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.

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I have one domain PC which keeps flipping over to US Keyboard, none of the other PC's in the office do it. It seems to happen when the PC is left for a long while. Ive used lpksetup /u to uninstall and other language but only UK is installed. Ive also checked out the various locations in the Control panel which relate to keyboard etc and can only ever see the UK keyboard installed. However when using the Windows+Spacebar shortcut, it shows the two options, US and UK. I logged into the PC as local admins to check but didnt find anything there either (all UK and no US).

How can I stop this from happening, all other machines on the domain dont do it so its a real odd one.

Windows 10 Pro is the OS

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I've just, finally, reassembled a Win10PRO PC after a crash and Win-reinstall. All the programs but one, ShadowProtect. I used it once on a Win7 machine with a single volume and it worked. Now I'm on Win 10, reading everything again about installing and, more importantly, restoring bare metal. Frankly, wizards or not, I really don't understand a lot of what I'm reading (like the difference between GPT and MBR, which I now get. Question, SP gets high marks for reliability, but requires a lot of work to set up, test the recovery environment, and so forth. Is there a bare metal backup solutions for an SSD/HD setup that is easier to use and reliable? Thanks in advance for the suggestions.
I have a folder where on a PC the i want to map to multiples users on my network. This is just a regular PC on my network this is not a file server. I plan to share this folder and than map a few users to it. When we use to have a file server when a user has an excel file open and another person tries to access the same file is when be in read only mode and letting the person know person A is on it. Will the same type of behavior happen? Because this what i need to happen as we no longer have a file server nor will the client purchase one.
I have a Dell Optiplex PC with an i5 CPU and 16GBs RAM, with 3 monitors. Recently added the 3rd. View Sonic, Dell, Dell monitors. Everything seems to work ok except when moving excel, word or Google Chrome to the middle monitor. After you move excel over, you cannot left click on a cell or type in it. However I can right click all over the place. If I move the excel window back to any other monitor all the keys I typed suddenly appear. Move it back to middle, locked again. Same thing happens with Google Chrome when doing a Google search. The weird thing is if I move Internet Explorer, Windows Explorer one of our business programs to the middle monitor it types in the search bar just fine.

The setup uses 3 VGA monitors. One is directly connected to the PC with VGA cable, 1 is connected with Dell DP2VGA adapter and the problem child is connected with startech USB2VGAE3. We've unplugged the startech adapter, uninstalled the startech software, rebooted, and reinstalled the software. Same problem. We also done the same using an entirely new startech adapter. Same problem.

Any ideas?

Also tried repair install of Office thing it is an office problem since both word and excel behave the same, but then again, Google Chrome behaves the same also.
We have a domain user account being locked out every few minutes after a password reset a few weeks ago (turns out we may have reset the password to what it was previously set as. IE, password was Example123 and we set it to Example123...not sure if this matters.) . I've looked in the event viewer but the only information it seems to give is that the DC is what triggered the lockout and not the device/pc that's using the wrong information to log in. Is there a way to track this information down?

I've looked at the audit failure event viewer logs but im not sure these are the right errors i should be looking at. Meaning, the audit successes mostly show the user that logged in. The failures seem to just be showing System. The times also don't line up with when we've unlocked and watched the account get locked.

i've started netlogon logging to capture the event
[CRITICAL] NlPrintRpcDebug: Couldn't get EEInfo for I_NetLogonSamLogonWithFlags: 1761 (may be legitimate for 0xc0000234) is what i found in those logs,

When i got this error i cleared the credentials on this users primary PC but they do move around to different sites (same domain) frequently. We've also removed email from their home PC and their phone.

Most PCs are Windows 7 and Server 2008 on the DC

Thank you for any suggestions!

Whenever I try to download updates from WSUS Server on my PC, It always ends up giving error "We coudn't connect to the update service, We'll try again later, or you can check now. If it still doesn't work, make sure you're connected to internet."

I looked for Windows update error in event log and also checked for possible solutions on internet regarding the details from event log. But getting no success on how to solve this error.

Can someone please help me as soon as possible.

Thank You
Nuts and bolts question,
I have 3 DVD discs that I believe a not copy right protected.  I have a regular DVD drive and a Burner DVD in my PC.
How do I copy these DVD discs?  Years ago, I owned Nero, but is that necessary in today's world?
Hello Experts - I've started planning for the year and one thing on my mind is the EoL for Win 7 Pro in Jan of next year.  I counted my PCs up and about half of them are still running Win7.  I'm curious to see if others are in the same boat and have a bunch of machines to get upgraded before next year and how you're planning to go about it.  Most of my machines are Dell Precision series and while I have upgraded a couple of older machines to 10, Dell doesn't always provide good drivers for that OS so the results have been mixed.  So how are you handling the EoL for Win 7?
Hi Experts,

