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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 "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

The "FBI" wants $200 from me.

Can anyone help me with a malware problem in system 7, possibly related to a recent ransomware attack? [more inside]
posted by Huplescat on Jan 30, 2013 - 16 answers

Starting up Windows 7 from scratch (twice)

I'm reformatting the hard drive of my parent's Windows 7 PC to give to somebody. That's all well and good--software is reinstalled, drivers are updated, Windows Update looks happy. When I started the machine for the first time after Windows 7 installation was complete, it did it's standard thing where it asked what the user name was, what the PC name was, basic settings, etc. Is there any way to redo that setup for the new owner when they turn it on for the first time? [more inside]
posted by jroybal on Jan 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Hoping to make my hdd time travel forward

I moved an SSD to a new system. Now I can't access files on the old hdd that were created during the time the SSD was a part of that old system. Can they be brought back to life? [more inside]
posted by peacay on Jan 9, 2013 - 15 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

H61 install hell!

Getting the dreaded "Required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing" during Windows 7 install, but no drivers are working! [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Jan 2, 2013 - 7 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

Truecrypt bootloader overwritten...I think. Data recoverable?

Truecrypt bootloader overwritten - I think. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Dec 29, 2012 - 2 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

Undeletable File in Windows 7

I have a phantom file on my desktop that I cannot delete. It's there and yet it does not exist. Help me get rid of it. [more inside]
posted by dephlogisticated on Dec 1, 2012 - 12 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

Windows 7 text setting gone suddenly tiny

After restarting Windows 7 (SP 1) today, my chosen Small text setting (100% at 100 dpi on a 1920 x 1200 resolution) had been replaced by Medium (125%). Text everywhere looked huge. I switched back to Small, but now a lot of my system text (like title bar text and context menu text ) is extremely small, much smaller than before, and some other text, like the listing of subject headings in my Thunderbird email client and the tab text in Firefox, is also incredibly small. How to get back to my original Small appearance? [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Oct 23, 2012 - 4 answers

Can I Use A Legitimate Windows 7 CD Key with an Illegal Copy and Not Run Foul of MS?

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 - 9 answers

Should Windows 7 be automatically restarting while configuring updates during startup?

Should Windows 7 be automatically restarting *while* configuring updates during startup? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk on Aug 15, 2012 - 6 answers

Duplicate file names... in the same folder

In Windows 7, I have several examples of identically-named files in the same folder. As far as I know, this shouldn't be possible. Any ideas about why this would have happened and how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by FreelanceBureaucrat on Aug 12, 2012 - 13 answers

2 networks, 1 PC

I'd like to select which network interface is used for Internet access on a per-application basis. How do I do this on 64bit Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by ODiV on Aug 8, 2012 - 10 answers

Reassign Mouse Button (program) Function

How can I assign a command to a mouse button so that a .jpg will open in MSPaint? [more inside]
posted by peacay on Aug 4, 2012 - 9 answers

That sounds extreme...

Fraking-Touchpad filter: My Dell Inspiron Touchpad completely ceased to work at all last night. Me and the Dell tech guy ran some diagnostics, and ascertained that it is NOT a hardware problem, it is an OS problem (I have Windows 7). He says my only option (aside from getting a external mouse and using that instead) is to wipe the whole OS and start over. Really? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Jun 18, 2012 - 17 answers

How to flip orientation of a MPEG4 video?

Looking for a simple, free or open source solution to flip mobile phone videos from landscape to portrait (and vice versa), preferable under Windows 7 (64 bits). [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Jun 13, 2012 - 3 answers

We seem to be made to suffer. It's our lot in life. -- friend based tech support

Repairing friend's laptop(s). Will be nuking from space. Which Windows OS version to install? Also, failing wifi on second laptop. *sigh* [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on May 24, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me disable automatic brightness adjustment on my windows 7 htpc.

I use Windows 7 Media Center to timeshift basketball games and it works fine, except that after a commercial break where there is a bright white commercial, the brightness is shifted down, and the subsequent footage is too dark. This happens at record time but I'm not sure exactly what is causing it or how to disable. My capture card is an ati tv wonder 600 pci.
posted by Manjusri on Mar 25, 2012 - 2 answers

Help my computer from its decent into madness...

