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How can i play HD video without it horribly stuttering?

Any HD video files i try to play stutter horribly on my new computer, and just generally play inconsistently and in a not-smooth fashion. I've tried almost everything... [more inside]
posted by emptythought on Mar 14, 2013 - 19 answers

About file dates and what they mean...

In Windows 7 or 8 (and maybe before that) if I view the properties of a document, I get all sorts of meta information. I'm interested in the Date created element and a Content created element.... [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Mar 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Does Apple's window switching inside a program exist in Windows?

My job requires me to use a program in apple. I need to visually compare drafts of some of the work, and because of the nature of the work the differences are often tiny. Mac's have in-application window switching (through the command key + (1-9)) that makes this very easy. Apparently soon we're switching to windows machines. Is there any way to replicate this on windows 7? [more inside]
posted by DynamiteToast on Mar 4, 2013 - 15 answers

what's the best way to cover my windows?

just moved into a new apartment, yay! but the windows are bare, and i would like them to be covered. no where i've been looking carries the sizes of my windows, so i think i have to order custom blinds/shades/whatever? [more inside]
posted by sabh on Feb 24, 2013 - 14 answers

Connecting from Mac OS X 10.8.2 to Windows Server SMB file shares

I'm trying to connect a Mac running OS X 10.8.2 to an SMB share in Windows Server 2008 R2 over a site-to-site VPN but I'm having issues. A Windows XP computer that is in the same network as the Mac does not have a problem mapping a drive to the share. [more inside]
posted by pombiki on Feb 21, 2013 - 5 answers

iTunes, seriously, not an option.

I have a 2nd generation ipod shuffle (the kind that's about 1 inch by 1 1/2 inches and is just a giant clip) which I would like to start using again. However, there is not a single computer nor human in our house which will tolerate iTunes. It's not an option, really; never using the shuffle again will happen before installing iTunes will. I have seen a couple apps on the internet for using this type of shuffle without iTunes, but I haven't found any reviews of them or clear instructions for them. Thus, I am asking y'all. Anybody know a good, easy way to get songs off my vortexbox and onto my little shuffle? I don't need playlists or synching or stats or anything, just the ability to move files from one place to another and listen to them on the shuffle. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Feb 14, 2013 - 13 answers

I can SEE that this is a burned disk.

DVD-R data archives from an old computer are showing up as blank disks on all the new computers I've tried them with. What can I do to get my data? [more inside]
posted by gauche on Feb 13, 2013 - 18 answers

What is CURRENTLY the best method for removing viruses on Windows?

I assume the tools have changed in the past 5 years or so, despite Windows' better security, but back in my day it was Avira, Symantec and CCleaner. What's changed in the world of viruses and malware in the past 5 years, and how can I best impress the powers that be with thoroughness and efficiency? [more inside]
posted by hoborg on Feb 8, 2013 - 19 answers

Moving from a PC laptop to a desktop, the file transfers -

Moving games and files from a working laptop to a new desktop. Both will be WIN 7... [more inside]
posted by efalk on Feb 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Google Japanese Input

I have just started using Google Japanese Input on Windows 7. It works fine, but I would like to be able to switch input modes (i.e. between direct input, hiragana, katakana etc) using a shortcut key. Currently I have to click on the language bar to switch, which is a pain. I looked in the properties and can't see an option for shortcuts. I tried googling but can't seem to find an answer either. [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults on Feb 5, 2013 - 4 answers

How to stop random keyboard input lag in Windows 8?

How to stop random keyboard input lag in Windows 8? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Feb 5, 2013 - 2 answers

Windows 8 - Worth $40 on a new desktop?

Today is the last day to buy Windows 8 (specifically, upgrade) at the discount price of $40. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by Auden on Jan 31, 2013 - 30 answers

What do we need to know about window tinting?

My partner and I want to get a car window tint job. We're more concerned about quality (materials, won't bubble, etc.) than price, so what do we need to look for? One well reputed company in town is offering "basic color stable film," "high performance stable film" and "CTX ceramic," in ascending order of cost, but we don't know one from the other. One company offers LLumar and another offers 3M--how do we choose? Is quality more or less proportional to cost? Look for a lifetime warranty? Is ceramic the preferred material? Any advice would be appreciated.
posted by jroybal on Jan 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Can I take advantage of $40 Windows 8 if I don't have an older Windows?

