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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?
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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.
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)
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.
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
is my Dell 660 (2012) probably done for its work life?
hi.  i'm just looking for any possible quick fix to my current desktop pc situation.

setup: 2012 Dell Inspiron 660
Core i-53330 CPU @ 3.00 GHz
running Windows 10 Home edition with auto updates..
Ram: 8G
two 1TB hard disks

the set up has been faithful for the last 7 years or so..

as of two days ago upon book up, the DELL logo popped as usual,
then .. screen goes black.. with a small text blinker on the upper left hand corner..

it's hung there several times for over several hours.  i've hard shut down with the power button and same result.

any quick fix suggestions?  i have a win 10 recovery disk that i'm going to attempt to boot through ..

i'm of the opinion that it may be near its useful shelf life.. this is my home office desktop setup and i rely on it heavily when i work from home.. need dependability and this concerns me for the future..


p.s. i booted from Win10 USB boot drive.  ran REPAIR.. and got the "Startup Repair couldn't repair your PC" message.

i store EVERY data in the cloud so i'm more concerned with whether my motherboard has issues.  i suppose i could just reinstall win10 and see if that solves the issue, but if there is a quick way to see if there is any death issue, it would save me time to do a reset of my pc one time..

i've already installed a clean Win10 baseline just under 6 months ago.
Is there any recommended software(s) that can be used to airplay a windows 7 pc.
The pc does not have miracast
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I have a Surface 3 running Windows 10 HP 64bit with a major issue.  It will not charge-up very well and charging seems never to reach 100% - but I did get it to charge to 98% by charging for almost 6 days.  

When plugged in the battery condition shows "Plugged in, not charging" and maximizing the app shows "Plugged in, discharging". I have tried 2 new PSUs both MS originals.

I have done considerable research on the web and the problem lies with the "Microsoft Surface ACPI-Compliant Control Method Battery" driver.  By removing the MS ACPI device and it's driver in 'Device Manage' and renaming the SoftwareDistribution folder I did once manage to get the driver to show on the list of available Windows Updates but the download failed with 'Error 0x80070003'.  I found the following article "https://techfaqs.net/computer/0x80070003/" concerning recovery of this error but this hasn't helped.  If anyone with experience of this particular error can help it may allow me to avoid working my way through scores of possible suggestions including restoring the PC to the last system back-up.

I have spoken to MS Support with 'Get Help' but they were very negative and only helped after I pressed them.  They sent me here "https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49040" and I downloaded "Surface3_WiFi_Win10_17134_1803003_0.msi" on their instruction.  This was installed and run but made no difference.
We have a network which runs on Windows Server 2003.

Staff here login to their own accounts on their Windows 10 PCs and their accounts are on our network.

They want to login to their accounts on the new Windows 10 PCs in our meeting room.

I know how to do things on Windows 10 PCs like seeing the network and other PCs on the network through this PC.

How would I setup staff to be able to login to their accounts through our network on these PCs?

i have a gpo for scheduling a task to automatically restart domain computers at a specific time.  I have one executive who works late so I want to disable that gpo for him, and as such, moved him and his computer to new ou's in ad.  the scheduled task is now removed from his computer, yet the computer keeps restarting at the scheduled time as if the gpo is still in force.  I need help figuring out how to prevent his pc from restarting at 6pm. Below are some logs of interest from the event viewer:

Log Name:      System
Source:        Service Control Manager
Date:          1/3/2019 6:05:15 PM
Event ID:      7045
Task Category: None
Level:         Information
Keywords:      Classic
User:          CONTOSO\Administrator
A service was installed in the system.

Service Name:  PsShutdown
Service File Name:  %SystemRoot%\PSSDNSVC.EXE
Service Type:  user mode service
Service Start Type:  demand start
Service Account:  LocalSystem
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
    <Provider Name="Service Control Manager" Guid="{555908d1-a6d7-4695-8e1e-26931d2012f4}" EventSourceName="Service Control Manager" />
    <EventID Qualifiers="16384">7045</EventID>
    <TimeCreated SystemTime="2019-01-04T02:05:15.225800600Z" />

We have a HP Workstation xw4200 with Windows 2003 server installed on it.

