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Hi Experts,

I am trying to record the screen using XBOX Gaming App inbuilt in Windows 10.
When I click on Start Recording I get the attached message.
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If I start Techsmith's Camtasia, it reserves the F9 and F10 keys for it's own use (pause & stop screen recording). If I then start Excel, F9 (calculate) no longer works. Is there a utility, preferably Microsoft, that can report which programs in memory are reserving which keys or key combinations? I have a work around for Excel, but what other programs won't work as advertised?

Alternatively, is there something I can search in the registry that would tattle on an offending program?
I have a windows 10 64bit system that we have 64 bit Solidworks installed on it and utilize a bunch of VBA based macros on it.  

I have always installed 32bit Office 365 on our systems, but accidentally installed the 64bit version and then the macros didn't work even though they have been changed to 64bit many years ago.

So, I uninstalled 64bit Office 365 and reinstalled the 32bit version but now i am getting this error when trying to run the macro's.....

Can someone please help me identify what I need to re-register to get these working again


Class Not Registed
With the phase out of Windows 7, is there any way that users can continue to get security updates of any sort while they transition to the new system?  Suppose a Windows 7 user continues to use their system for the next couple years, what options do they have?
Hello experts. I recently exported a GSuite hosted mailbox on my Outlook 2016 (64 bit) running on Windows 10 x64. When I attach the export PST file, it shows me the number of unread items next to each folder in the navigation pane, however when I select the folders, it displays no messages at all. My PST file is 17GB so it clearly has something in it. I have tried import the PST instead of attaching but it imports nothing. I ran an outlook repair on it, it found some errors and said it fixed them, but I still cant see any messages.
I run Windows 10 on my Lenovo laptop, and  use iTunes to synchronize my Outlook 365 with my iPhone.   Today I tried to run my usual synchronization, and got the following message:

Itunes backup message
I don't know what went wrong, or what to do to fix it.  Please help.


I have an older Lenovo T420s laptop that I want to clean up to give away.   I haven't booted it for a while, and when I tried it said that the password is incorrect (although the "hint" tells me what it should be, the password doesn't work).  When I try to "reset the password" it requires a reset flashdrive that I do not have.  What can I do to get into the computer and/or change/eliminate the password option to login?


Hi Experts,

I have a Microsoft Failover Cluster with 2 nodes and a Quorum disk (file share witness). Lately when I've taken one node offline for maintenance the cluster has shutdown all my VM's, I've had to reconnect to the cluster and then my VM's restart and come online. I always test the FSW before I take a node server offline and it always responds. Right now I can no longer trust the cluster. Below are the 2 events recorded...


File share witness resource 'File Share Witness' failed to arbitrate for the file share '\\<SERVERNAME>\WitnessCluster2'. Please ensure that file share '\\<SERVERNAME>\WitnessCluster2' exists and is accessible by the cluster.


Cluster resource 'File Share Witness' of type 'File Share Witness' in clustered role 'Cluster Group' failed.

Based on the failure policies for the resource and role, the cluster service may try to bring the resource online on this node or move the group to another node of the cluster and then restart it.  Check the resource and group state using Failover Cluster Manager or the Get-ClusterResource Windows PowerShell cmdlet.

How do I stop this happening on my cluster, it does not make sense because the FSW is available and online but as soon as I restart a host node my cluster falls apart and its a real problem when you have 20 VM's that depend on it working.

The 2 nodes are running with Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
The FSW is located on a server running …
Hey everyone,

The office bought 17 new Dell Optiplex 5060's with Windows 10 Pro. I want to load the company software and run all the updates but I haven't done a large image project since ghosting disk to disk lol.

Could someone give me the steps they use (and software of choice) to create a bootable image of finished desktop that I can use on a USB. It would save a ton of time.

Thank you as always.
I want to clone a MBR disk to GPT format.  AOMEI AOMEI Software says they can do it.  Has anyone done this and made it work? Did you run into any problems?  What software did you use?

My procedure will be to clone the ssd hard drive running Win7 on a Dell Optiplex 3010 mini-tower. I'll then take the clone and update that to Windows 10 on the Optiplex.  Then I'll clone that to another ssd in GPT format, change the bios parameters and see if I can run that.

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I have a 16GB SanDisk USB drive, that was inserted into my Windows 10 computer.

I was editing several documents, then closed them.  

Without thinking, I removed the USB drive without ejecting it.

Then I inserted the USB drive back into the computer.

The computer recognizes the drive as removable disk E:

When I right click properties, it says 0 files, 0 bytes.

Is there a way I can recover my documents?
For some reason on one of my W10 computers if I mouse click on the screensaver nothing happens. Prior to a couple of days ago when I would click the login screen would appear. How do I get that behavior back? Now I have to CTRL-ALT-DEL.
Setting up small 12 user network. Very tight budget
Bought Dell Server with 16gb ram,  Xeon CPU E3-1225 3.30Ghz
(1) 2TB SSD.   (1) 500GB SSD

Bought and installed Windows 2016 Standard.
Installed it with AD on the 2TB SSD

Bought Exchange 2016

I've noticed that it's probably not good to put Exchange on this same machine (Although some have said with such a small amount of users it might be ok?), and buying another machine might not be possible yet, so my questions are:

Can I do a hyper-v guest install on this machine and put exchange there?
If so.. What advice on setting up the Hyper-V guest for exchange? Like how much ram to allocate or space.

Any advice on the actual installation of Exchange in the guest VM?
I did see that it should be on it's own drive (thereby my 2nd SSD that's 500GB).


