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We have a customer with a very small network, 1 x Server 2012 R2 server and 3 pc's. Everything has been fine up till this last couple or 3 weeks. All the PC's (1year old) lose DNS resolution but not all at the same time but within a few minutes of each other. So when running an nslookup it does not resolve either internal pc's names, internal domain name or internet lookups. Although if you do any of the following it works immediately:

Removing the network card and reinstall
Unplug the network cable
A reboot
Replace the network switch.

This will work for a while, maybe a day or less then we are back to square one. The Server NEVER has this issue and there is no information that indicates an issue in the logs. We have Server monitoring and we never see the server dropping either for a short while or longer.

Any Thoughts?

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I use a Windows 7 Pro ISO which has been built with updates all the way up to May 2016 so I can roll updates out all together which saved a lot of time when rebuilding PCs.

There is one machine where the BIOS simply ignores the fact that there is a bootable disc inserted. Other discs work, even a base Windows 7 Pro SP1 ISO works, but the drivers on the disc aren't compatible with the board or USBs so the keyboard and mouse do not work. Windows 10 discs are also seen but Windows 7 Pro is needed in this case. I've checked BIOS settings and even disabled boot from HDD and NIC and nothing seems to have worked.
I used to be able to use remopte desktop to get from our school server to the individual PCs. Because of PC lab reconfiguration I reinstalled Windows 7 Pro 32 bit on most of the computers and now I cannot access them. I turned on Remote desktop like I did in the past and changed the power setting to never go to sleep. I also checked the firewall setting and compared them to the settings of PCs that did not get a reinstallation of Windows. They are identical. I checked the services and they are also the same as the PCs I can remote to. What might I be missing? What should I be looking for? Remote access is critical to managing this network and these PCs.

The server is Windows Server 2008 R2.
Thank you!

My spouse had installed web watcher in my PC. I want to uninstall it. How do I do it
My primary computer is in the shop.

My backup PC won't send email although I have spent 8 hours trying to get it to work.

No error messages. It just moves the current message to the OUTBOX where it remains.



When I try to login to to Google on my PC using ANY of the latest browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Opera etc) I am able to enter my username but when I press the "NEXT" button nothing happens.  I added a screenshot of the page that I am stuck on here:  http://i.imgur.com/zMpNrFM.jpg and the link I am stuck on is below.    The link that i am stuck on is https://accounts.google.com/signin/v2/identifier?hl=en&%3B&flowName=GlifWebSignIn&flowEntry=ServiceLogin

If I use an old Safari browser that is unsupported or I add a Script Blocker to one of the new browsers (like NoScrip) then I get the old Google V1 Login page and I can login with no problems. See image: http://i.imgur.com/A9YlIYy.jpg

Can someone help me figure out how to fix this issue?


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hi experts,

 i have a user that got a new computer and i need to transfer his office 365 from his old to his new computer. How do I go about that?
I am trying to set up my Echo on a different wifi network.  I have a Windows 10 PC and have the Amazon app installed on it.  I had no trouble at all in setting up the Echo when I first received it.  Now I am at a different location with a different wifi network.  To access the wifi, I need to click on the wifi icon on the system bar or task bar on the PC.  Now I find that the wifi icon has disappeared from the task bar and I can find no way to view the available wifi networks at this location.  I Googled this and find that others have also had the wifi icon disappear from their desktop.  What can I do to restore the wifi icon on my PC and gain access to the available networks in this area?  Thanks for any help!
Hi guys, we a small remote site with a PC and printer there, we have a firewall there just for the VPN for Printing. Is there anyway we can set this up to work without needing vpn?
I have some older win 7 PCs that would be perfect for "thin clients"

I have installed fresh Windows 10 Version 1703 (OS Build 15063.413)

When I setup user in "ASSIGNED ACCESS" mode for Microsoft Remote Desktop app - the app gets stuck on "Connecting...."
Otherwise all seems to be working properly.

When the same user account is removed from "assigned access" mode - the Microsoft Remote Desktop app works fine and connects without any issues.

Any ideas how to fix this - or maybe there is a better solution to turn those PC's into "thin Client"
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Since the last round of updates on our Windows 2008 R2 DC, we're having an odd intermittent issue with Remote Desktop on local PCs. This occurs with both Windows 7 and Windows 10.

The error users receive says this: "Other User. To sign in remotely, you need the right to sign in through Remote Desktop Services. By Default, members of the Remote Desktop Users group have this right. If the group you're in doesn't have this right, or if the right has been removed from the Remote Desktop Users group, you need to be granted this right manually."

All our users have local Admin privileges on their local computers, which in the past has always been adequate to permit Remote Desktop access.

Adding the user to the local PC Remote Desktop Users group does solve the issue. But we don't understand why this is necessary, or why it suddenly becomes necessary after working fine for years with the user only in the local Administrators group.
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!
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?

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?

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.
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
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
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.

I cant rejoin a windows pc to the network. It cant find a domain controller. I have 2 controllers. When I ping DC1 it replies with its ip4 address, when I ping dc2 it replies with a v6 address instead of the v4 address that I would expect.. Looking at the dns manager I am seeing a v6 address along with a v4 address with certain machines and it looks like the ones with the v6 addresses were time stamped this morning at 6am.

I have removed the dc that had the v4 and v6 address from dns manager and re-added it with only its v4 address but ping response is still showing its v6 address. Looking for assistance please.

Both dc's are server 2008...

I have a PC that cannot connect to the internet via a browser but can ping the router and the hostname  www.google.co.uk.

any ideas ?





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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.