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We just cutover from our old file server to a new one that contains a number of shares. The larger issue we've run into is that all of the user folders are in a share \\server\users\username which contains their Documents, Favorites and Desktop. We got the drives to map correctly to the new server but if a user is in Windows Explorer and clicks on Documents or Desktop on the left side, it's still pointing at the old server. I have tried to change the location of the Documents folder to point to the new server but I get an error that it can't be used because it's not indexed.

A couple of other users are having issues on other PCs with their desktop not displaying correctly. If they scan or try to save something to their desktop, it will either give them an error that their is not enough quota to process the command or it will save it but not show up on the desktop. If they got through their User share folder browse to the desktop, it will show up.

Almost all of the PCs are Windows 7 with a couple of Windows 10 mixed in.

Sorry for the rambling post but I'm wondering what the best way to resolve these issues are. Thanks!
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Hi All,
We are rolling out Windows 10 and I've noticed that when a user logs onto a Windows 10 PC for the first time, it can take up to five minutes in comparison with Windows 7 which is around two minutes. Initially I thought it was the " first logon animation" which I have now disabled via Group Policy, however this seemed to 'mask' the issue and now a user receives a message  "Preparing Windows" instead and the login time has not reduced.
I'm not sure if this is a quirk of Windows 10 or maybe there are other settings I should look at. The users use the same login script and have the same drives mapped regardless of using Windows 7 or 10. As this is a School, users tend to move around a lot rather than sit statically at the same PCs so they will experience this delay regularly.
Of course, once their local profile has been created and they login again this will be quicker, but login times just seems much longer on Windows 10. Has anyone experienced the same thing?

Greetings folks,

Have a PC used for RDP connections, it's a Win7 Professional (32bit) workstation with only the native RDP licenses so users boot the last session off whenever they need to connect in. The workstation is NOT on a domain and has local users only.

Since yesterday, all users come up with the same error, "The referenced account is currently locked out and may not be logged on to."
This is also true for the local Administrator account.
I'm unable to get physically infront of the PC so far so have been trying remote solutions including a restart through a 3rd party programme (Teamviewer), and trying to access the workstations 'Computer Management' console via another PC on the WORKGROUP, unfortunately I get an 'Access Denied' message when trying to edit User Accounts.
Any ideas on what I could do remotely to resolve this?
Or will I need to get physically infront? - and if so is there anything I can try doing beside a fresh install of the workstation.

Thanks in advance.
What is the best way to have a device or computer record a tv show from a cable tuner and save it to a file , in an automate way?


I am trying to deploy OVF template and getting an error message saying ubable to connect to remote server when it try to access to VMDK file,  what port number needs to be opened from my PC to  Vcenter?
All, I have a user that continues to complain that they become disconnected from a remote "Terminal Server".  I have multiple users, even from the same network, that are connecting to and using the server daily without disconnect issues.  The user (All users), connect to the RDS through an IP-Sec VPN. I am stumped as to what may be the casue or where I could look?

I have already replaced/tested cabling to the users PC. The cable tested clean.
I have reviewed logs on both the PC, and the server and no errors.
I have verified connectivity from firewall and up time, no issues.
I've eliminated the possibility that there is interference on the network somehow, possibly from a rogue device or second DHCP server.
I've had the user connect through a second account to the server to eliminate possible profile corruption.

I am truly at a loss here and would like some guidance.
trying to restore a pc using the HP disks.  Drive erased but then its prompting for windows 7 home edition.  Pc next cd supplied is windows 7 professional.  How do i get this version installed?
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Typeperf is not working on one of my PC

It is not working here:
Motherboard:ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. H81M-PLUS American Megatrends Inc. 0804
Command:typeperf -sc 2 -o outputfile.txt "\Processor(_Total)\% Processor Time"
Output:Error: No valid counters.
outputfile.txt does not exist

It is working here:
Motherboard:Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. H67MA-USB3-B3 Award Software International, Inc. F8
Command:typeperf -sc 2 -o outputfile.txt "\Processor(_Total)\% Processor Time"
Output:The command completed successfully.
outputfile.txt contains the %load of the CPU
By default outlook will place its pst file when file and folders are redirected to the server on the server. some experts say it is not recommended, outlook pst file should be local. is the thru or false?
Is it possible if yes how do I install a Mac OS on a virtual PC?
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i have 1 default lan and 3 vlans.
setup on our watchgaurd firewall
vlan10 ip address dhcp relay to the dns server
vlan 20 ip address dhcp relay to the dns server
vlan 30 ip address dhcp relay to the dns server

On the dns server i have the 3 vlans with thier own scope and in thier scope options i have the router set to
vlan 10
vlan 20
vlan 30
in the dns server routing and remote access i have the ipv4 dhcp relay agent set to,,,

all of our switches have the vlans setup also
any time i connect a pc to a switch that has its port set to any of the vlans it gives a bad ip address, 169....
anything on our defualt lan works

for a while i was getting this error on our dns server event viewer.
IPBOOTP was unable to receive an incoming message on the local interface with IP address The data is the error code.

i restarted and also deleted and created the routing and remote acces dhcp relay agent
I dont get that error code any longer but the vlans still dont work
If the user can't log into Lotus Notes application, remember to verify if the processes from all users are closed properly.

