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My Toshiba Satellite P55W laptop running Windows 10 developed a problem with the mouse. Basically I have 2 cursors on the screen. One that has a grey circle around it and sits about  3 inches from the bottom of the screen just a little off center. That is where it stays and clicks on whatever is displayed there. Opening mail in gmail and is especially active in facebook.
I have tried using an external mouse and even disconnected the ribbon cable on the synaptics touch screen. Sometimes it disappears for a day or so but always comes back. At times I am unable to move the other cursor around at all. It's like my cursor is trapped in that little circle. I thought it was the synaptics until I disconnected it

I have run various virus scans and malware removals.
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Hi Experts,

How can I modify the Path that is used in a Windows 10 cmd session (i.e. Command Prompt)?

Attach button does nothing in OWA on new Exchange 2010.

I am in the process of  moving mailboxes from one exchange 2010 server running old hardware to be retired to a new Exchange 2010 server. The attach button in a new email message in OWA doesn't respond whereas on the old server does.

The old server is Windows Server 2008 R2 with Exchange 2010 SP3 latest update rollup.

The new server is Windows Server 2012 with Exchange 2010 SP3 latest update rollup.
I have to install 1 kB on my windows server 2012  kB 4338818
Where should I go to install
Hey everyone,

Took a look at the EE forums but can't seem to find a solution.

I have a user who is unable to load the Solver add-in in Excel.  The add-in is selected, but when going to Data > Analyze, the Solver button is not fully there.  To be specific, the question-mark/arrow symbol is there, but it doesn't say Solver.  When clicking on the button, nothing happens.

The user is on Windows 10 with Office O365 2016 v.2215.  Our company has gpo restrictions on loading add-ins, but I am able to load and use it on mine and a test machine w.o problem.

He receives a msg about macros not being able to load, as did I, but on the test machines I received a prompt to trust the add-in, whereas he does not.

I removed and re-added the add-in, ran a repair on Office, upgraded Office to our current version, and replaced the Solver.xlam file on the user machine, no change.

The one thing I did not try yet is a different Windows profile.


I bring my (Windows 10 Pro) laptop around to do support in a few different networks - some with DHCP and some where a fixed IP-address is needed. Have tried to find a way to make shortcuts to set the fixed addresses (or set the network adapter back to dhcp), but haven't found a way to do it. Thinking of commands in a batch-file. Any suggestions?

Can we connect windows 10 home version to smart tv as the second monitor via wireless? Thank you
Need help to uninstall .net 4.7.2 on my Windows 2016 Server.

I installed .net 4.7.2 for my Exchange 2016 CU9 running on Windows 2016 Data Center.

After getting a million errors on my Exchange Servers I was asked to remove .net 4.7.2 and revert back to .net 4.7.1

I found no way on the Server to remove .net except for 4.6 3.5 and 2.0   4.7 does not show.

I did find this but not sure which is correct.
Open an admin command prompt and paste this script:
%windir%\\Framework64\v4.0.30319\SetupCache\v4.7.02558\setup.exe /uninstall /x86 /x64 /passive /norestart
If you have 4.7.1 as the latest version, this will run the removal tool. Reboot, and it will be removed.

What would the proper method of removing .net 4.7.2 be?

Can I use the above command? What changes would I need to make it work?

Thank  you,
Please, I have window server 2008R2 X86 and I installed WSUS on it and I did the GPO to update all computers. I got no errors when I did the installation. However, when I tried to update the clients using wuauclt / detectnow I got an error 800B0001.

Any help will be appreciated.

I have a client who I have just upgraded to Windows 10 with office 365 however they have thousands of historical Lotus Word Pro .lwf files.
Can anyone reccomend a file convertor to allow them to open in word?
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 I have a windows 10 PC (domain joined on Windows 2008 network) that I can ping it by IP address neither by IP address nor by name.
 But that computer can connect to the internet, domain, mapped drive ... everything works normal from that computer, including I can connect to that computer using Splashtop remote software too from outside of the network.
 I discovered this weird situation when I failed to RDP into that computer. First I ran firewall.cpl and made sure that REMOTE DESKTOP was checked for domain, private and public.
 I went to the domain controller and confirmed that IP address and computer name was registered in DNS manager and DHCP server. Other workstation computers can ping each other by computer name and IP address.
 What can I do to troubleshoot this issue?

We are soon being requested to migrate our team data from one file share to another, albeit on the same windows 2012 file server. The drive mappings for users will stay the same (Y:\) as part of the login script, and our infrastructure team claim the migration if data will be 'effortless' with no impact on end users!

