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A desktop computer is a personal computer designed for use at a single location due to its size and power requirements, usually by one person. The most common configuration has a case that houses the power supply, motherboard, disk storage (usually one or more hard disk drives and optical disc drives); a keyboard and mouse for input; and computer monitor and printer for output. The case may be oriented horizontally and placed atop a desk or vertically and placed underneath or beside a desk.

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I have a client with a new Acer desktop, Win 10 (Home).  It is set to never go to sleep, and is left on 24/7.

The owner says that every morning since it was installed a month ago, he has to turn it on in the morning, even though it is in high performance, never sleep mode. Sometimes it will not start up unless he unplugs the tower for a second, then replugs.

The Event Viewer shows no hardware issues at all.  The most telling thing is that it always seems to be after installing Windows update, most often Windows Defender, which he was using. I disabled it through Regedit, and installed AVG, to see if that might help.  Even though Defender is disabled, the icon still comes up in the tray area (though it acknowledges that it is not the main antivirus) and so I'm concerned that Windows will continue to install updates.

Has anyone encountered a shutdown issue such as this?  

Any help would be appreciated.
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my nextbook model (NXW116QC264) happens to go dead. When you plug in the charger - the red lights comes on but when you press the power - it wont come on?

What will be an issue here? Any idea?

Also, is there a way to extract data off it?

Users log onto a Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual machine via Remote Desktop Services.  After opening a browser (IE 11 or Chrome...error occurs in both), and logging into the Mail button is selected.  The email with attached PDF files is opened from the Inbox.  When trying to download and save the file, this error message appears "Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded".

The user has Full Control security to the Dowloads folder, which (admittedly I'm assuming) is the folder it's failing on.  The downloads folder I'm referring to is c:\Users\ {username} \Downloads.  When verifying Full Control on the folder, I noticed that all the checkboxes (except Special Permissions) are selected but are grayed out - suggesting group policy may have a play in this.

I also tried dragging the file to the Desktop but that doesn't work either.

It seems the user can't save anything to the local Remote Desktop drive in any way.

Interestingly, the user is able to preview the file in the OWA/browser window, but that must not be relying on a download first.

If the user goes directly to the files are able to save directly to the local PC successfully, but that is just FYI because we need the user to be able to save while logged into Remote Desktop.
Hi guys,

I need your help.  i have 4 servers, 1 x DC, 2 x RDSH Servers and 1 x RDS Licensing/Gateway/Web Access Server.

Licensing is deployed per user and all RDS servers are pointing at the correct licensing server and show correct amount of licensing available.

I am getting the following issue:

  • A user will attempt to login from either RD Web access, or via web feed via Remote App Resources.
  • The remote desktop connection attempt will sit there and attempt the connection and do absolutely nothing.
  • If i login with the same user credentials using the same method at another site, it kicks the connection into life from doing nothing at all, one of the connections start connecting fine at that point, and the second connection states : "Remote Desktop Services are currently busy" at what looks like a windows login screen.  It seems to be random as to which attempt will successfully work.
  • If i login with another users profile, it will kick the first attempt into life and the second will work fine also.

I am stumped as to why this is and what to do about it.  Can you help at all?  Ive attached two screen shots of the screens i see.
My windows desktop won't boot and so I made a recover USB drive using the Microsoft Windows Installation Media Creation tool.
I have been tryto use Bootrec /rebuildBCD, but I get a message "the requested system device cannot be found"
Can some folks offer me advice on what they use that permits  them to EASILY deploy .exe and .msi packages? We have KACE but its quite cumbersome and complicated to use for installs.

I am aware of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) but im not sure of the costs when it comes to this and this is a very large factor.
Hello I am working on enabling QoS policies on my VDI Desktops. I created the GPO settings below in the computer policy. I see the GPO applied successfully. When I run an RSOP report I see the workstation reporting that the policy is applied. When I run wireshark, I am looking at the DSCP values and they are 0. Am I missing something that I didn't enable? I'm looking to enable QoS on outbound SIP and PCoIP traffic but neither are being tagged with the policy settings I put in.

GPO Settings



Wireshark - Source IP of my desktop is

What did I miss ? Thank you in advance.
Hi,  I'm seeking guidance from team and sort out things out.  I currently hold a Security+ cert that's due to expire in 11/17 and at the same time moving to a new position that requires Linux support on the (desktop) client side.  So my question is, instead of renewing my Security+, study for Linux cert and use it as a CE for my Security+.  I'm required to maintain my security+ cert due to the nature of m y job but I'm interested in adding another cert to my resume.  
What do you guys think and the best place to start and plus study material?
I ordered "Red Hut Enterprise Linux 4 for DUMMIES" BOOK from eBay and it has CD as well.  I've a spare laptop and a desktop and enough resources to install Linux but I need guidance. BTW, I've been a Windows professional for many years and would like to mix things up a bit.
Your thoughts ??
On our file server, we are running Redirected Documents & Roaming Profiles in a Remote Desktop environment. Currently - everything is setup and working. My problem is, I want our domain admins to have access to the users Redirected Documents folder for troubleshooting purposes. We have no access to the folders now (no ownership or anything).