Suddenly I am having trouble browsing my pc, when i click on my My Computer icon (Win7) It takes forever and nothing shows up, see attached.
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So I have an issue with a PC I am trying to deploy an image to using SCCM. This PC was a warranty for the hard drive so I need to get it re-imaged and re-deployed. Here is the problem. Every time I run the PXE task sequence, it says that it failed to retrieve a task sequence. Now I thought that perhaps since it was previously deployed, then maybe SCCM thought it was still in the system and thinks it is a "known" PC. The OSD task sequence is currently only deployed to the "All Unknown Computers" collection, and I don't know the name of the PC it was previously built under, so I don't have any way to confirm specifically if that is true. So I created a custom device collection, using a query searching solely on the MAC address of the machine, assuming that if it were in the DB, it would come up. There is nothing. We have a few other tools that can perform a similar function of our AD environment, and using those tools, I couldn't find the PC listed based on the MAC address. So just to see, I grabbed a USB to Ethernet adapter and tried imaging over this device using SCCM. Still no available deployments.... Now I am really confused.

I had imaged 5 other machines previously today, all of which connected, found the deployment, and deployed the image correctly, so I don't believe it is an issue with the task sequence or deployment. There is something about this PC that SCCM doesn't like and I can't figure it out. We re-image PC's regularly, so I need to make sure this…
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I have a Window 10 PC and have two printers connected via USB connections.  One is an HP multifunction laser printer and the other is a label type printer to print shipping labels.  For some reason (probably by mistake) , both are setup under the same port which is causing issues.  Please advise the easiest way to fix this issue - would it be uninstalling one of the printers and reinstalling??  Thank you for your help.
Hi, my personal assistant is on a Mac and she use some integrated Mac OS snipping tool and pastes the pics into her email for illustrating whatever problem.  The problem is no one sees her illustations.  On my iphone it simply says "image", on my PC it shows the error message below; and all outside clients say the same thing.  We can't view her snips.  What is she doing wrong?

Running Access 2003 and creating an Excel spreadsheet using vba coding
My Access 2003 vba code works correctly in deleting columns in an Excel 2013 spreadsheet.
But when run on user pc running Office 365( I think it is Excel 2016) the code runs without errors, but fails to delete the proper columns.
her is my vba coding:
     Dim xls     As Excel.Application
     Dim wkb     As Excel.Workbook
     Dim wks, wks2    As Excel.Worksheet

     Set xls = New Excel.Application
     Set wkb = xls.Workbooks.Open(excelfilename)
     Set wks = wkb.Worksheets(1)
     Set wks2 = wkb.Worksheets(2)

  xls.Worksheets(1).Name = "Excluded Holdings"

  xls.Worksheets(2).Name = "Information Table"

     wkb.Close True

     Set wks = Nothing
     Set wkb = Nothing

          Set xls = New Excel.Application
     xls.Visible = True
     Set wkb = xls.Workbooks.Open(excelfilename)
varreturn = SysCmd(acSysCmdClearStatus)
Networking  a new Win10 PC to 2 current Win7 PCs is not fully working.  The Win10 unit can see the  Win7 systems and the Win 10 -from the "this PC" window acknowledged the presence of the Win7 PCs but generates a "access denied" message when clicking on them. I am trying to share both the c-drive and the root directory. I have tagged where appropriate "everybody' for sharing and "full" for privileges.  The 2 Win7 units are networked this way successfully.

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We have a few pc's with various remote connectivity issues in Windows.  One of them most perplexing is the abscense of the C$ and ADMIN$ shares (known as "admin" shares colloquially). I have tried to recreate them manually using the cmd format of "net share C$=C:\", but it only lets me recreate C$ not ADMIN$ and even C$ isn't contactable through a remote windows explorer session.  I am hoping to script this so that I can add it to my "fix all the blasted remote connectivity stuff" batch script I have started. Does anyone know of a way to fix these so that you can connect via windows explorer on a remote pc again?  

These machines are all Windows 10 x64 with Windows 1803 installed currently.  Any assistance would be so truly appreciated.  I really want to make it so we can remotely deploy software again to these poor folks. Thank you!

admin shares missing
Looking for recommendations for a mini pc, to replace these older power sucking heat generating pc's in our office.

Something similar to Beelink Z85 Office Mini PC.

It will be running a firefox browser only in kiosk mode, to connect to ViciDial for telemarketing agents.  They only use it for this purpose.

It must have VGA display adapter.... and be between 100 and 150 bucks.
I'm attempting to setup a secure VPN connection into my office for a remote worker.
I have a Draytek 2960 and the remote PC is Windows 10 Pro.

How to establish IKEv2 EAP from macOS/iOS/Windows
I have followed through these instructions several times but I get the error when I try to connect. I know it refers to a Draytek 3900 but I think (hope) it's very similar to a 2960 - it looks like it is.
Connection error
I don't know what it means.
This is a planning in writing a vbscript to find out PC OS, service pack, missing patches, computer name, antivirus software installed, personal firewall, and so on. This vbscript was evaluated and works without problem. The "last piece" of the check that we are thinking to put in is the checking of PC for any possible infection of virus. How do we ensure that the pc is really virus-free? Can we write a script to check for some "run", "runonce", and other registry key and values? the objective is this seems to be a "preliminary" check for the virus infection, malware, spyware, and so on. MS Windows clients from windows 7 to windows 10.

