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Matter of Life AND Death!!!!! (Windows 95)

Question: Matter of Life AND Death!!!!! (Windows 95)

My computer froze and when i restarted it....it came to the screen where it says "You did not shut down properly" and then it scans the harddrive.

Then it pops up that there are some currupted files so I saved them to a disk.

Problem is......one of those files are needed to start Windows 95. I need help either getting that file from the disk to the c: drive. (where i think that file must be in the System folder) or reinstalling Windows 95 from Dos.

Right now all I can do is go in Dos Prompt.

I called a place and they said something about making a boot disk which then will help me extract the files from the other disk onto the C drive.

The file that the computer needs and that is on the disk is VMM32.VDX .

Two quesitons
1. If you help me reinstall windows 95, will it earase everything that was on it? Like Word files, downloaded stuff. ????

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Preferred Solution: Matter of Life AND Death!!!!! (Windows 95)

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Matter of Life AND Death!!!!! (Windows 95)

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Yesterday, my HP tx1000 laptop gave me the blue screen. After rebooting in recovery mode a few times, it continued to do it. Since i didn't have too much important data on the computer, I restored it to factory settings. It was running well until it gave me the blue screen again saying the following,

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

irdl_not_less_or_equal

if this is the first time you have seen this stop error screen, restart you computer. If this screen appears again,
follow these steps.

check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. if this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software
manufacturer for any windows updates.

if problem continues, disbale or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS meemory options such as caching or shadowing.
if you need to use safe mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press f8 to select advanced startup otions and then select
safe mode.

Tech info:
*** STop: 0x0000000A (0x0000001c, 0x00000002, 0x00000000, 0x8f820615)

I sometimes get this message with the following info,
PFN_LIST_CORRUPT

tech info:
*** STOP: 0x0000004E (0x0000009A, 0x0006AEFF, 0x00000002, 0x00000000)

I have also gotten a message that tells me to update my BIOS through my hardware vendor. the last time my laptop was working correctly, I downloaded the new BIOS update but couldn't install it because the computer crashed. I c... Read more

Answer:Blue Screen Of Death; No Matter What.

Seems like a memory or driver issue.

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does anyone know where i could get a crack or serial number for this type of software, it comes with a cd

i know this is more of a request, but i posted this in here to see if anyone had this type of camera

i could give you movies, or rep or whatever, i just need help, i will come to your house and work for you, i will be your slave

digitrex dsc-2100 is the name of the camera
i have a driver cd and i need the serial number to install it

im seriously, i have scary movie4, super exgirlfriend, xmen3 dvd quaility, and stuff like that all on ff, all someone has to do is get me the serial number, omg i will be so happy
 

Answer:Life or Death Situtation

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HEY!
MY COMPUTER was working fine yesturday i went to work came back and it was off so of course like anyone got mad at my family and accused them off off'ing it. But then when i tried to turn it on it didnt work! Didnt do anythign i checked the wires fine opened the case everything looked in order and im pretty sure it isnt a virus WHAT CAN IT BE!? IM HOPING ITS THE CASE! Its a custom made computer kinda stuff but PLEASE any ideas!?

What Happens :
I press the button absolutly nothing nothing at all!

I got an essay due friday worth 15% of my mark and if i fail then IM DEAD! I MEAN DEAD!!!
 

Answer:Urgent Help Life Or Death!

First of all, don't panic. An absolutely dead computer is very likely a bad power supply. It could even be as simple as a blown fuse in the power supply...were there any power surges or flickers which might have caused it? Regardless, the first thing to take care of is getting to your essay. The easiest thing to do would be to put your hard drive into another computer as a slave drive, and just copy the file. Are there any other computers in your house? Or perhaps a friend has one you could do this with?

Otherwise, get it down to the local computer shop asap & tell them you need the essay from your hard drive & fixing it can wait until later. I'm assuming you don't have tools such as a voltage meter to check the supply with, so a fix-it shop is your best bet for quick action, if you can't slave your hard drive in someone else's computer.
 

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O.K., call me stupid (only once per person please, i am fragile). I have no idea how to set-up the grappling hook or zip line in the above mentioned game. If anyone cares to enlighten me, please use baby talk (I mean start from the beginning and thoroughly explain it, not gagagoogoo.)
 

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Hello - I was wondering if anybody could help me. I am OK technically, but no Bill Gates!

I am the proud lady owner of a 60GB IPOD which I have proudly amassed 8065 songs. All of these tunes are also backed up in I-Tunes on my Laptop.

This evening, the Laptop died its final death, leaving me with the IPOD, but now unable to access my collection of tunes.

Fortunately, we also have another PC in the house, and I installed I-Tunes off the internet this evening. However, when I plug the IPOD into the PC, the I-Tunes does not recognise the IPOD. With me so far?!

Could anybody please help me with the following:

1 - is there something really simple that I am not doing to make my IPOD compatible with the PC?

2 - can I add songs to the I-Tunes on the PC without having to lose everything that is already installed onto the IPOD?

3 - is it possible to put the tunes that are currently in the IPOD onto the PC?

Sorry if these questions are a little but remedial, but my level of expertise extends pretty much to operating the 'Shuffle' function!

Many thanks

April

PS - I am using XP

Answer:IPOD Problem - This is Life or Death!!

welcome to tsf
1-try uninstalling itunes and reinstalling it
2- yes
3-no, not without a 3rd party software

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Hi Guys im in dire need of help my laptop is my life and so is everything i have on it.
I would be grateful for any advice here is the problem..

Basically i installed avg 8 did a scan and removed the files it found that were infected or were trojans and when i restarted my laptop it was in a login logoff loop so i tried launching in safe mode but no desktop icons appeared i had to use the task manager to operate and im gett run32 dll errors saying it can t find the file i think avg removed it or quarintiined it..so i deleted avg and now i can run anthing i know as a last resort i can reformat but really dont want to do that and loose everthing .................hhhhheeeeeeeeeellllllppppppppppppppp
 

Answer:Please Help Its Life Or Death---xp Boot Problem Because Of Avg 8

BTW...as johnwill says...any data you don't have 2 copies of is data you really don't care about...I would add..the more important the data determines the number of copies you should have

to save your data try puppy linux...
this is my canned speech so substitute usb hard drive for the flash drive if you go that way
puppy will load and run totally in ram...

get puppy linux...Get puppy-2.16-seamonkey-fulldrivers.iso download it and burn it to cd ...if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files go here and get burncdcc ..a small FAST no frills iso burning program...

NOTE...do not put a blank cd in until burncdcc opens the tray for you
1. Start BurnCDCC
2. Browse to the ISO file you want to burn on cd/dvd ......in this case its puppy linux
3. Select the ISO file
4. Suggestion ==> Check the option "Fix close"
5. Click on "Start"

make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....puppy will boot and run totally in ram...if your hardware is is good working order you will know...
after you get it running and your at the desktop...you take the puppy linux cd out and then you can use the burner to copy all yor data to cd/dvds
you can also use it to backup your data to a external usb harddrive..just have it hooked to the computer when you boot up with puppy...
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quick guide for saving data...music..files on a system that will not boot using pu... Read more

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On our PC there are 3 accounts.

The second account [my son's] has in the notification tray, the time and then underneath the time is the day of the week.

Now, I can't find anywhere to enable/disable this in the date/time options window.

One other thing...if I go to start menu>properties>choose classic start menu, then according to the pic there should be a blue margin on the side of the start menu saying: Windows XP. Well in the second account this is the case, but in my own account this blue margin isn't present.

While I'm aware these are not extreme issues....it's just I like to know what is going on with things.

It's just a curiosity thing.....I just thought someone out there could explain this to me.
 

Answer:Solved: Not A Life Or Death Issue....But????

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PC died whilst reading document.Would not come back,would not switch off,excpt by wall plug.Opened case cleaned large amount of fluff etc & checked connections.Restarted,red & green lights on cd dvd no lights and would not open,no beep.Message on screen Out of Range.All fans working,No dark scren BIOS no nothing.Is it HD _CPU_ Mboard(Saphire igp 320 ATX.PC 4yrs old Multivision (they went broke)ms XP,Where should look for culprit?

Answer:PC sudden death, no sign of intelligent life

The most likely component to die is usually the PSU.....BUT with your trouble this seems to be OK.Because all fans are working and the screen says out of range. To me, out_of_range implies that it is receiving something (quite useless) from the video end of things.Just a guess - the CPU has packed up or else some crucial part of the motherboard has.If you or a friend have a case for an external (USB) detach your HD and put it in that. At least you should be able to recover any data and small bits you might need if you scrap the computer or do a mighty rebuild.You would achieve the same check and benefit if the HD was lashed up to a viable computer as a secondary drive, but that needs knowledge and courage either DIY, or trading on the goodwill of your friend.

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i posted my hijak this log.... its attached can someone read it and tell me what to get rid of?
my computer wont run when not in safe mode so i cant uninstall the extra programs that i don't need but im afraid i may have to reformat my harddrive
 

Answer:please read asap its life and death(for my computer)

Please do not start more than one thread for the same problem.

Closing duplicate.

Please continue here:

http://forums.techguy.org/security/463663-my-hijak-log-attached-please.html
 

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HiSometimes when i play half life 2 The blue screen of death appears, it says something about checking for the latest drivers from windows update. My computer already has all the latest updates from windows update and the manufacter and im positive that the graphics card has the latest driver

Answer:Blue screen of Death On Half life 2

I'd check exactly what the error message says. Its probably the graphics card drivers some games can be very touchy about them.

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First of all a HI to all
im new to this place

anyways lets get to the prob

from like month now i m getting this blue screen error which always says KERNEL DATA INPAGE error with codes 0x00000077 or 0x00000074(not sure abt this one) or 0x000000F4

this is happening at random times and my CPU fan keeps moving @ fasst speed making lots of noise
this usually happens when i Install something , COPY stuff (less) and majorly when i PLAY GAMES

i start a game and boom BSOD comes up (

my comp specs are :-

Original description:
Based on 8985-42C: IntelŪ PentiumŪ D Processor 925, 1GB RAM, 160GB 7200RPM SATA HDD, diskette drive, PCI/PCIe Tower (3x4), Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000, 48x 32x48x16x CD-RW/DVD combo, Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet, DOS License

i have also purchased a ATI RADEON x550/600 series graphic card separately
which currently i dont have (well its with the company from whom i bouhgt the comp from. they thought that it was creating the prob and took it to repair,,, but still the prob is there )

Looking forward to replies
thnkss....
 

