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How do I find the "real" dark side on winy2k?

Question: How do I find the "real" dark side on winy2k?

I am trying to format c: on my dell pentium III desktop. I am using Windows2000Pro. I tried accessing the comand prompt through MSDOS, but it will not let me format there. I tried F8 at startup, but my only choice is to access the command prompt through safe mode, you can't format c: in safe mode. I tried changing my bios to read the cd first and then I tried putting in the Windows 2000 cd and started a new install, I never got an option to format. When I had windows98 I could format a disk and copy the system files at the same time and reboot using that disk. Then I could enter the real DOS. Windows 2000 does not give you the option to copy system files when you format a disk? I'm out of options. If anybody has a suggestion, I would be glad to try it. I bought my computer, paid for ALL my software, and yet me, the owner, is not allowed to format c:??? Thanks in advance for any help.

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Preferred Solution: How do I find the "real" dark side on winy2k?

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 (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: How do I find the "real" dark side on winy2k?

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I recommend anyone thinking of upgrading to SP2 to read this first

The Dark Side of Windows XP Service Pack 2

heres a snatch of the article!


The Prep Work
Before you even think about upgrading a machine to Service Pack 2, it?s a good idea to take a few minutes and properly prepare the machine. Yes, you can technically install SP2 without doing anything special to the machine ahead of time, but you are far less likely to experience problems if you plan ahead.

Spyware Removal
The very first thing that you should do is to scan your machine for spyware and remove any that you might find. The reason why this is so important is because spyware typically latches itself onto the registry and onto various system files. Installing Service Pack 2 replaces most of your machine?s system files. If a spyware module has altered aspects of your system and then you start replacing system files, there is a good chance that Windows will lose network and Internet connectivity. If this does happen to you, you can fix the problem by downloading and running a utility called WinsockXPFix.exe. You can download this utility from

Even though this utility will usually fix the problem, it is better to just scan the machine prior to installing the service pack and avoid the problem completely.

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I've got an error at the moment that whenever I try and use the file dialog (e.g. save a new file, open a file, attach file to email etc), whatever application I'm using will crash.
This seems to have started ever since the Windows 10 Creator Update installed itself on my computer the other day.

I'm trying to figure out what is causing the crash, and I've noticed that in the File Dialog (that works perfectly fine in Microsoft Edge) there are now Camera and Photos options.

Here is a screenshot:

How can I disable them? They're not of much use to me being on a desktop, so I want to disable them as a first try to see if they're causing other applications to crash.


Answer:Remove "Camera" and "Photos" from left hand side of File Dialog

You can uninstall them if you wish - see Uninstall Apps in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Apps Features Tutorials

(Do have a look at the extensive Tutorial section - it contains a great deal of very practical and professional quality information)

Windows 10 Tutorial Index - Windows 10 Tutorials

Do you see Photos and Camera in traditional desktop programs' 'Save as' boxes too?

In general, though, it's not worth bothering to uninstall universal apps you don't need or use (I don't use them either).

Interestingly a change with the Creator's upgrade is that it doesn't reinstate previously uninstalled apps for hte first time.

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HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook PC
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU
64-bit Operating System

It started while i was browsing anime viewing websites on Firefox.(Both of which I've used for years.) Also note AVG's Resident Shield was online, and i don't remember going anywhere strange or downloading strange files. I had scanned used malwarebytes anti-malware the day before and found nothing.
Randomly, I received a blue screen stating something like "Client side encryption is not supported by the remote server even though it claims to"

After restarting, my computer failed to start normally.(I think it failed to load the operating system?) It went to some kind of auto repairing thing to fix itself in order to startup properly. But it failed.

Safe mode = same as above

Last Known Good Configuration = same as above

Bootlogging? Debugging? Description was it would mention at which startup file it failed to load. It loaded files from the top of my screen to almost the middle, which is about < 10 things. It failed, and without telling me any new information, did the "same as above".

3 attempts of system restore. One was more than a month ago. It would get to the end and "finish" restoring for a brief moment, then immediately show an error pointing to "...Appdata/Roaming/Firefox/(jumble of letters).profile/session(the rest was cut off, but i thought i could see half an "s") It said it couldn't replace the file?

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Answer:"Client Side Encryption not supported by..." --> "computer failing to load"

Its the server that you were on, it did not like the encryption that that server was using.

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Hi Lorien

I just joined the Forum in hopes I can find some solution to my "side by side configuration" problem in Office 2010. I saw your earlier posts and tried to no avail. Lots of time ahead this weekend hoping to find a fix - perhaps I should be redirected to a different forum?

Peter in Michigan

Answer:"side by side configuration" problem in Office 2010

Hello, and welcome to the Vista Forums!

Please have a read through this older thread by me. side by side configuration

Try Lorien's advice, then mine, for the first two answers. If that does not solve the issue, keep going with my advice, and post an SFC log (sfcdetails.txt), and the sxstrace.txt.

Also, could you give us just a few more details. I assume that the error message is "The side for side configuration is incorrect. Reinstalling the application may fix the issue" Can you please confirm that, and that it occurs for Microsoft Office only, as far as you are aware.



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I can't seem to install any version of CCleaner and maybe other progs., too.

I'm presented with the following two errors:

1. "The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application event log or use the command-line sxstrace.exe tool for more detail."

2. "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access them."

I've downloaded the latest version - 5.04.5151 - to the downloads folder, as well as a copy of the previous version - 5.03.5128 - but neither will install. I uninstalled the previous version, in prep for the new one, but can't re-install it, not even via the original 5.03.5128 file I had saved months ago.

I Googled for some help and found Microsoft's KB on "Windows cannot access the specified path...":
I've been through 1 - 6, to no avail
Only 5 was relevant: I "unblocked" the file, owing to Properties stating "This file came from another computer and might be blocked to help protect this computer". It didn't make any difference, nor to 5.03.5128.

I Googled "...side by side configuration is incorrect..." and this is where I've come to a dead end.

I'd be really grateful for some help.

I don't want to uninstall any other progs and discover I can't re-install them, either.

Answer:CCleaner ccsetup504.exe: "...side-by-side configuration is incorrect"

Sounds like you've tried to install it and then it has completed installing. Have you check all CCleaner files are removed from your system also check in Add and Remove programs...

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I am exhausted and frustrated. I have infected PC with malware "shopping assistant" and pop up ads powered by GREAt FIND. I have followed your removal guide but it has not worked. Is there something I'm missing or not doing to get rid of this pain the butt.

Your expertise in this miatter would be highly appreciated



They call me TwinHeadedEagle around here, and I'll be working with you.

Before we start please read and note the following:

At the top of your post, please click on the "Watch thread" button and make sure to check Watch this thread...and receive email notifications. This will send an email to you as soon as I reply to your topic, allowing me to solve your problem faster.
Please do not install any new software during the cleaning process other than the tools I provide for you. This can hinder the cleaning process. Please do not perform System Restore or any other restore.
Instructions I give to you are very simple and made for complete beginner to follow. That's why you need to read through my instructions carefully and completely before executing them.
Please do not run any tools other than the ones I ask you to, when I ask you to. Some of these tools can be very dangerous if used improperly. Also, if you use a tool that I have not requested you use, it can cause false positives, thereby delaying the complete cleaning of your machine.

All tools we use here are completely clean and do not contain any malware. If your antivirus detects them as malicious, please disable your antivirus and then continue.
If during the process you run across anything that is not in my instructions, please stop and ask. If any tool is running too much time (few hours), please stop and inform me.
I visit forum several times at day, making sure to respond to everyon... Read more

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I have upgraded 5 machines and clean installed 3 machines.

Experienced an issue with one machine with continuous corruption problems

After the 3rd attempt I discovered that even with a Clean Install of Win 10 I get unrepairable errors - Sorry I don't have screen captures of the "exact" wording:

(Just to be clear, I have not installed ANYTHING ELSE, other than Windows 10 and the corruption is unrepairable immediately)

Heres what I did to find the issue;

Open CMD in Administrator (type cmd in Cortana search bar, RIGHT CLICK and select "Run as Administrator")

After using command:

sfc /scannow

Windows reports errors which cannot be repaired

Running the following command should repair the issue:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

BUT DOESN'T - You get this message:

Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
Version: 10.xxxxxxxxx
Image Version: 10.xxxxxxxxx
Error: xxxxxxxxx
The source files could not be downloaded. Use the "source" option to specify the location of the files that are required to restore the feature.

For more information, review the log file.
The DISM log file can be found at C:\Windows\Logs\DISM\dism.log

I have tried a few different options, including mounting the ISO and directing the DISM command to look directly on the mounted drive

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:wim:D:\sources\install.wim:1 /limitaccess
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This is a resurection of an old unresolved Vista Post, and it also happens in Windows 7.
Original subject - Start Menu - program search issue
I use Windows Mail for my daily email tasks, and would like to be able to
open the program by using the vista search bar built into the start menu. The
problem is, when i search for "mai" it brings up Windows Mail, and I can hit
enter and load the program. However, when I search for "mail", it returns:
"No items match your search." I have it set to index both the start menu and
my programs directory, and have even tried to rebuild the index.

