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Installed adw cleaner , my computer was asked to restart after running program and cleaning up malware , now my computer won’t post
Please help
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I'm currently using psinfo to generate a list of installed programs on each computer when they login.
Each computer has their own text file and each day the script appends to the file.
Unfortunately, psinfo doesn't list ALL of the software installed on PCs running 64-bit versions of Windows (nearly all of them).
Does anyone have a way to generate a list of ALL software installed on a PC and append it to a text file?
Any help would be very much appreciated.
Here's the .bat file I'm currently using (this actually creates two text files each time; one excludes some details and only lists the software installed while the other shows the full system details):
echo off
set cur_yy=%date:~10,4%
set cur_mm=%date:~4,2%
set cur_dd=%date:~7,2%
echo _
echo ============================================================================================= >> "\\SERVER-A\SoftwareOnPC\%COMPUTERNAME%.txt"
echo ** %USERNAME%'s PC Details Created on %cur_mm%-%cur_dd%-%Cur_yy% ** >> "\\SERVER-A\SoftwareOnPC\%COMPUTERNAME%.txt"
echo ============================================================================================= >> "\\SERVER-A\SoftwareOnPC\%COMPUTERNAME%.txt"
echo _
psinfo -accepteula -s >> "\\SERVER-A\SoftwareOnPC\%COMPUTERNAME%.txt"
type "\\SERVER-A\SoftwareOnPC\%COMPUTERNAME%.txt" | findstr /v /c:"Uptime:" | findstr /v /c:"Kernel version:" | findstr /v /c:"Product type:" | findstr /v /c:"Product version:" | findstr /v /c:"Service pack:" | findstr /v /c:"Kernel build 

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I have a PC with Windows 7 Pro. Our server, Windows 2012R2, host Visma Global and a SMB file share. When I download files from server through SMB no other employees can start Visma nor use Visma. Visma starts fine when download is finished. This problem only occurs when I download files from my PC and not the others. I'm the only one that have Windows 7 installed. What could be the issue?
Hello -  I have a Dell P3418HW monitor installed and connected to a PC.  I'm using Dell's Display Manager to split the monitor so it acts as two monitors.  That works fine.  The issue is that this user had previously 3 monitors and had monitor 1 mirrored to monitor 3 so that a customer could see what was on that screen.   Monitor 2 was an extended desktop of monitor 1.   With the Dell P3418HW I cannot find a way to duplicate half of the screen (equivalent of one monitor in the previous setup) to the other monitor.  Dell says their software can't do it.  

Anyone run into this or anything similar and have a solutions or suggestions?   Please and thank you!
 I have two windows 7 64 bit Enterprise pc that the icons on the desktop and  in All Programs are blank does not matter user or administrator login. I tried  to rebuild iconcache or copy a known good iconcache , ran sfc /scannow and none of these tricks work.

Could someone help me please? Thank you in advance!
We have about 30 new computers running Windows 10 Pro in a domain environment.
All PCs are identical hardware-wise and have been installed from WDS using the same base image.
Shared drives are mapped by GPP.

Two of the computers periodically lose the mapped drives - only C is available.
Running "gpupdate /force" or rebooting the computer usually gets the drives back, but they disappear again in a day.
We have not been able to locate anything in event logs that might be related to the problem.
All the network settings are identical to all other PCs that don't have the same issue as far as we can see.

What else can we check/change to get around the problem?
I have a PC at home with Windows 10 Home.  I have the primary OS hard drive; I only put OS related things on this primary drive.  I also have 3 other hard drives of varying sizes/brands; they are large sizes too that hold my Steam games, movies, TV shows, music, photos, etc.

How do I backup all my hard drives to one hard drive?  Does Windows 10 home have this already?  I believe I would need to get some 2-5TB hard drive to hold all the collective data from each hard drive, but what software should I use to accomplish this?  Will this software do regular backups?  I'm open to free and paid software recommendations.
One of our workstations keeps freezing. it starts with sudden lag and eventually just stops responding for infinite time. Its not upon doing certain actions its just very random. processor, RAM are 90 % FREE.
I have run virus, malware scan with no threats identified. Ran sfc check as well nothing.
HD SMART status not reporting any HW related errors either and neither event logs showing any thing.
I want to avoid formatting this pc at all costs. any ideas what else i can do

