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Reclaming (critical) hard drive space

Can anyone help me determine what's safe to delete in the WINDOWS/Installer folder? [more inside]
posted by yorkeandvedder on Mar 23, 2012 - 7 answers

 

I used the wrong stuff to seal my windows.

You know that peel-away silicon caulk you can use to seal up leaky window panes in the winter and then dispose of in the summer? That stuff's awesome. Unfortunately, I must have accidentally used the regular silicone caulk last fall. Any ideas how to get it off without destroying the finish on the panes? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley on Mar 22, 2012 - 6 answers

SSH with telnet -e as a ForceCommand: secure?

I want a secure way for people to log into a server on my Windows machine from the internet. I have an idea; is it good? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Mar 21, 2012 - 13 answers

All I want is a time machine

Writers using Scrivener for Windows: how do you keep track of timelines? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl on Mar 16, 2012 - 3 answers

How can I view Tweets in Firefox, only better?

I'm looking for a new Twitter client that lives "inside" Firefox. (Windows 7) [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens on Mar 13, 2012 - 3 answers

How do I put together a DIY, on-the-cheap, wireless home music system?

Advice needed: how to put together a DIY, on-the-cheap home music system where I can listen to my music from any room in the house? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Mar 10, 2012 - 13 answers

Looking for a twitter client

Looking for a windows desktop twitter client like twirl. I know of TweetDeck and Seesmic. What else is there? [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Mar 9, 2012 - 2 answers

eTablet Phone Home.

Windows 7 Homegroup on both my desktop (where it was created) and tablet. Tablet can see desktop just fine. Desktop doesn't even show another member in the Homegroup, when tablet is right there beside it, awake (and with My Docs shared). What gives?
posted by IAmBroom on Mar 3, 2012 - 1 answer

Windows7filter: Are there any options under Windows 7 to sort files and folders in explorer without segregation?

I'm looking to sort an entire folder alphabetically by name, but Windows 7 insists on always keeping files and folders separate. There was a solution for XP earlier, but under 7 that option is nowhere to be seen. I'm open to 3rd party file manager solutions, just as long as they don't look like a programmer with ADHD designed it ala.
posted by a. on Feb 22, 2012 - 3 answers

Recommendations for an email guide dog.

Someone close to me is going blind. What kind of screen reader and other software should I set them up on so they can continue to read and send email? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Feb 22, 2012 - 4 answers

FTP moves in mysterious ways?

Since about a week my work as a web developer has become incredibly frustrating due to intermittent but very frequent FTP problems. Making small changes in a remote stylesheet has become agony (7 out of 10 times the uploading fails, have to restart software and try again). I cannot find the root cause. It's not the software (tried several different applications), it's not the server (problems occur on all the websites I manage) and it happens on both uploading and downloading. I have turned off firewalls, antivirus software and things like DropBox but all to no avail. I don't have any other connection issues (I'm not on WiFi and web browsing and bittorrent work fine for example). I'm on a 64-bit Windows 7 Professional (Service Pack 1 with all the latest updates installed) laptop. That is the only variable I cannot change, I don't have another computer at hand. Does anyone have an idea what could be causing these problems? Is there something else I could try to fix it?
posted by dinkyday on Feb 20, 2012 - 15 answers

What should I try next?

Help me diagnose/repair my Toshiba Satellite A355D-S6889. When I try to boot, I get BOOTMGR MISSING. When I try to reinstall XP from a CD it seems to start out fine, copying drivers and such, until it gets to the message Starting Windows, at which point I get a blue screen o' death with the code 0x7B which google informs me is a hard disk error. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Feb 10, 2012 - 8 answers

Tilt and turn or double hung

Any experience replacing double-hung windows with something like the "european-style" tilt-and-turn windows or a casement window? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Feb 10, 2012 - 3 answers

Aero Snap on a monitor that's too large

How do I divide a large monitor & still use Windows 7 Aero Snap? [more inside]
posted by veryblue1 on Feb 9, 2012 - 2 answers

Computer sleep issues?

Why is my Windows 7 laptop crashing when I close the lid? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit on Feb 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me set up a media server for my home.

Help me set up a media server for my computer network on one of two old Windows boxes. [more inside]
posted by rocketman on Feb 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Where's that file again?

Are there best practices for cataloging/storing files on a shared drive within an office environment? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jan 24, 2012 - 10 answers

How Do I Use a 3-terrabyte Drive in Windows?

What's the story with Windows and big disks? Specifically, Windows 7 and a 3tb drive. I've read what Microsoft and others say about using large drives with Windows 7. I gather it works. However, I haven't found a how-to guide that actually spells out how to get the thing done. In my case, it would not be the boot drive. I'd boot off an SSD and use the 3tb drive for storage. How can I do a clean install on that? I've tried and Windows doesn't see all of the 3tb drive. (The GPT format option is greyed out.) Then, if I get Windows to recognize the 3tb drive, can I partition it into multiple logical drives? So, for example, the SSD would be C: and I'd split the big drive into D: and E: . Doable?
posted by justcorbly on Jan 17, 2012 - 12 answers

How do I record phone conversations on my Windows computer?

