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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 was running window 7 and did the 10 upgrade about 4 months ago and have been using the secondary data drive without any issue.

Recently I had some weird issues with Windows 10 where I could log in but could not bring up windows explorer and services like device manager would not load so I did a fresh install formatting the OS disk, left the data disk plugged in but made sure it was not selected during the setup.

Now when I reset the system it takes several minutes once it hits the windows load screen with the little spinning circle. Once it loads I can bring up most things fine now but when I bring up disk manager it takes at least 5 minutes for it to load. I can see the second disk but cannot add a drive letter, format or anything, everything is greyed out. If I try to rescan devices it takes a lot longer than it should. Even though I can see it unallocated in disk manager the OS does not pick it up as a data disk.

I have backups of the data but I am concerned why it wont operate correctly. My first thought is a driver issue but when I go to the HP site for a HP P6000 desktop the newest drivers are for Windows 7.

Did the fact I had windows 7 and then upgraded have something to do with it? When I look in device manager I don't see any errors or indications that there are hardware issues and I made sure windows update has ran and completed.
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Windows 7 IE11 opens and closes automatically.  I went to the Action Center Problem Details and saw this message from 7/7/17:  

The program IEXPLORE.EXE version 11.0.9600.18698 stopped interacting with Windows and was closed. To see if more information about the problem is available, check the problem history in the Action Center control panel.
 Process ID: 2670
 Start Time: 01d2f744967e20af
 Termination Time: 0
 Application Path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
 Report Id:

Can anyone help on how to get IE working again?
I am trying to install several drivers to roughly 50 PCs with a login script. The only problem I am running into is when trying to install the .inf from a shared drive pnputil does not recognize them.  If I do it with the files saved locally it works fine.  I have set the permissions on that shared folder to include full access for everyone and it still does not help.  Any ideas?

pnputil.exe -i -a "filepath"
Where has my excel Icon gone?
It was on my desktop but has disappeared...How do I get it back on my desktop?
Hello Experts,

What permission's does users have if removed from local administrator group?
What things he can perform?
what things he can't perform?
Are there any docs from Microsoft regarding this?
I looked every where but no luck.

Have a desktop, Dell XPS Studio, that came with 2 1TB hard drives set up as Raid 0. One of them is now failing & it won't boot, get the error message "AHCI Port0 Device Error Press F2 to Continue". F2 brings you to the BIOS setup and it's just stuck in that loop.
The client said it boots up every now and then but i've tried it at least 20 times & no joy so reckon it's after getting worse.
Any way of extracting the files from this as they've no backup?
Wonder if anyone has run into this before - I'm stumped.

My lab environment requires removable drives in caddies to be swapped out for different learning scenarios.  What I want to do is configure the computers to ALWAYS boot to the removable drive if it is present.  In other words, the removable drive is the default.  I've got the removable drive set as the first device in the boot order and for the first boot, everything works fine.  But as soon as I remove the removable drive and boot to the internal drive, the internal drive becomes the default drive in the BIOS.  If I then re-insert the removable drive and boot the computer back up, it goes to the internal drive, not the removable drive.  

I've tried a bunch of different things, to include swapping SATA cables around, enabling AHCI, editing the BCDEDIT boot loader, etc, but the same thing always happens....once the computer has booted to the internal drive one time, it becomes the default boot drive.

Anyone have any thoughts/suggestions/workarounds?  The computers we use are Dell 3020's, BIOS A15, and both internal and removable drive have Windows 7 images on them.  Interesting side note - one of our labs uses Dell 7010's, and the dual boot scenario I described above works fine with that model.   Just can't get it working on the Dell 3020's.

Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated!


I am having problem with Group Policies not being applied to the computers. RSOP reports that all of the settings are "not defined" and that group policies are not applied with an unknown error . No errors entries regarding that in Event Log on PCs. The affected machines are Windows 7 Pro x64 and domain controller is Windows Server 2012 R" Essentials. The computers have been joined to domain through the server's join to domain website. We noticed the issue because passwords are expiring even though the domain policy has different settings.
RSOP log attached.

