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Windows 8 lockout predicament

On my Win 8 Pro box, I had just one user: sandettie. That was in the Administrators group, of course. I made a new user, sandettieadmin, to split off admin privs to that user. I then took sandettie OUT of the admin group. I logged out, and now it only shows sandettieadmin as an available user. Problem: I immediately forgot the password for sandettieadmin. There is no <-- arrow next to the sandettieadmin user in the login screen. How do I force windows to let me log on as the other user?
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on Oct 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Old computer running XP - Windows Task Manager shows 100% CPU usage.

Does flash show as flash in Windows task manager in XP? - It's invisible even when I play videos which are obviously using flash. Are the resources consumed by flash 'lumped in' with the CPU utilization consumed by my browser as I see it in Task Manager? [more inside]
posted by vapidave on Oct 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Help get my head in the cloud

My company has about 40 employees and five Windows based in-house servers. About half our staff work remotely (using a terminal server) and we have redundant Internet connections. Over the years we have built up a decent data center involving battery backup and tape archival. As I look to the 2014 budget, which would involve upgrading two servers, I have been asked if we should go to the cloud. I'm honestly finding it hard to evaluate this and hope some others may be able to help me improve my pro/con listing. Extra credit for suggestions to evaluate the costs. [more inside]
posted by dgran on Oct 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Repair Master Boot Record?

I have a Windows 7 HTPC that serves as our family's TV/entertainment hub. Recently, the cooling fan on it died a slow death while I wasn't home. The other folks in my home kept re-sarting the machine frantically, until I ended up with multiple drives with (I believe) damaged Master Boot Records. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 6, 2013 - 3 answers

What's a good email checking-and-handling program for Windows?

I use Digsby for checking a bunch of old and secondary email accounts on my Windows system, but that program seems to be defunct and several email accounts no longer work with it. Anyone know a good alternative? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Oct 4, 2013 - 10 answers

Spooky ghost menus in Windows~~~

WindowsExorcismFilter: Seemingly out of the blue, I've started having an issue wherein elements from dropdown/contextual menus in Windows 7 sometimes graphically "hang around" like little Windows ghosts (see bottom right corner). I haven't been able to determine any clear pattern that explains why they sometimes appear. For some reason, they go away if I switch between my monitor and my laptop screen. I've tried installing newer graphics drivers, updating Windows, checking for viruses/trojans, et cetera, but have obviously not solved the issue yet. What's going on here, and how do I get rid of it?
posted by Keter on Oct 2, 2013 - 7 answers

Curtain fabric for maximum light, minimum visibility?

Moving into a new apartment (yay!) with big windows, and I love me some sunlight. The problem is that the apartment is on the first floor and located in a pretty busy area where people will be walking and driving right by my windows a lot. Thus, I want curtains and I'd like to make them myself. My question: what fabric would allow the most light to enter the windows but also provide me with some decent privacy? [more inside]
posted by RingerChopChop on Sep 27, 2013 - 11 answers

Windows Macro Recorder

The macro recorder in Microsoft Excel allows me to automate repetitive tasks with relative ease. Is there something similar that would allow me to do the same thing outside of Microsoft Excel? I'd like to be able to record my keystrokes and mouse movements in a similar way, regardless of which program I'm using. I'm using Windows 7.
posted by Proginoskes on Sep 24, 2013 - 7 answers

Probem synching Outlook, Gmail, Windows 8

Probem synching Outlook, Gmail, Windows 8 hey all, I'm having trouble synching Gmail with Outlook 2007 on Windows 8. It may be because Windows 8 has a mini Outlook app that syncs with Gmail already. I have connected the Gmail account with Outlook, and it is sending and receiving, but strangely about 50% of the messages that go to Gmail online don't go to Outlook, so I'm at only a 50% sync rate. This is quite strange - does anyone know how this may be?
posted by earthwalker7 on Sep 23, 2013 - 1 answer

Windows program that thumbnails photos and videos?

