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Why can't Windows keep track of which files are in use?

What's Microsoft's excuse for the fact that Windows can't seem to consistently keep track of which files are actually in use, and so periodically I have to reboot the machine in order to actually move, copy, or delete a file? Is there any power-user type fix? Is there a way to lynch their QA department? [more inside]
posted by namespan on May 25, 2005 - 11 answers

RAM Disk

Back in the dear dead days of DOS, I used to speed up things by creating a virtual disk in memory so that searches and other disk-I/O-intensive operations would run faster. In later version of DOS, there was a RAMDrive command. Is there an equivalent utility in Win XP (Home or Pro) to park Temp files and similar items in a lettered drive in RAM? Or does Windows take care of that automatically?
posted by KRS on May 25, 2005 - 10 answers

How do I get the old file search back in XP?

After having to restore to an old version of the registry, my search window in XP now looks like this instead of the default view I'm used to (i.e., with the animated characters, etc.). How do I get the old search back?
posted by dustinAFN on May 25, 2005 - 13 answers

Attack of the Clones

Is there a way to force a (Windows XP) laptop with an Intel video chipset to always clone the display out the external monitor port? Or a utility (or shortcut) that can turn on cloning with a simple double-click? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn on May 23, 2005 - 7 answers

Windows Batch File - Run Minimized?

I've a batch file for automatically uploading a file from my computer to my webspace. The batch file does it's job perfectly but I'm having problems automating the running of the batch file. I've set up a scheduled task to run the file but the problem is that even with the batch file settings changed to 'Run Minimized' the scheduled task still runs maximised and takes over my whole screen. Since I have the file set to run every 10 minutes this is a problem. Anybody have any solutions?
posted by daveirl on May 22, 2005 - 5 answers

Recovering deleted files from mapped network drive

I didn't have enough coffee this morning and accidentally deleted some important files from a mapped network drive. I don't think the Recycle Bin is going to help me here. I am running Windows XP on my workstation, and the Server / NOS software is Windows 2000. Anyone know of any tools/methods to get these files back?
posted by jasondigitized on May 20, 2005 - 6 answers

Help me fix my window shades

I have vinyl shades on my windows. One, in particular, has absolutely no tension. [more inside]
posted by sugarfish on May 19, 2005 - 5 answers

WiFi Scanning on Win2k

I broke my WiFi support in Win2k. Everything works except the scanning - I can connect to a network only if I know the SSID. There are various ways I can scan - netstumbler, IBM's tool for managing connections, or via Cisco's own software. They all used to work. Now they all detect nothing. [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke on May 18, 2005 - 3 answers

Installing printers and other settings as another user?

I administer windows (2000, XP) machines for my workplace, but have not been able to figure out how to install printers, or related settings (Outlook profiles) as another user. Is there any way to avoid having the user have to install some things his/herself or similar painful solutions like asking for their login information? [more inside]
posted by RikiTikiTavi on May 9, 2005 - 3 answers

Windows Networking Filter

I have a LAN with 15 workstations running Windows 2000 Professional. There is no NT domain. [more inside]
posted by stevejensen on May 5, 2005 - 6 answers

Is there a way to pre-load apps you like during windows startup into RAM?

Is there a way to pre-load apps you like during windows startup into RAM? [more inside]
posted by Dean Keaton on May 1, 2005 - 8 answers

Windows-based media player with limited interface?

Recommendations on a free, lightweight media player (video, audio) that can run on a very slow PC running WinXP attached to a TV? [more inside]
posted by aberrant on Apr 27, 2005 - 11 answers

Can you help fix this problem in MS Word 2003?

Take a look at this screengrab This is annoying as hell, and here's how I tried to fix:
-Reinstall of Office 2003
-Reinstall of Acrobat 6.5
-Deleted all Adobe PDFMaker.dot files
Then went to the Adobe knowledgebase and found this. Nothing has worked yet. What do you think it is? fyi - This is a Dell PC running XP pro sp1
posted by stevejensen on Apr 26, 2005 - 14 answers

Laptop freezes when unplugged. Why?

Why does my laptop freeze up a few minutes after the power cable is disconnected? [more inside]
posted by nobody on Apr 26, 2005 - 5 answers

How do I intelligently stretch my desktop wallpaper in Windows?

Windows 2000/XP has three options for setting desktop wallpaper: Center, Tile, and Stretch. Unfortunately, these are all kinda dumb. If I want to set a photo from my digital camera as my wallpaper, I'm stuck with a bad fit (Center), repeating images (Tile), or an incorrect aspect ratio (Stretch). Is there any third-party utility that will intelligently resize my desktop wallpaper? [more inside]
posted by waxpancake on Apr 25, 2005 - 14 answers

Weird display problems in Windows

My girlfriend has a fairly new Dell laptop that has suddenly developed a few problems. [more inside]
posted by tomorama on Apr 24, 2005 - 12 answers

How do I "unfilter" my hard drive listing?

