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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.

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I'm running a Win 10 PC that plays different music sources (using wmplayer) during the day - controlled by Windows Scheduler. In order to prevent wmplayer to play two or more different music sources at the same time, I have set up two tasks.
1. taskkill /IM wmplayer.exe /f /t
2. wmplayer.exe (link to net-radio)

This works mostly well, but from time to time the process just stops. I suspect that the taskkill hasn't completed when scheduler tries to start the application again. I would like to add a short "wait" - just a few seconds between the scheduled actions. Is this possible without going to a .bat file?  How?
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Free Tool: Port Scanner
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Free Tool: Port Scanner

Check which ports are open to the outside world. Helps make sure that your firewall rules are working as intended.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

I have a sound-bar attached to my PC but normally have the volume muted unless I actually need the sound; daily dings and dongs of system notifications aren't really necessary in an office environment but may occasionally need sound for a training video etc.

On my lunch break (of course!!) I occasionally visit an online crossword website and before opening each puzzle the website shows adverts. I don't have a problem with that, they're normally less than 30 seconds so I take another bite of my sandwich and wait for it to go by.

However, when I first go to the site the first advert that comes on will always over-ride my volume settings and the sound of the advert will be heard eventhough my sound settings are muted.

How do they do that???

I have to unmute and remute to stop the sound. Is there any way I can stop it?

Thanks
Rob
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Windows Updates are set to run automatically and to prompt for restart.  It reports being up to date and the last check for updates to have been 12/12/2016.  Update history shows the most recent to have been in Feb 2017.   Running Update manually takes a long time and nothing changes in the results: same 12/12/2016 date for last check for updates and a Feb 2017 update as the latest.

Any suggestions about how to make it really check for and apply updates?
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Good morning,

For various reasons, I decided to reset my Windows 10 PC via the option under Update & Security -> Recovery.

However, during this process, "Something Went Wrong" is displayed (see image). No other details are given on the screen. I have "Try Again" and "Skip" as options. I've clicked both of these about 20 times, and I can't get past the "Something Went Wrong" screen.

I powered off the PC and powered it back on to no avail.

I'm not sure what to do here. Any help would be appreciated.
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hi am geting this error after running the antivirus am not even able to start my pc in safe mode mode am in window 10 The application was unable to start correctly 0xc0000005 am in window 10
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All, I recently acquired Windows 10 Enterprise so I can use my PC for work. I wiped out Windows 10 Pro and installed Enterprise. Once I did that I entered my work email for Azure AD (excuse the spelling) it should set me up with all my work apps. Unfortunately that's not working. I did previously had this built as Windows 10 Pro... would that be causing me grief?
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My Access development HP Probook 4540s laptop has been a lowest common denominator 64-bit Win 7 running Office 2007 on an i5-3320M @ 2.60G with 8G RAM and a zippy SSD drive replacement. The only client I now support with this unit requires a lengthy Access single form app that runs pages of a tons-of-math VBA translation of an elderly FORTRAN simulation now tied to more modern databases, reporting, Internet access, etc. The application runs a setup, an iteration main section for each team, and a dump of reports to PDFs. This takes about 4 seconds. Even before I popped the SSD in, it never required more than about 20 seconds.

My client bought a new Dell with Win 10 running Office 2016 on an i7-7760(?) @ 2.90 with 16G RAM and whatever default hard drive and it requires a minimum of 1 to 1 1/4 minutes, sometimes longer. It never hangs, however, during each team iteration, I throw progress info to the screen and after team 2 or 3 displays, he'll usually, but not always, get a "Not responding" up top. The screen ceases to update until the app has run its course.

No one is going to get old waiting less than two minutes for a final product run, but during development/testing, we might run the app dozens of times in an hour and it is a pain.

Are there optimizations we can perform to resolve this?

Thanks,

Marc
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On a simple office desktop - not worried about high quality graphics / redraw refresh, etc...

The new dell optiplex 3050 has DisplayPort & HDMI connectors.

The monitor has VGA (the 15 pin 3 row blue connector) and DVI (the white connector).

Thoughts on which connector to use at each end?  I would think either at each end is fine for typing word docs, speadsheets,  the occassional funny video on youtube.

I guess it comes down to the ease / cost of the cable to convert from 1 end (DisplayPort or HDMI) to (VGA or DVI).

Thoughts?
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We have software that utilizes a USB scanner and some of the times, the service that runs to send the captured items stops for some reason. Our users are not local admins so it takes and admin to login to the PC and restart the service. I don't believe there is a way to give permissions for a specific service that would allow a normal user to restart it so I'm wondering if there is another option. Can I create a script or batch program that they could run that would restart the service? It's not a huge deal and doesn't happen on a regular basis but if it does come up and I'm not available, it's kind of a pain.
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i have a windows disk that does not boot.
the drive is accessable on another PC
i want to know how i easily can know the installed windows VERSION + 32 or64 bit
i know already it is windows10
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Free Tool: SSL Checker
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Free Tool: SSL Checker

Scans your site and returns information about your SSL implementation and certificate. Helpful for debugging and validating your SSL configuration.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Hp 425 it not reaching desktop

Keep restarting

It is windows 7

I run hard disk Hp test and it keeps failing
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Hi everyone.
We are running a digital software that runs in a full screen browser (chrome)

Today we're using a Windows based compute stick from Intel as player pc.

In regedit we have altered the shell to open chrome (sometimes chromium) in kiosk with the URL needed. It works very well, but still there is one concern.

Many of our users tend to just pull the plug to turn off their system, meaning that Windows is not shut down properly.
With a script we have disabled automatic repair so that no user input is needed, but still in a bit worried if I'll run into problems eventually.