We have fluctuating internet speeds. This is a new server install and workstations are all windows 7. AV is installed and all PCs are clean. DNS forwarders set up to ISP DNS not gateway.
Providers have run line checks and reported this:

Packet loss has occurred over the last week as a result of latency being experienced.
On checking the router we can see that the service is being overutilised on the upload and not the download, the only information we can see is that this is SSL traffic which doesn't give us much definitive info as to what type of data is being sent.  this can often be caused by automated back-up software being run amongst other things however we'd recommend a local capture to be setup on site to ascertain what is causing this issue.

We don't have any online back. There are lots of products to capture network traffic but can anyone recommend one that it easy to use - I need to confirm if we have some rogue hardware over this small network of just 8 PCs?
I have a user in one of our remote location using Cisco VPN Anyconnet client.  The user have 5 drives mapped to her PC, the 3 drives worked just fine, but the 2 drives a not working.  "R:\ refers to a location that is unavailable.  These two drives will stay active for 5 minutes  if I run the ipconfig /flushdns command and then back to inactive.

Can some please help me?
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I have the occasional issue where I am trying to reinstall a printer for a client via remote and it calls for unplugging the printer from the USB port.  If the client is not there, I have no way to unplug the printer.  Does anyone know of a app or routine that I can simulate/turn off the USB port to trick the software into thinking the printer is not plugged in and then turn the port back on when the software tells you to plug the printer into the USB Port.  Some HP software will not even uninstall the software until you unplug the printer from the USB port.  The majority of the computers are either Windows 7 or Windows 10.

Any ideas would be helpful!
I want to use Task Scheduler to open a CSV file from a website and save it to a local folder as a different file name.
I have a system that I built myself with a GigaByte mother board.

I set the BIOS to have boot order be the USB Thumb Drive and then the CDRom but it just goes right by them into the Windows Boot disk.

I have booted from them before so I believe that they are good but just goes right by them.

I need to boot into Norton Ghost 15 recover to restore my system after a Samsung SSD failure.

I am going to try and build another CD boot disk, Link to good procedure would be awesome.

Is there a utility that can manage the boot or a known good boot iso image that I can download?

See photos of Bios Setting attached.Booting-to-Usb-fails.pdf


Hi everyone,

We are running SharePoint 2013 and testing Office 365 with it. We are seeing one issue where when we launch sharepoint in IE 11 the browser crashes. However, we disabled the add ins shown in the attached screenshot and IE stopped crashing. Now, we have a user that cannot view any office documents in the web browser. It works in mine but not hers. Any  ideas?
I have a user that can only see a few days of her email.  I know they are still there, but I can't get Outlook to show them.  She is running Office 2010 on a Windows 7 PC
We are facing problem of uploading .PST from user end in current scenario:

User OS: Windows 7 Professional
License: Kiosk
Office: Not installed
In-Place Archive: Enabled (100 GB space available)

We successfully uploaded .PST in In-Place Archive folder using “AzCopy.exe”. For large amount of users it is very difficult task to upload their archived .PSTs.

In Windows 10 "Mail" is available but it didn't shows "In-Place Archive" folder. Means no option available to upload archived .PST

Is there any option available to upload .PST from client end?

Or any free client available to use on systems of Kiosk users?
I just inserted the OLE control. And then assign the object (with the type 'Microsoft Word 97 -2003 Document'). Now I changed the object type to 'Microsoft Word Document'.

The last 2 lines of code below, if it can depict the issue better:

ole_1.object.application.Documents.Open( i_s_blm_dir + i_s_report_name, 0,1) --- i_s_blm_dir  = 'C:\Credit\'  and i_s_report_name = 'ABC.docx'. Here ABC.docx has the mail merge done with ABC.xlsx.
ole_1.object.application.ActiveDocument.MailMerge.Execute() (where it fails).

Error (PowerBuilder Application execution error (R0035)):
Error calling external object function execute at line ...
Can anyone give me step-by-step instructions on how to just get this task to successfully execute my stored procedure.  The error messages are getting worse
  • "Value does not fall within the expected range.". Possible failure reasons: Problems with the query, "ResultSet" property not set correctly, parameters not set correctly, or connection not established correctly"
  • "The query failed to parse. Attempted to read or write protected memory. This is often an indication that other memory is corrupt."
  • "The EXEC SQL construct or statement is not supported."