Earlier yesterday, I was about to translate into SVCD the newest episode of Doctor Who for my roommate, when I was simply unable to find the file. My media folder only shows files and folders from 0-AL, and nothing else. The funny thing is that the other files have not been deleted. When I have a direct link to a file, it plays perfectly. A direct link to a folder displays all the contents, but the folder itself doesn't appear in the root. Some investigation showed that there's a couple of bad sectors on the disk. Any suggestions so that I can get the main directory back, if only to make a backup of everything in case of a possible crash? [more inside]
posted by Pinwiz on Apr 18, 2005 - 6 answers

Help me stop crying...

Hi all, for some unknown reason (I haven't changed anything) Firefox 1.0.2 (windows xp) suddenly stopped responding to my ctrl/shift-clicks (the keys are working fine outside of FF). This has made me *very* sad...I have tried pretty much everything and look to this great pool of knowledge to furthur my troubleshooting...maybe someone else has run into this? Is there an extension that could force the issue?
posted by gren on Apr 13, 2005 - 16 answers

New windows before house sale?

I'm fixing up my house to sell mid- to late summer; refinishing wood floors, etc. It's gotten so that I've realized that the one huge detractor that could quash buyers' interest in the house is the windows. Should I replace before sale? [more inside]
posted by clever sheep on Apr 10, 2005 - 19 answers

Multimedia quizzes

My dad wants software to create stand-alone multimedia quizzes. [more inside]
posted by bwerdmuller on Apr 9, 2005 - 3 answers

Exporting a list of details from Active Directory

Is there an easy way to export a list of user accounts / details from Active Directory (Windows Server 2003) preferably in a html format like the Group Policy Management reports?
posted by Leud on Apr 7, 2005 - 2 answers

the case of the disappearing taskbar

So, every so often, when I boot up my work computer (a Dell Dimension running Win98) the taskbar doesn't register any applications. [more inside]
posted by me3dia on Apr 6, 2005 - 6 answers

Yikes - Windows Login goes Kablooey

Once upon a time there was a Windows 2003 Standard Server. Then one day an automatic process filled the System Disk (C:) until it was 0 bytes free. The system still works, but login is busted. What can I do to fix it? 30k gifs inside. [more inside]
posted by cavalier on Apr 5, 2005 - 10 answers

How can I get individual download windows in Firefox?

I hate the Firefox Download Manager. How can I bring back the individual download windows from my Mozilla 1.7 days?
posted by punishinglemur on Mar 30, 2005 - 2 answers

Locally mounting physical Mac OS X drives/volumes in a Windows machine?

Locally mounting physical Mac OS X drives/volumes in a Windows machine? [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Mar 30, 2005 - 4 answers

Sniffing HTTP traffic

What is the easiest way, in Windows, to sniff the HTTP (and HTTPS) requests and responses back from the server for an application that won't let you tell it to use a proxy? [more inside]
posted by ralawrence on Mar 30, 2005 - 9 answers

Automatically set XP folder permissions.

I have problems sharing new folders on my home LAN. I have an XP pro box, my wife has a WinME laptop. [more inside]
posted by signal on Mar 30, 2005 - 4 answers

Large Capacity CDs

I have a CD with some software on it. When I copy the files from that CD, the size of the files on my hard drive are far greater than the capacity of the 700mb CD it came from! [more inside]
posted by viama on Mar 30, 2005 - 13 answers

Changing Windows XP SP2 Product Key

Does anyone know if there is an easy way to change the product key for a copy of Windows XP Pro SP2 that has already been activated? [MI] [more inside]
posted by sixdifferentways on Mar 28, 2005 - 8 answers

WinXP - Limited or No Connectivity, wired box.

WinXP, limited or no connectivity, wired box. Can't connect, tried everything I can think of, pretty close to trashing the whole install and starting over. [more inside]
posted by clubfoote on Mar 28, 2005 - 11 answers

How does the W32/Sumom.C worm propagate?

My brother's PC has become infected with the W32/Sumom.C worm. I'm resigned to re-formatting and a re-install to remove it, but how did it get there to deliver the payload? He's sure it arrived via MSN Messenger, as his kids use it heavily. Wishing to use this as an educational experience as well a chastening one, (no more Messenger!), I'd like to know if there was anything he or they should have done differently. Did they have to explicitly run the Messengered file(s), or was it all entirely automatic?
posted by punilux on Mar 23, 2005 - 16 answers

Windows virtual audio?