Answer:My Life Ruined - Blue screen of death

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Alright guys, really need some desktop build help.

I've been assembling my first build, and it mostly has been going well. However, went I went to test boot the system, outside the case, I encountered problems. My PSU starts up for about a second, fans run, phase led lights up, then the PSU clicks and turns off. A second later, it starts again. This cycle repeats until I switch the PSU off.

I have tested what parts I could independently, and what I have determined is that the PSU is completely fine, and that no combination of plugging/ungplugging parts has gotten it to stay on when plugged into the mobo. I have tried with less RAM, with no video card, I've tried resetting the CMOS. None have worked. I am in my hour of need.

What could possibly be the problem? Would a defective mobo cause an issue like this? A defective processor? Is there anyway to determine what exactly is causing my issue?

I'd really love to get this thing together, but it's been like 4 hours of messing with it and nothing has worked. I now come to you. Please, help me.

My parts are an i5 2500k, a Gigabyte 768 mobo, a Seasonic 750x PSU (more than enough, so I doubt that's the issue), a Gigabyte 6850, and 8GB of GSKILL RAM. I have an aftermarket heatsink as well- though I switched it with the stock heatsink to make sure it wasn't the culprit (shorts, or something), and nothing changed, so I doubt that's relevant.

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Answer:ITT: engaged in a life-or-death struggle with my mobo. first build.

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Tools for Managing Your Online Life After Death.

Data Security: What happens to your online accounts after you die?

Email.

Social Networking.

Photo-Sharing.

Passwords.

-- Tom
 

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Having a few issues with what seems to be exchange 2003 trouble is this is on a tight turn over (when isnt it) and is due to be sent out in a couple of days. It appears to work ok but under the event log there are 8 errors:

(All under application in ev)

Source: MSExchangeAL Event 8250

The Win32 API call 'DsGetDCNameW' returned error code [0x862] The specified component could not be found in the configuration information. The service could not be initialized. Make sure that the operating system was installed properly.

Source: MSExchangeAL Event 8026 *Got 5 of these errors lined up all the same*

LDAP Bind was unsuccessful on directory ishem1.IshemLtd.local for distinguished name ''. Directory returned error:[0x51] Server Down.

Source: MSExchangeDSAccess Event 2102

Process MAD.EXE (PID=3624). All Domain Controller Servers in use are not responding:

Source: MSExchangeDSAccess Event 2104

Process INETINFO.EXE (PID=864). All the DS Servers in domain are not responding.

Also under the windows health monitor its coming up with a critical for the process 'store' saying that its using up too much memory.

Any ideas with whats going on at all?

Thanks
 

Answer:Urgent life or death problems with Small Business Server 2003

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My acer Aspire 5738Z has a web cam called a crystal eye. when I downloaded windows 8 saw that it had a simple to use camera app. No matter how I try I cannot get it to work. I have tried every driver I can find even the ones on the Acer support page. I still get the response "camera not found" In fact this is a true statement because I
can't find where the camera is stored on my system. Any advice welcome. I never tried the camera until I changed to windows 8 so I am not sure if it ever worked.

Answer:not sure this is a windows 8 matter!!

Hi there
This little app works fine on Acer gear
Just run amcap.exe from a usb stick or whatever

Here's the dropbox link for you

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/p7vd5mtzymxks2d/AzySb81rs-

Cheers
jimbo

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I have HP 19-2310 All In one can't get into Windows 10 or can't recover or restore, used about all options I know about system recovery but nothing works.  When I turn on computer shows the Bios Memory Credits, shows:  Hit escape for Start up Repairs .  Keeps cycling until I hit escape key at that point I have tried all options there .  I can get to a Command Prompt shows X:windows shows all files  but can't iget it into windows 10 . Any Hints are Gratefully Appreciated!  Thnaks

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Is Windows 7 Secure and does it matter anyway?

Recently there have been several stories about security scares, as reported on this site by Robert and our other Robert. The first of these is the report that hackers at a recent conference used IE8 to hack Windows 7 in two minutes (they also used Firefox and Chrome for the same task in the same....

Answer:Is Windows 7 Secure and does it matter anyway?

Windows 7 is very Secure if you download the latest update. And WAY faster and better than vista or XP

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The harddrive on my laptop was having some serious problems while under warranty, so the manufacturer agreed to send me a new one which arrived today. They said the install CD's should be arriving a few days from now. I have a spare Windows XP install CD and key at home. Is there any reason not to just go ahead and install with the CD I have at home? Could the manufacturer's install CD have included drivers for my particular laptop model?

Answer:Does it matter which Windows XP install CD I use?

yes i would go ahead and wait for the cd from the manufacturer, unless the CD u have now matches that.

it could create driver issues and such if u dont install the right CD's

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I have been trying to troubleshoot a stop error, 0xA IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL. Which occurs frequently when trying to install windows.
I have been able to get past this several times (including tonight) by disabling most of the bios features until after install.

BTW, I have done a ton of other troubleshooting on this... I've swapped out every single piece of hardware in this computer.... (including the mobo, but it was an identical model)

One of the steps recomended by MS knowledgebase is to ensure that all hardware is on the Windows Catalog compatibility list. All of my hardware is on this list except my motherboard, whch is an Epox EP-8KRA2+. There are about 30 motherboards by Epox on this list... but not my exact model.

Does this windows catalog compatibility listing really matter that much? Is this just because they didn't pay M$ to approve this particular board? Is this likely a cause of my problem? Or should I continue my troubleshooting elsewhere?

Does anybody know for sure if this board is "windows compatible" or not?
thanks
Mike
 

Answer:does the Windows Catalog matter?

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I'm not sure if this is a software or a hardware problem (probably both). My hard drive is full of viruses, and my computer won't boot from my XP cd so I can format the thing. It searches the boot record for a sec, doesn't finds anything and then goes on loading windows. I used the same cd for years, and It succesfully booted on another persons laptop last week. here's what i've tried so far:

set BIOS to prioritize my dvd writer
bought a new DVDrw thinking it was that. no difference.
tried to copy my xp cd contents on my flash drive using Winflash, i got a Debug trap when i tried to boot
tried to make an MSDOS bootable flash drive using another utility, but I get a Disk I/O error after i restart

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whenever i instert my windows CD i get what looks like an empty cd (?!) but the autorun works and the contents seem to be there.
Second note: I tried to boot without my hdd, just to see what happens. It searches for the boot record, doesn't finds anything (wrote Boot failure. Reboot and select proper boot device. ) I hit a key, it then finds the boot record and attempts to load the setup program. But it immedietely crashes and reads: TRAP 00000003 Debug Trap (with a long list of indecipherable code after that). Same result with my Winflash attempt i mentioned before
i have a 1yr old ASROCK motherboard (AGP) with 1gb ddr2 ram, 512md ddr2 video card, a 160gb SATA HD and a very old AMD chipset.my harddrive is on pri Master and my DVDrw is on sec M... Read more

Answer:Windows CD won't boot no matter what.

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My computer is an hp running windows 7 and has had a few problems in the past with freezing. Recently its been doing fine but the other day windows 10 had almost installed and i was able to cancel it cause I've heard mostly negative feedback. Now ever since that little encounter my computer has been freezing after a few minutes of running. I've tried starting it in all the different safe modes and it still freezes! Is there anyway to fix this or am i better off getting a new computer?Edit: Moved topic from Windows 7 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Answer:Windows freezes no matter what

How to receive help diagnosing Blue Screens and Windows crashes - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic176011.html
 
Louis

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I am trying to fix my friends computer and it won't boot into windows all. When I try to start it normally it goes to the start up menu and I select start windows normallyand then it sits there and eventually it says Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe. But when I select safe mode I get multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe at the bottom of the start op menu screen. I tried to use the xp disk to do a repair or a install but when i get to the press any key to boot from cd all I get is a gray screen, the disk does spin for 10 seconds or so then it stops.

The computer is a dell Inspiron 8600 laptop

Here is a link for the spec's"

http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/dell-inspiron-8600-for/4507-3121_7-30521464.html?tag=mncolBtm;rnav

Thanks for the help

Happy Thanksgiving!
 

Answer:Won't boot into windows no matter what!

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I have tried Windows 7 install disc.
I have tried Windows 7 repair disc.
In both instances the black "Windows loading files" with the horizontal load bar completes the animation and immediately after it restarts and then back to square one.

Answer:Windows 7 does not load no matter what...

Check memory:
Download Memtest86+ (you want the 2nd one Download - Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip)). Unzip it then create a CD from the iso file using your CD burning software. There is a good freeware burner called ImgBurn which will do this easily.

DO NOT burn the .iso file directly to CD. It must be used as input to a program that knows what to do with it, like the one I mentioned above.

You can do this on any computer that has a working CD Burner.

You can also use a Flash drive instead of a CD.

Download - Auto-installer for USB Key (Win 9x/2k/xp/7) *NEW!*.
Unzip and run Memtest86+ USB Installer.exe.
It will format the flash drive if you tell it to. I used a small, 16MB flash drive and it had 8.5GB left when done.

Boot the CD or Flash drive and run
Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
7 Free Hard Drive Testing Programs
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
Bootable Hard Drive Diagnostics

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Hey everyone,
I have been searching the past few days for a solution to this problem and everything I've tried has come up empty so I'm reaching out for some specific help. Here's my story:

I did a clean computer build a few months ago and installed Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit at the time. It has been running just fine until very recently, even though I have not installed anything new in quite some time.

When I boot up normally-it hangs on the "Starting windows" screen with the logo indefinitely, and the HDD indicator light stays lit up, not flashing.

When I boot up in safe mode-it stops at classPNP.sys (a common stopping point, I guess?) and never goes any further.

When I try to boot from CD to repair-it just kicks me to "Starting windows" screen again.

When I try to repair from advanced boot options-it takes me to a black screen with the cursor.

I have had exactly 2 instances of it crashing and shutting down, and some hanging on shut down, but this is new. I figure I need to do some serious registry fixing, I just need to get there. If someone could offer some guidance I would be so grateful, as I work on that PC.

