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Windows 7 is an operating system from Microsoft. Features include multi-touch support, a redesigned Windows Shell with a new taskbar, referred to as the Superbar, a home networking system called HomeGroup, and performance improvements.

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I have two Windows 7 systems, acting as File Servers, that I need to migrate to Windows Server 2016. One system is setup (crudly) as the "main" Server; all User Shares are linked to that box. The 2nd system acts as the backup; mirroring of the data is accomplished by a script that utilizes ROBOCOPY that copies all the data from the Storage Array attached to System 1 to the Storage Array attached to System 2. I need to also be able to copy over (retain) ALL the Shares and permissions (ACL). Obvisouly you can't do an IPU from Windows 7 to Server 2016, nor do I think the the FSMT will run on Windows 7.

Since the shares, and files are on a Storage Array attached to the machine(s), if I do a fresh install of Server 2016, will it retain the permissions (ACL) of the shares? I know I'll have to reshare the data to point it to the new machine, but I'm concerned about the ACL for each share. I read this article from Microsoft: Saving and restoring existing Windows shares, and was wondering if this is all I needed to do. Since the data is already on the Storage Arrays attached to the machines, there is nothing to ROBOCOPY over after the new OS install.

Can someone please give me some insite on how I shoud do this?
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For some reason, I am not able to do copy and paste on my Windows 10 desktop anymore.  I have tried to run echo off | clip to clear my clip board but it still does not.  

Please advise if someone knows how to fix.  

We have a 1000 windows 7 SP1 clients, some of them X86 and some of them X64. IE9 is currently installed on the clients. We want to update the IE to IE11 because of incompatibility with a new application.
It’s a secure environment with no internet and WSUS is not allowed.  We do not have SCCM also in the environment. Now I need to update IE9 to IE7 on all computers using AD GPO.
I realize that IE for X64 has prerequisites that need ot be installed before IE11. On X86 it can be installed directly.
What could be the most efficient way of installing IE11 in my situation.
We have a Windows 10 computer that runs VSpace Pro 11.0.  We have 4 users that log in using NComputing thin clients.  We previously had Windows 7 computer, and it worked flawlessly.  However, whenever someone logs into this computer, their login takes over the screen.  So, if someone is sitting at the computer logged in and working, the screen of the remote user loads and takes over the screen.  With the old computer, the remote sessions would run in the background undetectable by the local user.  Is there a setting somewhere that can be changed to address this?
Windows 7 Panasonic Toughbook Tablet having BSOD issues once logged into Windows.  I have turned on Diagnostic mode on startup, but the BSOD still happens after logged into Windows.  Safe Mode with Networking works correctly.  There is NO restore points (of course).  From what I have determined, it is an issue somewhere in the registry pointing to a bad driver or program, but I cannot track it down.  I need some assistance 'walking the stack'.  Thank you.
Windows 7 machines not listening to Folder Redirection group policy after a DC migration to Windows 2016.

At present, the old Windows 2012 Essentials server is still in place but a new Windows Server 2016 Standard server has been added. The domain has been migrated across along with the FSMO roles. After having issues with getting machines to pick up the new Group policy settings due to DNS issues, all does appear to be ok - at least, it is for Windows 10 clients. However, although Windows 7 clients can be coaxed into seeing the correct group policy, they are all ignoring the change in Folder Redirection location.

Things I've tried:
1. gpupdate /force
2. ipconfig /flushDNS
3  Several reboots

4. gpresult /v
This is interesting. After clearing the DNS cache, Windows 7 PCs do now pick up their group policy from the new server. However, they are still ignoring the folder redirection and the result of the above command shows:

5. I've tried removing the WMI filter from the redirection policy - no effect.
6. I've tried creating the new GPO and putting the redirection in there. GPRESULT lists the policy, so it's seeing the right stuff, but it still ignores the redirection.

Remember - Windows 10 PCs are working fine. This appears to be just Windows 7 machines.

Any ideas? I'm getting short of them!
This is an XP system with multiple partitions on the system drive.  XP was previously installed and was bootable.  Windows 7 was installed on the drive according to goofled instructions regarding how to install W7 for a multiple-boot system.  W7 installed correctly on the new partitions.  However, there is no multiboot menu at startup; the system goes directly into W7.