I need to make an audio application work on a windows xp computer that doesn't have audio hardware. [more inside]
posted by b1tr0t on Mar 20, 2005 - 7 answers

PC won't sleep or shut down, only restarts

I've built a PC with a Shuttle AN35 mainboard (with Award BIOS) and it won't shut down or standby. When I shut down (through software) it goes through the motions of shutting down, but then instead of ultimately going black & quiet it just reboots. Same with attempts to make it standby - it just reboots. I have checked the connection of the PC case's PWON connector to the motherboard, diddled with Windows XP's power settings, and poked around in the BIOS a little but am not sure what to do. This sucks because when I ultimately have to shut it down to move it or something, I have to do it the ugly way: with the mechanical switch on the power supply. help!
posted by scarabic on Mar 18, 2005 - 4 answers

Can't adjust the Date and Time on my pc {mi}

When I try to adjust the date and time on my pc, I get the ol' " Not responding" message. As a simple crustacean with limited skills, I need some help. {MI}
posted by lobstah on Mar 17, 2005 - 8 answers

BBEdit equivalency?

On the Mac, if I need to munge text in extremis, I prefer to use BBEdit. Recently, on the PC, I am finding myself in need of a text editor which is similar to BBEdit. I will use it both for coding and for text-cleaning. I prefer freeware and shareware but that's by no means the deciding factor. Which programs should I check out? Which should I avoid? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Mar 16, 2005 - 21 answers

PCRDist where art thou?

Where is PCRDist and what has become of the source? [more inside]
posted by chrisroberts on Mar 16, 2005 - 4 answers

Mapping URIs as Drives with Python and Win32

I've fallen hard for Python and have been searching for a project to really learn the language with. I'd like to create functionality similar to Windows "Map Network Drive" for URIs using Python, urllib, etc. My questions are: does this seem possible for someone with a decent programming background (but no formal CS training)? Is it a good idea? [more inside]
posted by yerfatma on Mar 15, 2005 - 8 answers

How to get a Windows XP

I know Windows XP has some sort of restore feature, but how about a good independent program that can let me take a "snapshot" of my new clean WinXP installation + Documents and Settings + Program Files so I can maybe burn to (probably multiple) DVDs and then easily restore at some point in the future. (This must be a common thing, but my googling proved unfruitful.) [more inside]
posted by parma on Mar 12, 2005 - 12 answers

Why won't SBS 2003 decrypt my sql scripts?

I am having a problem with our account app / server; I need to apply a hot fix to the sql db and the files are encrypted. When trying to decrypt the file, I get varied error messages. Any MCSE / encryption Guru's in the house? [more inside]
posted by AllesKlar on Mar 11, 2005 - 1 answer

Can Safari work with Sharepoint?

Is it possible to configure MS Sharepoint to allow access from the Safari web browser? [more inside]
posted by mkultra on Mar 11, 2005 - 0 answers

How do I disable Content Advisor

Everytime I try to use Internet Explorer a content Advisor box pops up asking for a password. The problem is I've never set a password and I have no idea why this has started popping up. It also pops up when I try to use solitaire or the Windows calculator. Does anyone know of a master password or some other way to circumvent this?
posted by berek on Mar 10, 2005 - 9 answers

Microsoft Access Applications

How do I implement a more custom look for a Microsoft Access database? [more inside]
posted by benjh on Mar 9, 2005 - 3 answers

Disk Space Checker

I am looking for a way to monitor the disk space remaining on several of our windows servers. [more inside]
posted by viama on Mar 9, 2005 - 10 answers

iTunes woes

Who can help me with a sudden iTunes for Windows problem? [more inside]
posted by amarynth on Mar 8, 2005 - 6 answers

XP is an x-pain in my ass

Windows XP Home Networking Problem [more inside]
posted by emptybowl on Mar 8, 2005 - 5 answers

Why is my home PC on????

How can I know when an XP pro system has been switched on (as in: at what time did it start up *today*)?
posted by magullo on Mar 7, 2005 - 11 answers

Material to teach Introduction to Computers

I'll be teaching a smart, almost completely computer-illiterate person the basics of navigating a PC. Does anyone know of good material that I could use? [more inside]
posted by quiet on Mar 3, 2005 - 17 answers

Converting Windows Event Viewer log files on a *nix platform?

DUMPEL from the Win2K Resource Kit takes .EVT (Windows Event Viewer) binary log files and outputs plaintext. I've searched high and low, and can't find a Linux/UNIX equivalent that I can use to process these saved log files. Any suggestions?
posted by mrbill on Mar 2, 2005 - 7 answers

Disabling caps lock?

How to require Caps Lock to be held down for a few seconds before activating? [more inside]
posted by BigPicnic on Mar 2, 2005 - 8 answers

Living in close proximity with neighbors

How do you learn to live with your neighbors seeing you in your undies? [more inside]
posted by tinamonster on Mar 1, 2005 - 25 answers

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