If you need any more information I will be happy to provide what I can.

Edit: In what appears to be a stroke of luck, it booted up. I downloaded and ran Free Windows Registry Repair, and haven't done anything else. But I am booted up and won't shut down for now.

Answer:Windows won't boot no matter what I try.

Nevermind, desktop... Clean build. Have you tried clearing the CMOS? How To Clear CMOS (Reset BIOS)

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If you notice, Windows Server 2003 uses the NT 5.2 kernel where as Windows XP only uses the NT 5.1 kernel?

Does that mean that the NT kernel in Windows Server 2003 is more up to date and offers better performance than the one in XP because it has a higher version number? Or should you not read too much into the version number? Even if it is an updated version which is better than NT 5.1, that in of itself is still not enough reason to use Windows Server 2003 over Windows XP for gaming and desktop use as you will likely run into problems because there are many other differences in both operating systems and 2003 is meant for serving and not workstation/desktop and gaming use.

But that difference in the version number is only the difference in the kernel with the kernel being newer in Windows Server 2003? So why doesn't Microsoft apply the NT 5.2 kernel to Windows XP 32-bit versions so the desktop editions of the 32-bit Windows versions has the most up to date kernel as well? ZCan you read to much into that? Or are the same updates to the kernel applied to NT 5.1, but with the only difference being the user doesn't see it because the version number is still the same? Another words, can Microsoft apply the same updates to NT 5.1, but without changing the version number?

I'm sure Ramma-Sao would be best at answering this question.
 

Answer:Does the version number of the Windows XP and Windows 2003 kernel matter?

In truth it doesn't matter, because they server two different platforms. I'm hoping this doesn't dig up the old Server 2003 for gaming debates, because it's been beaten to death already, several times over. Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server shouldn't be compared because they are not competing products.

If you're going to be playing games and using it like a desktop computer, you go with XP (one of the several flavors).

If you're going to be "serving" apps and files, and multiple people will be using the computer at the same time, you want Windows 2003 Server.
 

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Hello All

I have a Dell E5410 Latitude and had 5 win7 installations earlier.

Later, only 2 installs behaved as windows (on rest, windows refused to accept as a valid OS).

I removed data and formatted the disk using linux. Later installed Windows 7 and it works good still.

Problem is, when I install another win7 in a different partition (Primary), it installs fully. But on rebooting goes to the Startup Repair loop.

Tried almost 11 times, then deleted partitions, resized them and again tried installing.

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In earlier installs I found windows update did download, while restarting installed upto 30% and then failed to boot.

In the last install, I turned off the Automatic Update from control panel and from services also. 2-3 times it rebooted well, but when tried this morning, again the same startup problem.

What should I suspect and how to go about it? Any ideas? Thanks

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Well first of all , my power source blew. So thus I replaced it. When I started it up again , windows froze , so I used my startup disk from ME to delete the partition , format it and vice versa. Then I boot up the windows xp pro cd from the drive and it goes to that blue screen , it says setup is starting windows and it just stops there , no action whatsoever. so as a test , i installed SusE (Linux) and Linux works perfectly fine but I dont really want Linux . So what could be wrong ?

I even tried my friends xp and it does the same thing

any help would be AMAZING

thx alot!!
happy nyear

Answer:Windows XP Wont Install NO MATTER WHAT!

Do you have a active partition set after you deleted the partition.
A: fdisk

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Hi guys. I appreciate you for looking at my problem here

Here's what happened:

1. I reformat my computer to give to my little brother, I put in XP, I put in all the drivers and all is fine and dandy until he realizes I forgot the Audigy 2 driver (sound card).
2. I try downloading the driver but alas, it says it's incompatible with anything lower than Vista, and thus I finally find the CD and pop it in.
3. Application says it can't detect my sound card (uhhhmm...) and doesn't load the driver, but instead starts installing Creative Media.
4. I can't find the exit button or cancel button, and so I turn off my computer instead, intent on fixing the sound card issue before installing Creative Media.
5. Computer won't boot Windows. It goes through the Bios screen, my RAID screen, and finally to my device screen. Then, when it SHOULD show the windows screen, it just goes *all black*. No matter how long I let it sit.
6. I tried booting from a XP startup disc, a XP CD, I tried booting with the onboard soundcard turned off (just in case)... and in the end I put in a '98 startup disc so I could try to get in to DOS. DOS went in, tried to format C from there thinking that the shutdown must have corrupted a Windows file .. but it couldn't do it.

I can't go to safe mode or recovery mode because it won't even get to the Windows loading screen. When the screen is black, you hear all fans and all lights are still on.

Is my problem the H... Read more

Answer:Windows REFUSES to boot (no matter what)

just in case , remove sound card physically before continuing

am guessing that you are putting xp on a vista machine??? yes? if so your vista machine may not be xp compatable especially the drives (sata controller)

if my guess is ttoally wrong you could format the HDD in another comp then reinstall it back to yours

could try http://www.killdisk.com/
 

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I will try to explain as detailed as possible. I was trying to remove system fix/check on a friends computer as a few of them had recently gotten the virus upon which i was able to remove successfully. When I received this computer I correctly removed system fix/check from the computer but there were several other viruses hanging about. Not being familiar with them, after running SuperAntiSpyware (i believe was the name) I then installed Avast which ran a complete scan and found 7 viruses considered to be a serious threat. I opted to delete them as they did not appear to be system files and avast promptly asked me if i would like to run a boot time scan or boot scan to which i replied "yes". at 5% it found, or claimed to have found a virus in C:/hp/bin/endprocess.exe and listed several options. next to deleted it said (recommended) so I chose that option. I don't know why the name and location stuck out to me as it was 2am and I was really not paying attention giving complete control to avast...well the scan continued after these finding several files and by its own choice, deleting them. it reached around 67% and the screen went black.

since then i am stuck in a loop and the computer will NOT reboot...i have tried restore to a previously known stable state, safe mode, repair, recovery, even the windows advanced recovery option for processors or something like that and it will appear to be starting but nothing ever does...i either get the "startin... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 will NOT boot no matter what options I try

I've put in a request for assistance by placing it on the list we maintain for systems which are unbootable due to malware. Some one will assist you as quickly as possible .

Louis

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Hi all, I know there is a ton of info out there regarding this but I've tried everything. (unbootable boot volume)I accidentally turned off the power as Windows Updates was occuring and now the death has appeared.

The only thing I can get to work is the F12 boot device selection menu which allows me to boot from the original CD but will DESTROY all data. I will present the info below in the even that I have not searched thoroughly enough.

Cannot get Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, Safe Mode with Command Prompt or Last Known Good Configuration to work, or Start Windows Normally.
It gets hung up at BTRYCHKR.sys is where it goes to bluescreen

I am using a Toshiba Satellite 10, PSP16C (yeah it's ancient). Every now and then I would get a message in the middle of the screen saying I must replace the battery with serial number xxxxx etc and it would present me with 2 serial numbers, one of which was the actual battery I was using. Toshiba has never known, rectified this issue with mine. When I pressed the OKAY button in the message, my lappy would shut down. I don't know if this is relevant, but since it won't go passed BTRYCHKR, I thought it may be relevant.

When I try on Safe Mode, this is the message:
*** STOP: 0x000000ed (0x83B442B8, 0xc0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

When I try in Safe Mode with Networking it comes up as (0x83B52590) as the first series in the brackets.

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Answer:Windows XP BSOD will not reboot no matter what I do

Hi tommy, welcome to TSF.

BTRYCHKR.sys - is the Toshiba Battery Checker driver - it could be corrupt??

There are reports that a Windows Update is causing BSOD's with computers with corrupted drivers, or an infected atapi.sys file. The fact you're able to name a driver in the Safe Mode boot up process is intriguing.

OK, so assuming the patch was installed before you pulled the cord - please do the following:


Code:
1. Boot from your Windows XP CD or DVD and start the recovery console (see this Microsoft article for help with this step)
Once you are in the Repair Screen..
2. Type this command: CHDIR $NtUninstallKB977165 $\spuninst
3. Type this command: BATCH spuninst.txt
4. Type this command: systemroot
5. When complete, type this command: exit
Does this enable you to get back into Windows??

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I re installed Win 7 after trying Win 10 for awhile and everything seems fine except windows update just searches for hours and it finds nothing .
 
 
Only updates i see installed are :
 
kb2534111
kb958488
kb976902
 
Any ideas
 
Thank you

Answer:Can't get windows updates to install no matter what i do

G'day herbman, give this a run. There are two options...try #1 first....then if no joy, #2.........then
 
Option 1: applying quick fixes to Windows Update
Automated troubleshooter works in all supported Windows versions (from XP to 8.1, support for Windows 10 will become available shortly).
Open Microsoft's How do I reset Windows Update components page.
Click the Run now button in the appropriate section: Windows 8.1, Windows 8, and Windows 7; or Windows Vista and Windows XP. 
After downloading and launching WindowsUpdateDiagnostics.diagcab, click Next.
The Find and fix problems with Windows Update tool will then run different problem detections and repairs. This usually takes several minutes. Click Close the troubleshooter after the process is complete.
Please note that in Safe Mode the Fix status column will always state "Not fixed" because Automatic Updates service cannot be started.
If required, restart your PC. After this, you can test if Windows Update works correctly.
Option 2: downloading Fix It tool 50202 to reinstall Windows Update completely
Fix It 50202 works in Windows XP, Vista and 7 only.
If the first option did not help, Microsoft also has the very powerful Fix It Tool 50202 that completely reinstalls Windows Update components. This one is especially helpful in cases where Windows Update is not able to check for updates (for example, error 800700C1) or installs the same updates all over again (several cases with infinite loops of .NET... Read more

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The title says most of it, so I'll go through what I have tried and what happened when I tried it. (on version 10240 btw)
Run Windows update manually. I've run it dozens of times now, the 1511 update is there but always fails.Make sure defer upgrades is uncheck. I don't even have this option, and haven't since I went from Tech Preview to full.Use WIndows Media Creation tool. Gets to the end and says setup can't run, reboot and try again.Install from ISO. Exact same issue as Media Creation tool, but without the long wait of it downloading files.Run SFC and retry updates. Ran it once, it said there was files it couldn't fix but I tried updating anyway. Failed. Ran it 3 more times in a row (in hopes of it fixing the files it said it couldn't fix the first time) each times it said there was files it couldn't fix and the update still failed.Download update from MS update catalog. Not knowing exactly which one it was when I searched for "1511" I downloaded all of the x64-based cumulative updates and tried all of them one by one. Every single one said it was not meant for my computer.Downloaded .MSU file from another thread. I tried the 1511 one here and it also said it was not for this computer.Rebooted into minimal startup and try from ISO. Same issue as if I wasn't in minimal. "Failed reboot and try again"

So I am at a loss at this point. This computer started out as a Gateway machine with WIn7 Home on it, which I then upgraded to Win 10 Tech Preview, and ... Read more

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Ok here's the situation.