At this point, I'd just like to get the stored procedure working.  All it's doing is having a parameter string value passed into it from a user defined variable in the package and then assigning a value to the SP output parameter which then gets assigned to a different package user variable.

My environment:  Windows 7 Professional, SQL Server/Visual Studio 2005

Any suggestions?
Hello, this morning I go to my computer and my system cannot recogize my SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD Drive.   Does anyone have any techniques that I should try to recover the drive?    I have data backup but if there is a semi easy way to recover I would prefer to do this than to rebuild the applications, etc..  

Thanks in advance
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We are currently running MS Office 2013 (O365 ProPlusRetail, Click to run) on Windows 7.  It was installed to the image that was rolled out to all machines.  

We need to start moving to MS Office 2016 (O365 ProPlusRetail, Click to run) which we would like to deploy via Intune; however, we have been informed by Microsoft that the Office 2013 version must be uninstalled first.

I am trying to find a way to automate the uninstall of 2013 & the subsequent install of 2016.  We do not have SCCM.  Just the install of 2016 via Intune is not a problem, but is there any way to do the uninstall/install using Intune?
Icons are missingI am trying to do a lab for an on line class , I want to  create a USER , but I am missing all the icons here . what does this mean , is there something not connected or not installed ?

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I want to dual boot my computer to have windows 7 and ubuntu.
Hello All,

I have a strange (or at least unexpected) thing happening when I rebuild a project. I am using VS2013 Pro on Windows 7 pro 64.

When I "build" the app, it builds and finishes. When I "rebuild" the same app, it appears to run the app. Here is the InitInstance code:

BOOL CSTArH6TPHostApp::InitInstance()
	HANDLE hMutex_FAC = ::OpenMutex(MUTEX_ALL_ACCESS, FALSE, L"STArH6 Facilitator Process");
	if (hMutex_FAC == NULL)
		MessageBoxA(NULL, "The STAr_KVD Facilitator is not running. Please run STArH6Facilitator.exe before running this application", "STARTUP ERROR", MB_OK | MB_ICONERROR);
		return false;

	HANDLE hmutex_HWP = ::OpenMutex(MUTEX_ALL_ACCESS, FALSE, L"STArH6 HW Process");
	if (hmutex_HWP == NULL)
		HANDLE hEvstarthwp = CreateEventA(NULL, true, false, "H6FAC_STARTHWPROCESS");
		if (hEvstarthwp)
		hmutex_HWP = ::OpenMutex(MUTEX_ALL_ACCESS, FALSE, L"STArH6 HW Process");
		if (hmutex_HWP == NULL)
			MessageBoxA(NULL, "STArH6TPHost requires STArH6HWProcess be running. The STArH6HWProcess could not be started.", "STARTUP ERROR", MB_OK | MB_ICONERROR);
			return false;

	m_Mutex_h = ::CreateMutex(NULL, FALSE, L"STArH6 TPHost Process");
	if ((m_Mutex_h != NULL) && (GetLastError() != ERROR_ALREADY_EXISTS))
		// InitCommonControlsEx() is required on Windows XP if an application
		// manifest specifies use of ComCtl32.dll version 6 or later to enable
		// visual 

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PC in a workgroup, and I have installed a program which is asking for admin credentials when it runs.

I do not want to give user admin rights in order to run the app, at the same time, he cannot be given admin password.

I tried every method I could find to automatically elevate the credentials of this app, nothing works. It either continues to prompt for admin credentials or nothing at all happens.

Please help, user needs to use the app, but no way around it in sight at the moment.

Already tried all the following methods without success:
i tried to make a shortcut for the above by typing for the start
then i downloaded the icon from iconsearch

and had a nice shortcut - that worked ;; however after a reboot it did not work any more, and got the error : application  not found
also, i could not pin the shortcut to the taskbar, by drawing it there (which worked fine for another program, eg CDburnerXP)
it showed attaching to chrome, or IE

questions :
is what i ask possible?
what did i do wrong?
is it the same for windows 10 ?
this was on windows 7 system, tried on 32 bit and 64 bit; same behaviour

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.