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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

How to fix corrupt fonts?

Windows 7 sfc (System File Check) cannot repair certain files. What are my options (short of re-installing Windows)? [more inside]
posted by smallbunny on Feb 26, 2011 - 5 answers

The Switch Back

ComputerBuyingFilter: My beloved iBook is on his last legs. I haven't owned a Windows computer in nearly 7 years, but I'm considering buying one as my next computer. What would you tell a longtime Mac user who's considering going Windows? [more inside]
posted by kagredon on Feb 11, 2011 - 19 answers

Why did I suddenly go all VGA?

How did my laptop's display driver suddenly cease to exist? [more inside]
posted by thehandsomecamel on Feb 8, 2011 - 4 answers

Taxes are problematic, but this is ridiculous.

Help me get rid of the "Windows Could not Connect to the System events notification service" error. (Warning - you will need to dumb down your answers a little.) [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Feb 7, 2011 - 4 answers

How do I tweak Windows 7 to make it behave more like XP?

How do I tweak Windows 7 to make it behave more like XP? [more inside]
posted by Perplexity on Jan 26, 2011 - 8 answers

OS and a Browser, Two Bits

Will Chrome or Firefox play nicer with my Win-7 64 bit computer than IE 8 is? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Jan 14, 2011 - 15 answers

Make CS3 and Windows 7 64bit play nice.

I am trying to get the Adobe CS3 design premium suite working on my Windows 7, 64-bit gaming computer, which meets and exceed CS3's minimum specs. The install went fine, and I know the disks are good as they worked on my old (dead) XP computer. Most of the programs (Bridge, Flash, etc.) will open a process, but not actually open anything on the screen. Photoshop will open, but all that appears is the gray background, and the menu bar. It hangs immediately. It won't even open the Photoshop "loading..." splash/credits screen. How can I get these programs running? (Yes, I tried googling it, and no, it isn't a TWAIN issue).
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jan 14, 2011 - 11 answers

Looking for a decent image uploading program with shell integration for Windows 7

Where can I find a regularly updated, small footprint, and reliable image uploading program with shell integration for Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by apip on Jan 13, 2011 - 1 answer

Where are these files?

Files from a previous install of Windows 7 seem to be between worlds - they are taking up space on my hard disk, but I can't see them in the file explorer? How can I get them to show up? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Jan 9, 2011 - 4 answers

Windows7 to Mac music files

How do I get my music files from an external hard drive formatted for my Windows7 PC to another external hard drive to be played through our Mac Book Pro? [more inside]
posted by txmon on Jan 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Troubleshoot black screen & cursor Windows 7 installation

Fresh install of Win 7 HP passes flag logo animation but stops at black screen with moveable cursor. Troubleshooting help? [more inside]
posted by alexandermatheson on Jan 5, 2011 - 10 answers

Reinstall or clean up?

My Windows 7 reinstall has saved all my XP files, which I really didn't want it to do. Can I delete them all without having to install the whole darn thing again? [more inside]
posted by rubbish bin night on Jan 5, 2011 - 7 answers

Win7: "Hibernate" Scheduled Task Runs Even When Missed

I have, to aid in not permitting myself to stay up too late, set Windows 7's Task Scheduler to automatically hibernate at a certain time in the evening that varies according to weekday. However, if I manually hibernate the system beforehand (i.e., go to sleep earlier than the deadline), when I wake it the next morning, it hibernates shortly thereafter. However, importantly, I do not have the "Run task as soon as a scheduled start is missed" checkbox turned on. I've seen this, but Richard's suggestion of only letting the task run after a certain idle period – I don't think it'd be suitable as I don't want activity (either mine or the computer's) to be able to push things past the deadline. Any ideas as to what I can do?
posted by WCityMike on Jan 5, 2011 - 10 answers

How can I make pirated Windows 7 legal?

I have remote staff in a dozen different countries, and many of them have installed pirated copies of Windows 7 on organizational laptops. We're trying to make sure all organizational computers are using legal licenses. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by drycleanonly on Jan 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Legally reinstalling Windows 7 without the disc

How can I replace the hard drive on my laptop and then get the operating system which I legally have installed right now back onto it? [more inside]
posted by brenton on Jan 2, 2011 - 14 answers

What sound driver do I need and why didn't Apple include it?

