
posted by ambient2 on Oct 19, 2013 - 7 answers

HAL - HP Windows 7

I've seen something that pops up interrupting what I'm doing. It's from HP, it pops up a black box. I may have uninstalled it. Now my friend has the same problem. I want to make sure that I uninstall/deactivate the right thing. What's it called?
posted by notned on Sep 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Unevenly sized icons in Windows 7 taskbar

I'm having an odd issue with the display of the Windows 7 taskbar. [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom on Sep 23, 2013 - 6 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

iTunes 11.0.5, Windows 7, and uneditable preferences.

I am running a fully updated iTunes 11 install on a fully patched Windows 7 machine, and I cannot get iTunes to disable keyboard control. Edit --> Preferences --> Advanced gets me to the check box for "enable full keyboard navigation", but it won't stay off. Related, I suspect, is the lack of track information on the Mini-Player. Everything I've found says that I should turn off Keyboard Navigation in order to get track information to appear on the MiniPlayer. But I can't do that. Is there a secret handshake I don't know, or am I doomed to an only-sort-of-useful MiniPlayer? (and let's not even talk about how the MiniPlayer won't stay on top, even if I've told it "Keep MP on top....")
posted by jlkr on Sep 6, 2013 - 0 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

Looking for PDF signature and watermark programs

What are some good programs that can add a digital signature and/or a watermark to existing PDFs? We're all using Windows 7 computers at work. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Windows Home Server 2003 security certificate?

What changed so that I can't completely control my Windows Home Server? [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Jul 25, 2013 - 6 answers

How to recover / secure missing files from Windows 7 update

Please help my figure out if I can recover any of these lost files from a post-Windows 7 update fest/fix my process and avoid future problems. Rambling inside... [more inside]
posted by J0 on Jul 12, 2013 - 1 answer

Internet slow, but fast in safe mode - reinstall Windows?

I'm having a problem with my fairly new laptop where it seems to be using more Internet bandwidth than it should. In Safe Mode with networking, it works fine. I'm considering reinstalling Windows but wondering if that's the best option and if so, how to go about it. [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Jul 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Firefox zooms in by default. How can I fix this?

Everything in firefox is zoomed in twice by default. Icons in the bookmarks bar are larger than they should be and pixellated. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Jul 1, 2013 - 10 answers

InDesign 6 is giving me a headache - literally

We recently got upgraded to Windows7 here at work. (Yay?) For some reason, everything now looks like crap unless I set my resolution to the "recommended" monitor setting, 1920 x 1200. Which I did. And now the palette labels in InDesign 6 are teeny-tiny. It's especially awful in my long list of paragraph styles. I boosted the default font size through Windows, but that only affects the drop-down menus, not the labels. This is a stupid question but...please hope me! It has proven to be un-Googleable.
posted by JoanArkham on Jun 4, 2013 - 14 answers

Help a longtime Mac user switch to Windows.

I haven't used Windows since the year 2000, but a new job means this longtime Mac user needs to learn how to. A couple specifics related to image editing and task management software plus general words of wisdom/ encouragement requested within. [more inside]
posted by hwickline on May 20, 2013 - 11 answers

Windows 7 Explorer List View, Sorted by Type, Default Keyboard Behavior

I usually navigate my Windows 7 Explorer windows via keyboard. I type the name of a directory, then hit enter to open it. But when the new directory comes up, typing finds the first filename alphabetically, which would be fine if I had my directories sorted by file name, but I do not - they're sorted by file type instead. Once a file is selected after typing the first letter, Windows's selection continues looking in the display order (first by type then alphabetically) but does not wrap to the beginning of the directory, so if I was trying to select a folder and ended up with a file, then I either have to click in the window or wait a few seconds and hit Home to get to the start of the window. How do I change this so it will initially give preference to file type and not just file names? [more inside]
posted by Lakmir on May 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Where can I purchase a non-oem version of Windows 7 Upgrade Pro w/ SP1?

I'm looking to upgrade our XP PC's to Windows 7. I'm having a hard time finding a legitimate source for non-oem Windows 7 pro upgrade with SP1 already baked in. Thanks for any help!
posted by colecovizion on Apr 29, 2013 - 8 answers

Remote Desktop Connection woes

My work computer is a laptop running Windows 7. I am working far from my office this week (as I often do) and I connect to my work server through Remote Desktop Connection. Typically this is pretty much problem-free, but for the last two or three days, when I log in to the server, I am seeing the server's desktop not as a full screen, but in a window about 10" wide on my 17.3" laptop screen. As well, while the laptop's screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio, the window looks to be 4:3. Attempting to resize the window through the Maximize/Restore Down icon avails me naught: I can mouse over the edges of the window and drag it to a new size, but it maxes out at the size that I mention, which covers maybe 60% of the screen's real estate. Numerous reboots and resets have not rectified it and I am at a loss as to how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Apr 24, 2013 - 6 answers

I need Apple Remote Desktop, but for everything else

How do I send a Unix command to a bunch of Red Hat servers at once from Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by the matching mole on Apr 4, 2013 - 16 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

Backup an image of a boot drive to a RAID 1 & perform restoration?

