My laptop runs Windows 7. Windows keeps pestering me to upgrade to 10. Should I or shouldn't I? [more inside]
It is possible to clone a hard drive from a failing computer, put that disk image on a drive in a NEW computer, and expect the installed software to just work? [more inside]
Hello metafilter, Lately I'm becoming more and more of a power user of my computer (Windows 10) and tweaked a lot of things to my liking. And it's been great. Now I am looking for improve my tabs/programs/desktop workflow. Any help? [more inside]
I'm trying to change my theme on Windows 8.1, but every time the computer goes into sleep mode it resets the theme when it wakes up. How do I stop this from happening? [more inside]
I really like developing with docker, I can get a nice clean install of everything on every build, while also being able to spin up a production environment locally (load balancing, SQL cluster, etc.). What's the closest I can come with Windows? And I don't mean the new pre-release container features (unless those work without a whole lot of caveats), I need something I can use. [more inside]
How do I reset it to factory defaults? [more inside]
I have an 8 year old MacBook Pro, an 8 day old Windows 10 desktop, and 26 thousand photos. Help me improve my life/workflow. [more inside]
Are there any simple freeware apps that can do private direct file large file transfers or directory transfers over the internet between two windows computers on home networks without the third party storage or the limits of solutions like dropbox, google drive or live drive? [more inside]
I have a Mac-formatted external hard drive full of music, and no Mac to use it with. How do I get the stuff on it somewhere usable? [more inside]
I know Linux, I don't know Windows. On Linux, I routinely create a separate /home partition on its own drive. [more inside]
Is there a way to apply colour to folders on a file server? Preferably colours are only visible to me, not to other users accessing the server. Using Windows 7 machines.
About a year ago I made the mistake of building a computer myself. One motherboard and 12 months later, I have a crash that happens consistently in Windows but never in Linux. [more inside]
I ended up with the responsibility of managing the computers at our office. For a ten person staff with fairly simple computer needs -- only a couple of us routinely use anything more complex than Microsoft Office -- is Windows 10 the right choice yet? [more inside]
Hi all, I have a Lenovo 'PC on a stick'. It runs windows 10 and I would like to use my iPad as a primary display for it using the Duet app on iOS but it seems like in order to connect you have to go in and activate Duet on the PC first - which is a sort of catch 22 because I need a display in order to do that. Any ideas on how I could make Duet 'activate' as soon as the PC boots up and connect to the app on my ipad?
My PC has been infected with malware. I'm afraid to even turn it on because when I do, it tries to install a bunch of mystery files. What should I do? [more inside]
I'm connecting to a laptop HD with an enclosure and trying to recover some files from it. The highest priority are the owner's Firefox bookmarks and saved passwords, since apparently some of those passwords are unknown beyond being saved in this Firefox install. I would just boot the HD, log into Windows, and go look, but while it's perfectly mountable, Windows becomes unresponsive after a short time of trying to actually run from the drive. What files do I need to be looking at, and how do I actually use them?
I (probably ill-advisedly) left my computer to be used by a family member for a few months. Upon returning, there are a number of folders missing, and other folders have had their names lowercased. What? The interim user swears up and down that they've no idea how it happened- and they are a mid-to-very competent computer user. It's all backed up and therefore safe, but those files are simply gone for no apparent reason. So what sort of gremlin 1) deleted files and 2) lowercased some folder names? [more inside]
For various tl;dr reasons summarized within, I would like to have a laptop that has no internet access. Changing settings, using internet filters, etc. are not an option. I need a laptop that has no hope whatsoever of connecting with the internet. I've tried to do this myself with my tiny brain and limited experience and failed. Can you help me? [more inside]
There’s something wrong with the building I live in. Something causes all the rain which runs off the building to sheet over a single pane of one of the windows in the back of the house. So in every significant rainstorm, rain gets in. Is it the gutters? The siding? Even if I am completely wrong and the window is defective, what can be done about the sheets of water? [more inside]
I got Nylas N1 for Windows today. Looks pretty, seems cool for developers, but is there any way I can use it? [more inside]
I've got a Lenovo Thinkpad T400, which I bought a number of years ago. (Apparently they were built like tanks as I've only had to replace the fan and it's still going strong.) I'm on a tight budget and though the new Surface Pro 4 is pretty amazing, I just can't justify the cost. I'm skeptical on security arguments--are there any other substantive reasons I can't just keeping going with "tried and true"? [more inside]
Unlike the Mac and mobile platforms, Windows 7 doesn't have a native Twitter app other than Tweetdeck. But it appears that it's no longer available and only a web-based version of Tweetdeck exists. Is that the case? What else is there?
I'd like to find a program that would play some pre-recorded or pre-programmed drum beats in various styles at user-defined tempos to practice playing music with. Something online would be OK but I'd prefer a freestanding Windows OS program. I don't want to have to use a sequencer to create my own beats. I'd just like to be able to pick a style and a tempo and let it go. Basically a more-interesting metronome. [more inside]
Please tell me all you can about replacing my home's windows. [more inside]
My sound stops working when I plug headphones or speakers into the headphone jack. I've tried troubleshooting but it says nothing is wrong. [more inside]
I just found an uninsulated boarded up window in my condo [more inside]
Network help needed... simple guide or checklist preferred. How do I make Windows 7 and Windows 10 talk to each other? [more inside]
I'm trying to upload a word document with significant text formatting to a website that will only accept .doc and .docx. The problem is, I'm on a Mac and I know from experience that my formatting is likely to get horribly messed up if viewed in Windows. Is there some way to check how my document will look on a Windows machine without actually having access to Microsoft Word on a Windows machine?