What the heck is going on with my computer? The Windows task bar suddenly becomes unresponsive and other things suddenly started acting bizarrely. Details within... [more inside]
posted by littlesq on Mar 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Help my computer recover quickly

tl;dr how can I easily identify before and reinstall all of my drivers after nuking my Win7 laptop? [more inside]
posted by bluejayway on Dec 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Computer won't allow some programs to connect

Recently, my computer has decided to be very particular about what it will allow to connect to the internet. Some programs, like uTorrent and Filezilla, can connect fine and have no problems. But things like self-updaters and Flash-based uploading cannot connect. The same thing happens on two different internet connections on two different wireless networks whose configurations have not been changed since before this started (I do not have a wired network to test). I have not made any significant changes to my computer since before this started. I'm running Windows 7 x64 Ultimate. What could be causing the problem? How can I fix it? What caused the problem in the first place? [more inside]
posted by clorox on Nov 23, 2011 - 9 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

Need 64-bit MS Paint install file!

Could anyone provide me with the 64 bit MS Paint install file from Windows XP or Vista? (NO Windows 7!) [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Aug 22, 2011 - 14 answers

Why does powercfg not do what I want in Windows 7?

How can I disable the keyboard Sleep key from a cmd script in Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on Jul 1, 2011 - 4 answers

Repair or brick?

Is my 3+ year old HP Desktop worth fixing? I think it needs a new hard drive, and I plan on replacing OS. Power Supply was replaced 2 years ago, Motherboard replaced 1 year ago, both on extended warranty. [more inside]
posted by batikrose on Jun 27, 2011 - 5 answers

Fix My Computer Pls Thx!

How can I repair my Windows 7 installation without having to reinstall all of my applications? [more inside]
posted by Pants McCracky on Jun 27, 2011 - 11 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

Previous file versions from a previous OS

Windows 7 has been installed over Windows XP and I need access to some files from the old OS, but there are some serious permission issues. [more inside]
posted by charred husk on May 23, 2011 - 4 answers

Slideshow Bob needs help !

I need to make about 3-4 different jpeg slideshows that can be burned to a DVD. Nothing fancy, but it would be nice to add text to the images ( I have Photoshop, so that's not critical), and be able to control the speed (very critical) to maybe 30 seconds per slide/jpeg. Total images would be less than 50. Autoplay a plus. I am using Windows 7, and love simple to use free stuff, but would pay 50-100 if it is worth it. What am I looking for?
posted by lobstah on Apr 23, 2011 - 13 answers

OS X Style Folders in Windows 7?

Is there any way in Windows 7, an application or setting, to get folders to behave like in Mac OS X? I mean specifically the little triangles you can click to expand the folder so you can work with the contents without going into the folder. [more inside]
posted by Pants McCracky on Apr 18, 2011 - 3 answers

Prompted for a username and password when browsing to an IIS virtual directory

Why do I get prompted for a Windows username and password when I connect to a virtual directory under IIS? [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Apr 17, 2011 - 3 answers

VMWare, Windows, Apple...

Installed VMWare Fusion 3.0 on a Mac. Now want to install Windows 7 on the Mac as a virtual machine. Here comes the confusing part. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Apr 7, 2011 - 6 answers

My netbook can't handle the internet anymore.

Recently, after a series of automated updates, Windows 7 (starter) intermittently will not connect to (seemingly) random, but reproducible websites. Other sites just lose all images. Help? [more inside]
posted by nile_red on Apr 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Installing a SSD and Win 7 on an older laptop

Reality check on upgrading my trusty Dell Latitude D820 (Win XP, 2GB) by adding a Crucial 128 GB SSD and upgrading to Win 7. [more inside]
posted by mojohand on Mar 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Folder logic

Please help me create a dated folder (Windows 7). [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Mar 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Windows hardware recognition problem

My computer doesn't seem to recognize attached hardware in Windows XP mode under Windows 7. [more inside]
posted by medusa on Feb 28, 2011 - 6 answers

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