It seems kind of strange that Vista would recognize that when I type "mai" I
want my mail programs, but when I actually type "mail", it gets confused...
and this in turn has -me- confused.
Oh thank goodness, I've finally found someone else with the same problem.
The word I have issues with is "photo" ("phot" works great, but no results
for "photo"). Not a show-stopper, but WHY!?

I've noticed the same thing with Windows Desktop Search in Windows 7. After some experimenting I think I have the reason why, but not a fix.

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Dear Experts,

I have created windows image on Drive F: but delete it after some time manually due to some space prob.
But while backup shows about 40 GB only few GB space got free after deletion. When i try to again take the the backup using windows 7 backup & restore option, its still shows 35 Gb of System Image in drive F: when i brows the Manage Disc Space option but i cant find it on the same drive. (Plz see attached pic)
Plz help me to locate this and delete the same.


Answer:Cant find "System Image" of 36 GB but its shows on "Manage Disc Space"

Hello sattyaji, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It may still be showing if the system image was created as part of a Windows backup. Using the tutorial below to reset Windows Backup should clear it for you, but you will need to set up your backup again afterwards.

Backup User and System Files - Reset to Default Configuration

Hope this helps,

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The application has failed to start because its side by side configuration is incorrect.
Hi everyone this is an error I'm getting with my new computer while trying to run a program. Is there something I can do to fix this?

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"side-by-side configuration" error in Vista

I reviewed the forums and found a post that tells me how to fix this error, but I ran into a snag... The first step is to open an elevated command prompt. When I try to run that, I'm getting the same "side-by-side configuration" error that I'm trying to fix. Is there a way around running the sfc /scannow to fix this?

Elevated Command Prompt
Side-By-Side Configuration is Incorrect

Answer:"side-by-side configuration" error - Vista

Based upon my experience, I do not think that the SFC will work in a side by side problem. We do have one member, Niemiro, who is very astute in that area and has given advice to another member. Hopefully that will work for you.
side by side configuration

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Hi, I'm still getting windows divided by 3rds when using the Side by side and Stacked functions when there's only 2 windows open. Will this ever be fixed? I'm using Win10 1607 build 14393.576

Answer:Was "Show Windows Side by Side" Ever Fixed?

sjoens said:

...I'm using Win10 1607 build 14393.576

What? You haven't had an update since early December? Windows update should have delivered three Cumulative Updates since then. You should be on 14393.969 by now. And no... it hasn't been fixed in them either. Actually it looks like a bit more than two thirds of the screen is used. It's almost as if it's trying to fit into a 4:3 aspect ratio on a 16:9 display. Or maybe it's deliberate, leaving room for the Action Center.

There is another way to arrange two windows side by side that does fit them on two halves of screen - it's Aero Snap and that has worked correctly since before Windows 10 was launched. I use it all the time, in fact I had to search and find the options on the Taskbar that you are using - I'd forgotten they were there.

Arrange your Windows in a Snap

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HELP PLEASE ! Came home following a power failure: We are extreme novice's at anything comp-related. Our normal operating window (Windows 10) has always opened "ready to use"..with all files/folders/pic icons clearly indicated on our homepage. Our Computer type= All-in-one Toshiba desk top two yrs old).

Since the power failure and returning appears to have reverted back to a sign-in page...offering both Customer and Guest user. We are LOCKED OUT OF OUR normal operating page as CUSTOMER and have tried every possible password we could imagine with zero-success. We are currently stuck on the "guest-user side"..and have ZERO access to all of my wife's important documents, work-biz files, folders, resume, pics and more. Guest User side works fine however little significance or needed files are available on the "guest side".. Having tried all-passwords we could to we get-ourselves OFF the guest side..and back into our Customer side ? Note we live extremely rural, 8 miles North and San Luis Obispo Ca and 14 miles east of Santa Margarita California..on a very-rural ranch....Driving this computer to some Big-City Comp-repair shop and leaving it...doesn't appear to be a favorable option at this time?

Your time, consideration and any input provided would be Greatly appreciated.

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I'm not sure what this is in Windows Update [and this seems to be greyed out itself too], but how is it possible to have no results in Google on this KB that's in Windows Update?

I also clicked on the "more information" for the Microsoft Knowledge Base, but nothing came up there either.

Answer:A "non-existent" Windows update ("KB3024777") even Google can't find

Also note that it can't be unchecked/deselected.

Edit: It seems this update removes kb3004394 and vanish without a trace (except in History).
Neither seems to be available in the uninstall list afterwards.

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I have these 2 unwanted icons on my desktop, "Click to find & Fix errors" and " Sportsbook Football". I don't what type of programs they are but they downloaded themselves without my authorisation and I can't get rid of it.

I have run Ad-Aware, Spybot, The Cleaner (trial version), AVG anti spyware, Webroot (trial version),Windows Defender.

I think it was Webroot Spy Sweeper or The Cleaner that removed "Click to find & Fix errors" but it kept coming back.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 3:28:08 PM, on 5/22/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16640)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Apoint\Apoint.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Apoint\HidFind.exe
C:\Program Files\Apoint\Apntex.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
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Answer:Help remove "Click to find & fix errors" and "Sportsbook Football"

Can anyone help please?


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Browser (IE7) will frequently redirect to a page with a message "Sorry we couldn't find "" or "" or other various tags (though these are most common).

Web pages will often not load at all or will redirect while reading a webpage without any user action.

Occasionally it will simply say unable to load "actual web page trying to visit". Also oddly - problem seems to occur much more frequently in the morning than evening. This makes me wonder if it is a internet provider issue.

Problem has been occuring over the last 2-3 weeks.

I have followed the 5 Step process to the letter and run DSS after the first four steps. The contents of file main.txt are listed below and extra.txt is attached as a separate file.

Very much appreciated in advance for your help when you get a chance to review this.

Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68
Run by SJL on 2008-01-30 17:09:02
Computer is in Normal Mode.

-- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------

-- Last 5 Restore Point(s) --
83: 2008-01-30 22:03:16 UTC - RP661 - Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point
82: 2008-01-30 20:21:50 UTC - RP660 - System Checkpoint
81: 2008-01-29 18:59:32 UTC - RP659 - System Checkpoint
80: 2008-01-28 18:34:48 UTC - RP658 - Installed Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007
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I want to have my folders such as My Documents, Downloads, etc stored on a separate data partition to the OS, like many people do.  When you go to the properties of the (original) folder and click on the Location tab, what is the difference between
using the Move button and the Find Target button?  Is one recommended to achieve this over the other?
I haven't seemed to find the answer after some time searching, and didn't want to do anything irreversible.

Answer:"Move" Username/folders or "Find Target..."

It’s perfectly safe to use ‘Move’ to move the Documents folder to a different location. Navigate to the folder, then right-click it > Properties
> Location Tab > Move, select a Destination and follow the prompts. The location can be restored by choosing Restore Default.

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I downloaded a Weather program, and my Antivirus program found a Trojan in the program.
It got rid of the virus, but now every time I boot or reboot I get a message "C:\WINDOWS cannot find "weathersetup.exe" ". I have tried everything I could think of, but cannot get rid of the system trying to load this.
Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Solved: "Startup" problem (cannot find "Weathersetup.exe").

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For some reason when I try to type a word like:

we (coma) re

/edit haha oops its not a coma...just cant recall 2nd grade english...

it brings up the find box. What the hell?

Oh great...and now when I try to use the arrow keys to navigate through this text box the curser goes no where...

Anybody have any ideas?

Dell Dimension laptop, win XP

Answer:Firefox: pressing "coma" brings up "find"

Kinda sounds like your keyboard is acting up. Open notepad and try to type something.

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Here is a link to a photograph of a village next to a group of mountains that almost looks "surreal".

I love surfing the web and "sightseeing" from my couch and every now and then I'll come accross some pictures that you just look at and say WOW. This picture did that for me but I am not sure if it's real or not. I have never seen mountains that look like that.

What do you guys think? Is that a real, unaltered photo? Or something created with some fancy image editing?

I even tried searching for moutain shots including different places in the world including the ALPS etc... and none of the mountains I saw look that "dramatic".

If this is a real village and mountain scene, do you have any idea where it is located because I wanna take a trip there someday if I ever hit the lottery.... LOL

Thank You


Answer:Is this picture "real" or as they say "photoshopped"...???

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In Windows XP, fully updated, I have several folders full of mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

But all the figures in the "Duration" column appear to be in "hours" and "minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03", but what I want is "minutes" and "seconds".

Any thoughts as to how to change this?