Disk management shows that all partitions on the drive are:

XPSystem (Primary partition)
System Reserved (System, Active, Primary)
W7System (Boot, Pagefile, Crash Dump, Primary)

Startup and Recovery under System Properties shows only "Windows 7" as an available O/S.

I do not want to use a non-Microsoft boot loader on this system.

Can this system be brought into the desired dual-boot configuration using the Microsoft boot loader?
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Start architect with cmd not working

I have some files which I want to compress to a single file and send it to some users.

When users clicked on the compressed file, I want the extract files to be delivered into their DOWNLOAD\APP1 folder - if APP1 does not existed, create one.

Would someone suggest how this can be done?

The user workstations are either WIN7 or WIN10.  

Many thanks...

Is there a way by GPO or PowerShell to remove a specific printer driver package in windows 7 and Windows 10?

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Windows 7 pro PC windows file sharing stops being accessed from certain windows 10 and windows 7 pcs

We have a PC that has windows sharing enabled with several directories shared.

This configuration has been working for the last 3 years.

This morning 1 windows 7 pro and 2 windows 10 computers can no longer access the shared folders.
1 windows 7 pro and 2 windows 10 PCs can access the shares in the same way as always without problems.

I even tried with my laptop not from this environment to access the shares and it won''t work (my laptop is windows 10).

Not sure where to start.
All firewalls off on the local network.
Network adaptors are set to private on the windows 10 and work on the windows 7 pro PCs.

No anti-virus software is present.

Any help or utilities to check or verify settings would be helpful.

I have rebooted the router.

pinging the name of the window 7 pro with shares resolves in the proper IP address.
Browsing and trying to use the share by IP address gives the same result.

Can't access previously setup network shares.
I've had this network share setup between two Windows 7 machines for a while now. Today with no warning the network shares stopped. No password changes to the profile, no network changes, nothing that should have prompted the issue.
Everytime I access the share I get the same error message whether from the network name or the IP address. I've tried uninstalling AV. Turning on and off password protected file sharing and a few other things.
I have a small office of 5 computers. 3 are windows 7, 2 are windows 10. They've been using a central PC as a central file share. This morning they were unable to access the files share. File Share PC (FSPC) is on, has internet. I was able to reconnect the first employee who noticed the issue using \\FSPC-IP\NetworkShare and they have no more issues.

The 3 other computers still cannot connect even by \\FSPC-IP. When trying to map the network drive i get "Handle is invalid" I am able to ping the central PC from each workstation and vice versa, I can also RDP into the central pc by both the IP and Computer Name. I've rolled back the update (installed this morning) on central PC and 1 workstation, i've turned off windows firewall, i've removed and readded the central pc to the workgroup, i've flushed DNS, i've pinged FSPC by computer name and got the correct IP back, i've checked that
UPnP Device Hos
DNS Client
SSDP Discovery
Function Discovery Provider Host
Function Discovery Resource Publication
services were all running and set to automatic and then power cycled the router...i'm running out of things to try.

The workstations are also able to open a client that connects back to the Central PC...any help would be appreciated!
The user has a 3-user network, all on Win7 Pro, One PC is where they share their files, with a computer name of "Server".  Up until today, the two workstations were mapped to the Server PC using this command:

Net Use F: \\server\c  

This has worked fine for years.  But today they can no longer connect.  If I delete the F: drive mapping, and once again do Net Use F: \\Server\c I get this error:

System error 6 has occurred
The handle is invalid

And if I browse to Network, I can see the PC named Server, but if I double click it I get this error:

Windows cannot access SERVER
Check the spelling....etc....
Details: Error code 0x80070033
The network path was not found

Other details:

1) They use Norton security.  I have tried turning off the firewall and antivirus on a workstation and on the server to no avail.

2) I can still do the normal Net Use mapping on the "Server" computer--but not on the other two PCs.

3) I went to do a system restore on the Server PC, but to my surprise Windows said was disabled--so no help there.

Any ideas?  TIA
I have a group of 8 Windows 7 Pro PC's that have been peer to peer sharing files. This morning the shares all went dead. Now when I try to map the drive letter to the shared folder I get a message that says

"The mapped drive could not be created. The handle is invalid"

All users have their username and password on the sharing computer.
All users are specifically given full access on the sharing computer

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

This morning I have a problem with network drive on all computer. It said 'Microsoft Windows Network : invalid descriptor' when i click on it. I tried to reconnect with Net use but I have same message with system error 6. I search for it but nothing. My server is Windows 7 pro and was up and running for at least 5 years. Everything seem to be ok on server. Going on Internet work fine on it. I uninstall antivirus on server, repair tcp stack and tried so many thing. No Windows update was made last night.

