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restore settings on 1 specific drive

Question: restore settings on 1 specific drive

Hello, I was not able to repair a corrupt registry on my hard drive via the traditional ways (using restore disk, restoring to earlier date, via safe mode, etc). By luck, I still had my old (smaller) hard drive after installing a larger one this past august and was able to boot up. So now the old drive is C: and my registry corrupted drive is E:. I tried restore to the last restorable date and it must be reading only from the C: drive, because the last restorable option is this past August. I swapped the drives again, and used the E: drive to try to boot with no success (same problem - corrupt files).

The question I have is, now that I can access the corrupt (E drive when I boot off the old one, is there a way to restore to an earlier date stored on the E: drive to fix that drives corrupted files? The corrupt problem started around Dec 27, and I know I have a closer restorable date with the data on E:

Or better yet, is there a better solution out there to fix the corrupte files than what I am trying to do?
operating system is XP PRO SP2
Thanks
Andy

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Preferred Solution: restore settings on 1 specific drive

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.)

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Assuming I am using the correct terminology in my question but knowing that I am possibly talking about something else I will explain. Having done a fresh install of Win7 HomePrem I noticed that when I click on a drive I have to wake it up--it doesn't open immediately and I could here it begin to hum. Prior to my reinstalletion I did not have to do this--clicking on any drive would pop up a window immediately. Then I recalled that I had done this manually and I think it was through the 'Power Options' --> Advanced Settings --> Hard Disk --> Turn off hard disks after... Am I correct in this? That this is how I prevent my disk from going to sleep/turning off? by setting it at 0 or 999 minutes. Assuming not then how do I do so. Assuming yes, then is there a way to do so only for one HD? I have 4 (where my OS sits and 3 others). I do not like to wait every time I want to open a folder in a drive I am not presently using and since this drive mainly happens to be the D: drive and not my E: or F: drive (hardly used) I was hoping I could be specific.

Answer:Is it possible to change the power settings specific to 1 drive only

If any, such an option should be in the disk properties in Device Manager. But I don't see such an option.

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I share my external HD over a network using the method from the bottom of this article...

Windows Networking: How to Share Devices With Others On the Network

It works very well actually and for a while I was able to shut down my computer or unplug drive and plug it back it or turn it back on and the settings were stored now forever whatever reason every time I do either I have to re-enter the share settings so the rest of the devices on my network can see it. Any way to get these settings to stick?

Answer:Unable to get specific drive share settings to stick

Hello CW mate just run these for starters if you haven't already it may be the OS filing system is a little out of whack in view of it working ok before.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1538-sfc-scannow-command-system-file-checker.html
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/433-disk-check.html < if necessary include the /f and /r in the command line as per Option2

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Whether Indexing options settings are User specific or PC specific

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Should I restore the OS to get back my DVD RW drive's drivers?

I had a CD shatter in the Drive, (drive still works) and I had to take the shell off and unplug the drive
to get the CD shards out. DVD RW drivers got deleted. will restoring the computer back to its factory settings get them back?

Or should I sent in PC to repair shop? or possibly buy an external DVD drive and re install windows, or run a recovery disc.

I have re installed windows previously becaus of Winsoft Rogue.

Answer:Restore to factory settings to get back DVD RW drive?

Optical drives don't have drivers.Tell us exactly what's going on.

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If I do a complete system restore on my laptop can I simply remove the 2nd hard drive and replace it after the restore without having to copy all the data to an external HD? And upon restore simply replace and go again? Or would I still need to reformat anyways?cheers

Answer:Hard drive and restore factory settings.

I see no need to take the drive out in the first place. If you mean restoring to factory original state, then doing that should only affect the drive with the OS on and leave any data on the second drive intact. I did that a few times with my previous tower and never lost any data on the d drive. However if you want peace of mind that you won't lose any data then simply remove the second drive, do your restore and then re-attach the second drive and voilla, all should be well.

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brought as windows 8.1 then upgraded to windows 10. will i also keep windows 10

Answer:Does a restore factory settings format your hard drive?

Yes, it will erase the apps and program files installed but it will keep windows 10 there.
I think you can choose if you can erase the SD card or D:\ drive as well.

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How can I download or find my Thinkvantage programs so I can return my computer to factory state? Errant IT guy appears to have installed a copy of some other Lenovo over the original install and now the Thinkvantage button does not work nor can the program be found. The version he installed does not allow for multiple monitor use and I would like to use mutliple monitors. Everything works fine, and I believe it to be a software issue.

Answer:Restore hard drive to factory settings after stupid IT guy overwrote HD already.

Take a look at THIS page. It may have what you need?

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XP Pro
emachine 540

Read about http://www.dban.org but no blank CD...any recommendation by USB stick?

As per the title, any help would be great.

Thank you
 

Answer:Solved: How to erase the hard drive and restore to factory settings?

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My laptop recently died and it turned out the hardrive had come lose. I plugged it back in but now when it tries to boot up it keeps trying to do a system repair. The system repair keeps reporting that it cant find any faults, but wont fully load windows. I think I need to repair the windows files on the drive.

To try and rectify this, Ive took the laptop hardrive out, plugged it into my PC, and run chkdsk on it which found some faults and said it resolved them. Id now like to run sfc /scannow on the drive.

Im using this in the command line 'sfc /scannow /offbootdir=d:\ /offwindir=d:\windows' where d is the external drive but it comes up saying "Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation"

Any ideas how to get by this?

Thanks.
 

Answer:using sfc /scannow on external hard drive to restore windows settings

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Hi folks.My old X61t installation had become kind of crufty, with two different Linux installs across three partitions, and I decided I wanted to try restoring to the factory settings in order to get Windows back for a dual-boot. However, I had replaced the original 100GB hard drive with a 500GB one a couple years back. Furthermore, I discovered (only after a failed restore that seemed to erase the drive) that my external DVD drive was broken. Luckily, I did preserve a copy of the recovery partition in an external harddrive, and I have a working Ubuntu Live USB drive. What I did:1. booted into Ubuntu from the USB flash drive, and used the partition editor (gparted) to copy the ServiceV002-or-something partition from where I'd saved it on my external drive into a new 10GB NTFS first partition on the freshly wiped hard drive.2. booted into the recovery partition - no problem there.3. tried restoring to factory settings - once with a "custom" recovery where I left some stuff unchecked, once with the "full" factory restore. Both times it failed.4. again booting from the recovery partition, I ran the set of hard drive diagnostic tests. These took forever -- the last, the surface scan test, seems to have finally frozen at 98%, about 10 hours in (that's the running time for the whole suite, not just for that last test). However, it does claim that the six prior tests were all "passed." I suspect that the problem is one of:1. a mismatch between the expected 100GB drive and ... Read more

Answer:Problem trying to restore x61t to factory settings from partition, with bigger hard drive

Just to add an update--The Surface Scan finally Failed after an hour or so at 98%; the log file shows this sort of thing:....Error (13): There was an error reading sector 1234940490.Error (13): There was an error reading sector 1234940553.Error (18): Maximum errors of 10 exceeded. Canceling test.Is it likely that these problems are responsible for my problems running Factory Restore? To clarify a bit on what exactly goes wrong: when I go through the restore process, and it begins, it never gets beyond the first "Preparing the hard drive, please wait..." stage; the Total Progress bar stays empty. After a minute or two a message box pops up that says "Product Recovery failed to restore your system."

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i bought a new stereo that allows you to stream songs wirelessly through wifi. however, it says i have to configure the settings to these:

SSID:W770-INST-PHAS
Channel: 5
WEP: off
AD-HOC mode

how exactly do i do this? im running winxp and my router is a linksys WAP54G. ive toyed around with a lot of settings and i really have no idea how. if it matters, im not the "main" computer on the wireless network. im in an apartment with a few other guys and its his router so i never installed any software for it.

anyway, thanks in advance.
 