Answer:Solved: Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

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I am running Windows XP SP3, fully updated, on an Acer lap top PC.

I have several folders full of .mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. To do this I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

The two new columns appear, but the format of the "Duration" column appears to be "hours:minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03" for most .mp3's, when what I want to see is 'hours:minutes:seconds", e.g. "00:03:45".

This also happens for video files (.avi files), e.g. all my episodes of "Heroes" (sad, I know) have a duration of "00:42" instead of "00:42:xx".

Here are two pictures showing the problem with the .mp3's. The first is of Explorer showing the Duration as "Hours:Minutes":

The second picture is of the properties window of the first .mp3 in the list above:

I copied some .mp3 files to another (old) PC on my home network, and it displayed the duration field correctly:

Also, the properties window correctly shows the duration also:

I'm not the only person to have this problem. I received a private message from a member of another forum where I posted about this problem several weeks ago. That person also has the same problem with the duration field.

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Answer:Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

* bump *

Tricky, this one!

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Hello. Recently, when I try to start an application, I receive an error, that I would translate from french something alike (in this case for Opera broswer, but everything else bugs):
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\opera.exe
The application couldn't start because it's side by side configuration is wrong. For more informations, please see the application event's log or use the comand line tool sxstrace.exe"

French verion (if a French speaking translator is around, please correct my translation):
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\opera.exe
L'application n'a pas pu d?marrer car sa configutation c?te ? c?te est incorrecte. Pour plus d'information, consultez le journal d'?v?nements d'applications ou utilisez l'outil en ligne de commande sxstrace.exe."

I tried to use sxstrace.exe with cmd, but it tried to explain me how to use it, and I didn't go further. I saw other forums about, but their problems seemed different: it happened after the installation of a game and only this game didn't worked, but as far as I'm concerned, all non windows applications fails at start, like Firefox or Antivira, and even Windows media Player or MSN. That's strange. On those forums, they also said that you should re-install microsoft's visual C++ 2005 (or for me 2010, I'm running seven 64 bits). I downloaded them (visual 2010 x86 and x64) with IE7 and tried to launch the setup, but I had the same error. So I get nowhere since a few days in spite of my tries. I even tried to launch a ... Read more

Answer:wrong "side by side" configuration

You may want to try a system restore from before the problem
System Restore

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Ok, so I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit edition.
Yesterday I opened FireFox and after a few minutes the program was not responding.
I then closed it, and when I tried to reopen it it said that FireFox was still running.
I went into Task Manager, Process, found FireFox and ended it.
Then when I tried to open it again, I received this error message.
So then I tried to Restore my computer to a previous date, but could only go back as far as that afternoon, because if I chose a different date I would get an error that it could not do it.
Next I hunted online for a solution, I found one that sounded promising.
The site said to go here and download this file. Then go here and download that file.
The link to the site is here.
When I try to follow those steps to install the files, I get this error.
At this point I am at a loss. I really don't want to have to re-install windows if at all possible.
Any and all suggestions would be helpful.

Answer:"Side-by-Side configuration is incorrect"

Try uninstalling Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable and reinstalling

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Hello, I recently reformatted my pc in hopes of fixing my bad frame rate in bad company 2. When I reinstalled the game and tried to launch it, I got the error in the title. "Side by side configuration is incorrect"

I have spent 20-30 hours searching for a solution, all of the methods in the google results have failed to fix it, and of course the tech support at Origin was unable to help me either.

I'm hoping that someone here might know about this error, BC 2 was my favorite multiplayer game.

Answer:"Side by side configuration is incorrect" BF BC 2

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Does anyone know anything about this error message that I'm getting when I'm trying to start Logitech Setpoint in Windows 10 64 bit?
Apparently it's relatively common for all sorts of applications.

Answer:"Side-by-side configuration is incorrect"

Good morning. Here are a couple of things to try:
1. Download and install Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable Package:

Visual C++ Redistributable Packages for Visual Studio 2013

Access Denied

2. Run System file checker.

Press Windows key + X, select Command prompt (Admin) to bring up elevated Command prompt.In Command prompt type sfc/scannow and press enter.Restart the computer.
If no corrupted system files were found in the previous state, then I suggest you to try the following steps:

Open command prompt by pressing Windows key + X and selecting ?Command prompt admin?.In command prompt, type the following commands and press Enter after each command:
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

Close the command prompt and restart the PC and check if it works.

You could also try running chkdsk /f /r c: (or whichever drive letter you want to check). You'll probably have to boot up using the "advanced options" and select "command prompt."

Hope these help.

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I have had this problem numerous times in the past where the installation proceeds then ends with the messages:

During the installation of the device.
The system cannot find the file specified
and it goes into a detection loop

HERE is the solution:

Windows 2000/XP has a bug that it cannot properly detect new hardware by *.inf files, if the RunOnce registry key is missing for the following location:


This key is often used by installers to execute post-reboot programs, but sometimes they accidentally delete this key.

IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Make sure that you understand how to backup and restore the registry, in case a problem occurs. Please read the linked Microsoft Knowledge Base article prior to editing the registry.
Go to Start Run and enter "regedit."

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

With CurrentVersion Highlighted, go to the Edit menu and select New Key

Name the key RunOnce, leaving everything else about the key alone.

The RunOnce key should now exist underneath the CurrentVersion key.
Once the key exists, Windows 2000/XP stops redetecting the Hardware

Answer:"cannot find the file specified" "during the installation of the device."

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Yeah so i've been searching some hours now for how to make my desktop look like this:
I don't care about the taskbar style, all i want is my desktop to look like that when i minimize everything, the clock and all! I think it's a really sexy look! I found the picture in an old thread on a forum and the user doesnt go there anymore. Im hoping someone here might have a clue!
I don't have any prior experience with this sorta stuff so im really clueless!

Thanks in advance!!

Answer:Trying to find this "theme" or "skin" or whatever to call it!

hi Lekandesanden, and welcome to sevenforums,

the clock and system information on the desktop looks like rainmeter.

i don't know which specific skin it is though...

looks like the screenshot originally came from here.

maybe you could try joining that forum and asking the OP - even though the post was nearly 2 years ago...

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I tried to record some audio with Auadacity but it won't work unless I enable the Wave Out Mix. I've tried the "right-click and choose Show Disabled Devices" trick but nothing shows up.

Answer:Cannot find "Wave Out Mix" or "Stereo Mix" in Vista


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hi guys, when i was about to create an ISO file of Windows 10 with Install.esd image
it looks like i can't find the folder with the name $WINDOWS.~BT on C:\ .
( the Hidden items Box option is checked ).
Can anyone help me
Thank you.

Answer:Can't find the folder " $WINDOWS.~BT " to get " Install.esd " !!

Originally Posted by dyga23 hi guys, when i was about to create an ISO file of Windows 10 with Install.esd image
it looks like i can't find the folder with the name $WINDOWS.~BT on C:\ .
( the Hidden items Box option is checked ).
Can anyone help me
Thank you. You won't find it if you did a disk cleanup and removed the system files.
By the way, if you are running Windows 10 Insider Preview build, you will NOT find install.esd file from
$WINDOWS.~BT folder.
It is because since December 2016, Microsoft had introduced Unified Update Platform (UUP), which no longer offers the install.esd file.
Yes, that means you cannot create an iso file the old fashioned way.

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Ok, I have a problem with dark videos or moves. I am not a computer noob but I am having a irritating issue. When I watch a video and there is dark parts of the video there is light lines that come from the brighter objects that move in the video, but they go away if anything brighter then the lines goes over the lines. The lines are in the shape of whatever the brighter thing is and they are very annoying to watch in any video. I have updated and reinstalled all of my codecs. I have a HP tx1499 and it has a 2.4gh amd turion 64x2 and a nvidia 6150 togo and 3gb of ram. So any ideas???

Answer:"Ghost" lines in dark parts of videos?? NEED HELP!

My edit time expired but here is a pix of the issue...this is mostly in avi files I have found out

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Hi, i recently opened a post about this issue but i now have more information so i figured i would ask again this time more in depth.
I just bought a new AOC AOC E970SWN. Other than the bad viewing angles i love the monitor, it is my first monitor that i have that isn't a CRT, i waited way too long to upgrade. My problem is that when certain colors are displayed on screen it starts to "flicker" horizontally. It doesn't do it on black. [maybe it does but i just can't notice] and it does not do it on any light colors either, mainly dull/darkish colors, especially grey. It makes watching videos almost impossible because it looks horrible. Speaking of videos that is when it is at it's worst. most of the time when it's happening i pause the video but the flickering still continues even when paused.On VLC i noticed disabling use hardware YUV-RGB conversions slightly cut down the amount of flickering on videos played using vlc but only because i think it darkened the image considerably. -other information needed-
I connect using VGA-only possible option-
Windows XP
GT 430 GPU [possible settings causing it?]
I can't test the monitor on another computer unfortunately.
I hope someone has an idea as currently it's impossible to watch any videos on this monitor and that was my main use for my computer.