Therefore I'm considering trying out a chromebit.

Does anyone have experiences with chromebit as digital signage player 🤔
I need it to startup with a chrome in kiosk mode, and i want to be able to remote control the device, in case of technical issues.
Also is it possible to have it turn on and off by schedule?

Any suggestions and opinions are appreciated
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Small workgroup of Windows PCs has been configured with a Win 10 PC as a file server for the workgroup. I provide as needed support. No issues for over a year. Suddenly this morning when a Windows 7 pro user attempted to connect the share had a red X. I tried to disconnect the mapped drive and reconfigure it. I got the error "The network folder specified is currently mapped using a different user name and password". I verified that the mapped drive had been disconnected using Net Use, nothing listed. I verified that the folder is shared on the Windows 10 PC. I verified that Advanced file and printer sharing is configured correctly. I also tried two other solutions in a google search, a registry hack and adding the mapped drive by IP address, neither solution worked. I can ping the file server by name and by IP address. The Windows 7 PC was not in a homegroup until this morning. I removed it from the home group and restarted but error persists. The shared folder is \\fileserver\Users\Public\Documents, it appears in explorer as a share named \\FileServer\documents2. I've tried a couple different user credentials on the file server when adding the mapped drive as "other user".
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Windows 7 PC gives a "Preparing to Configure Windows" message on every shutdown. it actually finishes if you give it an hour or 2.  Can't rebuild the PC at the moment. Any ideas of how to stop this.
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When I try to FAX from my PC using the Epson FAX Utility in Windows 10, I hear the phone go busy before the FAX number is finished dialing.

Conversely, I can FAX from the Epson WF-4630 control panel just fine.

This is my home office & the printer is connected via the network. I run the FAX utility "Check FAX Connection" & it shows everything is fine. Unchecking "Dial Tone Detection" doesn't seem to do anything. Epson software update doesn't show any updates other than the unrelated "Epson Connect", "E-Web Print".

The phone line is VOIP (T-Mobile Line Link) & I don't need to dial anything to get out.

I am confused why FAX from the printer would work but not the Windows software. They both use the same settings.
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It's via HP auto updater

Can't believe it's taking this long on an i7 with 32 gigs ram

And there is fast broadband here

Anything to be concerned about ?
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I have a Windows 7 PC and use IE11 and when I open IE my home page is Google.  For about a week, I am having difficulty with the Google page loading.  It loads fine for other computers on my network so I think it is something specific to this PC.  I tried Google Chrome with the same result as IE.   Also, I logged in as a different user on this same PC with the same result.  I have run Malwarebytes and it did detect  items that I have since cleaned up.  I have completely reset the IE settings as well - still no help.  It is strange that sometimes the Google page will load ok but most of the time it just sits there spinning and then page cannot be displayed.  Any help would be appreciated.  Thank you.
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I may be buying a laptop from Amazon or locally.
Is it pretty standard today (2017) that the computer can be used in countries with 220 volt power sources without damage to the pc.
As well as laptops that may be several years old?
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New hp pc

Never seen this before

No what I try, no hp drivers install

I try individually

Same message

"Installation complete"
Failed installation
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Had to re-install iTunes on my Win 7 Pro PC. Get an error message saying that a registry key couldn't be accessed (see attached pdf).

Have tried a couple of Microsoft's uninstall/ cleanup utilities. iTunes and Apple Application Support seems to be gone, but reg. key is still there.  The main key is: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Components\DA42BC89BF25F5BD0AF18C3B9B1A1EE8

There is no access to any of the subkeys.
Tried also to log in as Administrator on the local PC, but still no access.
Any ideas how to clean up this mess?
registry-error.pdf
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I want to Force BSOD another computer because the pc is old and it's time to be replaced with a new one but the user will not be replaced if the computer has not been damaged.

many recommend using NotMyFault software. but can it be used remotely? please help for tutorial or having idea to force BSOD.
Noted: Another tutorial should keyboard trick to Press CTRL and Scroll. Our users almost never press the scroll key.

Thanks a lot
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does someone of an app for iPad and surface (doesn't have to be the same one)

that just shows the local time , full time (with seconds)

That's is just a display of the full time. and won't go to sleep.
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I keep getting this message on my desktop.""windows 10 : something went wrong. Microsoft can not install important security updates on your PC . Please contact microsoft support for help with this error. Please provide support representative with this error code
 0X80070005  then on the bottom it says Hide or Try Again"".

No matter how many times I click on try again nothing happens . Hide it hides the message .

Please help me do the updates.
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I require access to different hosted desktops on the same hosted server.

I have created different rdp files and linked to them using the syntax:

Shortcut 1 - mstsc.exe c:\rdp\user1.rdp

Shortcut 2 - mstsc.exe c:\rdp\user2.rdp

But the last user details appear not the correct ones each time.

What am I doing incorrectly?

PCs are Windows 7, patched up to date.
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I installed the ADMX files on my 2012 R2 domain controller.  I created a Windows 10 policy containing both computer and user settings.  I liked the GPO to a test OU that only contains the test computer and user.  I performed a gpupdate on both the server and computer before logging out/in on the computer.  I also tried rebooting the PC.  When I run a gpresult, it shows that it applied all policies under the 'computer settings' but it shows nothing under 'user settings'.  Also the setting that I am looking at to see if the policy is working, is that I customized the start menu, turned off notifications (to disable live tiles) and then disabled Windows Defender.  None of these things are happening.  I have authenticated users under the scope and delegation.  I added domain computers to the delegation tab too but this had no impact.  Thank you in advance for your help!
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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.