Our Redirected Documents on our file server are E:\RedirectedDocuments\%username%

Is there a Powershell script that I can run on the Root folder to to add a domain security group full access to the root folder and all user folders without screwing up permissions for the user?
We are experiencing a really bizarre issue, we have excel file on shared network where if the user A edits it on her desktop, User B and C cant see those changes on their laptops. If user B makes changes User C can see those changes but User A still see the file that she edited.

 If user A creates a new file everyone can see it. User A has office 2016 while user B and C has office 2013 and 2016 vice versa.

I have checked Windows Synchronizations on the folder and it shows its Online. i waited for over a day to see if anything changes and its still same
All machines are using WIndows 7 if that matters.
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I have about 150 computers.  I do not have Group Policy and or SCCM.  I am looking for a simple batch file to copy a file to the desktop of these computers instead of typing each ip address individually.  I work in a lab where the systems are XP because of the custom applications.  Any suggestions?

I thought about xcopy or robocopy, but not sure how to specify a range of ips.
Hi All Expert,

Good Day.

I have a user which when she search for file/doc in server network is very slow, but other users pc was fast. But when she search for file/doc on her whole C drive was still fine, I would like to check if indexing help to solve the slowness in searching for a file on server drive, as this process is very long and I also didn't want to reformat. Appreciate if any expert can advise me on.

*Windows 10 64 Bits

I have a Windows 7 PC that we are trying to lockdown.  I have a group policy that puts a firewall rule in place to only allow 2 IP addresses to initiate RDP connections.  We have tested this successfully from the 2 IPs while all others are denied.  When the PC reboots, they 2 IPs can no longer RDP to it.

So far, the only thing I've found that will reestablish the ability to RDP from the 2 IPs is to remove the PC from the domain and re-add it back in.

Any suggestions on the cause and possible resolution?

Had a call from a Garage they use this old 486 for a wheel alignment machine.

Today they have a bios error saying replace battery.  F1 to skip, then it throws a cd drive error and stops.

Is there a way to bypass the cd drive so it will boot?  I have never worked on anything that old. :(

If anyone can assist let me know.

is the above possible like the dell command?
hi hope you are well.

customer of mine has had a new crm  / ordering system specced up. vendor have sent spec through. system requires sql server and a domain. they dont have a server at present so they will need one

vendor is saying that instead of just using a single bare metal 2012 server, that they want to install 2 virtual servers on the new real server using the same win server 2012 license (which is ok). they initially said that this was to do with performance, but when i questioned that (overheads for running 2 server instances, overhead of running hypervisor etc) they then said it was to do with the fact that some of the clients will be remote (geographically) rdp clients, and the rest just use the LAN to connect to the domain and not use rdp.

 they want one virtual server to be the ts gateway, and the other to be the dc,  sql and file server. the reason for that being that the remote rdp clients are able to do nefarious  stuff on the server via rdp that the local clients (not using rdp) cant do. so, idf they do something nasty, it would only effect the ts gateway server.

this sounds odd to me.

i dont understand why being in "user",“remote desktop users” and “remote_access”  would give them any different privileges to just being in the "user" group.

my question this a thing?

further more, we could use remoteapp instead of rdp on the geographicly distant clients which should give them zero ways to interfere with the dc ?

the reason …
We have a shop that uses Topaz Model: T-LBK462-BSB-R signature pads in a Remote Desktop environment. We have 7 total signature pads and two of the pads freeze up and stop working when the software tries to call the signature pad on COM9. The other 5 signature pads are configured exactly the same and are working with no issues.

The OS that the pads are working on are either Windows 7 x64 or Windows 10 x64 and can't seem to figure out why the other two pads freeze up and stop working. I can login to the remote server once and use the DEMO software remotely and it works, but every time after that we have to force-close the software and re-establish the connection.

Just wondering if anyone knows why these two pads may be timing out and not working, or why the COM ports become non-responsive. I've tried swapping computers, and signature pads and the pads work on other computers with no issues. I have the latest USB drivers and BIOS and have wiped and reloaded windows to try and resolve the issue.

I did some testing on the server with HyperTerminal and found that I wasn't able to connect to COM9 right away, but after I run "change port /query" on the server in the command prompt, I was able to connect to COM9 with HyperTerminal with no issues and run a test on the sig pad. Why would running "change port /query" make the redirected port available?

Any help would be very much appreciated!

Thank you!

I was wondering how one goes about setting up Desktop folder redirection using GP. We have it set up for My Docs, Pictures, Videos and Music, but would also like to set it up for Desktop, Favorites and Downloads.

