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How can I clone an XP drive and install that on a Windows 7 system?

I have two laptops, an old XP machine with a dying power supply, and a new Windows 7 machine that could easily store the old XP harddrive. Can I clone the XP drive and make a dual boot system on the Windows 7 machine?
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 26, 2013 - 4 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

Network sync of computers

It’s 2013 Mefi; how do you keep your computers in sync? [more inside]
posted by token-ring on Jan 4, 2013 - 12 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

How to get Win 7 to recognize a large HDD

How can I get Windows 7 64bit to recognize my 3 TB SATA hard drive? BIOS sees it, it works fine under Ubuntu, but it doesn't show up in Win 7's disk manager / storage tool. [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Nov 27, 2012 - 4 answers

It keeps running forever.

My Windows 7 computer no longer turns off properly. If I shut the screen, it no longer sleeps or hibernates, it just freezes. If I go through the start menu to hibernate, it will do so, but the computer is still on -- the power and the wifi lights stay on, it's still running and using battery. This also happens if I go through the start menu to turn off the computer. If I hold on the power key, it will then turn off and restart or resume from hibernation normally when I turn it back on. [more inside]
posted by jeather on Nov 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Using a Mixer w/Audacity to do Interviews on a Landline.

Using a Mixer w/Audacity to do Interviews on a Landline.? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Nov 26, 2012 - 6 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

When I grow up, I want to make music videos

So... I have this dark and fuzzy cheapo camera video of 15 minutes of myself doing yoga. And I'd like to chop it up into one of those funky arty music videos. If you were me, and you'd never ever done anything like that before, where would you start? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit on Nov 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Internet Interruptus

I can connect with my WiFi but not get on the internet. How can I figure out what is going wrong? [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Nov 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Windows boots from the wrong drive's bootloader, but is it worth fixing?

I bought a new laptop that has 2 hard drive bays. It came with a hard drive with Windows 7 preinstalled. I bought an SSD, installed Windows and Linux fresh onto it, wiped the old hard drive and used it as a data disk, but something is slightly out-of-whack in the boot sequence (and a partition is marked "System" when it really isn't). Is it worth fixing? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk on Oct 24, 2012 - 15 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

How to keep a new computer from getting bogged down over time

How can I set up a Windows 7 PC to be clean and stay clean? I don't want file bits and temporary files to clog it up, I don't want a million image files the size of a dot. I don't want this computer to run like molasses after a few years of web browsing and use. What is the best way to do that? [more inside]
posted by cashman on Oct 12, 2012 - 20 answers

Looking for a new or different High School math test generator, and Apple programs or apps for use in the classroom

I'm looking for software for a high school math teacher: first, a better/newer test generator, and second, in-classroom programs, bonus points for apps for an Apple laptop and/or an iPod touch. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Back me up on this

What are the best backup solutions for Windows 7 these days? Looking at all types of backups - whole system restores including installed programs, manually/automatically copying data to a second hard drive/flash drive/SD card, and cloud storage. [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Aug 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Powerpoint tabs like they used to be

Powerpoint Windows 7 -- I'd like the slide show to be a separate tab on the task bar the way that it used to be in xp.
posted by notned on Aug 21, 2012 - 1 answer

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

Best way to upgrade to a Solid State Drive?

What's the best way to go about installing a solid state drive in a new laptop? (And is this even a good idea?) [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jul 30, 2012 - 12 answers

Safe, easy, preferably free way to get hot corners in Windows 7

I want OS X Exposé-style hot corners in Windows 7. Is there any alternative to Hot Corners or LiveEdge? [more inside]
posted by limeonaire on Jul 21, 2012 - 1 answer

Need lots of win7 arcade Games for 3rd world, non-english, non-computer savvy 10 year olds

Where can I download lots of win7, laptop compatible arcade-ish games for non computer savvy, non English speakers with no internet. Can't you buy a bundle of like 400+ classic arcade games from somewhere? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Jul 5, 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

Please help me set up a new Windows computer the correct way.

Please help me set up a new Windows computer the correct way. [more inside]
posted by ratherbethedevil on May 1, 2012 - 19 answers

Computer for editing suggestions?

Need suggestions on a computer build for HD video editing. [more inside]
posted by djduckie on Apr 1, 2012 - 2 answers

What determines where an application window opens in Windows 7?

What determines where an application window opens in Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report on Mar 30, 2012 - 4 answers

What Video Editor Do I Want?

I would like a video editing program for Windows 7 that does the following. I am willing to pay a modest amount, free is good, too. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on Mar 30, 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

Deployment 101

I have 2 weeks to deploy ~60 Windows 7 laptops and desktop workstations. How can I do this with limited/no budget and manpower? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by hellojed on Mar 13, 2012 - 18 answers

Windows7filter: Are there any options under Windows 7 to sort files and folders in explorer without segregation?

I'm looking to sort an entire folder alphabetically by name, but Windows 7 insists on always keeping files and folders separate. There was a solution for XP earlier, but under 7 that option is nowhere to be seen. I'm open to 3rd party file manager solutions, just as long as they don't look like a programmer with ADHD designed it ala.
posted by a. on Feb 22, 2012 - 3 answers

Win7 home-built HTPC shuts down without an error message, why?

My home-made HTPC running Windows 7 shuts down without warning, first after prolonged use playing HD (720) videos with VLC. Then it stopped twenty minutes into an episode, and switching to Media Player Classic seemed to be the answer. Then the computer shut down after about 20 minutes of simply being idle. And there's never a "sudden shutdown" error message when I reboot. How do I diagnose this, or what could be wrong? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 22, 2012 - 20 answers

Help me turn off Windows 7 security

On our kitchen computer, running Windows 7 Home Premium, I would like for me, my loved ones, and our descendants to never, ever, encounter an Access Denied message again when attempting to open a file or folder. Is there something global I can change to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Feb 4, 2012 - 3 answers

How can I get more RAM for our school's slow computers?

How can I come up with 250 sticks of 1GB DDR2 PC2-4200 RAM? (Our local high school has 150 PCs running Window 7 with just 1GB of RAM.) [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Feb 1, 2012 - 16 answers

Open all pinned items on Windows 7 jump lists?

Is there any way to open all of the pinned items on a program's jump list in Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by dubadubowbow on Jan 27, 2012 - 3 answers

What's a good way to share passwords with a team?

What's a good way to share passwords among members of a team? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jan 20, 2012 - 9 answers

OS on SSD, Users on HDD: Did I break Win7?

I have a brand new Windows 7 system with a small SSD and a large HDD for data. OS is installed on the SSD. I manually moved the ProgramData, Program Files/(x86) and Users folders to the HDD. Wondering what I might have broken in the process, and how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Jan 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Windows directories: this is a land of confusion... let's try to make this a place worth installing in

I have questions about how to use the new directory structures we now have under Windows 7 and Vista. [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Jan 10, 2012 - 3 answers

Is there a single Windows based media center platform that does it all?

What are the best ways to watch and record live, broadcast TV in a Windows environment without using Windows Media Center? [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan on Jan 9, 2012 - 8 answers

How can I re-partition a hard drive connected by a USB enclosure when my system won't recognize it's connected?

How can I re-partition a 1.8" hard drive, connected to my laptop via a USB enclosure, when I can't get my computer to recognize that it's there at all? [more inside]
posted by cobra_high_tigers on Jan 5, 2012 - 23 answers

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