Currently, our area on the file server It is essentially a team directory full of office documents, e.g. docx, xlsx, and a few access databases. I need to try and assess everything that could break with such a move of all our data from one share to another. I know in some of the teams word documents are hyperlinks to other documents, which use UNC paths, so whereas a hyperlink e.g. \\server\currentshare\team\dir1\word.docx will break when we move the data to \\server\newshare\team\dir1\word.docx - hyperlinks was just one area I had thought of as a possible trouble spot. Can you think of any more that we need to factor into plans.
Windows 10 machine running Office 365.
User had Adobe Acrobat Reader DC installed on PC
Then installed another PDF viewer called Foxit Reader. He wanted that removed so I uninstalled it via "programs and features"
Now his Preview feature in Outlook no longer allows him to view PDFs - only happening with PDFs
Steps taken:
1.  Ensured that Adobe is set to be the default for all PDF file types
2. Verified that the Preview option in settings for Outlook was turned on
3. Checked registry key as per and it is correct.
4. Ran an online repair of office and rebooted the machine - still an issue.

Next I'm going to uninstall and reinstall Adobe to see if maybe it will pick it back up.

Any other ideas?
Does anyone know how to install windows 10 on a new dell laptop?  I've nuked the OS partition and the dell recovery tool wants the system drive.  For all intents and purposes, the original hd is toast.  Is there a download that will automatically detect that it's a Dell OEM pc and let me reinstall on a new harddrive??

Thanks for any help!
I have several PCs running Windows 7 Pro and I will be upgrading them to Windows 10 Enterprise within the next month or so.  I would also like to upgrade the memory in these PCs.  What would be your recommendation for the amount of memory to have installed on these PCs.  The PCs currently have 4 GB Ram - they are 64-bit OS and the processor is Intel i5-4570 CPU @ 3.20 GHz.  Any input is appreciated.  These PCs are used to run standard business applications (O365) and other business related apps (mostly hosted applications).  Any input is appreciated.  Thank you.
Is Tortoise SVN Client included with Windows File Explorer shell?  Or Tortoise SVN Client needs to be installed first, then it can be accessed from File Explorer shell?

When I right-click from File Explorer I don't see any svn commands, like checkout.  Is it because we haven't installed subversion in a server yet.

I want to have access to a Windows share with Powershell Core on a Ubuntu system.

So I tried this :
$cred = Get-Credential -UserName 'domain\user'
remove-item -path // -Credential $cred

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I have an error :
Remove-Item : Cannot retrieve the dynamic parameters for the cmdlet. The FileSystem provider supports credentials only on the New-PSDrive cmdlet. Perform the operation again without specifying credentials.

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Anyone can help me please ?

Thank you
One of my clients is a single server environment, Windows server 2016 Essentials, running SQL Server (Express) 2014.  

They are running Thompson Reuters PracticeCS with the database hosted on this server.

Until about 4 weeks ago, things were running along normally.  Then, logins started failing until a variable time between 8:00 am and 8:30 am.  Once the logins start working, they work for everyone the reset of the day.  

Backups run at 12:00 am and finish within minutes.  The database is "Always on".

I have contacted the vendor and they claim that it is a SQL problem and refuse to help troubleshoot.

Any help is appreciated.  Below are the recent logs.  At 8:37, users could log in.

Date      Source      Severity      Message
9/18/2018 8:37      spid53      Unknown      Starting up database 'ReportServer$SQLEXPRESSTempDB'.
9/18/2018 8:31      spid20s      Unknown      Starting up database 'ReportServer$SQLEXPRESSTempDB'.
9/18/2018 8:27      spid60      Unknown      Starting up database 'ReportServer$SQLEXPRESSTempDB'.
9/18/2018 8:17      spid53      Unknown      Starting up database 'ReportServer$SQLEXPRESSTempDB'.
9/18/2018 8:15      spid51      Unknown      Starting up database 'ReportServer$SQLEXPRESSTempDB'.
9/18/2018 8:11      spid53      Unknown      Starting up database 'CSP_203449_DBSPC'.
9/18/2018 8:11      Logon      Unknown      Login failed for user 'CreativeSolutionsPracticeCsDatabaseOwner'. Reason: Failed to open the explicitly specified database 'CSP_203449_DBSPC'. [CLIENT:]
9/18/2018 8:11      Logon      Unknown      Error: 18456<c/> Severity: 14<c/> State: …
We have a user with a laptop running Windows 10 Pro. She has an external screen connected that she extends the display too, in order to use both screens.
Recently the external screen have a space between the window she is working on and the task bar. This space either shows that part of the desktop or just duplicates the bottom part of the window. It is not always there but randomly appears and then stays until the computer is restarted.
I have attached a screen shot as and example.
It only does this on the external screen display. Not the laptop display.