OS is windows 10.
We have a WSUS server running and it has been working just fine for months but the other day I noticed that there were 18 computers sitting under the Unassigned Group and not under the Desktop group we created. The rest of the computers which is about 190, are in the Desktop group. Now we are using the GP for the pc to go to the desktop group that we created. When I move these 18 computers back to the desktop group, after a while they all end up going back to the Unassigned Group.
What is causing this and how can I resolve it?
hi I was running my sdm software on one of my win 7 pc no problems and was previously with isp: xln.co.uk - successfully

I have ping connectivity from my router, switch and pc and vice versa

I have now changed to isp: vodaphone  - & installed sdm on my 2nd win 7 pc - but for some reason now sdm will not open a browser & instead it prompts to download:


it also throws a notepad file on my desktop showing error on my 1st win 7 pc that was originally running sdm - successfully
my 2nd win 7 pc that I installed sdm after the isp change does not through the below error on my desktop

exception_access_violation (0xc0000005) at pc=0x04f439a6, pid=1124, tid=2628


when I connected to my vodaphone router a browser did showing saying that it could take a few weeks to fully sync everything or words to those affects but I assumed it meant the speed connection.

I have also uninstalled ie 11 and re-installed and also the same with google but still cannot get sdm to open the software

any help ?

I then decided to open my sdm already installed on my 1st win 7 that has been working and exact same issue so it makes me believe since the change to another isp that something has not quite updated or I need to download a specific update !!

or is it as the above url describes that i may have a bug on both pc's or some software i have installed has caused…
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Hi Experts,
Our office moved to a new location and suddenly one of my pc's does not want to connect to SQL.
When I try to reconfigure the same DSN, I get the attached error.
Mysteriously, this is only happening to one pc.
Also I'm able to browse the server from that pc thru win explorer.
Any Idea?
FYI- I'm using SQL server login to connect.
I have a Dell PC running Windows 7 pro, and duel monitors that randomly gets screen remnants on the screed that stay and have to be refreshed to clear. I have updated the Dell BIOS and the Video drivers but the problem persists. not sure where to go next? See the attached file for the screen shot of the problem,Screen shot
PC info
Operating System      Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
OS Version      6.1.7601
System Type      x64-based PC
Service Pack      Service Pack 1
Serial Number      00371-OEM-8992671-00524
Installation Date      2014-05-16 09:21:50
Last Check Date      2018-03-19 00:46:29
Type      Model      Time Zone      Last Check Date
Member Workstation      OptiPlex 9020      (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)      2018-03-19 00:46:29
BIOS Information      BaseBoard Information
Name      Manufacturer      Version      Serial No      Product      Manufacturer            Version      SystemModel      
BIOS Date: 05/23/17 22:16:25 Ver: A20.00      Dell Inc.      DELL - 1072009            0PC5F7      Dell Inc.      /FCDGK02/CN7220042M01EW/      A02      OptiPlex 9020      
Processor Type      Speed (MHz)      Number Of Processors      Processor Level      Last Check Date
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4570 CPU @ 3.20GHz      3192      1      Intel Pentium Pro, II, III      2018-03-19 00:46:29
(Standard monitor types) ATI Radeon HD 3600 Series , LogMeIn Mirror Driver      1024x768
RAM      Last Check Date
15.9 GB
The keyboard is active through pressing F8, but does not move the selection bar up and down on the screen where one chooses SafeMode etc.

I can enter setup with F12 and can move up and down in the setup menu with arrow keys, but am locked up immediately on closing.

If I let Startup run its course with no keyboard intervention I get the Windows logon screen, but the PC is locked up. Cannot type in the password field, Ctrl-Alt-Del does nothing, no lights go on or off when toggle CapsLock or NumLock.

If I boot with a Linux disk I get a desktop, but keyboard is again nonresponsive.

Nothing works but power button.

Any suggestions where to start?
I am looking for a WiFi enabled home webcam that allows me to save screenshots and video to my PC or via FTP. I'm finding a lot that support either local SD cards or cloud storage, but I don't really want that. Basically, I want to hook up an old PC to use as a DVR, rather than buy a dedicated one.

Looking through the camera choices on Amazon is pretty exhausting, so I figured maybe somebody here would know more.
Today, I remoted into one of my customer and the I couldn't.  The password was changed and the were 4 accounts created on the PC.  The accounts were Ghoster, GhostUser, GhostUsers, and GhostUserss.  All had admin rights.  Lucky, I have a program to blank out the password for the user account and could see the additional accounts on the PC.   I removed the Ghost accounts and scanned the PC for virus, etc. and found nothing that seems associated with this issue.  The data on the PC seems intake, strange.

