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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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On most machines in my environment when I right click on a program and want to run it as admin it prompts me for and ID. On others this does not work. I would like to know where that setting is to change it to prompt me to enter credentials when I choose run as admin.
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I created a homegroup and all was well then no one could connect to the shared folder I created on the computer that 1st created the homegroup.  These are 4 windows 7 pro computers.  I went into all 4 computers and left the homegroup, rebooted and set them all up again and rebooted all the computers again.  Whenever I try to connect to the computer with the shared folder it brings up no folders just a blank window with nothing.  I have done this 3 times from scratch and still the same issue. Any ideas?  Can I share out this folder any other way?  Workgroup?[/i]  [/b]The computers at this office are  connected to a modem from the ISP that has 5 ports on the back.  They are network cabled from the pc's to these ports.  No server or any other router or switch.
 I was scanning the hard drive on this particular Windows 7 PC using ESET Security software and noticed that it was scanning this folder "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Symantec\Symantec End..." folder. When I open C drive on "My Computer", I did not see "C:\Documents and Settings" folder. So I went to Folder Options and unchecked "Hide protected Operating System files" and open the security/Advanced tab on that folder to give this user permission to FULL Control. Now I can see the contents of "C:\Documents and Settings" folder. But it has the same folders found in "C:\Users" and even the size of the files and folders match that of "C:\Users".

Is the existence of the "C:\Documents and Settings"  folder by design?
Why do "C:\Documents and Settings"  and "C:\Users" have same folders and size?
I thought "C:\Documents and Settings" existed in XP OS and Windows 7 replaced it with "C:\Users".
Also can I remove Symantec Endpoint Protection folder in "C:\Documents and Settings" ? I uninstalled  Symantec Endpoint Protection  program years ago and I do not see it in Add/Remove Program, but it is in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Symantec.

Thanks.Documents and Settings FolderSymantec End Point
Hello Experts

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…
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
Though I have a fairly good understanding of how it's done, it has been a long while since I've needed set up a dual boot system. I'm finally going to switch my main Windows 7 Pro work machine over to Windows 10 Pro, so I'd like to get some advice on the best way to set up a dual boot scenario - which is the best software to use etc.

I dislike doing upgrades, so I want to do a fresh install of Win 10 Pro.

The System Specs of the machine I'm going to Install Windows 10 to (Courtesy of Speccy) is as follows:

Mainboard: Intel Corp DH67CL (LGA1155) AAG10212-208
BIOS: Intel Corp Version BLH6710H.86A.0119.2011.0523.1030
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @3.40GHz
Chipset Model: Sandy Bridge
Installed Ram: 20.0 GB
Current Operating System: Windows 7 Professional - 64Bit SP1
System HDD: Samsung SSD 850 PRO 512G
Graphics: ATI AMD Radeon HD 5500 Series
Optical Drive: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH24NS90

I'm going to re-partition the Samsung SSD into 2 partitions so that I can work on the Win 10 Pro install when I have time, while I continue to work in Windows 7 Pro.

What do experts consider to be the best Dual Boot software to use for this purpose these days? Something that can be easily uninstalled once I decide that the transition is complete and I'm ready to kill the Windows 7 partition and then merge the two partitions together again?

Any gotcha's that I need to watch out for that I'm not …
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.

is there a way to upgrade from windows 7 to windows 10?  I've been trying to do this with the CD but I'm not having no luck.  I tried to download an upgrade tool but it's failing.
I have a Windows 7 laptop on a local domain (abcd.local). The DC and server is a Windows Server 2008 Standard machine.  Approx 50 devices on the network (computers, printers, phones etc.).  Server is the DHCP server.

The laptop is often taken off site, but is back on the local domain usually at least once a week.

Starting this week, the laptop connects to the network but does not get an IP address from the DHCP server.  I've tried both LAN and WIFI, no difference.  I removed/reinstalled the LAN network driver in the laptop.  Also did the various resets (netsh commands etc.).  Disabled the antivirus.  No luck.

I can set a static IP on the laptop and all is good.  This is a problem for offsite however.

How do I troubleshoot this?  When can I look on the server to see if it has a problem with the laptop, for example.

