[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More







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.

Share tech news, updates, or what's on your mind.

Sign up to Post

I have a clients 2TB Hard Disk Drive that is failing.  My W10 PC can still read the Recovery partition OK but slow.  There is one file on there that I was able ot copy over to my drive.  However the main operating partition is showing up as a Drive on my PC but there is no partition showing.

I have tried to get GetDataBack for NTFS to read the drive but it comes up reporting significant unreadable sectors and then cannot read any data on the main partition.

I am wondering if there is any other software people recommend to attempt data recovery from a failing hard drive.  

I would like to do everything I can before I need to recommend to client to take the drive to a Clean Room at significant cost.
OWASP: Threats Fundamentals
LVL 12
OWASP: Threats Fundamentals

Learn the top ten threats that are present in modern web-application development and how to protect your business from them.

This is a Windows 10 Update Problem.  Here is the update errors.

There were problems installing some updates, but we'll try again later. If you keep seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information, this may help:
  1. Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x64-based Systems (KB4033631) - Error 0x8000ffff
  1. Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x64-based Systems (KB4049411) - Error 0x8000ffff

I am running a compatible / customized PC with a very new ASUS Motherboard.  Windows Tech people confirmed everything is compatible.
My Current Version of Windows 10 is 1607 and I keep trying to update to the latest version and it continually creates these errors and won't update Windows 10 to the latest version

I have been told by Windows that I have to do a clean install only.
The problem for me with this is that its a work computer and I have over 400 applications/programs already installed and to do a clean install would mean I would lose valuable time in sitting around and having to install all the hundreds of programs again and I just can't afford to do this.

I know there has to be a way to find why its failing to install the updates and find a quick fix.

And Yes this is a legitmate version of Windows 10.

I updated it from Windows 7 when it was a free option to download and update to Windows 10.  Everything was fine until the updates after 1607.

Please help.

New member here. Don’t beat me up to bad.

I am in a domain environment that is hybrid. The O365 subscriptions vary from E1 to E5.  We have multiple versions of Windows (7,8,10) in our environment, and I was tasked to push out OneDrive to everyone.

I can push out a GPO for machines and have them click on the link and run through the steps or use the user side, but this will cause issues because some people access servers and other devices. This way it automatically installs on every pc, server that this person signs on to.

I do not have a list of all the people needed to block from user Authentication. So the least favorite but safest ways were the GPO by machine above.
But, I read an article that you can deploy Intune and push out One Drive silently without using a GPO.

This will kill two birds with one stone. Adding Intune and One Drive. I am supposed to be adding Intune within the next three months, so it seems like the logical way to go.

I am looking for advice if this would be a good way to go and if anyone has any experience in doing so? What is the easiest way to roll out Intune?
Hi There, I'm having a little of an issue with two users. We recently switched their PCs to Mac, for whatever reason Google Chrome autocomplete feature not working, meaning that when users type in information on websites, especially on forms, that information does not come up automatically next time they need to enter the same on the same form. I've poked around with the system settings but don't what would be preventing this.

As simple as this is it's a real issue for users who need to enter the same information over and over in forms. Any help on this is greatly appreciated.

Users have Mac OS X Mojave and Google chrome v.70.
Problem printing to 2 win 10 1803 PC. One is a desktop, both are brand new machines, one a laptop,
I Have 6 other win 10 PC’s in office including another laptop, all these work.
Current Users are administrator user,
NO AD, just workgroup
All pc’s are updated

I have done all the following changes,

Turned off firewalls and A/V completely, same Server connection error from bizhub c364
Turned on firewall, open all smb ports and port 445 to allow scans, same Server connection error from bizhub c364
Deleted then scans folder and recreate folder and sharing with everyone at full control, and current user sign in name as full control, same Server connection error from bizhub c364
Deleted and re completed the registration in address book.
Have also tic’d and untic’d the smb1 feature in add and remove features.
Have also turned OFF/ON file sharing, network discovery, and file sharing in network advanced settings

All other PC’s (Win 10 1803) work fine using the following registrations, example given,

Host Name--  (IP) address of the pc)
Folder--            scans      (shared scan folder with full permissions off the C drive like others)
User name            user      (local user name)
Password      password      (local user name password)

The error from the bizhub never changes, “server connection error”
all pc’s have no internet issues, can ping printer IP from the 2 not working, have powered printer on and off. Very frustrating. I am to believe that smb2 is already enabled …

We have a client who share data between 2 computers. PC2 connects to PC1 for shared data and some software.

Intermittently, PC2 loses connection to PC1. The share is setup as \\PC1\ Data. When we dial in, we can ping the IP address but not the PC name.