I currently don't have any version of Windows installed on my PC (it's a Mac). I would like to install Windows on a Bootcamp partition. I noticed that Microsoft has a special offer where they are selling a Windows 8 download for $40 through Jan. 31. That's a good price for me. The possible catch: Microsoft seems to be saying that I need to have an earlier version of Windows installed in order to use that download. I can't quite tell whether they are serious about this. Do I really need to have a preexisting Windows install to take advantage of the $40 Windows 8 offer? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Jan 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me create the perfect Contacts Manager

After years of being an Android user, I finally bought my first iPhone. I'm having trouble and getting thoroughly confused with merging and syncing all my contacts. Please help me start over and create the Ultimate Contacts Manager solution that doesn't require me to become a sync wizard. [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jan 17, 2013 - 2 answers

What are these safety devices on my windows?

Our Chicago bungalow has double-hung replacement windows on the first floor. On the top sash are little latches that seem to be designed to flip open as soon as the bottom sash is lifted, preventing the window from opening more than a few inches (either as an anti-burglary or a child-safety measure). The latches seem to be malfunctioning (they spring open when the bottom sash passes them, which doesn't prevent the window from opening but rather from closing) and I want to remove or replace them, but I can't figure out what they're called. [more inside]
posted by payoto on Jan 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Data Driven Clinical Care - Dynamic Graphing Website

I would like advice on creating a dynamic graphing website to display clinical data on a intranet website to better aide clinicians. What my superiors are seeking is a "Data Mall." My programming/server-admin. experience is minimal, but my Linux-hobbyist mentality hates the MS Access solution that is being built. [more inside]
posted by rosswald on Jan 16, 2013 - 4 answers

How to stop program from changing window state uncontrollably

On a Windows 7 system open windows will sometimes rapidly cycle through windowed, maximized, and full screen states. I've run out of ideas and am looking for suggestions that might fix it. [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Jan 15, 2013 - 11 answers

I had a compromised Java version. How do I clean up afterwards?

My AV program found 'Exploit:Java/CVE-2012-4681' on my laptop. It's a primer that sets up my machine for future exploits, but I haven't found any further infections using AV or Housecall. What steps should I be taking to assure myself that the machine is clean, and what can I do to prevent this kind of problem in the future. [more inside]
posted by Urtylug on Jan 12, 2013 - 3 answers

Stream music from my pc to my android phone over local wireless.

I want an app that I install on my Droid 3 phone that'll find my computer on my home wireless network and which I can point to my music folder and stream. [more inside]
posted by cthuljew on Jan 11, 2013 - 9 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

Where can I buy a cheap PC with a PCI slot?

I'd like to buy a cheap desktop PC that has at least one PCI slot (not PCI Express) so that I can install this sound card. [more inside]
posted by Awkward Philip on Jan 10, 2013 - 6 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

Thunderbolt for windows?

How do I get my windows box to work with my Thunderbolt display? I'm trying to get rid of an extra monitor. I'm willing to invest in a new motherboard and/or video card. Has anyone done it?
posted by empath on Jan 8, 2013 - 5 answers

OSX calendar software sync to Google Calendar?

Is there any calendar/scheduling software for OS X and Windows that can sync info with Google Calendar? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Jan 6, 2013 - 7 answers

How to connect a Mac OS X and a Windows XP machine, in order to have a PHP+MysqL application running on Windows but with browser and usage from Mac OS X?

I want to connect from a Mac OS X machine to a Windows XP running XAMPP (Apache, MySQL, PHP), in order to use an application running on the Windows machine. At the same time, I want to have the Mac OS X allowing Internet browsing, while Windows should be isolated from the Internet. Can it be done in some way, or can you suggest a possible setup close to that purpose? [more inside]
posted by lion on Jan 5, 2013 - 6 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

Is there an easy way to setup a home media server?

Advice needed: is this an easy setup for a home media server so anyone can watch movies and listen to music anywhere in the house? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jan 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Looking for webcam monitors/aggregators for Windows

I'm looking for a Windows app for viewing multiple remote webcams on a single screen -- something like Live Cams Pro on iOS. Ideally it would be able to categorize cameras by topic or location, support live feeds as well as static ones, and maybe be able to store timed snapshots from the cams over time (like Camembert could do back in the day). I'm not as concerned about receiving audio or controlling the cameras. [more inside]
posted by Lazlo Nibble on Jan 1, 2013 - 0 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

Use a Mac to install Windows on a formerly Linux nettop box

How do I make a bootable Windows USB flash drive using a Mac? [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Dec 30, 2012 - 7 answers

Hope me! I Have no https access. i have done all obvious things

I Have no https access. i have done all obvious things. I have run virus scans, cleaner, system restore and all procedures recommends by Microsoft to no avail. problem is.on both IE and Firefox so not a browser issue. I spent two hours with tech.support. nothing. I can bypass and access through some proxy servers. have run checkdisc etc. There was no change made to my hardware or new software but it did happen just after Windowsupdates were installed. I do not have a windows disk. I am using Vista. Excuse my mistakes, I am typing on my phone. any suggestions? I am thinking it has something to do with SSL Certificates.
posted by alltomorrowsparties on Dec 30, 2012 - 16 answers

Printer sharing XP and Windows 8

Windows networking woes. Windows 8 laptop will not install the drivers for an HP printer that is attached to an XP desktop. Help! [more inside]
posted by queue_strategy on Dec 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me name my new multi-app

Help me name my new product, which combines the functionality of popular existing apps, but is specialized with high-security features. [more inside]
posted by bfu on Dec 26, 2012 - 21 answers

Need to find a store in the US to buy a netbook.

