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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

It said F: drive! I swear!

A windows drive mapping error has ruined my day. Please please please tell me there's some way to recover my data. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby on Nov 11, 2011 - 11 answers

I need to make my parents' computer father-proof.

How do I keep my father from wrecking his computer - again? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Nov 7, 2011 - 27 answers

Windows Live Mail ate my everything!

Windows Live Mail ate my everything! [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Nov 6, 2011 - 2 answers

Dear Vista: Please be *Less* Secure.

I've got a windows vista installation that, as of a few months ago, has stopped letting me write to a bunch of directories or change a bunch of files, and it won't let me make them writeable again. [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 on Nov 5, 2011 - 8 answers

proxy in windows 7

On Windows 7, is there a way to have the proxy turn on or off depending on which wireless network I'm connected to? [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults on Nov 1, 2011 - 4 answers

Managing my clones

What are the best ways to create and deploy Windows 7 images across numbers of often disparate computers? [more inside]
posted by chairish on Oct 30, 2011 - 7 answers

How do I buy windows with a small w

How do I buy windows? The kind that go in your house. That you can see out of. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Oct 29, 2011 - 15 answers

Any ideas for cheap window coverings?

Will be curtain-free for at least two months - any ideas for temporary window coverings for a 7 feet high bay window? Looking for inexpensive options that are more attractive than newspaper...
posted by janecr on Oct 27, 2011 - 24 answers

How do I open and fill out an .oft template in Entourage?

An important, newly ISO-9001 standard form in my office is an Outlook template (*.oft) that we have to fill out. I use a Mac with Entourage. How do I fill out this form? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Oct 25, 2011 - 3 answers

Drawing small graphics in Windows

What do you use to make quick little drawings in Windows? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Oct 21, 2011 - 6 answers

How to undelete a file

How to undelete a permanently deleted file (Windows edition)? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Oct 20, 2011 - 14 answers

How do I look up publicly available information about a company?

I need to look up the number of employees, number of computers in use at workstations, what type of operating system is used at the workstations, et cetera of a company for a school project. Specifically, I want to calculate the costs/benefits of switching from the presumably Windows OS a company uses to Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by bookman117 on Oct 19, 2011 - 10 answers

help me search for many files on my HD at once?

help me search my HD for about 600 files all at once. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Oct 13, 2011 - 11 answers

Cross-platform code editor for Mac and PC?

What great code/text editors provide a perfectly consistent experience across both Mac and Windows environments? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Oct 13, 2011 - 29 answers

Help me find (and change color of) similar data in Excel!

Excel 2007 issue: I'm trying to have Excel mark matching data in two columns with some kind of color or formatting. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Oct 10, 2011 - 3 answers

replacing tile window sills

We had the aluminum windows replaced in our 1968 brick veneer rambler. The replacement windows are vinyl. In the process we had the storm windows and ceramic tile sills ripped out. Now the original framing and drywall is exposed. What is the best way to finish the sills? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Oct 9, 2011 - 4 answers

Quick-release window security bars

I'm trying to find window security bars that can be opened from the inside in the case of fire but can't seem to find a way to buy them. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Oct 8, 2011 - 5 answers

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