More often than not I will add a shortcut using the IP Address and then the the original shortcut using the PC name will then work. We have tried setting the shortcuts using the IP address but this had the same issue but in reverse.

I have set PC1 to static, checked Computer Browser service and UPNP are set to auto on both. Disabled all advanced sharing settings, reinstalled SMB from features and then Enabled all advanced sharing. It will work for a period of time and then lose connection again.

Any suggestions?
VBOXerr1.txtSSH connection refused when running SSH (putty) from my WINDOWS PC a  an ORACLE LINUX running on the same PC on Oracle Virtual BOX.

PUTTY displays the error:
PUTTY Network  error:  Connection refused  on

Sure, something is wrong. Could you help?


I already attached a log from the Windows8  machine (ipconfig ).
What I am ryng to do is connect from Windows using putty (SSH) to the VM Linux running on the same machine .
Someone can give any advice?

See below the ifconfig of the VM Linux machine:

root@ServidorLinux7 ~]# ifconfig
enp0s3: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500
        inet  netmask  broadcast
        inet6 fe80::52d0:9ddb:1f83:48f2  prefixlen 64  scopeid 0x20<link>
        ether 08:00:27:5d:46:25  txqueuelen 1000  (Ethernet)
        RX packets 6787  bytes 4818007 (4.5 MiB)
        RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
        TX packets 4517  bytes 617833 (603.3 KiB)
        TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0

lo: flags=73<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING>  mtu 65536
        inet  netmask
        inet6 ::1  prefixlen 128  scopeid 0x10<host>
        loop  txqueuelen 0  (Local Loopback)
        RX packets 46  bytes 7314 (7.1 KiB)
        RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
        TX packets 46  bytes 7314 (7.1 KiB)
        TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  …
Win 10 Lock Screen Issue

I have a win 10 pro Work-group PC.
It Randomly uses the pictures from the Outlook inbox attachments as lock screen.
i have tried the below but no luck.
Change setting of lock screen to Spotlight .
Clear temp files of Outlook & Windows .
Run Cleaner to to clean up and fix all registries.
Run Malwarebytes to check for malware.

The pictures it uses as lock screen are not saved or stored anywhere on the PC.
They are only in the outlook attachments.

please help
Hi, Outlook 2016 can't connect to Exchange 2010 Server, PC was Windows 10 Pro, connected to the domain but asks for username and password and won't accept any credentials. Have deleted all credentials in credential manager, re-installed Office. It's trying to connect with the e mail address.
Hi All,

I want to open a google chrome browser with a web address into a scheduled tasks make it 1 min delayed after someone logs into the computer.
I have tried on a personal computer but when I try on a domain connected machine it doesn't run. Not sure if group policy is blocking this?
Any suggestions would be good to know thank you.
Why Diversity in Tech Matters
LVL 12
Why Diversity in Tech Matters

Kesha Williams, certified professional and software developer, explores the imbalance of diversity in the world of technology -- especially when it comes to hiring women. She showcases ways she's making a difference through the Colors of STEM program.

I use Dapper in my C# application

My connection strings and the error displayed during run time are in the attached notepad document.

I am connecting to local postgresql installed on my PC

Why is providerName="Npgsql" not seen as the providername.

or is there a conflict some where ?

How can I resolve this error


i have a pc windows 7 that will not see the Microsoft Bluetooth surface keyboard. try 4.0 Bluetooth USB adapter still can not see the keyboard.  same keyboard can be pair with laptop on windows 7 and Windows 10.  also check the bluetooth services it is on.  any suggestion would be much appreciated.
I have assigned access to a folder on a workstation on a domain.
When I map to that drive from another PC which has rights to the folder, I am unable to write to the folder.
I get access denied.

That is the user on that PC and has Full control.
I'm tearing my hair out on this one!

I've got a client who is having a VOIP issue (ongoing for several months).  Here are the facts:

1. Very small client: 4 users on a local domain, Windows PCs and a Server 2008R2.
2. VOIP phone system using same router as computer network.
3. Two phones work solidly.  Two are intermittent.  Tried varieties of plugging in phones, including directly into LAN ports on router instead of the network switch.
4. Intermittent symptoms are: 50% of the time a caller calls the number and gets either a fast busy signal, or "your call cannot be completed as dialed".  Sometimes the caller goes directly to voicemail even though the phone is not in use.
5. One of the phones has been replaced, as an experiment. Used to be a SNOM 320, now an Aastra model.
6. On the working phones, unplugging the phone on the network results in the caller getting voicemail.
7. On the intermittent phones, unplugging the phone typically results in the caller getting a fast busy signal (even at times when the phone seems to be working).
8. At a time when a phone was not working, I ran a continuous ping test to the phone from a computer on the LAN, and it never dropped out once.
9. Before the problems occurred, they enjoyed excellent service on this LAN hardware for some number of years.