This unit is usually left on all day every day.

This unit has worked fine for years with no problems.

Yesterday, I noticed that the server had turned off.

When I pressed the power button this this unit, the following occurred in sequence:

1. Green power LED appeared for 6 seconds
2. 1 second with power LED not lit
3. Power LED blinked RED 6 times, once per second, then 2 second pause (Beeping sound heard for every time power LED blinked RED)
4. The 3rd step repeated 4 times after each 2 second pause (total 5 times)
5. The 3rd step repeated but with no sound heard

I pressed on the power button on this unit and the power LED was no longer lit.

Any time I try to turn on this unit, the same 5 steps as above occurs.

1. What could be the reason for these beeps?

2. How can we solve our problem and get this server to boot?

I need to add more space to one of our new customers pre existing server.
Its really a regular pc that is running server software.

the mainboard is a Gigabyte z77x-ud5h. i7-2600k processor.

right now they have 2 256 GB SSD. and they have them setup for raid 1 using intel rapid storage technology version

We need to add more space but I am not familiar with this kind of raid. I'm used to HP ProLiant servers and dell. that have their own software.

We are going to put in 2 500 GB DHH to make more space but I'm not sure how if this software support 2 separate arrays.
that way I don't have to reinstall the OS>

When I go into intel RST  there is no option to add anything. I don't have the new drives hooked up yet. I was just checking where to add or if you can add more than one array.
Every now and then one of our PCs crashes (blue screen). We cannot determine any set of circumstances that exist when this takes place. It can go for a week or more without it crashing but then it might crash 3 times in a day.  How can I determine the cause of these crashes?

I don't know if this is any use but I used osronline.com to analyse the minidump file shortly after a crash and this was the output:
Crash Dump Analysis provided by OSR Open Systems Resources, Inc. (http://www.osr.com)
Online Crash Dump Analysis Service
See http://www.osronline.com for more information
Windows 8 Kernel Version 17134 MP (8 procs) Free x64
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS Personal
Machine Name:
Kernel base = 0xfffff803`fd09c000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0xfffff803`fd44a150
Debug session time: Mon Dec 31 19:33:27.728 2018 (UTC - 5:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 2:11:37.472
*                                                                             *
*                        Bugcheck Analysis                                    *
*                                                                             *

An attempt was made to execute non-executable memory.  The guilty driver
is on the stack trace (and is typically the current instruction pointer).
When …
Dear Sir,

I have a PC using two monitors.

Originally it was just a Philips Brilliance 220CW

Then I added a Dell S2240Lc monitor, but i when I try to use the second monitor, the dell monitor seems to be very "slow and not acting right".

Is there anything I can do about it?
I have 3 VMWare ESXi 6.5 hosts clustered through VCSA and using a Veeam server with iSCSI NAS.

The problem is they are all currently located in our PC network/VLAN (even the iSCSI NAS although its using a completely different IP segment).

I would like to relocate all these interfaces into a different VLAN and VLAN off the iSCSI in an even more isolated network by itself.

The main question here is, "What is the process?".  There's a fair amount of documentation on doing any one of those things but little-to-no documentation on the combination package.

As many are aware, there's a, "which came first the chicken or the egg" with VMWare in that it will let you do many things but sometimes it REALLY wants them done in a specific order or you may have to start over from scratch on some components.

So ideally I would like to move the 3 hosts, VCSA and the Veeam server into our server network and move the NAS off into a separate isolated VLAN.

