Windows OS





This topic area includes legacy versions of Windows prior to Windows 2000: Windows 3/3.1, Windows 95 and Windows 98, plus any other Windows-related versions including Windows Mobile.

Share tech news, updates, or what's on your mind.

Sign up to Post

I am frequently seeing an error message pop up on my Windows 10 desktop which reads "the program or a background process quit unexpectedly".  I have searched for a diagnosis and recommendation and I am frequently referred to the Windows Event Manager.  However, I can't ascertain via that tool what the problem is and how to resolve it.  Recommendations or directions to other resources would be appreciated.
Cloud Class® Course: Certified Penetration Testing
LVL 12
Cloud Class® Course: Certified Penetration Testing

This CPTE Certified Penetration Testing Engineer course covers everything you need to know about becoming a Certified Penetration Testing Engineer. Career Path: Professional roles include Ethical Hackers, Security Consultants, System Administrators, and Chief Security Officers.

I have a client using an old Vista laptop and a year-old version of Skype.  When someone calls him he cannot hear the caller.  

1. In Options, both incoming and outgoing audio tests pass (he can hear audio for sure in the test).
2. He can hear audio when he uses Windows Media Player.
3. It's not an issue with the caller, because he cannot hear any caller at all.
4. The caller can hear him fine.

Anyone have any idea?
Still attempting to lock down any access to the Internet (via IE 11) on my Windows Server 2008 R2 which I use to host RemoteApps via RDP.  I have everything pretty well locked down now, but users can still browse, download files, and actually run programs on my server from the web using the "CTRL+U" key combination.  I've been able (thru GPO and Windows Registry entries) to lock down CTRL+O, CTRL+P, CTRL+T, CTRL+S, F1, "right-clicking" to "view source" (i.e. right-click is totally inoperable).  The only apparent "chink in my armor" is the CTRL+U key combination which displays the web page source and provides an option to "Save..." which opens the Windows Standard Save As Dialog box, which, in turn, allows the user to type in any program (e.g. CMD.EXE which opens up a command prompt).  Any help would definitely be appreciated....after resolving all the other key combinations, this last one is driving me crazy!
i received an old webcam model Canyon CN-WCAM23 it had support for up to XP
does anybody know of any software  and drivers to make it work on windows 10 ?
Windows Server 2012 - Server Manager getting below error on opening for server management console.
SERVERNAME: Configuration refresh message: The system cannot access one or more event logs because of insufficient access rights, file corruption, or other reasons. For more information, see the Operational channel in the ServerManager-ManagementProvider error log on the target server.
Windows 2012 server giving error:Role and feature refresh failed with the following error: the request to list feature available on the specified server failed. The operation cannot be completed, because the server that you specified required a restart
Adobe Acrobat Pro XI will not longer open jpg files- I have 3 users whose computers all started at the same time you can combine files of all different types except jpg.  My computer will do it as will several others.  I have tried logging in as different users- uninstalling -reinstalling-different versions- All are on Windows 10 Pro. Networked with roaming profiles.
Can the Same HP Universal PCL print driver for a HP M601 printer Also be used for similar but different Model HP printers.

Example : Install this same universal print driver for an HP 4200 LaserJet.

What is the best free way to clone an hard drive (moving to SSD)

with a bootdisk. so I don't need to install anything on windows.
Hi All -

I have a client who went out and purchased a number of laptops with the intention of using them as POS at ticketing windows. As usual, I was not consulted before they purchased. As a result, they now have a pile of low end laptops with Windows 10 Home on them. Technically speaking in terms of hardware, they are more than what they need to get the job done especially since they'll only be used for 5 days a year (this is for ticketing booths at a fairground). The last thing they need is for Windows Update to decide it's time for a reboot and spend 45 minutes updating while 50 people are in line waiting for a ticket... and the last thing I need is the panicked phone call when they can't sell tickets at 9:00 at night.

So, with no time to coordinate a purchase of 10 Pro upgrades (let alone install on all the laptops) before the fair, I'm left with finding an effective way to temporarily kill Windows Update for the duration of the fair (5 days) since there's now NO way to do it in the GUI (thanks Microsoft). Call it luck, but up to now I've never had a reason to do this on Windows 10. I realize that setting "active hours" appropriately would greatly reduce the odds of this happening, but I need to be absolutely sure there's NO chance of it happening during (or close to) fair hours. My initial thought is to simply disable the Windows Update service (wuauserv) but being short on time, I figured it would be best to ask around first before experimenting.

I …
Cloud Class® Course: CompTIA Cloud+
LVL 12
Cloud Class® Course: CompTIA Cloud+

The CompTIA Cloud+ Basic training course will teach you about cloud concepts and models, data storage, networking, and network infrastructure.

I am running Windows 10 on my new Lenovo P71 Laptop.  Ever since I got the computer, occasionally I get a new setup screen that is both incredibly small and cut off (so - as in the example below - I can't get to the "Next" button to continue the installation).  Everything else works fine.  I've tried changing the resolution and the display settings, and nothing seems to work.  Please help.