Answer:how to change these specific settings..

well, i think it's pretty sad that you can't configure your own ssid in the media player.

but since you can't change those settings, you would be best to talk to your roommate, since it will basically change the all the settings on his wireless router, and break whatever wireless network he has now. Since i would be pissed if someone did that with my equipment, my guess is that he would be too.
 

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We're running Windows SBS 2003, and would like a specific user account (which happens to be a restricted user) to have specific DNS settings, regardless of workstation.

That should be possible via GPO, but isn't working.

DHCP seems to be workstation-specific rather than user-specific, and manual modifications will affect other users on those workstations.

Ideas?

Thanks.
 

Answer:User-specific DNS settings?

What is the ultimate goal that you need specific DNS settings for? There may be a different way of going about it.

Riley
 

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hi all i was just wondering how i can set a defined ip for the devices in my network
like my ipod would be 192.168.1.20 and so on because when my devices reconnect they get a random ip
 

Answer:settings specific ips for network devices

see if your router has a Static DHCP or DHCP Reservation option.

if so, you can enter the device's MAC address and associate it with a specific IP address within that config page.
 

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Hey guys, So I recently got a copy of Windows 7 and backed up my old non-legit version of Windows 7 so I wouldn't have to re download everything.

The reinstall didn't really work but I ignored that and copy & pasted all the stuff I needed over from my old Windows copy to my new one and then disk cleaned it.

Then I realised that I had not copied MW3 + CS:S from my steam library over, and because I have a capped internet ( 20GB ) I can't afford to redownload these two games. I backed up my hard drive to a Portable hardrive and am looking for the two specific steam files so I can just copy and paste it over, however their are apparently 469 inside the back up so..

Is their any quicker way to do this apart from opening every 469 zip files and looking inside?

^ Thats what my portable hard drives backup folder looks like.
http://imgur.com/zY2nJ
 

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The DistributedCom error message appears in Event Viewer on ALL my personal computers only the CLSID, APPID and NT SIDs change.

I know the CLSID and APPID, how can I identify the software these numbers represent?
I know authority to launch the service for user S-1-5-18 has not been granted, who is S-1-5-18?
I wonder how to use the Component Services Admin tool to grant local launch permission, assuming launch is desirable.

KCav

Answer:How to modify application specific security settings

For S-1-5-18 see: Well-known security identifiers in Windows operating systems

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Hi this is not related to my earlier post.

I have installed Windows 7 on this Vista Laptop and it is great software. But I think the Toshiba settings are missing which is causing it to overheat and turn off.

Is there anything I can do to stop it from overheating? Does Toshiba have recommended settings for my specific laptop for running Windows 7. Can I still apply them?

thanks
kris

Answer:Re: Satellite L300D-800 - Specific settings for Windows 7?

Hi buddy,

Which recommend settings you mean or expect?

In my opinion if your notebook is overheating you should try to clean it using compressed air spray. Blow gently and shortly with compressed air spray and therefore it?s not necessary to disassemble the notebook. It could blow out the dust from the cooling ventilators and should be done from time to time.

Check this!!!

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Well i have a gateway computer and windows 7 i have lost the cd and i have no access to the admin account since i have forgot the password so im on a standard user account and i need to do a system restore.
 

Answer:System Restore/Restore to factory settings without admin access.

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I was working on a drawing in a program called Paint Tool Sai, and my computer crashed. I know I saved the file about 10 minutes earlier, but when I managed to restart my computer and reopened the file, the layer with most of the details was just gone. The changes I made in other layers stayed, but the that specific layer was suddenly empty. Is there a way to restore the file from, say, fifteen minutes before the crash, or is all hope lost? I tried to check the Earlier Versions thingy in the properties, but there are no versions there, at all.

[If this question belongs in the Imaging forum, I apologize! I wasn't sure.]

Thanks in advance,

a very sad, very desperate illustrator
 

Answer:Is it possible to restore a file from a specific hour?

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After updating my machine to 8.1, my favorite metro Start screen background (start/charms/settings/personalize) is gone in favor of new designs obviously replaced by Microsoft. Fortunately I have images of the machine from before the 8.1 update, so if need be, it would be no problem to restore the partition, extract what I need, then go back to my current installation.

I realize this is strictly a cosmetic issue, but I'm wondering how to go about getting the old background file (was it a .dll?) and/or the individual image file(s), and bringing it over to the 8.1 installation I have now. Any input is appreciated.

BTW, I already just purchased Decor8, but it doesn't come with the image that I like, so I'm hosed in that area.

Thanks in advance for the help!

Answer:Restore Pre-8.1 Metro Background (HP specific?)

Update: Amazing what you can find when you use the correct search terms.
Extracting Windows 8 Start Screen Patterns - Super User

Per the above link, I've learned that the backgrounds are located in the imageres.dll file as individual (varying resolution) discrete files, and have recovered both the .dll and extracted .png images to an external drive, but now I'm trying to figure out how to get them embedded into the new system32/imageres.dll file used by my current Windows 8.1 installation.

Again, thanks for any help in advance.

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We all know the terrible history of Windows and folder view settings. They've limited some of the customization options and most of the problems went away. Windows 8 is rather decent in saving the folder view settings. All the folders in my local drives keep their view settings and I have no problems. However, I have a couple folders on my desktop that keep reverting to the default view settings and it is a bit irritating.

Here's the situation: I have several folders on my desktop. Some of them are shortcuts and some of them are located on the desktop itself. The shortcut ones have no problems with the view settings. The ones located on the desktop on the other hand keep resetting to the default view settings. They contain only one type of files - shortcuts for my programs and games. I'm not sure if the type of customization makes any difference, but one of the folders I like to view in tiles and the others in large icons. I usually sort them by date created. No matter of the view or sort setting though, they reset to the default details view quite often.

I've tried most of the possible solutions. I've also deleted and created the folders again but the problems persists. I've tried to identify the actions that might force the reset but I have no definite answer. In past versions of Windows it seemed there were some "connections" between random folders and changing the view settings of one affected the other but I don't think that's the case here because I don't ch... Read more

Answer:Specific desktop folders reset their view settings

I have 8.1 Pro so my View settings may not apply to yours.

If I set a View it stays that way unless I change it.
Picture-

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Hello everyone,

I'm using Windows XP SP2 with all the latest patches installed. My computer is a member of a domain.
My problem is that when logging off specific user (domain or local user), the settings are not saved (or maybe are overwritten in a specific moment). When logging on again, the settings are not those that I left. For example: all visual settings, folder options, etc.. It's not very conveniently to change all these things at every logon..
How can I solve this?

Thanks!
 

Answer:XP doesn't save account specific settings/ or overwrites them...

Stupid forum! Stupid members!
 

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When I go to my Restore program in Control Panel, I only see one restore point that is 5 days old. How do I setup the system to generate restore points nightly and store at least 5 most recent ones?

Answer:Restore settings - setup nightly restore points?

By default it is set up once a week, which is enough. However, if a point is made out of sequence, it will not make a new point on day 7. Schedule can be changed via task scheduler.
If space is not sufficient, old point is deleted before new one is made.

Read tutorial and related tutorials middle of the page.
System Restore Point - Create

You may also like this
Task Scheduler - Create New Task

and this
System Restore Point : Create at System Startup

You can even make a shortcut so you can make one easily when you desire

System Restore Point Shortcut

Maybe I should stop this and get a job in Barnes and Nobel.