Right now I have a desktop system and a laptop. Both are running OEM copies of XP Professional.

Problem is that I'm selling my laptop and I forgot what XP CD goes to what system.

Does it matter? If so, how can I figure out what CD goes to what system?

All information/advice is appreciated, thanks!
 

Answer:I forgot what Windows CD goes to what system - does it matter?

no it doesn't matter just make sure ur given the right driver cd
 

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Hi - I need help starting my ASUS laptop, currently running Windows 8.

Because the OS came installed on the laptop, I cannot create new installation software due to it being a "manufacturer's key", nor was I given an installation disk.

The problem arose when I reset the computer to factory settings and then proceeded to download and install Windows Updates. The updates finished installing and I restarted the computer.

I returned several minutes later and it said "Configuring Windows features - 25% complete - do not turn off your computer." I then left to do something else. When I returned, I found a screen that said "Failure configuring Windows features - Reverting changes - Do not turn off your computer."

I waited for quite a while, but nothing changed, so I ended up turning it off and back on again.

Now, whenever I boot, it says "Preparing automatic repair" and eventually takes me to a message that says "Windows Startup repair could not fix the problem." and gives me the choice to shutdown or go to Advanced Startup Options.

On Advanced Startup Options, nothing works. I get errors if I try to refresh or reset the computer, I have no functioning restore points, I can't do anything with the system image, Safe Mode doesn't work and nor does Disable automatic restart upon failure or Enter Recovery Environment...

I tried running chkdsk and sfc...chkdsk doesn't do anything and when I type in sfc /scannow I get ... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Can't start Windows 8 no matter what I do.

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

How old is the PC?

If Asus did not provide you with a installation CD, how did you go about reinstalling Windows 8?

How long did you give it before you shut it down?

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The title says most of it, so I'll go through what I have tried and what happened when I tried it. (on version 10240 btw)
Run Windows update manually. I've run it dozens of times now, the 1511 update is there but always fails.Make sure defer upgrades is uncheck. I don't even have this option, and haven't since I went from Tech Preview to full.Use WIndows Media Creation tool. Gets to the end and says setup can't run, reboot and try again.Install from ISO. Exact same issue as Media Creation tool, but without the long wait of it downloading files.Run SFC and retry updates. Ran it once, it said there was files it couldn't fix but I tried updating anyway. Failed. Ran it 3 more times in a row (in hopes of it fixing the files it said it couldn't fix the first time) each times it said there was files it couldn't fix and the update still failed.Download update from MS update catalog. Not knowing exactly which one it was when I searched for "1511" I downloaded all of the x64-based cumulative updates and tried all of them one by one. Every single one said it was not meant for my computer.Downloaded .MSU file from another thread. I tried the 1511 one here and it also said it was not for this computer.Rebooted into minimal startup and try from ISO. Same issue as if I wasn't in minimal. "Failed to start setup properly. reboot and try again"Run DISM with /limitaccess. Same error as installing from ISO.

So I am at a loss at this point. This computer started out as a G... Read more

Answer:Windows 10 1511 will not install no matter what I do!

RolandHazoto said:

The title says most of it, so I'll go through what I have tried and what happened when I tried it. (on version 10240 btw)
Run Windows update manually. I've run it dozens of times now, the 1511 update is there but always fails.Make sure defer upgrades is uncheck. I don't even have this option, and haven't since I went from Tech Preview to full.Use WIndows Media Creation tool. Gets to the end and says setup can't run, reboot and try again.Install from ISO. Exact same issue as Media Creation tool, but without the long wait of it downloading files.Run SFC and retry updates. Ran it once, it said there was files it couldn't fix but I tried updating anyway. Failed. Ran it 3 more times in a row (in hopes of it fixing the files it said it couldn't fix the first time) each times it said there was files it couldn't fix and the update still failed.Download update from MS update catalog. Not knowing exactly which one it was when I searched for "1511" I downloaded all of the x64-based cumulative updates and tried all of them one by one. Every single one said it was not meant for my computer.Downloaded .MSU file from another thread. I tried the 1511 one here and it also said it was not for this computer.Rebooted into minimal startup and try from ISO. Same issue as if I wasn't in minimal. "Failed reboot and try again"

So I am at a loss at this point. This computer started out as a Gateway machine with WIn7 Home on it, which I then upgrad... Read more

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Hi I have my friends hp Laptop windows 7 Home premium 64 bit with 8gig memory is running cpu at 100% whenever any browser is used. I did do the malware thread on this forum to see if that was the issue once we did that I was pointed to here. I also did some other things like cleanup disk,defrag and ran updates ect. Still I have the high CPU Issues when ever any Internet browser is running.

Any help would be awesome !

Thanks
 

Answer:Windows 7 Cpu Runs 100 No Matter Which Browser Is Used

Is it the browser using 100% CPU?
What does Task Manager show?
 

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Hello guys, I came here for some help because i'm totally clueless on what to do now

I bought an internal hard drive (Hitachi 500GB 5400rpm), to use on my PS3. So before I can use on the console, I have to format it so I can put the PS3 update file so that the console can install the system files to be able to operate with the drive. But no matter what I do, I can't format the drive.

I'm using an enclosure, to connect it via USB like an external hard drive. Windows can't access it at all, doesn't appear on the disk management either. I know the drive's working because I can hear it spinning, it shows up on the device manager as an USB Device and the BIOS detects it as well. I tried connecting it via SATA, by removing one of my laptop's system drives, so I could use a bootable USB Windows 8.1 disk to format the drive that way but it doesn't detect it either. I went to HGST's website, they have a drive fitness tool that solves nothing. I tried using an Acronis disk management app, but it also doesn't detect the drive. I even tried using freeware drive format apps, like Fat32Formatter, and none of them worked...

I have no idea what to do. Can anyone help me?

Thank you for your time

Answer:Windows can't access brand new HDD, no matter what I try

plug in the extHDD and then open command prompt(admin)

type> diskpart
type> list volume

Do you see a 5GB volume??

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I am having a nightmare of a time and would very much appreciate any support and advice.

I cannot sucessfully complete download and install Windows 7 SP1 for my Windows 7 Home premium operating system. I have followed all available instructions from Windows and other forums to no avail.

As recommended by Windows, I ran the FIX IT software to update any drivers to no avail. I also tried to download and install their recommended Driver update software that wasn't free, and so did not continue with the operation and uninstalled it. Apparent outdated drivers (according to the un-free one) appear to be the REALTECK ones, yet there are no warnings of out-dated drivers in my device manager to indicate any outdated drivers. I am now downloading a free Driver Boost software programme, yet doubtful that it will resolve the issue. I do not have any anti-virus running either, and have selected the appropriate (enable) downloads in my Internet Options software to allow all downloads.

The error message I appear to get whilst downloading Windows 7 service pack 1 - code error. I want to install IE 11 but cannot do this without having the SP1 installed.

Apart from the updated drivers on my PC which do not need upgrading, and not having any programme blocking the successful installation of SP1 - I am at a loss as to what I need to do to get it installed. I could manipulate registry keys, yet this is quite risky and may not resolve the problem either.

Answer:Cannot download or install Windows 7 SP1 no matter what

Please follow the Windows Update Posting Instructions and post the requested data

If the file is too large (8MB compressed), remove the older CBSPersist cab files until the final file is below the limit - you can always post them separately after zipping them. (the forum doesn't allow the upload of bare CAB files, for a number of reasons)

Please also post the C:\Windows\windowsudpate.log file

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web browser I download with and it's no fun!Do I do a complete re install of Winblowz or what? I have been getting blue screen's at times, but none as of late!I am a Dell Laptop running windows 7

Answer:Windows 7, Files are corrupt no matter what

You'll really have to tell us more for us to help you.For example, what browser are you using? What files are you trying to download?

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I'm just backing up my user files onto My E: drive. Some libraries point to the D: drive (Music, pictures, videos), but I'm not backing up my movies library.

I have changes some of the settings (such as not backing up certain other files on my D: drive and skipping my movie library), but it still always stops at 25%. Help?

Answer:Windows backup freezes at 25% no matter what i do?

Never mind, it was trying to back up the user profile that WMC created, which had movies in it's library.Seems to be working now.

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Hey, I'm building a new gaming PC, and I need to know a few things.
Since you can't buy the Windows 7 32bit/64bit by itself without buying a system from a website, I found a copy of Windows 7 Professional Full on Newegg.com for only $260.
Since Newegg is a US website (I think...), I'd need my copy of Windows 7 shipped to Australia where I live.
Will Windows 7 still work in the same way it would if I bought an Australian copy of Windows 7? I'm mainly referring to the product code it comes with, because I don't want to find that I spent $260 for a product that doesnt work.

Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Solved: Windows 7 - Does location matter?

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I know just a tiny bit about computers  because of  trial and error through the years. When my son's computer was intermittently freezing I said I would look at it.  He has a Dell XPS M5130 laptop with Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit.  He also said it was running a disk check each time he turned it on.  It did that for me when I turned it on. The first thing I did was check his Windows Updates.  There was only one there :  SP2.  I clicked to install it while we watched a movie, and when I looked in on it a while later, it was the BSoD.
 
Now Windows won't open at all.  Goes straight to BSoD.  I've tried every Safe Mode option.  They all freeze while loading files as soon as they get as far as crcdisk.sys.
 
No System Restore points work.  They all say a file is corrupted or unreadable and give this number:  0x80070570.
 
