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I have a Canon LBP151DW networked (wired lan) laser printer. Something keeps uninstalling the drivers and replacing them with a useless Windows Store app for Canon printers that does absolutely nothing (I suspect Windows Update).  Once the driver goes missing I have to reinstall it in order to print. Is there any way I can block this process and keep the printer driver working so I don't have to install the printer every time I want to use it?
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We are looking for a solution to provide a redundant file server (file sharing) where we can have 2 copies of all files stored simultaneously.  Active failover would be the great but manual failover would work too provided we could do it quickly.

The share names and permissions would have to remain the same on both instances.

What's out there? I know windows has Dfs replication but have usually heard there are problems with locked files.
What are the easiest methods to copy MP3 audibooks from a Windows 10 computer to a Samsung Galaxy S8 cell phone?
A user (on a Windows 10 machine) in the small business I help support is having issues with Outlook 2016 sporadically re-asking for her password, despite the Remember checkbox being checked. Microsoft has suggested some network changes to resolve the issue (see the message quoted below). I don't know much about networking, so I don't know how to implement the changes.

Help on any of the following issues would be much appreciated:

  1. How can I determine "What is at"
  2. Is it likely to matter if I "Remove IPV6 from the workstation"?
  3. How would I find out what our ISP's DNS servers are?
  4. Once I know what our ISP's DNS servers are, how would I add them to the workstation?


Hi, this is ***** *****  with Microsoft support. Thanks Terry for the quick response. So Autodiscover is huge when it comes to connectivity issues to cloud base exchange connections. What is at If this is just an inexpensive router trying act like a public DNS server, this will make it so that autodiscover will time out and then ask for creds, especially at times when there is a lot of browsing going on at the time. 2 suggestions for you to help that issue if there is no internal DNS server.
Remove IPV6 from the workstation so that it doesn't have to contend with that stack
Add into the workstation the ISP's DNS servers so that DNS doesn't have to hop through that router.
Both of those items will help performance when it comes to
Due to security concerns related to updates not being applied to third-party software libraries, we are trying to replace as many of these as possible with functionality provided by the operating systems and are looking into options with compression. Are there any common compression formats that both Linux and Windows understand and provide C or C++-callable functions to programs to compress to and decompress from using only the APIs provided by the operating systems as installed? Thanks for any information!
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP1 with Norton security.  Computer is a Lenovo Thinkpad T530 with drivers and windows updated.  It has a Samsung 850 EVO installed.  Works perfectly for client in the office connected to the server.  Up until recently it worked fine on the road as well, but twice now after several days away from server, the mapped drive that is available always (Sync), no longer functions... however going through the Sync Center the files are fine and accessible.  Upon returning the laptop to the office network and reseting offline cache it works fine again.  The only clue was an error accessing the mapped network drive, I believe was the drive already exists.
I created a file share for windows deployment that I can't access

The Network path is \\GR-ADDC01\Depshare$

I can access \\GR-ADDC01
I am an admin on the vm running windows server 2016

Any Ideas?

I've had two versions (2010 & 2013) of MS Office installed for many years. For most of that time, I was running Windows 7 and my system was somehow configured so that Excel & Word files would open in version 2010 by default and OneNote would open in version 2013 — which is just what I wanted.

However, since upgrading to Windows 10 several months ago, opening an Excel or Word file from Windows Explorer or Everything Search Utility, etc, results in the corresponding 2013 app opening. The only way to open them in 2010 is to launch the 2010 app first then use:

File > Open > Browse...

Incidentally, I've tried using Open With... but 2010 Office apps are not included among the multiple options.

How can I get back to the original setting so that .xlsx & .docx files open in version 2010 by default?

We currently have one single domain on the enterprise "domain.com", this include AD, Internal DNS, External DNS,  and Office365 with Microsoft. So basically, a user logs into a workstation by authenticating to Active Directory in the house, then open outlooks and check email using user@domain.com and password which are sync to the cloud with office365 from internal domain.