Has anyone had this happen to them?

We have a point of sale system and we use a posiflex cash drawer (USB) we use the DLL they provide (USBCR.DLL) to kick open the cash, we also use their utility to get the port number for your program.

We ran into a problem when one of our clients used the the cash drawer on a windows 10 pc on windows 7 it works fine. The problem is that the drawer losses power each time it is kicked open and after 10 openings the drawer doesnt open again. We contacted posiflex  but we are struggling to get a answer from them.

I had a look at the device manager and set all USB connections to never power off and I also set the power options to do the same. After that I updated my  Microsoft Point of services with no luck.

Any ideas as to what I can try next. The posiflex utility still kicks open the drawer and it does not lose power.
I am looking for an easy way to verify that the PC where my program is running is connected to the Internet.
The program is mine and coded in Delphi XE
I have one computer that I cannot connect to remotely on the network. When I try to access the PC remotely using PSEXEC I get "The network name cannot be found. Make sure that the default admin$ share is enabled on computerA". I can connect to it using Windows "Services", and when I start the WinRM service (which is set to manual), I can connect to the remote computer using Powershell. Once in Powershell on the remote computer, I am connected as my user account, which I think is normal. In powershell when I use the command "Net use \\localhost\admin$" or "Net use \\localhost\c$" it shows that it is enables and connected.
When I try to connect to the PC using Windows Explorer, I get  "The remote device or resource won't accept the connection". The weird part is that I can ping the PC by name, I can connect to the "Services", but I cannot connect to registry, I cannot connect to it using PSEXEC, and other methods. I have verified that the firewall is off, I have verified that file and print sharing is enabled, I have also (in Powershell) verified that registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer is set to 1.
Can someone help me get the computer to the point where I can use PSEXEC, and other tools? I am happy to send screenshots or report back on anything that will help identify the issue.
Hello I would like to connect my computers to rdp server.

My server is on Windows server 2016

remote. example. com - server
remote. example. com: 3388 - my pc

Would he have a person give me the method for configuring the rdp.

Thank you, thank you!
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My company has a SCADA control system comprising of 2 industrial Windows PCs within a cabinet. These operate in a hot-standby configuration. One PC is designated as the online machine and this communicates with a number of remote PLCs etc. The other PC is designated as the standby and simple waits for the online PC to fail, which will then cause it to become the online PC. In addition, it is possible to manually force a PC switchover.

We have a situation where a Modbus client wishes to connect to our system. Ideally I would like to provide the vendor with a single IP address to connect to our system. However, I really need to provide 2 addresses, 1 for the online PC and another for the standby PC, which could be promoted to the online and thereby resume communications to the Modbus client. Which ever PC is online will server as the Modbus server.

I have been looking at ways of presenting our system as a single IP address. One potential option is Network Load Balancing using the features of Windows Server 2012. Ideally we would like to avoid introducing addition hardware into the cabinet. We have a Cisco L3 switch connecting PC1 and PC2 and this will also be used to connect the Modbus client.

What is the best way to do this?
Best way to transfer settings, programs ect from old pc new pc
Both are windows 10.
can i make application run as admin without giving user on the pc admin rights? my domain is 2012 r2 i need the user just click on the app and run as admin without giving user the admin privilege.
My OS is win 10 pro and I have an msn email account.  My login somehow got changed to use my email address.  How this got changed is a mystery.  So I now use my email address password to login.
I am trying to have separate passwords when I login into my pc and also my email account.  I changed my email.
But I do not know how to change my User account password, and would like to seek expert advise else I may lock myself out.  Is it ok to create a duplicate Admin user as a backup?
thank u and regards
ho un problema di connessione di questa Macchina Mod :Sharp MX-300W
io la uso solo in rete stampante tutto ok ma lo scanner di rete nulla da fare ho settato tutto il Dispositivo viene visto nella rete ma di inviare le scansioni al pC nulla e nemmeno se io voglio importare ( scannerizzare )dei documenti tramite pc nulla ...mi funziona solo la Stampante esiste un'aggiornamento firmware o un reset per questo modello ? o eventualmente potete dirmi come risolvere io la uso solo in rete senza USB!!!

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Is there a manual method to do this ?






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.