I've tried the F12 Diagnostics.  It ran for a while, then began looping during one of the memory checks.
 
Start Up Repair first said it could not repair the problems automatically.  I can give all the Problem Signatures if that will  help.
 
Today, after another stab at Start Up  repair, it said it could not find any problems. (!)
 
I think that is everything I've tried.
 
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Answer:Windows Vista won't open, no matter what I try

Hi and to BC community
To save your most important files without using windows, try using Puppy Linux bootable disc. Let us know if all went fine to proceed with the next step.

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Ever since i downloaded windows 10 my lenovo idea pad will go to sleep after only 3 minutes of inactivity. Iv'e gone into the setting and changed it to what I want but no matter what I do it it stays the same. It's extremely frustrating could anyone please help.

Answer:Windows 10 sleeps after 3 minutes, no matter what.

Probably related to settings prior to upgrade. Do you recall the settings on your previous system? I have a similar problem with one laptop in relation to telling it never to ask for a password after it sleeps and every time it sleeps it wants a password! I will eventually check registry and see what's up!

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Ever since i downloaded windows 10 my lenovo idea pad will go to sleep after only 3 minutes of inactivity. Iv'e gone into the setting and changed it to what I want but no matter what I do it it stays the same. It's extremely frustrating could anyone please help.

Answer:Windows 10 sleeps after 3 minutes, no matter what.

Probably related to settings prior to upgrade. Do you recall the settings on your previous system? I have a similar problem with one laptop in relation to telling it never to ask for a password after it sleeps and every time it sleeps it wants a password! I will eventually check registry and see what's up!

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I have alot of applications that were installed before the upgrade but most of them do not appear in the all apps list. I have tried adding them several different ways. (pinning to the start menu, creating shortcuts in the start programs folder, etc. Nothing works. I have had to fight with other problems on an almost daily basis. I am starting to regret upgrading to windows 10 more and more with each passing day. Please someone give me an answer that doesn't involve creating more users because I have already tried that, running The scan utility didn't help at all either. Please give me some help I can use.

Answer:Why can't I get programs to appear in the all apps list in Windows 10 no matter what I do?

When you say applications, do you mean Windows Store apps or full Win32 programs?

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Hi, wondering if you all could help me.

For some reason, Windows 10 will not let me set a background image through the personalisation menu, through the photos application, etc. Any photo I try to apply will cause the background image to turn black. I can strangely enough change the background image to a 'Solid Colour' through the personalisation menu. I have tried several solutions such as checking if 'show windows background' is checked on, placing the photo on the desktop and setting the background image from there and the obvious reboot. I am not prepared to wipe the laptop just yet, as there may be another solution that could correct this suggested by you guys

I am running Windows 10 on a laptop for the record.

Cheers,
Rohan

EDIT - I have tried to set a background image through the Photos application again and got this error, but have no clue how to set permissions for the Photos app. I have checked and Windows is activated.

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Batten down your patches... A virus or worm that exploits newly revealed vulnerabilities in the current versions of Windows could emerge fairly soon, security experts say, in part because the vulnerabilities are very similar to the flaws exploited by the MSBlast worm. Alfred Huger, senior director of engineering at Symantec Security Response, said: ?This is essentially the same type of vulnerability. We?re likely to see them [new viruses] in the near future.? Code that exploits the vulnerability is already being exchanged between researchers, he said. A new virus could come out in the next few days, he added, if not sooner. Robin Matlock, vice president of marketing at Network Associates, speculated that an exploit might take a few weeks. Still, ?the gap between vulnerabilities and exploits is shrinking dramatically,? she said. Microsoft has already issued a patch (click here)and a scanning tool that ensures systems are patched. The company and a host of security firms are urging businesses and consumers to apply the new software as soon as possible. Both the patch and new scanning tool are necessary, according to Microsoft. If users download the new patch but have the old scanning tool, that tool will state that the PC has not been repaired, a Microsoft representative said. A damaging outbreak could well hinge on how quickly people and institutions move to inoculate their PCs against potential attacks. Often, businesses and consumers can be slow to patch systems. A patch fo... Read more

Answer:New Windows virus outbreak just a matter of days!

Very true,A simalar MS blast worm could do the same, all it has to do is be coded to exploit the different parts of the RPC system.Microsoft and security expert Mark Richards say the patch should be installed quickly before virus creaters change the MS BLAST worm to exploit the new parts.RegardsGaz

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Hi, wondering if you all could help me.

For some reason, Windows 10 will not let me set a background image through the personalisation menu, through the photos application, etc. Any photo I try to apply will cause the background image to turn black. I can strangely enough change the background image to a 'Solid Colour' through the personalisation menu. I have tried several solutions such as checking if 'show windows background' is checked on, placing the photo on the desktop and setting the background image from there and the obvious reboot. I am not prepared to wipe the laptop just yet, as there may be another solution that could correct this suggested by you guys

I am running Windows 10 on a laptop for the record.

Cheers,
Rohan

EDIT - I have tried to set a background image through the Photos application again and got this error, but have no clue how to set permissions for the Photos app. I have checked and Windows is activated.

Answer:Windows 10 will not let me set a background image NO MATTER WHATCH

Hello Rohan Welcome to the Ten Forums!

Have you made any attempt to right click on the intended new wallpaper by manually browsing to it in File Explorer(previously Windows Explorer)? In the right click context menu the "Set as desktop background" bypasses the need to bring up the Personalization options by seeing an image or photo file designated as the new background on the spot. You might see a prompt from the UAC(User Account Control) about allowing the change to take place.

If this is being seen on a typical upgrade over a previous version a run of the "S"ystem "F"ile "C"hecker tool might be a help as well. With a fast right click on the Start button you simply scroll to the Command prompt(Admin) option for insuring the elevated permssions and type "sfc /scannow" in at the dos like prompt and hit enter to get that going. The tool will check for any missing or foobared system files to an extent replacing what it can.

For anything more extensive like finding other bugs in Windows before the last resort of seeing a full install the next prior option before that of course would be the In-Place Upgrade to Repair type install. That will replace all of the main system files without effect on the programs themselves with a few exceptions at times.

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Every time our end user goes to shut down or log off for the day, the closing screen shows "Installing 1 of 3 updates"
I have manually run this and installed all updates that were pending, I also ran the reset of the Windows updates to no avail.
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-update/reset-windows-updates/2e26953d-58c4-4704-b627-4a743e87e15c?auth=1
We are not sure what updates these are, but no matter what it keeps showing the same thing every time the user signs out




Bryan

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I had Windows XP (OEM) and upgraded to Windows 7 Pro Upgrade. I just upgraded my motherboard and bought a new version of Windows XP and plan on migrating my Windows 7 upgrade over to the new system.

Now when I bought the upgrade, it was via download only. Apparently I never saved a copy of that file and now the link is dead. I've found a website offering downloads of the ISO files for all versions of Windows 7 and plan on using that software as the upgrade since I no longer have access to the original upgrade materials.

My 2 questions are:

1) My licenses for both the new XP and Windows 7 upgrade are both genuine and authentic. Will it matter if I got the software from a different location? I would imagine no, but I'm just looking for verification.

2) Is there any difference between the software you get when you buy Win7Pro Retail vs the upgrade version? Or are they the exact same software with different licensing rules?

Thanks for your help guys.

Answer:Does it matter where you get your physical copy of Windows if your authentic?

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I've found a website offering downloads of the ISO files for all versions of Windows 7 and plan on using that software




There's a zillion sites out there that sell pirated software for cheap. Just search for "Buy Windows OEM" and the top search results are usually all illegal sites. Usually these sites are run buy thieves in places like Russia.

All Windows XP Pro OEM CD's are the same
All Windows XP Home OEM CD's are the same
All Windows 7 Home OEM CD's are the same
etc.
I believe the same goes with the more expensive retail CD's that allow you to move the OS from machine to machine.

The product key is what matters. With OEM if you install on a different machine, then it will not validate, and after 30 day's you're done unless you buy another product key.
With retail you're only allowed to have the product key on one machine at a time.

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I used to be able to and I had my defaults all set... now, since I accidentally pressed reset to defaults, I need to set it back to my previous programs. I can't do this. It simply won't let me. I'm in the right location to set the apps but selecting an app in the drop down does absolutely nothing. I click on a default app and it opens up a window with all options for that app. I click something on that window and it closes the window, doing nothing. The system settings window does not close or crash, it just doesn't do anything. I'm really frustrated because as a result of this I cannot view photos, mp3 files, videos and cannot open hyperlinks.

I've tried:
Restarting
Anything I can find on the first 10 pages of google when searching for the issue

Answer:Windows 10 won't let me change default apps no matter what.

I cleared up the problem I had by removing my microsoft (hotmail) login. I am now logged in locally only and I can change the default apps through the settings window.

Another workaround I've seen (probably on this site) is to use control panel/default programs area although it's not as convenient as the settings/apps area..

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I installed Windows 10 in a VMware VM. This was Build 1151 which took my Windows 8.1 and finished installed without incident. For some reason it did not activate online. However I got the Insider Fast Track Builds OK and it upgraded to Tech Preview Edition 11082. Does it even matter that Windows is not activated in this scenario? Is there any registry hack to remove the notification? It only cosmetic it seems so no big deal but still ..

Answer:Windows 10 Insider Preview is not activated - does it matter?

Look at slmgr /xpr



Either you are activated or you aren't. It has nothing to do with insider build versions, Microsoft accounts or anything else.

All insider builds have watermarks (and always have) - that is normal.

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After I upgraded my main computer to windows 8.1 and finding that I had a conflict with Kaspersky and a few things I needed I decided to use Windows Defender on all my Win 8.1 computers as the subscriptions came up. 
 
So... now I was uninstalling Kaspersky and every other anti-virus I could find on a laptop so I could turn on Windows Defender. But, every time I tried to turn it on in the control panel, it would just take me to a windows explorer window.
 
If I try other methods to activate it I'm taken to a screen that gives this message:
"This app has been turned off and isn't monitoring your computer....
If you're using another app to check for malicious or unwanted software, use Action Center to check that app's status."
 
I found an instruction on a windows forum to turn it on from the command prompt using this command:
 
sc start WinDefend Enable
 
The result was this message:
"Windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file. A recent hardware or software change might have installed a file that is signed incorrectly or damaged, or that might be malicious software from an unknown source."
 