Answer:LED Monitor "flickering" during dark/dull colors.

Duplicate Thread
Routine ~ Copy this into your Active Thread

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Hey, i have tried to get this game to work for a long time now, i'm totally desperat.

i can see the movie in the beginning but right before the meny it shuts down and it says Jk.exe has stopped working

i have tried to run it in compatibility mode but it doesnt work either,

i have asked around and the answer i get is "it's becouse of vista" and i just wonder if there is anything i can do before i go and buy myself an old computer with windows 95.

hope there is a solution.

Answer:"starwars-jedi night dark forces 2"

Hello totte,
Look at this thread, hope it helps, good luck and post your results.

Star Wars Jedi Knight Dark Forces 2 black screen

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"Windows cannot find C:\windpws\system32\rstui.exe"; also "wfn.exe"
Any help provided would be most appreciated.
Thank you!

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU Q 720 @ 1.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 30 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 4026 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 310M , 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 598095 MB, Free - 540781 MB;
Motherboard: TOSHIBA, NWQAA, 1.00, 123456789AB
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

Answer:Windows7 cannot find "System Restore' and "Wondows Fax and Scan"

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I have basic knowledge of the command terminal, in that I only know how to navigate through directories. Currently I am trying to execute the following:

java ?jar MRTBatch.jar ?d input_directory ?p parameter_directory\input_parameter_file ?o parameter_file_directory

I have already navigated to the correct directory to make use of the MRTBatch.jar tool, however the problem arises with my user inputs, which are of the form "C:\Users\My Name\Rest of path". I keep getting the error:

ERROR: Could not find directory "C:\Users\My Name".

When navigating directories earlier I always had to go find the file I wanted, copy its path location, paste it into the command terminal, and then erase the "C:\" portion (so it became cd\Users\My Name\Rest of path) for it to work. So when I got this error I have tried multiple edits for it to recognize the paths. Could it be as simple as switching the direction of the slashes? I would have thought the complete path name would always be best. Is it because I'm already burrowed down so far that it cant seem to recognize any file further back?

Here are the directions I am following, pg 40 titles "Automated Batch Processing":
My goal is to mosaic a bunch of satellite imagery using the MODIS Reprojection Tool (MRT).

Thank you for the help!

Answer:Command Prompt Error: "Cannot find directory "C:\Users\..."

Web site URLs use the forward slash / while path statements in the OS use the backslash \.

Your problem just may be that it needs to start from the root of the drive or C:\. If it starts at the standard Command Prompt it will already be looking below/inside C:\Users\your name\.

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"This is the Third Edition of the traditional Kent Cyber Security Research Centre?s Annual Survey. In it, we try to get responses and figures from the UK public to assess their experiences, practices and opinions regarding a number of cybersecurity related topics. This year, we get British citizens? opinion on issues as relevant as the treatment of their personal health data by third parties, how they deal with smartphone application requests for permissions, new security measures they want to implement in their devices, their experience with cybercrime, ransomware, cryptocurrencies, as users of the darknet, and how they think it is best to react to data breaches."
[Read the survey at]​
Cyber Security Survey reveals darknet use higher among 18-24 year olds:

A recent survey by the Cyber Security Centre at the University of Kent has revealed that 5% of British adults have browsed the darknet, with 1% acknowledging they have bought items from it, but this percentage is much higher (14%) for 18-24 year olds.

The survey, now in its third year, also revealed that:

At least 4% of British adults have been victims of ransomware, where their computer has had malware installed, which encrypts their data and then faced demands for a payment to restore it back to normal. Of those polled, 26% paid the ransom - though even after they complied with the criminals' de... Read more

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My laptop is maybe 2 years old, its a Presario C300 widescreen.

A dark spot appeared on the bottom right of the screen about the cursor wide. Its not a dead pixel and I don't think its burn in. It is way to dark. Pixels can be seen though it, but its under the surface. I am at a loss as to what to even call it to start to find a solution.

It almost looks to me as if there was dirt under the screen.

Answer:Dark "splotch" appeared on screen

lcd fluid is cracked and leaking. you'll have to replace the lcd. You can get a kit or get it repaired. I suggest the latter.

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I notice that Chrome icon pinned to taskbar has inconsistent behavior between my Windows 10 Pro installs. (My taskbar is configured for "Taskbar buttons: Never combine", but it makes no difference)

1. On one machine clicking on pinned Chrome icon expands that pinned icon "in place", i.e. the pinned icon expands and becomes a wide taskbar entry for Chrome window. This is the normal behavior for Windows 10.

2. On another machine clicking on pinned Chrome icon creates a new taskbar entry for the new Chrome window. The new expanded entry appears in the taskbar to the right of the pinned icons, while the original pinned Chrome icon remains unchanged. This behavior is similar to that of ordinary Windows 7 Quick Launch bar.

So far only Chrome behaved in this inconsistent fashion. Other pinned icons consistently behave in accordance with the first scenario.

So, would could possibly be the reason for a pinned Chrome icon to follow the latter behavior?

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Hi Everyone !!


we have developed a portal for the suppliers where in we have confugured the sites to be open in client higer version of IE with the below code.


             <add name="X-UA-Compatible" value="IE=Edge"/>
        <add name="X-Frame-Options" value="DENY"/>


The issue is that when we launch our portal in IE. THE IE turns Enterprise Mode on  by doing so it will try to Emulate IE in version 8 which is not really required as my clients are having latest version of IE , why Enterprise mode on will target to lower
versions .. 

Kindly let me know the fix on this , if any questions post it ,let me revert back. 

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I notice that Chrome icon pinned to taskbar has inconsistent behavior between my Windows 10 Pro installs. (My taskbar is configured for "Taskbar buttons: Never combine", but it makes no difference)

1. On one machine clicking on pinned Chrome icon expands that pinned icon "in place", i.e. the pinned icon expands and becomes a wide taskbar entry for Chrome window. This is the normal behavior for Windows 10.

2. On another machine clicking on pinned Chrome icon creates a new taskbar entry for the new Chrome window. The new expanded entry appears in the taskbar to the right of the pinned icons, while the original pinned Chrome icon remains unchanged. This behavior is similar to that of ordinary Windows 7 Quick Launch bar.

So far only Chrome behaved in this inconsistent fashion. Other pinned icons consistently behave in accordance with the first scenario.

So, would could possibly be the reason for a pinned Chrome icon to follow the latter behavior?

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At work, I have IE 7.0.something. I used to be able to use edit/find to look for specific words or phrases on website. This version of IE has a maddening array of buttons and drop down menus, toolbar options, etc. After about an hour of searching, I've had no luck finding that fearture. Does it still exist? If so, how can I find or enable it?



Answer:[SOLVED] Where did the &quot;Find&quot; and/or &quot;Find on Page&quot; go in IE?

Open up IE and hit CTRL+F. this is the find function. hope this helps!

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If I use the Fix it program at this address: put an Internet Explorer icon on my desktop, will there be any bad side effects?

Answer:"Internet explorer missing from desktop" Fix it side effects


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Today I start to seeing this when the pointer is in the top left side... is it normal?

It didn't happen before, I restart my computer, but it didn't fix anything

Answer:"Start" rectangle contour on left side bar, is it normal?

Hello Mildor, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Yes, that's normal. This is the app switcher that allows you to switch between opened apps in Windows 8/8.1.
Switcher - Open in Windows 8
You would just need to close an app to not have it display in app switcher anymore.

Apps - Close in Windows 8
If you like, you can also turn off the switcher left hot corner to stop app switcher from opening when you have the pointer at the top left corner.

Switcher - Enable or Disable Top Left Corner in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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In my data partition I use a particular set of rules in naming folders, i.e. 0 is the prefix for any folder that gets direct downloads, 1 is the prefix for any folder that gets software, etc

I would like to put a "sticky" (for lack of a better word for this) on the left hand side of the folder so that I can quickly access these rules any time I open up the F:data drive without having to open up a file to remind me of them. Is there some way to do this?

Answer:Putting a "sticky" on the left hand side of a folder

as far as text goes, I don't think so, but here's what I do. (In XP) right click on the folder and then go to Customize and click change icon and it should by default load the list from system32\shell32.dll which are like 100 really nice 32x32 icons. Your downloaded files folder could by the 2nd row, 4th in one where it's a globe with a ring around it, sort of implying the internet. Then every time you see that folder, it would have that custom icon and you'd be able to tell what's inside it a lot better than remembering numbers. Technically you can draw your own 32x32 icon and save it somewhere then click browse and browse to your custom saved one. Then you can put unique graphics or colors or text or whatever you want on it to tag that folder. Btw the best free icon creator/editor is Clic

Download Free Icon Clic, Icon Clic 2.00.246 Download

On my desktop, my computer repair business folder has a custom icon of one of the temples from the original age of empires :P totally easy to find now lol.

