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.

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I am trying to get a handle on how the Windows time service actually does what it does. From what I can gather by reading Technet posts and hands on experience, the time service is Ok, not the best way to synchronize time but it does work. Here is what I am faced with and why it is a bit confusing.  
In my environment, I have a Windows AD domain, the primary DC gets it time from the internet. The subordinate DCs, which are located across various remote offices, get their time from the primary DC. The client PCs get their time from the subordinate DCs. (A fairly straight forward setup)
What has me baffled is this, I set the client PCs to look at the subordinate DC via a registry setting.  (HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters\NtpServer XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX, 0x1)
Most of the client PCs will return the correct server name when I run the "Net Time" command as well as the correct IP address when I run "Net Time /querysntp" command.
These systems all run Embedded Windows XP
A fair amount of the client PCs will NOT return the correct server host name when I run the "Net Time" command but they all will return the correct IP address when I run the "Net Time /querysntp" command. The ones that do not report the correct server will report another client PCs host name on the same network segment, NOT their own host name.
I can't find a good reason why this issue occurs.

So my question is this, is this normal behavior for this service and if not …
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This is related to the Lenovo Update (Laptop, Thin PC, X1 carbon, etc).

I worked with different kinds of Lenovo product: Lenovo T520, T530, E540, E550, T560, T570, M9000, etc.

Last time , I did Lenovo update to all the above machines by executing this files (please see the attachment);
However, recently, I cannot do the Lenovo update (Not windows update) by executing this files anymore.

Any help?

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I have a client with a .pst file that is more than bursting at the seams.  His OS is Windows 7 so I can install Live Mail, but that's only good until Windows 7 goes away.  So I've opted for Thunderbird.  But I'm not finding good information about importing his email.

I guess another possibility is to use Live Mail for now and see how it converts with the mail program in Windows 10.  Has anyone made that transition?


I have a client that has a windows 7 pro (32-bit) PC running a CNC machine.
In the past, I have configured a proxy (Internet options > Connections tab > LAN settings)
With the box check to bypass proxy for local addresses (so they can access local Intranet, and not the internet)

This works great keeping users from accessing the internet….all good.
Present Day…They have made some upgrades to the CNC machine and support remotes into the PC (from internet) and works on configuring software to work with machine.

Problem now is: when I uncheck the “Use proxy server” in settings, PC will not go back to normal internet access. Doesn’t matter how many times you restart, PC will not access internet and you cannot remote into it.

I have done this trick for years and had no problems (easy-peasy)
Only way I have been able to bring this PC out of this is to issue these commands.

  netsh int ip reset reset.log
  netsh winsock reset reset.log

Then after issuing these commands I have to restart PC and manually add in both network card static settings (IP, Gateway…etc.)
Then all is good until the PC is restarted, then it goes back like it was with the “Use proxy server” check box. PC will access local intranet, but no Internet or remote access. And the “Use proxy server” check box is blank!

Anyone know what is going on here and why this PC is not letting go of these settings.
Don’t know if a reg setting is hanging on or something I am overlooking.

This PC is…
Dell Vostro 220 Desktop PC.  Windows XP Pro.  Will not boot.  Says:  "windows system32 config file is missing or corrupt, insert the windows xp cd and click r to repair.  OK.  What if I don't have a windows xp pro cd.  What are the steps to fix this problem?  BOOT DISKS?
Lenovo  Windows 7 PC  can not wirelessly connect to Apple AirPort (Time Capsule) network.

Network is visible on PC, but does not serve Password entry input box.

Owner of PC claims he can login to many other wireless networks (does not know type e.g. Windows/Mac) with password entry field.

Issue is Windows 7 PC does recognize network, but does not have password entry screen.

Windows 10 PC, Android/Apple iPhones and other Macs all work, displaying input screen for password
I have a few Windows 7 PCs I manage and a couple of them are saying that when I try to enter administrator mode it says "Windows cannot find 'C:\Windows\system 32\cmd.exe'.  Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again." The same happens with regedit. My guess is that this is a virus of some form.  I've run malwarebytes, Avast AV for Business, AdwCleaner, JRT and RKill and none have found anything.  Or maybe something set a local policy.