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Hello. Here is my problem and what I would like to do to fix it if it happens again. Okay so my friend brought his laptop to me saying its not working so I turn it on and here is what it did.
Bios screen shows
black screen shows with a blinking unscore ie _
then pc restarts and does the same thing over and over again

What I did to fix it. I followed a guide online to rebuild the bcd store in cmd using a windows 7 install disk and it worked perfectly.
What I would like to do so that if it happens again is to create a back up of the first partition(windows recovery and bootmgr contents) and the second partition(all windows installed files with drivers and software already installed) and have a hidden option so when this happens again with a key press and a click the two backed up partitions can be restored to a working state leaving the last partition(all personal files) untouched and unharmed. Is there anyway or any software that will do this keeping in mind the person whos laptop this is is not very computer wise and I do not want to leave any room for anything to go wrong if he does this. Any help would really be appreciated. Thanx in advance

Answer:Create a way to restore specific partitions at boot

There is imaging software that can do it. One example is Paragon Drive Backup. It can make a hidden partition with the backup image and restore program. You can restore during boot. There may be other brands with a similar feature.

Edit: They refer to it as a "backup capsule." That may be the term to search for.

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Hi,
I've PC for IP camera system, where all video file are storing. But now HDD almost full.
So, I am taking back up into DVD disk & delete the burned files. But after deleting (Shift+Del), the files are storing inside "System volume Information" folder. So, I've to delete from there also.

So, Is it possible, that that video files will not store there after deleting.
But I don't want to disable system restore.

Thanks...

Answer:Stop system restore for a specific folder

You can't exclude a specific folder from being included in System Restore's restore data.
You can exclude a specific drive (when more than one drive is on the system) but not a specific folder.

Your old system restore points will automatically get deleted anyway, to make room for new ones. So if you no longer save your video files on the hard drive, and you've deleted the video files that were on the hard drive, System Restore will not include them in future.

You shouldn't mess about with anything inside the "System Volume Information" folder as that could corrupt it and destroy all your System Restore data.

best thing to do is start afresh. Turn off SR then turn it on again. All the old restore points will be automatically deleted. Now create a new restore point manually.

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Accidently downloaded one unwanted software containg viruses on 30 june.. now laptop really slow and over heating problem has arrised.. want to restore my laptop to the date it was on 27 june.. need help as soon as possible..

Answer:how to restore my laptop to specific previous date?

Hi, Thank you for posting in the HP Support forum. Welcome onboard ! There is a feature called System Restore. If it is enabled, you should be able to restore to previous date. More information can be found here >> http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03327545 Once you complete the System Restore process and if it passes fine, it is stronly recommended that you check your computer for the presence of malware/viruses and remove them (actually, you should do it now even if System Restore fails). You can try these free tools:>> Kaspersky TDSS Killer >> http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/disinfection/5350>> ESET online scanner >> https://www.eset.com/int/home/online-scanner/>> SurfRight SOPHOS HitmanPro >> http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro  Please, let me if this helps and how it goes.

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Hi there,

I'm a newbie here, so thanks in advance for anyone who can help me from loosing the plot with some video conversion I need to get my head around.

Basically I have some very strict video conversion parameters to adhere to, and Quicktime Pro, and a host of other Apple Mac based converters I've tried just don't accommodate. I was hoping that someone might be able to point me in the direction of a (Ideally free, though not imperative) conversion app that does it all.

I absolutely HAVE to be able to fettle with the following for my target outputs;
Video:
File Format (Mp4 and 3gp)
Frame Size and progressive scanning
Max file size indication would be helpful so I know how big, in Mb, the target video will be
The ability to crop to any screen size
De-interlacing of target files
Codec (H264, H264HD, H264BP and MPEG-4)
Profile (Baseline, Baseline Level 3.1, Profile 0 and Simple)
Frame rate (from 15 to 30 fps)
Max Bit rate
B-Frames
Reference frame
I-frame interval
Sound:

Format (AAC and AAC-LC (48Khz))
Stereo or Mono
Bit rate (Variable or fixed, 64 to 160bps)

As I mentioned, I have found some apps that do some of the above parameters, but none that can handle it all.
Am I asking too much here? Or is there a great app (Free or Paid) that will save my sanity and allow this level of tweakage?

Many thanks for any help anyone can offer.
Regards,
Paul.
 

Answer:VERY Specific video conversion settings needed - Can't find an app to handle them

Best free transcoders I've used are Handbrake and VideoMonkey. Paid, would be Sorenson Squeeze and Adobe Media Converter.
Could you give us a list of what you've tried, so we don't just suggest everything you've tried and didn't like?
 

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My school's computer administrators had the bright idea of making the systems forget all changes whatsoever whenever you log out or reboot to make it harder to mess up a system and to prevent people from moving things around/etc and making things a mess for others. Which is fine. Problem is, they just never get around to configuring quite a lot of things, such as MS Office, which creates a painful hassle every single time we use them, which is every class meeting in one of my classes.

What I'm wondering is, is there maybe some sort of way you could create a script of some sort that would apply all of these little settings, everything from showing extentions of filenames and changing to list view with the status bar on in explorer to providing that first run setup stuff for things like office and opera (which has horrible defaults IMO)?

I've tried talking to them, but, the only time I got anything through at all was when I finally managed to convince them to install video drivers instead of using only the built in XP crap (which, btw, is painfully slow even just raising/lowering a window) and this was because a software that was absolutely vital to one of the classes would not run at all due to requiring the specific OpenGL driver provided by nVidia (which btw, is stupid as it's a 2D java-based program utilizing exactly 0 acceleration, but, that's a matter to take up with Oracle, not the admins here...)

Besides, quite frankly I think t... Read more

Answer:Any way to apply windows user specific settings via script somehow without reboot?

Sounds like your administrators have implemented Mandatory Profiles which means ANY changes you make to the system will be overwritten. Even if you decided to try to make changes to the registry, the only way to implement the changes is to logoff/logon again, which in turn will overwrite said changes. There's no way around Mandatory Profiles...hence the name.
 

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I have some tricky forms that I am working with and need some direction. I have a data entry form for partial detail and then a button on that form to open another form for more detail on a related record. I need the pop up form to display only the record related to the first data entry form. I have the button control set to open and display only the record that has an index equal to the index on the data entry form the button is on, but it doesn't work that way. The form is opening to show all records. I do not want to put a parameter on it. Want it just to show the record related to the open record on the first form.

Is there another place I should be looking in the properties to ensure it opens at the record I need?
 

Answer:Solved: Access Form Settings - display specific records

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I recently installed the Windows 10 upgrade on my laptop, but the action center and PC notification features are not working for me. I am receiving no notification banners for the twitter, facebook, alarm, etc apps. The notification options within the apps themselves are turned on, but some are not showing up in the settings menu. (See attached images)

I tried running an app registry key reset found here, but that did not solve the problem, and tried running "sfc /scannow" in the command prompt to check for corrupted files but came up with no errors.

The apps that are missing in the system settings notification menu are twitter, alarms, duolingo, facebook, and pretty much everything else except the mail and calendar apps. How do I add them, or at least get my computer to recognize that they exist?

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I am trying to set up very specific margins and top/bottom spacing for an online passport application and IE won't let me. I have to print from the explorer window per the sites instructions. The entries I type in keep defaulting back to what IE wants as opposed to what I want.I am trying to input .25 for the margins and .01 for the top and 0 for the bottom. Can it be done?All and any help is greatly appreciated. I'm under deadline.

Answer:Page Setup in Explorer 7 - Help Needed for specific margin settings

Go to File > Page Setup. Bottom left corner of the window should be what you're looking for.

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I have 2 identical HP workstations. Both are set up exact same. One can open a certain website I need, one can't. I have no idea why. Help!

Answer:2 identical computers, smae settings, one cant open a specific website.

