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If I turn off wireless access on this M4800 and hook up cat5 directly from my router to the M4800 shouldn't I have instant internet connection without the necessity of configuring anything? I am showing "No internet connection". I know the router is functioning properly. I am 5 feet from the router to the laptop. I have tried two new cat5 cables. If  I must do some configuration to make the pc recognize that there is a signal from the router on my ethernet port available, where do I turn  it on? Windows 10.
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Hi experts,

Is there a tool or app that can analyse PC startup?   I'm looking at a friend's old PC that is running Windows 10. It runs OK, if slowly, but consistently takes 15-20 minutes to boot up.

I am wondering if there is a tool that I can use to identify the bottlenecks in the boot process.


Hello fellas,

This is my first question and I really require assistance on this case I'm working on.

My friend's PC has an 1TB Samsung Hard Drive that was partitioned to three pieces, but last week suddenly it shows on Windows Explorer and Disk Management the System Reserved drive, with only 150GB. (please see attachment capture).

System Information:
OS: Windows 8.1 Pro
Version: 6.3.9600 Build 9600
Processor: Intel(R) Core (TM) i7 CPU
Dell Inc. x64 based PC
BIOS version date: DELL INC., A15, 2/4/2010.

I checked on Event Viewer and it showed on August 13th, 2017 that the Volume D: has been repaired. This event showed up 13 times or more in a row between seconds. (warning event)

Then it brought up the error event on the same day, which said A corruption was discovered in the file system structure on volume D:

The Master File Table (MFT) contains a corrupted file record.  The file reference number is 0x1000000000018.  The name of the file is "<unable to determine file name>".

Now knowing these, I checked for viruses and unwanted programs, from the basics of course. Then I was checking the partitions but my main concern is the fact that the remaining space, the other hidden disk drive have no weight on it whatsoever, just an empty letter assigned to each one of them, which is why I can't make recovery.

I tried looking the data of these partitions (important) with DISKPART but no help, I installed the Mini Tool Partition Wizard to see if I could …
I am looking for some software to use on general use PC's like those in an internet cafe.
I need the "session software" to show the user two options -
START  SESSION (or similar) - This should Windows and all the programs.
END SESSION (or similar) This MUST reboot the PC

The sessions should be have a countdown timer (Eg 30 minutes use) but I do not need any credit or payment options.
The PC's are going to be free to use.
I am building new using asus z270 with m.2 support.  I have a ssd in my current pc.  -so question is can I now buy a pci bracket and put this ssd in bracket and expect this drive to run faster through multi lanes as is.  or is the new technology limited to the new internal drives with 2280? support.  and if so do I need to use an intel optane chip on an intel board or will any drive do the same job.  and I heard that you cant boot from some of these pci drives ??
thanks guys
I am experiencing a problem with Microsoft Office Professional 2010 (Word and Excel). I have been using this for more than a year now without any issues. Today when I created a new Word document and trued to insert a table, I was presented with the matrix of squares that are used to define the number of rows and columns as normal but after about 4 seconds the option disappeared. I tried several times with the same results. I also have the same problem when right-clicking on a Word page; the options pop-up appears and after approximately 4 seconds then disappears without having clicked anything or even moving the mouse. the same thing happens with Excel when right-clicking on a  worksheet.  This only seems to be affecting Microsoft office. Right clicking a document in Notepad works as expected without any problems.
Are there any settings in Microsoft Office which might account for this behaviour ? This is seriously affecting the operation of Word and Excel on my PC.

I have an issue where a windows 10 PC has suddenly stopped printing, whenever I send a job to the printer its sits in the queue and eventually disappears. The printer is a network device which is having no issues communicating with the PC and I have even tried reinstalling the device and connecting via USB however the same issue occurs. I am thinking it may be a system issue but would appreciate any tips to get the issue resolved.
User's PC has crashed twice yesterday and once today, it's been reported that it's happened while trying to print documents.

I've got the event log but can't seem to upload it?

Details of PC:

Win 7 (64-bit)
Dell Optiplex 3020
Intel Core i5-4570 CPU @ 3.20GHz
I have some servers that i connect to over VPN. Does the Windows Server Manager allow connection to servers over VPN. When opening Server Manager on my Win 10 PC, it is unable to locate any of the servers, or AD. Hoever, normal AD tools are able to connect as well as DNS tools.

An app or a service is hanging up my win7 PC only when I am connected to the internet.

I started up in safemode with networking and the hangup does not occur OR if I boot with the Wifi switch turned off the hang does not occur: Only when I am connected via wifi to the internet.

Any ideas how to diagnose?


Chris Schene
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What's the minimum laptop CPU so that I can play 4K UHD movies in high resolution?
Does using, for example, Cyberlink PowerDVD software can help or do I need to use K-Lite codec pack?

PC's ( some ) of a specific VLAN is not able to do a policy update "GP update command" and still doing "policy updating" for a long time without any result, is it VLAN or network issue and how can I make sure that is not an error with the network (if there is any show command) and what can I do to resolve it (We try restart PC , and all antiviruses and firewalls are off )  ,,,,,

Thank You.
Client's PC. Dell. Win 10 (originally upgraded from Win 7).