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We have an end user who has opened a ticket because of a pop-up dialogue box that has occurred several times on her machine (usually when the machine is idle, she says). The error message reads as follows:

"Main client-side service has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience."

Then it goes through the whole "Please tell Microsoft about this problem" spiel and gives her the option of sending or not sending the error report to Microsoft.

I've checked through her machine's event logs and have found nothing pertaining to this kind of message. I've also done a Microsoft support, Yahoo, and Google search on the error message and have found nothing. The error doesn't specify what application or program the error is in and we're stumped. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what this is, or has anyone seen this before?

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My start menu is working fine, but I have an issue where at times I open it and the entire left side (everything that's not a tile) is blank, and the entire start menu background has changed from it's dark theme to crystal clear. I close it, reopen it, and everything is back to normal.
Also, at times, while the start menu is OPEN the list on the left will vanish and the background will turn crystal clear again.
I have reported this issue to Microsoft, and have also reported exactly how to duplicate it so they can get it fixed in an upcoming build.
What happens is this:
1. I have my desktop background set up for a slide show.
2. Every time the background changes, it messes up the start menu. Start menu works fine between changes.
Perhaps they'll get that fixed soon, but if you open up your start menu and see parts of it missing, just close it and re-open it.

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Hi -

Hoping you can help me. I need to set up an Outlook 2007 rule for marking all incoming mail as read, but it must reside on the exchange server.

The issue is that we need to ensure that all files that are incoming to this particular mailbox are marked as read to prevent them from repeatedly ftp'ing a file to an application server. This is an unmanned mailbox. I've read several forums that say the "Mark as Read" rule can only be set up client side.

Anyone know if that is correct? Or... have any suggestions?

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My office just upgraded, and I can no longer use Windows XP. On this system, I was able to add a separate taskbar to facilitate quick access to commonly-browsed folder locations on our vast network, and another one expedited the launching of useful programs and lists. Each task on each taskbar was represented with a big custom icon to save eye strain. I had them installed in opposite vertical margins, and they were set on auto-hide to keep them out of the way when not being used. Just move your mouse pointer to the left or right margin, and BAM! Sorry for the cliche, but I really got used to the convenience of what I had set up, and I just don't think I can be as efficient without anything comparable.

Now there appears to be nothing comparable in the Windows 7 GUI, and it's making me sick with rage! I see only the option to put a "toolbar" on an existing "taskbar", and no option to create any additional taskbars! This cramps up your one-and-only taskbar, plus the tiny toolbar access buttons require way too much precision for anything that's supposed to be quick. When you've figured out how to bring up that ridiculous button, the list that it yields is small enough to cause painful eyestrain - nothing efficient, much less cool about this at all! I have seen customization options in other OS GUIs that may have resolved some of these issues, but I see none such in W7.

I have tried every google search string that I can think of, and found... Read more

Answer:Need to add "TASKBARS" (MSese for "Launchpads", "Docks" NOT "Toolbars"

Several possibilities here: Second taskbar in windows7? [Solved] - Windows 7 - Windows 7

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is this possible?
I currently have things like Favourites, Libraries, and Homegroup (all of which I don't care for). Not sure what that folder pane is actually called, so not sure what to search for.
I just want an expanded folder tree of My Computer.

Any suggestions?

Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane for Favourites apparently. still not sure about libraries or homegroup]
[another edit:
Libraries Folder - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane
for Libraries
ok, at least it's searchable now that I know it's called navigation pane]

Answer:Change/remove entries in "Folder view" pane (left side of Explorer)

I'm not sure why one would do this. Right click on what ever you don't want and select delete. Be very sure you want to do this. Those things do no harm being there.

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Somehow the "start" moved from the bottom left to the right side of the monitor.

Any idea on how to get it moved back to the left side?

Answer:"Start" moved to right side of tool bar/task bar

Hi, simply click on it and with a quick motion drag it back to left side, good luck

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When I want to remove a program the Add/Remove program page has started to appear with everything beyond "size" on the right missing --- so how do I get it back? I can't remove anything now! Help!

Answer:problem page &quot;Add/Remove programs&quot; is cut off on right side

I have tried to reply earlier,but did not get through. Iam rusty with this and it is a long time since my last.
I am on XP, on laptop -no mouse--I see no red X--It only happens on the
Add/Remove page.

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I don't know if it's normal... if it is I've never paid attention to it but now that I'm aware of it it's bothering me. The point is that the image on my screen looks sqeezed on the sides of my screen (left and right). By example, if I put a square icon from my desktop near the left or the right side of the screen it'll look like a vertical rectangle... quite weird, isn't it? My screen is a bit old (a 4 years old DAYTEK 77A) but I never had problems with it. My machine, however, is brand new : It's a P4 Prescott 3.2 (Socket 775), memory of 1024 (2 512 (3200) in dual channel), a Chaintech 6600GT, WD SATA Hard drive (200Go) and a mobo Chaintech Zenith V915P. If anyone has any idea about what the problem is and/or how to solve it let me know!!!!!!

Answer:My monitor is "squeezing" the image on the side of my screen!

ggMalkavian said:

I don't know if it's normal... if it is I've never paid attention to it but now that I'm aware of it it's bothering me. The point is that the image on my screen looks sqeezed on the sides of my screen (left and right). By example, if I put a square icon from my desktop near the left or the right side of the screen it'll look like a vertical rectangle... quite weird, isn't it? My screen is a bit old (a 4 years old DAYTEK 77A) but I never had problems with it. My machine, however, is brand new : It's a P4 Prescott 3.2 (Socket 775), memory of 1024 (2 512 (3200) in dual channel), a Chaintech 6600GT, WD SATA Hard drive (200Go) and a mobo Chaintech Zenith V915P. If anyone has any idea about what the problem is and/or how to solve it let me know!!!!!!Click to expand...

Try another monitor. If it does the same thing then it could be your vid card. If not then you might as well get a new monitor since you have a new system

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Hi, I accidentally removed my "Pictures" from the right side (dark side) of the start menu and haven't found how to return it. I went into "Customize Start Menu" but there's no selection to re-add my pictures. Instead, the Start menu now has a "Public Pictures" link that shows nothing. I would really appreciate help in getting it back there. Thanks!

Answer:Start Menu; Right Side - Missing "Pictures"

Try this: right click task bar > properties > start menu tab > customize , scroll down till you see the "pictures" and fill whatever button you like!!!!

Start Menu - Customize

good luck

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*Insert token disclaimer about not knowing if this is the correct forum for this* It looks like it so I'll go with it.

I've got a problem that popped up the other night when I decided I wanted to restore my system to a previous time due to a BSOD I received and had a feeling it was due to CCleaner.

Regardless, I'm now unable to see my E: drive, as shown in the screenshot, on the left side of Explorer under Computer. It shows up fine in the main window there but not on the side. I can't even rename it, I had it named previously.

Any ideas?

Answer:Partition not showing up in "Computer" on left side

Could you post a screenshot of Disk Management ?

Click Start Orb>Rt click Computer>Manage>click Disk Management in the left pane of the new window.

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When our website users click on an html attachment embedded on a web-page in IE9, the download manager will not display the "Open" option. It will only display "Save" and "Cancel" which our users don't like, having to save the
html document in a folder to open it. Whereas, when downloading attachments like pdf, word etc. all three options are displayed. 

Is there any setting to tweak , which will display all the 3 options for HTML attachments as well?

Answer:IE9 download manager will not display "Open" option (only "Save" and "Cancel" is displayed) for downloading HTML documents.

As you know, the Open-Save-Cancel dialog box helps you prevent your computer from affecting by virus while downloading. 
So I suggest you test to reset all zones to a lower level temporarily and then please attempt to download this html attachment again.

However, since you can normally download the other documents, I suspect there is some restriction in the website which you are trying to view. I recommend you to contact the administrator of that website if possible.
could you please send me the link of the website from where you are trying to download the html attachment?

are trying to better understand customer views on social support experience, so your participation in this
interview project would be greatly appreciated if you have time.
Thanks for helping make community forums a great place.

