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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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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.

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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.

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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?

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Found this Microsoft vbscript to discover, download, and then install list of missing patches for MS Windows 7, Vista, or XP. However, this script works interactively, prompting for user responses. Some more, this script supports quite number of "languages", while we only want english support only.

We are looking for a vbsciprt that only needed to run "locally" on the affected PC/desktop. Run the vbscript to detect missing patches, and then list these patches on the text file. Can this task achievable by modifying the attached script?

Thanks in advance
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Question, can Windows Defender be run in sand box mode?  I get mixed answers on line.

Thanks a ton.
I get an error message showing that a device driver was not successfully installed every time I boot up my computer.   These messages refer to three networked printers.   I am running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.   The printers show up and print normally under Devices and Printers, but in Device Manager there are multiple entries indicating they are not installed correctly.
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Q2.) What happens if I install Anaconda without installing Python v3.7 first?
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Pros and cons of this business desktop which would be bought now and avoid January 2020 end of support for Windows 7.
Intel graphics and integrated.
Which specifications would be obsolete a year from now?
Considering that we currently have 8 ram, i5, two hard drives adding to 500.

We'd be slow to start using it but there is only a 90 day warranty on this refurbished tower.
Use: no video games, only video files, music files, photos, email, internet.

We got a refurbished laptop (Lenovo and Amazon) and have had no issues. It does have W8 but can be upgraded to 10.
Any better sources for a 2nd hand unit?

We have accumulated reward points through a checking account and therefore this desktop would cost us nothing.

The specs are at the bottom of the web page.

I am trying to copying some files but, I am getting access denied. I have tried to take ownership of the files through the advanced ownership option but, I still get access denied. I there a way to force ownership so they can be copied/moved to another drive? The PC is running Windows 7.
I'm connecting from home by Dell Netextender client software to a Win 10 laptop at my work.  When I RDP in from home it creates another windows profile ie. jsmith.CONTOSO, when I really want to log into the jsmith windows profile.  How can this be achieved?  I don't think it ever used to do this.  I did notice that there was a windows update last night and my laptop had to do a reboot.
How can I configure Windows 7 to forget a Wi-Fi password.
The Wi-Fi connect is open, so in other words, all I need to do to connect to the Wi-Fi is enter the user and password at the website.
Things tried: Disconnected from the Wi-Fi
Remove the Wi-Fi via Network and Sharing Center
Created a new local account
Uninstall the Wi-Fi drivers

It look like the Intel software remembered the Wi-Fi, I disconnected from the Wi-Fi via the Intel software, but no change.
There is a nets command, for I will have to look up my pass notes.
i will look at Credentials manager next, I am confident that the settings are in there, but that does not explain why the laptop still connect to the Wi-Fi on a different account, not unless the Intel software keeps the Wi-Fi login details for all profiles.

Any suggestions?

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I have a user who is getting locked out of the domain every 15 seconds, how can I find where the failed log in attempts are coming from?

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Hey Experts.  I need to copy a file from a network share to the local drive.  I've tried Powershell command of copy-item in a script and then robocopy with no success.  Not sure  what I'm doing wrong.  I'm using GFI LanGuard to run the script and it eventually times-out as the script stalls.

robocopy /r:1 /w:1 /is "\\server\PNP_Update" "c:\program files\bluezone" formname.pdf 

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I tried using drive mapping

Set-ExecutionPolicy -Scope CurrentUser -ExecutionPolicy AllSigned -Force

net use r: \\server\public

robocopy /r:1 /w:1 /is "r:\PNP_Update" "c:\program files\bluezone" formname.pdf 

net use r: /del 

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Any help would be appreciated.
My Windows 7 Pro Machine "hangs."  This all seems to have started after I installed FreeMake Audio Converter.  I have removed it.  I have no viruses\malware.  But, the computer still "hangs".  The only way to recover is to reboot.
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Running Windows 7 Professional SP-1 32-bit, the system has started to freeze, randomly, since yesterday.  No new hardware or software has been installed.  Freezing happens randomly, not consistently with any application or activity, and requires rebooting.  Checkdsk found no problems on the system drive.  All the components are new: Asus P8H67-M PRO/CSM (REV 3.0) (Socket 1155) with the latest bios, Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz  6MB Cache, LGA 1155, (4) Corsair Vengeance 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800); (2) IDE HDD:  WD 3200JB  320 GB (Master) + WD5000AAKB 500 GB (Slave); SATA HDD:   WD30EZRX  3TB;  SATA REV 35GB USB Drive.  Using the Western Digital diagnostic tool, all hard drives passed a quick test.  Using Intel's CPU testing utility, the CPU passed all tests.  Restoring the system drive with an image saved from before this issue, the issue persisted.

I suspect a hardware problem, but I'd appreciate some guidance about how to troubleshoot this systematically.

Thank you.
There are 6 computers in our network.  Five of them run Windows 7 pro and 1 runs Windows home premium.
They are all in a peer to peer network

All of them are running Virtualbox .  The guest operating system on all of them is Windows 2000.  

The Windows 2000 is needed to run software called MD Dictate.  It is old software.  

Five of the computers connect just fine to the MD Dictate software.  The home premium computer does not.

I keep getting the error “The list of servers for this workgroup is not currently available” only on the Windows home premium computer.

The database for the MD Dictate software is SQL server 2000.  This resides on one of the Windows 7 computers .  We call it the “server” computer.  The SQL server 2000 is running in Windows 2000 in Virtualbox on this “server” computer.

In order for a computer to be able to run MD Dictate , it must connect to \\mdserver .  

What I have done so far:
- I made sure the workgroup name is the same in the Windows 7 and Windows 2000 operating systems.
- There is no DHCP server.  All the computers have static ip addresses.  I made sure all of them were unique.  All are on the same subnet (192.168.1 etc and
- I executed net view on all the computers and all the computers names appear.
- I can successfully ping from Windows 7 Home premium computer (let’s call it W7H) to the “server” computer.
 - Netbios over tcp/ip is set for all the computers.

When I start Windows explorer on the W7H …
Hey Experts.  Need a little guidance as I can't seem to figure out why the script isn't using the proper drive letter when launched.  

Rename-Item -Path "%appdata%\microsoft\templates\normal.dotm" -NewName "%appdata%\microsoft\templates\normal.bak"

if ((get-childitem "%appdata%\microsoft\templates\Normal.dotm").LastWriteTime.Date -le (get-date '04/10/2017'))
{ copy-item O:\office2016\Normal.dotm "%appdata%\microsoft\templates" -Force }

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When the script runs, the %appdata% variable isn't using the local c:\ drive and related path.  I've tried ' and " with no luck.  I appreciate your help!

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.