Can anyone recommend a program that reliably thumbnails photos and videos? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Sep 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me find a desktop PC on a budget

My 4-year-old laptop is dying and I want to replace it with a desktop. What is the least computer I could buy now that would still be upgradeable enough that I could keep it and upgrade it for several years? [more inside]
posted by matcha action on Sep 13, 2013 - 19 answers

New games are crashing my computer

My computer started crashing to a black screen a few minutes into any new game. I just got payday 2, and 4-5 minutes into the introductory map my computer would crash to a black screen, I thought it was the game, so then I tried the other new game I just gotten, Saints Row IV, same thing, it let me play for like 10 minutes then the same crash to black screen. [more inside]
posted by Iax on Sep 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Just How Many Generic Host Processes Does One Person Need?

So I'm checking my process explorer and I'll be - but I've got NINE host processes running. Why? Are they all necessary? Is this suspicious? All I have is a pen tablet, browser, AV and ISP going. How do I delve further to investigate? The only reason I'm looking into it is because out of the blue my ISP is majorly lagging and this is just in the last 2 days. SOMETHING is on my tail and I want it off. Thanks for any heads up.
posted by watercarrier on Sep 1, 2013 - 5 answers

How to emulate Android on a Windows PC?

Hello, I recently downloaded an Android emulator called Youwave but am finding it very difficult to use due to small font size. Please could someone explain how to install a reputable Android emulator so I can use Android apps on my Windows PC? Thank you for your assistance.
posted by Musashi Daryl on Aug 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Syncing files on a remote web server with Windows 7

I have an interesting file syncing problem. As part of my responsibilities, I have to keep track of changes in the US export regulations. The Dept. of Commerce makes the regulations available in two formats, HTML and PDF. The HTML versions are oddly formatted so I prefer the PDF versions even if they are harder to search. They're available in PDF on this page. I have been regularly going out to the page and downloading relevant documents that have changed but I'd like to automate this if I can. But there are some gotchas. [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Aug 14, 2013 - 3 answers

Gaming the System

We're building a new PC. We're also an avid gamers. What OS do we want (and/or monitor and mouse/trackpad combo)? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Aug 14, 2013 - 20 answers

Handling Interior Workspace

So, my workspace moved, and I now no longer have access to windows. What can I do to help me not feel disoriented at the end of the day? [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Aug 14, 2013 - 12 answers

How to handle dated 70s window valance?

How do I put window coverings in my bedroom and have it look modern, given the built in valance? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Aug 13, 2013 - 7 answers

How can I install Window 7 on a Mac that has no optical drive?

My goal is to install Windows 7 on a Retina MacBook Pro via Boot Camp. I have an official Microsoft Windows 7 installer DVD (OEM version) that I bought from Amazon. However, the laptop doesn't have an optical drive! How can I get Windows 7 onto there? [more inside]
posted by trevor_case on Aug 8, 2013 - 16 answers

iMac, Windows 7, and fan speeds

I have a 2008 24" iMac that I've used BootCamp to get Windows 7 running. Issue: the fans never come on. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Aug 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Computer locks up at nine every night?

My computer locks up at nine every night. Well, sometimes as early as 8:30. The mouse acts as though it's very nearly out of batteries, (i.e. sits still for minutes on end, doesn't register clicks) and the keyboard doesn't record any keystrokes for long stretches, then types out doubles of every letter. However, if a video is playing, it continues flawlessly, and no processes show 100% utilization. Nor do the performance tab or network tab on the Task Manager show any spikes. [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Aug 7, 2013 - 20 answers

Multiple nested music folders in iTunes, missing music, gah!

While attempting to migrate to a new desktop PC, I discovered that my iTunes library contains multiple, nested "music" directories much like this guy's. Have any MeFites faced and solved this problem? [more inside]
posted by onshi on Aug 6, 2013 - 5 answers

How to use an hdmi cable to connect my pc to my monitor

So I am currently using a VGA cable but would like to use an hdmi cable instead since I figure it would result in better quality. But apparently you can't just plug and play the hdmi cable as with the VGA cable??? [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on Aug 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Windows 8: Help me love it or leave it

I bought a Windows 8 machine last night. Help me decide to follow my impulse to return it to the store or live with it. [more inside]
posted by pointystick on Aug 2, 2013 - 21 answers

Holy Moly! Help Me Fix These Awful Windows Fonts!!

