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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

Steal This Focus

Something is stealing focus on my Windows 7 HTPC. How do I figure out what application it is so that I can get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield on Jan 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Windows 7 thinks I am connected to a projector and my laptop screen is black. How can I force it to return to normal?

Windows 7 thinks I am connected to a projector and my laptop screen is black. How can I force it to return to normal? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Dec 30, 2011 - 6 answers

Restore netbook to factory settings

How to restore NB305 netbook to out-of-box state after installing Ubuntu, possibly on the recovery partition? [more inside]
posted by little_c on Dec 27, 2011 - 2 answers

Why is the internet (via ethernet) working on one pc but not on another or a mac?

Internet works on one windows 7 laptop via ethernet but not on a macbook pro and not on another windows 7 laptop. Ethernet is my only option right now, router is not available. I want to fix this particular issue not internet connection sharing (thank you for thinking though). [more inside]
posted by iNfo.Pump on Dec 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Windows 7 unexpected restarts

Windows 7 repeatedly restarting at random. No warning. Nothing in the logs. I'd suspect hardware if it didn't always happen just after processing a load of windows updates. Sometimes a disc check seems to fix it; sometimes I have to uninstall a few updates. Any ideas?
posted by monkey closet on Dec 20, 2011 - 7 answers

What's rummaging in my mp3 library?

What process is modifying my .mp3s in the middle of the night? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Dec 9, 2011 - 3 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

How 'come I can remove a Win(7) system from our domain on the client side without permissions?

How 'come it appears that I can 'remove' a system from our Windows domain (w/ win 7 clients, server 2008 r2) on the client side - without requiring any user name or password that is known to the server? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten on Dec 2, 2011 - 6 answers

Sorting Image Thumbs from a pile

Lazy man's image sort: What is the easiest way to grab this batch of image thumbs from my mysql web database to use on my Windows machine? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on Dec 1, 2011 - 3 answers

OpenOffice's evil twin

What the heck is OpenOffice.fm, and did this download damage my friend's computer? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Nov 24, 2011 - 10 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

Mix-and-match ultrabook

Tell me about your experiences running Windows 7 on a MacBook Air. [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Nov 21, 2011 - 6 answers

How to customize a default user profile in Windows 7. Part of a continuing SteadyState-replacement saga.

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 - 2 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

All my Big Bang songs look the same!

How do I get Windows 7 to display Chinese/Japanese/Korean characters on a non-administrator account? [more inside]
posted by dave99 on Nov 10, 2011 - 1 answer

Need to resize a Windows 7 image backup

Windows 7, 80gb hard drive backup of a laptop - I need to get the machine back up and running, but the largest available hard drive is 40GB - There are files I can lose on the backup to get it down to 40GB, but how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 on Nov 5, 2011 - 9 answers

Which add-on window management utility should I get for Windows 7?

Which add-on window management utility should I get for Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by Perplexity on Oct 19, 2011 - 0 answers

Why did Firefox start losing my login cookies?

Why did Firefox suddenly start losing my login cookies every day? [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish on Oct 19, 2011 - 12 answers

Upgrade Downgrade: Laptop Edition

Getting a brand new Core i7 laptop. How sensible is it to downgrade it to XP? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Oct 10, 2011 - 32 answers

Stop trying to install outlook on my computer!

Windows7 issue: I can't install new programs because my computer is trying to install Outlook (I don't even want Outlook!) I can't cancel the installation--it always starts again and says to run Outlook and set it as the default mail client, then asks for the CD, then keeps trying to install. Help! [more inside]
posted by secretsecret on Sep 27, 2011 - 3 answers

Help me avoid spending way too much time navigating between folders.