Comes up with the typical error "Automatic Repair" "Your PC did not start correctly"

I have tried three available restore points and the Advanced Options "startup repair".  No success.

Can't think of anything else to try, Apart from the Windows Reset option, but then the client loses all programs, although the data will be retained. Any ideas welcomed.

I have a HP Z200 workstation, model KK667ET with Nvidia Quadro 1GB graphics card
the processor is Core i5 660 @ 3,3 Ghz
16GB Ram installed (can't remember why exactly)

the workstation is primarirly used for photoshop, indesign

Every 2 years : the station is also used for database publishing which among other intensive tasks includes importing 3.000 Pre Press images as BLOB into a DB file.  Total size of the DB is 8GB.

Needless to say, when this import is started, all other running processes, have to been shut down in orde not to freeze on import.

It is time for me to reinstall this PC as it has not been done in years and has become slow.
Little has been done over the years to boost performance :

Bios Upgrade
Kingston 256GD SSD Now V2 installed

Since upgrading to a new PC is not an option, i'm looking for the best performance upgrade for this workstation

these are my options :

- install 2 cheap SSD's and use the built in raid controller on the motherboard
- Purchase the biggest processor still available for this motherboard (i have no idea how to figure that out)
- purchase an SSD that can be used on the PCI ports available

i'm no expert to which would boost performance the most,
Primarily goal is the speed up  working with the large database files since this has to be done more often.
In one remote office, IT needs are being a managed by a third party provider.
Currently, they are using an account which is a Domain Admin in order to do basic PC and printer software installs.

I would like to revoke the Domain Admin membership as this gives them much more access than is necessary.
Is there such a thing as a Windows account that can be configured on the domain to have admin rights for installing PCs, printers but without being Domain Admins?

My first thought was to create a local admin on each PC through GPO (I think this is possible) - is there a better way?
Strange issue... I bought an LG Smart TV a few months ago, running WebOS3.  It's been running with no issues since I hooked it up.
Today I finally got around to hooking up their "SmartShare" to stream all the vid content from a PC (the TV itself has virtually no onboard storage).
Just had to install their SmartShare app on the PC (which is running Win10 Pro), and the TV finds it.
But as soon as I start playing a video, it will last about 2-3 minutes, and the take down my entire wireless network....  and I have to power off the router to get it operational again.

No idea where to even start looking.  Any ideas?
A quantity surveyor recieves a .mpp file from the architect.

QS is on Project 2016
Architect is on 2013

The file opens but the dates are completely wrong.

Calendar options and date formats look to be set the same on both systems.

Attached files show how it should look, and how it looks on QS PC.

If QS saves the project and sends it back, the wrong dates now show if the architect opens it.

What could the problem be?

Does anyone know about iTalk?

i recorded some choral performances by my choir with iTalk on my iPhone 5E, and would now like to move the files from my iPhone to a PC for editing and distribution.  But I can't find the files on my phone, and googling iTalk doesn't bring up any useful information.

Anyone know what to do?
Hi all

Had a pc where the mouse keeps freezing changed the mouse same problem changed to a new pc still same problem now iam lost
  first pc win 7 now running win10 any help would be great
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Looking for a hardware diagnostic tool that can be used within windows (detecting hardware component failure )

We have  a series of USB drives with Boot Recover data from each PC in our location; these were created with "Created a Recovery  Drive" tool of Windows 10 (all  PC are W10).

One of the users needed emergency these USBs.  He created folders in a PC of each USB and copied each  separately to the computer giving a folder per USB.  He  said that when we need the USB, all we have to do format the  USB and copy over the corresponding USB contents from the folder.

Question, is that OK? Just by formatting the USB and copying over the original contents would make function as when the recover data we created?
I have a surface pro 4 that is not booting.
Tried everything, even connected it to external monitors via a docking station.
It just doesn't turn on.  I noticed that the power lights up the bluetooth keyboad though,
so that's strange, but besides that, nothing happens with it.

Any ideas how to fix?
I've been troubleshooting one of my users pc. her preview pane just disabled itself, it apparently was working before. but now its greyed out. there is no option to re enable the option. I've gone through a few sites trying to find where to enable/disable it through the registry etc. I've even done a in place upgrade from windows 7 to windows 10 64 bit. and no luck. shortcut ALT+P does not work.
I have tried logging into the local admin account, and the feature is still greyed out?.
is there perhaps anything in gpedit that might help?
has anyone else seen this issue before?

I have a client with a PC with Windows 10 Home. It hangs during startup. It has Webroot SecureAnywhere in its list of Features and Apps. Trying to uninstall from there brings up a message that it cannot find a certain uninstall program. I downloaded WRUpdaterTool.exe and ran it. It display messages as it ran indicating that it was succeeding, but in the end, the app still shows in Features and Apps. Does anyone know any other means to get rid of it? Thanks.
Is there any sort of software that can link an ipad to a desktop pc?  I want to be able to click on an app and see the contents of the c drive on my pc and copy or view files.






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.