About two years ago, I asked here if or how font rendering in Windows could be improved. None of the answers changed anything. Now, I'm working with a new Windows 7 install and the quality of the font rendering is still poor. Here are the stats: Nvidia 550ti card, with the current driver from Nvidia; Dell U2410 24-inch LCD monitor; Windows is set at the monitor's native resolution 1920x1200; font smoothing is on; ClearType has been tweaked. Font rendering still comes in a distant third behind OS X and Ubuntu systems. With my eyes parked 3 feet away, I can easily see stepped curves in headline characters. The monitor's sharpness is at 30 percent. If I set it higher, individual pixels become obvious. I know Windows takes its own approach to font rendering. But, that does not mean it is designed to make on-screen text look ugly and amateurish. Do people at Redmond put up with this? So... what can be done? I want non-spindly, smooth, clear characters. Can I get them?
posted by justcorbly on Jul 31, 2013 - 17 answers

LionSea Smart PC Fixer: threat or menace?

Is LionSea Smart PC Fixer actual malware, or merely superfluous? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on Jul 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Sure, I know the operating systems...which means what, exactly?

I'm currently filling out a profile on elance.com for web development jobs and am being asked to indicate which skills I possess. Some of the choices include MacOSX and Windows. I've also seen people list these on resumes(used to work in HR) in the same section where they list proficiency in MS Word, or even in a separate section for operating systems, for pretty much every kind of job, not just tech-related. [more inside]
posted by fromageball on Jul 23, 2013 - 6 answers

Windows 8 Dual Monitors Question

Dual Monitors - One Touch Screen and One Nontouch...has anyone used this setup? [more inside]
posted by cccp47 on Jul 22, 2013 - 1 answer

Saving a hard drive/Windows install that is freezing up.

Our desktop computer is locking up in scary ways, and I'm looking for advice on how to save the contents of the hard drive, and/or just get it up and running again. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Jul 20, 2013 - 15 answers

What's happening with this degree symbol?

I'm looking at this web page using Windows 7 and the degree symbol (in the phrase "are referenced to 60 ..." for example) won't render correctly. [more inside]
posted by exogenous on Jul 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Multiple matlab sessions on a windows server

Is this possible: windows 2012 server with multiple (3-4) users working through remote desktops and running concurrent MATLAB sessions under a single license. [more inside]
posted by logicpunk on Jul 12, 2013 - 11 answers

What are the gotchas of triple booting a current-gen Mac?

I'm about to buy a new MacBook Pro and there's only one thing I want to do when I first get it: "Ultimate" Triple Booting. But those instructions pre-date the OS X recovery partition introduced in 10.7 Lion. What do I need to know to get this working on 2013 hardware? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jul 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Identifying a musical which has girls faces behind dusty windowpanes

I saw a 10-second clip from an old movie or television program, where a man is singing in front of a dirty window with multiple panes. As he sings, he wipes each windowpane with his rag, and behind each dusty windowpane is a woman singing. What was I watching?
posted by wivy on Jul 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Old Skool Exchange Tabs

When Microsoft updated Exchange a couple of years ago, they got rid of all the tabs that used to appear in a user's profile in Active Directory and foisted the Exchange Management Console on everyone, which is missing several useful features from the tabs. Apparently, it's possible to restore the tabs and their functionality to the MMC, but I can't seem to figure out how to do that. Does anybody know how to get them back?
posted by briank on Jul 1, 2013 - 3 answers

Firefox zooms in by default. How can I fix this?

Everything in firefox is zoomed in twice by default. Icons in the bookmarks bar are larger than they should be and pixellated. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Jul 1, 2013 - 10 answers

What's causing Word and Facebook to break at the same time?