Hello experts - I'm looking for a solution to save me time when preparing PCs for deployment.  I work for an architecture firm and we use primarily Dell Precision PCs but each it built to order and there are no two exactly the same.  I have a standard set of software that all architectural users get.  Right now, I prepare each one manually which takes nearly a full day to get ready.  I'd like to explore other options but am not sure where to start.  Ideally I'd create a standard image containing all the software we normally use and deploy that to new machines without having to go through the install process for every application.  I'm not sure how that would work with each machine having slightly different hardware, windows licenses etc.  Where would be a good place to start with this?
The wife bought a new mac book pro & is wanting to transfer files, etc., from her dell laptop using the apple migration tool.
Both are on the same wifi network, but the mack never finds her PC.
Are we missing something?
I have a PC with Windows 10 Pro PC. It only has 1 account, which is obviously an administrator account. I want to create a Standard account too, but in this world of Window 10 I no longer know how to do this. I go to Control Panel, then User Accounts, then "Manage Another Account." All I see on the next screen is a link that says "Add a new user in PC settings." So I click it, which brings me to the next screen (shown below).
     Family     I seem to have 2 choices, either click "Sign in with a Microsoft account" or click "Add someone else to this PC." I don't think I want to do either of these, I just want to create a Standard user account.
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User trying to install One Drive on desktop computer.  Has a message remove old app, but he already did.  Where else should he look to remove an old app?
i work in a school that is famous for getting viruses especially the shortcut virus. i recently got a virus that was actually deleting files from people flash drive and even trying to run cmd to see if it was just hidden have proven to be futile

we have plenty computers that do not have internet access so i was wondering is it possible to like have a flash drive that has antivirus installed in it which you can plug in and get rid of viruses without having to worry about anything happening to your flash drive?

Any way to do this ?
I have a .xml file that needs to be updated on users PCs.

I have a .bat file and a .xml file on the share server. I'm using SCCM to push it out.

I'm able to push out the file if its not on the PC, however I can't OVERWRITE that file.

xcopy "%~dp0filename.xml" "C:\ProgramData\folder\" /Y

The command in sccm is "cmd /c filename.bat"

I run it when user is logged in and as administrator.

Deployment options is " run from distribution point".
I am looking to create a Powershell script that will search computers in specified OU and a specified location for specified files, then output that to a csv with the computername, and the files found or not found.  I have tried finding multiple scripts that do some of what I wanted, and then merge them, with no avail. Red plagues my screen.

I am trying to understand how it functions as well, because I am not the best at this, and my knowledge can fit on the tip of a ball point pen with Powershell.

I found this one, and I cannot seem to tweak it to work, it searches, but wont write to the csv. I have added several filenames I know are in the PC, and still nothing. I am not sure If I have to format the text a specific way, etc.

Im sure there is a better way. If you wouldnt mind, could you explain the script briefly to me so I can learn instead of having to try and self learn.. Here is one of the examples I tried

EDIT: This does what i want, except I cannot alter it to search for specific OU groups, and I want it to say the computername file not found if it is not found.

ForEach ($system in (Get-Content C:\Users\PATHTOSYSTEMSFILE\systems.txt)) {
    # It's easier to have file path in a variable
    $dll = "\\$system\c`$\Windows\SysWOW64\msxml3.dll " #Can I use a wildcard here?
    $dll = "\\$system\c`$\Windows\SysWOW64\msxml6.dll "

    # Is the DLL there?    
    if  ( Test-Path  $dll){
        # Yup, get the version info
Trouble using WiFi Direct MacBook to HP Officejet Pro 6978

I have a MacBook with no CD drive and need the software installed on my MacBook macOS Sierra

I am doing this since my new printer does not connect and I am sure I put the right password in.

The printed error page says to "Run the Wireless Setup Wizard."


Aside from that, I can not run WiFi Direct since I can not get the software on my PC.

Please post the link for the download to my PC, since that is connected fine to the network.