How do I record phone conversations on my Windows computer? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Jan 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Simple data extraction program from TXT to CSV?

I have several hundred machine-generated, human-readable TXT files; one text file per serialized device tested. Each file has test values in predictable places, although in a very irregularly-shaped "table" if you could even call it that. I want a simple Windows program where I say: "Okay, program, here's the row and columns where field #1 starts and ends, ... here's the row and columns where field #n starts and ends ... Give me a CSV file with those values I need and nothing more." [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Jan 14, 2012 - 18 answers

I want the best of both worlds

I want a Mac, but I also have some software (games) that I need to run in Windows. I know I can use bootcamp to run a virtual machine with Windows on it, but will it be flawless? [more inside]
posted by jasondbarr on Jan 11, 2012 - 16 answers

My Mac has become a host for infected Windows office documents. I have hundreds of Office documents with other people's Windows viruses on them. Help!

My Mac has become a host for infected Windows office documents. I have hundreds of Office documents with other people's Windows viruses on them. Help! [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Jan 11, 2012 - 12 answers

Windows directories: this is a land of confusion... let's try to make this a place worth installing in

I have questions about how to use the new directory structures we now have under Windows 7 and Vista. [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Jan 10, 2012 - 3 answers

Dual Screen pc Display Glitch

I have a dual screen pc display problem that I'm having trouble diagnosing. [more inside]
posted by peacay on Jan 9, 2012 - 13 answers

The Internet is a series of tubes, right?

IT Manager Interview help! Crash course resources and interview tips wanted. [more inside]
posted by j03 on Jan 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me help my colleague

My colleague uses a Windows editor for writing code and a Unix system to run it. He has practical issues with version control. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by knz on Jan 8, 2012 - 12 answers

Windows 7 Enterprise Edition and F.O.G: How to avoid manually activating each machine after deployment.

My company is upgrading a few student labs from XP to 7. We do not want to manually activate each machine after deploying our image, nor do we want to run a licensing server, as our network for the labs is very small. We are using HP machines that came with professional edition pre-installed, so we can legally deploy a new Windows image on the machines. Anybody know how to manage licenses in a more elegant manner when deploying Windows 7?
posted by UrbanEye on Jan 4, 2012 - 3 answers

What is the best graphics card for a 300W PSU?

I'm looking to beef up the graphics card on my Shuttle XPC but I'm limited to a 300W power supply, a single slot PCI-Express and a budget of under £100 (~$160). What cards would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Jan 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Mac laptop, PC desktop - how do I make this work?

Do you use a Mac laptop in combination with a PC desktop computer? Please tell me how you manage your workflow between the two. Can you recommend useful software and/or hardware to make coexistence as painless as possible? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Jan 3, 2012 - 21 answers

How can I get Windows to work?

My Vista laptop isn't successfully restoring itself to factory condition. [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Dec 30, 2011 - 10 answers

Begone Norton Security

How do you do a clean install of Windows without the CD/DVD? [more inside]
posted by dave99 on Dec 29, 2011 - 6 answers

How Can I Make Windows Fonts Look Better?

How can I make font display in Windows look better? I recently had to set up a Windows 7 (64-bit) machine. I haven't used Windows for several years. The quality of the font display doesn't seem to have improved. Fonts look ragged to me. Big headline fonts at news sites are pretty awful, like they were slapped on by a sloppy painter. How can I make this better? Any tricks or products that address this? I've used Cleartype but, frankly, I not sure I noticed anything change.
posted by justcorbly on Dec 24, 2011 - 33 answers

How can I thoroughly test the Windows 7 desktop machine I built for my dad before I give it back to him?

How can I thoroughly test the Windows 7 desktop machine I built for my dad before I give it back to him? He lives 4.5 hours away so I won't be able to easily respond to problems once he has it. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Dec 19, 2011 - 11 answers

How to temporarily disable SpeedStep?

The Binding of Isaac runs really quite poorly on my PC. I think SpeedStep the problem. How can I force my PC to run at maximum speed for the duration of the game? [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens on Dec 19, 2011 - 4 answers

Equalizer for Windows?

Is there a non-expensive way I can add system-wide EQ to my Windows 7 HTPC (Asrock ION 330)? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Dec 18, 2011 - 12 answers

All of this will be lost .... Windows XP pining for the fjords?