Is it just one website or all? New problem? Any recent changes - installed programs, new browser add-ons or updates, etc? What kind of connection does the computer use - wireless, wired -> to what: modem, router? What browser? Have you tried an alternate browser, e.g., Firefox?

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I recently installed the Windows 10 upgrade on my laptop, but the action center and PC notification features are not working for me. I am receiving no notification banners for the twitter, facebook, alarm, etc apps. The notification options within the apps themselves are turned on, but some are not showing up in the settings menu. (See attached images)

I tried running an app registry key reset found here, but that did not solve the problem, and tried running "sfc /scannow" in the command prompt to check for corrupted files but came up with no errors.

The apps that are missing in the system settings notification menu are twitter, alarms, duolingo, facebook, and pretty much everything else except the mail and calendar apps. How do I add them, or at least get my computer to recognize that they exist?

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As many others, I found that my new out of the box T61 was unable to connect to wireless routers.  After some troubleshooting, I found the problem was the power management property for the wireless card was set to low. I have my laptop power settings set to maximum performance both on the battery and when plugged in. Still, every time I reboot or come out of standby, I find I can't connect to the internet and when I go to the device manager and check, I find that the Power Management property is set back to low for my Intel 4965AGN wireless card.  This happens with the "use default value" unchecked and also with it checked.  The transmit power property always stays on high though. So, yes, I can get the wireless working by manually changing this every time I start up or come out of standby, but how do I force the power management property to stay on a high setting and not keep resetting to low?  What other software has the power to keep resetting this value, and can I stop it? I am currently using the Thinkvantage Power Manager, but I have uninstalled the Access Connections software as I found it to be entirely too frustrating for my use.  (perhaps part of that early experienced frustration was due to this power management issue)  I manage my wireless networks using XP network connections.  I've had my laptop for about 4 days now.  I absolutely love it, but this and a few other hardware issues continue to plague... Read more

Answer:A very specific question about Intel 4965AGN wireless card power settings

Dear friend, i have EXACTLY the same problem with dropping the power settings to low.Whenever this happens (even when i  am working normally - no suspend or sleep mode) i loose internetand the only way to get back wireless is by restarting. Is there ANY solution for this?New drivers? Something? Does lenovo know about this so us to give us an answer? 





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I am running Microsoft Windows Vista Business Professional SP2 (OEM) on a Dell Inspirion.

I messed with the Vista Professional SP2 registry editor, trying to tweak my system for faster start up.

I downloaded Black Vipers Safe Reg File. I started hearing beeps that tell me I have errors.
I went to his site to find out how to get it back to Vista Default and his advice was to download the Default reg file and right click it and then click merge.
I still keep hearing beeps that tell me I have errors.

Is there any way to Restore the Registry to Default Settings, without using System Restore, as my last Restore contains the same errors.
Is there a file on Microsoft.com that has the Default Registry that I could download?

Any help would be truly appreciated. And yes, I've learned my lesson, will not use Registry Cleaners ever again! :-(

Angi

Answer:Is there a way to Restore the Registry to Default Settings, w/o using Sys.Restore?

Before editing the register, you should always back it up, but that doesn't help you now. Your best chance to get what you're calling default settings are to go back to the earliest restore point and see if it works.

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Hi!
In response to a system update, I selected all updates, both recommended and optional, and let them be installed.
After rebooting, the screen came back in 800 x 600. It occurred to me that the brilliant system update did not make the best recommendation, and it had probably written over my display driver.
After looking around for advice, I wanted to roll back just the display driver, but in the driver properties this option was not available. So I rolled back the system to the last restore point prior to the update.
Voila, my screen came back to native resolution and my machine works again.

However, now there are 55 important updates, several of them security related, which show up in the update history, but which are probably not actually applied now.

When I run the system update, it only comes with 1 new update. In the update history log, it shows the updates which have been rolled back, with the date on which they were originally applied. So I think that the log is probably wrong.

How to reapply them?

I thought the logical thing would be to right-click on each update in the log and select reapply - but that does not exist!

Any geniuses out there who can point me in the right direction?

Thanks in advance.

[W7 Home Premium on Asus U31]

Answer:how to reapply specific updates after rollback to a restore point?

Simply go to Windows Update and install whatever is offered.
The History is just that - a log of what happened. The important listing is the Installed Updates one.

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I received the Klez Virus from a good friend (Unknowingly) and was able to kill it but it remains in one of my System Restore files. I can't get rid of that but would like to know how to Delete that particular Restore File.
Thanks
Ron
 

Answer:(Resolved) Delete specific System Restore file.

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I'd like to ask if anyone is aware of some way, if that is possible at all, how can an individual restore point be made to stay forever, that is, not pushed back out of existence by newer restore points?
After the latest batch of Windows updates I cannot adjust screen brightness on my notebook anymore, and it has been made half-dimmed. I have done a restore before updates were installed, and everything went to normal. However I forgot to switch off auto-update and so updates were installed again anyway. Additionally, after installing more applications with their own restore points, that (pre-Windows updates) restore point does not exist anymore and now I am stuck with dimmed screen. Uninstalling Windows updates does not help.
Now I would have to do a system refresh (re-install) earlier then planned...
Will do Windows updates first, then install all other stuff (drivers, apps) and hopefully my screen problem will not return.

Answer:Can a specific restore point be marked for an indefinite retainment?

Doesn't look possible. System Restore points revisited Can i delete selective system restore points ?

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Due to dozens of BSODs, I have tried many times to restore to a time prior to the onset of the BSODs. Months ago, I installed a downloaded free trial app, and soon after uninstalled it.

How can I work around the failure of System Restore to extract a file that I don't want anyway?

And if this is not the proper forum, refer me to an appropriate one, please.

Answer:System Restore failed to extract a specific exe file I uninstalled

You can use shadowexplorer ShadowExplorer.com - About

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Has anyone run into a problem where you have a mapped drive and it takes a minute or two to show the folder list after clicking on it? My Computer/Explorer completely freezes until the folder list is shown. If I disconnect the share and change the drive letter, everything is back to normal. If I change the drive letter back, then the problem returns. There is also constant network activity while it is sitting there frozen.

This is driving me nuts. I have a small network with 40 computers on it. Just a few days ago 6 of them started doing this.

They are all XP SP3 and our server is running Win2k Server SP4. Here's what I've tried so far:

MSConfig to disable all startup programs and services.
Disabled the Webclient service.
Disabled the Windows Image Acquisition service.
Run net use * /del /yes to delete all shares

If I access the server directly, it's fine. \server\data So it's not a DNS issue. It's just as soon as I map it with that one drive letter. If I change it to another letter, the problem is gone.

All 6 computers are running different versions of Office and Autocad. I am having an impossible time trying to find a common thread. The only thing that I can think of is that a recent Windows Update is causing it.

I can't change the drive letter on the map because autocad references the files by the drive letter, not the UNC name.

Let me know if you have any ideas.

Thanks,
Ben
 

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My laptop is currently running Windows 10 Anniversary Update and I have the Windows Disc from which I have installed this window but now I have installed bunch of Apps and installed Windows Updates. I want to backup all of my Apps, Settings and Updates. If I ever install Windows 10 again I just don't want to install all those updates and apps again (I might not even remember all of the apps I have now) so How can I create a backup now so in the future whenever I want I can just restore back to this point? Should I create a System Image or System Restore (Restore Point) or a Recovery Drive or Backup and Restore (Windows 7) ? I don't know which one is the right for me because I have never done any Backup, Restore or Recovery. Please Help.

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estore system settings and previous versions of file is greyed out on my system, I may have disabled a required service for this, can anyone point me to the right direction for this?