Small Screen issue

Apple Service when purchasing a computer from them

I just ordered and purchased an Apple Mac Air laptop, along with a couple of genuine Apple accessories direct from Apple's online store and thought I'd share my experience when dealing with them.

The Positives

  • Firstly, the Chat support when purchasing I found to be outstanding. The representative I spoke to was highly knowledgeable when compared to other representatives I've chatted to from other Vendors like DELL and HP. All other vendors I think could take a page from the type of people they hire to assist potential purchasers from Apple.

  • Apple promised to keep me up to date with the progress of my order and every promise made was honored. This again I found to be excellent to experiences I've had with other Vendors, where I got (as an example) an SMS saying that my order was processed and would be delivered soon. That would be great if those SMS's didn't actually come until "after" the product was delivered. Apple's progress reports on the other hand, were all spot on.

  • The boxing of the products I ordered, being the Mac Air Laptop itself, an Apple USB Ethernet Adapter and a Lacie Porsche USB 3.0 1TB external drive were very nicely boxed.

  • The initial setup process for the new laptop was very nicely done and extremely easy to follow, with layman types explanations given every step of the way. The
Hello Experts,

I am trying to run as administrator a .bat file on a Windows 10 virtual machine remotely via VirtualBox's command line interface. I am controlling the Windows 10 virtual machine via a Linux headless server.

Currently I am using the command:

vboxmanage guestcontrol "win10clean" exec --image "C:/Temp/run.bat" --username localadmin --password *** --verbose --wait-stdout


Opening guest session as user 'localadmin' ...
Waiting for guest session to start ...
Guest session (ID 13) has been started
Starting guest process ...
Process 'C:/Temp/run.bat' (PID 4592) started

C:\WINDOWS\system32>REG ADD HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\currentversion\explorer\advanced /v Start_PowerButtonAction /t REG_DWORD /d 2 Process terminated
Exit code=1 (Status=500 [successfully terminated])
Closing guest session ...

The VM name is win10clean
The .bat file is called run.bat and is stored on the VM under the path C:/Temp/
The run.bat file is suppose to update a registry value which is why the command must be run as administrator. However the registry value says the same.
Looking for a referral for a UPS for a small office server running MS Windows Server 2016 Standard x64 on a Dell Service Tag: 62DMRP2

The client is in an office building and he is a small CPA firm with a total of 4 employees.

We would like a recommendation for a UPS that will do the following:

1. powering off the server prior to the battery being depleted during an interruption of power
2. sending an email to us when an event happens such as the power went off, or the server was powered down, or powering back on
3. powering back up when the power is restored
4. logging all events

Thanks in advance
Windows Server 2008 R2 64 bit was "reserving" half the memory (when observed under system properties). We subsequently added the max amount of recommended (according to scan) and the issue persists. It currently has 16GB installed (with 6.99 usable). Any help greatly appreciated.
Hello! I have a problem with Windows 7 Pro fully patched using IE 11. I had an issue where I would open Chrome but the page wouldn't come up. The process appeared, but the window didn't open. I reinstalled Chrome and that was fine. After that, IE would always give me "Page Can't Be Displayed". I tried clearing the cache entirel, resetting it entirely, as well as reinstalling to the same result. I also tried manually setting my DNS to and external ( on the network adapter and setting the domain to my domain in the Append These DNS Suffixes under the advanced section. Now this worked. I then decided to try reinstalling the network adapter driver which of course resets the settings. IE still worked after that. So today IE is back to Page Cannot Be Displayed. I tried the last solution again and this time it didn't have an effect. Has anyone had this problem or any alternate solutions? I also tried a system restore to a previous time when things works.
External RDP setup for Windows Server 2016:  The firewall gets a response AGED-OUT from server:  The traffic is allowed but no response from Server:  

New Windows Server 2016:
The network firewall are ok because I've reach out to networking and they confirm.  We have allowed RDP on a specfic non RDP port for one IP:

For security I'll Mask. Vendor IP and PORT

IP X.X.X.X = vendor IP
RDP port XXXXX = I changed from 3389 to a new 5 digit:

In Network Reg I changed the port number:  I followed this:  (RDP PORT.jpg)

I've allowed RDP  - RDPuser.jpg RDP enabled.jpg

I've added incoming FW rules:  RDP FW RULE  
I read on some forum you need TCP and an UDP rule for RDP.  Both have the same new special port #

What am I missing?  I've been banging my head on this one...
On a Windows Server (2016)
When I set a a task in Window Task Shceduler

There is a "Sync across time zones" feature

Which means ... what??? exactly?
I am having an issue with my SQL 2012 server running an integrity check. When i try to run the job as an SA I get a message "Non-SysAdmins have been denied permission to run DTS Execution job steps without a proxy account.  The step failed." I know that SA is a SysAdmin so I don't know what the issue is.