How can I get the sound to work on my MacBook Pro (2010 6,2 model) when I use Windows 7 (64 bit) via BootCamp? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Dec 23, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me repair Windows 7 booting from a USB thumb drive

My netbook refuses to start in Windows 7, though it will boot into Ubuntu from a USB thumb drive. How can I repair Windows' startup from outside of Windows and/or booting from a thumb drive? [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack on Dec 13, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me defeat Bill Gates's attempt to assimilate me into his paperless dystopia!

I just installed Office 2010, and now any time I want to print something, my computer defaults to sending the document to OneNote instead of to my USB-connected printer. Help! [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Dec 11, 2010 - 3 answers

Windows not booting up after hardware change.

I have a problem with Windows 7 startup after I made some hardware changes. The computer won't boot automatically and I'm hoping for some suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Mokusatsu on Dec 5, 2010 - 5 answers

IE6 on a Mac?

What is the best way to run IE6, 7, 8, and 9 on a 2010 iMac for web design and testing purposes? [more inside]
posted by bonsai forest on Dec 2, 2010 - 11 answers

"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

Suddenly receiving this error every time I try to open a program: "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item." On Windows 7, using an admin account... [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Nov 27, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me make my network work!

Help please. I consider myself pretty capable when it comes to computers and the internet and networks, but I can't fix this. I have two Windows 7 laptops and one Mac laptop with an older Airport Extreme and a brand new Arris WBM760A modem that won't play nice. [more inside]
posted by evilbeck on Nov 25, 2010 - 7 answers

Disc Not Detected

I'm trying to install a game on my Win7 PC. The DVD drive isn't seeing the disk. How do I get it to recognise the damn disc? Pertinent info inside. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Nov 23, 2010 - 11 answers

OK, who sunset my computer?

Why do my screens attached to my DELL laptop running Windows 7 turn a slightly orange hue every day at 4:45pm until I shut down and restart? [more inside]
posted by metajc on Nov 22, 2010 - 2 answers

Can you help me decide how to build my home theater?

Yet another Can you help me decide how to build my home theater question [more inside]
posted by Fiat124 on Nov 13, 2010 - 10 answers

Why does a Windows 7 library's default save location depend on how it is accessed?

Why does a Windows 7 library's default save location depend on how it is accessed? [more inside]
posted by Rat Spatula on Nov 2, 2010 - 4 answers

Remap Windows 7 volume controls?

How can I set up global hotkeys in Windows 7 to change the volume? [more inside]
posted by sophist on Oct 31, 2010 - 2 answers

Did Zune kill my Radiostar?

Massive unintended file deletion? I had almost my whole CD & LP collection digitized on a Maxtor OneTouch 750Gb drive. Last week, I installed Zune software on my Windows 7 PC, and all of a sudden, those files are gone, daddy, gone from the drive. Hope me recover my files! [more inside]
posted by beelzbubba on Oct 29, 2010 - 7 answers

Windows 7 corruption issues.

Two possibly related Windows 7 issues occuring simultaneously: corrupted /AppData/LocalLow/Microsoft/ folder and random chimes. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Oct 28, 2010 - 2 answers

Maintaining encrypted network backup on Win 7

Have 2 Windows 7 Pro computers. PC1 is my primary workstation, and PC2 I've been using with the TV for WMC/Hulu. I wanted to start using PC2 to backup the data on PC1, but PC2 is always logged in to record tv or play recordings. How do I ensure that data that I backup to PC2 is only visible/modifiable to PC1? [more inside]
posted by palionex on Oct 28, 2010 - 3 answers

Copy Windows Install Discs for Back-up

Exactly how do I rip (or burn) copies of the Windows XP, Vista, 7 install discs? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Oct 22, 2010 - 11 answers

Windows 7 behaves in mysterious ways

Synaptic Touchpad in Windows 7 scroll "wheel" stopped working with no apparent cause. [more inside]
posted by fuq on Oct 22, 2010 - 3 answers

Windows Mesh won't run on XP... options?