Advice on how to connect it to the AD that's on the machine.

Can please some one tell me what is the purpose  of Sysadmin.dll file , I tried to find from Google Guru but did not get clear answer
We use folder and server specific AD security groups to manage access  to our shared folders, and need to replace some of the groups as we are migrating them to a new server.

The folder specific groupss  are  ServerA-dir-folder-rw, serverA-dir-folder-ro
The server specific groups is ServerA-dir-rw, ServerA-dir-ro

We need to rename the folder groups to ServerB-dir-folder-rw, serverB-dir-folder-ro - whch attributes should we rename - cn,name,samaccountname,etc?

We need tor replace the server specific groups with ServerB-dir-rw, ServerB-dir-ro - we cannot rename those, as they are still in use on Server A. How do I replace these?
The issue is we have a lot of blocked inheritance down the folder structure, so we cant just replace them at the top level.

Thank you!
I have 2 windows servers that are part of a workgroup and sitting on a VLAN behind a ferewall. I want to sync time on these 2 servers to a domain controller sitting on another VLAN on the other side of the firewall. Is this possible and if so how do I do it? Or are there better alternatives??
I currently have a custom LOGO that I centered on my Windows 10 PRO background.

Can I somehow add a hyperlink to this BIG image ?

I know I can create a smaller .ICO file and just have the small regular ICON appear as a hyperlink, but I want this BIGGER image (about four times bigger then all the desktop icons) to be a hyperlink.
I have a laptop with Windows 10 Pro x32, built 18362.535.
CPU-Z shows that there is 4 GB RAM, confirmed by Resource Monitor.
Resource Monitor
But Resource Monitor shows 2129 Mb hardware reserved.
Task manager shows 4 GB Ram of which 1.9 GB is usable.
Task ManagerHow can we make the whole RAM capacity usable?
a client formatted his windows 7 boot partition by accident.
what is the best - FREE - way to restore it?
will a repair from win7 cd  work?
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I am having problems sharing a folder from my Windows 2007 R2 server,

If the folder to be shared is (target folder) is in the root of a local drive then simply selecting, right-clicking and selecting 'Share With...' allows me to create a share. This can be confrmed by a) I can see the share from another machine b) on the server's  [Device Manager - System Tools - Shared Folders - Shares] the new share is listed.

If the target folder is not in the root of the drive then repeating the above actions does not create a share - verified by the two methods above.

Can someone advise the correct way to create a sub-folder share ? I need this becuase I am using the share on another location but that folder can't' be moved on the home server.
Windows 10 build 1803: monitor detected wrong

I got a laptop (Dell Latitude 5580) connected to a docking station (USB C). It has 2 monitors connected. A Dell 19 inch (1280x1024) and as primary a HD dell monitor (1920x1080).

All well, but now I replace the old 19 inch to a dell HD (also 1920x1080) monitor.
Windows "sees" the old 19" model, and refuses to detect the nw monitor. Even by restarting (obvious), removing the drivers from device manager, all done, I can't set the resolution higher than 1280x1024, making the new monitor blurry.

Tried a lot of things but no avail. Tried to put the monitor on the laptop itself over VGA and this seems to go well. Putting it back to the docking makes windows detect it as the old monitor. Is there a wat to realy force Windows to use the native (higher) resolution?

Display Drivers are updates, and I tried to manualy put the monitor te a generic HD monitor.  The displaycard id an integrated Intel HD620.
Can anyone provide me a link and or a power shell script for Windows Server 2008 that will strip every folders permission away from the top parent?  Currently one of our clients has file permissions so messed up with embedded admin privileges i groups that are located in sub groups of groups that no matter what we try we are not able to adjust permissions properly.   I was thinking of just ripping the entire permissions out and then starting over and handing them down again properly.    Inherited permissions have been removed from the sub folders under the parent but access is so messed up that I am unable to fix this correctly.   Some how the domain administrator login is linking itself to the folders which it normally should, however it is allowing regular domain users the ability to view the folders contents even though they have no permission to the folder.  Whether or not we set the owner of that particular folder with the right permissions it does not matter.  So I am trying to come up with a fast efficient way to fix this since the previous company that managed this client just made up admin groups and gave admin access to groups within groups making it almost impossible to try and pinpoint where the problem is.
Number keys on Number Row not working once logged into Windows on Dell Vostro 5471 latpop (no built in number pad)

I can log in using the Number Row to enter my numeric PIN with no issues, but once logged in, I can not type using the Number Keys in the Number Row.

I have tried a reboot, uninstalling/reinstalling keyboard drivers, and adding a new keyboard type (canadian) and deleting and then adding the US Qwerty keyboard back.

Nothing has worked so far.  

I cannot for the life of me find anything about a key combo or setting change that would disable the number row only when logged in.
I noticed that one of our employee computers was running slow and found that the CPU was running at 100%, not matter what application was opened. After some testing, I replaced the SSD and clean installed Windows 10 and I'm still having the same issue. I have booted into safe mode and found the CPU running normally, but I can't identify what would be the high CPU cause. I've also ran process explorer and it shows nothing using that much CPU. Can someone help me? BTW, I'm running the latest version of Windows 10. Thanks
For years I've been doing system image/restore in windows 7 easily.  In windows 10 you can do a system image called Backup and Restore (windows 7).  I can create a system image there, but it is unclear how to restore that image in windows 10.  I've googled and the result instructions are either fuzzy or lead to screens that have changed.  Thanks in advance, John Bridges