As I'm about to try the X-Fi MB2 mod again as the last time I tried it my system was messed up that it wont even recognize my actual X-Fi card properly. So I'm thinking a system restore can help me with this experiment.

Answer:System Restore - Restore system settings and previous versions of file

I'd start with system restore. Make sure it's enabled.

System Restore - Enable or Disable

Other things to check are system restore configuration, making sure system protection is turned on, and some general troubleshooting steps for system restore.

System Restore Configuration - Enable or Disable

System Protection - Turn On or Off

System Restore General Troubleshooting to Fix Issues

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Is there a way to setup network profiles or something so that when I bring my Surface Pro to work and connect to the wireless network there it will use the static ip address I have but when I disconnect and then connect to my home wifi it will go back to DHCP? On my MacBook Pro I can go into the network settings and change the location profile I have setup for networks but I don't see anything like this for Windows 8.

Answer:Specific network settings based on wifi network

You can go into IPv4 Properties of this NIC, then you can use the Alternate configuration tab to set up the alternate IP, or use the Advanced tab to add a static IP/gateway/DNS etc. to TCP/IP.

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I have alot of macros on my network drive (I drive)and the Network admin is telling us we must remap the drive the R drive.
How do I get my Excel macros to change?
 

Answer:macros with specific drive

sas_geek said:


I have alot of macros on my network drive (I drive)and the Network admin is telling us we must remap the drive the R drive.
How do I get my Excel macros to change?Click to expand...

Make a back up first!

Maybe try a find and replace.
 

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I want to map the drive on my desktop over my network, but I only want me to be able to log into them. For instance, if my buddies come over for a LAN party, I don't want them to have any access to my drive on the network. Is this possible with Windows XP Pro?

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Hello,

I have a drive that seems to have gotten infected (currently running malwarebytes) and all files are now hidden. I have it hooked up to an another computer at the moment and I'm attempting to run unhide.exe on it. It is hooked up as my i drive. I can't seem to figure out how to run unhide only for my I drive. It seems no matter what I do it starts with "processing c:..."

Any suggestions?

Thanks.

Answer:Unhide.exe - How to run for specific drive

I dont think unhide tool can be forced to unhide a specific drive.You can use this methodClick on startmenu and typecmd Right click-Select-Run as administrator and run these commandattrib -h I:\*.* /s /dThis command should unhide your files in I driveGood luck

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what is it called, its a hard drive were you copy movies on to it and you can plug n play on your tv, i tell you why i need one because my tv is not in the same location as my pc so i want to play my movies on my tv without all the time unplugging my pc and moving it across to my tv

Answer:specific hard drive

umm dvd player?

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Hi, I have the T400 model.  The hard drive suddenly failed, It won't boot / detect or only boot up 1 out of 10 times.   When it does boot up, I was able to run a test.  The test shows it FAIL the "SMART test".   :-( So, I need to replace the HD.  The problem I have is that I can't no longer create a back up image of the drive, because it is hardware issue.  Whatever is bad is going to copy the bad ones to the new HD.  I don't mind doing the fresh manual install.  However, I don't know how to do restore back to the factory setting type, which it has 2 partitions and one has recovery partition and one for OS.  I can't find the factory recovery disc yet.  However, I have a legal OEM Windows 7 disc with me.  I wonder if I can recover base on that. So, I have 3 main questions. 1.) If I can find my recovery disc, will it restore back to the original 2 partiion settings? 2.) If I cannot find my disc, how do I install and setup like the original setting with Thinkvage .... 3.) How do I "re-"create a set of OS recovery disc again?  I can't find the options on the Start meun - Lenovo Care  or  Maintenance..    THanks

Answer:Restore / Replace New Hard Drive without factory restore disc - T400

Buy the recovery disks from Lenovo. Without an image backup of the drive with Acronis Trueimage. You will be installing everything again and doing all the Windows Updates. It only takes a full day this way. Maybe more on a slower system.T400 eh, which has to be 3 years old at least and 4 posts. Hmm well plenty on the topic if you search. Catch up...





T520 Model 4239 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2860QMbr>; Nvidia NVS 4200M Win 10 64bitZ70-80 I7 - 5500U 16GB GB - 1TB HD Win 10 64bit FHD 17.3", G840 w/2GB

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Hi,

My PC just crashed, i couln't reboot: it was hanging on the win logo screen.
I reinstalled on my other drive (D)and now, I wonder if i can restore from a specific "System Restore Point"
(C:\System Volume Information\_restore{80C4973B-BBF1-4E36-BBC0-236C2BF92D01}\RP961\snapshot\...)?
I know I can restore part of the the registry
(ie. _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SYSTEM to c:\windows\system32\config\system)
but can i restore it all with some Utilities that can rename and/or move the files? I have no idea what the files in the \snapshot\Repository\FS\ folder are????
Anyone knows what i'm talking about?
Thanks for any help!!!
Ron

Answer:WinXP Boot with specific "System Restore Point"

Interesting..what happens if you copy that restore point to the new partition? Does it detect it as a restore point in the system restore tool? Never tried it before.

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Question: restore settings

how do you restore settings.im running wind98se

Answer:restore settings

Assuming you havent Formatted .(re your other thread ) Then its possible to enter Dos command prompt (hit F8 before windows loads)takes a little practice))at bootup and at the resulting command prompt type scanreg /restore choose a date you know was a satisfactory bootup . and follow prompts. That should return you to a point when every thing worked well, There is a downside to that though . It also eliminates any software /hardware drivers added since the date chosen.. But at least you dont have to reinstal every thing..

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Hi,

How can I restore win 7 to factory settings. I have a repair disk, this seems to do nothing. Restore works, but nothing changes(Ugly Virus, I have tried everything, nothing will install) I just want to start over. It is a sony vaio, I dont have an image backup. Can I just reformat or something?? How? I can get it to rec console and choose version of windows, then asks for img disk or restore. Again, restore wont work or go back far enough to do anything.. Help Please.

Thank you

Answer:How to restore 7 to OEM settings

You Could Try this
How to perform a system recovery using the VAIO Recovery Center.

http://www.kb.sony.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?cmd=displayKC&externalId=C459775&fes=true

Without specifics of the Model I can only go general like the above.

But in general there is a Sony set of programs in windows to recover to like new condition that will wipe out everything.
And another utility program to create restore discs etc.

Good Luck
Roger

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I'm running vista on a sony vaio.

i want to restore my laptop to the way it was when it was new.

Please help?

Answer:Want To Restore Settings?

Do you have the restore disks that came with the system? Or, have you made the restore disks from the Viao Recovery Manager?

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Wonderful instructions. However, my query is how to create a hyperlink in relation to the folder in which the excel file is situated.

I.e. The excel file is in the folder 'Subject', and the hyperlinked file is located in the folder 'Subject\Image'.

The hyperlinks work fine, but the folders are contained on a USB Stick, so when the USB is transferred to another computer, the links won't always work, as the USB appears as a different drive letter, i.e., 'G:', rather than 'F:'.
How can I create a hyperlink which is related to the folder path (Subject\Image), rather than the whole path (F:\....\Subject\Image)?

I am using Excel 2003, although I believe the instructions would be similar throughout different versions.

Any help would be much appreciated.
 

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For all the "tekkies"n out there, this has stomped me. 2 PC's, sitting next to each other, the first running XP Home (A), the second running Win98SE(B), both on a normally wired TCP/IP standard network without a domain controller. Both have their master drives shared, both can successfuly PING each other, and are in the same workgroup. When listing the network PC's, both appear when viewed in WE, on both PC's. PC A can see the C: drive on B:, but can't access it. PC B however, can access the C: drive on A. All the usual settings appear to be correct - what do you think is stopping B from accessing A's C: drive??