I have a couple of PCs that are issuing an error popup when a user opens Outlook. The popup can be reproduced at will by closing and opening Outlook each time. This happens for all users on the particular PC.

error message

  • Run an Online Repair of MS Office
  • Uninstall/reinstall of MS Office 2016 (O365)
  • Run dism
  • Run sfc
  • Run in safemode
  • Disable Addons

I am not seeing any errors pertaining to this in the Event Viewer. This popup doesn't seem to hinder the ability to use Outlook - mail can still be sent and received. This seems to be more of an annoyance than anything because after clicking OK, Outlook performs as normal.

PC Spec
Dell 7040
Windows 10 Pro x64
MS Office 2016 (O365 Business Retail x86)
On a Windows 10 PC I am unable to start the Windows Search Service

Error Message Starting Windows Search Service
I have been through the diagnostics offered by the application but it could not find a resolution. When I open up the Indexing Options I get the following views

Indexing Options
Indexing Options  - Advanced
I have researched on web and suspected it may be down to the permissions of the ProgramData\Microsoft\Search but Full Control appears to be given

I have also Deleted Search folder and its sub-folders and rebooted so that the files are recreated but problem wasn't resolved.

Any help please appreciated.

I have a PC with no wireless card, and no wired Internet access in the building.  
I also have a laptop with access to wireless connectivity.
But the app that needs Internet access is on the PC.
How to connect my laptop to the PC in such a way that the PC can see the Internet through the laptop connection.
Thank you so much.

We have a Windows 10 PC connected via a wired ethernet connection to our router.

To test the stability of this ethernet connection, we have run a continuous ping test via command line.

One of the results back have displayed that 1 out of 4 packets were lost (25% loss).

This test was initially ran to test for disconnects or problems with the wired internet connection.

What is the significance of the ping test and how does the 25% loss reflect on wired internet connection for this PC?

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Really like the Avenir font.  Tried to use it for a text-intensive website.  Didn't look to good.  Too light / feathery.  

Is there an Avenir-like font that looks good on a Phone and on PC?  Avenir looked NICE on a big screen, but was just not "there" enough on the phone.


What are design guidelines - should we (can we?!) set the phone version of a website to use Font A, while display on PCs uses Font B?


I have recently gotten in a couple of Windows 10 Professional PCs. A good guess at fixing them would be a system restore. Neither one boot. So I boot the WIndows 10 DVD and select the "System Restore" option. The first computer replied to the effect "Can't do a system restore here. You need to boot in to Windows and run it from within Windows" the one I have in here not says "This option is not supported on the operating system you've selected".

So.... how do you do a system restore on a Windows 10 computer that won't boot?
Running a Win 7 Pro Laptop (HP) with a small SSD hard drive (180GB).
Pc is just playing music from Internet radio stations - selecting different stations during the day, controlled by Windows Scheduler.

The hard drive is now nearly out of space - only a couple of GB left.
Discovered that the folder C_\Windows\temp contains nearly 40GB of files - many of them with a .cab file type.
Question is then - is it safe to just delete these files or rather all the files in this folder?


We have an external hard drive which was BitLocker encrypted by a Windows 10 PC.

This external hard drive is used to back up data on our PCs and servers.

Each month, we would back up  this data.

Each time the external hard drive is plugged into a PC, a password is required.

BitLocker does is not supported by our Windows Server 2003 servers so the password would not be unlocked.

Decryption is the first step we would do and then backup data from all PCs and servers.

This time, while the external hard drive was in the decrypting process and over 80% complete, the PC was accidently turned off.

After this happened, when trying to login with password to this drive to continue the decryption process, the password is not accepted.

I tried to unlock the drive by using the correct recovery key and it is also not accepted.

The last thing I tried was unlocking the drive through command line with administrative privilages with recovery key and the message back was; "The password failed to unlock volume E:".

I have researched this an some people have imaged the hard drive.

There is a lot of important data on this external hard drive and we would like to know how to unlock the drive and access the data rather than imaging the drive if possible as we would just have an external hard drive which is unusable.

All help appreciated.

I was using net user command and somehow set the pw to no. And when I restarted my pc I can't login. That user is Admin. Now I can't use my pc as admin. I'm using Windows 7.






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.