We have a new request. We need an additional domain with email capabilities for 5 users in the office. I need to know what is the easy way to do it as IT oriented, maybe using Office365, and easy way to manage from the end user when emailing from domain.com and newdomain.com.  I appreciate your help.
Is it safe to move or delete files from the C:\Recovery folder within Windows 10 to help clear space on a smaller hard drive?
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I have started an position as windows admin and I have 150 Windows ( 2008 , 2012 ) and 10 Linux Redhat Server. We have SCCM.

Environment is old and patching has been neglected for more than a year

My question is that I would like start getting report about Missing pathes on Both Windows /Linux system so that I can plan how to patch them. I am not too good with SCCM but I have used now and there so I can bring myself to Speed as to how to use it.

Will you please tell me how you would go about this in conceptional manner. How would you get a report about missing patches

Thanks very much in advance to all contribute

The employees at my business are complaining that logins to their computers are slow.  I am running Windows 2012 servers.  I am not necessarily seeing any errors on their computers, but this complaint started after I made a change to a GPO, which I have since rolled back, and actually disabled, but their logins are still slow.  Is it possible to restrict which servers allow user logins to be checked against them, in the hopes of isolating the problem?
While trying to copy log files from the C:\ProgramData\Veeam\EndpointData\ folder I always receive the message "You'll need administrator permission to copy this file" even though I am logged on with either any administrator account or with the domain administrator account (see the screenshot).

I continue to get this message even after I completely exit out of the Veeam program and continue to get this message even after I stop the Veeam services.

When I click on the Continue button the file still isn't copied. This happens within the Windows 10 operating system.

What methods or processes can be used so that I can copy these files? I need to be able to copy these files so that I can submit them for evaluation.

I've been doing peer-to-peer networks for a long time.  While I've worked with Windows Server systems, it's not at all the main stream technology in the market I deal with.  For those customers who are using Windows Server, they have no idea why and are only using them as file servers.  So, the level of experience that I've gained is limited.  Yet, I'm perfectly capable of learning more and through a more serious initiative.

To be honest, we're doing fine without any servers - that's our long-standing way of doing things.  
And, we are doing quite well with more computers involved in a single network than some imagine reasonable.
But, we should be concerned that we could be missing something important and should be learning things and trying things.

I tend to think of systems as a collection of functional blocks.  So, I think of servers the same way.  They start out as nothing much more than just a computer with a few "different" tools.  Many of the things that the mainstream folks seem to think of as "server" tasks can also be done with a Windows workstation OS - so there's a perspective issue there but not an actual, technical difference.  

In order to introduce Windows server technology into (or alongside) a production environment WITHOUT disruption for starters and WITHOUT looking for a pristine setup for starters, what things would you add to the mix of capabilities using a Windows server and why?  
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Hi! I'm writting an app and sometimes(but just sometimes) it throws me this error "cannot focus a disabled or invisible windows"
I search on internet and none of the answer is my case. While I debug everything is fine but when running the app seldom does
the error. The problem is I can't debug and find the error. My app is complex and uses threads but none access the VCL 'cause they're isolated. The error ocurrs when I click the button it seems to not work(the button) then I click on it again a brings the error.
As I said before it's only happen sometimes not always. I tried changing its event handler to NULL and hide that button so it could be
clicked only once but even this way when the problem is about to happen, it happen: I click once(nothing happen then again and there is the error) If this error happen always I'd find the solution but is seldom.
Cannot remove this feature. This is a home user and I cannot RDP only use Dameware. Is there a command line that would allow me to do this?
Please see the attached photo.

We're also getting cookie errors when accessing Gmail from IE 11 on a Windows 7 PC.  I've tried clearing cookies and resetting browser settings but the problem comes back intermittently.  I'm going to have them install Chrome in the meanwhile but is there anything else I can do to prevent this problem?


*Edit: I just logged on and his primary HD had 0 disk space.  I cleared up some disk space, but not sure if this had something to do with it.
Despite many attempts, I am unable to connect with Skype.com support.

I have Skype installed on a fully updated Windows 10 computer.

Even though I live and work in Canada, the installation identifies Skype's geographic base as England.