When I go into the settings for Desktop Folder Redirection properties I set the setting to Basic - Redirect everyone's folder to the same location. Under Target Folder Location - I select Create a folder for each user under the root path.

The root path when I put in the location - its saying its invalid....have tried the following...

Can anyone see what I am doing wrong.

We are using Server 2012r2 and the client machines are Windows 7.

Before anyone says YES the folder redirection DOES work - its just Desktop, Favorites and Downloads that don't.
I am using an external GPS device t provide location details for a Windows Desktop 2013 solution.
I can see the device listed as a  u-blox Virtual COM Port in the device manager but can't detect it as a serial port in
I receive the following error:
The given port name does not start with COM/com or does not resolve to a valid serial port.
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There are 3 desktop computers, 5 or 6 laptops and a few tablet devices using the network at one time or another.
I recently installed a new router, a Netgear Nighthawk device. I don't have the model number with me right now, but can provide it later if necessary, I haven't set up a router in a while, so...

Make it invisible to anyone outside my home.
Hide the broadcast id.
MAC address filter.
VPN capable.
Anything else you can think of that I haven't addressed...

The previous router (from Verizon) didn't have the range I wanted (maybe will be working outside the house). I cheapened out a bit, using the Verizon device as an interim device because my connection needed a coax connector. I disabled the wireless on the Verizon box; I had to, because it wouldn't work correctly otherwise. Should I just take the Verizon device out and put in a cable modem of my own? Is there a downside to continue using the Verizon box (Verizon tech support claims that they are not charging me for their router)? I figure about $100.00 or so for a separate cable modem. A newer modem might give me better throughput. If a new modem is advisable, please give me some recommendations. Points awarded for useful info. Thanks.
I have an all-in-one hp touchsmart 520 desktop that all it will do is come up to the hp logo and then stop.  
I want to try and reset the bios but am not sure which just how to do this and can't seem to find a service manual that will tell me how.  
I took a picture of the mb for you to look at.  Any help would be greatly appreciated
Looking for a way to backup user Documents, Pictures, Favorites, and Desktop seamlessly. (I have tried server time but have failed miserably training users not to put their files on the desktop.)

Looking for a way for users to save files from remote apps to their documents. Also to block them from saving on the remote app server.

Looking for a way to use offline files or something like that. I have a marketing department that works on large files in the office and at home. They typically do not vpn in. When working in office these users are at a branch office with a shared 20meg connection to the servers in the main office. When they are working with large files, it is very slow.

All computers are running Windows 10 Pro. Servers are a mix between 2012r2 and 2016 on premise.

Not sure what is best to use. Folder redirection, Work Folders, Or something else?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Is there a way I can copy photos on PDF , preferably 4 on each page and save the pdf in desktop.
I am using visaul studio 2017 desktop.

Have a 2012 R2 Hyper V VM that is running a very light (5 user) load that I am seeing some abnormalities with.

I am able to reproduce this issue.

If I open a regular RDP from my laptop to the 2012VMTS - no issues - can work as needed
If I switch off my wireless card to simulate a network/ping drop, I am met immediately with a Remote Desktop Disconnected error (the connection to the network computer was lost...) and no reconnection attempts happen.

If I open a regular RDP from my laptop to other machines in my network (regardless if they are physical 2012R2/virtual 2012R2/physical 2008R2/virtual 2008R2 - I am met with an expected message - connection has been lost - attempting to reconnect - then the normal count (to 20 typically) to reconnect. This is what I am looking for in my above 2012 R2 Hyper V VM box - so that the RDP session has some resiliency to ping loss but not getting it.  

Any ideas?
I just deployed a new computer to our marketing rep and kept her old computer online in my office just in case she had any issues with the new one.

She told me there were files within her My Documents folder (on network share, redirected folders for users) that were not showing up while logged into her new computer.  We logged her into her old computer and sure enough, these files show up in her My Documents folder on that computer.

I went directly to the server, into our users folder where everyone's My Documents exist, and the files are not showing up there either.  I also logged her into another laptop I have in my office and those files do not show up under her profile there either.  This makes no sense to me.  We can open them on the old computer, transfer them to the desktop and they pop up on her new computer's desktop.

Any ideas on what is happening here?  There are a bunch of files where this is the case.  

The only thing I noticed is that on her old computer, the files that are "missing" on the server (and on her new computer) have the Archive box checked in properties.  However, when unchecked, it did not show up anywhere else.  Still just on the old computer in the My Documents folder.

Any help is much appreciated, thanks!





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A desktop computer is a personal computer designed for use at a single location due to its size and power requirements, usually by one person. The most common configuration has a case that houses the power supply, motherboard, disk storage (usually one or more hard disk drives and optical disc drives); a keyboard and mouse for input; and computer monitor and printer for output. The case may be oriented horizontally and placed atop a desk or vertically and placed underneath or beside a desk.