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The problem computer is running Windows XP and for one account when a certain USB drive is plugged in it shows up in "My Computer" as drive G "TRAVELDRIVE" but then disappears after about 0.5 seconds. Then the computer no longer recognized a drive G or that a USB drive is connected to it.

This USB flash drive works fine on all other computers and even on different accounts on the problem computer. Also, any other USB drive works fine on this account. It is just this certain flash drive on this certain account.

I've never even heard of something like this. What is going on?
 

Answer:USB drive not working in specific instance

Odd indeed.

Not sure if this will help but go into your device manager under My Computer properties. Any yellow flags under the USB controllers.

I suppose you could try uninstalling the drivers, reboot and let windows reinstall.

Or, this just may be one of those little quirks you live with.
 

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Computer 1
Username: AAA
No password
AAA is an administrator

Computer 2
Username: AAA
No password
AAA is an administrator

Computer 3
Username: BBB
No password
BBB is an administrator

Computer 4
Username: CCC
No password
CCC is an administrator

There are 2 drives on all computers: C with Windows 7 Ultimate x64 installed, and D. All computers are connecting to the same router.

What should I do if I want Computer 1 to access drive D of Computer 2 and Computer 2 to access drive D of computer 1 while Computer 3 and Computer 4 can't access any other drive apart from their own.

I have fully access to all computers' setting.

Thanks in advance for your help and sorry for my bad English

Answer:How to share drive with specific computer

  
Quote: Originally Posted by tnsharea


Computer 1
Username: AAA
No password
AAA is an administrator

Computer 2
Username: AAA
No password
AAA is an administrator

Computer 3
Username: BBB
No password
BBB is an administrator

Computer 4
Username: CCC
No password
CCC is an administrator

There are 2 drives on all computers: C with Windows 7 Ultimate x64 installed, and D. All computers are connecting to the same router.

What should I do if I want Computer 1 to access drive D of Computer 2 and Computer 2 to access drive D of computer 1 while Computer 3 and Computer 4 can't access any other drive apart from their own.

I have fully access to all computers' setting.

Thanks in advance for your help and sorry for my bad English


It's quite simple really, you will need to add each machine name as a standard account on every machine in your network. This will allow the machine names to show up on the NTFS permissions list so that you can set shares for each machine individually.

The first link shows you how to create a Standard User account, although you can also create an Admin account depending on the access you want to give that User.

The second link shows how to add Users to Groups which have predefined access.

It can take awhile for all this to sink as there are many possible variations of User access but once you get the hang of it then it's fairly simple.

User Account - Create

User Accounts - Add or Remove from ... Read more

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I just purchased a new Dell Studio XPS 16 laptop, and while it's mostly gone swimmingly, I've had one problem with it: the machine fails to fully recognize my flash drive.

What is unusual is that it will immediatley recognize my brother's flash drive, which is the exact same manufacturer, model, and capacity.

When I go to Computer Management, the drive shows up as active, and the driver (the drive-specific one, not the UMS driver) can populate and get the USB drive's info... but it never shows up in Explorer, and I can't get any data off it.

Any ideas? If it makes any difference, the machine originally crashed as it was installing drivers for this drive.

Answer:Specific flash drive not working?

Has the drive been given a drive letter? You may need to assign it one via Disk Management. To do so, open Disk Management:
Start > Control Panel > System & Security > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management
Now click on the drive in question. Right click and click Change drive letter and paths.

If not, you can attempt to use it via another computer. If it's broken there as well, it may be shot.

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I'm running XP and I have the "search" function set to the "classic" search view. I want to search a specific drive. There is a window ("Look in:") where I can select the drive I want to search but when I click "Search Now" it searches the main drive C:

Specifically I want to search a data CD. I specify drive F:\ and put something in the "Search for Files...". Like maybe a*.txt. (Hint, I know there is a file that matches that name in a sub folder on the CD).

When I click Search, the status bar shows it is searching C:\Documents and Settings not F:\
When it finishes, it finds only the files matching a*.txt that are in c:\Documents and Settings.

I have discovered that if there is a file that matches a*.txt in the root of F: it will find that file along with a few hundred from C:. It won't find any matching files in subfolders of F:. Yes, I have checked "Search Subfolders" under search options.

Also, If I use the Browse functon under search in and point to the specific folder where I know the file exists, it still can't find it.

What am I doing wrong?
Thanks in Advance
Pete
 

Answer:Make XP search a specific drive

In "Look in" (click arrow on right side of search window) browse and click the drive, folder, or network you want to search.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308895

Or right click "Start", click Explore, click Drive you want to find file on, right click Search - it will only look there.

If above does not work your preferences might have been changed and will need directions to reset them.
 

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Hi. I'm new here and I need help!

Here's the story. Tonight I was installing a new game on my PC. I had meant to choose the "Custom" option to install it to my External HD but instead just hit continue and it began installing to my internal HD. The install wouldn't let me quit or cancel. So being the impulsive, impatient person I am I just hit the eject button on my CD drive to force the cancellation of the install. (Yes I know there are 100 different and much better ways I should have done this, but again... impulsive!)

So now to the problem I'm having: my drive won't recognize the CD. When I put the CD in the drive starts, it blinks, it stops. and nothing. If I open "My Computer" I can open the drive but nothing is there. Fearing I'd messed up the drive itself I tried a music cd, a movie DVD, and another game, all of which ran fine. So maybe I messed up the CD? Nope, I also tried the offending CD in a different computer. Ran fine. So it seems it's just this ONE CD in MY computer that is having trouble. Also another possible symptom: when there is no disk in the drive and I open up "My Computer", I'm able to open the drive without getting a "no cd in drive" error. Which I think is weird, but I'm not sure if I was able to do this before or not.

I did try a shut down/restart. No luck.

So any thoughts? or am I just doomed to not play this game now? I'm really kicking myself. I know... Read more

Answer:Solved: CD/DVD drive won't recognize ONE specific CD

Try performing a System Restore.
 

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Hello Everyone,
I want to restrict access to a specific drive. For Example, I have 4 drive name c,d,e,f. I want
nobody can access drive F:\ without me. If any solution,please tell me.

Best Wishes
Aftab248
 

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I have a 200gb Maxtor hard drive that if I connect to my computer D: ie no jumpers, by removing the existing D drive, windows explorer, my computer don't see, but on boot up the dos screen sees both the drives ie primary and secondary.I did run Powermax Repair and install, that runs from boot, I formated the new drive D and I think I may have chosen the wrong option. The system drives are NTFS. Any ideas, I hope that I haven't blown the new drive out of the water and made it unsuable for my system,XP Home, Athlon 3200, 1.5 gig ram 200gb C: d: 40gig I'd like it to be 200gig
 

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I have a Dell Dimension 8100 (ancient, I know). When we first got it, it allowed us to change the region that the DVD player would read 10 times before locking permanently to one of our choice (chose region 2 as I'm in the UK).

However, as it turns out, most of my DVDs are now region 1. This is fine on my region free DVD player, but sometimes I'd like to play 'em on my PC. Any way to unlock it?
 

Answer:Unlocking region-specific DVD drive

You can reflash the firmware of the dvd player but be sure your pick the correct firmware flash of your dvd model and number. Only use the firmware from the website that made the dvd drive if you can and it still has risks so be aware of that fact.ps. Dells are very picky so be carefull in what you do-read first before acting.
 

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I have an LG gcc-4521b, which is working well, but today i bought a cd and put it in the drive and it cant be even seen! It says: Please insert CD in drive F. I tried on my dad's laptop and it worked ??

Any advice ppl?
 

Answer:My combo drive cant read a specific CD

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Here's one that's driving me crazy. I can't get my XP to 'see' my USB stick if it assigns itself as the 'H Drive'.