To change my Skype's geographic base from England to Canada is why I am trying to connect with Skype.com support.

Or maybe Experts, please, can you suggest a way to change Skype's geographic base from England to Canada?


How to map any folder (e.g. Documents) as an existing network drive (user network drive) in Windows 10?

Thank you for any help.
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Running Win 10 Pro 64 bit under Parallels ...

Win 10 generally runs fine albeit with very slow startup/shutdown times.

Trying to backup the registry (which hasn't been an issue in the past) but now unable to.

Regedit opens fine, but when I try to 'export' the registry, Regedit just closes.  Same behaviour if I select 'Computer' and 'export'.

If I try to File > Print the registry ... i receive a 'Registry Editor has stopped working' error.

Any idea why this occurs and more importantly, how to correct it?
HP machines that are running Windows 7 OS and Office 2016 seems to automatically starts MS outlook every time after reboot.  I've checked startup programs via msconfig and the "Startup" folder under Programs-shortcuts; couldn't find any place in the computer where it's getting the message to auto startup MS Outlook  I then downloaded Process Explorer from sysinternals; and I see that Outlook gets started by wininit.exe process . How do I stop this from happening? I have included a snip-shot of the issue

I am furious that this has to be so difficult.

I am using Office 2016 x64 on Windows 7

I have CSV files that can potentially have multiple language characters in them. They are encoded in UTF-8 and separated by commas.

I want to be able to double click on them to open them nicely and start working (like OpenOffice.org does).

I got around Excel not understanding commas by changing my whole Windows default separators (which is dumb, but it worked).
I though I could get around Excel not understanding the UTF-8 by changing the registry like they explain here. However, that only changes the Default option of the dropdown called "File origin" in the Import method (Data Tab > Get External Data > From Text). While this is a useful step, it still needs me to go through the menu browsing instead of just double clicking the CSV file in the file explorer.
I then said frack it and I resorted to create a Macro for which I would put a custom button on the ribbon. I wrote the following macro, making sure to put "Origin:=65001" BUT IT STILL DOES NOT WORK.

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Sub Open_CSV_UTF_8()

   filetoopen = Application.GetOpenFilename("Text Files (*.txt;*.csv), *.txt;*.csv")
   If filetoopen = Null Or filetoopen = Empty Then Exit Sub

   Workbooks.OpenText Filename:=filetoopen, _
   Origin:=65001, DataType:=xlDelimited, Comma:=True

End Sub
When I click my custom button, a dialog box appears to select the CSV file I want to open. I select it …
Client has Citrix XenApp 6.5. Their Client Services team uses a a Published Desktop.

One of my client's clients have asked the CS team to start to use DropBox to share files.

What is best practice to set this up?

I thought that I could:
  1. Install DropBox onto the Windows Server (2012 R2) that is used to provide the network drives
  2. Setup a new network drive (using DFS & Drive Maps in GPO) and have DropBox store the files there
  3. Then give the CS team a new drive in GPO to that drive
Disadvantage here is that the audit trail would show the generic DropBox user that the network drive server is using to sync and not the individual CS team members. If that is going to be an issue, is there another way that people have used?

Greetings Experts,

I want to create a really simple executable program that i can schedule to turn on and off a VPN every few hours - which i can do with task scheduler. What shall i use to set up this program to run on say a windows 2012 machine.
I am just looking for the best starting point. Is it something like this within a program -
 PS C:\> Restart-NetAdapter -Name "Ethernet 2".
Thanks for reading this question.
VPN is configured in server 2011. attached a pic of it.   vpn.PNG
When i connect from my windows 10 computer. it gives me an error message
"The connection could not be established because the authentication method used by your connection profile is not permitted for use by an access policy configured on the RAS/VPN server. specifically this could be due to configuration differences between the authentication method selected on the RAS/VPN server and the access policy configured for it ".

I checked the authication method in server , its EAP-MSChap v2.  I selected the same in windows 10, but still the same error.
Could anyone help me with this ?

Thank you

Windows OS





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