We're reasonably certain we'll have to redo the initiators for iSCSI but aside from that, most of this is clear as mud for the, "correct" method.
Is there a Microsoft Project  plan template for a PC Refresh? Or Can some shae a plan they have worked on in an Excel format?
Just Hardware refesh.
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Just bought stuff to build 6 PCs.  5 work just fine, no issues.  The 6th one will not boot and I cant figure it out.  Since I have several CPU/RAM/PSU at hand, I have swapped parts multiple times and keep ending up with "bad motherboard"...However, I am now on motherboard #3 with the SAME issue!?!?!
PC turns on, as in all the fans run and the led on the mobo itself turns on - screen even detects "something" as it changes to HDMI 1 input - but nothing else.  No beeps ever - even if I remove ram completely and turn it on - same result.  I thought it was strange that on motherboard #2 even holding the power button in for a long time did not kill power to it - I had to pull the plug.  I thought maybe I was running into a firmware issue not supporting the Ryzen CPU from reading a few articles - but now that I am on mobo #3 (all DIFFERENT models) I can't imagine that is it - swapping CPU and ram to other PCs and the other PCs still work and boot just fine.  I've been doing IT for 20+ years and this has got me stumped!  Its gotta be something easy - aside from a "corrupt case" haha...I dont know what the heck it could be?

GA-AB350M-Gaming-3 is the mobo, I have 5 of these running just fine without issue
1 x 8GB) DDR4 DRAM 2400MHz C16 (PC4-19200) Memory Kit - Black (CMK8GX4M1A2400C16)
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Processor with Radeon RX Vega 11 Graphics

Have tried the GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-DS3H (this is the one where power button wont turn it off, even after holding
Just got an MSI …
Hi all,

We have Office 2016 Professional Plus installed into our PC image which is installed on all of our company computers. This was installed using the Office Deployment Tool which installs Office 2016 from a network share, it is also set to update from a network share and to use the "Deferred" channel.

I am having a bit of trouble with the automatic updates. The source files are located in the path set by the Office Deployment Tool, security permissions are set correctly and the end users can get to that folder to get the updates.

If you go onto an Office application and go to File > Account and Update Now, it does successfully update Office to the version which is specified in the update location.

Sounds so good so far, right?

The problem I am having is I can't seem to get any of the clients to actually automatically update, it only seems to be if the end user goes to File > Account and Update Now.

I never set a deadline in the original config.xml script because obviously this would change, instead I just thought it would do it. (It was all new to me when it was originally implemented).

So I have set a deadline using GPO, which doesn't appear to be working. I set the deadline to the previous day in hope that my test client would quickly realise it needs to update. I can confirm that the registry key has been updated for the client to include the deadline. I have entered it in the format of MM/DD/YYYY HH:MM as stated in the policy details, I've also …
I cannot telnet to idrive servers on port 443. As a result the remote backup quit working. I can telnet to on other client networks. We have a Cisco ASA 5506. Im using ADSM to try and figure this out. I have uninstalled antivirus, disabled pc firewall etc. Below is a screenshot of the rule I created to try and fix this.

I have another network that has no firewall and is wide open for testing, and I cannot telnet to it on that one either. ISP says they are not blocking that address.

Windows Server 2012
We have used Symantec Endpoint Protection for antivirus for the last 10 years. But now that Windows Defender keeps getting better and better (specifically the new sandboxing) I am considering abandoning Symantec. The reason we haven't been able to make the switch yet is that I need the central notifications, so that as the admin I know of every infection, and also need to verify that definitions are updating on all PCs.

I once heard something about a third party package that uses the Defender engine but adds a management layer on top of it. What are some packages that do this? Any recommendations?
Unable to "Run as Administrator" in Windows 10.  When I right click any program and select run as administrator, nothing happens.  I've turned UAC on and off.  Not sure what else to do.  My account on my PC is the administrator account and only one.
I have a folder redirection GPO setup that redirects users’ desktops and my documents folders.
It redirects to a hidden share.  Share path is \\<servername>\RedirectedFolders$\<username>
‘everyone’ has full access to this hidden share.
The server is Server 2016.  The client pc is Windows 7 Professional.

Since the GPO took effect, doing a search in the redirected folders/subfolders on the clients machine immediately returns no results found.
A search conducted on the server itself returns results.
Offline folders are enabled.  I have deleted and rebuilt the indexes.  I made sure the user has ‘full control’ over the folder and subfolders.
Only the redirected folders return no results.  Non-redirected folders work fine.
How can I get the redirected folders to be searchable from the client pc?






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.