Any help greatly appreciated!
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I use Sonicwall Global VPN client to connect to our network and I also use TRICERAT SCREWDRIVERS software for remote printing.  This has always workd for computer except the one I will describe.  At another remote office we installed a Toshiba printer/copier and I installed the screwdrivers software and told it to spool the default printer.  After the VPN is established I login to the terminal server and I can see the local printer there to print to just like all the other computers at other offices I have set this up at.  When I click print the printer immediately goes offline and the user has to reboot the computer to get it online.  The user CAN print from their computer to the printer but not when the VPN is connected and they are logged into the RDS server.  Seems like a screwdrivers problem and not a VPN or RDS issue.  I don't have another printer in the office there to test if it is the printer.  FYI.  All these computer are not on a domain, they are in a windows 7 pro homegroup.
We have a client that has been using Windows Live Mail 2012 on a WIndows 7 Pro computer.  WLM will start but freezes when trying to read messages.  If the process is killed in Task Manager, the program will not restart until the system is rebooted.  Searching for a solution, most sites recommend removing and reinstalling the software but most suggestions were dated prior to 2017.  But this is not possible because the installer tries to connect to Microsoft for updates and fails.

When the program fails, we see these items when selecting details in Task Manager:
Problem Event Name:  AppHangB1
Hang signature:  eca7
Hang type: 2305

The event viewer shows Event ID:  1530 with message "Windows detected your registry file is still in use by other applications or services.  The file will be unloaded now..."

The client is considering moving to Outlook but prefers WLM.  

Our questions:
Has anyone successfully resolved this or similar issues with WLM?
Could the issue be OS related instead of WLM?
Can anyone recommend a free mail client that would be a replacement for WLM?  They did not like Thunderbird.  Any experience with Evolution or SeaMonkey email clients?

Thanks for any suggestions or trouble shooting assistance.
Just a follow up "opinion" question.  Once I received the expert advice I needed, I was able to restore a "bare metal" backup of my server that I had taken early in the morning on the day I got the virus attack.  Now that everything is working and "back to normal", I'm rethinking my backup strategy and have gotten opinions from a number of people about a number of different products.  My question is this.  Since I had such success restoring my server using the "built-in" Windows Server Backup feature, I'm wondering whether or not to use the "built-in" Backup and Restore features in the Control Panel for my Windows 7 and Windows 10 workstations.  Does anyone have any experience with these utilities (which claim to create a complete system image) and any opinions as to why I shouldn't just use these "built-in" backup utilities rather than spending more money on another company's backup solution?
Asus Rampage 4 extreme problem  
i imaged an SSD 240 GB to a 512 GB in order to increase the disk space, but it refuses to to boot from the cloned drive; it DOES boot from the Original Windows 7 drive (64-bit)
The clone however Does boot ok from 2 different Asus boards
the disks are all in GPT format

are there any suggestions -EXCEPT bios update (there are about 20 updates - but i am not allowed to risk it by the customer
Client has fairly new HP Envy tower running Windows 10. Working fine until earlier today. In the middle of using it, USB Keyboard and Mouse stopped responding.  Both work at BIOS (entering setup with ESC). I can run keyboard and mouse diags from the BIOS, both pass. USB diags pass from the BIOS. Overall system test passes.

But as soon as I start to boot, nothing.

I can get into Safe Mode, but no keyboard or mouse there either.

I powered down, unplugged, pressed the power button for about 30 secs, left it unplugged for a while, tried different keyboard/mouse/usb ports... no joy. It gets to the Windows login screen but can't get ctrl/alt/del to be recognized.  There are no "traditional" mouse/keyboard ports to try... just USB.

I was able to get into the "fix my computer" screen at one point and did a System Restore from about a week ago, but that didn't fix anything.

It shows up on my network, but I can't remote desktop into it (probably not enabled).

Help ?
I have installed windows 7 64bit on probook 4530s with all the latest drivers. The issue is when I connect a HDMI cable it does not detect. I have reinstalled the display drivers with no luck.