Can I revert the behaviour of Common Item Dialogs in Windows 7 to that of Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by t_dubs on Sep 14, 2011 - 1 answer

Different home/away DNS servers

My wireless router's DNS server is always kinda borked for some reason. Google's DNS works great. However, when I connect from campus, Google DNS doesn't work, but the campus DNS servers are fine with me. Is there any way I can tell my Windows 7 computer with one wireless adapter to use different settings for this depending on what wireless network I'm on? (The home DNS does return results, it just periodically starts thinking that Google is Yahoo, Sourceforge is Bing, other such weirdness.)
posted by gracedissolved on Sep 12, 2011 - 6 answers

How can I get IIS's Directory Browser to sort numbers like numbers, and not alphabetically?

How can I get IIS's Directory Browser to sort numbers like numbers, and not alphabetically? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Sep 6, 2011 - 9 answers

Video editing can't be this hard, can it?

Maddening: I have installed virtualdub on my Windows 7 box. I have a .mov file from my camera. I cannot open it and see it. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on Sep 1, 2011 - 6 answers

Document and data recovery after theft

Stolen PC and back up to an external hard drive. How do I restore documents and media to a new PC from a back up? [more inside]
posted by Verdant on Sep 1, 2011 - 2 answers

New "Starfield"?

Has anyone made a solid, stable, fancier, and Windows 7 compatible version of the awesome old Windows XP "Starfield" screensaver? [more inside]
posted by Esefa on Aug 26, 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

Saving xps files as pdf

I want to save documents as pdf files instead of xps files in using Windows 7 print utility. There's a plug in from Microsoft to do it in Office 2007 programs, but I want to do it with other programs, specifically accounting software. Anyone know a plug in to do this?
posted by Keith Talent on Aug 18, 2011 - 9 answers

Please help me make this Russian-speaker's computer work better for her (iTunes, WiFi)

How can I configure WiFi and iTunes on a Windows 7 machine, when not only don't I know much about Windows 7, but the entire user interface is in Russian? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Aug 12, 2011 - 7 answers

iTunes can't locate any of the songs to play, even though they are all there after crash

About two days ago my Windows 7 HP TouchSmart 610 locked up doing I don't remember what and I had to "hard" reboot it (turn off and back on without properly closing it). The main problem that has surfaced since then is my iTunes library can't "locate" any of my songs. If you are an iTunes user, you've probably seen this before when you try to play a certain song and an error window pops up saying "The song blah blah could not be used because the original file could not be found. Would you like to locate it?" iTunes gurus I need your help! More follows... [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy on Aug 1, 2011 - 3 answers

How can I make Adam's profile in to Bobs profile?

How can I migrate a local Win7 profile that is associated with a domain account? [more inside]
posted by MrBobaFett on Aug 1, 2011 - 10 answers

Asynchronous instant messaging doesn't really cut it.

How do I get MS Communicator to pop up when someone is attempting to communicate? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on Jul 28, 2011 - 2 answers

What's the best software for recovering data from an NTFS formatted JBOD drive?

What's the best software for recovering data from an NTFS formatted JBOD drive? [more inside]
posted by Jupiter Jones on Jul 26, 2011 - 5 answers

Custom new folder name pattern in windows explorer

In the Windows 7 explorer context menu, I'd like to add an item under 'new' that's like "New Folder" but instead creates a folder named e.g. 2011-07-26. I have no idea where I'd start; any approaches or software I should look into?
posted by the mad poster! on Jul 26, 2011 - 11 answers

If you transplant the head, is it a brain transplant or a body transplant?

How much pain and suffering will there be if I replace a Windows 7 machine's motherboard, CPU and video card, but leave the hard drives? [more inside]
posted by chengjih on Jul 11, 2011 - 10 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

Liberate my video?

Is there any way to transfer a video off of my Windows phone? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Jun 13, 2011 - 2 answers

Looking for tips, tricks and best practices for installing Win7

I'm reformatting my system and installing Windows 7 my computer this weekend, and I'd like tips, tricks, best practices and the like for setting up a new system. It's been a while since I've "refreshed" a system, and I feel rusty. And my RAM might be failing/faulty. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 10, 2011 - 15 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

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