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i cannot open Adobe Flash Professional cs6, game application "wildtangent games", and mozilla firefox
i received error message
c:\Program Files (x86)\WildTangent Games\App\GameCosol-wt.exe
the application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application event log or use the command-line sxstrace.exe tool for more detail
i try to use sxstrace.exe but the command-line can't opened, and i try with the event log and use Event Log Online Help, i've try to fix with regedit.exe but still not work

i am using Notebook hp Af115au which is running win10 home single language versi 10.0,10240 Build 10240, system type: x64-based pc
Please assist and if you require further information, i will try to give it asap.
Than you

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I got my dell few days ago. Installed it with Samsung EVO 850 SSD 500 Gb and Kingston 8GB PC3L - 12800 SODIMM.The Windows 10 Home OEM home is installed on HDD 1TB so I decided to use Samsung Data Migration software to clone the data to SSD. However, the OS crashed and decided to install a fresh Windows 10 Enterprise to SSD and deleted the previous OS on HDD using diskpart.Now after Installing Windows 10 Ent OS files. Every after BIOS run, I got BSOD errors "MEMORY MANAGEMENT" + "Page Fault it non paged area" + "IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL" 

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I am infected with this crap and have used the following tools to try to get rid of it:
Windows Defender, Unible PowerSuite (SpeedUpMyPC, Registry Booster & Spyware Protector) and Norton's One Button Checkup and WinDoctor.

Not sure if it's related, but my DISPLAY is locked at 640 X 480.

Atempted the 5 Step Process before posting and Panda ActiveScan froze and crashed after scanning 59253 files, but not before identifying 28 spyware files.

Here's my extra.txt log from Deckard's:

Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68
Extra logfile - please post this as an attachment with your post.

-- System Information ----------------------------------------------------------

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (build 2600) SP 2.0
Architecture: X86; Language: English

CPU 0: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
Percentage of Memory in Use: 36%
Physical Memory (total/avail): 1277.95 MiB / 810.39 MiB
Pagefile Memory (total/avail): 1516.89 MiB / 1165.44 MiB
Virtual Memory (total/avail): 2047.88 MiB / 1930.88 MiB

A: is Removable (No Media)
C: is Fixed (NTFS) - 37.21 GiB total, 18.7 GiB free.

\\.\PHYSICALDRIVE0 - ST340014A - 37.25 GiB - 1 partition
\PARTITION0 - Unknown - 39.19 MiB
\PARTITION1 (bootable) - Installable File System - 37.21 GiB - C:

-- Security Center -------------------------------------------------------------

AUOptions is scheduled... Read more

Answer:Netsky Worm-Popups-The Three Icons - "Error Cleaner" "Privacy Protector" "Spyware..."


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I cannot control-f nor edit->find due to the "find next" button being grayed out after typing in the search criteria. Also, my "Help and Support" from the start menu simply does not come up. Can anybody give me a hand on this? Windows XP Home, SP2.

Answer:"Find" and "Help and Support" not working

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I am using a normal Administrator local account set up with my own user name. UAC is turned off.
Any idea why I can't use the metro style "apps" (not a huge fan of them, but I want them to be accessible if I choose to use them). For instance "Weather", "Twitter", "Store", "Money" etc. When I click on them they just go dark and nothing more happens. If I close the Start Menu and open it again, they are still dark.

Answer:Clicking on "App" and nothing happens apart from the tile going dark

Don't know why this is happening to you but it does seem to be a problem that crops up on these forums many times. The usual fix is to perform a repair install with an in-place upgrade.

Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade

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I am using a normal Administrator local account set up with my own user name. UAC is turned off.
Any idea why I can't use the metro style "apps" (not a huge fan of them, but I want them to be accessible if I choose to use them). For instance "Weather", "Twitter", "Store", "Money" etc. When I click on them they just go dark and nothing more happens. If I close the Start Menu and open it again, they are still dark.

Answer:Clicking on "App" and nothing happens apart from the tile going dark

Don't know why this is happening to you but it does seem to be a problem that crops up on these forums many times. The usual fix is to perform a repair install with an in-place upgrade.

Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade

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Listing requested logs for this issue. Thanks in advance for your assistance.
Additional scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (x64) Version: 29-05-2015
Ran by Philip at 2015-06-01 11:10:33
Running from C:\Users\Philip\Downloads
Boot Mode: Normal
==================== Accounts: =============================

Administrator (S-1-5-21-733529448-3193121913-2867107617-500 - Administrator - Disabled) => C:\Users\Administrator
Guest (S-1-5-21-733529448-3193121913-2867107617-501 - Limited - Disabled)
HomeGroupUser$ (S-1-5-21-733529448-3193121913-2867107617-1003 - Limited - Enabled)
Philip (S-1-5-21-733529448-3193121913-2867107617-1001 - Administrator - Enabled) => C:\Users\Philip

==================== Security Center ========================

(If an entry is included in the fixlist, it will be removed.)

AV: Panda Free Antivirus (Enabled - Up to date) {5FD6C936-849B-5CE2-14BA-709E1D6FD1DA}
AV: Windows Defender (Disabled - Up to date) {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
AS: Windows Defender (Disabled - Up to date) {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
AS: Panda Free Antivirus (Enabled - Up to date) {E4B728D2-A2A1-536C-2E0A-4BEC66E89B67}
FW: Panda Firewall (Disabled) {67ED4813-CEF4-5DBA-3FE5-D9ABE3BC96A1}

==================== Installed Programs ======================

(Only the adware programs with "hidden" flag could be added to the fixlist to unhide them. The adware programs should be uninstalled man... Read more

Answer:Side bar "crazy score" and browser re-directs immediately after mbam-malware scans removing virus

Additional scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (x64) Version: 29-05-2015
Ran by Philip at 2015-06-01 11:10:33
Running from C:\Users\Philip\Downloads
Boot Mode: Normal
==================== Accounts: =============================

Administrator (S-1-5-21-733529448-3193121913-2867107617-500 - Administrator - Disabled) => C:\Users\Administrator
Guest (S-1-5-21-733529448-3193121913-2867107617-501 - Limited - Disabled)
HomeGroupUser$ (S-1-5-21-733529448-3193121913-2867107617-1003 - Limited - Enabled)
Philip (S-1-5-21-733529448-3193121913-2867107617-1001 - Administrator - Enabled) => C:\Users\Philip

==================== Security Center ========================

(If an entry is included in the fixlist, it will be removed.)

AV: Panda Free Antivirus (Enabled - Up to date) {5FD6C936-849B-5CE2-14BA-709E1D6FD1DA}
AV: Windows Defender (Disabled - Up to date) {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
AS: Windows Defender (Disabled - Up to date) {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
AS: Panda Free Antivirus (Enabled - Up to date) {E4B728D2-A2A1-536C-2E0A-4BEC66E89B67}
FW: Panda Firewall (Disabled) {67ED4813-CEF4-5DBA-3FE5-D9ABE3BC96A1}

==================== Installed Programs ======================

(Only the adware programs with "hidden" flag could be added to the fixlist to unhide them. The adware programs should be uninstalled manually.)

abDocs (HKLM-x32\...\{CA4FE8B0-298C-4E5D-A486-F33B126D6A0A}) (Version:... Read more

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Hi there

I thought I could understand a reasonable amount of I.T stuff -- but reading up on some of the FAQS about Windows 8.1 Enterprise version there's a lot of mention of "Side Loaded" apps.

What on earth does this mean -- to me it seems that these applications aren't loaded fully and only work in "Half-assed mode" only but I'm sure Ms doesn't mean that so could someone enlighten me on what this actually means in plain English.



Answer:To any Developer -- What does "Side loaded apps" mean

hi Jimbo,

well me neither, but my best shot is the Charms Bar. Most logic to me.


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The key, when pressed on the left side, pops up at an angle. When I press the right side immediately after, it goes back down, sort of clicking back in place. When I press the key straight on, or on the right as I type, this doesn't occur. Any ideas?

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That is an extremely annoying and IMHO anything but cute or humorous clutter
that takes up time and space.

Any way to turn it off?


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Hello, this has become a severe problem for me. As a gamer, it is hard for me to play games on Windows 8. Everytime I'm in a game and I move the mouse to the far left of the screen and click, it tabs over to the desktop.


Please help, I've tried searching the internet to no avail!


Answer:Clicking side of screen "ALT+TABS" ????

You mean, while playing a game in the Metro side? I never noticed that. Ok I checked it out, it only happens when you slide up toward the top left corner. Can you move your HUD up there? The only way to avoid that happening is to not move your cursor up there.

I think if you install a start menu program like Start 8 you might be able to disable some of those default "Hot Corners" - I'll see if I can find out if there is a way. There may be something in the Tutorials section, you'll just have to look.

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How do I remove this?

Every time I open any 'metro app' this window pops up and doesn't exit until I close all metro apps. As you can see, it blocks a lot of things making almost any app unusable. Plus it's annoying. How do I turn it off?

The kicker is, when I try and swipe in from the side nothing happens... I don't know who goes around swiping with mice, but there you go, apparently it's a feature.

Answer:How to remove "swipe in from the side" pop up window

Hello Gorman, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Those would be the help tips. The tutorial below can help show you how to disable them.

Help Tips - Enable or Disable in Windows 8.1

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I've read posts and reviews on the Netbooks featuring the Intel Atom. I like the concept; however I'm curious if anyone has any real world experience with how common programs perform on an XP/Atom-based platform.