I have the following drives:

A: Floppy
C, D E Hard Drives/partitions
F, G: CD/DVD

So when I plug my USB stick in it defaults to the next available letter: 'H'. But it never shows up in 'My Computer'

If I do start/run and type H: it comes up with... 'This Operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer -contact administrator'

If I open the Command Prompt & type H: on the command line, it finds the H drive and I can use 'MSDOS' commands like DIR to look at the files (so the basic computer recognises it, just some restriction on XP)

If I put 2 USB sticks in, it sees the second OK (it comes up as I drive)

If I go to the control panel/Administrative Tools/Computer Management/Disk Management, it 'sees it as H' and if I force it to any other letter it then pops up in 'My Computer' but then goes back to H if I plug it in elsewhere.

Furthermore, I found that if I re-allocate one of the Hard Drives (say D or E) to 'H' it then disappears in the same way, so it seems to be a problem with that letter!!

Any ideas?

Thanks!
 

Answer:XP not recognising a specific drive letter

*bump*
 

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HelloI have bought a new hard drive (F) which now sits next to my default drive (C) on which I have Win XP Home.The new drive is formatted and I now wish to install XP Pro on it. I have tried to force this issue by removing the cables from my C drive and attaching only my new F drive so that the installation process can only see my new drive, but I get an 'NTDLR is missing' message at startup.What else might I try to ensure XP Pro sits neatly in its own drive and averts any possibility of overwriting my XP Home edition?Thanks.Steve

Answer:Forcing XP Pro to install on a specific drive?

Make sure there are no CD's or floppies in the drives and re-boot.Check to see if the drive is recognised by the BIOS by entering setup at boot time.While you are in setup set the boot device order to CD first; floppy second and HDD third.If this drive has not been formatted it will not be recognised by Windows or a Windows install CD.You didn't mention what type of HDD this is...if it's IDE it needs to be jumpered temporarily as master for the XPPro install.More details before we go too much further in this process...

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System with 2 Raid Voumes - Drives c: with Win 7 and F: NTFS drive -
1) System Image Backuped up to F: (included C: and F:) and made restore DVD
2) I Reset Volume "C:" drives to Raid Mirroring - formated and assigned C:
3) Booted on Restore Disk and won't restore because C: partition but won't allow me to just restore c: wants to resotre C: and F: but F: has Image on it.

Is there a way to just restore Win 7 to C:?
Restore has c: and f: in dialog box but I can't modify?

I will donate if I someone can help me figure out how to restore the C: drive. Already tried copying image to usb HD but not compatible for Xcopy?

Thanks

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I want to restore my BIOS settings to when the PC was new but I do not know how to do this.

Answer:How do I restore BIOS settings

Have they changed?

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hi,iam having a toshiba satellite windows 7 laptop,i forgot the password which we need to enter when we switch on the laptop,i had no drivers cd,so,i like to reset it to factory settings,please help me...
 

Answer:restore factory settings

What's the complete model number of that Toshiba Satellite laptop? It should be on a sticker on the bottom of the case.

Didn't you get documentation on how to do a system recovery back to factory specs?

If you can't remember a password, you should write it down and put it in a safe place, or don't use a password.

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OK anyone who is reading this...........help meeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!I have a laptop which I no longer use. it has Vista and XP loaded. I cancelled 3 as, at the time, I needed to use it away from home thus it has now no internet access. how the hell to clean the little fella so as to get rid of all my personal info? I tried creating a new account as administrator and wiped everything successfully, however, I did a restore and it's all back again. anyone got any ideas? to take it to a computer guru will cost $157.00 which is nearly as much as I am asking for it.
from desperate

Answer:restore to factory settings.

Hi,

When you say you did a restore are we talking about the Windows System Restore feature, or did you use the original restore discs that came with your laptop? If you haven't tried already, assuming you have them to hand, try them and see how it goes. Also how far does your 'personal info' stretch, is it just files and folders or does this also include applications and settings you set up after original purchase? If it's just files you want to lift from the laptop you could just use an external hard drive or USB flash drive if you have one, and simply drag and drop the files onto there. Finally, can you please post your system specifications here? This may help us to better assist you.

Post back here and let me know how this goes, or if you still have problems.


Regards,

Jon.

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What are some idea's on what is a good setting for a lap top when using restore settings
12% is the max any ideas on what others are using?
 

Answer:System Restore Settings

I think 12% is optimal for XP system restore.

Don't get me started on WinMe's bug infested system restore though!
 

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Hello all, I want to reset my advent 3109 back to factory settings can someone please help me?

Answer:Restore factory settings.

click here

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hey my name is Santana,
I'm trying to use the System Recovery function mentioned in the manual to restore the 1201N to factory configuration because I need to return it. I've tried several times to get to System Recovery by pressing F9 during bootup but I never get to it. Instead I see the Windows boot menu. I have turned off Boot Booster in the BIOS but this does not help. Can anyone help me with accessing the System Recovery function? Thanks! i have also read the manual is there any other way?
 

Answer:Restore to factory settings?

I found this post (http://vip.asus.com/forum/view.aspx?board_id=20&model=Eee+PC+1201N&id=20100127075959234&page=1&SLanguage=en-us explaining how to access System Recovery and mentioning that you can be misled by the 'loading Windows' message because the System Recovery partition also loads a version of Windows. It also mentions that you can boot from a System Recovery CD if, for example, you've deleted your recovery partition.
 

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I need to restore my old laptop to factory settings. I have backed everything up and therefore aren't bothered about losing things. I have lost the recovery cd and when trying to use the Windows XP Home Edition disk I get the error saying "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer".My laptop is a Gateway MX6932bMy hard drive is a Toshiba MK1246GSXI have not been able to find any driver updates online and I am completely out of ideas now as I don't want to have to purchase a new recovery disk. Also I can no longer find any drivers on the Gateway website.Any help is much appreciated!

Answer:Restore to factory settings.

if setup has not found any hard disk, perhaps you need to install sata drivers first. A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.

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Hello,
How to backup setting for a program & restore
them after format or unwanted change?
like Media Player settings & preferences.

Answer:Backup & Restore SETTINGS!

I don't know of Windows Media Player but many (but may be not all) programs like WinAmp, Say the Time, Tray Commander etc. preserve the settings either in their own folder or somewhere in the Documents library.

You have to search out the settings file and copy it into a drive that won't be affected by reformat. Then after fresh installation all that you have to do is to copy the concerned setting file into its original place.

I hope this helps.

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I'm honestly not tech savvy by any means but I really need help fixing my laptop. I've had a trojan on it for a while so if I'm on it longer than a few minutes it blue screens me and restarts. So I wanted to restore it to factory settings, but when I did the "F10/ALT" approach, after the black screen with white writing comes up, it shows a window saying "Error: RCD.dat does not existed." (word for word) and then I click "OK" and it just goes straight to normal startup. Help please?

Answer:won't let me restore to factory settings

Oh yeah its an Acer, I'm not sure which model

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I've got a Gateway laptop that is not able to boot Windows, so I'd like to restore it to factory defaults. I've looked at the tutorials here System Restore - How to Do in Windows 8 and here System Recovery Options - Boot to in Windows 8. It seems like the only options that I can find on these pages for restoring a non bootable computer is to boot from Windows 8 installation media. Is that correct?

If so, will the generic Windows 8 installation media allow me to access and restore the factory image?

I've tried the old F8 while booting method to boot into Advanced Recovery Options but, as I've read before, that no longer works.
I also tried Shift-F8 that I seem to remember reading might work, but that did not work either.

Or is there some other way to access the factory image on a non booting computer that I am missing?