Ultimately, I was going to come here anyway after I finished this task because this computer has been running terribly slow and I already suspected infections that weren't detected by running just the standard Kaspersky and Malwarebytes.
 
Any help is greatly appreciated!

Answer:Windows Defender won't start no matter what I try--a virus?

Same computer?
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/515712/google-browser-not-working-even-after-re-install-virus/

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I installed Windows 10 in a VMware VM. This was Build 1151 which took my Windows 8.1 and finished installed without incident. For some reason it did not activate online. However I got the Insider Fast Track Builds OK and it upgraded to Tech Preview Edition 11082. Does it even matter that Windows is not activated in this scenario? Is there any registry hack to remove the notification? It only cosmetic it seems so no big deal but still ..

Answer:Windows 10 Insider Preview is not activated - does it matter?

Look at slmgr /xpr



Either you are activated or you aren't. It has nothing to do with insider build versions, Microsoft accounts or anything else.

All insider builds have watermarks (and always have) - that is normal.

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I've just read in other thread about program named Inception that can basicly unlock any machine in matter of just minutes, by connecting the targetet pc/laptop to a host machine, and the program will trick the device memory and letting the attacker to type any words he likes, that the Operating system will consider the normal password? Just watched few videos in youtube about it. Also i found  that this program is being around for many years now, yet there is so little information for it? How can i've never heard of it since i read so much forums about security and stuff? If someone uses that program will it permanently delete/remove or change the original password, or it will remain as it was, so next time you log in normaly you will have no idea someone previously messed with your computer? I never believed such program exists, and they are even free. Jesus Christ.. Does this work on new laptops like Dell Inspiron 15z?

Answer:Inception program to unlock windows in matter of minutes?

I'm not sure about the "Inception" program, but there is one we use at our shop here that can remove it in seconds from WINXP-10 (not sure if i should name it or not, i leave that up to the mods) 
 
And to remove passwords one would need a program with a higher run-level than NT has. (Normally, things are changing)
 
the program we use completely wipes the password as if one had not been set. 
 
Also i can not definitively say if it will work on newer laptops or not. 

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A blue screen suddenly appears and a message is displayed:
A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
It takes around 60 seconds for the message to be displayed before i can write down the whole error message.

Is there any other way to view the errors. Plz help

Answer:Viewing Windows Xp Error Messages Or Logs In This Matter?

Click Start.Click Control Panel.Click Performance and Maintenance.Click System.Click the Advanced tab.In the Startup and Recovery box, click the Settings button.In the System Failure box, uncheck Automatically restart.Put a check in Write an event to the system log, and Send an administrative alert.Click OK.Reboot.Next time, it should give you an error message (BSOD) instead of restarting.Write it down, word for word, and post it here.

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I have got a new computer and just migrated to Win XP. My old Lexmark Z12 printer did not come with XP drivers so I was about to install an XP driver for my Lexmark Z12 printer.

I had just downloaded it from the Lexmark web page - but when I commenced - a window popped up saying that the driver was not stamped by Windows and therefore it might corrupt my system - so a chickened out.

Given that the driver came from Lexmark - does anyone have any thoughts on whether or not the driver would be OK - or should I just forget it

Answer:[SOLVED] Drivers Marked as Not Windows Stamped - Does this matter

Lmao, don't listen to that. Install it anyways. The windows stamp thing is useless IMO, just install the drivers you need.

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I've just read in other thread about program named Inception that can basicly unlock any machine in matter of just minutes, by connecting the targetet pc/laptop to a host machine, and the program will trick the device memory and letting the attacker to type any words he likes, that the Operating system will consider the normal password? Just watched few videos in youtube about it. Also i found  that this program is being around for many years now, yet there is so little information for it? How can i've never heard of it since i read so much forums about security and stuff? If someone uses that program will it permanently delete/remove or change the original password, or it will remain as it was, so next time you log in normaly you will have no idea someone previously messed with your computer? I never believed such program exists, and they are even free. Jesus Christ.. Does this work on new laptops like Dell Inspiron 15z?

Answer:Inception program to unlock windows in matter of minutes?

I'm not sure about the "Inception" program, but there is one we use at our shop here that can remove it in seconds from WINXP-10 (not sure if i should name it or not, i leave that up to the mods) 
 
And to remove passwords one would need a program with a higher run-level than NT has. (Normally, things are changing)
 
the program we use completely wipes the password as if one had not been set. 
 
Also i can not definitively say if it will work on newer laptops or not. 

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Long Story. PLEASE HELP ME !!
I am facing a weird problem in my past 15 years of experience. Though I am not a techie, but most of the times I have managed to solve the problem myself and by googling. So now here is the situation. My PC had an encounter with BSOD last week. Although, I managed to backup my data through my spare PC, but I am facing tons of errors while installing windows. At first place, I was facing problem in installing Windows 7, was not able to get past windows installation screen (where we choose to upgrade or custom install). There were problems like I was getting error 0x80070057 and others. Anyhow i used diskpart and used command ?clean? ?clean all? and others to make my hard disk able to install windows. Now the real problem !! I have installed Windows 7 ten times and Windows 10 twice, but no matter which windows I install, I am not able to see my desktop. While installing Windows 7, the screen stuck on ?Windows is finalizing settings?, even that I was able to past through but it wont show the desktop and when it boots, it starts repairing automatically.

The same thing happened while installing windows 10, I was stuck at ?Just a moment? and the loop continued. There is something that is hindering my computer to boot to desktop. I don?t know in detail how to deal with such deep problems, so I am posting here, I hope I would find solution for my problem. And yeah, I have checked my hard disk (WD 1 TB Black) with my spare PC and it shows the drive in M... Read more

Answer:HELP !! Unable to boot to Desktop no matter which Windows I install

Have you tested memory? Windows setup loads into memory and you have errors since the beginning.

You can use some linux distro like Ubuntu or Memtest directly.

MemTest86 - Download now!

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I just upgraded to windows 10 and when i go to open up windows end before nothing would happen. i finally started getting an error message telling me my trial period has ending that i need to redownloadi t. so i go to the window store and the first few times i tried it would briefly flash open and then nothing. now it says that i need to contact the administrator or reinstall. i have looked online and from what i found is everything tells me to go to settings. but my problem is the settings tells me the same thing as all my other apps that my trial has ended and i need to re download. if i didnt have chrome on my computer i wouldnt be able to do anything on it. i cant find a way to go back to windows 7 so i just tried to download 10 again. it took hrs like the first time but didnt do any of the installing after words so it didnt change anything. what do i need to do? please help

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Hi, I have had my T430 since August of 2012 at the start of college. I am currently running windows 8.1 pro and I recently just noticed my battery life issues and after installing lenovo settings I discovered that my battery's capacity is at 27% of the original capacity. The battery life is really bad, e.g. it says 15 minutes remaining at 25% on POWER SAVER mode.  I have google this and it said to "reset my battery" but unfortunately 8.1 Lenovo power manager doesn't have that feature.  I am just wondering if anyone had any suggestions for what to do?  Will I just have to get a new battery?

Answer:Lenovo T430 Battery Life 1+ hour on life saver

you would have to have a pre-Windows 8 OS to gain that crucial battery reset function. This is one reason why i dislike running Win 8 on ThinkPad.

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I have clean installed windows 7 ultimate 64 several times on my HP Pavilion DV6, and no matter what it always boots into safe mode w/o networking. I have brought up the boot options, selected start windows normally, and it still boots into safe mode. does anyone have any idea how to get it to boot normally? Thanks

Answer:windows 7 boots into safe mode after clean install no matter what i do

This may help.
Make sure their is no check mark in Safe Mode.

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To all owners of X1 Carbon 2017 (5th gen).I read all of those reviews where people are impressed by 10+ hours of battery life (15,5h advertised), but I can't really figure out how....!? First time I tested was a normal working day - Firefox (a lot of Flash it must be said), Outlook, Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat. Nothing really heavy, no peripherals except Bluetooth mouse. Brightness dimmed 1 level below the ideal. It lasted for about 4 hours! I windows's list of apps affecting battery life, Firefox was on 1st place with 32-35% Second attempt - same set of tasks, however less Firefox (no flash) - 7 hours. Now in the middle of a 3rd attempt (using Opera this time) - battery time remaining indication goes over 10h only when I completely stop using the laptop Not many apps running in the background either (Dropbox, Skype...) So my question - do you guys get more than 10h of battery life and HOW? Do you enable "Battery Stretch"? How actively do you use it and for what?

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My father's laptop crashed, and we need a solution quickly to get him back to work.

We recently backed up his Outlook 2003 and we need a way to find him a quick solution and get it up and running on Windows Mail (his laptop is from a company that hasn't provided Outlook as part of his Office).
 

Answer:Solved: URGENT MATTER: Can Outlook 2003 be backed up to Windows Mail?

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Hi,

I am wondering if end-of-life Vista is more dangerous than end-of-life XP. My reasoning is that Vista more closely resembles Win 10 than XP. So as MS was saying, attackers may reverse engineer patches meant for recent OS's into exploits that work on the end-of-life one. So it seems to me that Vista looks more dangerous than XP.
 

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sorry to intrude..but look like my life tile doesn't life again.....
is there a solution for this. to be specific store is dead now, calendar, mail, ..
already restarting, from clean 'till normal, sfc , dism , cleanup storecomponent, ..
thanks!

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Question: Life of Windows 7

Wonder how long Windows 7 is going to be around before I am
going to be forced to buy the coming Windows 10 disaster?

Answer:Life of Windows 7

  
Quote: Originally Posted by phenix


Wonder how long Windows 7 is going to be around before I am
going to be forced to buy the coming Windows 10 disaster?


You won't be forced to buy Windows 10; you can continue to use Windows 7 after MS decides to end their support.

What influenced you to predetermine that Windows 10 is a disaster? It hasn't even been fully developed at this time.

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Question: Windows XP Life

Evening All,

I'm just wanting to know when Windows XP Pro is going end of life? it says the following on the Microsoft site

Direct OEM and Retail License Availability (end date)

June 30, 2008

System Builder License Availability (end date)

January 31, 2009

I dont quite understand the above, we build systems for a customer and use the OEM version of Windows XP Pro so from the above I gather I can only buy the OEM or Retail until June 30th 2008?