What I can do to locate the problem and solve it?

Thank you!

Hi -

A client has a Windows 7 pc running as a file server on a workgroup, As of this morning, no user can connect to the pc via RUN or network browser. An error message comes up saying :
\\  the handle is invalid.
Here is what i have done so far:
Changed IP address
Changed Network Name
Switch off Firewall
Switch off AV
Swap network switch and restart it

Ping does get a reply from server
The pc does see other computers and can connect to them .

Any help gratefully received.

I have multiple instances of Microsoft Visual C++. Do I need them all?

Can someone take a look at this minidump and let me know what caused the BSOD.

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Is there any recommended software(s) that can be used to airplay a windows 7 pc.
The pc does not have miracast

Microsoft automatically updated Windows 7 PC with the update above on 5 January 2019  and the user can no longer open any .xlsb Excel file as MS Excel 2010 just hangs after opening the file on this Monday.

Uninstall the above update immediately solves the problem. Microsoft has pulled out the update on Microsoft Update Catalog on 5 January 2019 on the same day the update get installed.

How to prevent similar problem from happening again?

Some users intermittently get Outlook error message "Outlook experienced a serious problem with the 'adobe document cloud for microsoft outlook - acrobat' add-in. If you have seen this message multiple times, you should disable this add-in and check to see if an update is available." They get it infrequently.

I have an Outlook error event 1000 at the same time: "Add-in execution error. Outlook crashed during the 'Close' callback of the 'ItemEvents' interface while calling into the 'Adobe Document Cloud for Microsoft Outlook - Acrobat' add-in."

Adobe accounts are set up, users are logged in, and addin is enabled. Few, if any, actually use it.

What is going wrong? How do I fix it without just disabling the add-ins?

Outlook 2010 14.0.7214.5000 in Home & Business edition, Acrobat DC 19.010.20069,
Windows 7 Pro (32) 6.1.7601, SBS 2008 network
We have a need to use the Windows 7 RDP feature to allow one of our field managers to remote into one of our production PCs to use  only one of the applications.
> We only want to allow access to the "one" app.
> The Production PC is running Windows 7 Pro/64 bit SP1.

I have attempted to use "gpedit.msc" to set the "Remote Session Environment"  (Currently I am testing with the "Notepad.exe" program)
> The full path to the gpedit setting is: User Configuration => Administrative Templates => Remote Desktop Services => Remote Desktop Session Host => Remote Session Environment
> When testing if Notepad comes up when I RDP into the box = Fails, acts as if nothing was changed.
> I also noted that when attempting the set the "session disconnected" and 'idle session" limits, these did not work either.

I played around with the "gpedit - Computer Configuration" and the registray "Terminal Services" setting, only to lock up my test PC and having to re-install Windows 7 to recover.

I know there must be a way to do this and it appars that something within Windows 7 Pro that is preventing this from working...

Could use some suggestions here, anyone done this before, or have any input?

Getting ready to migrate a dozen old Dell systems with Win 7 to new Dell systems with Win 10. I've seen a few third party programs that claim to transfer everything including key-coded programs like Microsoft Office. Anyone try some of these and which are the best? Thanks
My workplace recently got hit with a variant of the Emotet trojan and we found that it spread itself over the network via the default admin shares in Windows. As part of the disinfection process, the first thing we do is cut off the admin shares and restart, then clean up the PC.

My question is regarding what other issues we might expect to find after disabling those admin shares?

I know from a tech support standpoint it makes our job in IT a little harder because we can't just open \\pcname\c$ any more. So far, we have one legacy application (Dictaphone) that is throwing file access errors after turning off the shares. Another user says they are unable to scan from their Brother multifunction printer. We have a few hundred PC's on our network and they are all running either Windows 10 or Windows 7.

Since enabling them is a default Windows setting, we are concerned about the long term effects of this like crippling some application functions, etc. I wanted to throw this question out there to the experts to see if you know of background processes or services that utilize the shares and how much more trouble we might be creating for ourselves.

Windows 7





Windows 7 is an operating system from Microsoft. Features include multi-touch support, a redesigned Windows Shell with a new taskbar, referred to as the Superbar, a home networking system called HomeGroup, and performance improvements.