When I'm working, I often have Word 2010 document open and Facebook open in a Chrome browser tab. Every so often, I'll try to close a Word doc and it'll hang with "not responding". Simultaneously, I'm unable to do anything in Facebook - can't scroll, click, etc. Every other Chrome tab works fine, every other Windows application works fine. I can close the FB tab, but the Word doc is still stuck. Restarting Chrome and Word doesn't do anything. Task Manager doesn't show any unusual activity or processes running. [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report on Jun 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Weird screen glitches on Hp pavilion dv4 laptop

A friend's laptop is experiencing some strange graphical glitches within Windows, and she is desperate for help!! [more inside]
posted by newfers on Jun 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me pick a windows tablet

I am a professional poker player and I want to get a tablet that runs full windows operating system so I can play poker on the go (for example get 10 minutes in while im at the bank, or doctors office or waiting for a bus). It must be able to run regular windows programs like a desktop pc would. It must be able to take a sim card so I can use 3g Internet, and be carrier unlockable so I can use it in other countries. I would prefer used or refurbished, and the option for an external mouse and external keyboard would be a nice bonus. Long battery life would also be nice (6 hours+ of internet usage). Please give me specific tablet ideas and give feel free to mention more things I should consider, specs, or problems i haven't anticipated playing poker in public that I hadn't considered yet, etc.
posted by crawltopslow on Jun 20, 2013 - 2 answers

Windows 7 password fail

My Windows 7 password is not working, so naturally, I'm locked out of my computer/life. If my computer worked, I would continue googling for an answer. Unfortunately, this vintage Dell desktop I'm using is trying my patience. [more inside]
posted by she's not there on Jun 12, 2013 - 19 answers

Router noob in need of help

Help me make my wireless router work with my XP PC [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jun 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Is naptha (lighter fluid) safe to clean windows?

I have some masking tape adhesive residue on my windows. They are vinyl windows double pane with argon gas inside. I use naptha with is lighter fluid although I use the actual stuff from a paint store to remove adhesive on other stuff it works well. It is safe on plastic. What I'm wondering will it damage the stuff that holds the glass panels to the frame (I think its silicone not sure though) I dont want it to get damaged and let the argon gas leak out.
posted by john123357 on Jun 6, 2013 - 25 answers

Software to monitor network activity AND which program is active?

I am looking for some software (cheap, free) that will tell me which program is currently accessing the net AND how much traffic is being transferred. [more inside]
posted by gnossos on May 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Help a longtime Mac user switch to Windows.

I haven't used Windows since the year 2000, but a new job means this longtime Mac user needs to learn how to. A couple specifics related to image editing and task management software plus general words of wisdom/ encouragement requested within. [more inside]
posted by hwickline on May 20, 2013 - 11 answers

Windows 7 Explorer List View, Sorted by Type, Default Keyboard Behavior

I usually navigate my Windows 7 Explorer windows via keyboard. I type the name of a directory, then hit enter to open it. But when the new directory comes up, typing finds the first filename alphabetically, which would be fine if I had my directories sorted by file name, but I do not - they're sorted by file type instead. Once a file is selected after typing the first letter, Windows's selection continues looking in the display order (first by type then alphabetically) but does not wrap to the beginning of the directory, so if I was trying to select a folder and ended up with a file, then I either have to click in the window or wait a few seconds and hit Home to get to the start of the window. How do I change this so it will initially give preference to file type and not just file names? [more inside]
posted by Lakmir on May 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me create a secondary dev environment, either Windows 7 or Ubuntu

I'm a Mac-based webmonkey, and I need to sett up a secondary dev environment on an old Thinkpad X200. [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan on May 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Watch YouTube videos in own window

I hate just watch a video - I want to be able to surf or write at the same time. [more inside]
posted by chairish on May 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me access my files!

I reinstalled Windows 7 and now I can't get at many of my old files. [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens on May 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Nokia Lumia 620, Windows' Dumb Smart Phone Question

Hi all, anyone know if: Will the Lumia 620 work with At&t's no data plan service (we could just swap sim cards?), aaand, will the phone's wifi still work for web-browsing anywhere with a signal? Thanks Everyone! [more inside]
posted by 1inabillionmistake on Apr 30, 2013 - 2 answers

Replacement for Echofon (Twitter client) on Windows desktop?

For a while I've been using Echofon as my Twitter client. It's got some things I don't like, but I always assumed they'd eventually get fixed. However, Echofon has discontinued support for the desktop client, opting instead to focus on mobile platforms. I'm looking for a replacement, since some features in Echofon have inexplicably stopped working and obviously won't be fixed. Anyone got suggestions on a replacement? [more inside]
posted by Legomancer on Apr 25, 2013 - 3 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

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