Just a quick poll here: I have an older Windows XP machine that I never installed any Adobe products on, but now my wife wants to use that computer and *needs* to edit pdf files (nothing fancy). Should I upgrade to Windows 10, just so I can get the latest greatest Adobe pdf editor? Or try some sketchy PDF editor that still supports XP? Or..?
In the past, every time I've upgraded Windows (3.11 to 95 to 97 to XP to 7) I've done a clean install. For the first time, I'm considering upgrading (to Windows 10) with an in-place (overwrite) installation, not a clean install. My Windows 7 has been acting badly lately, probably due to various registry cruft. Does an in-place install take care of that, or is all the registry cruft carried over, and should I do a clean install instead? (A clean install would involve many hours more work)
What next for Picasa? We've been using Google's free image manager since its inception and have accumulated nearly 130,000 pictures (330GB), along with associated favourites, edits, crops, etc. But Picasa isn't supported on Windows 8.1, let alone Windows 10, so what's next? [more inside]
Fixing a computer for a church friend. I'd like to easily create a bootable usb stick from my other computers... windows and mac... but everything I've read makes it seem like a daunting process. Is there a utility out there to easily burn a rescue usb stick ? thanks.
Recently I performed a clean installation of Windows 10 (which, by the way, I very much like despite not-so-subtle bugs creeping up a tad more than I'd like) and would like app and Chrome add-on recommendations. [more inside]
My laptop has a smartcard reader (writer?). I'd like to use this but it seems they are the domain of government IT and corporate enterprise solutions - I can't find much info to help a curious hobbiest get started or do anything with it. Is there smartcards-for-dummies info out there? What fun (or security-related) things could I do with a smartcard reader? [more inside]
I'm looking for suggestions for re-purposing a Windows laptop into a child-friendly PC (for a 6-year-old), for entertainment and development of computer skills. Suggestions for Windows settings and/or child-friendly shells, parental controls, age-appropriate software, and any other ideas for getting the most out of a young child's first computer. [more inside]
When watching YouTube I often can't help but feel that I'm the only person in the world who doesn't use video editing software. I often rip and encode videos but I've yet to delve into the world of video editing. Mostly I want to remove 'mistakes' and extraneous stuff from videos of myself speaking. My requirement are that the apps are Windows-compatible. Freeware and payware apps are welcome. It's preferable that the apps are light on resources and noob-friendly, but these aren't requirements.
Is DVD Maker (or a DVD maker) in Windows 10? [more inside]
All of a sudden since yesterday my computer has been practically unusable. I originally thought that Windows Defender was going crazy because everything had ground to a halt but I could still see it accessing files via the resource monitor. I eventually killed it, but nothing improved. I'm starting to think my hard drive is dying but I've never had a problem like this before. [more inside]
I need to create more (some) airflow in my apartment. I will be using fans. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
What are these peculiar protuberances in three windows of a Manhattan skyscraper? [more inside]
I recently had an SSD installed and upgraded to Windows 64-bit, which sped my mid-2011 27" iMac up dramatically. It's extremely exciting--I'd assumed I'd have to buy a new machine this year. Are there any other helpful tips out there for getting the most out of this nice piece of equipment and prolonging its lifespan? [more inside]
I have a desktop at home and I need to get a laptop that I can carry with me to campus. I only need it for email, reading articles, and writing. I'd go with a Chromebook in a heartbeat, but I'm very concerned about being unable to edit documents if I can't get online. Cost and weight are major factors as well. [more inside]
Given that the replacement windows are otherwise of similar quality, does one material provide an advantage over the other? Or will short / long term performance be essentially the same?
I have, over time, acquired a handful of external USB hard drives. Terabytes full of stuff... The problem being, I don't really want to pay to have them on all the time, if I don't need them. It occurs to me it would be nice to have a simple, elegant way of having your computer keep an index, of sorts, of what you store on your external devices, even if those devices aren't powered up... and then having it either power the device up, or prompt you to do so, in order to access the files you need. Is there a Windows-friendly solution for something like this?
I make Windows videogames, and my latest engine doesn't let you select screen resolutions. I could change it so it does, but I'd rather make a small program that first lets you choose resolution (and set fullscreen and such), then launches the game app. But then wait (I said in my head), hasn't someone already created this launcher tool? Please help me out. Have they? [more inside]
For a while now, whenever I (or any program) tries to use cmd.exe, it will cause my computer to slow down to a crawl and partially freeze (the mouse still works). What could be causing this and how can I fix it? [more inside]
I'm looking for a new Windows laptop, but pretty much everything that I've tried out has a keyboard that just suuuuuucks for me. Please hope me find something I won't detest typing on? Because, um, typing strings of words in succession is sometimes relevant to my interests. [more inside]
I am hoping to be able to install Windows 8 on my Mac so that I can do a few work demos; I will be using Windows with only MS Office installed, and using it perhaps once a week at most. [more inside]
I need a new or refurbished Windows computer. Please help me to choose one. [more inside]
I have no a/c in my bedroom but a lovely crossbreeze. Complication: dust. Do HEPA filters work when windows are open? [more inside]