I have done the following.
  1. Uninstalled, rebooted and reinstalled the graphics drivers
  2. Installed all Windows updates.

Has anyone come across this before and is so how can I resolve this issue?

Thank you

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Asus Formula IX mobo, i7-7700K, BIOS 1301 (current), 64GB DDR4 3466MHz C16, STRIX-GTX980Ti, 1TB 960 PRO M.2 build. Win 10 64 working great for many months. Bought a Note 9 and installed ASUS AICharger and lost access to all usb ports. Nothing on Google or Experts Exchange discusses a fix that can work for me, so I am staring down a 'refresh' install, after trying out the last idea I just had anyway. Google shows many others with the issue from AICharger, as well as particular KB's that bring the issue on.

The way the issue arose is I installed ASUS AICharger, all seemed to be good. Put PC to sleep overnight as had too much open stuff I was working on to do a proper shutdown. Next day I happened to notice in Device Mgr a fault with a usb port, can't remember why I noticed that - could have been a usb stick that didn't work or something. So I plugged and unplugged my hubs to see which one had the dud device and got status change, but something 'not right' (don't remember exactly, this was 4 days and a hundred Google searches ago!). Tried unplug and replug mouse, got the reconnect noise so tried keyboard too and no reconnect. Figured it had been a couple of very busy days and had most of it done now so do a proper restart. Never got a single usb port to function in Windows after that. Works fine in BIOS.

Got in via Windows PE recovery environment (three power shuts during dot circling at start) and deleted all files with name incl it (del aicharger*.* /S, having checked …
I have a netbook (remember those!?).  It's a Toshiba with an Atom N280 processor, 2GB ram and a 160GB platter hard drive (Im only using 35GB of it).  It's running win 7 STARTER

IT 'works' but whatever you need to do on it just takes soooo long.

That's the max amount of ram it can take.  Any way to tell what replacing the drive with an SSD would do?  And maybe use some of the drive as RAM / swap file, etc?  Would that make a difference?  Or the boat anchor processor will kill it anyway?

damn, makes my skin crawl looking at what I am playing with

hundreds?!  When 'normal' chips are thousands!?
The Recycle Bin on H:\is corrupted. Do you want to empty the Recycle Bin of this drive.

This seems to be a problem of missing recycle bin. How does one create recycle bin?
Outlook Not working properly.

Windows 10 PC. MS Office 2007.

Outlook doesn't work for this client, was OK until 3 days ago.

Stramge Error message "MS Office Outlook Not Implemented" See attachment.
Dear Experts,

I took over the maintenance of a Windows Essentials 2016 server last October 2017.  The OS was already installed on the server by a previous employee, who is no longer with the company.  In December 2017, the hard drive crashed; fortunately, I was able to recover, re-install the OS and not lose any data.  However, since the re-installation, the OS is always asking to be activated.  The ex-employee, who installed the OS, was let go before I could retrieve the activation key.  Unfortunately, when the ex-employee purchased the software, his personal email account was used and not his business account.  I contacted the company that Windows Essentials 2016 was purchased from, and obviously, they could not give out any information, which is understandable.

Question:  Is there anyway that you know of that could help me retrieve the activation key?

The OS must know that it was previously activated because since the re-installation of last December 2017, the server has been running perfectly fine.  The OS has not stopped running due to an expiry activation code; the server hums along with no issues (Thank God).  The only issue (which so far is a non-issue) is that on the desktop in the lower right hand corner it says "Activate Windows   Go to Settings to activate Windows."  I know I have dragged my feet in the getting the activation code entered; but, I don't know how to retrieve it.  I want to get the OS activated before it comes back and bites me.

Hello, I have a customer PC which behaves in such an incomprehensible way I had to post it here.

Here's the facts: it's a desktop with Windows 10 and a PCI wifi card.

Wifi used to work, now it suddenly has stopped. It will connect and receive ip and dns through dhcp, but won't even ping the router.

And here, the strange stuff begins: I tried in my office and it worked. Cleaned it up, reset winsock and tcpip, brought it back. Doesn't work.

So I tried with a usb wifi adapter. Same behaviour.

I decided to format and reinstall Windows 10. And here's what totally blew my mind. Now it has the same behaviour in my office too, with the usb wifi adapter (still haven't tried with the pci card). It's a frakking fresh install for criminy's sake!

I honestly don't know what to think.

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.