The VOIP company is saying that the problem is either the switch or the router, though there are never any detectable problems on the network (there is a Windows 2008R2 server …
I have an LGA 1366 socket mobo GA-x58A-UD3R, full tower, and an i7 cpu I built 8 years ago.  I tried to boot up today, and it wouldn't even display BIOS, nothing.  Fans work, drives work, so I think the mobo is dead.  So now I have to either keep the same or upgrade (I have a full tower with 4 drives & 2 DVDs).  My sound and sound cards are all PCIe.  So  I have 3 choices:  Replace mobo; upgrade mobo (keep as much hardware as possible); run over PC with my car and buy a new PC.  I built the PC and its been great for 8 years.  Looking for the most cost effective thing to do and I've been out of the process for a while and don't know what the newest sockets are and whats interchangeable.  Any thoughts would be helpful.
Win7 source pc unable to find the WDS server from the Image Capture Wizard.  I receive an error message "network location could not be reached".  I can ping the WDS server (Windows 2008 R2) ip and the source pc non-stop.  The WDS boot-up screen shows up on the source PC so I have to believe that it is communicating with the WDS server.  I've updated the drivers in the capture image and added the registry entry "maximumBlockSize" (set to match the value of the Cisco 2960 switch).

After all that, still can't get the WDS server to capture the image from the source PC.  Any help in resolving this would be greatly appreciated!

We have a Windows 10 Pro PC that is having a boot up problem.

It worked fine before this.

We powered on the PC and an error message displayed on it with a blue screen saying the following:

"Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We're just collecting some error info, and then we'll restart for you"

"0% complete"

"For more information about this issue and possible fixes, visit https://www.windows.com/stopcode"

"If you call a support person, give them this info:

This PC has been stuck on 0% for a few hours.

What do we need to do to fix this error?

I have an application running on several customers PCs (Delphi XE2 developed).
The application sometimes access a FTP server (hosted by OVH, very reliable)  to download some files.
It works fine on all customer's PCs, ... except, since a couple a days, on one of them.
I could verify that the connection is correctly established but the "get" results in the following error :
Socket error 10054, connection reset by peer
I have asked the customer to retry, after disabling his anti-virus and firewall (I could not very that yet) but the error is the same
Microsoft Photos keeps popping up when I connect my iPhone to the PC.
How can I stop it from doing it?

Microsoft Azure 2017
LVL 12
Microsoft Azure 2017

Azure has a changed a lot since it was originally introduce by adding new services and features. Do you know everything you need to about Azure? This course will teach you about the Azure App Service, monitoring and application insights, DevOps, and Team Services.

All our PCs are set to sleep after 20 min.
Sometimes I need ot log in remotely to one of them so I remote into our server (which is always on).
If I'm lucky I can RDP from there into the workstation, but in most of the cases I cannot.
We tried configuring the PC BIOS + Windows for wake on lan, but it's not reliable.

Any suggestions?

The house went dark for a couple hours and when the house became light , my wife said her computer would not start . There is no sound from fans or disk drives and no beeps and no computer lights . I looked online and read the symptoms are the best ones when your computer doesn't start .

 Is there a power supply fuse built in. Should I just purchase a power supply from somewhere ?
 The motherboard be ruined also?
we have all our email and website hosted on inmotion server right now.  we are happy keeping the website hosted there but are looking for a solution where contacts, calendars and documents can be continuously synced when a user opens their email email on their phone, pc or tablet.   we are leaning to office 365 business

1.what is the best (easiest) way to migrate just email accounts (not website) over to office 365 business premium with exchange server.

2.what would you say are the pros and cons of such a move?
When pushing out updates via WSUS, there is one specific update (KB4462923) on three Workstations. When looking through the update history on each of the PCS, it says it failed with error code 80071A90.

These are 64 bit Lenovo machines and the update has installed successfully on other machines of the same model, all 64 bit.

Anyone have any insight as to why this would be happening?
How to apply a GPO to log off disconnected sessions on Physical windows 7 PCs after 2 hours, at the moment have one set for RDP sessions but this doesnt work for users logged in locally on a physical PC

I would like to manage my Hyper-V-2016 from my Win10 entreprise PC.

For that I use the Windows 10 native Hyper-V Manager.

When trying to add the Hyper-V server I got an error : "Check if service of virtua pc managment is running and that you have rights to log on to the server".
See th attached file.

I need help. Thanks






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.