If so, any sample for the script on this virus checking?

Thanks in advance.
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I have a guest network that was setup kinda odd (not by me).
The management part of this network is on VLAN99 and runs in the 192.168.1.x address space.
This address space includes all the switches, access points, access point controllers and one management PC.

The guest part of this network is on VLAN100 and runs in the 192.168.111.x address space.
The Cisco WLC controller gives out DHCP addresses in the 192.168.111.x space and uses the gateway address of, which is a Sonicwall firewall (which is managed by Spectrum business solutions... don't ask).

If you login to the management PC you can manage the WLC and all the switches just fine.
However, because you are on VLAN99 and in the 192.168.1.x address space you cannot get to the internet.

If you login tot he WIFI you cannot manage any hardware but you can get to the internet.

This IS how it is supposed to work.

However, I would like to monitor the firewall, via SNMP, from my management PC on the 192.168.1.x network.

I have assigned a 192.168.111.x address to the PC as it's main address.
I have assigned VLAN100 as an additional VLAN on the port that it's plugged into.
But, it does not work.

The switch that I'm plugged into is a Cisco SG300-10SPF

The port I'm using is configured as:
interface gigabitethernet8
 description "Management PC Link"
 switchport trunk allowed vlan add 100

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On the 3650 line of switches that would allow VLAN99 (the default VLAN on the switch) and VLAN100 to use port 8.
On this switch... it just doesn't work.

I'm open to ideas.
I have 2 offices next to each other, however each office has its own firewall (different manufactures).

Office A needs to communicate with Office B with one computer. In office A I have one computer with 2 NIC cards, one configured with the 0.1 network and the other with 1.1 network.

I have a physical connection going from Office B (Sonicwall) to the second NIC card in the PC in Office A.

When I go to office B I can ping office A, but when I go to office A and try to ping office B, I don't get a response.

The PC in office A is running Windows 10 Pro

Question, can this set-up work with 2 NIC cards in one PC to create the connection across the two networks?

I have tried creating routing rules in the firewall, but no success so far. I can only ping from office B, but not the other way around.

Thanks in advance
Windows 7 pro PC windows file sharing stops being accessed from certain windows 10 and windows 7 pcs

We have a PC that has windows sharing enabled with several directories shared.

This configuration has been working for the last 3 years.

This morning 1 windows 7 pro and 2 windows 10 computers can no longer access the shared folders.
1 windows 7 pro and 2 windows 10 PCs can access the shares in the same way as always without problems.

I even tried with my laptop not from this environment to access the shares and it won''t work (my laptop is windows 10).

Not sure where to start.
All firewalls off on the local network.
Network adaptors are set to private on the windows 10 and work on the windows 7 pro PCs.

No anti-virus software is present.

Any help or utilities to check or verify settings would be helpful.

I have rebooted the router.

pinging the name of the window 7 pro with shares resolves in the proper IP address.
Browsing and trying to use the share by IP address gives the same result.

I have a client with three pcs all running win 7 pro. One pc is acting as a  "server" with multiple shares. This has been working for years.

This morning they came in and when they tried to login directly to the "server" they got a profile error and through them back to the main login screen. At this point the other pcs where able to access the shares without any issues, we just couldn't login directly with the primary (admin prived) account. Other local accounts were able to login. When a secondary account (not admin prived)  logged in I remoted in and every time we tried to run an elevated session (ie command prompt, manage pc) it came back with an invalid path. I ran malwarebytes and it came back clean.

After getting to safemode we were able to login to the primary account and I had them add a secondary account to the local admin group. rebooted. I then able  to remote in the the newly admin added account remotely. I fixed the profile isssue in the reg (deleteted temp prof and removed the .bak) and on the next boot the primary account was fully accessible.

The problem is now none of the other pcs can access the shares. The previous mapped drives come up handle invalid and clicking on the pc give be a network path not found. even tried using the ip address instead of netbois name. same thing happened.

after searching internet tried modifying secpol ntlm levels, didn't help
checked permissions looks good. turned sharing off and on same thing.

any ideas
We have some PCs on our Windows domain that when they login we get a message about not being able to connect to network drives.  We have desktop icons and custom wallpaper that it grabs from one of the shared network drives but alot of times the icons don't have the correct ico file and the wallpaper is not there.  It appears to happen mostly on the PCs that have SSD drives.  They startup so fast.  I will also mention that these machines are setup to auto login to the domain.  Any know fixes?
Hi -

A client has a Windows 7 pc running as a file server on a workgroup, As of this morning, no user can connect to the pc via RUN or network browser. An error message comes up saying :
\\  the handle is invalid.
Here is what i have done so far:
Changed IP address
Changed Network Name
Switch off Firewall
Switch off AV
Swap network switch and restart it

Ping does get a reply from server
The pc does see other computers and can connect to them .

Any help gratefully received.







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.