Am I correct in thinking this?

Paul Wike
 

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My machine was working fine. I had been on it for a couple hours just doing regular internet browsing. I tried to open a program (EverQuest 2) and it would open then immediately crash "EverQuest 2 has encountered an error". So I figured, reboot the machine. After the POST, it tells me to either launch start up repair or start normally. I chose start normally. It would go to the "starting windows" screen and the logo will not show up. it just stays there.

Powered down, and after the POST got the same options again. I picked start up repair this time. It would load the bar and show "loading windows files" or whatnot and when the bar would get completely full, it would freeze there.

My computer doesnt have a CD/DVD drive, I installed Windows 7 from USB. So I plugged the USB drive back into the computer and tried booting from that. It would go thru the "loading windows files" just fine, I can see the drive flashing as its being accessed. When the bar filled up, it would progress to "Starting Windows" screen, and stop blinking and just sit there... doing nothing. Tried using Safe Mode. Wouldn't load either.

I have not a clue what I should be looking for to even start getting it working again. The only physical change I've made to the system was plugging in another monitor to my graphic card. And even then, I've shut down and rebooted and it's been just fine.

Any help, advice, or a point in the right direction would be... Read more

Answer:Unable to load past "Starting Windows" no matter what method

Check your ram.
Memory Diagnostics Tool
Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

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1.Prolonging battery life-cycle by the "do not charge when battery charge is above nn% which by default is 96%. How about setting it manually to much smaller value. 50%-60%. Would that prolong batterly life-cycle? (When I dont want to charge the battery)2. All parameters set to small values for using as little energy as possible for extending the time when nly battery power is available: The temperature is still (far too) high underneath where (center-center) the ventilation gaps are. How come? The only process take CPU-power is logmon.exe from IBM/Lenovo...3. Logmon.exe is alway running at about 15% CPU... How can I change that?4 Is the screen background light gas-filled? If so, will the life-cycle shorten if it turns on/off to frequently? (Light timeout value to low)Thank you IBM/Lenovo for this site.Regards,





-Tom Hummel, Norway ThinkPad Z60m 2529-FJGP M 760(2GHz), 1GB RAM, 100GB 5400rpm HD, 15.4in 1680x1050 LCD, 128MB ATI Radeon X600, CDRW/DVDRW, Intel 802.11abg wireless, Bluetooth/Modem, 1Gb Ethernet, UltraNav, Secure chip, IEEE 1394, Fingerprint reader, 6c Li-Ion batt, WinXP Home

Answer:Battery life and charge-cycle. Background light life-cycle.

1)  See and follow the hints and tips of the Battery University2) Look at the Z60m part list or into the HMM in order to detect which parts/components are sitting there, this will give you some hint what parts might get heated up a lot near the thermal device.3) AFAIK logmon.exe is part of or belongs to ThinkVantage rescues & recovery. - If it runs as a service on your OS, then you can disable that service or maybe you can just change the scheduling times for that monitor service inside r & r. A look into the r & r manual, which can be found on Lenovo's website, might can tell you more about this.4) Look for yourself here, CCFL backlights for notebooks have usually a life time of 15.000 till 30.000 hours. Yes in practise the life-time will shorten, but this is common for all electronic devices over time.





ThinkPad T60/X32/600/770 · IBM IntelliStation · 3x IBM SpaceSaver II

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I did a reset of my brand new modem due to some bs I went through with it today, and I've done everything in the modem settings to secure it I think. I created passwords for my internet login and changed my modem's default password. My Android tablet lists my wifi as being a secured wireless network, and I can't seem to get into it without a password. I've restarted my computer, but in the network settings in my Control Panel, it says I have a "Public network"? I'm not sure what I'm missing.

I'm using a Hitron CGN3. I wonder if it even matters what Windows says at this point. Hoping someone knows a bit about this stuff. What is it supposed to mean when Windows says my internet connection is a Public network?

Answer:Does the fact Windows says I have a "Public network" matter at all?

I reckon you should probably be on a private network. You can change to private network via the "Network and Sharing Center" > "Homegroup". Then click on "change network location", and then "Yes". (I think that's all correct)

Source: Techopedia





A public network is a type of network wherein anyone, namely the general public, has access and through it can connect to other networks or the Internet. This is in contrast to a private network, where restrictions and access rules are established in order to relegate access to a select few. Since a public network has few or no restrictions, users need to be wary of possible security risks when accessing it.

A private network is any connection within a specified network wherein restrictions are established to promote a secured environment. This type of network can be configured in such a way that devices outside the network cannot access it. Only a selected set of devices can access this type of network depending on the settings encoded in the network routers and access points. On the other hand, a public network is defined as a network that anyone can freely connect to little or no restriction.

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How long is the life cycle for Windows 8 and 8.1? If I recall correctly, I remember it not being very long.

Answer:Life Cycle for Windows 8 and 8.1?

Windows 8.x support ends in January of 2016. Windows 8.1 is supported until January of 2023.

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every time i start up half life it says: Half-Life has a known compatibility issue with this version of Windows. For an update that is compatible with this version of Windows, contact Sierra.
does anyone know how i can fix that. thanks
 

Answer:half life on windows xp

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Hi

First of all, I am new to the forum so hi to everyone! This forum so far looks fantastic and so do the members!

Getting to the issue: I currently have Vista and want to not have Vista ASAP!
I need to know if Windows 7 improves on battery life, and if so, by how much? Please provide your knowledge and links(if any) to outside websites that has looked at 7 battery life.

I have a Dell M1530 laptop which has about 5 hours battery life on balance settings. But I really need about 6-8 hours for my work. Many thanks in advance.

Mani

Answer:Windows 7 Battery Life??

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Mani


Hi

First of all, I am new to the forum so hi to everyone! This forum so far looks fantastic and so do the members!

Getting to the issue: I currently have Vista and want to not have Vista ASAP!
I need to know if Windows 7 improves on battery life, and if so, by how much? Please provide your knowledge and links(if any) to outside websites that has looked at 7 battery life.

I have a Dell M1530 laptop which has about 5 hours battery life on balance settings. But I really need about 6-8 hours for my work. Many thanks in advance.

Mani


It better on my dell by abt 15%. Dont think 7 hrs is do'able wo a larger battery.

Ken

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Hi there
I'm surprised at all the Windows XP end of life hysteria -- probably done by the same bovine set of bozos who thought Cars would stop running and most computer applications would fail on Jan 1 2000 (the so called Y2K problem - probably the biggest non event in the entire history of computing).

On Apr 9 your Windows XP machine will still run just fine (and on apr 10 too etc).

Simply VIRTUALIZE it and only use Internet from say a W7 desktop. Modern hardware will run Virtual machines at almost Native speed and unless you are into heavy gaming / graphics then VM machines will certainly work for you --they've come a HUGE way in the last few years.

With Unity features common XP corporate applications can easily be placed on a W7 desktop so the user just has to "point and click".

I can't understand what all the corporate brouha is about - unless it's just a few consultants trying to cash in on a few bucks while the going is good.

I said the same in 2000 about the Y2K stuff -- all those expensive consultants at 1000 - 2000 USD a day BACK THEN were all sitting around doing not much except drinking in Local Taverns and laughing all the way to the Bank. !!

While I.T wages have slumped in the last 15 years (seems the only profession I know where that's happened) the same scenario in principle although slightly less booze being consumed in the taverns is being enacted by the "Consultancy Firms" who advise on how to migrate off XP.

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Answer:Windows XP - End of Life - a bit like W2K bug that never happened

MS itself is playing up the XP end of life hysteria in attempt to move people off of XP. Not all the credit can be given to the "sky is falling" individuals.

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I have a Acer Aspire V5 laptop. When I was running Win 8.1, the battery life wasn't great, but lasted about 2 1/2 - 3 hours.
Now that I upgraded to Windows 10, the last time I turned it on the battery meter said 52 %. Two minutes later, it was dead.
I just turned it on after charging it, and the meter read 98%, 1 hr 50 min remaining. I haven't touched it yet, and five minutes later the battery's down to 90 %, although it says that there's 3 hr 5 min remaining. When I do any work on it, the battery goes down drastically. Does this have anything to do with Windows 10?

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I had been doing some reading online and I thought I'd post this for anyone who wasn't sure or knew were to Look. So I thought I'd post hear in the Microsoft Forums.


Windows XP April 8 2014

Windows Vista April 11 2017

Windows 7 April 14 2020

Windows 8.1 January 10 2023


The Dates above are for Windows Versions Extended Support.

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I know this is an advertised benefit of Windows 7, but now I can testify first-hand to the better battery life. I bought a laptop with Vista on it, and upgraded it to 7 today. I charged the battery before installing, and unplugged it soon after it started installing.

I haven't plugged it in yet. I have been using it for about 2.5 hours now, and the battery is at 73%.

Granted, it is a very good battery, but if this had been Vista, it would be at about 20% by now.

Windows 7 is a great OS, isn't it?

Answer:Windows 7 and battery life

Hi Jonathan,

I think most Members would agree that Windows 7 wins hands down over Vista. I think that it is true that Vista should have never been marketed, in so many ways it was not ready. Windows 7, is basically Vista under the hood with additional features and benefits that should have been claimed by Vista. Your battery experience, for one, security, aero, driver availablity to mention just a few. Enjoy your new computer, Jonathan, and keep busy on the keyboard, helping us at the Forum.
Richard

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Best Windows version you've ever used in your life.
 

Answer:Best Windows version you've ever used in your life.

windows 8 undoubtedly.
 

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I use Windows XP Pro, SP2.

I have a machine that has an AMD 62 bit dual core, #4200 processor. 3 GB of memory, a 200 GB hard drive and a Phoenix BIOS. Version PG 6.00, date 3/30/06.

I have installed Second Life and set up an account. It seems like the install is successful but after a while, (I mean I am able to move around and explore and do things), it crashes. I start it back up and it goes to the last place and position I was in but immediately crashes. (It doesn't seem to effect Windows or any of my other apps.)

I have uninstalled it and reinstalled it but it must adjust some registry component because it comes right back to the same position and then crashes. I have even reinstalled Windows. The account is already set up so I don't need to do that. The install seems successful but after moving around and doing things it crashes, (at a different spot).