Sometimes when the PC is rebooted and Lotus Notes is not closed properly, it leaves the process opened, making it unable for the user to open it up.
Hi All,
I have a user account in one user OU which has blocked inheritance in Group Policy. The purpose of this account is to allow visitors to login but there it is quite restricted so they cannot do any damage. We are using Windows 10 x64 Enterprise and for some reason when this user account logs into a PC they receive a UAC message relating to the registry editor. I have tried applying a group policy to disable UAC but this does not work. I guess there is a process running in the background which is trying to start the registry editor but something is preventing this from running. We do set the proxy settings via group policy preferences using registry settings so maybe the message is being flagged because of this process.
Other user accounts in other OUs do not show this message so I am not sure what is causing this.
Thanks for your assistance.
Trying to decide between a Xeon e5-2687w v4 (12C, 3.0GHz, 3.5GHz Turbo) or a e5-1660 v4 (8C, 3.2GHz, 3.8GHz Turbo). Here's what my day to day multitasking look like:

Bloomberg terminal
64 bit Excel with 3-5 workbooks open
Visual Studio 2015
Sql management studio
Chrome/Edge with numerous tabs open
remote desktop

What do you guys think?
I have the Verizon Cloud desktop app (for PC) installed but Verizon support said it only syncs one-way: from PC to Cloud. Anyone know of any 3rd party method to sync Verizon Cloud content back to my PC?
Thank you,
We have a 4 usb external hard drives need to connect them to our PC.  We have a usb hub with no ac adapter.  We were told that since there is no ac adapter on the usb hub, the small electricity supplied to the hub will nit suffice to power all the drives.

Our notebook has a USB which supply power.  We can power down the notebook and connect a phone to the usb port and it will charge.

Question, if we use a non-ac usb hub and connect it to the power usb of the notebook, will it be the equivalent of a ac-usb hub?

Please advice.

Based on last time someone suggest I use treesize to find the largest file which occupy  most of the disk space, can c:> dir can do the same thing ?
This morning my PC couldn't start up. It worked normally yesterday but i did a hard shut down (holding the power button) and went to sleep. When i wanted to access the computer today it didn't start up, had BSOD (blue screen of death) right after the windows logo animation was finished. The error was; c000021a (Fatal System Error) The session manager initialization system process terminated unexpectedly with a status of 0xc000003a(0x00000000,0x00000000) .
I tried resetting to Factory setting (by the f8 method) but the screen that popped out offered no Repair option. I'm no tech guy so i'm asking for some help

Note; The PC is very old around 7 years and I've had recent BSOD issues but not of the same type, once I deleted a file I suspected caused it the issue was gone
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i've active on win 2012 r2 standard. i'm asking if it's possible that i can get log or all event on specific pc for example if this pc moved from cthe computer OU to other ou, does it applicable?
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?

when I go to http://www.alliancesharedsite.com/sst.xml on one pc using ie11 I get the top pic  but when I go there with another pc I get the bottom pic.  what is wrong?  I want the top pic.  See attachment
We have an issue where all client PCs cannot access drives which are mapped through Group Policy on a Windows 2012 Server but they can browse manually to all the folders.

The first thing I tried was a gpupdate which came back with an error message to say it could not see a domain controller.

Checked and I can ping/remote in to the server using IP or hostname from that PC. Everything looks fine in terms of config on the server, nothing in Event Viewer to suggest any issues. All DNS/DHCP services running correctly, and again the configuration looks to be fine.

After checking this I decided to remove one of the client machines off the domain. I removed, logged back on as local admin and tried to re-add. It got to the point where it asked me for the username and password for the domain admin and had the correct domain name under the password box. Here I get an error to say it cannot obtain the DNS Hostname of the domain controller.

I did notice that the mapped drives paths where listed as \\SERVER.domain.local\SharedFolder rather than just \\SERVER\SharedFolder and also the network name the machines are connected to are showing domain.local2 (unauthenticated) rather than domain.local.

Since this I have rebooted the Server and checked the services/event viewer and we still have the same issue.

Any help here would be greatly appreciated.
Good afternoon,

I was cleaning my PC and disconnected some cables to do so but I forgot to take a picture of the cables. /I did not realize there were 5 separate cables in the cluster when I pulled them.  Can anyone help me with this.  I do know that there are some ports labeled "POW LED" but I know that none of the cables go there.
i need a generic network driver for a new load ow Win7 ..

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A personal computer is a general-purpose computer whose size, capabilities and price make it useful for individuals, and is intended to be operated directly by an end-user with no intervening computer time-sharing models that allowed systems to be used by many people, usually at the same time. Personal computers may be connected to a local area network (LAN), either by a cable or a wireless connection, and through that to the Internet. A personal computer may be a laptop computer or a desktop computer running an operating system such as Windows, Linux or Macintosh OS.