Intel's web site isn't much help in comparing the Atom's performance to its other mobile chips, so I'm asking for others' experience and feedback.

Right now I have an aging notebook running a Celeron M 1.6, XP Pro with 1GB of DDR2 4200. While not spectaular, it gives sufficient performance running Word 2003, Streets & Trips navigation (GPS attached) and Paint Shop Pro 11.
I would also like to be able to use a USB TV Tuner (very helpful during hurricane season), which the manufacturer states a minimum of a 1.6 Pentium M processor is required for.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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The search box in Windows Exploer is a real pain the ass. I regularly need to find files in a large directory with a lot of sub directories, with thousands of files.

The annoying thing is the way that as soon as I start typing it decides to start searching - but with so many files this just jams things up and stops me typing. I have to wait for it to sort itself out before it will let me type any more and this is becoming extemely tedious.

It's getting to the point where I have to type the search into notepad then cut and paste it into WinEx, which is clearly a ridiculous state of affairs.

How do I switch this highly annoying feature the hell off?

Answer:Windows Explorer "auto search" is a real pain - how do I switch it off

That is not possible, but something similar is possible.

See point number 51 on this page: Windows 7: 77 Windows 7 Tips

Type faster! LOL!

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I'm looking for a nice wireless router that will allow me to also view all devices connected to it and see how much bandwidth they're using, and possibly the total data transferred overall for those devices.

I want to be able to cap individual device speeds and, to do so, need to see which devices are consistently using the most bandwidth.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Wireless router that shows "real time" traffic based on IP?

Do you have a price range?

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Hello - back with a new XP system and a smorgasbord of new worries. In a way I'm almost tempted to stick with the Windows 98SE exclusively for 'Net browsing and leave this one as "pristine" as possible, but, alas - the lure of speed cannot be resisted...

Anyhow, I just updated and ran Spybot, and the only item that came up is:

"Windows Security Center.AntivirusDisableNotify - 1 entry"

I was only a couple days from the end of the free 90-day NAV trial period included with the new system, so I bought the Norton renewal earlier today, which may have something to do with this. I'm reluctant to have Spybot delete it for fear of disabling something legitimate that NAV needs? But then I've never had that particular item come up in S&D either.

Should I do the fix or leave it be?
Here's a new HJT log, and thanks in advance for any assistance:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 8:49:37 PM, on 1/3/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton I... Read more

Answer:S&D found "Windows Security Center.AntivirusDisableNotify" - Real problem?

Check Here:

Others (including myself) have experienced this 'problem'...

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Answer:Whole Product Dynamic "Real World" Protection Test (2012.9)

Great to see again Trend up there with the best

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I used a couple of scans (Panda and Ad-Aware) to determine the existance of "Real Spy" spyware, but neither program capable of removing- also included a current Hijack scan as well- can someone spot the source of the spyware in the hijack scan, or suggest a method of removing it?

Many thanks in advance for the assist-

Answer:"Real Spy" spyware detected (hijack scan attached) to remove?

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I remember hearing this time last year, that WinXp_64 was going to be relased 1Q04, then got pushed oback to summer04, well that didnt happen.

So whats the story for the delay, any real predictions when the official boxed version will hit stores ?

Answer:Whats the "real" story as to the long awaited dealey of WinXP_64 ?

now let me just say that i don't know anything so this is all from my own head with no real knowledge behind it

they are waiting for intel to come out with a 64 bit chip

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I use Firefox and I hover over a video in Youtube, and a button used to appear saying "Download this video" with the Real logo. Now the button doesn't show up. Any ideas?
I'm only interested in downloading legal, non-copyrighted stuff, of course.

Answer:Solved: Problems with Real Players "Download this video" button

you might have disables the plugin. Tools> add-ons>plugins>Realplayer G2 LiveConnect Enables Plug-in this needs to be enabled

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Okay....Real player downloads worked perfectly for a long time but now I get a message EVERY TIME saying "Download incomplete. Refresh the page and try again." I've tried uninstalling/reinstalling Real Player but to no avail. any help appreciated....if you know another program which does the job easily and automatically like RP, I'm all ears. For my work, I really, really need to be able to download videos all the time!

Answer:Solved: Real Player Download "Incomlete" message!

So I have never used RP before. I downloaded it and had the same result; I could not download any videos. I was getting the same error.

I noticed that all the videos I was trying to download were YouTube videos. I know that YouTube does not allow their content to be legally downloaded, so this may be the reason why it is failing.

I did a search for alternatives to RP and found this on CNET:

I cannot attest for any of these programs as I have never used any of them.

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First to know exactly what the problem that I walk about visit this link here
Finaly I found the solution for this problem, the problem happen becouse of wifi ( internet ), yes that true.
All you need to do is to trun wifi off and the Internet LAN (Ethernet)
when the download reaches 100% , also disble wifi driver, do that before starting upgrade and then everything gonna be ok .

Finaly I found the solution for this problem, the problem happen becouse of wifi ( internet ), yes that true.

as you see in last picture ( here ) maybe windows trying to installing those update like for microsoft office etc.. during install and when it failed just keep showing you this black screen.

All you need to do, is to trun wifi off and the Internet LAN (Ethernet) when the download reaches 100%. (don't worry you well get free activited even if you turn internet off)also disable wifi driver, do that before starting upgrade and then everything gonna be ok. ()before upgrade try also to restart you pc sereval times to install those others updates.
let me know if this help you.

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E-mail titled "Snow White And The Seven Dwarves -- The Real Story" or similar wording contains a worm called W32Hybris-B which can, apparently, do various nasty things to your computer & can send itself to others via E-mail.

I received a copy of it today (24th) but my Anti-Virus program caught & quarantined the attachment.

However -- should I send a "Hijack This" listing before I send any E-mails so it can be looked at & be sure its gone?

Answer:"Snow White and The Seven Dwarves -- The Real Story" ALERT

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I have identified a serious issue under MSIE 6 and MSIE7 with RealPlayer 11. If a user has RealPlayer 11 installed and has set the "Enable Web Downloading & Recording" button during install (default option), our online multimedia courseware will freeze during playback of 2nd or 3rd multimedia file. Note that this happens when the user is playing multimedia under Windows Media Player NOT REAL PLAYER. So, Real Player is not even being instantiated.

I would like to find out how to disable the "download this video" popup in IE. I know I can just not check the Enable Web Downloading & Recording button, but I have 1.3 million users of my software and cannot have each one disable this.

I am not concerned about the downloading of videos, just the freezing of the browser when that popup displays. It does not happen when Real Player is selected as the media player, and it does not happen in Firefox because it uses Real Player.

Thank you for your help.

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Hi Guys!

I found and removed the nasty bugger "1" (Whatever that means) from my HDD's. Thank's for your guidline and help!

Before I found that hidden "real.exe" file clicking on a fixed drive letter in "My Computer" explorer page did start that an application called "1" and the linked process was "rea.exe" in the Windows taskmanager.
Now after removing it, a left-click on any HDD drive will open the "Open with - Choose the program you want to use open this file: File: c:\" - window, the checkbox for "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" is disabled. A right-click on the drive letter opens the usual options window, but with some difference.
Normal window is like:

Mine is:

I believe there is some registry key determing the default action (bold option) and thus it can be changed back to original.
Does anybody have an idea where and what I need to do?

Thanks for your help in advance!

Ups, 4got to tell:
Platform: Windows XP
Windows version: (Service Pack 2) [5.1.2600]
CPU: AMD64X2-3800

Answer:¹¤³Ì1 => real.exe | Fixed drive changed to execute "Auto"

Welcome to Majorgeeks!

Let's make sure you are malware free. What you are describing is normally controlled by settings in the registry.
Please follow our standard cleaning procedures which are necessary for us to provide you support. Also there are steps included for installing, renaming, running, and posting HijackThis logs as attachments.

Run ALL the steps in this Sticky thread READ & RUN ME FIRST Before Asking for Support
Make sure you check version numbers and get all updates.
Very Important: Make sure you tell us the results from running the tutorial...was anything found? Were you unable to complete any of the scans?...Were you unable to download any of the tools?...Did you do the on-line scans as suggested? etc.

After doing ALL of the above you still have a problem make sure you have booted to normal mode and run the steps in the below link to properly use HijackThis and attach a log:
Downloading, Installing, and Running HijackThis​Make sure you also rename HijackThis.exe as suggested in the procedures. Use analyse.exe for the new name. This is very important due to some new infections going around.​
When you return to make your next post, make sure you attach the following logs and that you have run these scans in the following order too:
AVG Antispyware log - ONLY IF NEEDED you were not able to run CounterSpy
Bitdefender - from step 6
Panda Scan - from step 6
runkeys.txt - the log from GetRunKey.bat
newfiles.txt - the log from... Read more

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I got a pop-up that says the following in a window looking like a Windows system alert:

"Critical Error!
Attention Rose! Some dangerous viruses detected in your system. Microsoft Windows XP files corrupted. This may lead to the destruction of important files in C:\WINDOWS. Download protection software now!
Click okay to download antispyware. (Recommended)"

There is a "Yes" and a "No" button.