I'm looking for a good solution for syncing files across several computers with several users. Something like Windows Live Mesh, except I can't use that because several of the computers run Windows XP, which Mesh doesn't support. [more inside]
posted by Mokusatsu on Oct 19, 2010 - 9 answers

Should I use Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 for my home theater pc?

Should I use Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 for my home theater pc? It will also function as a server. [more inside]
posted by dvrcthewrld on Oct 18, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me keep my start menu organized whether Windows 7 likes it or not.

Why don't the programs on my start menu in Windows 7 stay where I put them? I keep my programs organized in categories: office software, stats, hardware, media, etc. yet whenever I reboot some programs have jumped back out on the top level of the programs list. How do I stop this? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Oct 15, 2010 - 9 answers

it makes me miss vista

Please help me with my new computer's unwanted text re-sizing issues. [more inside]
posted by Iron Rat on Oct 15, 2010 - 7 answers

How many gigawatts does it take?

Can I load Windows XP Professional on this new Windows 7 machine? [more inside]
posted by bradly on Oct 6, 2010 - 18 answers

Is there virtual machine software that plays nicely with dual monitors?

Is there virtual machine software that plays nicely with dual monitors? [more inside]
posted by aloysius on the mixing boards on Oct 3, 2010 - 9 answers

Is Microsoft really gonna make me pay for piracy?

Am I really gonna get busted for using a pirated copy of windows 7? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Oct 2, 2010 - 33 answers

How can I connect my desktop to the internet using my laptops wireless connection?

[interwubsfilter] How can I connect my desktop to the internet using my laptops wireless connection? [more inside]
posted by sarastro on Sep 25, 2010 - 3 answers

Unable to pin items to the taskbar

In Windows 7, why can't I pin items to the taskbar? [more inside]
posted by sbutler on Sep 15, 2010 - 2 answers

Windows 7 Aero Themes?

Please recommend some good non-spammy sites that host Windows 7 Aero themes. [more inside]
posted by waraw on Sep 13, 2010 - 1 answer

What wierd thing happened while creating Windows 7 restore disks?

A friend has a new Asus Essentio CM5671. He first transferred his data files to the new machine. Then, while trying to create the Windows 7 restore disks, he appears to have somehow reset the computer to its factory state, restoring all the crapware that had been removed and obliterating his documents and data. Any idea how he may have done this and how he can un-do it?
posted by skidoom on Sep 10, 2010 - 4 answers

I'm Game!

Help a mostly non-gamer find fun and satisfying PC games to play. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Sep 10, 2010 - 32 answers

iPad phone home?

I have a new iPad, and I'd like to use it to remotely connect to my PC. Can this be done? [more inside]
posted by po822000 on Sep 6, 2010 - 12 answers

Can Mbox 2 and Pro Tools LE 7.0 work on Windows 7 64-bit?

Can Mbox 2 and Pro Tools LE 7.0 work on Windows 7 64-bit? [more inside]
posted by onich on Sep 4, 2010 - 2 answers

How do I stop my laptop from sleeping?

I want to keep my laptop running when I close the lid, but only when it's connected to an external monitor (via HDMI). When it's not connected to the monitor I want closing the lid to activate sleep. Is this possible? (on Windows 7)
posted by tsh on Sep 4, 2010 - 5 answers

I'm tired of my computer protecting me from the horror of gaming

Windows 7 and StarForce have teamed up to keep me from playing games. Help! [more inside]
posted by umberto on Aug 25, 2010 - 18 answers

Laptop 1 or Laptop 2?

Buying a new laptop, I have worked down to 2 choices. One has Win7 (32-bit) and 4gb DDR2 ram, the other has Win7 (64-bit) with 3gb DDR3 ram. Same price. I don't really know enough about the difference between 32/64bit or DDR2/3 to make a decision. Can you explain the difference and offer advice as to which is best. [more inside]
posted by Petrot on Aug 24, 2010 - 12 answers

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