This all started on Wednesday where it looks like an windows update come down on the SQL server and installed while the backup job was running. I restarted the server but it was during work hours so I couldn't re-run the job so I figured it would run last night and finish the job. Unfortunately, there wasn't a job scheduled to run till tonight so I decided to run the integrity check to make sure it won't fail tonight and I am getting the error above.

What can I do. How can I fix this?
Cloud Class® Course: Python 3 Fundamentals
LVL 12
Cloud Class® Course: Python 3 Fundamentals

This course will teach participants about installing and configuring Python, syntax, importing, statements, types, strings, booleans, files, lists, tuples, comprehensions, functions, and classes.

I'm trying to implement Group Policy for Windows Hello on a 2012 domain. Downloaded the ADMX files for Windows 10 1803 and them copied them to the central store, specifically here: C:\Windows\SYSVOL\sysvol\[DOMAIN]\Policies\PolicyDefinitions\en-us. There were already definitions in this folder from when the domain was originally deployed. I elected to replace the existing definitions and added the new ones as well. There were 185 before, and now there are 227.

After this, any time we try to browse and group policy object, we get a series of warnings. This is just a sampling:

Sample of Group Policy Warnings
The warnings don't seem to affect any processing of group policy, but I must have went wrong somewhere though I'm not sure where. As a precaution, I've rolled back that folder to the old definitions. Before I did, I tried to access GP from different machines (Win2012 and a Win10) and got what appeared to be the same warnings.

Adding to the mix, the Windows Hello objects don't seem to appear in the updated group policy (before I rolled it back). According to my research, they should have been here: Computer Configuration/Policies/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Hello For Business/.

Apologies if I'm leaving anything out. Any help or a push in the right direction would be great. Thanks!
The path below is where sync to:
This PC\SM-N920V-TheNote5\Phone\Documents

Open in new window

I need an automated way to sync files to a "Portable Media Player" connected to a Windows 10 PC.

The "Portable Media Player" is actually as Samsung Galaxy Note 5: an Android device.

Drag and drop works just fine, but I need to truly automate the process.

I can use VBA built in to MS Access, VB script or even a good fashioned batch file.

NOTE: I use SyncBack to synchronize some folders on my system, but it will not recognize the path to the Note5.
This morning I was checking a customers computer and performed a Windows update.  Once the update completed, the computer needed to be rebooted.  So, I restarted the computer, but before the computer restarted, it showed there was another account login.  I told the computer to restart anyway.  There is only one account on this computer and I was using it.  After the restart, I looked in User Accounts in Control Panel and there was only the normal accounts, the user account and guest.  So, I went into the manage area within the Computer icon on the desktop and found another user account named magee.  So I look in the user directory on the C Drive and found the magee full directory structure.
I check the computer for virus, etc and there was nothing to clear.

Has anyone else have this occur to them?  How can I stop this from happening?
This happened to the same computer around 6 months ago and a different account was created.  But the firewall was off at the time, so I turned it on, remove the account and data structure.  But, yesterday the new account magee was created on 8/16/18 at 4:16pm.

Any ideas?

I have a client using IMAP in Outlook. Yesterday she wasn't receiving any emails. I looked at the account settings, and they were all correct. I tested the connection, and the test message went through just fine. Then I closed the windows. After a second or two, her emails started coming in. This morning, she again was receiving no emails. I checked the settings again and again tested the connection, then closed the window. Again, after a moment or two she started receiving emails. She never has a problems receiving emails on her phone (also IMAP). It's like every day I have to remind Outlook it can find the server by testing the connection. This is very inconvenient. What can I do?
I have a laptop which wouldn't boot after a recent windows 10 update so are trying to Re-image machine from a system image taken before the update. I can boot from windows installation disk or a system repair disk and get to the restore from system image find the image but then get the message "To restore this computer, Windows needs to format the drive that the Windows Recovery Environment is currently running on. To continue with the restore, shut down this computer and boot fron a Windows installation disc or a system repair disk and then try the restore again" It then gives the option to create a repair disk but only on a DVD, but we have no writer. On line there seem to be many other people who have experienced the same problem but no definitive answer. So wondered if anyone here has overcome this
Many Thanks
Hi EE,

I have a peculiar problem, to say the least. Let me describe the environment:

- Windows IoT devices connect to SQL server to sync their date/time which is done by query
- When the IoT devices can't connect to the network, they revert to their BIOS date/time

We have series of Windows IOT devices running Windows 10 Embedded when they lose wireless network connectivity which infrequently happens they revert to the bios date/time.
However, the bios date/time is always out of sync and from prior analysis points seems to be set to last time the Windows ICD shell was disabled when configuration changes were made to the system.

Any ideas what could be causing this any help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Windows OS





This topic area includes legacy versions of Windows prior to Windows 2000: Windows 3/3.1, Windows 95 and Windows 98, plus any other Windows-related versions including Windows Mobile.