My installation of Windows XP Pro (SP3) seems to have developed intermittent amnesia. I've noticed a couple of times in the past week that files which I edited and saved under new names just -- disappeared. (Details inside). Today, after restarting the machine, I found my desktop wallpaper and Quick Launch icons had reverted to what I had several months ago, and my Recent Documents lists in MS and Adobe products was showing material from July 2011 and earlier. Plus, my iTunes library had suddenly been unable to find about 10% of my songs, although I have been able to manually locate them and make iTunes recognize a few again. These "missing" songs are both old and new: I don't see any pattern in time re what has gone missing. I'm assuming the worst -- XP death throes in progress! -- and am updating my data backups NOW. All my applications seem fine so far: I'm not missing anything that was recently installed. No other data seems to be actually missing. While I back up, is there anything else I should investigate or hypothesize? [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Dec 8, 2011 - 25 answers

Preserve a fresh installation of Windows XP with updates and drivers?

I just created a fresh installation of Windows XP with updates and drivers on my parents' computer. How can I preserve this installation, so that they can easily rollback (or even wipe the hard drive) to get back to this uncorrupted state after it is inevitably infected with some unremovable malware? The contents of the hard drive are under 4gb and can fit on a DVD. They don't store content locally, so I'm unconcerned with losing data. And, no, switching to Linux is not an option. Thanks!
posted by Bushmiller on Dec 7, 2011 - 16 answers

DO NOT CLICK the yellow triangles, they're MALICIOUS CODES

How should I best amuse myself at the expense of fake tech support scammers? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on Dec 7, 2011 - 40 answers

PC for a semi-senile friend

My semi-senile older friend needs a computer just for email and web, but keeps messing with Windows cfgs, viruses, spam etc. a support nightmare/comedy. Is there a recommended Linux or Windows distrib for a 5-year old PC, that stays the same with every reboot, support for web and email only, prevents messing with OS, and remote support ability?
posted by stbalbach on Dec 6, 2011 - 10 answers

How to best modfy 800 Thunderbird Prefs.js files?

We are doing a campus wide migration to gmail, and that means I have a few hundred thunderbird users who need their settings changed to point to a new imap server (and change their username to username@foo.edu). What is the best way to get this done? [more inside]
posted by mrzarquon on Nov 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Can I make a Belkin USB Cable Act Like A Direct Crossover Cable?

I bought a Belkin Easy Transfer USB Cable for Windows 7 thinking it would act much like a direct crossover cable connection would. Instead, it only seems to let me transfer the files and folders needed to set up your old Windows profile on a new copy of Windows, rather than giving me access to all files, folders and partitions, which is what I need. Is there a hack to get this cable to do what I want it to do?
posted by Effigy2000 on Nov 27, 2011 - 3 answers

OpenOffice's evil twin

What the heck is OpenOffice.fm, and did this download damage my friend's computer? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Nov 24, 2011 - 10 answers

How to remove 0b "Ghost Files" from Win7 Desktop?

I need to remove various 0 byte "ghost files" from the desktops of a bunch of Windows 7 computers. I know DelinvFile works but is there a free alternative which actually works? I know it can also be done by turning off explorer.exe and going into cmd to delete them but what exactly are the steps for doing this? Any suggestions gratefully received.
posted by joannemullen on Nov 24, 2011 - 17 answers

Testing rdesktop.

Is there a public test Windows XP machine online somewhere I can remote into with rdesktop and tsclient? I am trying to see how it is going to look and work when I remote into work machines on this Ubuntu box, but these are not yet set up. Other Windows are fine too. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Nov 21, 2011 - 4 answers

Kick out the jambs

Our double-hung windows have sprung alumin[i]um jamb liners, a bit like this. After taking the sashes out to paint and re-putty, how do you get them back in the frame? [more inside]
posted by holgate on Nov 19, 2011 - 0 answers

Well that shouldn't happen...

Help me fix an infected PC and prevent it from getting reinfected? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Nov 17, 2011 - 5 answers

How to customize a default user profile in Windows 7. Part of a continuing SteadyState-replacement saga.

I'm trying to customize a default user profile in Windows 7 professional, with the intent of using it to create a mandatory profile. Microsoft requires the use of Sysprep. I am but an intern, and Sysprep confuses me. I can't get Sysprep to run with the command-line switches I need. The SteadyState replacement saga continues... [more inside]
posted by UrbanEye on Nov 16, 2011 - 2 answers

What did I do to my poor computer and how can I undo it?

Crap! My computer is borked and I don't know what to do about it. System Restore can't seem to find Windows, either. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Putting Windows 7 on a MacBook Air

Two questions about putting Windows 7 on a MacBook Air. First, how do I get a Windows 7 ISO? Second, am I crazy to even do this in the first place? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Nov 15, 2011 - 5 answers

Flash crashes when I start it

Flash CS5 crashes during startup- any idea how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by dogwelder on Nov 13, 2011 - 7 answers

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