Thanks

Answer:Restore to factory settings

If your laptop came pre-installed with Win 8 then go into "PC Settings" then go to "General" and mouse down to "Remove everything and reinstall Windows." This will then return your system back to the beginning when you removed it from it packaging. . . .Good luck.

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I do not have the CD, and we need to restore the computer back to the original factory settings. I can't seem to find the restore and recovery feature (I am only given an option to restore form a previsou point). Also, when booting the drive, and before the splash screen, when F8 is pressed- there is no "Repair My Computer" feature.Help- How do I restore?

Answer:restore to factory settings

Try F10 instead.

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I have restored IBM ThinkPad R31 with Windows XP to the factory settings before without the restore CD.  I'm trying to restore it to the factory settings again, but hitting F11 doesn't bring up the restore option any more.  I read somewhere that the hidden partition may got deleted during last restore.  Please advise.

Answer:Restore factory settings

http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Rescue_and_Recovery

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Hi Guys,I created some recovery discs for an Acer computer. However, when I loaded them to make them work they didn?t actually run themselves. I had to resort to tapping Alt and F10.What do I do to make the discs run?Also, the internal recovery system is on my D drive. I read somewhere that if I have got anything else on my D drive (which I have) then recovery won?t work. Is this true? Funnily enough I tried to restore to factory settings yesterday and when I tapped Alt and F10 I didn?t get the correct screen to restore.Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:RESTORE TO FACTORY SETTINGS

My Acer simply needs me to boot from the recovery disk, hace you tried this?You may need to set the BIOS to boot from the DVD/CD drive first.

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Hi Guys,Years ago when I bought my first Gateway computer you received about twenty discs with it and when there was a ?breakdown? I used to have to spend hours on the ?phone to Ireland getting talked through ?rebuilding? it. Therefore I think the option to restore modern computers to factory settings is magic. A bought a new computer about a month ago and despite having a free trial with McAfee it appeared to pick up a virus. So, hey presto, I restored to factory settings. I always keep all my work backed up so no problems there. Am I correct in thinking this magic solution is as good as I think it is? Are there any downsides? I have read that some viruses can survive this process. Is this true? What would one have to do if that happened?Many thanks for your kind assistance.

Answer:RESTORE TO FACTORY SETTINGS

Upside - nothing survives if done correctlyDownside -1. you get back all the junk that was pre installed and loose everything you have installed since.2. The image is usually on a hidden partition on the hard drive, if the Hard drive fails you loose everything, sometime you cannot access the inbuilt tools for a startup repair or factory restore.Best OptionBuy something like Acronis True Image ad make a image on to an extrenal disk on a regular basis - you can restore to the same drive - or put in a bigger drive. and be back to normal without loosing anything in approx 15 minutes.

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My mom gave me her computer but it is way too slow and i wanted to restore it to factory settings so i pushed alt+F10 but when the restore screen pops up it says i need a password please help.

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edit: found my answer already.
 

Answer:Solved: how do i restore settings?

Welcome to TSG.
Since you seem to have solved the problem, feel free to mark your posting as 'Solved". there is a button at the top of your post.
Vicks
 

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I have a dell Inspiron n7010 and im trying to reformat my computer. I backed up all my personal files into an external hdd. However when I try to restore my laptop to its factory settings, I get stuck. Upon booting up my computer I press f8 to get into the advanced boot menu. From there I select system repair but after selecting that, it always gets stuck at windows is loading files. It doesn't look my computer is loading anything either and it doesn't make sounds as of it were. Can anyone help me? I don't have my windows 7 installation cd with me which is why I'm doing it this way.

Answer:Can't restore to factory settings I

What options are shown on Advanced menu other than system repair? I believe the options are self explanatory. Have you tried creating Recovery discs first just in case?

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Just curious about my system restore settings, it is currently set at 5.25 G, is that enough or should it be larger, I checked in Ccleaner and it only shows 5 restore points, also would like to know how often restore points are created and if it vary s.
Thanks
 

Answer:System restore settings

As far as the size of your restore folder goes it depends on the size of your hard drive and how much empty space there is on it. If you have 100 - 200GB of empty space then the size of your restore folder is not important. Windows needs approximately 15% of empty space on  the C:\ drive to work properly so it is only if the total of occupied space is getting towards 85% of capacity that you need to think about freeing up hard drive space.
 
One way to do this is to reduce the amount of space allocated to the restore folder. Another, and perhaps better, way is to move stuff you want to keep but don't need regular access to to external storage or a second hard drive.
 
When do restore points get created ?  At various times. Installing critical updates usually creates a restore point as does updating important software such as A/V. And you can of course always create one yourself if you are planning on making some major change to your system which you feel might go pear shaped!  It is a very simple way of getting yourself out of trouble.
 
Chris Cosgrove

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hi my computer was used by my family for ages and so many viruses have been downloaded.
i have had enough and just want it to go back to factory settings and start all over again.
i do not have a back up disc or restore cd i just have the computer.

is there anyone smarter then me who can please help me to restore it back to factory settings?

It is a laptop running on windows XP
 

Answer:Restore to FACTORY SETTINGS

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While streaming movies, it went to red screen, made a strange noise and has not loaded since. Won't access the internet. I tried system restore immediately. Now I can't even get it to open to do that

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hi im having issues with resetting compaq presario cq56 back to factory settings i keep pressing f11 but nothing happens it keeps loading window not the files 

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I am selling this computer but I would like to restore it to factory settings before I do because it is full of my personal info,software etc. I know it can be done but I dont know how to begin...
 

Answer:restore to factory settings

Hi,
There's some useful info in this previous thread:
http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/737356-solved-need-wipe-data-before.html

Richard
 

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Windows XP Home first failed on boot and reported a corrupt or missing command.com. Then after taking out the Toshiba laptop's hard drive and then reconnecting it, the computer booted up into Windows and showed the normal 4 users for login (myself, two daughters who actually never use the laptop, and guest, also never used.)

It accepted my password, but from examining docs and settings, it created a new user john.toshiba-user. I logged in as John, there is a John folder in docs and settings, but everything I am doing is in john.toshiba-user. So, I cannot access my Outlook calendar. I get access denied reports.

I have a backup of my data and Outlook pst, but I would like to reconnect to my former settings. How do I do that?

Thanks,

Johnnief
 

Answer:How to restore access to my settings?

This Article may be of some help...you will need to be logged on as Admin.

patio. 8)
 

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i have an acer aspire T180, the boot manager is compressed, i have a repair disk but i cant scroll down to change the boot priorities. so now im trying a factory restore by using alt and F10, wen i click on restore to factory settings it asks for a password, ive tried six zeros and an administrators password already, really dont know wat else to do, help would be much appreciated

Answer:restore factory settings

If you remove the CMOS battery from your motherboard (the little shiny silver battery about the size of a nickel) and leave it out for about a minute, it'll clear your passwords. However, it'll also clear out any custom settings you had set in your BIOS as well. However, it should let you get past the issue with the admin password.

Just for grins and giggles, did you just hit ENTER without entering a password? If you didn't set up a password to begin with, you may just need to press ENTER and be in business. Try that first.

Let me know.

Good day!

Mike

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Hey im running vista home premium and i am selling my laptop on ebay later this month, basically i want it so that EVERYTHING exept the stuff it came with is wiped off and when the next owner switches it on they will need to run through the setup thing again

Now i know you guys are masters and most of the time i have no idea what your on about so if you could write in 'noob' language that would be great

My laptop did not come with a recovery disc so is there anyway to do it via, i don't know, control pannel or something?

Additional info:
Vista Home Premium
Hp g6000/ g6062ea
2gb ram
Etc....
 

Answer:How to restore to factory settings?

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