Please assist to enable HDMI connection on the laptop.
HI ,

I have noted some PCs within our network which has a Black wallpaper ... when you change it it get changed but some times after restart sometimes after shutdown and sometimes after 2 or 3 restarts it goes back to black  again . I discovred more PCs with same situation so I tought it  could be a virus so i have esclated to out AV vendor and we scan the machines in 2 levels and send the output to development to  team for further invsetigation and NO threats were found .. anyone knows what could be the problem ?

all the machines runing windows 7 Enterprise
i want to replace a Kingston 240 GB SSD now model (240 Gb) by a bigger one - running Windows 7 - 64 bit
i bought a samsung 850 EVO 512 GB, and imaged the drive to it, using Paragon Disk Manager 15 SP5
it did the imaging fine, but i can't get the samsung to boot in the Original system - the drive is seen correct in bios, and put on top in boot priority
it returns : reboot and select proper boot device
i tried with Disk Copy, and with the imaging to VHD -  same outcome

the drive is GPT format  ( checked with disk part,) and has 3 partitions : System (100 MB), Reserved (128 MB) and Primary 465 GB

the motherboard is Asus Rampage 4 extreme 8 GB ram
trying to echo %%1 to success.txt, if it fails, I want to send it to fail.txt (Nothing outputs to success.txt or fails.txt. What am i doing wrong ?
Windows 7 pro in a win2k8 domain

for /f %%i in (wks2.txt) do ping %%i -n 1 | find "Reply">nul
if not errorlevel 1 echo %%i>success.txt
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I  need to run this bat file to copy sylink file on windows 7 32 and 64 bit.

following command should run if system is 32 bit
"%programfiles%\symantec\symantec endpoint protection\smc.exe" –stop

If it's 64 bit it should run
"%programfiles(x86)%\symantec\symantec endpoint protection\smc.exe" –stop

this command should run on both OS

copy sylink.xml "C:\ProgramData\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection\CurrentVersion\Data\Config\"

Attached bat file runs perfectly fine on both OSs but I get an error mesage at one point which I am trying to avoid.
Obtain windows 7 pro 64 bit iso
Dell can't provide me the media and i need to re install the PC, but first i need to check if the disk still works or recover the instalation
I need the media,
is any  way to download an iso file in order ti achive this
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?

Hi All Expert,

I have a user which is using Iomega external harddisk is unable to get auto windows driver update once plugged in, update always getting "device driver software was not successfully installed." I went to the official website and search and couldn't find any, all are 3rd party device finder, appreciate if any expert can assist me on.

Model - LDHD-UP2
OS - Windows 7 64 bit

I am trying to create a Windows 10 boot USB drive. The problem is that I only have Windows 7 machines. Is it possible to create a Windows 10 repair boot disk using Windows 7? I have downloaded the Windows 10 creation tool, but can't find anything on running it on Windows 7 to end up with a Win10 repair boot USB drive.

I would appreciate any info on this that anyone can give me. Thanks in advance!
Everything normal until the first bootup today. Spare XP system and Windows 7 system. After turning the latter on there are a series of beeps and it goes to a screen I do not think I've seen before or never noticed if it is instant. There is a message at the bottom of one screen asking me if I want to click "enter" to avoid a normal boot. Why would I want an abnormal boot?

Then to the Windows icon and the sign in page. I can not press control-alt-delete to enter the password and the mouse does not work.
I tried three times and the same results. I turn the system off and it appears to shutdown properly though I was unable to access the desktop > start > shutdown.

I move to the XP system and the same result.

I do have both systems on a KVM switch. I removed the cables for the mouse and keyboard from the switch and plugged them directly into the back of the XP system and was able to login in normally. Indication, a KVM switch that lived a "fully" operational life for close to a year until 9pm Feb. 24th and 12 hours later does not get the keyboard and mouse connections to either system.

So, back to Window 7 and I moved the USB cables for mouse and keyboard over. Upon boot the mouse works but the yellow light on the keyboard is no on. I wiggle the keyboard cable and it comes on and I boot normally and arrive here with questions.

Why would I not want the system to boot normally?
Why would the Windows 7 system go crazy and beep 6-7 times  just because it was …

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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.