Where is the best brick and mortar store to buy a Windows netbook in the US? [more inside]
posted by jim.christian on Dec 26, 2012 - 8 answers

F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5....hey, I can see the search bar!

Why does my computer have so much trouble connecting to Amazon, and no other website? Difficulty level: reformatting the OS drive didn't work. [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish on Dec 23, 2012 - 21 answers

Recovering Office 2010 product key from dead Windows 7 system

How might I recover an Office 2010 product key from a Windows install now located on an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by dumbland on Dec 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Cant get Modem to Install

I am trying to install a 56K modem card from a PC that ran Windows XP onto a PC that runs Windows 7. The card used either the LSI (Agere) driver or the Intel sep 536ep driver. I've found Windows 7 versions (64 bit) of both drivers and both are saved to my new PC. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Dec 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me help the machines talk!

Networking filter: I'm a young (still learning much) SysAdmin for a pretty large site. I inherited the network configuration, and now I'm trying to troubleshoot some strange issues: workstations losing connectivity without rhyme or reason, and slow web browsing. [more inside]
posted by roygbv on Dec 14, 2012 - 9 answers

How to jump to another Excel worksheet?

[Excel 2007 filter] Is it possible to input some text into a cell, e.g. "Click here for Worksheet 2" or similar, and create a hyperlink on that cell to open, uh, Worksheet 2? In the same window, not a new instance. Neither a search of AskMe and/or the Excel help-screens has been successful. Thanks in advance.
posted by aqsakal on Dec 12, 2012 - 7 answers

merry christmas and happy calling me everyday for help

My mom wants to switch from iPhone to either Android or Windows. What's best for her needs, and which phone should she choose? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Dec 5, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I keep my laptop set to Extended Display all the time?

I have a docked laptop hooked up to two monitors. How can I keep those monitors in Extended Display mode every time I boot up? [more inside]
posted by starvingartist on Dec 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Existing Windows installation to Virtualbox. Avalanche inside.

How do I successfully take an existing Windows 7 installation from HDD and put it into Virtualbox on Debian, on an SSD? Avalanche inside. [more inside]
posted by Juso No Thankyou on Dec 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Can't figure out wireless connection issue

I can't connect to the wireless network-- have connected with other laptops and my smart phone just fine to this connection. Is there something I can change on my computer? I need to figure this out ASAP or I may have problems with applying for jobs and doing my schoolwork! [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Nov 26, 2012 - 11 answers

1 SSD & 2 HDD (One of the HDD isnt showing any more). Need help!

I've just upgraded my rig with a 256gb SSD card for the main C:. This is primary used for the OS, apps and my work files. I previously had 2 HDD's one for OS and the other for backups. [more inside]
posted by spinko on Nov 17, 2012 - 10 answers

Could not be registered?

New and unsettling issues in Word 2003... what is this error message? [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell on Nov 15, 2012 - 3 answers

Stop wasting space on my Start menu, Cisco VPN.

How do I exempt certain programs from appearing in my Start menu's "recently used programs" list? [more inside]
posted by Sternmeyer on Nov 13, 2012 - 4 answers

How do I make windows view audio CDs as .WAV files?

How do I make windows view audio CDs as .WAV files? [more inside]
posted by fullerenedream on Nov 12, 2012 - 1 answer

Remoting into Server 2008 R2 w/o Win7 Professional

How can I remote into Windows Server 2008 R2 from a PC with Win7 Home Premium? From what I've read, the built in remote desktop stuff only works with Professional and above. I need the capability for a class project, not for production, so security isn't a huge issue here.
posted by UrbanEye on Nov 11, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I figure out what this USB device is?

I've got a Windows laptop computer I'm working on that has a small usb device plugged into it, and I can't tell what it is. It has a little red square with an icon of a six-armed gear, and it's one of those low-profile things that only sticks out a quarter-inch or so. I'd almost think it's a wireless mouse receiver, except that this thing also has a wireless mouse receiver plugged in. Is there a program I can run to tell me what USB devices are plugged in?
posted by Pope Guilty on Nov 9, 2012 - 7 answers

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