Is there something I should do differently? Is there anything I could try?

Thanks,

royeo
 

Answer:Second Life crashes in Windows

Did you check the system requirements for the Second Life before installing it? Base on Secong Life website the System Recommendations are:

Internet Connection*: Cable or DSL
Computer Processor: 1.6GHz Pentium 4 or Athlon 2000+ or better
Computer Memory: 512MB or better
Video/Graphics Card**:
nVidia GeForce FX 5600, GeForce 6600, or better
OR ATI Radeon 9600, X600, or better

*
Second Life is not compatible with dial-up internet, satellite internet, and some wireless internet services.

**
Second Life may not run on graphics/video cards other than the ones listed above. Unfortunately, if your graphics card includes any of the following words, it's NOT compatible with Second Life:
nVidia cards that report as a RIVA TNT or TNT2
ATI cards that report as RAGE or RAGE PRO
ATI cards that report as RADEON 320M, 340M, 345M, or similar model numbers
Intel
Intel Extreme
3DFX
RIVA
TNT
SiS
S3
S3TC
Savage
Twister
Rage
Kyro
MILENNIA
most cards by MATROX
The following cards have not been tested with Second Life, and compatibility is not certain:
nVidia cards that report as Quadro
ATI cards that report as RADEON IGP or RADEON XPRESS
ATI cards that report as FireGL
ATI cards that report as FireMV
 

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Initially battery life increased for my laptop ASUS S400CA from 2:35 to 3:35. Now it has come down to 2:30. In between I changed battery saver from 100 to 60. Now again I changed to 100. Still battery life is going down.
I would like to know about other users exp.

Any solution to increase it.

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Hey I had a question about Windows end of life support. I'm running Windows 7, which isn't supposed to expire for a while to come (no date set yet). Now, like many of us here, I like Windows 7. Why does Microsoft expire support for it's products? It's not because they want us to rush out and buy a copy of their new OS is it? Especially when Windows 7 works fine. So would it be possible to keep using Windows 7 in say 2030?

Answer:Windows End of Life Support

  
Quote: Originally Posted by magnetite


Hey I had a question about Windows end of life support. I'm running Windows 7, which isn't supposed to expire for a while to come (no date set yet). Now, like many of us here, I like Windows 7. Why does Microsoft expire support for it's products? It's not because they want us to rush out and buy a copy of their new OS is it? Especially when Windows 7 works fine. So would it be possible to keep using Windows 7 in say 2030?


Its more than just economics. At some point things change and with new devices coming out, it doesnt make sense to try and continue to develop drivers, and fixes for an OS that is being used by less and less users.

While possible, chances are you wont. Will you even still be using a traditional computer in 18 years?

If you like win 7, you will love win 8. Right now it is about to go beta and will be free until it is released to marketing in a year or so.

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Preface... (and yes, this is one of my infamous "Megaposts" and this one might be in several parts, so, bear with me and get edjumicated...

I found that link about this "new" power configuration diagnostic in Windows 7 and posted it in the other thread, but as it'll get buried in the muck soon enough, and considering just how vital this specific tool could turn out to be in terms of maximizing the potential battery life/run-time of laptops and notebooks (and Tablet PCs too) that will use Windows, I figured this specific topic is very deserving of its own thread, so here it is.

What I'm hoping this thread will be about is related to a diagnostic tool that, until recently, has been relatively unknown (and I admit I just discovered info about it last week myself, so I'm cobbling together a bunch of information from a variety of sources, several being Microsoft and blogs from MSDN folk, and some Windows 7 developers also, and putting it in this one post/thread.

Hopefully there will be some intelligent discussion as time goes by as the more I do research on this the more I realize it could very well be one of the coolest things - and gain one of the most vital aspects - about Windows 7.

So let's get this thing started... who knows, maybe this'll get stickied like some other stuff I've written about... if people deem it valuable, by all means, tell the Admins/Mods and point people to it as needed.

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Windows 7, th... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 and Battery Life... What You Should Know...

cliffs?
 

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I think Microsoft took down there ISO(s) for Windows 7 because when I go here it says "Page Not Found."

Anyone else having this issue?

EDIT: I'm able to get the ISO(s) when I go here.

Answer:My Digital Life Windows 7 ISO

It appears the page has been removed. Happens all the time on the Internet. I suspect that the download wasn't legal.

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it seems as though every 3 days or so my new T430 will go into a sleep mode where it will show the sleep light but also the battery light and drain the battery pretty quickly during this time as the fan is on high and the system is getting quite hot. Hibernate has been turned off and the 30 Day Standby feature is turned on in Lenovo power manager. It seems as though this happens right after the system prompts for my HDD password. Every other day it seems to prompt me for my pre-desktop HDD password (which I use for encryption purposes) and on the subsequent attempt to resume it from 30 day standby it will just hang like this. Fan on full speed, system is hot to the touch and doesn't respond to anything but holding down the power button for 4 seconds and cold booting. I've disabled fingerprint authenticaiton as I just recently turned this on (the laptop is only a few weeks old though so I'm not sure this is related). I am now testing it like this. It also seems like it could be related to it sleeping while charing too, I'll be testing this theory as well. Anyone else experience this "sleep of death" on a Lenovo T430?

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Hello,

I have been browsing this forum for about a day and have picked up lots of tips I thought would help but nothing is!

I recently got a new desktop computer with Windows 7 64-bit version 1.0 Everything has been working fine until yesterday when I downloaded some updated for Adobe and had to restart. Since then no matter what I do I get frozen on the Starting Windows screen, no logo shows up (I can't recall if it is supposed to) and just sits idle. I have tried booting in safe mode, went to ABO and tried to repair (when I do this it will load files and then go to the same Starting Windows screen), and have tried any other options that seemed relevant. I have also used F5 and those options do the same thing. It did come with a Recovery disk but when I try to boot from this it just gets frozen on the Loading Files screen!

Because it is so new I really don't have anything that I can't get again, is there a way that I can format in my predicament? I am hoping there is a way I can get into DOS and initiate it, just don't know how. Any help is greatly appreciated!

Thank you!!

Answer:Freezes on "Starting Windows" no matter what I do!

Welcome and try this

Go to search
type cmd
Do not hit enter
run as adminsitrator

Now put in DOS commands and let us know.

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Hello,

This is my first time posting here. I have been having problems with my netbook (bought July 2010) using Windows 7 Starter for several months. This is my first non desktop and I've never experienced "crashing" problems before. It started when I chose to download "all" images from an email on gmail. The email was from a friend so there should not have been an issue. Immediately I had major problems with repeated crashing, realtek errors, and general slowness in how the computer is running. This is an almost daily thing, although sometimes it will happen 10x a day and sometimes once. Sometimes I can fiddle with it and get back on right away, sometimes, not for a day. Yesterday I started to wonder if the Starter version had a self life? Like maybe its called Starter for a reason, and it just doesn't last that long, forcing you to buy the premium edition?

Any insight would be appreciated.

Thank you
Kim

Answer:Windows 7 Starter shelf life?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by leo811sf


Hello,

It started when I chose to download "all" images from an email on gmail. The email was from a friend so there should not have been an issue.


The keywords being 'should not have'.






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Immediately I had major problems with repeated crashing, realtek errors, and general slowness in how the computer is running. This is an almost daily thing, although sometimes it will happen 10x a day and sometimes once. Sometimes I can fiddle with it and get back on right away, sometimes, not for a day.


What sort of fiddling?

Since these issues started after downloading from gmail, it would be advisable to do a virus scan as well as scan with Mbam.






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Yesterday I started to wonder if the Starter version had a self life? Like maybe its called Starter for a reason, and it just doesn't last that long, forcing you to buy the premium edition?


No, one of the limitations of the Starter version is not a shelf life

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I run the Life Cam software on my PC (Dell540S) with 8GB RAM, 640GB HDD, and I see the green lite come on the camera, and I can test the mike and it works but I see nothing if I want to capture a picture. Life Cam 3.0 software is loaded, latest drivers are loaded, don't know what to do to get video????? Can someone help???

Answer:Windows 7 Ultimate and Life Cam VX-6000

Is the software the larest W7 version?

http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/do...x?category=ICE

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i really need some help here. i am completely unable to install or repair windows xp pro. i have tried everything. i can get to the point in the install where it says 'setup will now load windows' after all drivers are loaded and i get 'unmountable boot image' blue scree.
before you suggest anything look here at the list of things i have tried.

I have 2 windows xp pro cds, i have tried both
I have 2 hard drives, i have tried both, with every combination of one or the other, master/slave, different ide cables or connectors, etc.
i have two motherboards, this happens with both of them.
I have tried fail safe bios settings, disabling caches, lowering dma values for ide channels, etc.
i have tried removing sticks of ram and placing them in different slots or only leaving one in.

what the hell?

i am completely baffled.
please help.

my specs
foxconn 915-p7ac
p4 ht 3.2 gig
1 gig 3200u ram
40 gig seagate master hd, 100 gig maxtor slave
geforce pci-e 256meg 7600gt
lite-on-it dvd-rw cd-rw
 

Answer:cant install windows xp to save my life

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These are my results for this thread:

http://www.techsupportforum.com/showthread.php?t=115236

But since entirely new problems have arisen I thought I should make an entirely new thread.

I just re-installed Windows XP. To my surprise, all of my old documents and files seem to be in place. This is great! Looks like Windows tucked all of my files away after all.

The only big problem so far is that when I start the computer, it keeps looking for a floppy drive and makes me press f1. How do I get that to go away?

The screen says:

"Dell System Dimension 4700 Series
BIOS version A06
www.dell.com

Floppy diskette seek failure
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility"

In the setup menu I tried switching the boot order so my non-existant floppy drive boots last, but it still insists that it wants to boot from a floppy before Windows starts. I tried the "restore options to defaults" option, too, and this message still pops up.

Any suggestions?

Answer:bringing windows back to life

This may be due to your Antivirus software. Check that you disable the option to scan a floppy diskette at startup and at shutdown.

And I wish you would have posted in your original thread that you did in fact manage to do a repair reinstall of XP. You left that thread suggesting that it could not be done.

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