I have a PCI-E SSD as my boot drive, and a win7-created RAID 1 on two 3TB drives. My boot drive has my user folder on it, but my documents, music, pictures, videos, etc folders shortcut to their respectable folders on the RAID. I would like this to be a full redundancy scheme and it is, but I've run into several nags and I would like to know how to fix them and prepare a fix-it plan before any of the drives fails. [more inside]
posted by ihavearedcouch on Mar 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Laptop Gives Error: Operating System Not Found

My friend's laptop runs windows 7. After resetting last night she's getting an Operating System Not Found error during boot. Assuming the hard drive hasn't completely failed, what are the best, simplest tools she can use to either fix the problem or at least get her important data off the drive? She has access to another computer with a cd/dvd burner, an 8GB USB flash drive, and blank cds. She doesn't have access to the system restore disc or anything like that. She can get a blank DVD if that's simplest. I was leaning toward Knoppix as the Linux distribution for a live dvd, but if there's an easier way I'd love to hear it. Thanks.
posted by Green With You on Mar 16, 2013 - 11 answers

Computer recovery after reset to original settings

Computer froze up, only letting me access the recovery manager. Burned 6 recovery disks, then reset to original factory settings. Reinstalled the recovery disks, the program said it was successful, but the files are nowhere to be found. What next? [more inside]
posted by dorey_oh on Mar 12, 2013 - 7 answers

In search of a lasting wireless network solution

After wasting two different off-days trying to get my damnable modem+router working, I want to return them both and get something entirely new. Any good recommendations for a solid, reliable DSL modem and wireless router set-up with decent NAS support? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Mar 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Windows 7 remote desktop annoyance.

Windows 7 remote desktop won't reveal the name of the user logged in. [more inside]
posted by paper chromatographologist on Feb 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Mac->Windows migration for a small office: tips and suggestions?

I've been the all-around IT guy for a small office of 30 for a few years now. We've been primarily a Mac shop this whole time, but new business requirements mean that we'll probably be buying more windows machines going forward. I've been tasked with a pilot program to migrate 1/3 of our office over this year, with the assumption we'll bring everyone else over next year. Details inside: [more inside]
posted by Oktober on Feb 25, 2013 - 9 answers

How Can I Remotely Restart a Program on a Windows 7 Computer?

Any ideas on how I could have one PC listen for a specially formatted packet/etc., and when it detects that packet/etc. shut down a program? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on Feb 25, 2013 - 11 answers

How to save create a Photoshop action to that saves files to server

Previously we used a Photoshop cs5 Action to save images that were already on our Windows file server to another folder on the server. We got a new server. The Action now longer works, seemingly because the path is different, though the drive letter is the same. I've attempted to record a new Action, following the steps in the old Action, but there's a problem. The new action records the name of the file, so all new files saves with that Action are saves names of the file used to record the action. The original action did not save the name of the file used when recording the action. We would like the new action to do what the old Action did How can I get Photoshop to record this action and not save the name of the file, so it can be used by multiple people on different Windows 7 machines? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Feb 20, 2013 - 1 answer

Boost my in-law's WiFi signal (from 1500 miles away)

My father-in-law needs help connecting his Windows 7 laptop to a WiFi network; he is apparently dealing with an interference issue that stops him from connecting while at home. This is complicated by the fact that I am 1500 miles away and will not be able to help in person. He is not tech savvy. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Feb 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Windows 7 and the unseen wireless router

I've been blessed with the task of finding out why my father's windows 7 laptop can't connect to his new Virgin Media Broadband router. The laptop can't find the router, and I can't find a fix... [more inside]
posted by Inner Universe on Feb 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Dealing with Windows 7 and a partitioned hard drive

I have a new Dell XPS computer that has a partitioned hard drive. Apparently, (pre-installed, no disc) Windows 7 is running on the 256 GB portion, not the 2TB partition, which is much too small for all of my documents and music. I've copied some files on to the partition and, not surprisingly, Windows 7 does not see them via My Documents, My Music. How can I make this work as it should? Or is it possible? [more inside]
posted by kthanksbai on Feb 13, 2013 - 7 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 to "copy on drag" text in Windows 7?

I need to copy text between a commercial text editor (TextPad 6.1.3 by Helios) and a home brew program used by my company. When I try to do this now, the highlighted text is moved/cut rather than copied. Is there a Windows 7 or TextPad setting I can use to force the behavior to copy rather than cut the text? [more inside]
posted by moxiequz on Feb 7, 2013 - 5 answers

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