I could not close the pop-up window, so I was forced to choose. I didn't trust that the message was really a system alert, so I clicked the No button, thinking this was malicious. It went away, and I immediately opened AVG and ran a whole computer scan. It came up with a handful of warnings of tracking cookie infections, but that's all.

Then a few minutes later, the alert returned. Now I'm afraid to click yes or no, and everything in that browser is disabled until I do.

Please advise ASAP. I don't know if I already got an infection, or if clicking on the alert will give me an infection. Or is there any chance that the pop-up is a genuine WIN message? I don't think it would be, since I already have virus protection and it doesn't tell what antispyware it is suggested to download. Looks too hoakey, ...

But what do I do? PLEASE respond with advice help ASAP! Thanks


PS. The first pop-up came shortly after I accidently clicked on a music video that needed a download to play, and started to "install" something quickly. ... Read more

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Ok, so im new here so hey everybody..

to the point: my laptop is "stuttering"/lagging/skipping.
whatever you wanna call it its doing it.
my video/music/and cursor skip every second for a splt second it starts on start-up and dont stop til i turn my laptop off. it happens in a pattern its not random, ive done checked my drivers, spyware, and m RAM is good.. so can someone please help me? ***could it be because my battery wont hold a charger? so it has to be hooked up to the charger at ALL times or it dies Example: is the charger not got the "juice" to run the laptop by itself so it studders/skips..*** i dont know if this has anything to do with my problem but i ran "event viewer" and found this : The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:


OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2250 @ 1.73GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 14 Stepping 8
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 502 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 945GM Express Chipset Family, 224 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 39723 MB, Free - 23484 MB; D: Total - 12684 MB, Free - 3633 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0FF049, , .HWPLLB1.CN1296167S5169.
Antivirus: McAfee VirusScan, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Disable

Answer:Solved: Whole computer "studders"/"skips"/"lags" .. have event viewer report (PLEASE

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I double-click and get "search" instead of "open"--only when I click a disk, like Hard Drive C: or Floppy A: or CD F: and so on.

It didn't used to do this, so I must've inadvertently changed some setting somewhere, but darned if I can find it now.

Any ideas?

Answer:Solved: On the "my computer" list, I double-click on disks and get "search" instead of "open"

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It seems that no matter how I set this, after the next start-up it reverts to "15 minutes".  What registry key controls this?

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I have a fairly old, slow computer (albeit souped up a bit with a 1 TB Barracuda SSHD): a Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241, 8GB RAM, i5-5500u, and am running Windows 10 Home x64, everything current/updated. I use Chrome and/or Vivaldi as my browser, if that makes a difference.

I've been using Avast free for about a year and while I like the interface, I keep getting handle leaks and other problems that are really slowing me down, especially on the internet (and I've repeatedly totally uninstalled and reinstalled). It might be some incompatibility with something on my system, although I've seen in a lot of the most recent AV rankings that Avast is no longer considered lightweight compared to Avira, etc. In any event, I'm fed up with troubleshooting and just want to ditch it.

My main priority is, of course, good real-time protection, but also something as lightweight as possible (especially when on the internet). I'm also totally broke (unemployed) and not looking for much beyond standard web and file protection, preferably with heuristic/behavioral analysis--Windows firewall is fine, I use web mail so don't need spam filtering, etc.

But again, the main thing is that it be as light on resources as possible. Top contenders:
Avira (I know the pop-ups are pretty irritating, but if it is significantly lighter, I can definitely deal); a little concerned because I thought I read somewhere that it doesn't have any sort of behavior shield/heuristics... Read more

Answer:"Lightest-weight" free real time AV? (Top contenders: Avira, Bitdefender, or pay for Webroot?)

Webroot should not be considered as a serious option. It has gone downhill a lot and has had very unpromising results lately.
If I was you, I would ask for help with troubleshooting Avast, because most people consider it pretty lightweight and pretty effective.

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AVC have updated the results for October:

Standout is Kaspersky with 99.6% blocked and 0.4% user dependent [0% compromised].

Also excellent results for:

Symantec - 99.6% blocked, 0.2% user dependent and 0.2% compromised
G-DATA and Qihoo - 99.6% blocked and 0.4% compromised
Bitdefender - 99.4% blocked and 0.6% compromised

F-Secure, Panda, Avira and AVG did pretty well too, notable slip for avast...

Answer:AV-Comparatives - Whole Product Dynamic "Real World" Test - October results updated

Nice Kaspersky did really well.

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I've done a lot of reading and I see the controversy around registry cleaners. Certainly, it seems obvious that they shouldn't be used frivolously and are probably mostly hype in terms of performance increases and are generally quite risky.

However, I have a genuine issue that needs to be fixed, and an advisor who is a senior engineer suggested I use a registry cleaner.

I know enough to first do various levels of backup (including a system image) and to limit deletions to items I manually approve (or "perhaps" run it at auto at the lowest detection level).

Now, my decision is simply which registry cleaner to use. Above all else, I'm after "reliable" and after that the obvious features like interface etc.

My advisor suggested Registry Mechanic since he's been familiar with it for years. But after I showed him this review recommending "Advanced System Optimizer" by Systweak at TopTenReviews he did some searching on his own of other reviews (I have no idea which) and agreed that it was a better choice and looked like it was a good utility.

For me, though, finding more reviews of registry cleaners seems almost impossible, partly because the search engines are loaded with tons of "false" reviews that are just marketing pages with affiliate links to buy whatever they want to sell, and for the most part they?re selling this stuff to novices who expect more speed. (The advanced techs here all know what I mean.)

So, here I am ... Read more

Answer:Choosing a registry cleaner... to "fix" a real issue

this used to be the best have not used it for awhile

free one

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hi ' being new to computing i need your expert help .
i can't stream in real one player v2 ( or quicktime or musicmatch ) . the error dialogue "general error " appears when i try to open a stream .
cds play fine so maybe not media player problem ??
i use w 98se and ie6 and firebird 0.7 browsers . i've done everything real tech help and their website suggests but suspect the problem may not be with the player but with other software pos windows or drivers or java ?
i'm sure some of you guys will have some suggestions - i'd be glad to hear them - please try to reply with as little jargon as possible as computing only arrived in my world about 4 months ago !!

thanks (and merry xmas )


Answer:real one player not playing ! "general error "

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guys I have a botched system so I uninstalled chipset drivers and graphics drivers.
this is a HP laptop with the A10 APU, Hudson-2/3/4 [I have no idea what that means] according to HWInfo.
it has usb 3.0 support, etc modern stuff.
I note that installing the Display drivers BEFORE getting the chipset right results in a lot of frustrating errors.

and, no, HP is confused by AMD also apparently, as they don't even list a chipset driver.
with a lot of web searching I was able to find one lone amd page that lists a recent rev of some sort of "chipset drivers" [they call it that] package, it is named "14-4-win7-win8-win8.1-32-64-sb.exe".
this executable installed, but I got errors later [win errors]. at least it removed the bang on the usb 3.0 bridge/part but the overall result was unstable. maybe I did it wrong?

pls help.

Answer:NEED AMD "Hudson-2/3/4" chipset drivers. [the real thing..

Hudson is code name of that AMD APU series of processor which includes graphic processor GP one one chip. Where did you get that 14.4 driver from ? It should have taken care of chipset and GPU if HP did not make some changes to it, in which case it woud have to be driver HP released expressly for that model of the computer. What are those "win errors" you are getting ? That should provide some answers about what is wrong.

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After a cold boot I have LOTS of processes loaded, including some, I suspect, for QuickTime and SonyVaioAgent (since their icons are in my systray even though I literally NEVER use the programs.)

Can someone tell me where to go on my PC to remove non-essential files from the list of those which load at bootup?

Answer:Not a "real problem" but how do I keep programs from loading on boot?

>> Can someone tell me where to go on my PC to remove non-essential files from the list of those which load at bootup? ethveg <<

Go Start, then to Run and type "msconfig" (without the quotes) in the space to the right of run and hit enter. Then click on the Startup tab. Uncheck the ones that you do not want.

Very Important Note: While it can be tempting to "disable" many items in there; Use caution, especially when disabling "unknown" processes; as many of these are considered necessary in order for Windows and certain programs to run properly.

Also check out these sites to discover more about this subject:
Start-up applications do you really need all of them?

Many of these programs and processes in the Startup are "abbreviated." Therefore try these two sites Task List or Sysinfo as well; in order to get more info on what?s actually running.

The freeware program called Startup Control Panel could be useful as well; in order to very easily disable programs that are set to run automatically at start-up.

Good Luck

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